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Preparedness Resources for Your Home or Business in Mobile, AL

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Preparedness Resources

As we approach September, it’s time for our thoughts to turn once again to disaster preparedness.  With all the talk of being ready, you may be asking yourself exactly how you should prepare for the unexpected? There are many resources that can help guide you through the process. Online, you can check out Ready.gov, FEMA.gov, and RedCross.org to get tips on how to prepare for everything from floods and hurricanes to wildfires and power outages. There are three basic steps to making an emergency plan. First, you want to make sure you have emergency supplies, such as water and batteries on hand. You also want to make sure you have a family communication plan in place to know how you will reach each other during and after an event. Make sure you have important documents and prescriptions on hand.  And finally, stay informed regarding what types of disasters in your area are most likely to happen. For more tips on organizing your disaster preparedness strategy, CLICK HERE to be taken to the Red Cross website.  Even the most thorough preparation can’t always prevent damage from a natural disaster.  Rest assured that SERVPRO of South Mobile County will be here to help you every step of the way should you experience a storm loss to your residence or business. 

Ring of Fire

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Ring of Fire 

Ring of Fire can has taken on many connotations throughout the years.  Maybe the most famous use of the phrase was the Johnny Cash song, but have you ever heard of it when discussing Gulf Coast weather?  Storms are all too common along our stretch of the shore.  From hurricanes to summertime thunderstorms, to even the rare ice storms in the winter, we have seen it all.  We are all too familiar with the extremities of mother nature and how it can change on a dime.  This summer in June 2018, there was a new phrase coined as a ring of fire” thunderstorms made their way onshore.  Okay, so maybe this isn’t the scientific term, but many media stations in our area quickly coined the phrase.  The “ring of fire” storms were a group of tightly clustered severe thunderstorms that spun around an area of high pressure, bringing a weeklong super soaker effect to areas from the Mississippi coast to the Florida panhandle. Although many of us think of hurricanes when we think of catastrophic events, random weather phenomenon such as these can bring equal amounts of damage.  Luckily, you can always count on the experts here at SERVPRO of South Mobile County to be here to help you when disaster strikes.

Deadliest Weather in Mobile, AL

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Deadliest Weather 

When it comes to sever weather, we all fear the major catastrophic events such as floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, but “everyday weather” accounts for a large number of deaths each year.  Although major catastrophes can cause a large cluster of casualties, in 2017 alone their were nearly 500 weather related deaths.  Of these, the largest number (116) were due to flooding unrelated to a catastrophic storm event.  The second leading cause was heat, with 107 related fatalities.  At SERVPRO of South Mobile County, we are always prepared for the unexpected and want to remind you that you should be too.  Whether it’s a summer storm or a hurricane, it pays to be weather aware.  One way to keep in touch with local weather alerts is through apps that will send you notification via alerts and texts if the weather suddenly turns ugly.  Click Here for a list of the top-rated weather apps for 2018. 

Residential Deep Cleaning Services in Mobile, AL

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Summer is coming to a close and the kids are heading back to school. Your to-do list isn't growing any shorter though! With school getting back in full swing and your list of commitments growing, who has time to do all the heavy-duty cleaning that is needed? We do! Whether it was pets or a house full of kids over summer vacation, we are here to help you get a fresh start. Before we know it, the Holiday Season will be starting and you need your home in tip-top shape. Let the experts at SERVPRO of South Mobile County help you wipe away the grime that summer of vacation can leave behind. From carpet and upholstery to tile and grout we can help! Call us today at 251-343-0534 for more information on all of our deep cleaning services.

Post-Construction Cleaning

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Post-Construction Cleaning (Commercial)

Whether you are building a new commercial structure from the ground up, or simply taking on a long overdue renovation project, it is a big job!  The entire construction process can be lengthy, stressful and messy!  After the job is complete you may be left with an even bigger mess to cleanup before you get your business up and running.  Let SERVPRO of South Mobile County take care of that headache for you.  Our full line of specialized cleaning services includes post-construction cleaning.  You wouldn’t hire a car mechanic to repair an airplane, so why hire a maid service to tackle the big stuff?  You need a specialist with the staff, equipment and techniques to handle a large job.  Our highly trained team members will clean every inch of your newly finished project and make it shine for your opening day.  As part of a national franchise system with over 40 years in the cleaning industry, SERVPRO of South Mobile County knows how to deliver on our promise of outstanding results.  Call us today at 251-653-9127 for more information.

Storm Categories

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Categories (Storm)

Along the Gulf Coast we are all too familiar with hurricanes.  Most of us have seen at least one in our lifetime and know the devastating effects that they can have.  Depending on the size and scale of the storm these effects can be lingering and the rebuilding process lengthy.  That is not to say that small storms still can’t cause extensive damage.  Here at SERVPRO of South Mobile County, we have even seen summer thunderstorms bring about torrential flooding and a whole slew of problems.  Statistics will show however, that the larger and more powerful the storm, the more pervasive the damage left behind in its wake.  Do you know how hurricanes are categorized?  Hurricanes are rated based on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  It has categories ranging from 1-5 based on the hurricane’s sustained wind speed.  This scale estimates the potential damage that will be left behind based on the hurricane’s configuration.

  • Category 1 – Wind Speed 74-96 mph
  • Category 2 – Wind Speed 97-110 mph
  • Category 3 – Wind Speed 111-129 mph
  • Category 4 – Wind Speed 130-156 mph
  • Category 5 – Wind Speed 157 mph or higher

No matter what category the storm falls in to, SERVPRO of South Mobile County wants you to always be prepared.  For disaster preparedness tips, CLICK HERE to be taken the American Red Cross’ website. 

Fireplace Safety

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fireplace Safety (Fire)

Here along the Gulf Coast, we are fortunate enough to have mild weather most of the year. With mild winters and central heating, fireplaces aren’t as common here as other parts of the country, but many homeowners still want them as an added feature.  If you have a fireplace in your home, it is important to understand the proper steps you must take to maintain and utilize them safely.  Each year before using the fireplace for the first time, make sure your chimney cap is still securely in place.  If the cap has been loosened or is not there, you could have debris or even animals that have taken up residence in your chimney.  Be sure to check the chimney masonry or exterior covering for damage like cracks or tears. Clean your fireplace regularly to remove excessive ash and kerosene.  If you don’t like to get your hands dirty, there are many companies out there that can take care of these steps for you.  When building your fire, be sure to use dry wood and avoid using chemicals.   You should always check your smoke alarms regularly and keep a fire extinguisher on hand just in case.  As always, if you ever experience smoke damage in your home call SERVPRO of South Mobile County to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

No Need to Panic

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

No Need to Panic (Mold)

If you suspect mold growth in your home or business, it can inspire a feeling of panic and dread.  You have heard horror stories, from a friend of a friend of a friend about the health repercussions that mold can cause.  You immediately recall the news stories about “killer mold”.  As a certified mold remediation specialist, SERVPRO of South Mobile County is here to help allay some of your fears.  First, we want you to realize that mold is a natural entity that exists in virtually all environments.  The problem arises when conditions arise, such as excessive moisture, that allow for exponential growth.  This is when you want to call in an IICRC certified restoration company such as SERVPRO of South Mobile County to help you treat the issue. However, there is no reason to panic.  If left uncheck, mold can cause extensive damage to your home, but it’s not as frightening as you may think.  Certain types of mold can even be our friend.  Just think of penicillin and your favorite blue cheese.  Mold is a natural element in our world, but it must be kept in check.  We will help remediate mold issues and restore the natural balance within your home.  Call us today at 251-633-7500 if you think you may have a mold issue.

Preventing Mold Growth in Your Home

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Preventing Mold Growth in Your Home (Mold)

Nobody wants to hear that they have a mold issue in their home.  Unfortunately, the circumstances that cause mold growth can be unavoidable.  Mold likes to lurk in hidden space, such as wall cavities, behind appliances or baseboards.  Often a hidden link an be the source of the mold issue.  You may not even realize you have a problem until you call in the experts.  At SERVPRO of South Mobile County, our IICRC certified team members have extensive experience in dealing with mold remediation.  Our warm humid environment encourages rapid growth and a small problem can become a large issue very quickly. Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take to minimize the possibility of mold growth in your home.

  • Perform an audit on your home and check for areas that hold moisture or collect condensations.  Visit your local home improvement store to find a wide range of products that can help protect those areas. 
  • If you experience a water damage, make sure to have wet areas dried completely by a professional restoration service as quickly as possible.
  • Install proper ventilation, especially bathroom areas, to prevent mold growth.
  • Monitor indoor humidity.

If you are concerned about mold in your home, call SERVPRO of South Mobile County today at 251-653-9127 today to schedule an inspection. 

How a Hurricane Gets Its Name

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

How a Hurricane Gets Its Name (Storm)

Living along the Gulf Coast and being able to enjoy all that it has to offer means we also must endure the possibilities of hurricanes.  We know how to prepare and how to recover.  We know what causes them and what their fury can bring…but do you know how they get their name?  Most people think that Hurricanes are named by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) but that’s not the case.  Hurricanes are actually named by the World Meteorological Organization.  Since 1979, they have used six lists of names (both male and female) in rotation.  The lists all contain a name beginning with each letter of the alphabet, except for Q, U and Z. This means the same list is reused every 6 years.  So, depending on your age, if you haven’t seen your name on the list, there will never be a storm bearing your moniker.  No matter what name the storm bears SERVPRO of South Mobile County will always be ready to roll out and assist our community should we ever experience a hurricane or other catastrophic event!