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The Color of Water Makes a Difference

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

The Color of the Water Makes a Difference

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.

There are three types of water.  Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.  The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water.  Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminates to begin growing, making the water hazardous.  Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more.  Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster.  Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

Consider taking precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.   And if you suspect any moisture of water damage in your home or business call the Professional Water Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO of South Mobile County right away for 24 hour a day service.

Disaster Preparedness

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season officially arrived on June 1st and runs through November 30th.  As everyone’s thoughts turn to hurricane preparedness during this time, we want you to know that your local SERVPRO is ready for “whatever happens”.  We have worked extensively to develop advanced response systems, to ensure that we are always “faster to any size disaster”.  Our highly trained team members are ready to move 24/7 to help when it is needed most.  In the event of catastrophic situations, we have a team of over 1600 franchises that make up our Disaster Response Network.  They can provide support and added resources to help us aid clients in the event of a natural disaster.  At SERVPRO, we have seen it all and we know that being prepared is the first step in minimizing damage to your home or business.  The first step is to develop an emergency plan for your property and have all the supplies on hand to ride out a storm and the aftermath.  Also make sure you have nailed down any evacuation plans and set up a family communication plan should you happen to get separated during a storm.   If you own a business, call us today to set up a consultation for your FREE Emergency Ready Profile to reduce damage and minimize down time.  As we saw recently with Tropical Storm Cindy, you never know what will happen when Mother Nature decides to strike.  However; the best step you can take is to prepare for the worst and pray for the best!  

Ready for Whatever Happens

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of South Mobile County, our job is all about being “ready for whatever happens.”  Our whole business is driven by and centered around emergency situations.  From small water leaks to large catastrophic storms we have a plan in place to ensure our clients are taken care of quickly and efficiently.  September is National Preparedness Month and it serves as a great reminder of the importance of having an emergency plan in place.  You should always hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.  Although it is our business, many people don’t think about making emergency preparations for their home and family until it is too late.  SERVPRO has partnered with the Red Cross to provide resources to help you get your plans in place. For even more resources and tips, you can also check out https://www.ready.gov/september.   Nobody can predict the future, but they can prepare for the unexpected.  Having a plan in place can ensure safety and help you recover faster!

Ready for Whatever Happens

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of South Mobile County, our job is all about being “ready for whatever happens.”  Our whole business is driven by and centered around emergency situations.  From small water leaks to large catastrophic storms we have a plan in place to ensure our clients are taken care of quickly and efficiently.  September is National Preparedness Month and it serves as a great reminder of the importance of having an emergency plan in place.  You should always hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.  Although it is our business, many people don’t think about making emergency preparations for their home and family until it is too late.  SERVPRO has partnered with the Red Cross to provide resources to help you get your plans in place. For even more resources and tips, you can also check out https://www.ready.gov/september.   Nobody can predict the future, but they can prepare for the unexpected.  Having a plan in place can ensure safety and help you recover faster!

Commercial ERP Plan

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

We offer a full range of service options geared towards our commercial clients’ needs.  From scheduled maintenance plans to mold, fire and water mitigation, we are here to help.  We have strategically developed procedures and systems to ensure that no job is too big for us to handle.  We truly want to be your “one stop “.  If it needs to be cleaned, maintained, or restored; we can do it.  We also offer an amazing free service to help you prepare for the unexpected and protect your company.  Did you know that nearly 50% of businesses never reopen after a business interruption?  We understand how critical it is to be prepared and we developed our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) to help make sure you are “Ready for whatever happens”.  Our ERP is designed to help you quickly and easily access crucial information in the event of an emergency.  From everyday disasters to catastrophic events, the SERVPRO Ready Plan app puts everything you need at your fingertips.  You can easily manage the situation and, with the help of our SERVPRO of South Mobile team, get back on track faster.  Together we can reduce downtime and make it “Like it never even happened.”  Call us today to schedule your FREE Emergency Ready Plan consultation. 

Why SERVPRO of South Mobile County is the Leader in Storm Recovery

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

We offer a full range of service options geared towards our commercial clients’ needs.  From scheduled maintenance plans to mold, fire and water mitigation, we are here to help.  We have strategically developed procedures and systems to ensure that no job is too big for us to handle.  We truly want to be your “one stop “.  If it needs to be cleaned, maintained, or restored; we can do it.  We also offer an amazing free service to help you prepare for the unexpected and protect your company.  Did you know that nearly 50% of businesses never reopen after a business interruption?  We understand how critical it is to be prepared and we developed our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) to help make sure you are “Ready for whatever happens”.  Our ERP is designed to help you quickly and easily access crucial information in the event of an emergency.  From everyday disasters to catastrophic events, the SERVPRO Ready Plan app puts everything you need at your fingertips.  You can easily manage the situation and, with the help of our SERVPRO of South Mobile County team, get back on track faster.  Together we can reduce downtime and make it “Like it never even happened.”  Call us today to schedule your FREE Emergency Ready Plan consultation. 

Caring for Your Contents

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

A fire can be one of the most stressful situations you will ever experience as a homeowner. Even a small fire can have widespread effects.  Multiple areas of your home may be damaged by the soot residue and odor.  You may even be uprooted and forced to live in a hotel or other temporary housing as the cleanup begins.  At SERVPRO of South Mobile County, we know how stressful this can be and want to reassure you that we will care for your contents as if they were our own.  In many cases, it is more secure and cost-efficient to bring your contents to our facilities to be cleaned.  Your items are carefully cataloged, packed securely and brought to our climate controlled warehouse to await cleaning.  We then use our state of the are ultrasonic cleaning system to remove all soot staining and smell before repacking.  If necessary, contents can be stored at our facility until you are back in your home.  You can rest easy knowing your belongings are well cared for as you focus on putting your life back together. 

What Matters Most- STORM

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we feel blessed to be a part of the national network that makes up our Disaster Recovery Team.  It has been our honor to serve with SERVPRO’s from around the country to help so many in the wake of devastating natural disasters.  Since joining the Disaster Recovery network, we have been able to assist in cleanup efforts following Hurricane Sandy and the floods in Baton Rouge, Houston and Kansas.  We know that what we do means so much to those that we help, but it means so much more to us.  The human connections we have made during these situations are permanently etched in our memories and our hearts.  These people, who are going through the hardest of times have given us beautiful reminders of the strength of the human spirit.  We were truly humbled by the tenacity, the courage and the optimism that we witnessed.  Being part of storm team has helped us more than those that were in need.  It has been a great reminder of what matters most!  

Mold and Textile

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

In the past, textiles affected by mold or sewage were often labeled as unsalvageable and simply tossed away.  Now, thanks to the advanced technology of the Esporta Washing System,this is no longer the case.  The Esporta offers a one of a kind clean by utilizing a four-quadrant system and specially formulated cleaning solvents.  This innovative process allows us to remove 99.9999 percent of contaminants, which is equivalent to food grade quality.  Historically washing machines used a system of agitation and standard cleaning solutions to beat items against each other and “grind” out the contaminants.  The Esporta has a unique system of chambers that hold the contents securely while water and cleaning solutions are pushed through the chamber, flushing out the contaminants.  This allows us to clean a wider variety of items, from leather goods to porcelain dolls.  The Esporta also uses a unique blend of solutions that are adjusted for each item based on the contaminant, the level of contamination, and the type of item being cleaned. Benefits include minimized claims costs, reduced claim turnaround time and increased customer satisfaction.  This revolutionary system is exclusive to the restoration industry and SERVPRO of South Mobile County is proud to be the only provider along the Gulf Coast.

Mold Myth

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

Despite the myths perpetuated by the media in recent years, it is impossible to tell what types of mold are dangerous simply by looking at the color.  The so called “killer black mold” that made headlines for its dangerous health affects was Stachybotrys.  While it is black, there are many varieties of mold that have the same color but generally cause minimal health concerns.  Mold has been around for millions of years and there is almost always a small amount of mold on the air and on many surfaces.  All mold has the same biological structure, consisting of millions of tiny spores that bind together to create colonies.  These spores are what give each variant of mold its unique coloring.  Colors can range from black and brown to green, orange and yellow.  When disturbed, the colonies release spores into the air, which can lead to health issues if inhaled.  Those with allergies, asthma, chronic lung illnesses or compromised immune systems are most susceptible to the effects mold growth.  In those healthy individuals with normal immune systems, the effects are much milder.  More severe health effects attributed to what became known as killer black mold have not been proven according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).  All mold should be treated immediately as the long-term ramifications can be much more detrimental than short term exposure.  Mold growth should always be remediated by a trained, certified professional to properly treat the problem and avoid further spreading of the issue.  Here at SERVPRO of South Mobile County, our technicians have been trained and certified in Mold Remediation and we follow IICRC and OCEA standards to ensure that your home is safe, healthy and mold free.