Choosing a Mold Remediation Specailist
If you experience a mold issue in your home or business, proper remediation is vital to preventing future problems. You may be asking yourself where to begin when it comes to choosing a qualified mold remediation company. As an IICRC certified mold remediation specialist, SERVPRO of South Mobile County wants to help you know what to look for when choosing a restoration company. First, make sure that the company you choose can explain the remediation plan from start to finish. Once you have hired them to complete the project, you want to make sure that they are always wearing OSHA approved PPE (personal protective equipment). They should also take proper safety precautions when it comes to protecting areas of your home not affected by mold contamination. This means that they should be using approved materials such as plastic sheeting to prevent mold spores from migrating. Other equipment such as HEPA air scrubbers and vacuums, and commercial strength dehumidifiers may also be necessary. The best way to ensure that your home is restored to a safe and healthy environment is to hire a qualified a certified mold remediation expert. SERVPRO of South Mobile County has years of experience and extensive training to ensure that they can help you with all your mold remediation needs. If you have mold concerns, contact us at 251-343-0534 to schedule a consultation.
Disaster Preparedness Kit
When preparing for a storm, it is important to make sure that you have an emergency supply kit on hand. We all know that a supply of non-perishable food and drinking water are essential, but do you know what else should be included in your kit? SERVPRO of South Mobile County is prepared to help you pick up the pieces after the storm. We want you to be prepared to weather the storm and recovery. In addition to food and water, your disaster readiness kit should include the following items:
- Battery powered or hand-cranked radio
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust mask (to filter contaminated air)
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
- Manual can opener
- Cell phone with battery backups
- Important documents (like birth certificates, social security cards)
- Prescription Medications
If you choose to weather the storm, it is important that you have all necessary items to get you through until help arrives. As part of the network of SERVPRO storm teams, we are always ready to set out as soon as possible to help those affected. We are ready and we want to make sure you are too!
The Cone of Uncertainty
Living here along the Gulf Coast, we know all too well that the threat of hurricanes is very real. When a hurricane forms, we all keep our eyes on the “cone of uncertainty” waiting to see if this one will set it sights on Mobile. So, have you ever wondered how this particular prediction model came to be, or how they determine what encompasses the “cone”? The cone of uncertainty is defined by the National Hurricane Center as a “representation of the probable track of the center of a tropical cyclone, and is formed by enclosing the area swept out by a set of circles along the forecast track at 12, 24, 36 hours etc.” They look at and number of factors to determine the course and strength of the hurricane including pressure boundaries and both upper and lower level winds, as well as water temperature. Despite all the technologies and tools, we have in place now to predict these storms, it is never with complete certainty. At SERVPRO of South Mobile County, we are always “Ready for whatever happens” and you should be too. Having a plan in place is the best way to minimize damage and protect yourself and your family. For more resources on creating your own preparedness plan, CLICK HERE.
National Preparedness Month
As Hurricane Season gets into full swing, we would like to remind you to ask yourself if you are Ready for Whatever Happens®. Each year, September is recognized as National Preparedness Month. This month is geared towards encouraging family and community disaster planning not just for the month, but throughout the entire year. The theme for 2019 National Preparedness Month is Prepared, Not Scared. Each week, a different topic will be emphasized.
- Week 1 – Save Early for Disaster Costs
- Week 2 – Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters
- Week 3 – Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters
- Week 4 – Get Involved in Your Community Preparedness
The goal of National Preparedness Month is to give the public the tools they need to be prepared for a natural disaster. At SERVPRO of South Mobile, we pride ourselves on always being ready for emergencies and we want to make sure that you are prepared too. Having a plan in place can minimize damages associated with storms and keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE to be taken to Ready.gov where you will find valuable resources and tools to help you create a preparedness plan.
Storm Damage and Mold
When you experience flooding due to a storm event, you may be shocked to learn that your homeowner’s policy doesn’t cover flooding. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize they don’t have flood insurance until it’s too late. Many times, they resort to trying to clean up the damage themselves. It is important to never try and clean flood damage on your own. In addition to the water being highly contaminated, it is often difficult to dry the structure properly without the right equipment. If the structure isn’t dried completely and in a timely manner, this may lead to mold issues in the future. Mold is also a common peril that is not covered under homeowner’s insurance, especially if the mold was caused by failure to properly treat a previous condition in the home. If you experience flood damage, you should call in a certified water restoration company like SERVPRO of South Mobile County. We will ensure that your home will be dried properly and may be able to offer payment options if not covered under your policy.
Home Safety Mistakes
Can you name the most common causes of residential fires? You may immediately think of fireplaces and gas appliances, but many people overlook the most dangerous sources of home fires. Here is a list of the mistakes many homeowners make when it comes to fire safety:
- Walking away from a stove with an open flame. Just one small stray spark can quickly engulf your entire kitchen.
- Continuing to use frayed electronic cords.
- Forgetting to unplug appliances such as irons, hair dryers or curling irons or even cell phones. Leaving appliances plugged in could cause them to overheat and start a fire.
- Forgetting to clean out your dryer’s lint trap. Trapped fibers can quickly ignite when you start another cycle.
- Taking the batteries out of your smoke detector.
- Not having a sprinkler system installed. Yes, residential sprinkler systems could save your home from a fire.
- Placing a space heater too close to fabrics.
- Neglecting to have your chimney cleaned annually.
- Falling asleep or leaving the home while candles are burning.
Knowledge is the best way to prevent a fire in your home, but if the unexpected does occur, be sure to call the experts at SERVPRO of South Mobile County. Our certified, IICRC technicians have the training, knowledge and experience to make it “Like it never even happened."
Fire Safety for Kids
Summer’s ending and the kids are heading back to school. As your focused turns to project deadlines and homework routines, we want to remind you about the importance of teach fire safety to children. We all want to keep our kids safe. From stranger danger to how to handle a bully we do all we can to protect them. Teaching children about the dangers of home fires and what they should do is one more key way you can keep them out of harm’s way. It is important to teach children on a level they can easily understand based on their age and cognitive ability. At SERVPRO of South Mobile County, we want to help you keep your family safe and prevent injury should you ever experience a fire in your home. Here are 5 tips for teaching children about fire safety:
- Prevent the fire: make sure they know to stay away from matches, lighters, lit candles or anything else with an open flame that could start a home fire
- Stay away from fire: if you have a fireplace in your home, it’s fun to look at, but make sure know not to go to close
- Stop, drop and roll: this is an old rule of them, but still applies. Make this a fun little learning dance that you do together to make sure they have it down!
- Map it out: create a family exit plan and make sure they know where the closest and fastest exits are. Make it fun by drawing out a colorful map with stickers to represent exits and let them help you make the map! Also take time after creating the map to practice the exits with them.
Stay out: Make sure the know to never go back in to a burning building after another family member or pet. Teach them to go outside and call 911. Make it fun by make a “pretend” phone call to 911 and walk through what they should say. This will also help them remember their address if you go over it multiple times.
Choosing a Storm Restoration Company
Like Mother Nature herself, Natural disasters are unpredictable and unavoidable. When disaster does strike it can be stressful and overwhelming. As the storm clears and the cleanup begins there is much to be done. The first thing you must decide as a homeowner is what restoration company you will use. At SERVPRO of South Mobile County, we have responded to a multitude of storm situations and we want to help you be prepared should you ever face such a decision. From flooding to fire, you should first make sure that the company you choose has the skillset to handle any situation. First and foremost, they should be able to coordinate with insurance companies and know how to work directly with them. Next, make sure the company you choose has experience in dealing with storm situations. SERVPRO has a national network of franchises that has undergone additional training and certification to become part of the Storm Response Team. You also want to make sure they offer a range of services from water and fire to reconstruction and mold remediation. It is much easier to deal with one contractor that can handle it all. SERVPRO of South Mobile County is a dedicated member of the Storm Response Team and we know how to handle it all! If you ever experience a catastrophic situation, be sure to call the experts at SERVPRO of South Mobile County!
Protecting Your Business
Your business is what motivates you to get up each day. It is more than a source of income for you and your employees, it is a source of pride. You have worked hard to build it and just as hard to protect it. From risk management services, to insurance and even security systems, you have made sure everything is in place to prevent shutdown. But have you? Did you know that nearly 50% of businesses may never reopen after a disaster? Even small disasters such as a water loss from a busted pipe may shut you down for days, resulting in lost productivity and revenue. At SERVPRO of South Mobile County, we want to help you protect your business and keep it running if the unforeseen should strike. Knowledge is key to preparation. Here are some things to think about:
- Maintenance - check sewer drains, floor drains and water collect systems regularly
- Sump pumps - if you have these on site, make sure they are tested regularly and have proper battery backups
- Backflow valves - make sure they are tested and maintained annually
- Generator fuel tanks - make sure they are in elevated areas that aren’t subject to flooding
- Sprinkler systems - should be equipped with flow systems and inspected annually
- Water mains - label all branches to allow for isolation and include a valve diagram chart
Our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) is a free service we off that can help you check many of these off your planning list. Call us today at 251-343-0534 to schedule a consultation.
Back to School
Summer is drawing to a close and that means it’s time to start another school year. As you get ready to pack the kiddos up and send them back off for another year of academic advancement, safety is usually at the forefront of your mind. From walking them to the bus stop, to making sure they have warm clothes, to having a communication plan set up, you make all of the necessary arrangements to ensure they are safe. Your educational institution also makes safety a priority, especially when it comes to fire. Most follow recommendations as outline by the National Fire Protection Association when it comes to fire drills and evacuation plans. If you haven’t followed the example set by your child’s school, we would recommend that you take a closer look at your own fire emergency plan for your home. Especially with younger children, it is important to make sure they understand what to do if you ever experience a fire within your home. Set up an evacuation plan and go over it frequently with them. Just as they have fire drills at their school, you should schedule regular fire drills within your home. At SERVPRO of South Mobile County, we understand the importance of preparation and want to help you be prepared for the unexpected. For more tips, tools and fire safety advice click here to be taken to the National Fire Protection Association’s website.