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Remediation versus Removal

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Remediation versus Removal (Mold)

Mold is a tiny but mighty adversary when it comes to your home or office.  Visible growth can look like a solid covering, but it’s actually a colony of microscopic spores that cling together. These microscopic spores exist naturally in almost every environment.  This makes “removal” almost completely impossible.  Claims to “remove” mold in its entirety or a guarantee to eliminate all mold are misleading.  As a certified mold remediation company, SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest understands that mold is a natural entity in our environment.  We have undergone extensive IICRC training in the proper methods to remediate mold in your home or office.  The goal of any qualified restoration company should be to restore the mold levels to their natural levels.  Our goal is to develop a treatment plan customized to your situation and return your home or office to a healthy environment.  If you are concerned about mold, contact us at 251-633-7500 to schedule an inspection today.

Removing Mold From Fabrics

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Removing Mold from Fabrics (Mold)

Many people view mold growth on fabrics as hopeless situation.  First you must tackle removing the visible mold growth, then the stains.  You must also consider that the spores must be treated to truly “clean” cloth items.  Still, others think this is a situation that they can handle themselves.  There are a million DYI articles online detailing home remedies for mold on fabrics. At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, we want to help you clear up the conflicting stories.  Can mold be effectively removed from soft contents?  The answer is yes!  However, it is not something that you should attempt to do yourself.  At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, we have invested numerous hours in training and technology to ensure that we can restore your mold damaged soft contents to preloss conditions.  Our cutting-edge ESPORTA washing utilizes a specifically formulated detergent solution that removes over 99.9999% of contaminants.  We promise that no homemade solution can provide results even close!  When it comes to salvaging your mold-damaged soft contents call the experts at SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest.  

Choosing a Storm Restoration Company

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Choosing a Storm Restoration Company (Storm)

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 Mobile Northwest, 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 Mobile Northwest 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 Mobile Northwest.

Fire and Water

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire and Water (Commercial)

When fire affects your commercial building you may think it is your only worry, but think again...fire damage and water damage often go hand in hand.  Where there is fire, there is usually water. In order to extinguish the flames, fire crews obviously use water. The combination of soot and water can leave behind a formidable mess.  The crews at SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest are experts at both fire and water damage. We can assess the extent of the fire damage and design a cleanup plan to address both the primary damage and the secondary water damage that can result from the extinguishing methods.  We have team members that have undergone extensive training specific to fire and water remediation, to ensure expertise in both areas. When you want to get you are ready to get back to business as quickly as possible, call the experts at SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest. We are ready and waiting to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Back to School

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Back to School (Fire)

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 Mobile Northwest, 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.  

All About Soot

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

All About Soot

As defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, soot is “a black powder formed when something is burned : the very fine powder that colors smoke”.   Most of us know what soot is, but did you know there are various types of soot based on what has burned and what started the fire?  At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, we clean each item based on its material composition as well as the type of soot. In order to provide the best results, you must determine the type of soot before you begin the cleaning process to ensure the proper methods are used.  Contents may be affected by:

  • Wet soot - results from an oxygen-starved, low smoldering fire with high moisture levels.   

  • Dry soot - caused by high-heat, high oxygen fires with natural materials.

  • Protein soot - typically a fire in the kitchen caused by overcooked meat.  This is usually hard to see but covers all surfaces with a sticky, hard to remove residue.

When it comes to cleaning up after a fire, even a small one, it is a job best left up to the experts.  Our team has undergone extensive training to understand how each type of fire can leave behind its own calling card.  We have the tools and knowledge to make it,  "Like it never even happened."

Hide and Seek

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Hide and Seek

Mold growth in your home can bring with it a wide array of problems and should be remediated as quickly as possible by a certified professional.  But what happens when you suspect their might be a problem but you can’t locate the culprit. Often homeowners will begin to think there may be mold in their home due to increased allergy, asthma issues, or just a distinctive “musty” smell.  The problem is that mold is a sneaky adversary and often sneaks in to hidden spaces. Most often it is found hiding out behind appliances, under cabinets, in the walls, behind baseboards and in crawl spaces, just to name a few. At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, our team members have the training and experience to effectively locate mold, wherever it may be hiding.   If you suspect you may have a mold issue in your home, contact us at 251-633-7500 to schedule an inspection.

The SERVPRO Advantage- Esporta Washing System

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Advantage - Esporta Washing System

At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest we offer a full range of services to meet the unique needs of each commercial client.  One of the ways that we set ourselves apart from the competition when it comes to commercial cleaning services is our Esporta washing system.  From laundry and lines to delicate drapes and textiles, the esporta can clean it all. Using a patented hydraulic quadrant system, this amazing system can even clean leather goods, sports equipment and so much more.  Each item that is cleaned is washed in a unique mix of detergents specifically customized to the type of item and contaminant. The Esporta can clean items that would have been discarded using previous washing methods.  From heavy soot and sewage to mold and mildew, the Esporta can effectively remove 99.999% of contaminants. If you have specialized cleaning needs, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest.

 

ICAT Inventory System

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage ICAT Inventory System ICAT and SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest

iCAT Inventory System

When you experience a water loss in your home, the stress can be intensified when you have to move many of your belongings out to begin the recovery process.  At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, our goal is to make this process as easy as possible for you. One way in which we do that is through our iCat inventory system.  This electronic inventory tool allows us to catalog each item we pack up and note the location to ensure accurate tracking of your contents. Each item is photographed and receives a unique barcode as it is being packed by our crew.  Once it is at our shop, the item is cleaned and receives a new label, allowing our team to place the item in the correct room upon its return to your home. During this entire process, you have the ability to view the contents through the web portal and request any items that you may need during the cleanup.  Using this innovative inventory process gives our customers piece of mind by knowing where their contents are at all times. It is just one more way that SERVPRO of Mobile goes above and beyond to care for our customers.

Water Safety and SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Safety

We spend a lot of time helping our customers learn more about water damage and the ways they can protect their homes.  But what about protecting yourself when it comes to water? With summer in full swing, many of you will be visiting beaches, lakes, rivers and pools trying to beat the heat.  Whether you are swimming or enjoying water sports, it is very important for you to always be aware and take proper safety precautions to protect your family. At SERVPRO of Northwest Mobile, we want to remind you that although beautiful and fun, water can pose serious hazards if not respected properly.  

  • When swimming in natural bodies of water, be cautious of currents and underwater hazards.

  • Never swim alone!  

  • Make sure that children never swim without adult supervision.

  • Teach children how to exit the pool unassisted in case they were to ever fall in.

  • While boating or participating in other water sports, always wear a life jacket!

The Red Cross has loads of great tips on water safety.   CLICK HERE to be taken to their website for more information.