Priority Service Agreement
When the unexpected occurs, the last thing you want to be thinking about is who you will call to provide emergency services. Time is critical and you don't want to waste it negotiating with a mitigation company. With a Priority Service Agreement (PSA) in place, it serves as an extension of your emergency response plan. You get fast service from experienced professionals who have already evaluated your business to design the most efficient response plan possible. When you choose to have a PSA with SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, you can rest comfortably with the peace of mind that comes from having an industry leader at your fingertips. We have the training, experience and equipment to handle any type of commercial loss, no matter how large or how complex. For more information on this program, contact us at 251-633-7500.
Home Safety Mistakes
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 Mobile Northwest. Our certified, IICRC technicians have the training, knowledge and experience to make it “Like it never even happened."
What Could Be Hiding in Your Ducts
What Your Ducts Could Be Hiding
Mold likes to lurk in hidden spaces. Often, you may have no idea that you have a mold issue until you start to experience some of the nasty side effects including a bad odor or health problems. Mold can wreak havoc on compromised immune systems, but it can also cause breathing difficulties and respiratory issues in perfectly healthy individuals. One of the biggest problems with mold is how the structure allows it to spread very rapidly throughout your business. When the spores become airborne, they are easily moved about by air flow and set up new colonies wherever they land. One of the most commonly overlooked spaces where mold could be hiding is the HVAC system. Even with regular HVAC maintenance and filter changes, the ductwork still needs to be properly cleaned on a routine basis to prevent possible buildup. Ductwork can harbor moisture, which may lead to mold growth. At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest we recommend that you have your ducts cleaned and inspected at least once a year to keep your unit running in optimal condition and to keep your business mold free.
Commercial Losses and the SERVPRO Difference
When it comes to large commercial losses they often present many more challenges than a residential job. For most commercial water damages, the size and scale of the building alone means that there is much more area to be dried. Often the building involves multiple floors affected and displaced tenants or customers. At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, we have the resources, knowledge and skilled team members to take care of any size commercial loss. We have spent years developing operating procedures and processes to ensure the fastest response times and most efficient treatment plans. The SERVPRO difference means that your business is back up and running as quickly as possible. To further help minimize business interruption and damages associated with emergency situations, contact us today to learn more about our FREE Emergency Ready Program. We will develop a customized emergency plan for your business to help you prepare for the unexpected. We can’t predict the future, but we can help you be ready for whatever happens!
The Recipe for Fire
Fire can cause a multitude of damage resulting in a meandering and lengthy recovery process. Its amazing to think that something which is so elementally simple could wreak the insurmountable misery that it does. When it comes to the “recipe" for fire, it is relatively simple. For fire to exist, it must have:
- Fuel – wood, coal, oil, paper, natural gas, etc.
- Heat – for a fire to begin there must be some type of heat present to start the chemical reaction. This could be a spark, a small flame or high temperature.
- Sustaining Chemical Reaction – combustion
Without even one of these ingredients the fire would be extinguished. At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest we are always Here to Help if you find yourself affected by a fire in your home or office.
Commercial Fire Safety Tips
We talk a lot about residential fires but at SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, we also handle a large volume of commercial fires. There are a variety of scenarios that you may encounter when discussing a fire in a commercial building. From multi-tenant buildings to schools and restaurants, there are a multitude of planning and safety tips we could cover. For the focus of this article we are going to concentrate on kitchen fires in the restaurant and hospitality industry. With large ovens, open flames, cooking oils, electrical equipment and the hustle and bustle of large numbers of employees, the fire hazards abound. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, nearly 8,000 establishments reported a fire every year, resulting in an annual average of nearly $246 million in property damage annually. A fire in your business can lead to lost productivity and revenue and we want to help you be better protected. Here are some safety tips to help protect your investment:
- Install an automatic fire suppression system.
- Keep portable fire extinguishers on hand as backup.
- Schedule regular maintenance on electrical equipment.
- Regularly inspect cooking systems for grease buildup.
- Train your staff on proper use of fire extinguishers.
- Store flammable liquids properly.
- Be prepared: have an emergency plan in place.
SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest also offers our FREE Emergency Ready Plan service to help you develop a customized emergency plan for your facility. Call us today at 251-633-7500 to schedule a consultation.
Water Damage Statistics
Whether it is a small loss or a complete flood situation, water damage is always an unsettling experience. Nearly 93% of all losses could have been prevented and we want to help you protect your home or business from the unexpected. From leaking pipes to a natural disaster, the term “water damage” can cover a variety of situations. It is important that you check your homeowner’s policy and truly understand your coverage limits. If you think it will never happen to you, think again. According to statistics set forth by the American Insurance Association, nearly 40% of current homeowners have experienced some form of a water damage loss. It is the second most common reason for filing an insurance claim in the United States and causes billions in property damage each year. The most common cause of water damage is completely preventable! Broken pipes and hoses from ice maker lines, dishwashers and washing machines are the number one culprit. Did you know that nearly 250 gallons of water can escape from a 1/8-inch crack in a typical household pipe in a 24-hour period? You can visit your local home improvement store to replace old pipes with new materials for an easy fix. Nobody can ever predict the future, but knowledge is always your best line of defense! If you experience water damage, remember that SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest is available 24/7 to help…call us at 251-633-7500.
Why Time Matters
At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest we pride ourselves on our fast and efficient response times. When it comes to water damage, time is of the essence. Quickly beginning the mitigation process can not only minimize costs and salvage important items, it can also prevent additional damage. One of the most common complications that can arise from a water damage not being properly and quickly mitigated is mold. It can take as little as 24 hours for mold growth to take root in a humid, moist environment. It is not only critical to begin work as soon as possible after a water loss, but it is important to finish the drying process completely. Any residual moisture left behind could also feed the beast that is mold. If you experience a water loss call the experts at SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest as quickly as possibe to make sure you never have to worry about secondary damage!
We Know Water
Did you know that Mobile was ranked as the wettest city in the United States? With an average of 67 inches of rainfall annually and 59 rainy days per year, Mobile took the top spot with Pensacola coming in a close second. It goes without saying that when you have this much water falling from the sky and you have an abundance of natural waterways, there is going to be some flooding. Luckily, SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest is always Here to Help® you with any water damage you may experience. From flooding weather events to burst pipes, no water loss is too big or small for us to handle. Our expertly trained crews have the experience, the techniques and the technology to make it “Like it never even happened.” We will arrive on-site quickly to begin the cleanup and walk you through every step of the process. We understand how stressful the situation can be for a homeowner and our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you. If you experience water damage in your home, give us a call at 251-633-7500.
We Have You Covered
When it comes to storm damage, SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest has you covered. We have the training and experience to help you with any storm situation that Mother Nature may throw your way. As part of the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, we have responded to weather situations all over the country to help those affected by storm. Being a part of this national network of franchises has given us invaluable hands on experience in a variety of storm situations. In addition to the training we receive in the field, the team members here at SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest have undergone extensive education in water restoration and have received their IICRC certification. You can’t always plan for the unexpected, but you can have plan of action. Knowing who you will choose when you need help is the first step. Don’t trust your home to just anyone. If you experience storm related damage, call the experts at SERVPR of Mobile Northwest.