Although we have been fortunate not to have a major hurricane in recent years, SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest wants to remind you not to let your guard down. Often, when there is a lull in the tropical storm pattern, you may get complacent. Preparation and education are always key to protecting your property and your family. Should a major storm event approach our area we want to make sure you are ready. In the event of an imminent threat, the City of Mobile has outlined evacuation zones based on location. You can CLICK HERE to see a full map of the evacuation zones. We strongly encourage you to take a look and find what zone you are in. The National Weather Service will issue evacuation advisories based on the path of the storm as it makes landfall. You should evacuate immediately when asked to do so to protect yourself. Make sure to have your emergency supply kit on hand as you do so. If you aren’t sure what you should have in your emergency kit, CLICK HERE to be taken to Ready.gov for your disaster supply checklist.
What Matters Most
At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, 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 in New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy in and in North Carolina following Hurricane Florence, as well as 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!
Living here along the Gulf Coast, we are all familiar with natural disasters and the havoc they can wreak. We have seen the fury of hurricanes, bringing with them damaging winds, flooding rains and rising waters. After the storm has passed and the clouds have cleared, everyone moves in to cleanup mode. But with such widespread damage affecting so many, who do you call to help? At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, we have developed a strategic process and triage system to ensure that we are there to help when you need it most. At the local level, we have developed standard operating procedures to ensure that we are ready to roll and help our customers quickly. We work closely with all insurance companies to make sure that we get your life back on track as soon as possible. We have the manpower, the training, and the resources to make it “Like it never even happened”. In the event of a catastrophic situation, such as a hurricane or other natural disaster, we also have a highly trained system of back up support to ensure we are there for our clients. Our national network includes over 1700 strategically located franchised, trained and certified in storm cleanup. We come together to set up mobile command units where we can dispatch crews to assist in our efforts and ensure nobody is left waiting. Our commitment to being the best in the industry is unwavering and we are always “Here to help”® when you need it most.
Residential Sprinkler Systems
Protecting your home and your family against fire is something that is a big priority on your list. You installed smoke detectors, purchased fire extinguishers and made sure that your homeowners policy included coverage. These are the most common defenses that people take when it comes to fire protection, but have you ever thought about installing a sprinkler system? You may think these are only an option for commercial or multi-unit buildings, but they are becoming more common in single family homes. The costs may also be much less than what you would expect. For a new construction the typical cost of installing an entire system is around $1.35 per square foot of space covered. The cost will run higher for existing constructions. If your home is not connected to a public water supply, many companies offer self-contained holding tanks. In addition to protecting your family and your investment, having a system installed may also help you lower your insurance rates. SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest wants to help you be more prepared for the unexpected. We hope you never experience a fire in your home, but if you do, we are always just a phone call away!
As part of the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery network, we have travelled all over the country helping those affected by natural disasters. From epic flooding to fires and even historic freezing events, we have responded to the call and learned how to handle virtually any kind of storm event. What type of events fall under our definition of “storm”? Any event that causes significant widespread damage. When is the Disaster Recovery network activated? In the event there is catastrophic damage to an area that overloads the local franchise, other franchise teams are called upon to contribute manpower and resources. These franchises are always ready to go at a moments notice and respond to the call of those in need. SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest is proud to be a part of this national response team and all the experience it has provided us. Tackling such a wide variety of weather scenarios means we are better prepared to help our customers here at home!
The SERVPRO Advantage - Esporta Washing
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 for more information on how we can help!
Commercial Preparedness Resources
As summer enters its twilight, September will be here before you know it. That means it’s time once again to begin thinking about your disaster preparedness plans. 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. Make sure you have an emergency plan in place for how you will re-enter your building and what steps will be taken to minimize danger after the storm has passed. You want to make sure you have a communication plan in place regarding how you will reach out to employees and after an event. 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 Mobile Northwest will be here to help you every step of the way should you experience a storm loss. We can also help BEFORE the storm with our FREE Emergency Ready Profile service. Call us at 251-633-7500 for more information.
Dangers in the Attic
When it comes to residential fires, those that begin in the attic are often the most devastating. The most immediate warning signs of a fire are often hidden in this uninhabited space of the home, until it is too late to prevent serious damage. Since attic spaces aren’t occupied, they are often overlooked when it comes to installing smoke alarms. Fires originating in the attic often go unnoticed until flames are smoke escaping through the roof become visible outside. Attic fires can spread quickly due to the amount of wood, storage items and insulation present. Since they take longer to detect, the often cause much more extensive damage. Nearly one-third of all attic fires spread to involve the whole building according to the U. S. Fire Administration. Electrical malfunction is the leading cause of fires accounting for nearly 43% of all attic fires. Each year there are approximately 10,000 attic fires, resulting in 30 deaths and $477 million in property damage. There are a few things you can do to protect your home:
- Install smoke detectors in your attic.
- Check wiring regularly.
- Declutter and remove as much storage contents as possible.
If you ever experience a fire in your home, remember that SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest is Here to Help.® Call us at 251-633-7500.
After the Storm
As hurricane season gets into full swing, the thought of potential storm damage is on everyone’s mind. If you hare a business owner, your worries are compounded by the thought of downtime necessary for cleanup should disaster strike. When your business is shut down, it means lost productivity and lost revenue. At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, we understand how important it is to get your business back on track. We have the fastest response times around and we know how to handle any job, no matter how large. As members of the SERVPRO Disaster Response network, we have seen first-hand the devastation that Mother Nature can cause, and we know how to respond. When we arrive on-site, we come prepare, with a game plan in mind and we begin the mitigation work right away. We are your commercial storm damage specialist and we are Here to help! We can even help before disaster strikes by preparing an Emergency Ready Profile for your business at no cost to you. Call us today at 251-633-7500 to schedule a consultation.
IICRC Certification - Why It Matters
At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, we talk a lot about IICRC Certification and how we follow all IICRC guidelines when it comes to the mitigation process. If you aren’t an industry insider, you may be wondering exactly what the IICRC is and why that certification matters? IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. Originally called the International Institute of Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, this non-profit organization was founded in 1972 and has been setting the standards for the restoration industry ever since. The IICRC has now grown to be a global organization with more than 53,000 certified technicians and 6,000 Certified Firms around the world. As an IICRC Certified Firm, you can rest assured that our technicians receive their certification and that we adhere strictly to all guidelines as set for the by the IICRC. What does this mean? Our technicians must undergo rigorous coursework focused on standards and practices that are based on proven knowledge. Once completing the course, they must then pass an exam to prove that they have understood and retained the practices set forth for them. For you this means you can rest easy knowing that your home or business is in the hands of skilled mitigation experts who have met some of the most stringent standards in the industry. Taking care of our customers is our number one priority and we take every step necessary to ensure that you receive the highest level of service possible from everyone on our team!