Storm Surge Along the Mobile, AL Gulf Coast
Hurricanes bring with them a range of dangerous weather scenarios, from high winds and rain to spin-off tornadoes and storm surge. Although you may think the wind may bring the most devastation, storm surge is often the culprit. What exactly is storm surge? As defined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) storm surge is “an abnormal rise in seawater level during a storm, measured as the height of the water above the normal predicted astronomical tide.” The surge is caused by the wind of the storm pushing water onshore as it makes landfall. Although storm surge is primarily a concern closer to the coastline, the surge can affect bays and rivers as it forces the water that normally flows into the ocean back up in to these waterways. It is important to pay attention to tides and storm surge predictions if you live close to any source of water as it could be affected. Our storm teams here at SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest are always ready to roll out immediately following a storm. We have the resources and highly trained team members to quickly tackle any flooding or water loss situation you may face. If you are affected by any type of storm damage, contact us at 251-633-7500.
Flooding by State
Flooding by State
Living in an area with such an abundance of water and a proclivity for hurricanes, you might rightly assume that Alabama would be one of the record holders for flooding in the U.S. However, you may be surprised to learn that Alabama is one of only two coastal states to make the top 10 for the past decade. Mississippi also made the top 10 for the most flood claims, but the other eight states were all inland. Here’s how they stacked up based on presidential disaster declarations based on Presidential Disaster Declarations (PPD).
- Arkansas (17)
- Oklahoma (16)
- Tennessee (16)
- Kentucky (16)
- Iowa (16)
- Missouri (15)
- West Virginia (15)
- Mississippi (15)
- Nebraska (14)
- Alabama (14)
When it comes to natural disasters, flooding can be hold some of the most devastating impacts. At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, as a member of SERVPRO’s national network of disaster response teams, we have witnessed this first hand. We want you to know that if you are ever impacted by flooding, we have the tools, the manpower and the experience to help you get your life back on track faster!
Although we have been fortunate not to have a major hurricane since Katrina, 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.
Lighting and Fires
Lightning and Fires
Here in Mobile we are no stranger to strong pop up thunderstorms. In addition to strong winds and flash flooding, these storms also bring with them the threat of dangerous lightning strikes. Each year, lightning causes over 20,000 structure fires in the U.S. accounting for nearly $500 million in property damage. Lightning related fires are most common in the months of June through August and most often occur in the afternoon or early evening. Although this “peak season” varies from region to region, it is safe to say that it is accurate for us since we have an abundance of strong summer storms. So how does lightning “hit” your house? Lightning generally takes the path of least resistance when moving from cloud to ground. In your home it may enter through water or gas pipes, electric lines, phone lines, cable lines, or metal gutters or window frames. Basically anything “conductive” is fair game for lightning. The most common area for a fire to begin because of a lightning strike is the attic. Lightning that enters through an electrical avenue may cause a power surge and “fry” anything connected on the same circuit, but not start a fire. SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest is always “Ready for whatever happens” and we want to make sure you are too. CLICK HERE for tips on how to protect your home from lightning strikes.
SERVPRO has the Magic Touch
We have been told by many of our clients that the work we do is like “magic”. Everything is wet and then suddenly its all dry and restored to its preloss glory. Well folks, sorry to disappoint but the team members at SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest aren’t magicians and we don’t have a bright green magic wand. Our highly trained technicians are actually experts in the “science of drying”. Drying is a complicated process that requires a working knowledge of psychrometry in order to fully dry a structure. A psychrometer is a tool used to measure the humidity within the atmosphere. Water can damage structures through both direct contact and by being absorbed through water content in the air. It is critical that the moisture content of the air be monitored to ensure the effectiveness of the in place drying methods. At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, our team members have undergone rigorous training to become experts in the “science of drying”. They hold various IICRC certifications including:
Applied Structural Drying
Commercial Drying Specialist
Water Damage Restoration Technician
Disaster Readiness Kit
Disaster Readiness Kit (Storm)
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 Mobile Northwest 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!
Biohazard Cleanup in Mobile, AL
SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest is experienced in Biohazard Cleanups due to sewage losses to crime scenes. We are here and ready for you in Mobile, AL
Biohazard Cleanup (Commercial)
Incidents involving biological or chemical contaminants require prompt attention and they don’t always occur during standard business hours. It is important to have any type of spill cleaned up quickly and properly for health and environmental safety reasons. SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest has the resources and the highly trained staff to handle any biohazard situation you may encounter, any time of the day or night. Our team members are certified by the IICRC in proper cleaning and removal techniques. Our technicians can safely clean all biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. In addition to the technical aspects, there are emotional aspects as well that we have trained our team members to handle. Whether the loss is due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards, our technicians will handle the situation with effectiveness and compassion. If you experience a biohazard loss in your business, remember that SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest is available 24/7!
Creating a Fire Escape Plan for Apartments
It's important to have a Fire Escape Plan whether in an apartment or a home.
Creating a Fire Escape Plan for Apartments (Fire)
Fires in apartment buildings can be especially life threatening since they involve large numbers of residents, multiple units and multiple floors. As a property manager, one of your top priorities is always safety. It is up to supervise maintenance and proper inspections to minimize the chances of fire. However, accidents are bound to happen and though prevention is a great first step, preparing for the unexpected should be the next step you take. Between 2014 and 2017, there were approximately 95,000 fires in apartment buildings each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). NFPA statistics also reflect that these fires resulted in nearly 400 deaths annually. SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest wants to help you and your residents be ready should disaster ever affect your building. To minimize damage and give your residents more time to escape, be sure to install smoke alarms, sprinkler systems and well lit designated exit routes. According to the Red Cross, a resident has only 2 minutes, on average, to escape a home fire. You should have escape plans in place and routinely go over them to make sure you are prepared. We hope you never have to experience a fire, but if you do SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest is Here to Help.®
Mold, Cross Contamination in Mobile, AL
Green is the only color we don't like when it comes to Mold in Mobile, AL. If you suspect Mold in your home or business, call us.
Cross Contamination (Mold)
Finding mold in your home can be both concerning and alarming. One major concern is the idea of the mold spreading. Mold spores once released can spread quickly and set up new colonies. It is important to contact a certified mold remediation company such as SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest to evaluate the issue and setup a customized treatment plan. However; what happens if you aren’t aware of mold growth in your home? Mold likes to grow in sneaky places and it may take time before you are aware of its existence. This is part of what makes cross contamination possible. Cross Contamination can occur when you take personal items that have been contaminated with mold spores for one building to another. You may also unwittingly carry spores on your hair, clothing or other textiles. Due to the size and weight of the spores, they can be carried easily by circulating air and deposited in other areas of the home or onto personal belongings. It is extremely important that you have a qualified remediation specialist to treat mold to prevent from spreading and return your home to preloss conditions
Remediation versus Removal
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.