Recent Biohazard Posts

Hoarding in Mobile, AL

3/11/2018 (Permalink)

Hoarding is a recognized medical condition that, if left untreated can spiral very quickly out of control.  There are a variety of different hoarding compulsions ranging from new possessions to animals to keeping old trash and food.  Many times the hoarding is completely hidden from view within a home whose exterior may look neat and tidy. You never know what you will encounter when you are called out for a “hoarding” clean up.  As you can see from this picture, at SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, we follow all OSHA guidelines to ensure the safety of our employees and dispose of all contaminated contents according to set standards.  You never know what may be hiding underneath each pile and it is critical that you leave this type of cleanup to the experts here at SERVPRO.

 

Esporta and Sewage Clean Up

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest we are dedicated to improving our processes and technologies to provide our clients with the most efficient and premier service in the restoration industry.  One way in which we have revolutionized the cleanup process is my implementing the Esporta washing system. This ground-breaking approach to soft contents cleaning means that we can salvage items that would have previously been discarded.  The Esporta uses a patented system of chambers to hold items in place while pushing water and cleaning agents through the contents. This effectively and safely flushes out over 99.999% of contaminants bringing the items to food grade quality.  Using the Esporta washing we can safely clean a variety of soft contents, from textiles to leather goods and many things in between. The Esporta is even capable of cleaning items damaged by sewage and other bio-contamination.

Professional Hoarding Services

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

When discovering a hoarding situation at a home of a family member or friend, it is necessary to find the right professional help to assist with the dilemma. You need a company that specializes in cleaning services from packing to biohazard cleaning. SERVPRO of Northwest Mobile  is first call you should make. Here are the top reasons why you should hire SERVPRO.


Ensure Safe Removal of Items


Hoarders typically collect excessive amount of items, including newspapers to trash. As these items pile up in a home. This can create a serious safety hazard, plus offer an environment for unwanted pests. It is best to hire a company with knowledge to remove the debris in a safe manner.


Avoid Contact with Hazardous Materials


Hoarder homes become a breeding ground not only for pests, but for possible unsafe pathogens. During a cleanup, proper protective equipment should be worn to protect the body. SERVPRO has the necessary tools to safely complete the job.


Perform Complete and Thorough Cleaning


SERVPRO has the knowledge and resources to restore the home to a nearly pristine condition.  By doing so, the company will provide a safe living environment for all that reside in the home.


We will make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Sewage Cleanup

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO also cleans up sewage backups?

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. SERVPRO Professionals have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.

Water damage can be classified by the three types of contaminated water. SERVPRO technicians will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup