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Fire Damage Restoration

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration A recent fire damage

Fire damage can be stressful and overwhelming. Whether it is your home or your business, it is never easy to see your belongings covered in smoke or soot. 

Once you have a fire, it is important to contact your insurance agent and let them know what has happened. If the fire is large enough to warrant a claim, the sooner you file means the sooner your adjuster will be able to assess your damage. 

Your next call should be to a reputable restoration company such as SERVPRO of Baldwin County. Following a fire, it is important to make sure your structure is secure to prohibit vandalism to your structure and contents. SERVPRO of Baldwin County can do this for you by providing emergency board-up services and roof tarping if necessary.

Depending on whether or not you have filed a claim, our team will develop a scope with you or with you and your adjuster. We will assess all of the structure and contents to determine what is salvageable and what needs to be removed and/or inventoried to be replaced.

Often the restoration and cleaning of the contents can be completed onsite, but, if that is not possible, we will clean, pack, and move your contents to store in our climate controlled facility. We will also provide you with an electronic inventory.

If the contents must be moved out for repairs, following the move out, we will begin with the structural work which can include the following: cleaning, demolition, and/or repairs. We will move your clean belongings back into your home or business following completion of the structural work.

Call Us Today (251) 928-9625 or (251) 943-6244

When choosing a restoration company, it is important to choose an IICRC certified firm such as SERVPRO of Baldwin County. Our team is professionally trained and specializes in water (WTR) and fire (FRST) damage restoration for both residential and commercial properties. We provide emergency services and are available 24/7. 

Commercial Restoration Services

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Restoration Services A recent commercial water damage

No one wants to discover water or fire damage on a Monday morning. Unfortunately, a commercial facility is more likely to have a larger, more significant damage than a residential home. This is not only because of the facility's size, but it is also because commercial facilities generally have longer periods without anyone there (i.e. overnight, weekends, holidays). Because of this, it is important to have a plan in place in case a disaster does happen. 

Call Us Today (251) 928-9625 or (251) 943-6244

Did you know that we do commercial damage restoration? We know the stress and anxiety that water or fire damage can bring to your business. At SERVPRO of Baldwin County, we are dedicated to limiting your business interruption by being faster to any size disaster. We can be on-site within a few hours to help reduce future damage water can cause. We have the right equipment, procedures and training to help ensure the structure is clean & dry the first time, saving you time and money. 

Commercial Water Damage

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage A recent water damage

Sprinkler systems can be a common source of water damage in commercial facilities. While their benefits far outweigh their cons, both properly and improperly working sprinkler systems can contribute to a flooded facility. In this case, a fire in an adjacent building caused the sprinkler system in this building to go off over the weekend. The sprinkler shut-off was eventually found but not until the damage had affected 36,000 sq ft of the facility. If this was your facility, what would you do?

Choose a Trained Professional

When your facility is affected, it is important to call a commercial drying specialist such as SERVPRO of Baldwin County.  At SERVPRO of Baldwin County, we understand that every hour closed leads to an hour lost of productivity and potential revenue. Commercial damage restoration produces unique challenges so it is very important to choose a trained professional with a proven track record. 

At SERVPRO of Baldwin County, we will respond immediately to your damage regardless of size or scope. When your facility is affected, no job is too big or too small. 

If your find yourself in this situation, call SERVPRO of Baldwin County.

Water Damage: What to Do and What Not to Do

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage: What to Do and What Not to Do Commercial Water Damage

Do:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much exess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

Don't

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment have been exposed to or are submerged in water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as this could potentially cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or any other rugs on the floor on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock to yourself or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, and especially not on wet concrete flooring.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 

Extreme Heat

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

General Extreme Heat On average, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States (www.noaa.gov).

Extreme Heat


Did you know? On average, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States (www.noaa.gov).


As summer approaches, it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat in the coming months. Heat affects all people, but especially, the young, the elderly, sick, and overweight. Urban area residents also have a greater chance of being affected than those who live in rural areas due to the heat island effect.


According to the EPA, "the sun can heat dry, exposed urban surfaces such as roofs and pavement, to temperatures 50-90 degrees hotter than the air, while shaded or moist surfaces - often in more rural surroundings - remain close to air temperatures." These surface heat islands are strongest during the day when the sun is shining, while the atmospheric heat islands are more likely after sunset "due to the slow release of heat from urban infrastructure." 


Safety Tips for You and your Family



  • Stay indoors in air conditioning

  • Be sure to check on your pets who may outdoors and bring them inside

  • Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake

  • If you must go outside, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, and be sure to apply sunscreen often.

  • Pay attention to signs of heat exhaustion, which are heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; and fainting, according to the CDC.


 


The Dangers of Heat Exhaustion


Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is life-threatening. Signs of heat stroke are a high body temperature, rapid or strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has heat stroke, call 911 immediately and move the person somewhere cool. Reduce body temperature with cool, wet cloths or a bath. Do not give person with heat stroke fluids, and treat the situation as a serious medical emergency (CDC). 


Baldwin County Residents:


Living in a humid environment means paying attention to the heat index. The heat index factors in the humidity which can make the temperature feel 15 degrees hotter.


Safety Tips for your Home



  • Install window air conditioners snugly and insulate if necessary

  • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper installation

  • Install temporary window reflectors

  • Weather-strip doors and sills to keep the cool air in

  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun

  • Keep storm windows up all year


Safety Tips for your Community



  • Check on elderly at risk neighbors twice a day

  • Encourage elderly to increase their fluid intake based on their doctor's recommendations

  • Take elderly to air-conditioned areas if they have transportation problems 


Extreme Heat is a serious danger. For more information on preparation and prevention, visit ready.gov or cdc.gov


 

2017 Condo Owner Educational Symposium & Trade Show

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 2017 Condo Owner Educational Symposium & Trade Show We were excited to participate in the 2017 Condo Owner Educational Symposium & Trade Show hosted By Condo Owner Magazine.

We were excited to participate in the 2017 Condo Owner Educational Symposium & Trade Show hosted By Condo Owner Magazine. This was very informative for both attendees and exhibitors.

In case you were unable to make it, take a look at some of our Emergency Preparedness Tips below:

Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit – You should plan for 3 days of supplies, so you'll need water – a gallon per person per day – and non-perishable foods. Then add basic tools (wrench, pliers, can opener, matches), fire extinguisher, flashlight and radio with extra batteries, a first aid kit, extra clothing and hygiene items, garbage bags and duct tape, copies of important documents (insurance policies, ID, bank accounts), cash and local maps. 

Establish a Family Emergency Plan – Designate an out-of-town contact as your family's centralized, emergency communications facilitator in case your family is not together when a disaster strikes. Add that person's number to your emergency contacts on each family member’s cell phone. If you can't reach that individual with a call from a cell phone, try texting. 

Stay Informed – Learn about your community's emergency procedures and participate in activities planned during National Preparedness Month. You can also request checklists and other disaster preparedness tools from SERVPRO or at ready.gov. 

If your business suffers a major loss, call 251-928-9625 or 251-943-6244

Tornado Season and Storm Cleanup

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tornado Season and Storm Cleanup Know the signs of a tornado before it hits!

Tornadoes can strike quickly, and oftentimes, without much warning. According to NSSL, “A tornado is a narrow, violently rotating column of air that extends from the base of a thunderstorm to the ground.” Tornadoes are often hard to see unless a funnel forms because wind is invisible. Tornadoes can be difficult to see unless dust and debris are gathered within the condensation. If you cannot see the funnel, debris clouds can often mark their location. Made up of water droplets, dust, and debris, tornadoes are the most violent of all atmospheric storms.

How long is tornado season exactly? In the Southeast, tornado season lasts from March through May; however tornadoes can occur through early fall. Tornadoes often follow behind severe thunderstorms and hurricanes. Unfortunately, Baldwin County is no stranger to either.

Before the Storm  

Know the Signs:

  1. Whirling cloud of debris
  2. Very still air and lack of wind, especially following severe thunderstorm or hail
  3. Dark, greenish sky
  4. Low-lying wall cloud
  5. Debris being thrown from the sky
  6. Bright flashes near the ground, especially at night

During the Storm

During the storm, it is always best to find shelter. It is never a good option to be outside during the threat of severe weather such as tornadoes. Head to a storm shelter or sturdy building if possible. If a storm shelter is available, make this your first option. If it’s not, head to a sturdy building with a basement. Basements are not very common in Baldwin County. If you do not have access to a basement or storm shelter head to a sturdy building, moving to the center away from windows and exterior doors. Stay in the shelter until the storm passes.

After the Storm

SERVPRO of Baldwin County specializes in storm damage cleanup. After the storm, SERVPRO can restore your home, business, and personal property back to preloss conditions. We have the tools, resources, and training to make any loss “Like it never even happened.” Cleaning up after a storm doesn’t have to be hard, and choosing a company doesn’t have to be, either. Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County: 251-928-9625 / 251-943-6244. SERVPRO of Baldwin County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of this community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process This mold was found in a closet after a previous water intrusion had gone unnoticed and was not mitigated.

The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process: What Happens?

When there's water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affected your health and can also cause significant property damage. Although every mold damage scenario is different, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process:

  • Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County
  • Inspection and Damage Assessment
    • Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water which can be hidden from plain view.
  • Mold Containment
    • Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
  • Air Filtration
    • Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the area. SERVPRO of Baldwin County Technicians utilize equipment such as air scrubbers and commercial grade HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.
  • Cleaning Contents & Belongings
    • SERVPRO of Baldwin County will clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. We are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment. 
  • Restoration
    • Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO of Baldwin County

SERVPRO of Baldwin County understands mold and mold growth, and has the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business. We are ready to help if a fire, water, or mold loss occurs. Call on a restoration company serving insurance companies and their insureds, as well as commercial property owners across Baldwin County. You can trust the SERVPRO Brand! Call us today: 251-928-9625 / 251-943-6244

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming major

No one wants to discover water or fire damage on a Monday morning. Unfortunately, a commercial facility is more likely to have a larger, more significant damage than a residential home. This is not only because of the facility's size, but it is also because commercial facilities generally have longer periods without anyone there (i.e. overnight, weekends, holidays). Because of this, it is important to have a plan in place in case a disaster does happen. 

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Baldwin County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

Ready to get started? Call Us Today! 251-928-9625 or 251-943-6244

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Grilling Safety Tips Don't be a statistic! Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County.

Every summer we see house fires related to backyard grilling. With summer just around the corner, we thought it may be helpful to offer some of our most valuable grilling safety tips. Did you know that on average 8,900 house fires are caused by grilling each year? And, an average of 7,000 Americans are injured while using backyard grills each year? We didn't either.


Don't Let a Grilling Accident Ruin your Summer Fun



  1. Set up the grill at least 10 ft away from the home - this includes 10 ft away from your wooden deck! Do not grill on the deck.

  2. Favorite team playing in the college world series? Bring your radio or TV outside. Don't leave a grill unattended.

  3. Only turn on the gas when the grill lid is open.

  4. Raining outside? Wait for it to pass. Don't operate a backyard grill indoors.

  5. Check for gas leaks before use.

  6. Dirty grill? Clean it before using. Cleaning regularly prevents grease buildup - AKA more fuel for your fire.

  7. Prepare for the unexpected. Even the most experienced cooks can have a fire. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and know how to use it.


Understand Accidents Happen


SERVPRO of Baldwin County is equipped to handle any sized smoke or fire loss. Whether it's your home or your business, we know that fires happen when they are least expected. And, we understand that fire and smoke damage can be stressful. Fast response and quick mitigation by our team of trained professionals are keys in reducing the amount of damage and time that you spend out of your home or business. Let us make it "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7: 251-928-9625 or 251-943-6244.