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Rainy Weather in Baldwin County

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

It has been a rainy week here in Baldwin County, Alabama! Our team has been busy responding to calls due to roof leaks, groundwater intrusions, and an unfortunate part of excessive rain, sewage backups. 

Water Damage is Serious.

It's important to identify any potential openings for water intrusion before it happens. Although, identifying potential causes can be difficult until a damage actually occurs, there are some ways that you can be proactive that can have a serious impact on preventing damages.

  1. Roof Inspection: having your roof inspected (especially if it is an older roof and has weathered many storms!) is an important item in your toolkit for preventing water damage. Our area is not a stranger to bad weather including tornadoes, tropical storms, or hurricanes. Even if you may not experience water damage, regular roof maintenance can be especially helpful in reducing risk for future damage.
  2. Identify potential causes for other water intrusion. Water can enter the home in a variety of ways whether that be due sealant failure around doors and windows, sump-pump failure, or drainage issues related to landscaping. If you notice any of these issues following decent raining, it is important to get these issues repaired before another storm. And, especially so as we enter hurricane season!

We're Here to Help.

SERVPRO of Baldwin County can help you identify and repair these issues if you experience damage. As a fully licensed general contractor and homebuilder, we have the knowledge and resources to complete all of the necessary interior and exterior repairs - as well as drying if necessary - to make your water damage "Like it never even happened." If you suffer water damage, call the experts at SERVPRO of Baldwin County. We're available 24/7/365: 251-928-9625.

Tornado Safety

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

It's safe to say that most understand that hurricanes, tropical storms, tropical depressions, and tornadoes are dangerous weather events common in our area. However, unless you live on the Gulf Coast and have experienced these weather events, you may not realize that serious storms like hurricanes and tropical storms are often accompanied by tornadoes. Unfortunately, it is not only the wind damage from the hurricane or tropical storm that requires a safety plan, but also the very real threat of tornadoes. 

Ready.gov is a wonderful resource for identifying ways that you can prepare for a tornado, stay safe during a tornado, and stay safe after a tornado.

Like all serious storms, in preparing for a tornado, it is important to know your area's risk, to know the signs of a tornado, and to heed local warnings. Unfortunately, our risk is very high like most of the Southeast. This is why making a plan for your family and pet(s) before the damage is so important. Having a physical shelter whether that be a dedicated storm shelter ideally or a small, windowless room within the interior of the home on the lowest level and preparing for the potential for long term sheltering in place can have life-saving consequences.

After the Storm

Safety is still a priority after the storm. Damaged electrical or structural support is a very real threat if you experienced damage. We suggest that you look to Ready.gov for a list of ways you can stay safe following a tornado. Once all is clear, contact your locally owned restoration contractor SERVPRO of Baldwin County: 251-928-9625. We are a fully licensed and insured full-service general contractor and homebuilder, and as members of your community, we are always Here to Help.

Naming Hurricanes

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Can you believe it? We're just 49 days away from the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season!

Naming Hurricanes

Storms are given short, distinctive names to avoid confusion and streamline communications (NOAA). Until the second half of the 20th century, storms were referred to by the year and order in which they occurred. How confusing! The names for this season are the following:

  • Alex
  • Bonnie
  • Colin
  • Danielle
  • Earl
  • Fiona
  • Gaston
  • Hermine
  • Ian
  • Julia
  • Karl
  • Lisa
  • Martin
  • Nicole
  • Owen
  • Paula
  • Richard
  • Shary
  • Tobias
  • Virginie
  • Walter

Who names the hurricanes and storms anyway? It's a common misconception that NOAA or the Farmer's Almanac names storms. Storm names are determined by the World Meteorological Organization. Storm names are on a rotation, and they are only retired if the level of damage is so great that keeping them would result in confusion. 

Hurricane Ready

We are in the business of disaster restoration. Every year we plan and prepare as if a storm will hit our area or we will need to mobilize to assist the communities impacted. And the unfortunate reality is that it's likely one of these scenarios will prove true. According to III.org, at least one hurricane or tropical storm resulting in loss of life and property damage has made landfall in the US every year since 2007. Practicing safety precautions and heeding local warnings are essential to ensuring communities stay safe in the chance of a hurricane or tropical storm.

2022 Hurricane Prep

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

With just 49 days before the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, we would like to share hurricane preparedness tips from our friends at the American Red Cross.

Evacuating or "Riding it Through"

Heeding warnings from local authorities is extremely important. If an evacuation mandate is in effect, go right away. Pack items that you and your family may need with the idea that you could be away from your home for at least one month. It's best to have an idea of what this is or even pack it in advance (medical supplies, identification, emergency items like water, food, blankets, etc. and many more. It's also important to follow local evacuation routes as it is likely that back roads or short cuts may be blocked off, redirecting you to the evacuation route. And finally, check with local authorities for shelters if unable to move far enough outside of the projected path of the storm.

Some times, evacuation mandates are not always issued. This is the case if the expected damage does not warrant a complete evacuation. If this is the case, you must decide the best course for you and your family. Even when an evacuation is not warranted, it could be very uncomfortable with an extended lack of power and likely potential of property damage that even a Category 1 or 2 Hurricane may cause. If you still choose to stay at home, it is important to determine the best place to shelter in the face of flooding or high winds. An interior room without windows or doors is usually the best option. Even if your home may not be prone to flooding, make sure you have the ability to move to higher ground before flooding begins. With rising sea levels, the risk of flooding has increased even in areas not prone to flooding.

Here to Help.

If you suffer water, wind, or flood damage as a result of a hurricane or tropical storm, remember we are Here to Help. Our team of experts are IICRC trained in remediating damage caused by storms. As a local company with national resources, all of us at SERVPRO of Baldwin County are members of your community and have a vested interest in restoring the homes and businesses impacted by storm damage. By choosing SERVPRO, you can rest assured that your property is in good hands.

Flooded Auditorium

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Specialty drying inside an auditorium This auditorium took on significant water damage near the stage.

One of our clients recently called us regarding a flooded auditorium. Knowing the size of the auditorium, we knew that specialty drying techniques would be required in order to restore the affected area to preloss condition. 

A determining factor in the choosing the amount and type of dehumidification required for a space is the volume of the space. While the tenting certainly looks impressive, the damage was not actually large enough to necessitate a desiccant dehumidifier, but due to the high ceilings, it did require that the volume of the space be reduced so that the equipment could run more efficiently, increasing the rate of evaporation and through dehumidification removing the moisture from the air. Tenting is not always feasible due to a variety of factors, but it is certainly effective in specialty drying situations such as that of an auditorium. 

Specialty Drying Needed?

If you have a case that is beyond the typical approach, call SERVPRO of Baldwin County. We recognize that not all mitigation projects are the same, and our team of experts is trained to assess your facility's individual needs. We're available 24/7/365. Call 251-928-9625 or submit a customer inquiry through our website here.

Kitchen Fire Damage

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Even small house fires can cause damage. From grease to odor, many people may not realize that even small fires can cause soot stains on their walls and leave difficult to remove greasy residue on the walls, floor, and ceiling.

So, what should you do if you have a fire damage? Getting help as soon as possible is the best way to help reduce overall costs and additional repairs. SERVPRO of Baldwin County and our team of trained professionals will respond to your home or business as soon as we receive your call. 

No Job is Too Big or Too Small

Many don't realize that even smaller fires make need professional help remediating. Even if the home does not require reconstruction such as painting, flooring replacement, or other repairs, cleaning and deodorization may be required to remove soot stains, grease stains, and/or odor. Even small cooking fires can leave greasy soot on your walls, leave lingering malodor, and ashes can fall on your carpet, rugs, and upholstered furniture.

Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County

Our team of professionals are experts in remediating fire and smoke damaged property and contents. We have been trained and certified to help restore after fire and smoke damage to the structure and contents through the IICRC. The IICRC is the standard in the restoration industry. Choosing a company that is both firm certified with technicians who are individually certified ensures you are working with professionals who truly know what they’re doing. Even after small damages our team can help by using cleaning agents designed to break down acidic soot residue and grease, utilize odor-reducing equipment, such as hydroxyl generators and thermal foggers, and professionally clean your carpet, rugs, and upholstery to reduce malodors and remove soot.

Here at SERVPRO of Baldwin County, we have access to advanced technology designed to remediate the damages inside of your home. Using state of the art equipment and techniques, you can trust our team to help get your life back to normal after a fire.

March Next Level Awards

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

Male employee standing in front of Servpro truck March Next Level Award Winner - Andrew, Production Crew Leader

March Next Level Awards

February was a very busy month for team. We mitigated two large commercial water and fire damages in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores along with our normal day to day volume of residential and commercial mold remediation, fire restoration, reconstruction, and covid-19 cleanings from the Eastern Shore to Bay Minette to the Beach. We are so glad to serve our community in Baldwin County and are grateful that our clients choose SERVPRO. 

While we appreciate every member of our team and their dedication in restoring our community, in keeping with the Next Level awards, we wanted to recognize two team members who went above and beyond in providing exemplary performance within their respective departments.

These two team members are Andrew who is a Production Crew Leader, and Linda who is an Accounting Administrative Assistant. Both work very hard and show tremendous dedication and leadership. Because of team members like Andrew and Linda, we are able to keep our promise of providing the best quality product and client experience. 

Thank you, Andrew and Linda, for your hard work and dedication, and for taking our team to the Next Level!

  

Join our Team!

At SERVPRO of Baldwin County, it is important that all of our team members succeed in every aspect of their life. By joining our team, we will strive to be able to help you do this. If you are interested in joining our team, please apply here.

Choosing a Restoration Vendor

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

Choose SERVPRO

Water, fire, and mold emergencies can be stressful. When choosing SERVPRO, we understand that it is often under these circumstances. Through in-house training at our corporate headquarters, certifications through the IICRC, and on-the-job training, we aim to eliminate this stress by providing our client with compassion, professionalism, and respect, and by using state of the art equipment and techniques, a product consistent with the industry standard. 

It's hard to imagine having an emergency such as a water or fire damage, but truth be told, it's likely that you will experience at least one in your lifetime. It's always best to prepare ahead of time and consider the experience you would like to have. By choosing SERVPRO of Baldwin County, you can rest assured that we will do everything we can to make the process as easy and seamless as possible. See a recent review we received on Google from a customer following their water damage:

"I had a water leak and when your guys came on scene they immediately went to work testing and checking things out. They immediately put in equipment for pulling out moisture and drying things up! They sprayed the stuff to stop the growth of bacteria and mold and immediately pulled up the wet flooring and removed my cabinets and stuff! I am impressed with how educated they were on top of their drive to get the work done in a fast timely safe and CLEAN manner! Thanks to James, Nemisis, & Triston my family and I are comforted in the fact everything has been treated and it is safe for us to return back to daily life the best we can as they come and put in a new kitchen and flooring! Thanks you guys so much!!"

Here to Help.

We're available 24/7/365. Disasters don't wait for normal business hours and neither do we. If you experience water, fire, or mold damage or require specialty cleaning, contact us by phone (251) 928-9625 or submit a customer inquiry here.

February Next Level Awards

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

Male employee standing in front of Servpro truck February Next Level Award Winner - James, Production Manager

What is Next Level?

In January, we kicked off our Next Level awards. Our company wide incentive for 2022 is to take our team to the 'Next Level' through providing the best quality product and client experience. To our company, it is important that we not only improve the experience of our clients, but also that we grow as individuals both personally and professionally. We feel that it would be a disservice to our team, clients, and community to promote one without the other. At SERVPRO of Baldwin County, we emphasize personal and professional development through weekly staff meetings with the entire team and quarterly one on one check-ins. For each member of our staff we offer a career path with a written plan detailing what markers, tasks, or training will be required to reach the next role. Through treating each individual team member with respect, honesty, and integrity by helping each individual realize their personal and professional goals, our team as a whole is taken to the next level and we are better able to service our clients. 

February Awards

Each month of 2022 we will be acknowledging team members for outstanding work performance, leadership, and growth from the month before. Our February award winners were:
  • James, Production Manager
  • Frankie, Office Manager
  • Virgil, Reconstruction Technician
Thank you to our February winners for taking our team to the Next Level! 

Join our Team!

At SERVPRO of Baldwin County, it is important that all of our team members succeed in every aspect of their life. By joining our team, we will strive to be able to help you do this. If you are interested in joining our team, please apply here.

Personal Property after a Fire Damage

2/24/2022 (Permalink)

Restoring Contents after Fire Damage

Have you ever wondered what happens to your personal property after a fire damage? Well, the answer is quite complex. Like all things, it can vary depending on the degree of damage. In addition to this, the material and value of the item will determine how or if it would be better to be restored or replaced. 

1. Establish Safety: The first step in restoring contents after a fire damage is actually not related to the contents at all. It is establishing that the structural integrity of the home is secure so that the property can be accessed. The second part of establishing safety will pertain to contents. Once it has been confirmed that home is secure, it is important to remove all items such as medication, weapons, or items of immense value like jewelry since theft is more likely to occur following a fire or flood than at any other time.

2. Evaluate Contents:  Once safety is established, it is important to evaluate the degree of damage of both the structure and the contents, and determine if it would be more efficient to move the contents offsite or secure all items onsite. Often times, it ends up being a combination of both. Textiles and soft fabrics are often moved offsite quickly to begin the cleaning process whereas hard furniture can often be cleaned and stored on site if the structural repairs do not require it being moved as well. 

3. Inventory Non-Salvageable Items: The third step is to inventory non-salvageable items with photo documentation. This will assist the owner in receiving reimbursement for items that cannot be restored. This is also the time to determine if an item's inherent value combined with its level of damage dictates whether or not it should be replaced rather than restored.

4. Clean and Deodorize Content: The fourth step is to clean and deodorize the contents. Contents are test cleaned to ensure that the correct product is used. The restoration process varies greatly depending on the type of material and degree of damage. 

5. Pack, Store, and Return Contents: Most often contents are moved offsite if the structural repairs are too difficult to complete with the presence of the content in the home or building. Other times, it is because the type of cleaning required may require off-site specialty tools or equipment. If the contents must be moved offsite, the contents are packed into new boxes following cleaning, stored, and returned once the repairs are completed.

Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County

As you can see, restoration following a fire damage has many steps and restoring a property and personal property to preloss condition is for restoration professionals. The team at SERVPRO of Baldwin County are certified by the IICRC, the gold standard in the cleaning and restoration industry. By trusting SERVPRO of Baldwin County following your fire damage, you can rest assured that your home or business will be treated with care, professionalism, and the most up to date techniques. We hope you enjoyed this basic overview of restoring contents following a fire damage.