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Hurricane Ida: Flooded Hotel

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck in front of building Our team responded to this building damaged from Hurricane Ida in New Orleans.

Hurricane Ida was recorded as the second most intense hurricane to strike the state of Louisiana, only behind Hurricane Katrina, and is tied for the strongest landfall in the state with Hurricane Laura which landed only a year prior. Ida was the second major hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Ida formed on August 26th in the Caribbean and struck Louisiana just three days later on August 29, 2021 - the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The residents of South Louisiana were left with very little notice to prepare due to the rapid and dangerous formation of Hurricane Ida. 

Anticipating damage, our clients alerted us of a building they managed that would most likely experience flooding or catastrophic wind damage. Following Hurricane Ida, the building indeed sustained severe damage. SERVPRO of Baldwin County responded to the call from our clients with supplemental power, drying equipment, trained personnel, and essential resources in order to restore the property quickly and efficiently.

There are many complexities when it comes to water restoration following a hurricane. Preparation is key because it can be very difficult to locate adequate resources as everyone else is trying to do the same. The recovery process after a major hurricane can be long and arduous. But, by having a relationship with a reputable restoration contractor such as SERVPRO, you will be steps ahead in getting your life back to normal. If you experience storm damage, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Baldwin County: 251-928-9625.

Flooded Unit in Orange Beach Condo

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team performing demo in damaged unit Our team has protected the unit owner's personal property and are in the process of mitigating the loss.

This water damage was caused by wind-driven rain. Wind-driven rain can occur when wind causes water to enter openings such as doors or windows. We see this on the Gulf Coast frequently, especially with homes or condos closest to the beach or bay areas such as Mobile Bay or Weeks Bay. Most of the time wind-driven rain occurs during tropical storms or hurricanes, but some times, it can occur with thunderstorms; however, this is generally only if there are pre-existing issues such as problems with the seal.  

In this case, a slow-moving category 2 hurricane poured rain into this condo unit. Prior to beginning any demo related services, we assessed the salvageability of the damaged materials, developed the scope and drying plan, and then proceeded with mitigation. While this sounds like a long process, each team member moved through these tasks efficiently and quickly.

Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County

You can trust that we will be thorough in the assessment of your property. Our team of a highly trained professionals is available for any of your emergency water or fire damage needs 24/7. All you have to do is call: 251-928-9625

Sink Overflow in Spanish Fort Home

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck in front of Providing 24/7 emergency services means that we're often up to greet the sunrise!

Recently, we received a call for water restoration at a home in Spanish Fort. The call came in at the very early hour of 1:00 AM. The homeowners, who were fast asleep, did not realize the damage had occurred until waking up and stepping in water as they got out of bed. If they weren't already awake, they were now! Luckily, they were able to easily find the source of the water and turn it off. They found that their 5 year old had accidentally left his bathroom sink running. Their next steps were to call SERVPRO of Baldwin County and their insurance company to inform them of the damage. Our team arrived promptly, and immediately began extracting water and assisting the homeowners by removing heavy rugs and furniture that they were not able to lift. They then moved on to remainder of the mitigation. Once all of the equipment had been placed and the project was complete for the day, our team walked out to this incredible sunrise.

School Gymnasium in Daphne, AL

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Team on Lift Cleaning Walls Here is a photo of our team performing specialty cleaning of high walls.

While we are most known for providing services that are the result of damage (such as water, fire, mold, or biohazard). We actually are called upon to provide many services that would be considered non-emergent. These could be cleanings or construction related improvements such as remodeling or renovations. In the commercial realm, we most frequently receive these requests from schools preparing for the return of students or condo associations preparing for the return of owners and guests.

School Gymnasium

Recently, we were called upon by one of our clients in Daphne to assist in preparing for the start of school. The school requested assistance with cleaning walls and replacing lights and tiles in the elevated ceilings. In order to reach the ceilings and high portions of the walls, our team utilized motorized scissor lifts that would allow them to move more quickly and safely. We completed the project in 2 days.

We are grateful to partner with our schools and  are hoping for a wonderful school year for all of our teachers and students in Baldwin County!

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned at Doc's Seafood

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Doc's Seafood Restaurant Doc's Seafood Shack and Oyster Bar in Orange Beach, AL

If you've ever been to the Alabama Gulf Coast, you probably have fond memories that include the Doc's Seafood family of restaurants. A trip to the  beach just isn't complete without the familiar airplane banner reminding you of the "Best Fried Shrimp in the Entire Civilized World!" These iconic restaurants are landmarks in the community - favorites of locals and visitors alike.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

We are proud to continue our partnership for the second year with the Doc's Seafood family of restaurants in bringing the highest standard of clean through the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned goes far beyond the standard janitorial clean by involving an expert deep clean using our proprietary EPA-approved, hospital-grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to CDC standards. 

Through our partnership with the Doc's Seafood family of restaurants, we are able to provide peace of mind in addition to assisting with the significant health and safety measures and systems that Doc's already has in place. Visit any of the Doc's Seafood family of restaurants for dine in or take out, or contact for delivery, 7 days a week. After all, it really is the "Best Fried Shrimp in the Entire Civilized World!"

Priority Response to Gulf Shores Condo

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Labor during morning lineup Every morning before the start of the project, our team lines up for a safety meeting. It is also at this time that we go over day's plan.

We recently provided service following a significant water damage at a condominium complex in Gulf Shores, AL. The water damage was caused by an overhead sprinkler system that was generated by a Kitchen fire on the top floor. It took several hours for the sprinkler system to turn off which resulted in significant damage to the entire building.

Mitigation and Repairs

We received the call on the fourth of July which is a very busy weekend in our neck of the woods. Our team immediately responded and arrived while the Fire Department and other Emergency Personnel were still on site. Our team jumped into action: extracting water, staging equipment, and performing other emergency service related tasks. After assessing the damage, the project manager over this project immediately began contacting our vendors to request additional resources required to complete the project in the most timely and efficient manner. This allowed us to complete the project in 7 days so that the reconstruction could begin promptly. We began the reconstruction following the mitigation making it a seamless transition for the condo owners and association management team. Once we were complete, we received a very happy call from the Association Manager. She exclaimed, "This is why we will always choose you. Y'all saved us!"

Choosing SERVPRO for your commercial property

SERVPRO of Baldwin County takes great pride in taking care of our community. Whether it be a small pipe leak or a hurricane, our clients know that they can count on us to respond with professionalism and a thorough knowledge of the mitigation and reconstruction processes. Choosing SERVPRO of Baldwin County means choosing a company that is dedicated to restoring your business or beachside condo in the safest, quickest, and most efficient manner possible. If your commercial facility has water or fire damage, call us 251-928-9625.

Hurricane Sally and Zeta Damage

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Two technicians performing demo Our two technicians are removing the damaged materials from a condo wall in Gulf Shores, AL following Hurricane Sally.

As the old adage goes, "Prepare for the worst, hope for the best." We know that living in a hurricane prone area means that the next storm could always be around the corner, so we must always be prepared.

Last year, we saw a record two hurricanes affect the Baldwin County area: Hurricane Sally and Hurricane Zeta. Hurricane Sally was a slow moving system that caused extensive wind damage, wind-driven rain, and flooding. Hurricane Zeta followed roughly a month later while many homes, businesses, and condominiums were being restored. Luckily, Hurricane Zeta was not as strong as Hurricane Sally so the damage was not as widespread and catastrophic. 

Expect the Unexpected

Every spring, we prepare for the potential that a hurricane will impact our area during the summer or fall. We prepare by securing resources such as equipment, consumables, and labor, and securing agreements with franchise partners who will travel to assist if disaster strikes. This yearly preparation paid off when we had two back to back hurricanes impact our area in 2020. We received over 90 calls from condominiums with significant damage and countless calls from businesses and commercial facilities in Baldwin County. Because of the prep, we were able to assist all who called in a timely manner. Choosing SERVPRO of Baldwin County means choosing a company backed by a national brand with nationwide resources. You can rest easy knowing that we have the ability to assist, no matter the size of disaster. We are always Here to Help: 251-928-9625.

Water Damage Restoration Following Roof Leak

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Containment and scaffolding This photo was taken during the mitigation phase. A roof leak caused significant damage to the first and second floors.

Baldwin County is located directly in between Mobile and Pensacola, the two rainiest cities in the US. It's safe to say that we get our share of rain here. Already in 2021, our area has exceeded precipitation accumulation rates from this point last year. This is why it is so important to have roof leaks repaired as quickly as possible. If left undetected, roof leaks can have disastrous consequences such as mold and rot. 

Recent Damage

This recent damage was the result of a long term roof leak that caused significant water damage on two floors, along with mold and rot. When performing mold remediation, and some times water mitigation, it is important to isolate the work area in order to prevent cross contamination. At this recent damage, our team immediately set up containment barriers so that the water mitigation could be performed in a way that prevents secondary damage to the structure. They also protected the undamaged floor so that paint, debris, and scaffolding would not harm it. They utilized scaffolding to secure the containment barriers and perform necessary demo on the ceiling and upper wall areas. Due to the presence of mold, we utilized air scrubbers and dehumidification rather than air movers that would have circulated contaminants. Following the mitigation and remediation, our team moved into the next phase: reconstruction. 

How to Handle a Water Damage in Your Home

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck in front of house Our team is unloading equipment at this recent water damage.

While no scenario is exactly the same, there are general steps that can be taken in every situation.

  1. Locate and shut off the shut-off valve or source of damage. Knowing where the water is coming from and how to shut it off is the first step that should be taken when you find a water damage in your home. Turning off the source of the damage is the first step in mitigating and preventing additional damage.
  2. Contact your insurance company to inform them of the damage. By informing your insurance company of the damage, you are able to take the first steps in claim resolution. The more quickly that you report your damage to your insurance company, the more quickly they are able to assess coverage and reimburse you for damages.
  3. Contact SERVPRO of Baldwin County for emergency services and reconstruction. It is also helpful to begin moving items off of the floor such as rugs or wood furniture that could be damaged by standing water. Our seasoned team of professionals will arrive promptly and immediately move into action: extracting and mitigating your water damage by removing damaged materials or assessing if they can be salvaged. Following the mitigation process, our team will provide you with the repairs or reconstruction for any item that was not able to restored by cleaning and drying. 

CALL SERVPRO of Baldwin County

Our team is available for cleaning, restoration, and reconstruction 24/7/365. Call us: 251-928-9625.

2021 Hurricane Season

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

As we get ready to enter into hurricane season, we want to make sure our community is well prepared and informed of what to do in case the storms get way out of hand. To ensure you and your loved ones are safe during this upcoming storm season, read along for these tips on what to do to be storm safe:

  1. Know Your Risks: One the most important things you can do is understand how susceptible your area is to hurricane weather. Being informed of the likelihood of how a hurricane can affect your area by keeping up to date with weather announcement and local and governments 
  2. Build an Emergency Kit: This one sounds simple, but it is often overlooked. Keeping an emergency kit that is stocked with water, canned foods, non perishables, and comfort items such as blankets and toys could be the difference between a disaster and an inconvenience. 
  3. Review And Gather Documents: Review your policies ahead of time to see what is covered and if flood insurance is available to you. Gather important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, birth certificates, deeds, or even sentimental documents and keep them in a fireproof and waterproof safe. 
  4. Be Informed: Knowing where to go and who to call is key to staying safe. Having an evacuation plan in place in the event of a disaster ensure members of your household know what to do in case home isn’t the safest place to be. Have a planned route and an alternate route to get to a safe place away from the storm.
  5. Strengthen Your Home: Taking a look around your property to see if you are vulnerable in the event of a hurricane is a key factor in minimizing your risk of damage. By looking for vulnerable areas, you’ll be able to address them and fortify and susceptible areas around the home or property.

Implementing these tips will help you face this hurricane season and minimize the risk of your property being a victim of the elements. Keep SERVPRO of Baldwin County in mind for all your storm damage restoration needs.