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Fire Preparation for Businesses

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

As heaters along Gulf Coast start coming on, we receive an uptick in fire and smoke damage related calls. A fire in your business can be costly from a time perspective as well as the loss of business revenue and the cost for the repairs themselves.  A business interruption like a fire could cause the business to be closed for days to several months depending on the severity of the damage. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can reduce this impact on your business. 

  • Install Fire Alarm System
    • A smoke alarm will automatically notify first responders as well as alert your staff Early warning systems that alert your staff to the presence of fire.
  • Install Fire Sprinkler System
    • A sprinkler systems will assist by actively controlling fire until firefighters arrive. While a sprinkler system only releases a fraction of water as standard fire hoses, they can greatly minimize potential damage.
  • Consult Fire Protection Engineering Company
    • A specialized fire engineering group may be able to help you in designing fire-resistant elements the construction or renovation of your building.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Hattiesburg for a SERVPRO READY Plan
    • A emergency response plan can greatly unexpected disasters.  Your plan should include emergency shut-offs and locations, vendor contacts and insurance information. Contact SERVPRO of Baldwin County by calling (251)928-9625 and a representative will set up your free plan. 

Whatever you choose to do for your business, you should always make sure that your systems are regularly inspected and maintained in order to ensure proper operation. You may use a combination or just one of these ideas, but we hope this information will help you better decide what fits with your individual company's needs. 

In the event of a fire damage, the team at SERVPRO of Baldwin County is here to help. We are a full service restoration company that is IICRC Certified in Fire and Smoke Restoration.  Our highly trained team is always Here to Help: 251-928-9625. 

Choosing a Restoration Vendor for Tropical Storms and Hurricanes

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles in front of condominium following hurricane Following Hurricane Sally, we along with our franchise partners performed several large loss restoration projects along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

We frequently receive questions from clients who manage or on the board of condominium associations about how they can be prepared for tropical storms and hurricanes in order to make the restoration process as seamless and easy as possible. 

While each condominium association is unique, there are two tips that apply to all associations, no matter the association's location or budget.

TIPS

  1. Choose your restoration vendor ahead of time.
    • Resources are always limited after a hurricane or major disaster. By choosing your vendor ahead of time, you give your vendor the opportunity to allocate resources for your building(s) in the event of a damage. 
  2. Allow your vendor to discuss the restoration process with key board members.
    • Educating your board and staff beforehand will provide them with confidence and knowledge, and setup realistic expectations of the standards and practices of the insurance restoration process following a large loss. A hurricane is unlikely to happen every year, and with the changing of board members, it would be a good practice to invite your vendor to your annual meeting in order to keep the current board educated.

CHOOSE SERVPRO of Baldwin County

As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise as well as a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We are a local company with national resources, and have access to the resources and personnel of 1,700 franchise partners to handle major storms and catastrophic disasters. If your association has storm damage, choose SERVPRO of Baldwin County: 251-928-9625.

Storm Damage?

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Team performing mitigation in storm damaged church Our team is performing mitigation in this church following damage from a hurricane.

Storm damage may seem like an umbrella term, but it is one that we often hear living on the Gulf Coast. Storm damage from a hurricane could mean a variety of things. It could mean wind damage which could cause anything from fallen trees or powerlines onto your property, roof leaks, or wind-driven rain through windows and doors. It could also mean flooding caused by storm surge or ground water and excessive rains. Often times, especially near the coastline, storm damage means a combination of these items. If you live along the Gulf Coast or in any area that is prone to hurricanes, it is especially important to make sure that your business and home have adequate insurance coverage so that you can rest assured you are covered before disaster strikes. 

CHOOSE SERVPRO

Our team at SERVPRO of Baldwin County is no stranger to the aftermath of hurricanes and storm events. We have seen our share of tropical storms and hurricanes both at home and away assisting franchise partners. Our resources, relationships, and years of experience have given us the tools to always be able to rise to the occasion in assisting our community. When disaster strikes, remember that your local team at SERVPRO of Baldwin County is always here to help. 

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.