Recent Commercial Posts

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.

The Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) System is Designed with Business Owners in Mind

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

Your commercial property is always at risk of being damaged by natural elements and disasters. If your business gets hit by a disaster, you’ll need a commercial restoration company with the proper training, experience and resources to return your property to “Like it never even happened.”

We are faster to any disaster and use advanced technology to take care of any commercial restoration need.

SERVPRO of Baldwin County technicians first identify the extent of the problem, and then work with care and sensitivity to rescue and restore the area to normal conditions. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) system exists to help you get emergency mitigation services to your business as fast as possible after a disaster. The ERP system is designed with business owners in mind and allows you to upload relevant documents, information, and building layouts that help our technicians react fast and control the situation better than if you had placed a standard phone call. The ERP system is free to use and has an official mobile app to allow you to call for help at the touch of a button.

If you are preparing for a disaster or recovering from one we can help! SERVPRO of Baldwin County covers all of Baldwin County on the Alabama Gulf Coast!

Call us at 251-928-9625

Issues from Water Intrusion in the Commercial Environment

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

Many commercial structures have a larger volume water entering the premises through plumbing supply lines, and at a higher water pressure. The quantity of outgoing sewage is also greater than a typical residence. Commercial buildings tend to be of larger square footage than a home, so entry points for water intrusion through areas like the roof, exterior walls or windows are greater in number.

Water intrusion in commercial buildings can damage high-value equipment like computers and building services such as HVAC, lighting, elevators and security equipment. Common long-term consequences of water damage; like the growth of toxic mold, may be even more problematic than in a home due to the larger occupancy of a business or commercial enterprise. When a greater number of people with a wider range of sensitivity are exposed to mold and bacteria spores, health impacts may be significantly magnified, perhaps leading to an enforced closure of the facility until the situation is fully remediated.

Typical issues from water intrusion in the commercial environment include:

•Water from roof leaks penetrating through ceilings. Chronic leakage through the roof may proceed unnoticed for long periods, hidden by suspended ceiling panels or in electrical or HVAC service areas above.

•Ruptures of water supply lines typically release clean (white) water.  Sewage backups or leaks in drain pipes release toxic (black) water that may be a biohazard and require evacuation of the premises.

•Flooding from external sources can result from heavy rains, storms such as hurricanes, rapid snow melt or local overflowing lakes or rivers.

•Moisture intrusion through the building envelope is typically more subtle. Humid outdoor air may be drawn in through structural cracks and gaps. Over a period, chronic dampness forms in spaces like wall voids, unventilated attics and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.

For professional remediation of water intrusion in commercial buildings and secondary damage such as mold growth, contact SERVPRO of Baldwin County! We service all of Baldwin County here on the Alabama Gulf Coast! Call us at 251-928-9625

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

8/15/2020 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Baldwin County help you with all your carpet cleaning needs. Here at SERVPRO of Baldwin County, we use more than 100 exclusive cleaning products and award winning training to get your carpet looking restored and rejuvenated. Below are some common misconceptions about having your carpets professionally cleaned.

  1. The only reason to have your carpets cleaned is to remove the dirt.
  • In fact the IICRC standards for carpet cleaning S100, the CRI carpet and Rug institute, and United States EPA all state that: CARPETS MUST BE CLEANED FIRST FOR HEALTH, AND THEN FOR APPERARANCE. Studies conducted by the EPA have proven that the indoor air quality of many buildings is more polluted than the outdoor air.
  • Carpets act like a huge filter that traps all sorts of pathogens, toxins, and bio pollutants. For example tobacco smoke is a common toxin found in soiled carpets. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 different chemical compounds. Even if you, your family member or friends don’t smoke, the chemicals and so many others are picked up by your shoes, tracked into your house and deposited in your carpet.
  • Therefore in addition to removing dirt and soil, you may want to consider the health issues and indoor quality issues related to pollutions in your carpets. Having your carpets cleaned at least once a year will maintain a clean environment for you, your family, and friends.
  1. Having the right equipment is all a company needs to clean your carpets properly.
  • This is simply not true. Many companies have top of the line equipment but do not know how you use it. You probably know someone who bought the most high tech cell phone on the market and does not know how to us it properly. The same thing happens with carpet cleaning equipment.
  • At SERVPRO of Baldwin County, our equipment specialist go through extensive training with our production managers on how to properly use the equipment and the do’s and don’ts when cleaning carpets. They are also trained on more than 100 products so they know exactly what products to use on all type of carpet.

SERVPRO of Baldwin County is dedicated to excellence. We are proud of the products we sell and the service we give. We are committed to our customers and treat them with honesty and integrity. Let us help you keep you, your family, and friends’ safe. Call us today to make an appointment to have your carpets cleaned by the professionals at SERVPRO of Baldwin County at 251-928-9625.

Commercial Damage Levels

8/15/2020 (Permalink)

One of the areas SERVPRO of Baldwin County has the capability to handle is commercial damage.

There are so many factors that can contribute to commercial damage occurring such as fires due to unforeseen circumstances, facility usage which puts wear and tear on your property, down to the most basic water damage. No matter the source of the damage, this downtime can be costly both to your business and your customers.  When damage at your commercial property happens, how do you know to what level and extent? Below we have a grading system we use to determine the level of which your property is assessed and categorized to begin mitigation.  

Level 1

Small commercial loss typically involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a small commercial loss may include but are not limited to, a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a daycare facility, a small shopping center, a small warehouse or manufacturing facility, or a stand-alone administrative building. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.

Level 2

Midsize commercial loss typically involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level or greatly divided spaces. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 2 loss may include but are not limited to, a small multi-family property, a midsize church or school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Level 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure.

Level 3

Large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 3 loss can include but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; a mid- to high-rise retail or administration facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.” Once our team determines the level of loss, the property is further assessed, and a team of appropriate size is dispatched to get the job done quickly and efficiently. If you have damage at your Commercial property, call SERVPRO of Baldwin County at 251-928-9625

Flood Damage Recovery Surprises

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding in your Baldwin County/ AL Gulf Coast business is already enough of a crisis. Unfortunately, as professionals mitigate and remediate the harm, it is not uncommon for owners to confront snags in the process. If the flood waters unleash compounding factors during the onslaught and the recovery, you need a restoration partner who can adapt their response to any unexpected twists and turns when secondary damage occurs.

What Are Examples of Secondary Damage or Discovered Hazards?

Your commercial building might harbor hidden materials brought to light during flood damage. When structural components break, erode, or strip away protective coverings during the rush of water or attempts to restore the chaos, the process might need to come to a halt. If the following materials are discovered a change in the recovery plan is necessary:

  • Asbestos
  • Lead painted surfaces
  • A wide range of chemicals, stored or swept inside, now contaminating the flood water
  • Mold growth

How Can I Handle the Presence of Biohazards and Mold Discovered During the Flood Recovery Process?

When SERVPRO is your commercial flood damage recovery contractor in the Baldwin County/ AL Gulf Coast area, the unveiling of biohazards and mold triggers the inclusion of remediation phases for each challenge. Our team includes trained, licensed, and experienced managers and technicians who can jump in whenever needed to secure the scene and take care of the interruption. We commit to:

  • Containing the affected spaces and the hazardous substances
  • Collecting the harmful materials, residues, and contaminated fluids
  • Disposing of the mold and biohazardsas required under local regulations

Rely on SERVPRO of Baldwin County to recognize new issues mid-project and integrate their resolution into the overarching restoration plan. Call on us at 251-928-9625 for a full-spectrum of services to get you back in business fast after flood damage.

3 Facts Business Owners Need To Know

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Your commercial building can be affected by flooding from several sources. Water damage can include warped flooring and moldy drywall, but one of the more immediate issues caused by flooding is the influx of contaminated water. If your business has recently been damaged by flooding, it can be helpful to understand how this type of water can cause long-term damage and what you can do to mitigate it. 

  1. It Can Contain Dangerous Chemicals 

Environmental experts often call contaminated water that stems from flooding Category 3. This means the water did not come from a sterile source and may contain a variety of hazardous components, including harsh sewer and lawn chemicals that entered the water during flooding. These chemicals can make the water dangerous to touch, so calling in a flood damage and cleanup service is the safest way to have it removed. 

  1. It May Make You Sick 

Category 3 water damage can be dangerous in more than one way. For example, standing black water can grow microbes that may cause a variety of health effects. Urine and feces may also be present, even if they are not immediately visible, so it is wise to avoid this type of water completely and wait for professional cleanup services to arrive. 

  1. Acting Quickly Can Be Essential 

Because contaminated water can become more dangerous the longer it sits, it is a good idea to call in a cleanup crew right away. This can be important even if you believe the worst of the damage has already been done. Having the water removed may reduce the chances of long-term issues with your building’s affected floors and walls and prevent mold growth, which can be difficult to treat once it takes hold. 

Cat 3 water damage can harm your  commercial building in several ways. However, when you know its dangers and how to combat it, you may be able to prevent the worst of the destruction.

If your commercial building has experienced a water emergency call SERVPRO of Baldwin County at 251-928-9625

Flood Waters in your business

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

For Homes, Businesses, Schools & More…

After the flood waters recede and the debris is cleaned up, most people will want to begin rebuilding as quickly as possible.  While it is understandable to try to get back into a home or business as quickly as possible to try to retain some normalcy, problems can occur when trying to rebuild too quickly.  Flood waters have likely submerged the wood causing it to absorb large amounts of water. Beginning the rebuild process too quickly can lead to mold growth, insect infestation, and rotten wood.

Flood waters are filthy.  They contain bacteria, viruses, waste particles, and all kinds of gross contaminants.  Materials that are more porous, like drywall and carpet, must be removed and replaced.

CAUTION!  Make sure you inspect for structural and electrical damage from outside to determine if it is safe to enter.  Electrical safety is extremely important in floods. Check for fire hazards and gas leaks. Use battery-powered lights.  Wear sturdy, rubber shoes, rubber gloves, and eye protection. If mold is present, wear a respirator with a HEPA filter.  

If you need assistance getting your home or business back together, call SERVPRO of Baldwin County at 251-928-9625

Natural Disaster and your Business

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Natural disasters can be terrifying. Especially if they affect your home or business, and those that depend on you. Although it’s scary to think about, there are a wide variety of different catastrophes that could strike your business, including floods, hurricanes, tornado, fires, and more.  If one of these unfortunate events happens, you don’t want to find yourself unprepared! Discover the most important steps to take following a major disaster so you can recover quickly and safely.  

1.     Assess the Situation

As soon as the calamity has died down, check yourself and any family members to make sure no one is hurt. If you have any nearby neighbors, see if they are in need of any help. Turn off the gas and electricity in your home if it safe to do so, and avoid entering your home for a while, as there could be damage to your floors or ceilings that could cause them to collapse.

2.     Finding Food and Shelter

If your business no longer has running water, you can obtain it through emergency sources, such as rainwater, your hot water tank, your toilet reservoir, or ice cube trays. Shelters are usually assembled by the American Red Cross in emergency situations for those whose homes are too damaged to stay in; look for one of these if you feel your home or business is dangerous. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as local churches and community services, are also good resources for any needs you might have in these dire situations.

3.     Be Cautious

Disasters always leave a trail of destruction behind; be wary of contaminated floodwaters, fallen power lines, or any criminals taking advantage of all the chaos. Don’t turn the gas back on in your home, as there could be a leak, and make sure your house is ventilated if you’re cooking over your fireplace.

4.     Recovering Important Information

One of the last steps of disaster rehabilitation and recovery is to salvage as many of the important documents from the wreckage, such as your insurance policies, birth certificates, driver’s license, deeds, wills, financial statements, and any other precious information. Although these procedures might be difficult, it will help you and your family recover from this crisis as quickly as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County with all Your Disaster Rehabilitation Needs!

If a disaster has affected your home, call SERVPRO of Baldwin County for all your cleanup needs! Our disaster restoration services are available 24/7, 365 days per year; they include water and flood damage cleanup, mold remediation, odor control, reconstruction services, trauma cleanup, and fire and smoke damage cleanup. Don’t wait another moment if your home has been devastated! Call us today! 251-928-9625

Steps To Take After Your Retail Store Floods

6/6/2020 (Permalink)

If your retail business floods, you must act as quickly as possible to salvage what you can and minimize the ongoing destruction that will come from standing water and saturation. If this happens you may feel like there is so much to take care of you don’t know where to start. Here are some important first steps to take after your retail store floods.

  • Safety first, of course. It’s important to move quickly, but it’s more important to protect yourself while you assess the damage. There are many dangers that you might encounter when returning to your flooded property, such as: 
    • infectious and diarrheal diseases – floodwater can contain some really unhealthy stuff
    • fuels, solvents and other industrial chemicals in floodwater
    • drowning or being wounded by submerged objects are possible hazards in a flooded basement or storage area, as well as in moving or standing water
    • electrical hazards – watch for downed power lines or underground electrical service exposed by erosion. Do not enter your flooded building if the electrical power is on or if you can see obvious structural damage
  • Assess the damage. Walk the perimeter of the property first, taking pictures and/or shooting some video footage to document what you find.
    •  Look for erosion that has left walls unstable or exposed utilities like underground electrical service or gas, sewer, or freshwater supply lines. 
    • If electrical or gas lines are exposed, call an electrician or your power company. These are situations that are potentially deadly. Get professional help before entering the building.
  • Remove all water and dry everything as quickly as possible. If your retail store has suffered significant flooding, professional help will probably be best, and you will want to choose a company that knows mold. A mold colony can become established in 24 hours after a flooding event, and that will be a disaster for your business, affecting your fixtures and product, and therefore your livelihood.

Our SERVPRO of Baldwin County team is here to help you if you suffer a flooding event. We are mold remediation experts, too!

Does Commercial Insurance Cover Mold Damage?

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

After a hurricane or flood hits your Baldwin County property, you don’t just have to worry about water damage. You may also find mold within the building. Luckily, your commercial insurance policy should cover the cost of mold cleanup services.

Why Mold Is So Destructive

Mold is a fungus that appears frequently in the environment. It releases spores that spread throughout nature and enter buildings.
Mold damage occurs when spores quickly grow within a property. This typically transpires when there is excessive moisture on the premises due to:

  • Broken water heater
  • Leaky roof
  • Leaky pipe
  • Poor ventilation
  • High humidity

Once the mold begins to spread, it may destroy parts of your property. Mold frequently grows on materials that make up buildings, including carpet, wood and drywall. It then breaks down these items and uses them as food.
Worst of all, the mold may initially grow under floors or behind walls and ceiling tiles. By the time you notice this mold, the damage may have already been done.

Mold and Insurance

A standard commercial insurance policy usually features a fungus exclusion. However, there are exceptions to this exclusion. Specifically, your policy likely offers limited fungus coverage.
This mold insurance covers property destruction due to fungus that results from a specified cause of loss. The main mold-causing perils that fall into this category are water damage and leaking fire suppression systems.

What Is Covered

You can use this insurance money to repair physical damage caused by the mold. The insurance additionally covers the expense of tearing out walls or floorboards to reach the spores.
Addressing the mold on your own could just cause additional harm, so you should hire mold remediation specialists to handle the job. Insurance even covers the cost of testing the property to ensure the black mold cleanup is complete.
Without commercial insurance, you would be stuck paying for mold repairs out of your own pocket. Your insurance provider can give you more details about your specific policy.

Restoring Commercial Property

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Baldwin County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Baldwin County

SERVPRO of Baldwin County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Commercial Mitigation

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

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.

What To Do After a Water Damage

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

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. 

Commercial Water Damage

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

This photo was taken at 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 SERVPRO of Baldwin County

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 Fire/Water Damage

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

This flooded room was caused by a sprinkler system due to a fire in an adjacent building.

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.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration Facts

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

In the restoration industry, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to water and the havoc it can wreak.  

Water Restoration Facts

  • A sheet of drywall standing upright in 1/2" of water can absorb as much as 6 inches in less than 3 hours.
  • Water is known as a "universal solvent" because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid.
  • Mold typically begins to grow within 24 to 48 hours in an untreated, moist environment.
  • A puddle of water around a water heater indicates a slow leak, or rusted or corroded fittings.  Act quickly as water heaters are under a great deal of water pressure.

Water Contamination Categories in the Restoration Industry

  • Category One-Water from a clean source that poses no risk of sickness or discomfort such as from an overflowing bathtub or from a broken water supply pipe.
  • Category Two-Water that has a significant degree of chemical, biological and/or physical contamination such as water from a dishwasher or washer, or aquarium leak or discharged Category One water that sits untreated for more than 24 hours becomes a Category Two.
  • Category Three- Water coming from a grossly unsanitary source or carrying disease causing agents such as releases from septic systems and flood waters or discharged Category One water that sits for more than 48 hours becomes Category Three, or discharged Category Two water that sits for more than 24 hours becomes Category Three.

The use of chemical agents that act as biocides may be used when there is a need to control or destroy pathogenic microorganisms during a restoration project.  The EPA defines three levels of biocidal activity:

  • Sanitizers which are designed to reduce the number of microorganisms
  • Disinfectants which are designed to destroy or inhibit the growth, but not necessarily  the spores.
  • Sterilizers which are designed to destroy all microorganisms and their spores, such as mold, bacteria, viruses, etc.

Have commercial water damage questions? Call 251-928-9625

Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Mold: Commercial Buildings & Schools

Concern about indoor exposure to mold has been increasing as the public becomes aware that exposure to mold can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms. Here is some information for the remediation/cleanup of mold and moisture problems in schools and commercial buildings.

 Did You Know?

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on, and can cause health effects.

Mold in Commercial Buildings

Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings. Moisture problems can have many causes, including uncontrolled humidity. Some moisture problems in buildings have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed, but may lack adequate ventilation, potentially leading to moisture buildup. Building materials, such as drywall, may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems may include:

  • Roof leaks
  • Landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building
  • Unvented combustion appliances
  • Delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance are also associated with moisture problems in schools and large buildings

Moisture problems in portable classrooms and other temporary structures have frequently been associated with mold problems. For more information see IAQ Design Tools for Schools - Portable Classrooms.

When mold growth occurs in buildings, adverse health problems may be reported by some building occupants. Remediators should avoid exposing themselves and others to mold-laden dusts as they conduct their cleanup activities. Caution should be used to prevent mold and mold spores from being dispersed throughout the air where they can be inhaled by building occupants.

https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-remediation-schools-and-commercial-buildings-guide

If you are in need of Mold Remediation in your commercial building, SERVPRO of Baldwin County will be happy to help make it look “Like it never even happened." Call us today at 251-928-9625

Emergency Preparedness from SERVPRO of Baldwin County

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Baldwin County is a 24/7 Emergency Service Provider. We are READY and available to respond to your damage at all times.

Did you know?

"Forty percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Similar statistics from the United States Small Business Administration indicate that over 90 percent of businesses fail within two years after being struck by a disaster." (source)

SERVPRO of Baldwin County is dedicated to reducing this risk. One of the ways we can do this is by setting up your free Emergency Ready Profile. A fast recovery is possible after disaster strikes - whether that be catastrophic to Baldwin County such as hurricanes, tornadoes, or flooding or affecting just your business (fire, pipe leak, etc.)

We are Here To Help® minimize your loss of revenue caused by the loss of operations. 

Call us at (251)928-9625 or (251)943-6244 to set yours up today!

Identifying Commercial Client's Top Priority: Business Interruption

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

This project began December 26th, 2017. This was a commercial mold loss which began from a leaking roof earlier this year.

Avoiding business interruption is almost always the top priority of our commercial clients. 

At SERVPRO of Baldwin County, many of our members come from backgrounds in finance and accounting professions, and they understand the importance of maintaining cash-flow for a business. 

Prior to beginning a commercial restoration project, the facility is walked-through with appropriate decision makers. If avoiding business interruption is a priority, our team will work with the client to provide quality service while helping the client maintain production in their facility. Some of the ways we do that is by working out a schedule with the client so that our team works after hours or on weekends while the facility is normally closed; or, we may work around the client in specified areas during business hours; another solution is moving the client to another building until restoration and repairs have been completed. Whatever the answer may be, each is tailored to meet and satisfy the needs of our client on a case by case basis.

Commercial Damage?

SERVPRO of Baldwin County recognizes the urgency to react and to immediately build a recovery plan when we partner with commercial clients. Our office works with our partners to make sure documents flow through the right channels in order to simplify settlements during claims or direct pay losses. If tenants are involved, we have the flexibility to work directly with them individually. We also anticipate and recognize coverage issues so that our customers can understand how the claim will be settled.

The SERVPRO brand is the most recognized and respected brand in the mitigation industry. If there is a disaster in your commercial facility, call the team at SERVPRO of Baldwin County: 251-928-9625 / 251-943-6244.

Commercial Restoration Services

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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.

2017 Condo Owner Educational Symposium & Trade Show

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

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

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

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

Be Prepared - SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Download the SERVPRO ERP App Today

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

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.

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Restoring Your Baldwin County, AL Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Baldwin County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Baldwin County

SERVPRO of Baldwin County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.