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San Antonio Are You Prepared?

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage San Antonio Are You Prepared? SERVPRO of Braun Station encourages our San Antonio community to be disaster aware

Are You Prepared? As a member of the Ready Campaign’s National Preparedness Coalition, SERVPRO® is proud to present the following information.

How quickly your company
can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or
flood often depends on the emergency planning done today. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency.  While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency
procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies.


The following are common sense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, the local economy, and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival. Review the following questions to learn if your company is prepared.

Be Informed
Do you know what kind of emergencies might affect your company? Do you know what you
will do in an emergency situation?

Develop a Business Continuity Plan
Do you know which staff, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep operating? Do you have backup plans for those operations? Do you know what you will do if your
building or plant is not accessible? Do you know what you will do if your suppliers are impacted by a disaster?  Are you ready for utility disruptions?

Prepare Your Emergency Plan
Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with employees before, during, and after an incident? Do you have copies of building and site maps with utilities and emergency routes marked? Are your employees trained for medical emergencies?

Practice the Emergency Plan
Have you practiced your plan recently? Do you practice and coordinate with other businesses in your building or industrial complex? Have you reviewed your plans in the last 12 months?

Review Insurance Coverage
Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you’re covered in a disaster?

Secure Your Facility and Equipment
Have you secured all the ways people, products, and supplies get into your building? Have you conducted a room-by-room walk-through to
determine what can be strapped down?


Improve Cybersecurity
Do you regularly install patches to your software? Have you installed a firewall on your computer? Do you regularly update your antivirus software?

Promote Family and Individual Preparedness
Do you encourage employees to have a personal emergency supply kit and a family communication plan?


If you answered “No” to any of these questions, visit ready.gov and learn how to better prepare your business.

Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Killer in San Antonio

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels, it can kill a person in minutes. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide, or CO,
is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas, created when fuels, like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas and propane burn incompletely.


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. It
is estimated another 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning.  All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, with some groups—
including unborn babies, infants, and
people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems— being more susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide.


An excess of CO, leading to CO poisoning, can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters,
clothes dryers, or idling cars left running in garages.  Taking some basic, precautionary
steps can help eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Protect yourself by reviewing the following tips, provided by the United States Fire Administration.

  • Have fuel-burning appliances, like
    oil and gas furnaces, gas or kerosene
    heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves
    inspected by a trained professional
    every year.
  • Open the damper for proper
    ventilation before using a fireplace.
    Never use your oven or stove top to
    heat your home.
  • Make sure all fuel-burning vented
    equipment is vented to the outside
    to avoid CO poisoning. Keep
    the venting for exhaust clear and
    unblocked.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle,
    remove it from the garage
    immediately after starting it. Never
    run a vehicle or other fueled engine
    or motor indoors, even if garage
    doors are open. Make sure the
    exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is
    not blocked with snow, ice, or other
    materials.
  • Make sure vents for the dryer,
    furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear
    of snow and other debris.
  • Only use barbecue grills outside,
    away from all doors, windows,
    vents, and other building openings.
    Some grills can produce CO gas.
    Never use grills inside the home
    or the garage, even if the doors are
    open.
  • Use portable generators outdoors
    in well-ventilated areas away from
    all doors, windows, vents, and
    other building openings to prevent
    exhaust fumes from entering the
    home.

Be Prepared: Tsunamis in Texas

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know tsunamis can hit any U.S. coast? While they are more likely to hit states on the Pacific coastline or in the Caribbean, it
is good to know what to do if a tsunami does strike where you live, or even where you may vacation.

Ready.gov says “tsunamis, also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called “tidal waves”), are
a series of enormous waves created by an underwater disturbance such as an earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption, or meteorite.” Areas within a mile of the coast and less than 25 feet above sea level have a greater risk of being hit.

As with any emergency, be sure you have a plan. Know the evacuation plan and move inland
or to higher ground and avoid the beach. “The first wave may not be the last or the largest,” according to the National Weather Service.

After a tsunami, do not return to the affected area until officials deem it safe. While drowning is the most common hazard, there are many aftereffects such as flooding and contaminated drinking water.


For more information on preparing for a tsunami, visit ready.gov/tsunamis.

San Antonio Government Facilities

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Government facilities in San Antonio need to stay open as much as possible when they experience a water or fire damage event.  SERVPRO of Braun Station is dedicated to working with all businesses to quickly remediate the damage to minimize the downtime required to finish the process.  We are committed to answer the call and quickly assess the damage to begin mitigation procedures.  This helps to ensure minimum service interruptions and lower recovery costs. SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals respond to disaster situations with the right personnel & equipment to provide timely mitigation.  From large disasters to those special cleaning needs that exceed the capabilities of a facility's janitorial service, SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals are committed to timely response and total customer satisfaction.

With over 40 years experience in cleanup and restoration... SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals are faster to any size disaster.

San Antonio Building Safety

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Building Safety is an opportunity to educate insurance and commercial property professionals, as well as the general public, on “what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable, and energy efficient homes and buildings,” according to the ICC website.

IMPORTANT TIPS FROM THE ICC
Disaster Safety & Mitigation
  

  • If you live in a high wind or hurricane prone area and do not have tested and code-approved shutters for protection from wind borne debris, consider temporarily protecting your doors and windows by mounting exterior grade, 7/16" minimum thickness plywood and fastening it into place. Visit www.flash.org for
    detailed instructions on how to use plywood for emergency board-up.
  • Consider building or retrofitting to create a tornado-safe room in your home. Follow ICC/NSSA 500 Standard for detailed construction information and to ensure you achieve the highest level of protection for your family.
  • In wildfire prone areas, remove fine (dead grass, leaves, etc.) and coarse fuels (dead twigs, branches, etc.) within 30 feet of a building to create a survivable space in case of wildfire. Be sure to remove dry leaf and pine litter from roofs, rain gutters, decks, and walkways. Follow ICC’s International Wildland-Urban Interface Code®
    for detailed requirements.
  • Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters
    or on flooded roads. Do not
    attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of water to move an SUV-sized vehicle.

Source: iccsafe.org

San Antonio Water Damage Quotes From Real Customers

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage San Antonio Water Damage Quotes From Real Customers Whether a pipe burst causes water damage in your San Antonio home or a washing machine overflows, we are here to help at (210) 267-2159

Our customers are the most important part of our business.  We strive to do a great job for each and every one of our customers.

"Recently, my sister-in-law arrived at our coastal house in the afternoon and noticed water on the driveway, which was very unusual. When she went into the house, she discovered a water leak. She called my husband and told us what she had walked into. We called our insurance agent and he instructed us to call SERVPRO®. Your team arrived that evening to handle this situation, while I arrived in the next couple of days to see what was happening. Your entire crew was AMAZING. There was a lot to be done and they knew exactly what to do. The Crew Chief was great. He was very professional and kept me informed on what was happening, step-by-step. He and his crew worked very hard. I was amazed at what needed to be done to dry out a house, and the crew really knew what they were doing and worked very hard. You are lucky to have them as employees!”
— Linda P.

5 Top Causes of Water Damage in San Antonio, Texas

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

One of the fastest ways to ruin a beautiful home is water damage. If you aren't careful, this destructive force will eat up your home's value and destroy your quality of life. SERVPRO of Braun Station in San Antonio, TX, recommends taking precautions against the most frequent situations likely to leave water damage. While some accidents still happen, protecting from these five common causes of water damage in the home will significantly decrease your risk.

Most Common Causes of Water Damage

1. Broken Pipes

A plumbing problem can spew gallons of water through your house in moments, so it's important to keep an eye on your pipes. Pay attention to leaks, drips, and signs of deterioration, and have a plumber inspect your house regularly.

2. Accident

A clogged toilet or too much soap in the dishwasher can mean water that spreads across your kitchen or bathroom. While these areas are better equipped than most to handle a spill, if there's a large-scale problem, then professional water extraction can protect your property.

3. Leaking Roofs

All it takes is one little hole to let the weather into your house—and when a problem starts at the top floor, it can trickle down all the way to the bottom. Keeping your roof in good repair will protect your interior from rain and all the problems it brings.

4. Humidity

This insidious form of water damage has no single obvious source and is likely to affect your basement. A dehumidifier can help, but to make a long-term change you'll need to work on waterproofing your basement.

5. Flash Flooding

No matter how well your house is designed, it will only keep out as much water as you and the builders plan for. Research what to do in case of a flood in your area, and take steps if heavy rains are expected. Afterward, schedule professional flood cleanup.

Not all water damage can be prevented. If you still find your house taking on water, your next best step is professional cleaning and restoration. Call SERVPRO of Braun Station today to remove and repair water damage. You can reach them at (210) 267-2159.

The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process in San Antonio, TX

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business.  Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property.  Fortunately, your local SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals have the protective gear and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.  Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.  The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process.

Call Your Local SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159.

Inspection & Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect hidden water sources.  Mold feeds on cellulose & water which can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold & isolate the contaminated are with physical barriers & negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air.  SERVPRO technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers to prevent the spread of these mold spores.

Your local SERVPRO of Braun Station understands mold & mold growth, so call us today at the first signs of mold.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Braun Station?

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

It is important to choose a company that you can trust when you have a water damage.  SERVPRO of Braun Station has the expertise and customer service to help you through each step of your water damage claim.  Here's a quote from a recent customer:

“There are not enough good words to describe SERVPRO’s service and the technician who took care of us after our entire living room flooded after the heavy rains. What a blessing he was!
Our insurance denied the claim, since we had no flood ‘coverage.’ Our technician came in, studied
the situation, and got right to work! He answered all questions we had and quoted a reasonable
cost. He returned yesterday to remove the equipment, and again, he was very punctual,
professional, and compassionate! Yes, compassionate, which is often hard to find in a service industry and in a man so young! I want y’all to know that our tech was the voice of calm in this crisis (or what felt like a crisis to us)! Thank you so much for your high-quality work, the reasonable pricing, and especially for our
technician. We will be more than happy to refer anyone to SERVPRO®!”
-Steve and Susan, Texas

SERVPRO of Braun Station Faster to Your Disaster

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Your disaster may not always be fire & water related, but the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Braun Station are still "here to help" when it comes to other situations.  There are several services that you may never think of until a related disaster strikes your business including biohazard and crime scene cleanup.  Equipped with the knowledge, experience, and training, SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals will start helping the moment you call us at (210) 267-2159.  When disaster strikes, make sure you have experienced professionals on the line.  No matter how big or small the loss is, your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals will be ready to help make your business property damage "Like it never ever happened."  We are available day or night 365 days a years to help.