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Mold Damage Linked To High Indoor Humidity In San Antonio

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Linked To High Indoor Humidity In San Antonio Drywall is one organic material in your home that mold damage can thrive on.

How high humidity can cause mold damage in your home

Residents of San Antonio experience long hot and humid summers. High levels of airborne moisture and warm temperatures indoors can contribute to the increased likelihood of mold growth in your home, even if you have air conditioning operating. Working with a reputable mold remediation company can help you pinpoint the reasons mold growth is an issue in your home as well as remediating the current growth.

Water is the fuel that accelerates mold damage in your San Antonio home. Mold spores are very opportunistic, gaining enough moisture from small amounts of dampness or small collections of condensation to begin growth. Running an air conditioner is often recommended to reduce interior humidity below 60 percent, the level where mold can find a supportive environment even without spills, leaks, or flooding.

Ironically, AC units can provide the moisture if operating inefficiently or if the wrong size for the space cooled. An air conditioner too small for the area is one problem SERVPRO sees, but an overly powerful system also can fail to reduce the humidity enough to halt mold development.

Air conditioning provides a cooling feeling when it removes moisture from the air, usually by condensing the water vapor on refrigerated coils. If adjusted correctly and draining properly, the system works well and prevents the conditions conducive to mold growth. Sometimes a larger than necessary unit does not operate long enough to reduce the humidity below the “sweet spot” for mold growth. It pumps cold air into the rooms too quickly and then cycles off before the humidity reduces. Mold then grows on the damp surfaces, necessitating mold remediation by our SERVPRO crews.

Keeping AC condensers and coils clean and the drains free-flowing is also key to preventing interior mold growth during a hot summer. If the drain is plugged, it may overflow, depositing moisture on a wall or floor nearby. Mold finds wood and drywall perfect organic surfaces to call home. SERVPRO inspects for these moisture sources when we arrive to assess and plan for mold remediation. If the homeowner does not address these issues chances are good that mold can return even after we complete a professional treatment.

SERVPRO  of Braun Station is eager to help community residents understand why mold finds a home attractive. We design strategies to remove current colonies while also inhibiting future outbreaks. Call us at (210) 267-2159 to schedule an evaluation.

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Fast, Reliable Mold Remediation For Your San Antonio Restaurant

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fast, Reliable Mold Remediation For Your San Antonio Restaurant If steamy pots lead to mold damage, contact SERVPRO for fast and reliable mold remediation.

When mold damage threatens your restaurant, count on the SERVPRO team

San Antonio restaurants, bakeries, and other food preparation enterprises know inspections are regularly conducted to ensure public health and safety. Mold growth is one of the negative marks your business can receive, so you want to move on mold remediation before the inspector comes. Stick to creating your delicious savory and sweet treats and hire us to manage the mold.

Mold damage in your San Antonio  bakery and restaurant not only violates health regulations but also repels your customers if they see or hear about it. In a perfect world, your business would never need to deal with mold growth, but the conditions supportive of mold spores germination are common in most food preparation areas. Mold prefers temperatures from 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but some strains thrive at temperatures as low as 30 or high as 120 degrees. Water, even in the form of steam or high humidity fuels the growth of the fungi, and organic materials offer a food source. All commercial kitchens present this type of environment. We are familiar with the challenges of mold remediation in these circumstances.

Expect SERVPRO mold remediation technicians to assess both the current mold damage and the various sources of moisture observed. Unless your business addresses the moisture issues, mold can recur. In kitchens, one of the essentials is an adequate ventilation system, including exhaust fans that move the steam out of the area. Spills, neglected plumbing leaks, and condensation from coolers, freezers, and ice machines all contribute to the water mold spores seek to absorb.

SERVPRO technicians apply the ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard for Professional Mold Remediation  using the IICRC Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation when responding to your mold emergency. The restoration industry outlines the best practices in this standard and guide, and we as industry leaders follow the recommendations and steps.

We do our best to complete the mold remediation while allowing your business to operate. The SERVPRO team erects physical barriers to contain the moldy area, a zone outside of which your staff and customers remain during the process. Air quality cannot be compromised, so we frequently use negative air pressure machines to prevent the contaminated air from drifting into the rest of your business and that employ HEPA filters to catch airborne debris before venting to the outdoors.

Once contained, our technicians remove the mold, using wiping, scraping, and abrasive techniques like soda blasting. SERVPRO  clears the residues with HEPA filtered vacuums, and bag the debris for disposal according to local codes. EPA-registered antimicrobial formulations treat surfaces to inhibit future mold growth and damage.

Let SERVPRO of Braun Station partner with you when mold damage threatens your food service business. Call us for an evaluation of even a minor infestation at (210) 267-2159 -- the sooner, the better to retain your hard-earned reputation for unique and tasty delicacies.

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How Professional Fire Damage Restoration Improves Your Business’s Quick Recovery

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Professional Fire Damage Restoration Improves Your Business’s Quick Recovery Count on SERVPRO after fire damage in your business.

Recover after fire damage with the help of SERVPRO

No business owner in San Antonio wants the focus for their clients or customers to be the company's ineffective recovery from a disaster. Keeping any damage from fire low key by trying to manage it in-house feels as though you retain control of both the recovery process and your brand. This benefits from this approach quickly become detriments when the challenges fire restoration derail your well-intentioned cleaning staff’s efforts. Involve our well-qualified and equipped fire damage crews to abate the effects fast and to health and restoration industry standards.

The fire damage in your San Antonio  restaurant kitchen extinguished swiftly, but the damage is surprisingly pervasive. Smoke and soot are difficult to contain, especially when everyone involved concentrates on putting the fire out by any means possible. Concerns about the spread of fire residues assert after the fire department leaves. Our crews receive comprehensive training not only on basic cleaning at a fire site but also on a myriad of strategies to seek and halt migration of and remediate the non-combusted particles sent airborne during a conflagration.

Many restaurants use open layouts to connect diners to the magic occurring in the kitchen. With little blocking airflow, it is nearly impossible to stop fire residues from depositing on the tables, chairs, and flooring in your dining room. When SERVPRO’s crew arrives, we assess the extent of the fire damage apparent and plan to limit any further spread. If the majority of the damage is in the kitchen area, we can decide to set up a containment zone around the cooking area with heavy plastic sheeting and a negative pressure air scrubber system that prevents more residues from escaping into the spaces where your customers enjoy their meals. We use the walls and doors in place, but augment as needed to keep the spaces separated.

SERVPRO then matches the type of sooty residue  with suitable cleaning tools and products. Kitchen fires are frequently protein based, laying down a thin but tenacious lacquer-like film that can require solvents to dislodge. We get to work in the containment chamber on the surfaces close to the fire center using techniques that minimize smearing and are appropriate for the damaged materials.

Meanwhile, in the parts of your restaurant further from the burning, we evaluate the type of soot and other residues that invaded before the establishment of the containment perimeter. SERVPRO technicians can vary the products, techniques, and tools if we encounter different types of residues. Lighter, ashy residues respond well to vacuums, dusting, and dry sponging. Stickier residues need the addition of cleaners with wetting agents and surfactants to loosen for wiping or scrubbing.

All spaces are likely to need deodorization, and SERVPRO  employs cutting-edge technology to eliminate smells through chemical neutralization. Cover-ups like candles or air fresheners fail while our resources are broad and eventually remove the odors when our trained employees monitor the process, adjusting the methods until we achieve success.

Fire damage restoration is a process best left to the experts rather than learned by trial and error. SERVPRO of Braun Station is available at (210) 267-2159 24 hours a day, year-round to meet your disaster recovery needs.

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Plumbing Breaches Often Require Water Removal In Your Leon Valley Home

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Plumbing Breaches Often Require Water Removal In Your Leon Valley Home When your water damage is too much for towels, count on the team at SERVPRO for your water damage remediation.

Get fast water removal after a burst pipe with the help of SERVPRO

Among the more recent bouts of extreme weather conditions that affected Leon Valley residents, the only threat that your homes face is not exclusively coming at you from the outside. While you should work to safeguard your home from the possibility of natural disasters as much as possible, indoor plumbing can also cause the same kind of catastrophe to affect both the structural integrity and the condition of your house.

While you might think of a breach in your plumbing as little more than a simple cleanup job, it likely requires professional water removal services for your Leon Valley residence. Every homeowner cares about protecting their investment, and your home's health becomes in jeopardy from poor cleaning techniques that do not adequately address the problem.

Our SERVPRO professionals understand that in these situations, time is of the essence. The longer those high volumes of water pool throughout the affected areas of your home, the more they weaken structural elements and cause more penetrative damages.

Locating the source of the damage is also a critical step in the restoration process for our SERVPRO team. By locating the problem, we can work to get the pipes repaired and the water back on to the rest of your house to help you return to your normal life while the restoration process is underway.

Water removal itself is often an involved process. Starting with portable pumps and wet-vacs, our team works to pull up all of the immediate pooling. More confined spaces and difficult to reach points require specialized drying equipment to reach, such as our injectidry system to reach into wall cavities. Thorough drying is critical for a successful restoration job.

While there might be multiple threats that your home faces over its lifetime, you cannot always account for or prevent some of them. With your indoor plumbing, most homeowners do not realize there is a problem until they are facing the pool of water the incident created. Trust in our SERVPRO of Braun Station technicians to help you clean up the mess, remove the water, and get back to your regular life. You can call us anytime at (210) 267-2159.

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Fast And Efficient Water Damage Restoration For San Antonio Shops

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fast And Efficient Water Damage Restoration For San Antonio Shops If your gift shop or business experiences water damage, count on the professionals at SERVPRO.

Experienced teams are ready to assist with your water damage restoration

San Antonio has a long and rich history, with visitors from around the country and the world traveling enjoy and learn about our city. Committing to providing an open and pleasant environment to residents and visiting guests in our museums, cafes, restaurants, and shops is essential to their positive experience. If water damage threatens your ability to deliver on this promise we can help.

Your response to the call from your staff that a pipe broke and caused water damage in your San Antonio  gift shop can make all the difference to the future prosperity of your business. You may try to take care of matters yourself to keep your store open. Mopping up the water and hoping that a gradual air dry takes care of the issues takes more time than you fear and can expose your business to long-term deterioration and secondary damage. The window to getting your business back on track is short, and our trained technicians work fast and cover every issue with tools and products a business rarely has available.

We also are very flexible in working with you to allow at least some of your core operations to continue. Our team can employ barriers to isolate the work areas away from spaces where you can still interact with customers. SERVPRO knows the reality can be businesses that shut down because of a water disaster struggle to reopen. The answer is not to do a quick job on the water damage cleanup. A better approach is to team up with a reliable and experienced company that focuses on the water mitigation while you concentrate on adapting your commerce until your retail space is restored.

SERVPRO arrives with all the equipment needed for water damage  restoration loaded on our service vehicles. Although each damage scenario is unique, the commonalities in water loss remediation guide our crew leaders to devise an effective plan quickly. Within hours of your first call, our crew is at work in your store extracting water, measuring moisture levels to establish drying goals, and positioning the air movers, dehumidifiers, and heaters to dry the space quickly. Our goal is to get your space back “Like it never even happened.” while also avoiding complications like mold growth or undetected pockets of water missed in a rushed response.

Get your business back on track after water damage with the assistance of SERVPRO  of Braun Station. Call us immediately at (210) 267-2159 so we can get the process started.

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What To Expect From Professional Mold Remediation In San Antonio

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What To Expect From Professional Mold Remediation In San Antonio Count on the professionals at SERVPRO if you find mold damage in your home.

Removing Mold damage from your home

Mold growth looms as a potential problem for any homeowner in San Antonio. Mold spores coexist within residential settings, encompassing both outdoor and indoor environments. Although they usually pose little harm, when moisture is present, the invisible mold spores explode into invasive mold colonies. Our mold remediation services can help.

Mold damage is sometimes visible in a San Antonio  home, but it also announces itself with an unpleasant, musty odor. Ignoring a moldy smell is not advisable as large mold infestations can hide between walls, in attics and foundations, under flooring, and above ceilings. If you notice staining or some feathery or leathery growth, alert our remediation team. A small visible mold issue may be just the tip of a significant mold invasion.

SERVPRO mold remediation teams train to IICRC, EPA, and OSHA standards. We cannot promise to eliminate mold spores, but we can eradicate active mold colonies and take steps to inhibit further mold growth. Some individuals are sensitive to the vast quantities of mold spores generated by colony growth and the byproducts some molds shed as they multiply. Because of this, it is critical that EPA precautions  be observed during remediation.

Mold debris needs containment during remediation. SERVPRO employs a variety of strategies to keep individuals safe during mold abatement. Our employees wear personal protective equipment and shield unaffected areas of your home during the remediation process. We use physical barriers such as heavy-duty plastic sheeting to contain the debris. Negative pressure air scrubbers use filters and suction to keep the moldy particles away from people and clean areas of your home during the project.

Once the chosen containment strategies are in place our crew scrapes and sometimes blasts, using soda as a gentle abrasive, the mold off of surfaces. We bag and dispose of the moldy materials per local codes. Then the surfaces receive an EPA registered antimicrobial treatment to limit the possibility of additional mold growth.

SERVPRO  also identifies and recommends elimination of the moisture sources that fuel the mold growth. If the dampness, spills, leaks, or condensation that encouraged mold spores to multiply are not resolved, mold can return.

SERVPRO of Braun Station is ready to help remediate a mold damage issue in your San Antonio home. Call us at (210) 267-2159 if you suspect mold growth and we can assess the situation and develop a plan.

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Flood Safety in San Antonio

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Its officially hurricane season and with that can bring a lot of unexpected rain to San Antonio. While living in San Antonio, we know that often we get quite a bit of flash flood warnings and watches. SERVPRO® of Braun Station wants to help you be prepared if water would ever intrude into your home.

Its unfortunate that we don't have anyway to prevent flood waters from coming into our home but we can help ourselves by knowing what to DO and DON'T DO after flooding.  

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

More information is provided by American Red Cross

SERVPRO® of Braun Station is here to help!

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Do you know where to turn off your water supply?

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

When the unfortunate happens, and a water pipe bursts in your business property, do you know where to run and turn off your water supply?

That is where SERVPRO® of Braun Station comes in! One of the many services we provide is what we call, an ERP (Emergency Ready Profile). We create an Emergency Ready Profile personalized specifically for your business. The ERP helps make a plan for your business incase a disaster were to happen in your property, such as a bursting pipe that causes a flood.

Benefits from an ERP:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes that SERVPRO® of Braun Station as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

These benefits help with a much faster response time to your business, which helps avoid any further damages to your property.

50% of businesses may never reopen again following a disaster.

Stay informed by visiting: https://www.ready.gov/

Call us today to schedule your free ERP, SERVPRO® of Braun Station: 210-267-2159

Cleaning Up San Antonio!

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Braun Station has launched a full general cleaning division. With this added service we can service more commercial properties, such as restaurants, office spaces, etc. Our general cleaning service is deep clean of the entire property.

Here is a list of our total commercial cleaning and maintenance we offer:

  • Carpet cleaning
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Cleaning of Draperies
  • Walls, Ceiling & Hard Surface Cleaning
  • Janitorial services
  • Deodorization
  • Vandalism cleaning
  • Kitchen cleaning (degreasing)

Along with the general cleaning of commercial properties. We also offer our duct cleaning and HVAC cleaning for all commercial properties as well.

Have any more questions?

Find us on the web, SERVPRO® of Braun Station Commercial Cleaning Service.

Call us today for your free quote on your commercial property!

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SERVPRO® of Braun Station Helps Everyone!

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

According to all local weather channels, like KSAT 12 Weather , storms will be officially coming through Friday, with a 30% chance of rain for Thursday. SERVPRO® of Braun Station has help many people in the past who have been affected by severe storms that have came through San Antonio in the past. 

In severe weather situations we pride ourselves in our response time. SERVPRO® of Braun Station has the ability and capability to respond to an emergency situation within one hour of the customers initial call.

If you become affected by any storm damage call the experts you can trust. We offer a free initial assessment, and working with your insurance company. Our free assessment saves customers a substantial amount of money in the long run. 

Be sure to call SERVPRO® of Braun Station to get your free assessment we are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year.

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