The effects of fire and smoke damage.
The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke-wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO® of Braun StationProfessionals will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals to focus on saving your precious items. Your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread.
Call The Cleanup Team That Is Faster to Any Size Disaster
Fire Prevention Week is October 8 through October 14
October is Fire Prevention Month and an excellent
time to examine the emergency preparedness plans for your home and business, including your fire escape plan. Do you have a fire escape plan? Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries within the last year? Are you prepared?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside a designated week each October to focus on fire prevention. The 2017 theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”
According to the NFPA, once the fire alarm goes off “you could have less than two minutes to get out safely,” yet only 8 percent of people surveyed
said getting out was the first thought after hearing a fire alarm. Creating, implementing, and practicing a fire escape plan for your home or business may be the difference between safety and tragedy. Make a plan today.
Your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise
Professionals want you to stay safe, informed, and prepared to help ensure you are ready for any disaster that comes your way.
Mold Due to Recent Rains in San Antonio
Mold can begin to grow within 72 hours of a water damage to your San Antonio home or office. Let the experts at SERVPRO of Braun Station help.
Has you home suddenly taken on a musky odor? Are you noticing black spots or other discolorations on your ceiling? These can be signs of potential microbial growth in your home or commercial building. As the weather has begun turning, we have had more rain than usual and it may have found a way into your home or office. If you suspect that you might have microbial growth your first call should be to SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159. We can come out and assess your home or office to determine if there is moisture in the building. If moisture is found, we have the experience and expertise to quickly begin the water mitigation process, which may include clean-up of microbial growth. The sooner you call the faster we can arrive to prevent further secondary damage to your structure.
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.
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?
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Be Prepared: Tsunamis in Texas
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.