Putting Out Fires
The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. Our SERVPRO professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.
Your SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly.
Ask about our content claims inventory service and document restoration services.
Winter Storm Ready
Are you prepared for the coming cold weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.
To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.
- Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
- Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
- Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
Keeping Your Home or Business Fresh!
What Is Duct Cleaning?
This process refers to the cleaning of various system components of your heating and cooling system. The components that should be regularly cleaned include grilles, supply and return air ducts, heat exchangers, coils, and unit housing.
When not cleaned, these components can become contaminated with dust, dirt, and pollen. In addition, moisture can even result in mold growth, which often has harmful health effects. A thorough cleaning, however, can prevent such contamination and keep your indoor air at a high quality.
How Can It Help Remove Foul Odors?
When the ducts are thoroughly cleaned with proper equipment, professionals can remove dander, mold, dust, and other contaminants in your air vents. These particles are generally the cause of foul odors. For example, mold often causes a musty smell, while pet fur and dander trapped in the ducts may cause other odors. To truly remove these smells, the process sanitizes and deodorizes all areas that are affected.
Microbiology of Microbial Growth
Indoor and outdoor environments naturally harbor a great variety of microscopic life forms termed microorganisms or microbes. Found everywhere in nature, their largest components are classified as bacteria and fungi. Bacteria are an extremely large and diverse group of single-celled organisms found in all earthly habitats to include the most extreme and harsh physical environments.
In addition to visible bacterial or fungal growth and detection of moisture in porous materials, an obvious indicator of microbial growth and contamination is a "musty", "moldy", or "mildewy" odor. Bacteria and fungi produce a variety of volatile organic compounds during active growth in damp or wet building, finishing, and furnishing materials. These microbial volatile organic compounds, which are detected through the smell are generated by many molds, and also gram-negative and actinomycete bacteria as they rapidly metabolize and amplify.
When Disaster Hits
Disasters can happen at anytime! SERVPRO of Braun Station can help you become better prepared for any disaster that may happen with the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP).
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest 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. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.
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.
Hurricane Relief Efforts
There were many families who were affected by the storm throughout the Gulf Coast. Although it will take years before all the cities and towns are back to normal, SERVPRO of Braun Station is always here to help with all storm damages.
In the surrounding areas of Houston and Port Aransas were among the areas with the greatest amount of storm damages. SERVPRO of Braun Station have many years of experience in storm damage cleanup.
The families who were effected by the storm were left with water in their homes and forced to leave. With our outstanding services and experience we were able to restore the families homes much quicker.
Our professionals here at SERVPRO of Braun Station are here 24/7 to serve all your needs. 210-267-2159
Cooking During the Holidays
November—when cooler temperatures arrive, the leaves change, and family-oriented get-togethers, like Thanksgiving, begin the holiday season. While you are busy whipping up delicious dishes in the kitchen, it is also important to take time to remember safety.
Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.
Here at SERVPRO® of Braun Station we want to share with you some safety protocols to help keep your family safe.
Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
Keep anything that can catch fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains—away from the stovetop.
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.