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Fireplace Safety Tips For Everyone In Bexar County, TX

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Coals on fire in a fireplace with smoke SERVPRO of Braun Station is available if smoke or soot turns your warm fireplace into a fire damage situation.

It was a chilly morning today and our owner's family decided to light a fire.  However, they had not used these tips and suddenly had smoke all over their home. We don't want this to happen to you so here are some tips that could help prevent this from happening to you.

Safety Tips

  • Call an inspector to have your fireplace and chimney inspected annually.
  • Open the damper or flue prior to starting the fire 
  • Take a moment to clean the ashes from all of those previous warm fires.
  • Always use a screen or a door to keep the ashes inside the fireplace and not on your living room floor
  • Choose quality wood that is dry, well-aged, and cut into smaller pieces
  • Always have working smoke detectors and a working fire extinguisher

What can I do if I get soot in my house from my fireplace?

SERVPRO of Braun Station is your local SERVPRO franchise that is here if smoke or soot gets into your home.  We are a phone call away at (210) 267-2159 and can come out to immediately assess the damages and begin the remediation and restoration process.

Preventing Storm Damage To Your San Antonio Home

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damaged roof with a blue tarp on top SERVPRO of Braun Station is available for your storm damage needs in San Antonio, Texas.

San Antonio weather can be unpredictable

This past weekend we enjoyed comfortable temperatures and were able to spend some time out and about in our beautiful Alamo City.  Now, just days later, we are drenched in rain and it feels colder as the day goes on. Being from San Antonio means you know to dress for winter in the morning and layer in case the afternoon becomes summer. As the weather changes, what can you do to protect your home against water damage?

Start with the outside first

  • Clean your gutters: when gutters are full of leaves, they don’t allow rain water to flow naturally and can result in an overflow of water.  This water might find it’s way into your house via your walls, roof, or accumulation that results in ground-floor flooding.
  • Check trees around your house: any trees that are close to your home could ultimately fall in a windy storm, breaking your roof and allowing water to seep into your home.  Trees that are too close to your home can also allow animals to climb into your attic, further breaching your roof’s integrity.
  • Check your roof: We have been speaking about the importance of maintaining your roof to keep the inside dry.  Now is the time to make sure you don’t have any loose shingles or tiles.  

Time to Check Inside

  • Check your windows and doors: weather-stripping around doors and windows can help to make sure rain doesn’t come indoors.  You will want to look for obvious cracks, spaces, and loose hardware. These items can allow droplets to rain into your home.
  • Check the foundation: Look for any cracks in the foundation or in the walls.  If any are found, deal with them immediately.
  • Check your garage door: it is important to ensure that it closes fully and properly to prevent water from entering during a storm.

If Storm Damage Happens

SERVPRO of Braun Station is available to help if rain water finds a way into your home.  We are a phone call away at (210) 267-2159 and will be there quickly to start the remediation and restoration process.

Water Heater Leaks in San Antonio? Call SERVPRO!

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

leaking water heater Water heater failures can cause water damage quickly. Inspect your water heater often for signs of rust and leaking.

Water Damage Recovery after a Malfunctioning Water Heater Leaks in your San Antonio Home

Many Texans switch their heating on from November through to early March to keep out the winter chills. But a malfunctioning heater could expose your home to water-related incidents. Water heaters are generally built to last decades of high usage since they can be costly to replace. However, with the sheer volume of water passing through a heater during the winter months can cause year on year corrosion of the steel storage tanks. When these leak inside an airing or heating closet, they can cause significant amounts of harm to your property. 

A heater with corrosion can start to leak over time, leading to water damage in parts of your San Antonio home. The likelihood of tanks bursting increases when there is steel corrosion, which can have a sizable impact. Performing regular maintenance checks and replacing the anode rod inside your water heater when necessary is the best way of avoiding water emergencies. However, accidents do happen, in which case you should have a firm backup plan in place to limit the losses to your property's structure.

One potential challenge SERVPRO technicians have in restoring structure around a large appliance is restrictive access. Typically, heating systems are built into closets or small enclosures out of the way of the main rooms in your house. These enclosed areas increase water migration because water builds up in a concentrated area, which can lead to water problems inside the cavities of your home. 

Water restoration technicians with experience can duct seal the enclosure and attach dehumidification hoses into the area to speed up the evaporation process rapidly. Since water extractors are likely to be unable to dry such a small space effectively, SERVPRO relies on closed-system dehumidification to dry. We may also need to assess the adjacent walls as well as the subfloor of your property to see how far excess moisture is traveling using Boroscopes. 

Water heater failure can cause extensive harm in small spaces. Contact SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159.

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What to Do After Unexpected Flood Damage in a San Antonio Home

1/11/2020 (Permalink)

Cut drywall with SERVPRO equipment on the floor of a home drying the open area on the wall. San Antonio, your flood damage will need assistance, let SERVPRO help you.

SERVPRO knows what your San Antonio home needs after flood damage. 

When flood damage strikes properties in this area of Texas, even half-an-inch of water has the potential to do significant harm, and more if cleanup efforts do not begin immediately as the water can breach the subfloor and wick into sheetrock rapidly.

Intense storms are commonplace in San Antonio, and flood damage creates emergencies for residents. Flooring by far fares the worst when prolonged exposure to moisture occurs, and SERVPRO has the skills and equipment to lessen the loss in many cases. Depending on the type of water in the home, the techs can often dry the carpet in place and gather delaminated tiles for potential reinstallation.

Homeowners Can Lessen Loss

Before SERVPRO arrives on the scene for cleanup and restoration, and only if it is safe to do so, the removal of items from the area in the home affected by flood water helps. Pick up things on the floor, ink from magazines, for example, can transfer or stain from wood furnishings has the potential to bleed into the wet carpet. For furniture too heavy to move, merely placing a barrier such as raising it on wood blocks with foil between the furniture and the floor can save the carpet from permanent stains.

Rainwater vs. Groundwater

If the water in the home is from rainwater, examples might be from a hailstorm, a tree limb damaging a window or roof allowing rain to enter; there is little danger for anyone coming into contact with the water as long as cleanup efforts begin within 24 hours before bacteria has a chance to set up. Groundwater may contain anything from toxins to sewage, and it carries a classification as a class-three biohazard; SERVPRO recommends avoiding it until the technicians arrive on-site to test and extract the water.

Extraction, Drying and Sanitizing

When it comes to any flood loss in a home, you need professional water removal, complete drying, and sanitization-level cleaning to ensure your home is safe and healthy for habitation.

When flood damage hits hard, SERVPRO of Braun Station is available 24/7 to assist local properties with any size cleanup and restoration services at (210) 267-2159 to make the loss "Like it never even happened."

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How Flooding Damages Your San Antonio Home

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Yellow Safety-First sign in front of a blue sky background Floodwater not only causes water damage but contains contaminants. Call SERVPRO for safe, professional restoration.

Why SERVPRO Helps in Making the Right Decisions after Flood Damage Incidents in San Antonio

Flooding incidents are stressing to everyone they affect since they not only lead to financial losses but also are highly disruptive. Sometimes the urge to find a solution fast enough leads the homeowner to make the wrong decision worsening the situation.

Calling SERVPRO to handle the mitigation and restoration processes in your San Antonio property can help eliminate mistakes.

Preparation of the site after flood damage loss in San Antonio helps a great deal. As the famous saying goes, failure to plan is planning to fail. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the site to establish the full extent of the loss, thus making the correct restoration plans, including deciding which equipment to use. We then create a staging area where we place all the equipment we bring to the site, which cuts down the trips we make back to the vehicles to get supplies, saving time. Laying a paper or plastic drop on the staging area also helps protect the equipment from soiling, which they can transfer to other areas of the property during cleanup.

The damage caused by flooding varies in many ways. There is a need to establish whether an incident falls under category 1, 2, or 3 of water loss to ensure the correct response. The categories depend on the level of contamination involved. If the flooding is from rainwater intruding through the roof, there is no contamination, so the priority is water extraction. For category 2 loss, the use of light protective gear such as gloves and disinfectants is sufficient since contamination is minimal. However, if it is a category 3 loss, our SERVPRO technicians need to move the people and contents from your house. We also use full PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, including full-face respirators, rubber boots, and full bodysuits.

Extracting all floodwater from the loss site and cleaning up the mess helps restore the property to its preloss state. Our SERVPRO technicians have a wide array of pumps to handle the removal. We also use different types of cleaning equipment, including pressure washers and rotating brushes to remove soils. The use of detergents and other professional cleaning agents also helps.

A properly run flood damage restoration process should help deal with an incident, "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159 to help. We are available 24/7.

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Avoid ANY Delays When Dealing with Flood Damage in San Antonio

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Call SERVPRO To Help Salvage Your Flood Damaged San Antonio Home?

A flood can happen without warning, leaving a fair amount of destruction behind in and around your home. Along with water removal, hiring the professionals at SERVPRO provides you with the help you need with cleaning and disinfecting, stain removal, and the renovation of portions of your home. We have the skills and training to get you the prompt results you need so that you can get your household back to life as usual.

Any properties hit with flood damage in San Antonio often possess varying degrees of deterioration depending on the level of floodwater, as well as the time it takes to extract all of the moisture. There could be issues that arise like wood rot, rust, and the potential for mold growth. All of these things are difficult to address on your own, which is where our experienced technicians shine. We move fast to extract the floodwater, paying attention to any materials that need removal along the way.

House materials are unique from one structure to the next, including different internal structures. SERVPRO assesses the structure of your home, using moisture detection equipment to ensure that no area is left with festering water. We also have a solid understanding of building materials, which allows us to determine the overall impact that the envelope of your home has on the drying process. 

Finally, our technicians come fully equipped with sophisticated tools that make the flood remediation process go a lot faster than if you were to try to take the DIY approach. When using our drying mats and injecti-dry systems, we can pull water from the floorboards without causing excessive, costly damage. 

Do you want to know more about how we can help you with all of your flood damage needs? Give our team of professional technicians a phone call today at SERVPRO of Braun Station, and we can send someone out as soon as possible. You can reach out to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (210) 267-2159.

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San Antonio Homeowners Benefit from SERVPRO's Comprehensive Flood Mitigation Package

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Green Fleet Parked on the street in front of tall buildings. Why Call SERVPRO for Water Loss Mitigations—Large or Small? The Cavalry Has Arrived—We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster

Why SERVPRO Provides Peace of Mind During Flood Damage Cleanup in San Antonio

When flash flooding impacts your San Antonio home, you need a fast response, not a shopping list of equipment, cleaners, and disinfectants. Mitigating and remediating the harm from floodwaters invading your lower levels, foundation, or crawl space requires both specialized training and the tools of the disaster restoration trade. These requirements are why new and returning customers seek out our services.

Safety During Flooding Response

Because mud, silt, other debris, infectious waste, chemicals, and dead animals and insects can contaminate your San Antonio home during flood damage, numerous safeguards must be in place during cleanup. First and foremost, the water of any category presents a hazard. Slips and falls, electrical shock, and even drowning are possible if responders are not prepared with a comprehensive understanding of the risks when wading into floodwaters. Illness and reactions to pathogens and chemical agents swept into your home are a significant source of concern. The need to follow the restoration industry best practices is critical. Our familiarity with and commitment to utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) and proper containment, removal, and disposal protocol are why we can deliver rapid results that meet or exceed local regulations and standards.

Comprehensive Understanding of Psychrometry

The science of drying or psychrometry is the foundation of our work in the flood recovery industry. If the principles of psychrometry are poorly understood or research-based protocols are not followed, the progressive deterioration of building materials is inevitable, and secondary damage like mold outbreaks are probable. Our employees’ mastery of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework on flood damage mitigation and remediation is why SERVPRO is an industry leader. Every phase in our assessment and project planning process is grounded in a firm grasp of the current drying theories standardized by the IICRC. The steps our certified technicians take to complete the multitude of tasks needed to make it “Like it never even happened” are carefully prioritized and completed professionally.

Flood Damage Recovery for Both Structure and Contents

Our full-spectrum range of services includes specialized evaluation, scoping, and strategies for flood damage to your house and also to the furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions that make it a home. Providing solutions to flooding damage that embraces both building materials and contents is why SERVPRO is a trusted disaster partner in the region.

Learn why SERVPRO of Braun Station is a reliable and reputable flood damage asset when you call (210) 267-2159 as the waters begin to recede. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and eager to prove the benefits of selecting our services.

A Primer on Handling Water Damaged Electronics in San Antonio

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water spill on electronic equipment, Power strip next to water spill Water and electronics don’t mix.  SERVPRO has the know-how to safely clean-up water spills.

Tips for Managing Electronics During Water Cleanup in San Antonio

Electronic devices are available to assist and entertain the residents of San Antonio in nearly every room of a home. Desktops, laptops, sound systems, televisions, projectors, appliances, mobile devices, and more are at risk of damage when your house experiences a water loss. Avoid the expense and inconvenience of replacing most of your electronics by adhering to the protocol that follows.

Protect Against Electrical Shocks and Shorts

The first step during water cleanup in San Antonio involving electronics is to unplug or shut off the power to all devices, including modern “smart” appliances. Disconnect backup batteries as well. Managing current flow ensures that you and your family, as well as members of our team, have protection from potential electrical shocks, which can result in severe injury or worse. It also minimizes the chances that the electronics might suffer a short in their wiring or systems that can permanently damage the unit.

Remove Devices from Water-Affected Environment

When possible, move electronics from the spaces in your home that contain excess water. If affected items are too large or heavy to move, the SERVPRO team recommends covering devices with heavy-duty plastic. Raising them on non-conductive blocks like wood or plastic is also a way to mitigate further harm from the water crisis.

Proceed with Water Extraction 

The spaces containing the electronics should receive water cleanup services from trained SERVPRO technicians. If the power must remain off, our truck-mounted equipment can extract moisture without delay. Blot excess water from the outside surfaces of the electronics with clean absorbent material such as towels.

Dry Out the Space with Caution -- Monitor Temperatures

During a water cleanup, maintain ambient temperatures above the dew point. Failure to do so can cause condensation and corrosion inside electronic equipment. SERVPRO sets up a dehumidification perimeter to stabilize space until arrangements can be made to have the various devices evaluated by appropriate electronics technicians. 

Be proactive with water damaged electronics by partnering with SERVPRO of Braun Station to protect and dry out items appropriately. Communicate your concerns about your “smart” technology when you call (210) 267-2159 to set up an assessment.

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Using Our Truck-Mount Pump Extractor in San Antonio Homes

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Living Room with puddles of water on the flooring. Flood damage in your San Antonio home? No worries SERVPRO will be there in a flash for all your water damage needs.

We know the right ways to handle your San Antonio flood damage.

While much of the greater San Antonio area combats bouts of drought annually, these same instances can be responsible for substantial flood losses when torrential downpours happen after long periods without rain. Flash flooding can occur before ground saturation has an opportunity to occur, threatening all homes and businesses in the path of the migrating water. In some situations, homes can contend with several inches of standing water on the main floor of the house. 

With many properties in the outer-lying metropolis constructed as single-story ranch houses, flood damage to San Antonio residences can encompass the entire household simultaneously. Addressing these threats as quickly as possible is the priority of our SERVPRO flood recovery team, as the less saturation and exposure that occurs, the less tear-out and reconstruction that your property ultimately needs. While we have an in-house division of licensed contractors to address structural concerns, our objective is to restore before replacing. 

While we have dozens of extraction tools and devices that we use to address standing water in various scenarios and severities, the worst potential flood loss situations demand the use of our truck-mount pump tanker truck. This high-capacity unit can forcefully remove standing water down to a two-inch depth, where our SERVPRO team would traditionally begin using wet-vacs and light wands to collect the rest of the remaining water in the damaged region. 

Because this extractor is part of our Green Fleet of service vehicles, it can roll out with our team of certified Water Restoration (WRT) and Structural Drying (ASD) specialists. We can place it near available entry points to ensure that our lead out hoses can reach wherever the problem areas are in the single-story flooded residence.   

As challenging as flood loss can seem, you have a team of qualified professionals to help with mitigation, reconstruction, restoration, and cleaning to make these losses “Like it never even happened.” The fast solutions for water removal during a flood hinge on our powerful and effective truck-mount options in our extractor inventory. Our SERVPRO of Braun Station team is standing by 24/7 by calling (210) 267-2159. 

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Top Water Damage Causes in San Antonio, TX

10/23/2019 (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.