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How Can I Remove Thick and Sticky Soot from My San Antonio Home Without Damaging Surfaces?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged mirror and personal items Soot is hard to remove. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the experience and equipment to restore your property today!

SERVPRO Relies on Research-Based Techniques, Testing, and Proprietary Cleaning Products to Clean Fire Damage from San Antonio Homes

If you are usually a “can-do” kind of homeowner, you might find it hard to take a step back when fire residues soil your home. Despite your eagerness and work ethic, cleaning up the soot drifted throughout and adhered to your home’s surfaces is not instinctive. The tools and cleaners used for ordinary dirt and grime can make fire residue recovery harder by smearing, setting, and grinding the soot into surfaces.

How Do Professional Fire Damage Restorers Approach Soot Cleanup?

Our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) use the principles and elements of cleaning to assess your San Antonio fire damage scene, design an effective plan for mitigation and remediation, and implement it. 

What Are the Principles of Cleaning?

Steps SERVPRO restorers take to rid surfaces of fire damage residues:

  • Locate the residues
  • Inspect and evaluate the characteristics and durability of the affected surface
  • Release and remove residues
  • Contain and dispose of the residues

What Are the Elements of Cleaning?

Variables restorers manipulate to isolate, loosen, and contain the residues:

Chemical actions, including:

  • Dissolving
  • Emulsifying
  • Bleaching
  • Oxidizing
  • Altering pH
  • Digesting

Temperature--heat increases the speed of the desired chemical action but cannot be so high as to damage further the surface affected. 

Agitation--dislodges residues and distributes cleaners through movement, including:

  • Rubbing
  • Brushing
  • Water and air pressure
  • Sonic vibrations

Time-- also known as “dwell time,” or the period a product is in contact with residues to loosen the surface bond

How Do Professionals Balance the Principles and Elements of Cleaning?

Relying on mastery of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training and on-the-job experience, our managers and technicians mindfully choose products, tools, and techniques. The goal is to remove the fire residue and maintain the integrity of the soiled surfaces. We achieve a balance by pretesting planned interventions in inconspicuous places and continually adapting and adjusting the cleaning process.    

Rely on the experts at SERVPRO of Braun Station to craft an individualized and effective response to a wide range of fire damage cleaning scenarios. Call (210) 267-2159 to schedule an assessment.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in San Antonio, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Braun Station today at (210) 267-2159 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Who is responsible for a water leak in a property, the landlord or the tenant?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

An office with drywall removed on the lower part of a wall, with SERVPRO equipment on the carpeted flooring. Call SERVPRO of Braun Station for your San Antonio commercial water loss.

SERVPRO can advise you on some steps from being a renter to being an owner. 

The responsible for most restoration work in a property lies with the landlord. If you are renting a freehold property, you are likely only responsible for a small portion of the property and not the building or tenant's possessions. If a tenant does report flooding or water leaks, you should respond quickly to maintain good relations and protect your property from potentially expensive damages. At SERVPRO, we work closely with landlords and other businesses to help recover losses urgently.

If I am renting a freehold property to tenants, what am I responsible for in a water emergency?

Contracts differ, and you should check with both your freeholder and your insurance provider about coverage when organizing commercial water cleanup in San Antonio. Generally speaking, you are likely to be responsible for fittings and fixtures in the property. These include any permanent attachments in the property such as linoleum, carpeting and potentially some appliances. Water can cause significant damage to fittings and fixtures as well as being a high risk for secondary water damages like mold growth. 

What can I do to restore the property's fittings and fixtures after a water leak?

  • Instructing your tenants to shut-off the water supply is essential to controlling losses in a water incident
  • You can expect to need both water extraction and drying services to bring the property back to its original state successfully
  • Removing carpets may be beneficial to prevent them from soaking the subfloor allow airflow beneath- floating carpets may be vital to preventing microbial growth
  • Expert pre-conditioning and carpet cleaning may be necessary depending on the type of water as well as the length of exposure to moisture for the carpet- longer than seventy-two hours can lead to permanent harm
  • Professional restorers can detach and reinstall carpets without risking further harm

Is bonnet cleaning an effective way to restore wet carpets?

Bonnet cleaning is a useful method that is the least aggressive on carpets. However, you may risk causing further harm if the carpets are delaminating, the seams are loose or on thick fiber carpets. SERVPRO technicians can carefully detach the carpet to inspect areas of risk before performing bonnet cleaning. We first vacuum the carpet to prevent any residual grit from causing damage during rotary cleaning. Remember to moisten the bonnet pad before working. The heat and friction that this method produces can harm dry carpet fibers if misapplied.

Is there a difference between clean water spills and water leaks from unclean supplies?

Clean water spills can generally return to a good condition with light intervention. However, water can deteriorate other times and with the interaction of other substances. The longer water sits, the more likely it is to deteriorate. This deterioration can make carpet cleaning more challenging for landlords. We offer cleaning services for any scale of water contamination, including black water caused by sewer backups or flooding. 

Landlords can benefit from our hot water extraction technique which is very effective on moderate carpet soiling. The RX-20 is a rotary extraction tool that releases a liquid or powder emulsifier directly onto the carpet surface. Using the inbuilt vacuum of the RX-20 restorers can continually run over the affected area until the soils, water and solution are sufficiently extracted. Any cleaning wastes from extraction are securely stored in tanks for disposal in an open sewer point or at a wastewater facility. 

As an owner of multiple flats in the same building, do I need to arrange services individually for each tenant?

SERVPRO commercial restoration teams are large enough to cover a set of flats in one arranged service. Our business emergency contact line is available twenty-four hours a day for commercial clients. During your service, we can communicate with you throughout to ensure that we are performing as you expect. We can also benefit from your intimate knowledge of architecture, build and any warranties you may have to ensure a smooth procedure from start to finish.

What are the dangerous factors of a water emergency?

  • Water migration can result in damp spots inside wall-cavities. These can be tough to spot and challenging to restore. Without proper care, they can cause significant harm
  • Water deterioration can result in rising costs. Mold colonies can form in as little as forty-eight hours in ideal conditions
  • Safety concerns from slip and trip hazards are a critical factor in any restoration involving water
  • Subfloor inspections are essential to ensure there are no hidden damages that could occur further down the line.

The fastest way to recover from a commercial water emergency is to enlist professional assistance. Our teams are here to help guide you through the recovery procedure and ensure that there are no unforeseen damages like mold growth. If your business suffers from a water emergency, contact SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159.

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How Can I Remove the Smell of Smoke in San Antonio?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot on wall and ceiling Smoke and soot travel throughout your home. SERVPRO has the experience and equipment to restore your home.

In San Antonio, SERVPRO Can Help You Eliminate the Smell of Smoke After a Home Fire

Fire can happen very quickly in your home. You may light an aromatic candle too close to a curtain or start a kitchen fire by accident. Regardless of the ignition cause, the resulting flames can disrupt your everyday life for a few days, but the smell of smoke can linger in your home for longer.

When you have fire damage in San Antonio, you can reach out to SERVPRO to help, including its foul smell. Our technicians can apply our knowledge and expertise in restoring your home, as soon as we arrive on the premises. Our industrial-grade equipment and best practices mark the difference between a professional job and mediocre results. Call our 24/7 hotline as soon as possible to prevent further spread of the damage.

Are air-fresheners enough to mask the smell of smoke?

Air fresheners, available at your local store, are ideal for keeping your home smelling fresh and clean regularly, but not when there has been a fire. Flames, smoke, and soot can completely upset the natural balance of the air in your home, and it requires a professional team to offset their impact. Some of the methods available to our SERVPRO team when we arrive at your home include the following:

  • Odor pellets- these help us counteract the smell of smoke in your home with other fragrances.
  • Ozone generators- this technology helps us eliminate smoke odors molecules in your home and purify the air.
  • Thermal fogging- this technique allows a fine mist to bond with the smell molecule and neutralizes it

Other options for deodorizing your home go together with the cleanup process necessary after any fire. When a professional team like us arrives at your home and takes proper steps for a successful restoration, you can have peace of mind.

SERVPRO of Braun Station is your partner after a fire. Contact us at (210) 267-2159 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

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How Can I Clean Smoke Residue from My San Antonio Home?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged room and sofa Did your home experience fire damage? SERVPRO knows how to restore your fire damaged home.

San Antonio Homeowners Can Rely on SERVPRO to Clean Smoke Residue Without Further Damage

A small fire can erupt in your home at any time. A fireplace, a kitchen fire, or an electrical malfunction can all spark a flame and threaten your home. If you are lucky, the damage is not widespread, and your loved ones are safe, and material losses are minimal. However, even best-case scenarios leave an imprint of the fire on your walls and fixtures, which can be a challenge to restore.

For San Antonio homeowners, fire damage restoration should not be overwhelming. Our professional crew trains continuously to be ready to tackle jobs like yours. Our industry expertise confirms that you can trust our advice as we arrive at your home and develop a plan of action. Like you, we want to minimize the disruption to your daily life by being thorough and quick in restoring your property.

Should I use a cleaning solution to remove fire residue?

Cleaning solutions play an essential role in leaving your furniture in mint condition after a fire. However, there are different types and uses for cleaning solutions, and our SERVPRO team is aware of the proper application of each of them. As we prepare for different scenarios, we identify which cleaning solutions and techniques work well depending on:

  • The scope of the damage including the path of the smoke and where soot settles
  • The material the surface is made of, especially whether it is natural or humanmade
  •  The exposure time to flames and the ensuing extinguishing agents

As we gather the information, we match each surface and need with the appropriate cleaning solution and apply it based on EPA recommendations and guidelines. This meticulous approach protects your belongings from further damage caused by abrasive cleaners.

SERVPRO of Braun Station is part of your community, and we want to keep you safe. Call us at (210) 267-2159 regardless of the size of your emergency and let us develop a plan for you. Together, we can work to leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

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What Can Cause a Leak in My San Antonio Bathroom?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

bathroom with older style tub with mold and mildew covering the tile floor and tub After a while, water starts to deteriorate the tile and structure of your bathroom. Contact team SERVPRO to evaluate & remediate the water damage.

Expert Detection Skills and Tools Help SERVPRO Get the Fix on Hidden San Antonio Bathroom Leaks

It can be challenging to determine the source when the evidence of a San Antonio bathroom water loss shows up far from the cause. A significant percentage of households experience gradual damage from persistent moisture where no identifiable crisis like a burst pipe or toilet backup occurred. By the time you notice the problem, the situation can become complicated by the involvement of a range of building materials.

How Do I Know if I Have a Bathroom Leak?

You are not alone if your San Antonio’s bathroom water damage makes itself known first in another room or even on another level of your home. The damage in the bathroom itself can be invisible. There are many things restoration crews encounter that can indicate a water problem even if you do not see water puddled up in your bathroom.

What Are Visual Signs of a Suspected Bathroom Leak?

Structural components affected by excess moisture in your bathroom can swell or discolor. The water frequently migrates away from the footprint of your bath inside building cavities, following plumbing and electrical conduit or framing materials, showing up as:

  • Warping of the floor or wet carpeting next to the shared wall in a room or hall adjoining the bathroom
  • Staining or disintegration of the ceiling on the level below the bathroom
  • Bulging or blistering of paint on a wall on the level below the bathroom

Can Odors Signal Bathroom Water Damage?

It can take some time for the moisture to collect or saturate building materials enough to show physical damage. Odors are frequently a first sign, manifested as follows, among other ways:

  • A smell of damp wood caused by water dripping on framing, backer board, lath, or drywall
  • An odor of “sewer gas” caused by a loose toilet seal
  • A “musty” smell that can signal mold growth in a variety of hidden spaces fueled by bathroom moisture

Are There Signs of Damage I Am Missing Right in the Bathroom?

Even if you do not see dripping from a pipe or excess water on the floor after a shower, your bathroom can reveal damage. Here are some concerning items to note:

  • Ceramic tiles on the floor or wall coming loose, indicating water has invaded through cracked or unsealed grout
  • Areas of the floor might seem “spongy,” perhaps because the subfloor is wet and weakening
  • Streaks of mildew or mold on grout, tile, walls, ceilings 
  • Moisture beading up on surfaces, including persistent fogging-up of mirrors, glass, and chrome surfaces

Why Does Water Get Out of Control in the Bathroom?

One of the frustrations homeowners feel when their bathroom starts losing the battle of water containment is why the problems happen in the first place. The seemingly reasonable expectation that the water-rich environment of a bathroom should come complete with robust safeguards might be why the water damage in San Antonio begins. Skipping maintenance that enhances watertight features and failure to install or use moisture mitigation equipment expose the room to a heightened risk of water damage. Causes of the leakage and seepage that create moisture movement include:

  • Unsealed, cracked, or missing grout around ceramic tiles
  • Poorly maintained silicone seals around the joints between tubs, showers, and sinks 
  • Small leaks or broken connections in plumbing supply or waste pipes
  • Dried out toilet or bidet seals
  • Failure to contain shower curtains inside tubs
  • Warped or unclosed shower doors
  • Splashing or overflows of sinks, tubs, and spas
  • Absence or inconsistent use of exhaust fans, driving humidity buildup

Who Can Help with Bathroom Water Damage Issues?

Because the damage can have diverse causes and migrate in intricate ways, it is crucial to engage the services of a firm whose technicians are highly trained and thoroughly experienced in water loss and migration of moisture. SERVPRO ensures that the crew we send to help has mastered the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework in all aspects of water damage and structural drying best practices. We also invest in cutting-edge equipment that helps us detect and trace the journey water takes inside your home. Once the water and moisture-laden structures are identified, we use research-based strategies to remove the fluids and plan for efficient drying.

What Happens If the Underlying Water Risks Are Unresolved?

It can be tempting to pledge to do better and try to avoid some expenses by covering up stains with paint and using a consumer-grade wet vacuum on damp carpeting. Unfortunately, if comprehensive inspection and remediation go undone, it is nearly guaranteed that the damage will recur. The removal of standing water and drying is vital. Our team then works with you to make sure the root causes of the water damage resolve, including help in lining up plumbing repairs, installation or maintenance of exhaust systems, restoration of grout and sealants, and rehabbing of weakened floors or walls.

Have confidence in the qualified team assembled by SERVPRO of Braun Station when bathroom water damage needs attention. Call 24/7 to schedule an assessment by our experienced project managers at (210) 267-2159 to get the journey back to "Like it never even happened," started.

Pandemic Cleaning for San Antonio Businesses

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

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The Commercial Cleaning Industry Needs Support -- SERVPRO Leads the Way 

Are you a facility or maintenance manager in the San Antonio area? Once the World Health Organization (WHO) declared this pandemic, have your concerns and questions about how to handle cleaning and disinfectant products in your building multiplied? You are not isolated, but fortunately, there are resources for you and the owners or directors of commercial buildings.

All Inquiries Lead to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

A collaborative effort among local and federal agencies helps schools and businesses cope with the stress and unknown of how to deal with the virus contamination. The CDC, along with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Homeland Security (website, and more offer information and protocols to help you clarify and adapt cleaning and disinfecting routines. In San Antonio, we use these cleaning protocols help keep the buildings you manage to be safe.

SERVPRO Is a Biohazard Remediation Specialist

The high-trained and extensively experienced crews at your local SERVPRO have a significant hands-on background in cleaning and applying EPA registered disinfectants, as well as containing, removing, and lawfully disposing of hazardous medical waste. Our crews respond to calls for cleaning and disinfection, mold infestations, flooding events, and crime or trauma scenes. We certify our technicians in infectious material mitigation and remediation.

Contact SERVPRO of Braun Station practical assistance and guidance on how to manage the coronavirus pandemic issues in your facility. Call us at (210) 267-2159 to see how we can help you follow the CDC guidelines and recommendations.

We use advice from the medical and scientific community detailing how to deal with the coronavirus, based on present expertise, which is subject to change as the aspect continues to evolve. There can be no guarantee that disinfectants alone are adequate to eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

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How Long Can I Wait to Clean Up Fire Damage?

4/4/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged stove and kitchen Fires are devastating. Call SERVPRO of Braun Station for fast and effective fire damage remediation.

Waste No Time Calling Your Local SERVPRO After Fire Damage in Your San Antonio Home.

The speed with which a fire affects the interior of your home and its contents is shocking. Stress and confusion can make waiting to act for a few days feel like a smart move, but every minute counts. Harm to building materials, furnishings, household gods, and personal belongings starts immediately.

Is There a Timeline for Typical Fire Damage Results?

Fire damage in San Antonio follows a predictable course. We respond quickly because our trained technicians know mitigation efforts can slow or halt the harm. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Fire Damage Occurs Within Minutes?

  • Plastics yellow
  • Porous materials begin to corrode and discolor
  • Soot infiltrates fabrics, carpeting, and rugs

What Fire Damage Occurs Within Hours?

  • Finishes on wooden surfaces and grout darken
  • Appliances and fiberglass discolor

What Fire Damage Occurs Within Days?

  • Metals tarnish and corrode
  • Fabrics permanently stain
  • Paint on walls discolors
  • Wood floors and furniture deteriorate and need refinishing
  • Vinyl crumbles

What Fire Damage Occurs Later?

  • Glass and china etches and pits
  • Synthetic fabrics yellow
  • Building materials like drywall break down

How Do Professional Fire Recovery Professionals Stop the Destruction?

SERVPRO technicians take swift steps to lower the corrosive residue load on surfaces. We open up the space for ventilation, using axial fans stocked on our service vehicles. If trying to prevent the drift of soot into unaffected spaces in your home, we set up containment perimeters using 6 mil polyethylene with air scrubbers positioned inside that force contaminants through HEPA filters before exhausting to the outside.

Why Is Scaling Our Workforce Critical for Efficient Fire Damage Cleanup? 

Removing the soot from surfaces fast is vital to stopping the corrosive action of the residues. SERVPRO schedules enough technicians to clean walls, ceilings, and other surfaces rapidly. Our focus is on restoration. If we do not remove the soot before the underlying materials weaken or stain permanently, portions of your house might need demolition and rebuilding, a disruptive, costly, and avoidable result.

Enlist the help of the expert fire recovery crews at SERVPRO of Braun Station when a blaze damages your home. We are available 24/7 with one call to (210) 267-2159.

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We are Cleaning Experts

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Alamo Heights, 210-822-2063


Do You Know How to Remove Water from a San Antonio Vending Machine?

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Woman with red hair standing in front of vending machine Water damage occurs in vending machines, too. SERVPRO has the know how remove the water and get your vending machines back in the snack business.

Commercial Water Removal for a San Antonio School Vending Machine

Vending machines are one of the fixtures that a business can count on to work with minimal maintenance. Specialists can handle them if there is a problem in many cases. However, what do you do when excess condensation from the machine caused by damaged parts creates water damage on the floor underneath? Many business owners may not realize the issue until it has penetrated and potentially damaged their flooring.  

If your San Antonio property requires commercial water removal from IICRC-certified professionals, SERVPRO techs are ready to assist you. The goal of mitigation is not just to clean surfaces after a disaster, but to restore them as carefully as possible to their preloss state. Maintaining a clean and sanitary space is especially important for school systems, where requiring high sanitation standards ensures the safety for students and faculty alike.

Preventing Vending Machine Water Damage

There are a variety of points of failure in a vending that can cause water damage. Keep an eye out for the following:

  • Compressor problems like low freon or a short-cycling thermostat can create excess frost or condensation. 
  • A vending machine door that is overly tight can create excess water by damaging the seal, meaning small gaps of air create temperature fluctuations that cause condensation. 
  • Inner door gaps or a sagging gasket can also create condensation-causing temperature fluctuations. 
  • Check for leaks under the machine. An overflowing drip pan can be enough to cause water damage. 
  • Make sure the temperature in your vending machine is 38 to 43 degrees Fahrenheit.

How SERVPRO Restores Your Facilities

If the water damage is on a polished concrete floor, the floor likely contains a seal with a vapor barrier sealant, meaning the liquid can potentially spread until it saturates nearby surfaces, which can lead to water damage to the wall behind the machine. SERVPRO techs can drill small holes into the wall to ventilate and force air into these cavities to remove water from the interior. Techs can apply EPA-registered antimicrobials to prevent mold growth on porous surfaces like sheetrock or brick.  

SERVPRO of Braun Station can ensure that your establishment looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (210) 267-2159 for mitigation services that can get started within hours of your initial contact.

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