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Essential Information About Leon Valley Mold Damage Remediation

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Essential Information About Leon Valley Mold Damage Remediation Mold spreads quickly when the conditions are right. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the damage in your home.

Identifying the Source of Mold Damage in Leon Valley Homes

Many of the natural disasters that can affect Leon Valley homes have clear and concise damage points that make it evident where restoration was necessary. Not all of the threats to your home have such clear causes and simple recovery solutions, however. Mold growth requires a damp environment for spores to seat and thrive, but how this area becomes moisture-ridden can often be multiple possibilities. Our professionals can help you to get ahead of a potentially damaging situation by offering thorough inspections and lasting solutions to help reduce the risk of recurring mold growth.

While many homeowners are unfamiliar with mold damage in Leon Valley and the effects it can have on their home, they still work to remove this organism as quickly as possible. The faster that you can get rid of mold colonization in your home, the better the chances of protecting affected surfaces and reducing the damage throughout your property as the colony spreads and affects new materials and contents. Our SERVPRO team has the resources and experience to identify mold growth and help to determine the source of the water damage that allowed it to occur.

As with many homes in southern Texas homes, houses get constructed on concrete slabs for both stability and as an efficient foundation that allows for construction to begin shortly after the foundation gets poured. As a result, access to utilities like the bulk of the plumbing for the first floor gets concealed under the flooring of the main level of the house, which can provide a source of perpetual moisture if a joint in the plumbing has a steady leak. This leak is only one of several possible scenarios that could occur and allow conditions for mold growth.

Our SERVPRO professionals assess the situation with thermal imagery cameras and leak detection equipment when we begin remediation work to remove active colonies. Determining and deterring the source of this moisture can prevent recurrences once our remediation work completes.

If you have discovered mold growth in your home, let our SERVPRO of Braun Station remediation specialists help you get rid of the organism and offer lasting solutions to prevent further mold colonization in the future. You can reach us 24/7 by calling (210) 267-2159.

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How Professionals Remove Water in Your San Antonio Property

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Professionals Remove Water in Your San Antonio Property Call your SERVPRO Franchise professional to remove water from your home. Each van in our Green Fleet is loaded with equipment to extract the water an

Important Milestones during Water Removal in San Antonio

Water spills can happen any time causing great inconvenience. The process of removing the spilled water to restore the home to preloss state is also tedious especially if the spill happens when no one is around to take instant remedial action. You can ease the burden by involving a professional water restoration service. If done correctly, the process should also exceed certain milestones. 

Spilled water raises the relative humidity in the affected areas so one of the milestones of water removal in San Antonio should be to bring such levels down. High levels of humidity can cause mold development in parts of the property such as walls or even contents such as clothes and furniture. Our SERVPRO technicians work to reduce relative humidity to less than 60 percent within the first 24 to 48 hours after the spill helping curtail mold development. 

Many materials in the home absorb water and can hold it over extended periods. Such materials include carpets, wooden floorboards, drywall, and even upholstery. Properly drying such materials is essential because the moisture held can cause various problems including deterioration of the structural integrity of the affected material and bad odors. Our SERVPRO Franchise professionals combine advanced moisture detection and drying techniques to ensure proper drying. We use moisture sensors with probes to check the level of moisture migration in materials such as carpets. We also have moisture meters that help us find out the actual moisture content of various materials to guarantee that they are dry. 

Even when water spills from a clean source, it can lead to soiling in various ways. Stain transfer between fabrics such as draperies and carpets is common. Water can also transfer debris such as dust in the ceiling or pet waste to other parts of the property. 

Cleaning up the affected areas is, therefore, an integral part of the water removal exercise. Our SERVPRO Franchise professionals check for stains on carpets and clean them while still wet. We also check hidden areas where waste can remain hidden after cleanup to avoid problems like a bad odor that develops later. 

In case of a water spill in Leon Valley, Braun Station and Floresville areas, you can rely on SERVPRO of Braun Station to handle the removal successfully. You can reach us at (210) 267-2159 any day. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why SERVPRO is Your Trusted Choice for Water Removal in San Antonio

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why SERVPRO is Your Trusted Choice for Water Removal in San Antonio SERVPRO has the equipment, experience, and training to quickly remove water from your home.

The Importance of a Game Plan for Water Removal in San Antonio

Coming home to a flooded property can cause homeowners to phone the first available supplier. These are high-pressure situations and, ultimately, a professional who can arrive quickly is the priority for a homeowner. However, using a provider who lacks the necessary expertise could result in longer-term problems than you may have expected, causing unnecessary time and expense.

Carrying out water removal in San Antonio begins with a phone call. At SERVPRO we operate our call-lines 24 hours a day so that residents in need can always reach out to us. Our technicians are all local to this area which reduces the amount of time you need to wait. As a national franchise, we can mobilize the resources to get you home back "Like it never even happened."

The process of getting rid of standing water involves deploying submersible gas-powered pumps. SERVPRO uses this equipment for any standing water issue that exceeds two inches. These pumps can be handy and remove water to a nearby open sewer point. After removing the excess pooling, we can begin to take a more accurate approach to remove moisture and dry saturated carpets, subfloors and wall cavities.

Portable or truck mounted extraction units are especially useful in home environments because they do not damage existing fittings which may become weaker when wet. These units contain heating elements, vacuum power, and agile wands to ensure we can dry areas thoroughly that may be smaller or difficult to access.

The final steps of our process are to deploy a combination of rapid air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers. The two-step solution works by first evaporating moisture into the air and then pulling the evaporated moisture out of the air to ensure restoring of the natural humidity levels. It is the final step in a tried and tested formula that has helped hundreds of homeowners deal with water removal, cleanup, and repair.

A game plan is an essential part of a proper restoration service, contact SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159 to find out why.

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Call the San Antonio Cleanup Team That's Faster To Any Size Disaster

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

There’s no such thing as a small disaster—especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot and other unseen damage. Water damage can affect the value of your property. Before you get out the mop bucket and try to clean it yourself, consider how the damage can affect your property.

SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals know how disruptive water damage can be for your business. Your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals are trained and equipped to manage the drying process. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which will help prevent secondary water damages.  With rapid response time and a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals can help you regain control quickly, ensuring your facility and its contents are properly dried, deodorized and protected.

Before you risk further damaging the value of your facility by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call your local San Antonio water damage cleanup and restoration professionals.

Is Mold Hiding in Your San Antonio Home

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Mold Hiding in Your San Antonio Home Unseen mold damage is often hidden. SERVPRO has the expertise to locate mold colonies in your home.

Mold Containment in Damaged San Antonio Homes

With microbial or fungal growth, as alarming as this might be for San Antonio homeowners, the best solution is to act quickly. Securing the right professionals to remove an active colony ensures that the entire organism gets removed as it should. It also can help to make certain the appropriate measures get taken to prevent recurrences in the immediate future. This effective strategy begins with containment solutions designed to prevent the active spores from moving to new areas of your home and colonizing.

Once you have discovered mold damage in your San Antonio residence, you can often trust that the situation is worse than what you can see with your eyes. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly at the discovery of mold to help identify the full spread of the organism and to begin installing the containment barriers and setting up equipment designed to prevent their spread to new areas of your house. Containment helps to make remediation much faster and effective.

With a significant spread of damage throughout the property, removal is often the most effective solution to take care of active colonization in areas of your home. Our SERVPRO professionals can utilize controlled demolition techniques within the containment area to not only prevent the spread of debris and dust but keep any circulating spores within the thick plastic sheeting installed around the area.

Additionally, we can use several tools to help purify the air and reduce the volume of active spores through this affected area of your home. Our air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators both work to pull particulates, dust, debris, and even mold spores from the air and trap them in a filter. We allow these machines to run for extended periods, even sometimes outside of the containment areas to improve the quality of the indoor air before environmental testing occurs to determine the effectiveness of our mold removal.

Should you discover mold growth in your home, you might not immediately know what you should do. To prevent unnecessary tear out and reconstruction, call our experienced SERVPRO of Braun Station remediation technicians as soon as possible at (210) 267-2159.

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Avoid Remediation Delays When Affected by San Antonio Flood Damage

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Avoid Remediation Delays When Affected by San Antonio Flood Damage When our area is affected by storm damage, the results can be overwhelming. Pick up the phone and immediately contact SERVPRO for effective remediatio

How to Keep Floodwater Removal in San Antonio Manageable

Floods happen when least expected, and the costs that pile up in the bid to restore the property to the preloss state can balloon to unmanageable levels. The costs emanate from the cleanup and replacement of damaged materials. Secondary damage can also happen in the bid to restore your San Antonio property if you make mistakes, driving the costs even higher. We are IICRC certified in ASD, applied structural drying and Applied Microbial Remediation enabling us to handle the removal process effectively.

Speed is necessary during floodwater removal in San Antonio to prevent the development of additional problems such as mold and deterioration of materials through rotting or rusting. Making the home habitable also eliminates costs such as external accommodation or eating out. Despite this, care is necessary to avoid exacerbating the problem. For example, before entering the property, you should turn off power at the mains to prevent the risk of electrocution. Using equipment affected by the floods is also not advisable to avoid damaging them further. Our SERVPRO technicians can handle the process speedily because of the experiences we have had. Our team members are also equipped with PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, to protect them from hazards in the water.

Since the amount of water is usually high in most flooding incidents, having the right equipment helps fast-track the removal process. For water over two inches deep, a submersible pump is more effective. A truck-mounted water extractor is also faster than a portable one. Our SERVPRO technicians have different types of extraction equipment including portable extractors to handle all areas affected by the flood effectively.

Since water flows indiscriminately, it reaches concealed spaces such as wall cavities and the spaces below floorboards. Failure to extract such water can lead to recurring mold and bad odor problems. On the other hand, removing this water is not easy without tearing down the affected areas. Our SERVPRO technicians perform a flood cut two feet above the water line allowing easy access to the wall cavities. We also have specialized drying equipment such as the injecti-dry system and drying mats that help remove moisture from concealed spaces after cleanup.

Handling a flooding incident on your own can be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why Professionals Identify the Type of Mold Growing in Your San Antonio Home

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Professionals Identify the Type of Mold Growing in Your San Antonio Home SERVPRO techs can utilize IAQ inspectors to help determine the type of mold. We can then use specific procedures to remediate the mold.

Does it Help to Know the Kind of Mold in Your San Antonio Home?

It can prove challenging for San Antonio homeowners to deal with the possibility of mold growth in crawl spaces or inside their homes from damp areas. Many of these same homeowners hold off on calling in professionals like ours for the situation until they can get assured that the problem is not going to go away on its own. This delay allows the organism to spread farther and affect more areas, which ultimately takes longer to complete.

There is a common misconception that by identifying the type of fungus, you can determine if the type even presents the possibility of mold damage in your San Antonio home. Not only is it difficult for someone who is not trained in mold removal and remediation to determine, but it is also unnecessary. Mold can cause health effects to those living in your home. The only varying degrees is the severity of these potential effects. Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training in removal, and strategies to make the entire process efficient and cost-effective for our customers.

It is essential for our SERVPRO professionals to determine the type of mold growth in your home, as this can determine the strategies used to remove it and the potential risks that our technicians face, and the remediation process ultimately follows the same patterns. After containment strategies have gotten established to prevent further spread of the organism, our team works to remove affected materials or the organism itself.

Depending on the source of the moisture damage where the mold growth occurred, our professionals also work to remove any lingering moisture and resolve a threat that could continually keep this area of your home habitable for mold spores to seat and thrive.

While it might not be as beneficial for a homeowner to know the variety of mold growing in their home, getting the right professional remediation can make the process simple and cost-effective. Our SERVPRO of Braun Station rapid response team is available 24/7 for any mold emergency by calling (210) 267-2159.

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How SERVPRO Removes Water from Your San Antonio Home

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How SERVPRO Removes Water from Your San Antonio Home Each SERVPRO truck is loaded with water extraction equipment. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage.

The Case for Professional Water Removal in Your San Antonio Home

When an appliance or plumbing line breaks in your San Antonio home the amount of water threatening your property can be shocking. If the emergency happens when you are out of town or even away on a work day you can return to several inches to feet of standing water in the affected spaces. Facing the task of removing this amount of water with a wet household vacuum or a bucket and mop is a mistake. You need water moved out fast, and our highly-qualified crews can help.

The keys to efficient water removal in San Antonio are commercial grade equipment and specially trained technicians. Water damage moves quickly from inconvenience to significant structural component deterioration if not removed fast. Water that lingers more than 24 to 48 hours also subjects your home to the risk of secondary damage such as mold growth. You need a partner during this crisis with experienced employees and state of the art water removal and drying tools.

SERVPRO crews arrive within hours in our signature green trucks loaded with the equipment needed to remove water, detect structural moisture levels, and dry out your home. Submersible pumps and truck-mounted water extractors do quick work of suctioning out large quantities of water. If the electricity in your home is unavailable temporarily for safety reasons, we forge ahead using generators on our vehicles. 

Our crews certify as moisture measurement experts through IICRC coursework. SERVPRO also uses thermal scanning devices to locate any hidden pockets of water that need release and extraction after the water loss. Determining the levels of excess water with meters and probes in building materials and fixtures informs our drying goals. We position air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to remove residual moisture, vital to restore the function of the building materials shaping and supporting your home.  

A final step in the water removal protocol is sanitation with an EPA registered disinfectant. SERVPRO treats the affected areas to inhibit any potential mold growth and to control malodors. Our full-service water removal and damage mitigation services get your property back “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Braun Station is prepared for any water removal challenge with an industry-leading combination of skilled technicians and commercial grade equipment. Contact us at (210) 267-2159 for an immediate assessment to put this water crisis behind you.

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How SERVPRO Remediates Fire Damage in Your San Antonio Home

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How SERVPRO Remediates Fire Damage in Your San Antonio Home Fires leave soot, smoke and water damage that requires professional restoration. Call SERVPRO to remediate your fire damaged home.

Basic Considerations During Fire Damage Remediation in San Antonio

The aftermath of a home fire can be an overwhelming experience. Your comfortable home seems to disappear, leaving behind a shell of soot-covered surfaces, furnishings, fixtures, and personal belongings. It is hard to determine what to do first as the soot, and other residues are unlike any ordinary household soiling you have seen. Engaging a reliable full-service disaster restoration company is a must for proper assessment, planning, and implementation of appropriate fire damage restoration,

Homeowners are often stunned at the amount of water damage that accompanies fire damage in San Antonio. Extinguishing a fire requires a lot of water. When the flames subdue the first order of business is rapid and comprehensive water removal. Water is a safety hazard, causing slip and fall risks as well as exposing inhabitants and restoration crews to electrocution concerns. It also is a destructive force on its own, dissolving drywall, warping flooring, and creating a perfect environment for mold growth among other worries.

Our SERVPRO technicians hold multiple certifications in water and fire remediation disciplines, mastered through IICRC courses. Once the pumps and water extractors, air movers and dehumidifiers return spaces to near normal moisture levels, our crew changes focus and begin soot and smoke cleanup.

Property owners quickly learn soot cleaning is a complicated process. SERVPRO technicians evaluate the characteristics of the residues in different areas of the home. Paper burns fast and hot, leaving a light, ashy type of debris. Vacuuming and brushing work well to clear this soiling. Cloth and electrical cords create thick, sticky soot that might need an abrasive cleaning product or tool to dislodge.

Protein fires, frequent in the kitchen, lay down a thin but hard to budge coating that is almost like shellac. SERVPRO technicians change tactics and use a solvent or cleaner rich in wetting agents and surfactants to loosen for removal.

Once the cleanup is underway, SERVPRO also begins devising a blueprint to manage other fire damage remediation tasks. Some of the crew is assigned to deodorization tasks, using strategies ranging from a thorough cleaning to advanced equipment like hydroxyl generators. Other technicians help sort through personal possessions, identifying those that we expect to respond well to cleaning tricks that turn tarnished and blackened items back to their previous appearance and function.

SERVPRO of Braun Station has the trained employees and equipment to cut fire damage restoration down to size. Contact our office day or night at (210) 267-2159 to schedule a post-fire assessment as soon as possible after the event.

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When Downpours Enter Your San Antonio Home

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Downpours Enter Your San Antonio Home Severe weather can strike at any time. Call SERVPRO to remove the water and restore your house.

Severe Weather Can Allow Flooding in Your San Antonio Home

While San Antonio might be far enough removed from coastlines like Corpus Christi to avoid the worst of what severe weather systems that can roll off the Gulf of Mexico, the region still sees enough of these storm systems to cause damage to area properties on a consistent basis. Situations like flooding still threaten your home and knowing what to do when these disaster strikes can make the difference in what can get saved and what does not.

From the moment that flood damages affect your San Antonio residence, you need to respond quickly to preserve both the structural integrity of your property and the contents inside of it. While the first call that many homeowners tend to make is to their insurance provider to begin the claims process, you should call our SERVPRO emergency response team even before this.

That initial call can put boots on the ground with the advanced equipment capable of lessening the impact of the floodwater on your property with fast extraction and drying possibilities. Once our team arrives at your address, our highly trained technicians can get to work on assessing the full scope of the flood damage that your home has sustained, cataloging the damages and irreparable conditions, and estimating the costs of repair and restoration for the property. This information is what your insurance company requires to approve a loss claim.

Our training awards us a reputation of providing experienced and educated technicians on every job that we do. This education begins with our extensive training regiment required to obtain our IICRC certifications for water damage restoration and secondary certifications in areas like mitigation, mold remediation, and odor removal.

While you might be unclear as to how to respond to a flood in your home, by entrusting your property to the experienced technicians that we have at SERVPRO of Braun Station, your property can get restored fast. We offer a 24-hour response to any size emergency that threatens your home to help you preserve what matters most. Give us a call today at (210) 267-2159.

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