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Take a Guided Tour of San Antonio's Stunning Gardens this January

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

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The Japanese Tea Gardens in San Antonio are Open to the Public in the New Year

The Tea Gardens on North Saint Mary’s Street originally opened over one hundred years ago in 1915 by then city parks commissioner Ray Lambert. The former quarry has since become a local landmark, with the most recent renovation in 2007 costing a reported $1.6 million. The registered historic Texan landmark is opening for tours of both the gardens and its unique flora and fauna collection. The parks show cascading waterfalls alongside Koi fishes, but historical tours also inform you of the construction, maintenance, and preservation of this cultural icon. Tours are running from January 24th onward and should be booked in advance. Most guided trips include a visit to the Alamo and the nearby River Walk. 

  • The Japanese Tea Gardens contains a rare collection of botanical species and fish.
  • A large pagoda is situated nearby to the cafe for stopping off to enjoy the scenery.
  • You can purchase tickets for the Alamo, Tea Gardens, and River Walk can be purchased online.

It is essential to enlist professional restorers to stop water damage from becoming a permanent issue. Contact SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159.

Fire Debris and Ash Can Cause Damage to your San Antonio Home

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Assists San Antonio Residents with the Cleanup and Restoration of Property Fires

San Antonio is one of Texas's top ten largest cities, with a burgeoning population of one and a half million residents. The southern locale is situated between Austin and Fort Worth's diverse metropolitan areas but retains its identity as an urban area of San Antonio- New Braunfels. The conglomeration of these three large urban regions is affectionately known as the Texas triangle. The locale has a storied colonial history from its original inception named after Saint Anthony of Padua, a missionary priest in 1691. The city contains a stunning five historical Spanish frontiers and several UNESCO world heritage sites from explorers of the eighteenth century. As a civilian settlement, the city of San Antonio dates to 1731. In the following centuries, the town became a battleground region with power transferring between Spanish and Texian forces several times. The most notable battle was the fall of Texian defenders in the Battle of Alamo. It was not until 1835 that the US decided to annex the region leading to the American- Mexican War. 

Today, San Antonio is one of the fastest-growing cities in the southern region of America. The densely populated downtown district is famous for its historic architecture and bustling trade. North Central is home to some of the city's wealtheir inhabitants, while the South Side remains heavily populated by Hispanic residents. Part of San Antonio's growing population is due to the economic opportunities afforded in the local area. The Lady of the Lake University and St. Mary’s University on the West Side of the city provide nationally recognized education to thousands of students each year. At the same time, the diversified economy contributes a lot in terms of opportunity for graduates. San Antonio's leading sectors include healthcare, the military, oil & gas, and a thriving tourist economy. While it is not the most well-known city in Texas, San Antonio is the most significant banking district in the southern state, with Wells Fargo among the numerous Fortune 500 companies that headquarter in the city.  

  • The Alamo is an important historical site to visit during a stay in San Antonio. Situated on the Alamo Plaza, the Spanish mission frontier was first established in 1718, making the architecture and surrounding grounds over three hundred years old. The site is unique because it has flown the flag of six independent nations, with each one paid equal attention to during the two-hour guided tours of the structure and grounds.
  • The San Antonio River Walk is a favorite site to visit on East Commerce Street that runs alongside the Paseo Del Rio waterway. The district pays homage to San Antonio's Hispanic roots, with Mariachi music, cafes, dining restaurants, and cafes lining the streets. The area is typically busy. However, night-boat tours are available with many bars providing live entertainment to the passing foot traffic.
  • For a natural heritage site, the Natural Bridge Caverns are an underground rock formation terraformed over several million years. The largest areas stretch beyond the size of a football field. Above ground, the center offers ziplining and a canopy challenge that sits up to sixty feet above the surrounding nature.

Things to do in San Antonio, Texas

  • San Antonio plays host to over twenty million tourists each year who come to experience the rich blend of cultural diversity, historical sites, and resorts. There are many things to do in San Antonio with plenty of activities for children, shopaholics, history buffs, and sports fans.
  • Among the most famous places to stay is the Hotel Emma situated on Grayson Street. The building itself was originally a 19th-century brewery, which was subsequently converted into a luxury hotel. Hotel Valencia on Houston Street is a more budget-friendly accommodation in the heart of San Antonio's shopping district, while Mokara Spa provides a relaxing city getaway.
  • For family fun, the city of San Antonio is packed with kid-friendly activities. The Natural Bridge State Park is a great picnic destination with a zoo on the grounds to entertain kids. There are also several waterparks and theme parks, including SeaWorld, Morgan's Wonderland, and the Six Flags Fiesta theme park.
  • The AT&T Center in nearby Bexar County is home to the famous San Antonio basketball team, the San Antonio Spurs, which plays in the NBA. The arena has 18,418 seats for its basketball court, while a separate 16,151 ice hockey arena is in the same center. The local ice hockey team is the Phoenix Suns. 

SERVPRO Can Help you Overcome a Housefire in San Antonio with Expert Restoration Procedures

Housefires account for billions of dollars’ worth of property damages every year in the United States. Our team of expert restoration technicians can help mitigate losses in your property and lead a recovery effort that returns your home to its preloss condition. The crucial aspect of conducting fire restoration is to pre-test materials in the house. Smoke can have unique properties which do not respond to all types of cleaning agent or technique. By pre-testing soiling in the home, we can ensure that our restoration causes minimal damage to your home and increases repair efficiency. We work closely with insurance adjusters to produce a timely quote and communicate with you throughout service to minimize inconvenience.

  • SERVPRO customer services are available 24/7 to ensure you can arrange a call-out at any time. Technicians live in the local area and have experience dealing with site-specific residential architectures.
  • We offer a range of specialty cleaning and restoration services that could help mitigate losses to artwork, electronics, and textiles.
  • Our crew chiefs have extensive experience working in residential properties around San Antonio and can arrive on-site within four hours of notification of loss. 

If a fire threatens your home or contents, contact SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159.

Texas Storm Damage - Faster remediation for faster results

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Braun Station was there!

When Hurricane Hanna hit the Texas gulf coast in July of 2020, SERVPRO® of Braun Station was there to help in the recovery. We dispatched crews from our home franchise in San Antonio, TX all the way to the Rio Grand Valley.

We immediately started assessing damages to local resident's homes so we could begin services as soon as humanly possible. This speed is what makes SERVPRO® a leader in storm damage remediation. Not only do we provide expedient service, we perform the work correctly. We value your belongings as if they were our own. We use hundreds of rolls of plastic and tape every year to protect the contents and appliances that you value.

If you find yourself in need of our expertise or services, call 24 hours a day at 210-267-2159 or visit our website at this link: SERVPRO® of Braun Station

illumiNight – A Magical Drive-Thru Experience in San Antonio

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

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San Antonio Families Can Celebrate the Holidays at This Engaging Event

It is an illuminated journey to the North Pole when you drive through 4 million twinkling lights. This magical event is a great way to stay safe this holiday season but enjoy an outing with the family at the same time. There will be:

  • A mile of light displays
  • Photo opportunities
  • Curbside treats
  • 3-D displays
  • Music that plays along with the lights

The illumiNight takes place through January 3rd. It begins at 6 PM each night. Tickets are $35.50 per car. You can also purchase the Santa Express Pass for $63.00. This includes a photo with Santa, following CDC guidelines, and a VIP Entry Designated Lane.  For more information, email saguillen@decorig.net or visit the illumiNight website. 

SERVPRO Provides Mold Remediation for San Antonio Businesses

Do not let mold shut your business down. SERVPRO has technicians that are certified in mold remediation. We get to the source of the moisture problem, clean and sanitize the facility. You can count on SERVPRO of Braun Station to take care of the problem as quickly as possible. Contact us at (210) 267-2159.

Celebrate Christmas on the Ranch in San Antonio

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

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It’s a Night of Festivity in San Antonio at This Amazing Light Show

Christmas on the Ranch is hosted by Don Strange Range and is simply stunning. The celebration lasts through December 24 and is one of the biggest drive-through light show events in the San Antonio area. Visitors to Ranch can expect to find:

  • Brand new displays
  • Interactive carriage rides
  • Hayrides
  • Christmas shopping
  • Hot cocoa
  • S’mores
  • Food & drink
  • Santa & Mrs. Claus

With over 4 million lights and dazzling displays, it is an event you will not want to miss. Tickets are $15 - $25, and it all takes place at:

  • Don Strange Ranch 103 Waring Welfare Rd. Boerne, TX

SERVPRO of Braun Station offers water mitigation to San Antonio and the surrounding areas. If you have experienced home flooding from a burst pipe or similar situation, we can help. Our experienced technicians provide emergency mitigation and return your home to preloss condition whenever possible. We are here for all your water damage problems. Contact us at (2100 267-2159.

San Antonio Businesses Count on SERVPRO When Disaster Strikes

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Professional Storm Damage Mitigation is a Phone Call Away in San Antonio

San Antonio gets its name from a Portuguese priest, Saint Anthony of Padua, who was part of a Spanish expedition in 1691. It is a city rich in history that uniquely combines the past with modern growth. It is among the top ten largest cities in the United States and one of the fastest-growing cities. As of 2019, 1,547,253 residents live, work, and play in San Antonio.

Payaya Indians & Spanish Explorers

When the Spanish explorers first came to the area, the Payaya Indians lived in the San Antonio River Valley. The spot was known as Yanaguana, and means “refreshing waters.” Spanish explorers, along with missionaries, traveled up the river to the settlement on June 13, 1691. The group named the place San Antonio in honor of St. Anthony of Padua. June 13 is celebrated as his feast day. Even with the group visiting this area, it would be quite some time before a settlement was established.

A Spanish Settlement Began

In 1709, Father Antonio de Olivares arrived and decided it was an excellent place for a mission and a settlement. In late 1716, approval was given by the viceroy to build a combination mission and presidio. One of the goals was to stop French expansion in the area. They already had a colony to the east of the area. Another goal was to prevent illegal trading with the natives. Martín de Alarcón was to get the establishment started, but it was delayed due to differences between him and Olivares. But in 1718, the building commenced. The work that Olivares undertook was amazing and, with the help of the Payaya Indians, resulted in:

  •   The Mission de San Antonio de Valero ( The Alamo)
  •   The Presidio San Antonio de Bexar
  •   A bridge to connect both 
  •   The Acequia Madre de Valero

The Establishing of Villa de Bejar

The presidio and mission built by Olivares and the Indians resulted in families coming to the area and establishing the Villa de Bejar. The Father would be granted ownership of the Mission de San Antonio de Valero. This town would become one of the most important towns in Spanish Texas. Olivares commissioned the Presidio San Antonio de Bexar on May 5, 1718. 

Growing Texas by Importing Families

A proposal was brought to the King of Spain on February 14, 1719, by the Marquis of San Miguel de Aguayo. The proposal put forth that 400 families from Havana, the Canary Islands, or Galicia get transported there in order to grow the province of Texas. Approval was given, and families were sent by way of Havana and Veracruz.

A Small Group Goes Forth

The small group that began the undertaking, under the leadership of Juan Leal Goraz, traveled overland from Veracruz. They arrived on March 9, 1731, at the Presidio San Antonio de Bexar. The group now included 15 families and joined the military community when they arrived. They would become the first organized civil government in Texas as part of the villa. 

Spanish - Mexican settlement

During the next century, Spanish-Mexican settlements would pop up all over the Southwestern lands. Juan Leal Goraz, Jr claimed approximately 100,000 square miles and became a prominent person in the area. His land spread out over what is now six states. San Antonio was the capital of his land, and he ruled over it for over 30 years. Leal Goraz would be a bold figure in exploration and the establishment of colonial bases. Eventually, his military forces were pushed back into Mexico, within today’s boundaries, because of bankruptcy.

San Antonio Becomes the Largest Spanish Settlement in Texas

The province of Tejas, which was at first under Spanish rule then Mexican, is where San Antonio became the capital. As the area grew, Camino Real was built to allow travel to Nacogdoches. Today it is known as Nacogdoches Road. European-American pioneers were now allowed into the area by Mexico. Violence broke out when Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna abolished the Mexican Constitution of 1824.

A War Begins

As the violence escalated, a Texian Army was formed, and they forced the Mexican soldiers out of the area east of San Antonio. Americans were the main occupants of that settlement. In December 1835, Texian troops captured San Antonio from Santa Anna’s brother-in-law. Ben Milam would lead the Battle of Bexar. Santa Anna marched on San Antonio in the spring of 1836.

The Alamo

This little mission would be fortified and occupied by men under the command of James C. Neil. When he left, James Bowie and William Barrett Travis jointly commanded the mission. Many good men would bravely die in the battle of the Alamo, which took place from February 23 through March 6, 1836. All the men were killed, and the Texian Army was defeated, but it was a crucial point in defeating Santa Anna. The cry, “Remember the Alamo,” would be one that would become a rallying point for freedom across the United States. 

SERVPRO Proudly Serves San Antonio Businesses

When storms hit, they can be devastating to local businesses. Flash flooding can rage through the town, causing contaminated water to flow through homes and commercial buildings. When this happens, it puts your business on hold. At SERVPRO, we understand the importance of getting your enterprise back on its feet after flooding. We provide storm damage mitigation that:

  •   Removes black water
  •   Cleans contaminated areas
  •   Sanitizes surfaces 
  •   Dries the premises
  •   Disposes of unsalvageable material
  •   Packs-out and clean content
  •   Uses controlled demolition to dry and restore 
  •   Repairs and restores structural elements

One of the best things business owners can do is consider SERVPRO’s Emergency Readiness Program (ERP). It allows commercial ventures to be prepared before disaster strikes. It enables you to access an online portal with all your company’s information in one place. Enrollment in ERP also means SERVPRO has the information we need to roll out immediately when needed. 

Contact SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159 to talk to our team about setting up your ERP profile.

Winter holiday tips: Fire safety | SERVPRO® of Braun Station

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fires can happen at any time of the year, but now is the time to make a plan

With the holidays getting closer, it may be a good time to review your emergency fire plans with your family.

Making an Escape Plan

Make sure you and your family can make a home fire escape plan

This includes:

  • Clearing escape paths
  • Establishing a meeting point
  • Mark two ways out of every room (Doors, Windows, etc.)
  • Optional: Create a floor plan

Practicing fire safety

It is important to be mindful of fire safety when putting up holiday decorations. Here are some facts about fire safety:

  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in almost half of home Christmas tree fires.

  • More than two of every five (42%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room. Five percent were chimney or flue fires. One-fifth (21%) of the decoration fires started in the kitchen. Sixteen percent started in the living room, family room or den.

  • Half (51%) of December home decoration fires were started by candles, compared to one-third (32%) in January to November.

SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights is Here to Help this holiday season, we are always available to be there when you need us. Call us for more information: 210-822-2063

A Beautiful Night Among the Lights of the San Antonio Zoo

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Experience the Iconic San Antonio Zoo as you have Never Seen it Before this Holiday Season 

Children of all ages should be sure not to miss out on the Whataburger Zoo Lights – A Starry Safari happening at the San Antonio Zoo. Experience how the zoo transforms into a winter wonderland when the animals get tucked into bed for the night. There are must-see events, concessions, and even a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus that can put anyone in the holiday spirit. 

Your price of admission includes entrance and access to: 

  • Lakeside Sideshow – a pixel technology light show illuminating Zootennial Plaza.
  • Reindeer Row – Life-sized reindeer light displays
  • Holiday Plaza – Decorated with holiday cheer, you can even snap a photo with our Lion’s Pride statue dressed for the occasion.
  • Zoo Lights Spectacular – a walk through fun displays and interactive stations
  • Camel Trek – Take a once-in-a-lifetime ride on a camel 

If your Christmas cookies catch fire in your downtown bakery, let our SERVPRO team help you clean up the fire damage in your San Antonio business. Give us a call today at (210) 267-2159.

SERVPRO® of Braun Station is equipped to help your business or organization get back to normal

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Braun Station can help

Whether you have a small business that needs to get back on its feet after a fire or a large multi-use property that needs to reopen for the community after a flood, SERVPRO® of Braun Station is the right choice for you.

What can SERVPRO® do for me after catastrophic storm damage?

  • We remove affected materials such as drywall, carpeting, laminate, and insulation
  • It is possible your structure will need an application of an antimicrobial agent to properly halt the spread of potential microbial growth
  • Using our high-end drying equipment and monitoring systems, we bring the structure's relative humidity down to a level that can prevent further damages

SERVPRO of Braun Station can handle any incident at your business or organization, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (210) 267-2159.

Click here for more information about SERVPRO® of Braun station.

Your Last Chance to Participate in San Antonio’s Run the River Event

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Race and Marathon Enthusiasts Around San Antonio Should Consider this Virtual Event 

Did you know that 2020 is the 4th year for the annual Run the River 5k? While the pandemic forced some unexpected changes into the format for this year, a virtual platform for the race has given racers some time to get the work done at their own pace. November 28 is your final chance to obtain a spot among the participants and push your way to the unparalleled highs of crossing a virtual finish line by reaching your 5k goal – even from your treadmill in the living room. 

Competitors also get entered into a raffle for several giveaways and one substantial grand prize experience. Take the challenge with countless other San Antonio residents with the Run the River event. 

When it is the river doing the running, and your basement or crawlspace ends up flooded, you can count on our SERVPRO of Braun Station team to help with extraction and cleanup for flood damage to San Antonio homes. Give us a call today at (210) 267-2159.