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Mold Damage Cannot Wait if Suspected in Your San Antonio Home

1/16/2023 (Permalink)

Mold damage on a white wall Count on the professionals at SERVPRO if you find mold damage in your San Antonio home.

Never Trust Mold Damage Cleanup to Anyone but SERVPRO in San Antonio

Mold infestation is the type of problem you rarely see coming. You may expect to spot a bit of mold around your bathtub or shower, but if you start to see issues on your ceilings or walls, that is a much bigger problem. Unfortunately, mold remediation is a challenging and daunting process that is never smart for a DIY project. Due to the effects of black mold, having the pros at SERVPRO come to your San Antonio property is the safest, most effective option. We will always make it Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Why contact SERVPRO for help with mold damage in San Antonio? Because we have the training, equipment, and experience to get, the job done right the first time. You should contact us for mold cleanup if:

  • You start spotting mold development on your ceilings, walls, or under the bathroom or kitchen cabinets
  • There is a pervasive musty-type odor within your home
  • Your interior is relatively humid, or there have been several plumbing issues

Why is Mold Remediation So Challenging?

There are also countless types of mold growing inside and outdoors. All mold spores require the same elements to fester and colonize; organic materials and moisture. Homes are loaded with organic materials like wood, carpeting, paper, cotton, etc. However, the real catalyst in any mold situation is moisture. This is why so many bathrooms succumb to mildew and mold issues.

Mold remediation is exceptionally challenging for a couple of reasons. One reason is that mold can be hard to find, especially if there is a hidden plumbing leak. The other is that spores are both airborne and microscopic. These tiny spores can latch onto your hair, clothing, pets, and anything else that comes into your home. This is why it is better to have pros onsite and ready to handle all cleaning the proper way – never causing more of an issue by inadvertently disturbing mold so it travels to unimpacted areas of your home. 

Why is SERVPRO the Team to Call for Mold Restoration?

We feature highly-trained IICRC-certified technicians with plenty of experience with mold projects. Our crew knows mold’s behavior, how to clean it safely, and keep it from coming back inside your home or business. The process generally includes the following:

  • The identification of the moisture source, which is usually a plumbing issue that we must address before cleaning mold.
  • We assess impacted areas to determine how far mold began to spread along with salvageable items and materials. Porous things like ceiling tiles and carpeting usually always require disposal. 
  • We clean mold infestations from your home, including patches under carpeting, above ceiling panels, under cabinetry, and behind walls.

We want all of our San Antonio customers to know that there are ways to prevent mold from coming back in the future. You can start by keeping your interior humidity levels low, no higher than 50%. Ensure you have enough ventilation and fix any known leaks with your plumbing, walls, or roof. Should you have a water spill, we also suggest calling our water mitigation team to handle it. However, if you DIY, remove and replace carpeting or upholstery that has been soaked and you cannot dry it out properly.

Nobody gets the cleanup and restoration done quite like SERVPRO of Braun Station when it comes to mold damage. Call us at (210) 267-2159 for assistance!

Water Damage Results You Can Trust in San Antonio

1/16/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in a living room with water damage Water damages not only the structure but possessions as well. SERVPRO can help dry your San Antonio home from top to bottom.

SERVPRO Offers 24/7 Water Damage Restoration for San Antonio Residents

Once your San Antonio property gets damaged by water, you need to repair it as fast as possible. Although water is an all-natural substance, it can wreak havoc on your building materials, structural elements, and belongings. Hiring skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) is the best way to get results without all of the headaches and pitfalls of DIY methods alone. SERVPRO offers an emergency response team to help you handle water cleanup and total restoration, as needed. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

We have trained technicians at SERVPRO that address your water damage in San Antonio appropriately and swiftly. Water infiltration is never anything you can put off because you risk costly secondary damage that leads to extensive repairs or a total loss of materials and contents. There is also the potential for mildew and black mold growth, which brings its own dangers. 

Once you contact our customer care team, we can mobilize and have our Green Fleet at your door within hours. We inspect your property to identify the damage to formulate a course of action that allows us to facilitate water removal services and drying in tandem. Some of the items and equipment you may see us setting up once we begin include:

  • Containment to help us keep the water from migrating into unaffected areas of your home. We also work to limit the tracking of moisture and debris from one room to the next. 
  • Submersible pumps, truck-mounted extractors, rovers, and carpet wand tools help us pull up as much water as possible.
  • Dehumidification equipment helps us pull moisture from the air to restore relative humidity (RH) to the appropriate levels.
  • Industrial-grade fans, centrifugal air movers, drying mats, and other equipment to execute our drying protocols.

Remember, Not All Water Damage is Visible to the Untrained Eye

When part of your home has taken on water from burst pipes or flooding, even if the damage does not seem severe, there could be areas where water migrated that pose a threat. Depending on the layout, where the standing water is located, and where it came from, substances could contaminate the water. 

  • It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to water restoration, so our crew utilizes moisture detection equipment like meters and sensors that allow us to find hidden pockets of moisture.
  • Some areas of concern may be tight spaces, openings behind walls, underneath cabinetry, and between your flooring layer and the subfloor below. 

Did you know? Restoration using water mitigation efforts can be less expensive than replacement! Our team constantly works to restore versus replace whenever possible – making it “Like it never even happened.”

We Evaluate and Adjust Our Drying Efforts as We Move Through the Project

Our IICRC-certified technicians understand the science behind psychometry, which involves the air and all of its properties – temperature, vapor pressure, humidity, etc. all get evaluated to ensure optimum conditions for drying and restoration. We take the time to add or remove equipment and adjust location as needed to help us achieve our drying goals as soon as possible. 

In some water-related emergencies, controlled demolition is necessary for reconstruction purposes. If drywall, carpeting, baseboards, and other elements are unsalvageable, we have trusted area contractors to handle it with precision.

When you need water damage restoration, we are here to help at SERVPRO of Braun Station. Request help online or call for 24-hour service at (210) 267-2159.

Have San Antonio Are Experts Handle Your Fire Damage

1/16/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles parked on the side of the road SERVPRO has the tools and equipment to remove soot after fire damage from your home in San Antonio.

SERVPRO Provides San Antonio Residents with Fire Damage Restoration

Any fire can be a frightening experience, but even more so when it occurs within your San Antonio home. Not only do you have to worry about whether everyone, including pets, got out safely, but you also need to think about items lost and the arduous process of cleaning up. DIY methods are never recommended, even if you had a small blaze in a guest bedroom due to electrical issues. Instead, calling trained fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) from SERVPRO gets you proven, efficient results!

There are many working parts for any restoration project, especially involving fire damage in San Antonio. When it comes to house fire cleanup, SERVPRO has the skills and equipment to address everything, including:

  • Soot and smoke residues
  • Charred debris
  • Structural damage
  • Water used to put out the flames

All of the above elements within fire damaged homes can wreak havoc on your interior and personal belongings. The good news for many property owners is that if you act fast and hire our team, we can get in to begin fire remediation efforts as soon as possible. 

Fire Damage Inspection/Assessment

The first step our specialists take is ensuring your property is safe for entry. We look for structural issues that could jeopardize the home or pose a hazard to our crew. We then look at all soiling and water/moisture presents to select the best equipment and projects for fire restoration.

Debris Removal and Disposal

Once we complete the initial assessment and project planning, we secure the property, put containment in place, and start clearing debris from your perimeter and interior. We also have boarding and tarp-up services to handle any holes in your roof or walls, covering any broken or missing doors and windows. 

Did You Know That We Can Restore Many Contents and Furnishings?

With our restore versus replace mode of fire cleanup, we always try to clean and restore items impacted by smoke and grime from the fire. We sort through all objects, determining what can get salvaged and what is damaged beyond repair. It is essential to act quickly so corrosive soot, and smoke does not have a chance to contaminate items or destroy them further. 

  • All restorable items within fire-affected zones get carefully cleaned and deodorized.
  • We inspect and test fabrics for colorfastness and determine the best restoration methods.
  • Our crew uses wet or dry cleaning methods to help us achieve our desired result. 
  • In some cases where electronics, artwork, and other specialty items call for additional care, we have trusted specialists in the area to tackle the restoration.

No Fire Restoration Project is Complete Without Deodorization

Pungent smoke odors are present in any fire situation, so we have Odor Control Technicians (OCT) on our team to rid your building of lingering smells. We always do more than just mask odors using fragrance. Instead, our fire and smoke restoration team seek out odor sources and eliminate them entirely. We do this with specialized cleaning agents, deodorizers, thermal fogging equipment, air scrubbers, and more. 

We Want All Clients to Have a Good Experience

With any emergency in your home or place of business, you may feel an overwhelming sense of chaos. Our customer care team takes the initiative right from the start to gather information from you to dispatch a crew with everything we need. 

Call us at SERVPRO of Braun Station when you require help with fire damage. We can be reached 24/7 at (210) 267-2159.

Get Specialist Help for Commercial Water Damage Repair in San Antonio

1/15/2023 (Permalink)

a flooded office with water covering the ground Commercial water damage can certainly stop business from proceeding. Call our team to come out and start the water removal and drying process.

Commercial Water Damage Repair in San Antonio Is Faster with SERVPRO

Water damage is a source of stress not just for homeowners but also for businesses. It is important to handle water intrusion incidents on time to avoid a huge loss. Some causes include leakages from the roof, broken appliances or equipment, a damaged HVAC system, and a broken sprinkler system. The damage might vary in the different causes, but it needs to be handled quickly.

As a commercial property owner or manager, water damage is not an issue that should cause you to lose sleep. SERVPRO offers effective commercial water damage repair in San Antonio. Our technicians are well-trained and armed with sophisticated equipment to ensure no situation is too hard for us to handle. We can complete the repairs while causing minimal disruptions to foot traffic.

SERVPRO also has licenses from regulatory bodies, which ensures that restorers are qualified to handle such situations. We also work with your insurance provider to ensure the damages don’t drive you out of business.

In the process of cleanup and repair, SERVPRO uses such equipment as:

  • Self-priming trash pump to extract the standing water.
  • Structural cavity drying equipment to enable the flow of air into affected hidden areas for faster drying
  • Air Filtration Devices (AFDs) filter out airborne air particles.
  • Refrigerant dehumidifiers extract moisture from the air and affected items.

Preventing mold growth in your business after water damage is vital to SERVPRO’s repair. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has it that mold develops within 48 hours after exposure to water damage. Our drying process denies the mold any moisture that might aid in its development. Our AFDs have HEPA filters that filter out any airborne mold spores. This eliminates the probability of mold developing as repairs continue.

To avoid water damage driving you out of business via excess costs, losses, and inhibition of the flow of goods and customers, contact SERVPRO of Braun Station for help at (210) 267-2159. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Determines Damage Restoration Timelines in San Antonio Homes

12/13/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Evaluates San Antonio Homes after Fire Damage

One of your main worries is how fast you can reuse your property after a fire incident and the total cost of fire damage restoration. Unfortunately, these issues could be more straightforward, so you might only get a specific answer from some of your concerns. Even friends or family affected by similar incidents may not give you all the answers you seek.

Carrying out a thorough inspection before starting fire damage restoration in a San Antonio home is essential because it helps reveal pertinent information that can clarify timelines and costs. The first people SERVPRO sends to your property when you notify us of the incident perform such an inspection before the main team arrives. 

Crucial information when restoring fire damage

  • Whether it requires cleaning only or demolition too
  • Whether content pack-outs are necessary
  • External factors like investigations
  • The refinishing needed

Fire soils and consumes structural materials. The level of deterioration determines the actions necessary to restore your place to its preloss state. For instance, deep soils such as wet smoke residues are challenging to clean and might be better addressed through controlled demolition of the affected areas. Charred wall or ceiling panels also need to go. An incident that requires stripping down sections of the property is likely to take longer than one involving soot cleanup only.

Handling Contents in Case of a Fire

Fire affects contents like furniture and appliances within your property. Contents can be obstacles to other activities, such as cleaning the floors and ceilings, even when not majorly impacted. The time spent moving contents away can delay the restoration process. Since leaving the contents in place is not the answer, our SERVPRO crews opt for workarounds such as covering bulky items with drop cloths and plastic sheets. We can also do pack-outs within the facility. Our technicians can move items faster since we have accessories such as lifting straps and dollies. Removing items also helps other processes, such as refinishing damaged areas.

Typical refinishing processes

  • Deodorization
  • Repainting surfaces
  • Replacing removed materials

SERVPRO of Braun Station can help you estimate and save time during fire damage restoration. Call us at (210) 267-2159. 

SERVPRO Restores Flood Damage after a Storm in San Antonio

11/16/2022 (Permalink)

areal view of flood damage Floodwater contains contaminants. SERVPRO has the training and equipment to safely dry your home.

SERVPRO Can Help Cleanup Flood Damage from Contaminated Water in San Antonio

Damage from storms in San Antonio can create havoc for everyone, even for those not directly in the path of the storm. Storm sewers are overwhelmed with contaminated floodwaters. Not only does the water not drain quickly from affected areas, but sewers can also back up into homes and businesses not directly impacted by the flood waters. Sewage and muddy water erupt through toilets and drains, soaking the house with smelly contaminated liquid.

SERVPRO provides San Antonio flood damage cleanup and restoration services to residents. Whether your home was in the direct path of the floodwaters or contamination was caused by sewage backups, we can clean your house, decontaminate everything and return your home to its original condition “Like it never even happened.”

Floodwaters absorb many contaminants, including feces, chemicals, medical waste, and even dead animals. Sewage backup up through toilets and drains is also heavily contaminated and contains bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. Exposure to microbes in heavily contaminated water can lead to infectious diseases, allergies, and even toxic poisoning. Contaminated floodwater left in place can also lead to mold infestations in as little as 24 hours, which are also harmful.

SERVPRO can be onsite in less than four hours from your initial call, evaluate the situation and deploy the required equipment. We use high-capacity pumps to remove flood water and ensure proper water disposal. Our team members also wear PPE to protect them from infection, etc. We clean and disinfect all contents and equipment before removal from the premises. Controlled demolition of contaminated materials such as carpeting, drywall, and porous materials is undertaken before restoration begins.

SERVPRO provides the following services:

  • Flood damage restoration and repair
  • Water removal services and controlled demolition
  • Sewer cleanup, repair, and restoration

Call SERVPRO of Braun Station for flood damage repair and restoration services. We provide service to San Antonio and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (210) 267-2159.

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

9/14/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles in front of commercial property 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.

San Antonio Residents Deserve Rapid Water Mitigation Services

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO truck parked in the driveway of a house If you find water damage in your home, it needs to be dealt with quickly. Contact SERVPRO for professional services by our certified technicians.

Emergency Services Water Damage Mitigation Assistance is Available in San Antonio from Our Skilled SERVPRO Team!

Water emergencies such as ceiling leaks to flooding and other events can put anyone into full-blown panic. However, SERVPRO has trained water restoration technicians (WRT) to handle any water loss event. When it comes to mitigation and water damage remediation, our crew always works to get the job done quickly while saving San Antonio homeowners money at the same time.

When it comes to water mitigation in San Antonio, your carpeting may have taken on some damage. Our team at SERVPRO has access to various equipment and techniques that allow us to work under a restore versus replace promise whenever possible. Water removal services kick it off, followed by special drying measures and other details to help us restore your carpet and belongings to like-new condition. When called for remediation services, we may use some of the following techniques on the interior of your home:

  • Spray and wipe
  • Damp wiping
  • Immersion cleaning
  • Shampooing
  • Hot water extraction, and more

Moisture management is imperative and must go hand-in-hand with water damage repairs. Our team strategically sets up dehumidifiers and air-flow management equipment to work in tandem to remove wetness from materials and belongings faster.

Some of the areas we specialize in here at SERVPRO of Braun Station are water mitigation and drying. Whenever you need us for water-related services, call us at (210) 267-2159.

Mold Remediation in San Antonio Takes Specialized Knowledge

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on the walls in the corner of a room Mold damage can happen to anyone, but SERVPRO can help you deal with it. Our technicians can formulate a plan to mitigate and remediate the damage.

We Know How to Do Mold Remediation in San Antonio

Mold and related issues pose special threats to San Antonio commercial establishments. These troublesome microbes can quickly develop into a major problem with little forewarning. Once such fungal growths impact your facilities, they can prevent you from continuing normal operations. Fortunately, SERVPRO knows how to hinder mold proliferation and eliminate it.

SERVPRO is a well-known and highly respected mold remediation firm in San Antonio. Over the past several years, our highly trained mold specialists have performed numerous mold inspections, basement mold remediation, bathroom mold removal, attic mold cleanup, and black mold damage repair jobs. In completing this work, they remain mindful of the factors contributing to fungal growth and work to minimize them. The specific actions SERVPRO technicians generally take are:

  • Removing any standing water with powerful wet vacs and extractors, if necessary, to limit physical contact between household materials and water that could promote mold development
  • Aiding air circulation to force out mold spores and drying out airborne moisture in interior spaces with high-velocity box fans, state-of-the-art air movers, and innovative Injectidry systems 
  • Keeping airborne moisture levels below 55% relative humidity to prevent or limit mold growth with advanced dehumidifiers
  • Using air conditioning units to prevent interior temperatures from reaching or rising above 68F, a temperature at which many molds start to grow
  • Disposing of severely impacted building materials/furnishings and removing wood, paper, or cellulosic fiber products that these microbes could use as a food source
  • Fogging or injecting all salvageable structural elements/contents with professional-grade antifungals to neutralize existing fungi and help prevent future issues 

Once all of these measures have been taken, our remediation crews thoroughly deodorize your business using industrial-grade deodorants.

So, if you ever need mold remediation work done, don’t hesitate to call your neighborhood SERVPRO of Braun Station. We are always ready for your call at (210) 267-2159.

Have Your Fire and Smoke Damage Assessed by San Antonio Experts

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with debris everywhere and soot covering everything After a fire in your business, you want to get back up and running. Call SERVPRO and our technicians will make it “Like it never even happened."

Save on San Antonio Fire and Smoke Damage Repair

Before having your San Antonio business remediated, it is wise to have its overall damage evaluated so that work can begin quickly and proceed smoothly. In this way, you can often avoid surprises and reduce the overall cost and time required to return your facilities to their pre-fire condition. Firms like SERVPRO carefully inspect your property before starting their work.

San Antonio fire and smoke damage remediation SERVPRO expertly determines what is cleanable and what isn’t when they arrive at your commercial site. This assessment enables our technicians to determine what smoke remediation and fire damage restoration efforts are going to be necessary to complete their work. Such preliminary examinations are known in the fire restoration industry as cleanability testing and achieve the following ends:

  • Identifies what fire and smoke damage has resulted from the present fire, where deposited residues are, and which ones can be effectively cleaned up
  • Better focuses worker efforts to promote the greatest efficiency by determining what supplies/equipment are necessary to complete the job and how much money and time it is likely to take to finish your project
  • Facilitates better damage estimating by first having technicians examine all structural components and building contents for salvageability before commencing work
  • Aids communication between IICRC-certified technicians and insurance adjusters, enabling adjusters to better understand worker efforts and the related cost savings

As you can see, our cleanability testing often saves local business owners time, money, and additional headaches in the long run. These desirable outcomes are what our company strives for every day as we work to restore fire damage effectively the first time and avoid any unnecessary efforts or expenses.

With that said, rest assured that your neighborhood SERVPRO of Braun Station is always prepared to remediate your commercial fire and smoke damage. Call us anytime at (210) 267-2159 for assistance.