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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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What to Avoid When Dealing With Water Damage in Your San Antonio Home

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What to Avoid When Dealing With Water Damage in Your San Antonio Home Whether water damage affects your home from a pipe break or an external cause, contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

Why Cross-training Matters in Water Damage Restoration Services here in San Antonio

Water damage can be debilitating. Private residents are more often than not ill-equipped to deal with large amounts of water and the longer it is left to sit the more likely it is to cause permanent damage. SERVPRO is a restoration company that has built its stellar reputation on professional handling of water and fire damages for commercial property managers and private residents. We are a local company with access to phenomenal resources thanks to our national franchises all over the US.

Water damage in San Antonio properties can often be the start of a long list of problems. The reason is that moisture can weaken structural areas of the home as well as its carpets, fittings, and furniture. Moist environments are also breeding grounds for secondary damages like mold growth or unpleasant odors. Here at SERVPRO, our technicians undergo intensive training to give them a broad working knowledge of different aspects of remediation and their knock-on effects.

A SERVPRO technician usually holds several certificates issued by the IICRC, and they bring that training into every service. Holding a certificate in odor control, for example, can be hugely beneficial during water cleanup. The same can be said for the assessment and remediation of mold which may be discovered during service. It is this broad range of expertise that differentiates our technicians from other providers.

Availability is the reason SERVPRO is the restoration service of choice for so many private residents and commercial property owners. We operate a 24 hour a day call line because we know that damages can be unexpected and happen anytime. Having the safety net of an emergency call line is essential to our customers. Because our technicians live and work local to the area, we can also promise to arrive on site within four hours of notification of loss.

Next time you experience property damages contact SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159.

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How to Decolonize a Thriving Mold Colony in Your San Antonio Home

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Decolonize a Thriving Mold Colony in Your San Antonio Home Have mold damage removed from your home with the knowledgeable team at SERVPRO.

Humid Conditions Can Cause Mold Damages in Your San Antonio Home

While San Antonio residents might be used to the heat and humidity that affect the area throughout the better part of the year, this same humidity could catalyze damage to your house as well. With nearly every part of your home invaded with microscopic mold spores that exist naturally in the environment, these spores are waiting for the conditions to get met to seat into materials and colonize.

Many homeowners are unclear about the risks and effects of mold damages throughout their San Antonio residence. Education in why mold growth must get removed immediately is essential to protecting not only your property but those that occupy it. A mold colony can spread out of control quickly, eroding and degrading construction materials and the contents of your home affected by the organism.

Our SERVPRO team of IICRC-certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians can respond quickly to help. Once we arrive at your home, we quarantine the affected areas with the use of either negative air chambers or air scrubbers. These pieces of equipment can trap mold spores throughout the area to prevent them from spreading and seating onto new surfaces. As a preventative measure to make the isolation more effective, it is necessary to turn off air circulation equipment until remediation completes.

Removal of the mold colonies can happen in many ways ranging from sanding and soda blasting to direct contact with OSHA-approved anti-microbial solutions that can penetrate deeply into affected materials. If materials become too damaged by the organism, our franchise can offer build back and reconstruction services to make our remediation process seamless, faster, and more cost-effective.

While you might not be ready for the possibility of mold growth in crawl spaces and moisture-ridden areas of your residence, we have a dedicated team who can help you to remove it and encourage provisions to prevent it from happening again. You can trust our SERVPRO of Braun Station IICRC-certified remediation technicians to arrive quickly and remove this hazardous presence from the property. Give us a call today at (210) 267-2159.

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Warning! Water Damage at a Historical San Antonio Facility can Quickly Escalate

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Warning! Water Damage at a Historical San Antonio Facility can Quickly Escalate Water damage in any part of a historic facility can quickly degrade the property. Contact SERVPRO immediately to mitigate the situation.

San Antonio Landmark Preservation Following Water Damages

For those who reside in the San Antonio area, we take great pride in our nationally recognized landmarks like the Alamo and the Riverwalk. While both of these treasures have been in place for a long time, they are as susceptible to damages from accidents or unexpected incidents the same as other commercial or residential areas throughout the region. Water damages can occur quickly from something as simple as a leaking water fountain or toilet supply line.

With so many commercial properties adorning the Riverwalk, overcoming water damage to this San Antonio landmark must happen quickly. Even with a seemingly smaller incident, water can spread quickly to affect neighboring properties and prove even more challenging to overcome. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly and have the industry-leading equipment to clean up the mess and restore any damages more effectively than a custodial staff could.

One of the biggest concerns for any business is the loss of customer foot traffic when a water damage situation like this occurs. Our professionals can help to assess the situation immediately upon our arrival to determine if you can continue business as usual while we work to clean up the water. There are instances in which water damage restoration is as simple as drying up the area thoroughly, and this might not always require shutting your doors to the public.

Another thing that you need to consider about the effectiveness of professional restoration services like our SERVPRO team is the rapid response we provide for the incident. Without immediate attention, a low-scale water damage incident could turn into a severe situation that requires many days, or even weeks, to return to original condition. Your fast reaction to the situation can help our emergency response teamwork to keep restoration times to an absolute minimum.

Our SERVPRO of Braun Station franchise takes great pride in serving the commercial properties throughout the city and the landmarks that define our history. Whenever you have to contend with water damages to your facility or your business, give our experts a call at (210) 267-2159.

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How Mitigation Reduces the Fire Damage in Your San Antonio Home

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Mitigation Reduces the Fire Damage in Your San Antonio Home SERVPRO can help restore your treasured items after a fire.

When disasters strike your San Antonio home, there is often little time for you to formulate a plan and remove the most treasured items for safe keeping. Moreover, disasters put these irreplaceable items that you treasure at risk, which leads to one of the most critical aspects of professional restoration services: mitigation. This process helps to reduce the spread and effect of damages in your home when it faces an emergency.

Fire damages are among the worst of these disastrous effects in your San Antonio home that you can neither plan for nor prevent. With so many ways that fires can originate in a home, the primary focus must be the safety of the occupants of the house above any of the contents or items that might be inside. With professionals like our SERVPRO technicians, however, these items do not have to be written off. Our emergency response team can utilize mitigation techniques to help lessen the lingering effects of the fire itself and work to preserve at-risk items within your house.

One of the first things that our team does once we assess the full scope of the fire damage to your home is to determine how to preserve both structural integrity and at-risk items from continued damages. The pack-out service we provide can remove damaged items and those threatened by the conditions of the house to a safe area until restoration completes. Once this happens, the items can get returned to their original positions.

Some of the mitigation techniques employed by our SERVPRO team are to prevent worsening conditions from happening, such as mold growth. With many widespread fires requiring water to extinguish, this pooling water can create problems of its own. Our technicians can extract this excess and dry up the saturation into materials to help reduce the possibility of microbial growth.

While you might not find yourself prepared to face a fire in your home, you are never alone in working to bring your house back to its original conditions. From working to preserve the things that matter most to you when disaster strikes to working efficiently to recover from the damages, our SERVPRO of Braun Station restoration specialists are here to help. Give us a call anytime at (210) 267-2159.

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Immediate Restoration For Water Damage at Your San Antonio Bar

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Immediate Restoration For Water Damage at Your San Antonio Bar See the SERVPRO team roll past the Tower of the Americas to your water damage incident.

You might find that San Antonio has a nightlife that you cannot find in other cities. From the bustling Riverwalk to the bars and nightclubs throughout the city, there is always somewhere to be when the sun goes down. With steep competition with other bars throughout the city and its surrounding communities, you cannot afford to let an unexpected water incident derail your business. When damage like this occurs, trust in the fast response and experienced techniques of our reliable technicians.

As you might imagine, water damage can have a dramatic effect on your San Antonio business. From the immediate concerns in the loss of customers on a particular day to the grander concerns of the effects that persistent moisture and dampness can have on structural elements and contents of the affected areas, getting the problem resolved requires experience and the right equipment. Our SERVPRO professionals work to live up to our claim that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

One of the first things that you need to appreciate in a water loss incident is the immediate spread of this water damage to the surrounding materials such as your flooring, bar, stools, booths, and more. As these elements absorb the spreading water, they can bloat and distort. Without the ability to get to these materials and pull the moisture out quickly, they might suffer irreparable damage.

Our SERVPRO technicians also worry about the possibility of water penetrating beyond the immediate flooring material and absorbing into subflooring and the supports. This saturation can not only weaken the material itself, but it can also allow for mold and mildew growth. The microbial growth like this can threaten the health of your customers and staff, requiring even more intricate restoration and remediation work before you can re-open your doors again.

The important thing to remember when you get posed with a water damage situation in your bar is to react quickly to get the right personnel working on the problem as quickly as possible. The faster that our SERVPRO of Braun Station specialists can work on the issue, the less time it takes to resolve it. Give us a call anytime you need us at (210) 267-2159.

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Avoid Fire Damage When Grilling in Your Leon Valley Home

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoid Fire Damage When Grilling in Your Leon Valley Home After fire damage from grilling look for the grill of our trucks at your home.

Late Summer Grilling Can Lead To Fire Damage In Leon Valley

The barbeque and grilling season is far from over in Leon Valley. Cooking outdoors is popular for creating a festive atmosphere and delivering delicious, smoke-infused food to the dining table. Wood, charcoal, or gas grills do pose an elevated risk of household fire. If the flames jump to an exterior or interior portions of your home we can help with cleanup and restoration.

Outdoor grilling needs constant monitoring to avoid fire damage to your Leon Valley  home. Even when you exercise caution variables such as wind gusts, or rambunctious pets can cause an accident that quickly turns into a crisis. During the relatively dry months of late summer, the grass or gardens near your house can ignite fast, spreading the line of fire to the exterior or inside of your dwelling. We respond to many fire cleanup scenarios where the source of the residue on surfaces in your home was an outdoor blaze.

SERVPRO warns that overhanging eaves, an awning, or roof can accelerate the transfer of heat and flames from even a small accidental outdoor fire from grilling. Despite burning just a few minutes before it is extinguished, the smoke and soot of a fire that escaped its containment system can make their way indoors, especially if open windows or heating or cooling intake vents are nearby. Think of how the aromas of your or a neighbor’s grilling waft into your house even when the cooking fuel is contained, and no emergency occurs.

Add to that the increase in smoke and soot if an outdoor fire jumps to the ground or the structure of your home. Fires started outside can grow in intensity if they catch the siding or trim of your home, and if a fire just outside the kitchen, where the majority of grilling spaces are, seeks and finds a burst of oxygen when the door opens, it travels inside with frightening ease. Firefighting efforts, both with fire extinguishers and water, may put out the fire but damage your home on their own. Fortunately, SERVPRO is a full-service restoration company, handling water, fire, and many other disasters.

If a gathering around the grill takes a turn for the worse, SERVPRO  of Braun Station is ready to help clean up and restore any areas of your home affected. Give us a call at (210) 267-2159 to get the recovery started.

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Choosing Professional Water Damage Restoration for Your San Antonio Home

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Choosing Professional Water Damage Restoration for Your San Antonio Home With SERVPRO’s equipment and training, we make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

San Antonio residents take pride in their homes and properties. When disaster strikes or when you have a substantial mess to clean up, it is a common belief to roll up your sleeves and get to work to fix the problem as best as you can on your own. The trouble with DIY restoration for water incidents is that many homeowners fail to remove the entire lingering threat, allowing for continued damage and secondary effects.

While a homeowner might see a water damage situation in their San Antonio  residence as little more than a reason to break out the mop and run some fans, there is much more to water damage restoration that you might have previously believed. Ensuring that the area gets thoroughly dried often requires specialized equipment and detection tools. Failure to get your home below moisture standards for a house can lead to worsening conditions that pose a threat to the structure as well as your family.

One of the reasons that you might consider professional restoration like our SERVPRO professionals is our ability to respond to your situation rapidly. Even in smaller scale water incidents, fast response time is critical to mitigating loss and to get to work quickly on pulling out the water and drying up the affected areas.

Another reason that a homeowner should think about our SERVPRO  team is our industry-leading equipment, expertise, and unique training. These facts help us to be professionals that can quickly assess the full scope of the damage that affects your home and choose the most efficient and practical approach to eliminating the moisture and preserving the construction materials that have gotten saturated by the incident.

As much as you might be among the homeowners that seek to do things for themselves when something threatens their home, situations like water damages  require professionals with the right training and equipment to ensure that the job gets done adequately. Our SERVPRO of Braun Station water damage technicians are available 24/7 for any need you might have by calling (210) 267-2159.

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Suicide Prevention Week in San Antonio, TX

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Suicide Prevention Week in San Antonio, TX World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th each year.

As part of the San Antonio community, SERVPRO of Braun Station realizes that suicide prevention is a delicate issue that requires the utmost respect and care.  National Suicide Prevention Week occurs from September 9th through September 15th and we want to help highlight the importance of discussing this very real issue.  We have personally experienced the suicide of a loved one and know that utter heartbreak that occurs to those who are here after a suicide occurs.  We encourage anyone who may be dealing with these thoughts of distress to contact the suicide hotline at (800) 273-8255 or online at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.  If you or loved one is in distress, please don't hesitate to reach out to find the best resources available to help.  There is hope out there and help is available.

Fire Damage Restoration Challenges Conquered In Leon Valley

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Challenges Conquered In Leon Valley SERVPRO has the tools and equipment to remove soot after fire damage.

When your Leon Valley home suffers a fire, you and your family are likely terrified and overwhelmed. Even if the blaze extinguished quickly, the evidence of fire damage is everywhere in the house. You might feel that the soot and smoke ruined much of your personal property, but a consultation with our fire restoration technicians can bring better news. Let us show you how our training, skills, and equipment assist in restoration.

If your family survived fire damage in your Leon Valley , you breathe a sigh of relief although you accept that most of your possessions are lost. Before discarding soot and odor-laden personal belongings, work with our team at our production facility. We are in continuous contact with your insurance company, determining which items we can restore to save your memories and your money. Give us a chance to save your family’s treasures as well as restoring your home to preloss condition.

To best evaluate the condition and restoration potential of everything from clothing to a child’s favorite stuffed animal SERVPRO often recommends a pack out of the damaged items. We use a thorough inventory system to track your possessions, and our written records and comments help when your present claim requests to your insurance company. Once the portable items leave the damaged space, we also find it easier to clean, disinfect, and restore the structural damage.

Often fire damage  includes water damage, and our SERVPRO production technicians are skilled in cleanup and recovery of both water and smoke or soot contamination. We have resources like freeze-drying for papers, pictures, and books and electronic restoration experts for computers, phones, and entertainment systems. Our production area features commercial washers and immersion cleaning systems that can manage and reverse the damage done by acidic fire residues.

We can help you make proper decisions about food, personal care items, and other supplies exposed to the heat and smoke of a fire. Even sealed jars and cans can expose your family to food poisoning or soot contamination risks after a fire. Heat can activate microorganisms, and fine soot can “climb” the rings of a lidded jar. Refrigerators and freezers might protect your food if gaskets hold and the power is never or only briefly interrupted. SERVPRO is familiar with the warning signs and helps customers make the safe choice in the pantry and kitchen after a fire.

SERVPRO of Braun Station is ready to help when fire damages your home. Our team offers a wide range of options that allow us to clean and restore both personal and real property. Call us at (210) 267-2159 to arrange for a comprehensive consultation in the aftermath of a household fire.

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Flash Flood Damage In San Antonio Is A Common Occurrence -- Be Ready

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flash Flood Damage In San Antonio Is A Common Occurrence -- Be Ready SERVPRO has the tools and equipment to remediate flood damage in your home.

Prepare for flood damage with SERVPRO of Braun Station

The geographical features that make the Hill Country of Central Texas wild and beautiful expose cities like San Antonio to the genuine risk of severe flood damage. Two rainy seasons bookmark the summer. April and May have the highest precipitation and risk of flash floods. September and October are the tropical storm months, rushing in from the Gulf. No matter the scenario, we are trained and ready to help if flooding strikes your home.

Whether it is the spring thunderstorms that build on the edge of the Balcones Escarpment or the intense rains and winds that make landfall southeast of San Antonio, flood damage  can follow. Because of the predictability of the seasonal water loss challenges, our technicians are extremely familiar with the rigors presented by residential flooding. We also support the education of our team through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training.

Before the flood seasons hit, consider making proactive use of SERVPRO’s training and experience. We offer to both our commercial and residential customers the option to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile. One of our project managers visits your residence, assessing your home’s layout regarding flooding vulnerabilities. We evaluate the flood exposure risk of your mechanical systems and make suggestions concerning adapting your storage decisions to limit the risk of water damage to documents, books, heirlooms, and other personal possessions. Pictures and a blueprint gives us the information we need in the event of a flood.

We then encourage you to add details using our mobile app. This is the Profile, allowing you to list helpful details like the names of vendors for your appliances and contractors who remodeled or repaired areas of your home. If we respond to a flood at your home, we have all of this data in a concise, online format. You can identify SERVPRO  as your preferred restoration partner and delegate authority to family or friends to seek help for your property if you are out of town or otherwise unavailable when a flooding event occurs.

If San Antonio is home, flood risk is a constant possibility. SERVPRO of Braun Station has the technicians and equipment required to remove water, dry out the structure, and restore your premises to pre-flood condition. Contact us at (210) 267-2159 to explore your options ahead of the flood.

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Why Choose Professional Restoration For Fire Damages In Your San Antonio Home

8/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Choose Professional Restoration For Fire Damages In Your San Antonio Home A small fire quickly extinguished still left significant amounts of smoke damage and heavy soot throughout the home. The soot affected most living spa

After fire damages, count on the professionals at SERVPRO

After the firefighting teams and first responders have left the scene at your San Antonio residence, you might be curious of how to proceed with getting your home back to the way it used to be. As much as you might understand about professional restoration services, there are still many homeowners that do not fully understand the nature of the work that we do.

Better appreciating the full scope of the work that professional restoration technicians can do for the fire damages in your San Antonio  home, the better prepared you are to know what to expect. You are also better informed then as to why you need to employ a company for this venture and not attempt the work on your own.

Equipment is a big part of the work that SERVPRO does in fire restoration projects. From the tools that we use to remove lingering water damage from extinguishing efforts, to the equipment that helps us to clear out harmful and noxious smoke damage from the affected areas, these are specialized units explicitly created for restoring homes and commercial properties.

IICRC Certification  is also at the heart of the work that we do when restoring fire damage to those in the community. Every one of our technicians has unique training and certifications in their particular restoration niche to offer the most experience and expedient work for your home, regardless of the severity of the damage we experience.

Much of the work we do is intended to live up to the commitment we have to our customers, that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. That means that we are available 24/7 and respond as quickly as possible to help you mitigate the damages and loss in your home and get the process started on putting the pieces back together promptly.

You might not always think of professional restoration companies first, but our SERVPRO  of Braun Station technicians work to earn our reputation with every project that we undertake. You can trust our team to show up quickly and to offer high-quality restoration work to continue being a trusted name in the industry. Give our emergency response team a call today at (210) 267-2159.

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Mold Damage Linked To High Indoor Humidity In San Antonio

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Linked To High Indoor Humidity In San Antonio Drywall is one organic material in your home that mold damage can thrive on.

How high humidity can cause mold damage in your home

Residents of San Antonio experience long hot and humid summers. High levels of airborne moisture and warm temperatures indoors can contribute to the increased likelihood of mold growth in your home, even if you have air conditioning operating. Working with a reputable mold remediation company can help you pinpoint the reasons mold growth is an issue in your home as well as remediating the current growth.

Water is the fuel that accelerates mold damage in your San Antonio home. Mold spores are very opportunistic, gaining enough moisture from small amounts of dampness or small collections of condensation to begin growth. Running an air conditioner is often recommended to reduce interior humidity below 60 percent, the level where mold can find a supportive environment even without spills, leaks, or flooding.

Ironically, AC units can provide the moisture if operating inefficiently or if the wrong size for the space cooled. An air conditioner too small for the area is one problem SERVPRO sees, but an overly powerful system also can fail to reduce the humidity enough to halt mold development.

Air conditioning provides a cooling feeling when it removes moisture from the air, usually by condensing the water vapor on refrigerated coils. If adjusted correctly and draining properly, the system works well and prevents the conditions conducive to mold growth. Sometimes a larger than necessary unit does not operate long enough to reduce the humidity below the “sweet spot” for mold growth. It pumps cold air into the rooms too quickly and then cycles off before the humidity reduces. Mold then grows on the damp surfaces, necessitating mold remediation by our SERVPRO crews.

Keeping AC condensers and coils clean and the drains free-flowing is also key to preventing interior mold growth during a hot summer. If the drain is plugged, it may overflow, depositing moisture on a wall or floor nearby. Mold finds wood and drywall perfect organic surfaces to call home. SERVPRO inspects for these moisture sources when we arrive to assess and plan for mold remediation. If the homeowner does not address these issues chances are good that mold can return even after we complete a professional treatment.

SERVPRO  of Braun Station is eager to help community residents understand why mold finds a home attractive. We design strategies to remove current colonies while also inhibiting future outbreaks. Call us at (210) 267-2159 to schedule an evaluation.

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Fast, Reliable Mold Remediation For Your San Antonio Restaurant

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fast, Reliable Mold Remediation For Your San Antonio Restaurant If steamy pots lead to mold damage, contact SERVPRO for fast and reliable mold remediation.

When mold damage threatens your restaurant, count on the SERVPRO team

San Antonio restaurants, bakeries, and other food preparation enterprises know inspections are regularly conducted to ensure public health and safety. Mold growth is one of the negative marks your business can receive, so you want to move on mold remediation before the inspector comes. Stick to creating your delicious savory and sweet treats and hire us to manage the mold.

Mold damage in your San Antonio  bakery and restaurant not only violates health regulations but also repels your customers if they see or hear about it. In a perfect world, your business would never need to deal with mold growth, but the conditions supportive of mold spores germination are common in most food preparation areas. Mold prefers temperatures from 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but some strains thrive at temperatures as low as 30 or high as 120 degrees. Water, even in the form of steam or high humidity fuels the growth of the fungi, and organic materials offer a food source. All commercial kitchens present this type of environment. We are familiar with the challenges of mold remediation in these circumstances.

Expect SERVPRO mold remediation technicians to assess both the current mold damage and the various sources of moisture observed. Unless your business addresses the moisture issues, mold can recur. In kitchens, one of the essentials is an adequate ventilation system, including exhaust fans that move the steam out of the area. Spills, neglected plumbing leaks, and condensation from coolers, freezers, and ice machines all contribute to the water mold spores seek to absorb.

SERVPRO technicians apply the ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard for Professional Mold Remediation  using the IICRC Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation when responding to your mold emergency. The restoration industry outlines the best practices in this standard and guide, and we as industry leaders follow the recommendations and steps.

We do our best to complete the mold remediation while allowing your business to operate. The SERVPRO team erects physical barriers to contain the moldy area, a zone outside of which your staff and customers remain during the process. Air quality cannot be compromised, so we frequently use negative air pressure machines to prevent the contaminated air from drifting into the rest of your business and that employ HEPA filters to catch airborne debris before venting to the outdoors.

Once contained, our technicians remove the mold, using wiping, scraping, and abrasive techniques like soda blasting. SERVPRO  clears the residues with HEPA filtered vacuums, and bag the debris for disposal according to local codes. EPA-registered antimicrobial formulations treat surfaces to inhibit future mold growth and damage.

Let SERVPRO of Braun Station partner with you when mold damage threatens your food service business. Call us for an evaluation of even a minor infestation at (210) 267-2159 -- the sooner, the better to retain your hard-earned reputation for unique and tasty delicacies.

Click here for a list of the excellent eateries throughout San Antonio.

How Professional Fire Damage Restoration Improves Your Business’s Quick Recovery

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Professional Fire Damage Restoration Improves Your Business’s Quick Recovery Count on SERVPRO after fire damage in your business.

Recover after fire damage with the help of SERVPRO

No business owner in San Antonio wants the focus for their clients or customers to be the company's ineffective recovery from a disaster. Keeping any damage from fire low key by trying to manage it in-house feels as though you retain control of both the recovery process and your brand. This benefits from this approach quickly become detriments when the challenges fire restoration derail your well-intentioned cleaning staff’s efforts. Involve our well-qualified and equipped fire damage crews to abate the effects fast and to health and restoration industry standards.

The fire damage in your San Antonio  restaurant kitchen extinguished swiftly, but the damage is surprisingly pervasive. Smoke and soot are difficult to contain, especially when everyone involved concentrates on putting the fire out by any means possible. Concerns about the spread of fire residues assert after the fire department leaves. Our crews receive comprehensive training not only on basic cleaning at a fire site but also on a myriad of strategies to seek and halt migration of and remediate the non-combusted particles sent airborne during a conflagration.

Many restaurants use open layouts to connect diners to the magic occurring in the kitchen. With little blocking airflow, it is nearly impossible to stop fire residues from depositing on the tables, chairs, and flooring in your dining room. When SERVPRO’s crew arrives, we assess the extent of the fire damage apparent and plan to limit any further spread. If the majority of the damage is in the kitchen area, we can decide to set up a containment zone around the cooking area with heavy plastic sheeting and a negative pressure air scrubber system that prevents more residues from escaping into the spaces where your customers enjoy their meals. We use the walls and doors in place, but augment as needed to keep the spaces separated.

SERVPRO then matches the type of sooty residue  with suitable cleaning tools and products. Kitchen fires are frequently protein based, laying down a thin but tenacious lacquer-like film that can require solvents to dislodge. We get to work in the containment chamber on the surfaces close to the fire center using techniques that minimize smearing and are appropriate for the damaged materials.

Meanwhile, in the parts of your restaurant further from the burning, we evaluate the type of soot and other residues that invaded before the establishment of the containment perimeter. SERVPRO technicians can vary the products, techniques, and tools if we encounter different types of residues. Lighter, ashy residues respond well to vacuums, dusting, and dry sponging. Stickier residues need the addition of cleaners with wetting agents and surfactants to loosen for wiping or scrubbing.

All spaces are likely to need deodorization, and SERVPRO  employs cutting-edge technology to eliminate smells through chemical neutralization. Cover-ups like candles or air fresheners fail while our resources are broad and eventually remove the odors when our trained employees monitor the process, adjusting the methods until we achieve success.

Fire damage restoration is a process best left to the experts rather than learned by trial and error. SERVPRO of Braun Station is available at (210) 267-2159 24 hours a day, year-round to meet your disaster recovery needs.

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Plumbing Breaches Often Require Water Removal In Your Leon Valley Home

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Plumbing Breaches Often Require Water Removal In Your Leon Valley Home When your water damage is too much for towels, count on the team at SERVPRO for your water damage remediation.

Get fast water removal after a burst pipe with the help of SERVPRO

Among the more recent bouts of extreme weather conditions that affected Leon Valley residents, the only threat that your homes face is not exclusively coming at you from the outside. While you should work to safeguard your home from the possibility of natural disasters as much as possible, indoor plumbing can also cause the same kind of catastrophe to affect both the structural integrity and the condition of your house.

While you might think of a breach in your plumbing as little more than a simple cleanup job, it likely requires professional water removal services for your Leon Valley residence. Every homeowner cares about protecting their investment, and your home's health becomes in jeopardy from poor cleaning techniques that do not adequately address the problem.

Our SERVPRO professionals understand that in these situations, time is of the essence. The longer those high volumes of water pool throughout the affected areas of your home, the more they weaken structural elements and cause more penetrative damages.

Locating the source of the damage is also a critical step in the restoration process for our SERVPRO team. By locating the problem, we can work to get the pipes repaired and the water back on to the rest of your house to help you return to your normal life while the restoration process is underway.

Water removal itself is often an involved process. Starting with portable pumps and wet-vacs, our team works to pull up all of the immediate pooling. More confined spaces and difficult to reach points require specialized drying equipment to reach, such as our injectidry system to reach into wall cavities. Thorough drying is critical for a successful restoration job.

While there might be multiple threats that your home faces over its lifetime, you cannot always account for or prevent some of them. With your indoor plumbing, most homeowners do not realize there is a problem until they are facing the pool of water the incident created. Trust in our SERVPRO of Braun Station technicians to help you clean up the mess, remove the water, and get back to your regular life. You can call us anytime at (210) 267-2159.

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Fast And Efficient Water Damage Restoration For San Antonio Shops

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fast And Efficient Water Damage Restoration For San Antonio Shops If your gift shop or business experiences water damage, count on the professionals at SERVPRO.

Experienced teams are ready to assist with your water damage restoration

San Antonio has a long and rich history, with visitors from around the country and the world traveling enjoy and learn about our city. Committing to providing an open and pleasant environment to residents and visiting guests in our museums, cafes, restaurants, and shops is essential to their positive experience. If water damage threatens your ability to deliver on this promise we can help.

Your response to the call from your staff that a pipe broke and caused water damage in your San Antonio  gift shop can make all the difference to the future prosperity of your business. You may try to take care of matters yourself to keep your store open. Mopping up the water and hoping that a gradual air dry takes care of the issues takes more time than you fear and can expose your business to long-term deterioration and secondary damage. The window to getting your business back on track is short, and our trained technicians work fast and cover every issue with tools and products a business rarely has available.

We also are very flexible in working with you to allow at least some of your core operations to continue. Our team can employ barriers to isolate the work areas away from spaces where you can still interact with customers. SERVPRO knows the reality can be businesses that shut down because of a water disaster struggle to reopen. The answer is not to do a quick job on the water damage cleanup. A better approach is to team up with a reliable and experienced company that focuses on the water mitigation while you concentrate on adapting your commerce until your retail space is restored.

SERVPRO arrives with all the equipment needed for water damage  restoration loaded on our service vehicles. Although each damage scenario is unique, the commonalities in water loss remediation guide our crew leaders to devise an effective plan quickly. Within hours of your first call, our crew is at work in your store extracting water, measuring moisture levels to establish drying goals, and positioning the air movers, dehumidifiers, and heaters to dry the space quickly. Our goal is to get your space back “Like it never even happened.” while also avoiding complications like mold growth or undetected pockets of water missed in a rushed response.

Get your business back on track after water damage with the assistance of SERVPRO  of Braun Station. Call us immediately at (210) 267-2159 so we can get the process started.

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What To Expect From Professional Mold Remediation In San Antonio

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What To Expect From Professional Mold Remediation In San Antonio Count on the professionals at SERVPRO if you find mold damage in your home.

Removing Mold damage from your home

Mold growth looms as a potential problem for any homeowner in San Antonio. Mold spores coexist within residential settings, encompassing both outdoor and indoor environments. Although they usually pose little harm, when moisture is present, the invisible mold spores explode into invasive mold colonies. Our mold remediation services can help.

Mold damage is sometimes visible in a San Antonio  home, but it also announces itself with an unpleasant, musty odor. Ignoring a moldy smell is not advisable as large mold infestations can hide between walls, in attics and foundations, under flooring, and above ceilings. If you notice staining or some feathery or leathery growth, alert our remediation team. A small visible mold issue may be just the tip of a significant mold invasion.

SERVPRO mold remediation teams train to IICRC, EPA, and OSHA standards. We cannot promise to eliminate mold spores, but we can eradicate active mold colonies and take steps to inhibit further mold growth. Some individuals are sensitive to the vast quantities of mold spores generated by colony growth and the byproducts some molds shed as they multiply. Because of this, it is critical that EPA precautions  be observed during remediation.

Mold debris needs containment during remediation. SERVPRO employs a variety of strategies to keep individuals safe during mold abatement. Our employees wear personal protective equipment and shield unaffected areas of your home during the remediation process. We use physical barriers such as heavy-duty plastic sheeting to contain the debris. Negative pressure air scrubbers use filters and suction to keep the moldy particles away from people and clean areas of your home during the project.

Once the chosen containment strategies are in place our crew scrapes and sometimes blasts, using soda as a gentle abrasive, the mold off of surfaces. We bag and dispose of the moldy materials per local codes. Then the surfaces receive an EPA registered antimicrobial treatment to limit the possibility of additional mold growth.

SERVPRO  also identifies and recommends elimination of the moisture sources that fuel the mold growth. If the dampness, spills, leaks, or condensation that encouraged mold spores to multiply are not resolved, mold can return.

SERVPRO of Braun Station is ready to help remediate a mold damage issue in your San Antonio home. Call us at (210) 267-2159 if you suspect mold growth and we can assess the situation and develop a plan.

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Flood Safety in San Antonio

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Its officially hurricane season and with that can bring a lot of unexpected rain to San Antonio. While living in San Antonio, we know that often we get quite a bit of flash flood warnings and watches. SERVPRO® of Braun Station wants to help you be prepared if water would ever intrude into your home.

Its unfortunate that we don't have anyway to prevent flood waters from coming into our home but we can help ourselves by knowing what to DO and DON'T DO after flooding.  

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

More information is provided by American Red Cross

SERVPRO® of Braun Station is here to help!

Call us 24/7 - 210-267-2159

Do you know where to turn off your water supply?

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

When the unfortunate happens, and a water pipe bursts in your business property, do you know where to run and turn off your water supply?

That is where SERVPRO® of Braun Station comes in! One of the many services we provide is what we call, an ERP (Emergency Ready Profile). We create an Emergency Ready Profile personalized specifically for your business. The ERP helps make a plan for your business incase a disaster were to happen in your property, such as a bursting pipe that causes a flood.

Benefits from an ERP:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes that SERVPRO® of Braun Station as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

These benefits help with a much faster response time to your business, which helps avoid any further damages to your property.

50% of businesses may never reopen again following a disaster.

Stay informed by visiting: https://www.ready.gov/

Call us today to schedule your free ERP, SERVPRO® of Braun Station: 210-267-2159

Cleaning Up San Antonio!

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Braun Station has launched a full general cleaning division. With this added service we can service more commercial properties, such as restaurants, office spaces, etc. Our general cleaning service is deep clean of the entire property.

Here is a list of our total commercial cleaning and maintenance we offer:

  • Carpet cleaning
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Cleaning of Draperies
  • Walls, Ceiling & Hard Surface Cleaning
  • Janitorial services
  • Deodorization
  • Vandalism cleaning
  • Kitchen cleaning (degreasing)

Along with the general cleaning of commercial properties. We also offer our duct cleaning and HVAC cleaning for all commercial properties as well.

Have any more questions?

Find us on the web, SERVPRO® of Braun Station Commercial Cleaning Service.

Call us today for your free quote on your commercial property!

SERVPRO® of Braun Station: 210-267-2159

SERVPRO® of Braun Station Helps Everyone!

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

According to all local weather channels, like KSAT 12 Weather , storms will be officially coming through Friday, with a 30% chance of rain for Thursday. SERVPRO® of Braun Station has help many people in the past who have been affected by severe storms that have came through San Antonio in the past. 

In severe weather situations we pride ourselves in our response time. SERVPRO® of Braun Station has the ability and capability to respond to an emergency situation within one hour of the customers initial call.

If you become affected by any storm damage call the experts you can trust. We offer a free initial assessment, and working with your insurance company. Our free assessment saves customers a substantial amount of money in the long run. 

Be sure to call SERVPRO® of Braun Station to get your free assessment we are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year.

SERVPRO® of Braun Station - 210-267-2159 

Storms Brewing In San Antonio

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms Brewing In San Antonio Have no fear of storm damage, SERVPRO of Braun Station in San Antonio is here. 210-267-2159

A severe thunder storm warning has been issued for the city of San Antonio. KSAT 12 Fiesta Forecast brings you the forecast for today and the upcoming week. If your home or office become impacted by the storm, SERVPRO® of Braun Station will be working tirelessly through the night helping anyone in need of our emergency services, even through the Fiesta holidays! As the premiere mitigation team in San Antonio, our crews have the experience, expertise, and professionalism to handle any size storm mitigation needs.  As part of the San Antonio community, we understand that south Texas has some wild weather that can cause roof leaks as well as massive flooding very quickly and that is why we are always available to help.  Call us 24/7, nights and weekends, 210-267-2159.

Hidden Moisture

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Multiple pipes burst in this Virginia home during a mid-atlantic freeze. SERVPRO® of Braun Station was part of the storm team that helped the homeowners of Virginia.

This picture was taken during the initial scope. The loss came from multiple pipes bursting in the upstairs restroom and had been running for several days. When the initial scope of work was done the water had been absorbed by the building material throughout the home.

During scoping it involves locating the areas of the structure into which water has intruded and defining the extent to which the structure and contents have absorbed moisture. Moisture detection devices are also used to verify an environment has been dried thoroughly. This process is very important during our mitigation services. You can see more of our Advanced Restoration Technology by clicking the link.

Pipe Leak in San Antonio?

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Pipe Leak in San Antonio? SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help with your water damage remediation needs

Have you recently had a water damage in San Antonio? SERVPRO of Braun Station understands that water damage emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and we have on-call crews available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that your job receives the attention it deserves.  When you call us at (210) 267-2159, we have trained operators available. We have the professional equipment needed to begin the remediation process quickly.  Our number one priority is customer service and providing you with a positive experience.  A company you can trust in San Antonio.  We are here to help and also provide reconstruction services to help make any water damage, no matter how small or how large, "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of Braun Station knows the importance of the SERVPRO advantage

When Water Damage Strikes in San Antonio

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professional will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.


INSPECTION
SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.


EMERGENCY SERVICES
SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.


MONITORING
To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.


RESTORATION SERVICES
SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the job site will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition.

Unhealthy Environments

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failure, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.

Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

 Unfortunately, water-related disasters can occur at any time. The costs and effects of water damage are unpredictable, which is why it is important to begin the mitigation process in a timely manner.
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Taking Control of the Flames

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.

So after the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let your friendly neighbors from SERVPRO® of Braun Station help you restore it. With our highly trained professional technicians and cutting-edge technology, along with our open communication, we strive to restore not only the home, but the customer's peace of mind.

So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call your friends at SERVPRO® of Braun Station. Available 24/7- 210-267-2159 

Take Precautions!

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Braun Station's highly trained professionals handle water damages everyday and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, here are some things to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong, musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

As your San Antonio mold remediation professionals, SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help.

San Antonio, Texas Storm Damage Due to Rain

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage San Antonio, Texas Storm Damage Due to Rain Don't allow a rainy day to damage your home or office. Call your San Antonio Storm cleanup experts at (210) 267-2159

We were awoken to significant rain falling outside of our houses today and know that especially in San Antonio rain can quickly lead to flooding.  This rain may showcase, in the worst possible way, a leak you were unaware of in your roof.  You do not want to ignore the small leaks, as they have a tendency to quickly become larger.  We have crews available to tarp roofs, when safe, as well as perform water remediation to dry your home properly to help prevent secondary damage. 

If the rain continues as predicted, you may face rising flood waters if you live in a flood zone and sometimes, unfortunately, even when you don't. Flood waters are highly contaminated and require an expert to remediate.  Call us at the first sign of water intrusion and for some tips while you wait visit our website for Water Damage Tips.

SERVPRO of Braun Station is here for any of your weather related remediation needs. 

Water Damage Tips in San Antonio

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can occur in San Antonio for many reasons and is an unpleasant experience.  Most homeowners have never experienced a water damage and therefore do not know where to start when a pipe burst, a toilet overflows, a washing machine malfunctions, or a flood occurs.  If you wake up or come home to water in your house that was not there before, there are several steps you can take to help stop further damage.

What To Do After Water Damage

  • Contact your local SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals at (210) 267-2159
  • Ensure the home is safe to enter and be aware of the potential for fall hazards
  • Turn off the water either at the site of the water damage or at the main if you cannot determine where the water is coming from
  • Gather any sentimental items or important documents that you do not want to get wet if they are still dry and move them away from the water damage

SERVPRO of Braun Station will be there quickly to begin the remediation process and allow you to relax while we do the necessary steps in the water restoration process. For further information visit us at www.SERVPRObraunstation.com

Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Killer in San Antonio

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Carbon monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Oftentimes, it is the result of faulty, improperly used, or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water
heaters, room heaters, and engine-powered equipment, such as portable generators.


However, there are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family, and your employees from deadly CO fumes.


Reduce the chance of CO exposure in your workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce CO. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside of all bedrooms.

Consider having all fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional. Use portable generators only in well-ventilated areas away from doors, windows, vents, and any other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home.


For additional CO safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov.

Dangers of Extreme Cold in San Antonio, Texas

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Weather Service, $2.84 million dollars of property damage was caused by extreme cold in 2015.


Even scarier? Fifty-three people died and three were injured due to extreme cold the same year.
It is important to be aware of the effect extremely
cold temperatures can have on you. The two main conditions to be aware of are frostbite and hypothermia.


Frostbite is caused when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Physical symptoms are white or grayish-yellow skin, skin that feels unusually firm, or waxy numbness.


Hypothermia is when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature, caused from long exposure to cold weather. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. If someone’s body temperature is below 95°F, seek medical attention immediately.

To avoid these conditions, stay indoors if possible. If not, dress warm in layers and try to keep dry.

Source: ready.gov/winter-weather

San Antonio Mold Damage Remediation Experts

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation San Antonio Mold Damage Remediation Experts Don't let mold take control of your San Antonio property. Call SERVPRO of Braun Station today!

SERVPRO of Braun Station is often called out to check for mold after a water damage has been left and not taken care of appropriately.  The majority of our mold calls occur in the first few months of the year because homeowners were out of town for the holidays and didn't know that a water damage occurred.  The most common cause of these unseen water damages are a pipe that slowly leaked instead of bursting due to the cold winter temperatures or age.  It is only when the home or business owner starts to notice an odd smell, one of the telltale indicators of mold, that they call a mold remediation company such as SERVPRO of Braun Station.  If you have noticed black spots or other mold indicators, don't delay and make sure you call us today at (210) 267-2159.  The faster SERVPRO of Braun Station arrives on site to begin the mold remediation process, the less damage will continue to occur.

San Antonio Commercial Remediation Experts

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial San Antonio Commercial Remediation Experts Our business is to get your business back to work for you in San Antonio and surrounding areas. SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help.

Are you a business owner in San Antonio?  Have you experienced a recent water, fire or bio-hazard damage at your commercial property?  Are you looking for a reputable company with commercial remediation experience that offers a full service including construction?  Then, look no further because SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help.  Conveniently available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, SERVPRO of Braun Station is able to work within the parameters of any commercial job site.  Our goal is to get your business up and running as soon as possible to limit the interruption to your business.  We have worked around schedules so that businesses could stay open while remediation occurred on the off hours in order to avoid monetary disruption.  We know commercial losses are complex and we will work with you directly to help facilitate your needs.  Call us at (210) 267-2159 to see how we can help get your business back into business.

Putting Out Fires

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. Our SERVPRO professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible. 

Your SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly.

Ask about our content claims inventory service and document restoration services.

Winter Storm Ready

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for the coming cold weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.

Keeping Your Home or Business Fresh!

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

What Is Duct Cleaning?

This process refers to the cleaning of various system components of your heating and cooling system. The components that should be regularly cleaned include grilles, supply and return air ducts, heat exchangers, coils, and unit housing.

When not cleaned, these components can become contaminated with dust, dirt, and pollen. In addition, moisture can even result in mold growth, which often has harmful health effects. A thorough cleaning, however, can prevent such contamination and keep your indoor air at a high quality. 

How Can It Help Remove Foul Odors?

When the ducts are thoroughly cleaned with proper equipment, professionals can remove dander, mold, dust, and other contaminants in your air vents. These particles are generally the cause of foul odors. For example, mold often causes a musty smell, while pet fur and dander trapped in the ducts may cause other odors. To truly remove these smells, the process sanitizes and deodorizes all areas that are affected.

Microbiology of Microbial Growth

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Indoor and outdoor environments naturally harbor a great variety of microscopic life forms termed microorganisms or microbes. Found everywhere in nature, their largest components are classified as bacteria and fungi. Bacteria are an extremely large and diverse group of single-celled organisms found in all earthly habitats to include the most extreme and harsh physical environments.

In addition to visible bacterial or fungal growth and detection of moisture in porous materials, an obvious indicator of microbial growth and contamination is a "musty", "moldy", or "mildewy" odor. Bacteria and fungi produce a variety of volatile organic compounds during active growth in damp or wet building, finishing, and furnishing materials. These microbial volatile organic compounds, which are detected through the smell are generated by many molds, and also gram-negative and actinomycete bacteria as they rapidly metabolize and amplify. 

When Disaster Hits

12/3/2017 (Permalink)

Disasters can happen at anytime! SERVPRO of Braun Station can help you become better prepared for any disaster that may happen with the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP). 

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Hurricane Relief Efforts

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

There were many families who were affected by the storm throughout the Gulf Coast. Although it will take years before all the cities and towns are back to normal, SERVPRO of Braun Station is always here to help with all storm damages.

In the surrounding areas of Houston and Port Aransas were among the areas with the greatest amount of storm damages. SERVPRO of Braun Station have many years of experience in storm damage cleanup. 

The families who were effected by the storm were left with water in their homes and forced to leave. With our outstanding services and experience we were able to restore the families homes much quicker.

Our professionals here at SERVPRO of Braun Station are here 24/7 to serve all your needs. 210-267-2159 

Cooking During the Holidays

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

November—when cooler temperatures arrive, the leaves change, and family-oriented get-togethers, like Thanksgiving, begin the holiday season. While you are busy whipping up delicious dishes in the kitchen, it is also important to take time to remember safety.

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.

Here at SERVPRO® of Braun Station we want to share with you some safety protocols to help keep your family safe. 

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.

  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.

  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

  • Keep anything that can catch fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains—away from the stovetop.

Smoke Behavior

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Behavior The effects of fire and smoke damage.

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke-wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO® of Braun StationProfessionals will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals to focus on saving your precious items. Your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread.

Call The Cleanup Team That Is Faster to Any Size Disaster

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Call The Cleanup Team That Is Faster to Any Size Disaster Fire Prevention Week is October 8 through October 14

October is Fire Prevention Month and an excellent
time to examine the emergency preparedness plans for your home and business, including your fire escape plan. Do you have a fire escape plan? Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries within the last year? Are you prepared?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside a designated week each October to focus on fire prevention. The 2017 theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

According to the NFPA, once the fire alarm goes off “you could have less than two minutes to get out safely,” yet only 8 percent of people surveyed
said getting out was the first thought after hearing a fire alarm. Creating, implementing, and practicing a fire escape plan for your home or business may be the difference between safety and tragedy. Make a plan today.


Your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise
Professionals want you to stay safe, informed, and prepared to help ensure you are ready for any disaster that comes your way.

Mold Due to Recent Rains in San Antonio

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Due to Recent Rains in San Antonio Mold can begin to grow within 72 hours of a water damage to your San Antonio home or office. Let the experts at SERVPRO of Braun Station help.

Has you home suddenly taken on a musky odor?  Are you noticing black spots or other discolorations on your ceiling?  These can be signs of potential microbial growth in your home or commercial building.  As the weather has begun turning, we have had more rain than usual and it may have found a way into your home or office.  If you suspect that you might have microbial growth your first call should be to SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159.  We can come out and assess your home or office to determine if there is moisture in the building.  If moisture is found, we have the experience and expertise to quickly begin the water mitigation process, which may include clean-up of microbial growth.  The sooner you call the faster we can arrive to prevent further secondary damage to your structure.

San Antonio Are You Prepared?

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage San Antonio Are You Prepared? SERVPRO of Braun Station encourages our San Antonio community to be disaster aware

Are You Prepared? As a member of the Ready Campaign’s National Preparedness Coalition, SERVPRO® is proud to present the following information.

How quickly your company
can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or
flood often depends on the emergency planning done today. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency.  While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency
procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies.


The following are common sense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, the local economy, and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival. Review the following questions to learn if your company is prepared.

Be Informed
Do you know what kind of emergencies might affect your company? Do you know what you
will do in an emergency situation?

Develop a Business Continuity Plan
Do you know which staff, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep operating? Do you have backup plans for those operations? Do you know what you will do if your
building or plant is not accessible? Do you know what you will do if your suppliers are impacted by a disaster?  Are you ready for utility disruptions?

Prepare Your Emergency Plan
Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with employees before, during, and after an incident? Do you have copies of building and site maps with utilities and emergency routes marked? Are your employees trained for medical emergencies?

Practice the Emergency Plan
Have you practiced your plan recently? Do you practice and coordinate with other businesses in your building or industrial complex? Have you reviewed your plans in the last 12 months?

Review Insurance Coverage
Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you’re covered in a disaster?

Secure Your Facility and Equipment
Have you secured all the ways people, products, and supplies get into your building? Have you conducted a room-by-room walk-through to
determine what can be strapped down?


Improve Cybersecurity
Do you regularly install patches to your software? Have you installed a firewall on your computer? Do you regularly update your antivirus software?

Promote Family and Individual Preparedness
Do you encourage employees to have a personal emergency supply kit and a family communication plan?


If you answered “No” to any of these questions, visit ready.gov and learn how to better prepare your business.

Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Killer in San Antonio

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels, it can kill a person in minutes. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide, or CO,
is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas, created when fuels, like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas and propane burn incompletely.


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. It
is estimated another 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning.  All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, with some groups—
including unborn babies, infants, and
people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems— being more susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide.


An excess of CO, leading to CO poisoning, can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters,
clothes dryers, or idling cars left running in garages.  Taking some basic, precautionary
steps can help eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Protect yourself by reviewing the following tips, provided by the United States Fire Administration.

  • Have fuel-burning appliances, like
    oil and gas furnaces, gas or kerosene
    heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves
    inspected by a trained professional
    every year.
  • Open the damper for proper
    ventilation before using a fireplace.
    Never use your oven or stove top to
    heat your home.
  • Make sure all fuel-burning vented
    equipment is vented to the outside
    to avoid CO poisoning. Keep
    the venting for exhaust clear and
    unblocked.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle,
    remove it from the garage
    immediately after starting it. Never
    run a vehicle or other fueled engine
    or motor indoors, even if garage
    doors are open. Make sure the
    exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is
    not blocked with snow, ice, or other
    materials.
  • Make sure vents for the dryer,
    furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear
    of snow and other debris.
  • Only use barbecue grills outside,
    away from all doors, windows,
    vents, and other building openings.
    Some grills can produce CO gas.
    Never use grills inside the home
    or the garage, even if the doors are
    open.
  • Use portable generators outdoors
    in well-ventilated areas away from
    all doors, windows, vents, and
    other building openings to prevent
    exhaust fumes from entering the
    home.

Be Prepared: Tsunamis in Texas

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know tsunamis can hit any U.S. coast? While they are more likely to hit states on the Pacific coastline or in the Caribbean, it
is good to know what to do if a tsunami does strike where you live, or even where you may vacation.

Ready.gov says “tsunamis, also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called “tidal waves”), are
a series of enormous waves created by an underwater disturbance such as an earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption, or meteorite.” Areas within a mile of the coast and less than 25 feet above sea level have a greater risk of being hit.

As with any emergency, be sure you have a plan. Know the evacuation plan and move inland
or to higher ground and avoid the beach. “The first wave may not be the last or the largest,” according to the National Weather Service.

After a tsunami, do not return to the affected area until officials deem it safe. While drowning is the most common hazard, there are many aftereffects such as flooding and contaminated drinking water.


For more information on preparing for a tsunami, visit ready.gov/tsunamis.

San Antonio Government Facilities

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Government facilities in San Antonio need to stay open as much as possible when they experience a water or fire damage event.  SERVPRO of Braun Station is dedicated to working with all businesses to quickly remediate the damage to minimize the downtime required to finish the process.  We are committed to answer the call and quickly assess the damage to begin mitigation procedures.  This helps to ensure minimum service interruptions and lower recovery costs. SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals respond to disaster situations with the right personnel & equipment to provide timely mitigation.  From large disasters to those special cleaning needs that exceed the capabilities of a facility's janitorial service, SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals are committed to timely response and total customer satisfaction.

With over 40 years experience in cleanup and restoration... SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals are faster to any size disaster.

San Antonio Building Safety

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Building Safety is an opportunity to educate insurance and commercial property professionals, as well as the general public, on “what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable, and energy efficient homes and buildings,” according to the ICC website.

IMPORTANT TIPS FROM THE ICC
Disaster Safety & Mitigation
  

  • If you live in a high wind or hurricane prone area and do not have tested and code-approved shutters for protection from wind borne debris, consider temporarily protecting your doors and windows by mounting exterior grade, 7/16" minimum thickness plywood and fastening it into place. Visit www.flash.org for
    detailed instructions on how to use plywood for emergency board-up.
  • Consider building or retrofitting to create a tornado-safe room in your home. Follow ICC/NSSA 500 Standard for detailed construction information and to ensure you achieve the highest level of protection for your family.
  • In wildfire prone areas, remove fine (dead grass, leaves, etc.) and coarse fuels (dead twigs, branches, etc.) within 30 feet of a building to create a survivable space in case of wildfire. Be sure to remove dry leaf and pine litter from roofs, rain gutters, decks, and walkways. Follow ICC’s International Wildland-Urban Interface Code®
    for detailed requirements.
  • Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters
    or on flooded roads. Do not
    attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of water to move an SUV-sized vehicle.

Source: iccsafe.org

San Antonio Water Damage Quotes From Real Customers

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage San Antonio Water Damage Quotes From Real Customers Whether a pipe burst causes water damage in your San Antonio home or a washing machine overflows, we are here to help at (210) 267-2159

Our customers are the most important part of our business.  We strive to do a great job for each and every one of our customers.

"Recently, my sister-in-law arrived at our coastal house in the afternoon and noticed water on the driveway, which was very unusual. When she went into the house, she discovered a water leak. She called my husband and told us what she had walked into. We called our insurance agent and he instructed us to call SERVPRO®. Your team arrived that evening to handle this situation, while I arrived in the next couple of days to see what was happening. Your entire crew was AMAZING. There was a lot to be done and they knew exactly what to do. The Crew Chief was great. He was very professional and kept me informed on what was happening, step-by-step. He and his crew worked very hard. I was amazed at what needed to be done to dry out a house, and the crew really knew what they were doing and worked very hard. You are lucky to have them as employees!”
— Linda P.

5 Top Causes of Water Damage in San Antonio, Texas

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

One of the fastest ways to ruin a beautiful home is water damage. If you aren't careful, this destructive force will eat up your home's value and destroy your quality of life. SERVPRO of Braun Station in San Antonio, TX, recommends taking precautions against the most frequent situations likely to leave water damage. While some accidents still happen, protecting from these five common causes of water damage in the home will significantly decrease your risk.

Most Common Causes of Water Damage

1. Broken Pipes

A plumbing problem can spew gallons of water through your house in moments, so it's important to keep an eye on your pipes. Pay attention to leaks, drips, and signs of deterioration, and have a plumber inspect your house regularly.

2. Accident

A clogged toilet or too much soap in the dishwasher can mean water that spreads across your kitchen or bathroom. While these areas are better equipped than most to handle a spill, if there's a large-scale problem, then professional water extraction can protect your property.

3. Leaking Roofs

All it takes is one little hole to let the weather into your house—and when a problem starts at the top floor, it can trickle down all the way to the bottom. Keeping your roof in good repair will protect your interior from rain and all the problems it brings.

4. Humidity

This insidious form of water damage has no single obvious source and is likely to affect your basement. A dehumidifier can help, but to make a long-term change you'll need to work on waterproofing your basement.

5. Flash Flooding

No matter how well your house is designed, it will only keep out as much water as you and the builders plan for. Research what to do in case of a flood in your area, and take steps if heavy rains are expected. Afterward, schedule professional flood cleanup.

Not all water damage can be prevented. If you still find your house taking on water, your next best step is professional cleaning and restoration. Call SERVPRO of Braun Station today to remove and repair water damage. You can reach them at (210) 267-2159.

The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process in San Antonio, TX

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business.  Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property.  Fortunately, your local SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals have the protective gear and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.  Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.  The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process.

Call Your Local SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159.

Inspection & Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect hidden water sources.  Mold feeds on cellulose & water which can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold & isolate the contaminated are with physical barriers & negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air.  SERVPRO technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers to prevent the spread of these mold spores.

Your local SERVPRO of Braun Station understands mold & mold growth, so call us today at the first signs of mold.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Braun Station?

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

It is important to choose a company that you can trust when you have a water damage.  SERVPRO of Braun Station has the expertise and customer service to help you through each step of your water damage claim.  Here's a quote from a recent customer:

“There are not enough good words to describe SERVPRO’s service and the technician who took care of us after our entire living room flooded after the heavy rains. What a blessing he was!
Our insurance denied the claim, since we had no flood ‘coverage.’ Our technician came in, studied
the situation, and got right to work! He answered all questions we had and quoted a reasonable
cost. He returned yesterday to remove the equipment, and again, he was very punctual,
professional, and compassionate! Yes, compassionate, which is often hard to find in a service industry and in a man so young! I want y’all to know that our tech was the voice of calm in this crisis (or what felt like a crisis to us)! Thank you so much for your high-quality work, the reasonable pricing, and especially for our
technician. We will be more than happy to refer anyone to SERVPRO®!”
-Steve and Susan, Texas

SERVPRO of Braun Station Faster to Your Disaster

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Your disaster may not always be fire & water related, but the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Braun Station are still "here to help" when it comes to other situations.  There are several services that you may never think of until a related disaster strikes your business including biohazard and crime scene cleanup.  Equipped with the knowledge, experience, and training, SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals will start helping the moment you call us at (210) 267-2159.  When disaster strikes, make sure you have experienced professionals on the line.  No matter how big or small the loss is, your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals will be ready to help make your business property damage "Like it never ever happened."  We are available day or night 365 days a years to help.

SERVPRO Water Damage Remediation Experts in San Antonio

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Water Damage Remediation Experts in San Antonio SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help with any of your water removal needs

Hot weather is slowly creeping into our beautiful Alamo City and with it brings an increased chance of water damage to your home and office.  During the summer months, you will often start using your air conditioner more and may find that it has developed a leak that leads to water damage.  SERVPRO of Braun Station is available to help if that happens.  Water damage may also occur if your ice maker line breaks while you are trying to get more ice for all of those summer parties.  SERVPRO of Braun Station is a phone call away if that happens at (210) 267-2159.  We also know that summer means that your children may be home, so your pipes & toilets may be getting more use than they are used to.  If they burst or overflow, we are here for that too.  No matter what the cause, SERVPRO of Braun Station has the expertise to remediate any type of water damage.  We are always here to help.


 


 

San Antonio's Premiere Commercial Restoration Company

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

Are you a business owner in San Antonio or surrounding counties?  Have you experienced a water or fire damage to your offices?  SERVPRO of Braun Station has the training to handle all of your remediation needs ranging from a single office to an entire warehouse.  We understand the complexities that come with commercial damages and have experience in quickly remediating your water or fire damage.  The amount of down time can be reduced by quickly calling us at 210-267-2159 the moment you notice the damage.  A quick response allows us to get on-site quickly and then begin the remediation process which may help to eliminate secondary damage.  This helps your bottom line by allowing you to get back to your daily operations.  If you need us, we are here day or night to help keep your business running after a fire or water damage event.

San Antonio SERVPRO Storm Damage Cleanup

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage San Antonio SERVPRO Storm Damage Cleanup If San Antonio flooding comes in your home or office, call SERVPRO of Braun Station

The month of May has historically proven to be a very wet month for San Antonio and is actually the rainiest month of the year for us.  This rain brings chances of flooding and there have been many floods during this month.  SERVPRO of Braun Station has handled many of these flood damages over the years and are your local SERVPRO experts when it comes to flood water.  Flood waters are different than your average water damage and require an expertise that SERVPRO of Braun Station has.  Flood water is contaminated black water and cannot just be dried out of your home or office without additional protocols.  As an IICRC certified firm Firm Certification SERVPRO of Braun Station is able to quickly and professionally remediate any damages caused by local storms.  Available 24/7 at (210) 267-2159, call the SERVPRO that you can trust in San Antonio.

San Antonio Water Removal Experts

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage San Antonio Water Removal Experts Don't ruin your towels call SERVPRO of Braun Station your local San Antonio SERVPRO experts that are here to help when the water is pouring in.

SERVPRO of Braun Station has been getting rid of unwanted water in San Antonio for years.  We know, from personal experience, that a water damage can be scary & stressful.  We also know that you may want to clean up the water yourself, but then find that you start smelling odors mere days later.  There is a science behind drying and as an active IICRC firm, we have the knowledge, expertise, and experience to help clean up your property before further damage occurs.  Floods are never expected and can happen day or night, so it is important to keep our number handy.  We recommend saving it into your phone, so when a pipe bursts or a washing machine suddenly malfunctions, you can quickly reach us. 

 

210-267-2159

Here to help whenever YOU need us!

San Antonio Rains Can Cause Flooding

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

As the rains fall off and on in the month of April, the risk of flooding increases in San Antonio.  If flooding does occur, this water is considered contaminated or black water and you will need an expert like SERVPRO of Braun Station to come out to remediate the situation.  Here are some tips is flooding or other contaminated water finds its way into your home or office:

 

•    Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
•    Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
•    Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
•    Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
•    Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

When you have a water damage, don't leave your property to chance.  Call SERVPRO of Braun Station at

210-267-2159

Why SERVPRO of Braun Station for Your Water Damage Remediation Needs?

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

When looking for who to choose to help clean up after you experience a water damage in your home or office, it is always important to know other peoples' experiences. with that company.  We would love for you to view our testimonials at Braun Station Customer Quotes

SERVPRO of Braun Station is part of a large network of franchises that adhere to strict guidelines to ensure that every job is done with the care & high quality that you would expect from the SERVPRO name.  Here is another real quote from a real customer:

“Our water heater burst in our home, resulting in tremendous water damage to our condo and many of the surrounding units in our building. What a nightmare for anyone to go through, but in this case the shining star for us was SERVPRO®! Carlos was called in and immediately, we all were taken by his professionalism and follow through from start to finish! He worked tirelessly and very closely with our building board members and the insurance companies on the details from the early estimates, to reviews, and right on through construction. He and his staff were simply the very best. He and his contractors exceeded our expectations in every way!”

 

If water intrudes into your home or business via a broken pipe, roof leak, overflowing washing machine, or any other route inside, call the team you can trust at 210-267-2159.

 

Severe San Antonio Weather & Your Home

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe San Antonio Weather & Your Home SERVPRO of Braun Station understands the storm damage remediation needs in our hometown of San Antonio

As we enter into spring, the threat of severe thunderstorms increases with each passing day in South Texas.  Recently a tornado caused significant damage in San Antonio.  Prior to the tornado, hail damage left many with water in their homes and offices.  SERVPRO of Braun Station has been part of the San Antonio community throughout these events as well as past flooding.  SERVPRO of Braun Station is owned by owners who live in our beautiful city & understand the specific storms that can wreck havoc on our Alamo City.  For a name you can trust the next time a Texas sized storm causes damage to your home or office, call on your locally owned SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals at

(210) 267-2159

 

We are here for you everyday of the year, all day and night.

Untreated Water Damage Leads to Odors due to Mold Growth in San Antonio

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Untreated Water Damage Leads to Odors due to Mold Growth in San Antonio When water damage is left untreated in San Antonio, mold growth quickly occurs. Contact SERVPRO of Braun Station at the first sign of water damage.

If you’ve ever been curious about where a certain odor was coming from and almost went crazy looking for the source, there’s a chance it might have been caused by water damage. But how does water damage cause such foul smells, and what can you do about them? SERVPRO of Braun Station provides large-scale restoration services to San Antonio, TX, and has experience dealing with this issue. Here, they explain a few ways odors can occur and how you can handle them.

Although it often starts out as merely a nuisance, water damage worsens over time. Seeping water can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which is when foul odors start to emerge. Water triggers mold to release spores, creating a sickening stench. Odors can also be a result of other contaminants. For instance, when a sewer backs up, the resulting smell comes from the sewage that’s inside your home.

So, what can you do about it? Well, this is one mess you definitely shouldn’t try to clean up yourself: Water damage, especially at the level where it’s producing odors, always calls for a professional touch. Additionally, if there’s any form of sewage present, you’ll need professional sewage cleanup services to remove all the hazardous and toxic materials. The same is true for mold cleanup. And remember: It’s important to call an expert right away. So whether you just noticed a leak or your home recently sustained a flood, now’s the time to contact a specialist. If you wait, the damage could become more expensive to repair and may harm your health.  

If you have water damage and need a crew that can handle large cleanups with ease, get in touch with SERVPRO of Braun Station. Their friendly staff can help with all types of large-scale damage. To find out more about the services they offer, call (210) 267-2159 or visit them online.

Customer Satisfaction in San Antonio

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Braun Station knows that our customers come first, especially when dealing with fire remediation.  Here is a real quote from a real customer:

“I’m writing to praise outstanding work performed by SERVPRO®. I have worked with SERVPRO® in the past and have always had a pleasant experience. However, I must point out recognition for the crew we had working here the past few days. The levels of professionalism, courtesy, attention to details, and willingness to please us as a customer was superb and very refreshing, especially since I was already stressed from the fire and everything evolving from the fire. Everyone from the supervision team down to the workers on to the crew picking up the equipment for return have each been a great pleasure to work with. They have each contributed more than they know to re-establishing our building, and most of all, helping me keep sane in the mist of so much turmoil. My highest praise and “standing ovation” applause to your entire crew. Thank you.”

San Antonio Do You Understand Mold?

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

From The Ordinary
Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified.  Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum).  Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.
 
To The Unhealthy
Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.
 
Help Is Here
If you think you might have a mold problem, call 210-267-2159.

SERVPRO of Braun Station Are Your San Antonio Flood Damage Experts

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen anywhere.  According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), "Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding." NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:



  • Flash Flooding

  • River Flooding

  • Storm Surge & Coastal Inundation from Tropical & Non-Tropical Systems

  • Burn Scars/ Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)

  • Ice/ Debris Jams

  • Snowmelt

  • Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)

  • Dam Breaks/ Levee Failure


Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).


When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals can help. They can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible.


Your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals are ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Halt Winter Heating Hazards San Antonio

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

The winter season is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following  safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of a heating-related fire.

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned & inspected annually
  • Test smoke alarms monthly

If your property does suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Braun Station to help make it "Like it never even happened."

2017 Resolution: San Antonio Plan Ahead

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 2017 Resolution: San Antonio Plan Ahead SERVPRO of Braun Station is READY 24/7 to help with any of your fire or water mitigation needs.

With each new year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. Th is year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens” in 2017.  
In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off  valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving  you access to over 45 years experience and a System more than 1,700 Franchises strong. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making  it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO® READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your fingertips.  

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Don’t wait until disaster strikes—resolve to be READY. Call your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals to establish your Emergency READY Profile®, and be “Ready for whatever happens” in 2017.

San Antonio Real Quotes from Real SERVPRO Customers

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation San Antonio Real Quotes from Real SERVPRO Customers If you need a company you can trust, call SERVPRO of Braun Station today for any of your water or fire damage remediation needs.

“My first experience with SERVPRO® was after a pipe
ruptured in my attic. I was in a total state of panic.  SERVPRO® arrived with the most wonderful, understanding technicians who quickly located all of the trouble spots, and reassured me that all would be well. In no time, all the remediation equipment was in place. All of my personal property had been dried and carefully stored away. The technicians were neat and clean as they worked, not to mention polite and good-humored. Most of all, I appreciated their encouragement and reassurance. I think I’d expected this incident would be a total disaster, and I’m happy to report it was anything but. I am one happy, satisfied customer, and I’d readily recommend SERVPRO® to anyone in a similar predicament.”
—Linda, PA

 

SERVPRO of Braun Station prides itself on treating each customer as if their home or building was our own.  We take great care with every job from the smallest mold remediation to the largest commercial fire loss. 

SERVPRO of Braun Station Your San Antonio IICRC Certified Specialists

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Braun Station Your San Antonio IICRC Certified Specialists San Antonio's Trusted Certified Firm SERVPRO of Braun Station is here for all of your water and fire damage remediation needs.

SERVPRO of Braun Station is proud to be a member in good standing of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration (IICRC).  In order to be recognized as a certified IICRC firm, SERVPRO of Braun Station has pledged to implement an advanced training program and a course of study leading to the certification of all On-Location Operators actively engaged in providing services to the consumer in cleaning and restoration and has pledged our support in establishing and maintaining a professional attitude in the conduct of our daily business at all times.  We have also pledged to provide our consumer with the highest degree of professionalism possible.  This certification helps to ensure that every time a job is performed, from the smallest water loss to the largest water loss, SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to professionally ensure that the job is completed correctly.

Mold Tips from SERVPRO in San Antonio

1/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Tips from SERVPRO in San Antonio Allow the professionals at SERVPRO of Braun Station to take care of all of your San Antonio mold remediation needs

Mold can be found both indoors and outdoors in places with high levels of moisture, such as leaks around pipes, windows, or roofs. If flooding has occurred and saturated your home, mold will also grow in drywall, dust, upholstery, and carpet, just to name a few. This is why it is of utmost importance to reach out to SERVPRO of Braun Station immediately if any water damage has occurred - our specially trained professionals will ensure your home and belongings are properly cleaned and dried to inhibit mold growth. 

 

Mold can be many different colors, smell musty, and will often look like spots. Regardless of what type of mold it is, it needs to be removed. If you see visible mold, do not disturb it by attempting to clean the area yourself, touching the mold, or blowing air across affected areas. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home. If you suspect mold, keep loved ones out of the area, turn off fans and the HVAC system, and contact SERVPRO of Braun Station.

 

About our Mold Remediation Services

 SERVPRO of Braun Station specializes in mold cleanup and restoration; In fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Celebrate the Holidays Safely

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Pretty lights, candles and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season—however, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening.

 The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the risk in your home or business this holiday season.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition.
  • Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.
  • Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over.
  • Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top.
  • Designate one person to walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.

Your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

SERVPRO in San Antonio is Here to Help All Year Long

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

The holiday season is a time for gathering with friends and family to enjoy fellowship and quality time.  As the weather outside turns frightful, we rely on the warmth of our homes to host gatherings with loved ones.

 

What happens if a disaster strikes your property during the most wonderful time of the year?  You can't afford to wait for a restoration company to return from Christmas vacation to begin the cleanup.  You need help now- even if it is the night before Christmas or Christmas.  If a fire or water damage strikes your home or business during the holidays, give your local SERVPRO of Braun Station a call at (210) 267-2159 or contact us online at SERVPRO of Braun Station.  We are on call 365 days a year, because we know disasters can't wait.  SERVPRO Professionals have been keeping homes merry and bright for more than 45 years.

Real Quotes from Real SERVPRO Customers

11/16/2016 (Permalink)

Our number one priority at SERVPRO of Braun Station is to ensure that customers are pleased with every job we perform.  Here are so real customer quotes about SERVPRO:
 
“SERVPRO® is the most professional, good natured, calm,
diligent and friendly organization I have had to work with. They honestly have made this process as easy as it can be and have explained it all in such a manner that we feel comfortable and in full understanding of all they have done." Marie
 
"Your company is a gift from God when needed in a disaster.
I see the trucks while driving and want to stop them and give
all inside a hug! We used your services last year and was so
impressed with all concerned and yes, you were concerned. I want to publicly thank you for stepping up when needed and making a very stressful situation minimal... thank you again, SERVPRO" -Sylvia

SERVPRO of Braun Station Is Faster to Any Size Disaster

11/2/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Braun Station Is Faster to Any Size Disaster SERVPRO of Braun Station is here for you San Antonio

For  many people, November is a time to enjoy cooler temperatures, beautifully colored leaves and family-oriented get togethers, like Thanksgiving.  While you are busy whipping up delicious dishes, it is also important to take time to remember safety.

 

Cooking fires are the leading cause of the leading cause of home fires and home fire-related injuries in the United States.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 357,000 home structure fires each year- forty-five percent of those fires are attributed to home cooking fires.  These fires are also responsible for thousands of injuries and more than $6.9 billion in property damage each year.

 

By taking a few precautions, you can help ensure your holiday plans don't up in smoke!

 

Your local SERVPRO of Braun Station wants you to stay safe.  If you do experience a fire or water damage, call us today at (210) 267-2159.

Prevent Water Damage in San Antonio With These 3 Flood Preparation Tips

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prevent Water Damage in San Antonio With These 3 Flood Preparation Tips Flood damage can happen with very little warning, but SERVPRO of Braun Station is always here to help

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Flooding is one of the most common natural disasters in the country, but some floods can’t be detected by weather radar. A burst pipe has the potential to flood your home or business in a matter of minutes, forcing you to face severe water damage. While SERVPRO of Braun Station specializes in flood cleanup in San Antonio, TX, they also strive to help protect your property from water damage in general.

Whether the water comes from the sky or a broken pipe, here are three ways you can prepare for a flood:

  • Close Foundation Cracks: A cracked foundation is always cause for concern, but without an immediate threat, it’s easy to ignore. Unfortunately, even small foundation cracks will let in water and contribute to flooding. Fill cracks with mortar and masonry caulk or hydraulic cement to help keep water out of your basement in the event of a flood.
  • Clear Gutters: Cleaning your gutters is another home maintenance task that is easy to put off. If the radar indicates rain, it’s time to grab the ladder and get to work. When gutters are clogged, water has nowhere to go except over the sides, onto your roof and down your siding. During a heavy downpour, that’s enough to cause serious water damage to the exterior of your property.
  • Fix Leaks: Whether a leak originates from your roof or a pipe in your basement, it’s imperative you have the situation addressed as soon as possible. Roof leaks allow water to enter your home and gradually weaken the structure, while even minor pipe leaks expel enough water to damage flooring and feed mold growth.

You may not be able to stop a flood from happening, but you can minimize water damage by preparing your property. When water finds its way into your home, count on SERVPRO of Braun Station to help with everything from odor removal to mold remediation. Learn more tips about preventing water damage by visiting their Facebook page and website, or call (210) 267-2159 to schedule an appointment.

 

San Antonio Every second counts during a fire.

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.* In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing the escape plan. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan.

 

Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.

 

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.

 

Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.

 

Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.

 

Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at nighttime.

Why You Should Hire Professionals for Fire Restoration

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Why You Should Hire Professionals for Fire Restoration - San Antonio

Disaster strikes when we least expect it, but all is not lost. With comprehensive fire restoration services, you can return to your usual life quickly and easily, as long as you don’t attempt DIY fire damage repair.

SERVPRO of Braun Station is a fire and water cleanup and restoration company based in San Antonio, TX. Since 1967, the experienced technicians have assisted homeowners throughout the area with essential fire restoration services to make the effects of disasters a thing of the past.

Any type of restoration services can be costly. While the thought might make you want to open up Google and search for a crafty remedy to your problems, this could actually make your home an even more dangerous, uninhabitable place to live. Many DIY homeowners will attempt to clear, clean, and repair the rooms where the damage occurred, but by doing so, they nearly always assume that other rooms of the home haven’t been affected.

Water damage from firefighting efforts won’t simply remain in one area; instead, the moisture from stagnant water or damp quarters could affect other parts of the house. If this isn’t handled immediately, it could lead to long-term damage.

The smoke from fires can infiltrate all areas of the home, and it’s tough to remove. There are many different types of smoke, and each one needs to be treated with certain chemicals for proper and permanent odor removal.

These chemicals will need to be handled with care, preferably by professionals who understand their dangers. SERVPRO of Braun Station’s technicians offer home inspections, damage assessment, and fire restoration services that are individualized to each home’s condition. They have the training and equipment needed to determine the extent of the damage.

Trust your professional fire restoration technicians to take care of your home. With 24/7 service, SERVPRO of Braun Station will repair and restore your home as soon as you call them. For more information, call (210) 267-2159, and stay updated on social media by liking them on Facebook.

Fire Prevention Month San Antonio

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

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October is Fire Prevention Month- a perfect time to examine emergency preparedness plans for your home and business, including your fire escape plan.  Do you have a fire escape plan?  Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries within the last year?

Red Cross Fire Prevention

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a week each October to focus on fire prevention awareness.  The 2016 them is “Don’t Wait- Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” designed to educate the public on the basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.  The NFPA recommends installing smoke alarms in every bedroom outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.  Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11pm and 7am, when most people are asleep?  Smoke alarms save lives.  In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.

Stay safe and prepare now to ensure you are ready for any disaster.  If you experience a home or fire damage, SERVPRO of Braun Station is prepared to help. 210-267-2159

 

San Antonio Be Ready with The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial San Antonio Be Ready with The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program SERVPRO of Braun Station is Ready to Help Prepare your San Antonio Business

National Preparedness Month is the perfect opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers, business and family. The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are “Ready for whatever happens.”  In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile®, can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: Emergency Contact Information, Shut-off Valve Locations and Priority Areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO’s free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using yoursmartphone or tablet. The ERP establishes your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years experience and a System more than 1,700 Franchises strong. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quickresponse and timely mitigation. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. The ERP is a no cost assessment, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professional to establish your Emergency READY Profile®. Commercial Services  

Does Your Business Have a Plan San Antonio?

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today.  The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency.  While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies.  The following are basic measures business owners and managers can take to begin preparing.  A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, local economy, and even the country.  It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.

Develop a Business Continuity Plan.

Your organization’s risk needs will vary depending on the specific industry, size, scope and location.  Begin by reviewing your business process flow chart, if one exists, to identify operations critical to survival and recovery.  Carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. You should also establish procedures for succession of management.

Review Insurance Coverage.

Inadequate insurance coverage can lead to major financial loss if your business is damaged, destroyed or simply interrupted for a period of time. Insurance policies vary; check with your agent or provider about things such as physical losses, flood coverage and business interruption.  Understand what your policy does and does not cover.

Prepare your Emergency Plan.

Your employees and co-workers are your business’ most valuable asset. Communication is central before, during and after a disaster. Include emergency information in newsletters, on your company intranet, in periodic employee e-mails and/or other communication tools.

Practice the Emergency Plan.

Some disasters will require employees to leave the workplace quickly. The ability to evacuate workers, customers and visitors effectively can save lives. If your business operates out of more than one location, establish evacuation procedures for each individual building. If your company is in a high-rise building, an industrial park, or even a small strip mall, it is important to coordinate and practice with other tenants or businesses to avoid confusion and potential gridlock.

Secure Your Facility and Equipment.

Install fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and detectors in appropriate places. Secure all entry and exit points and plan for mail safety. Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not usable. Secure valuable equipment.

Improve Cyber Security.

Protecting your data and information systems may require specialized expertise, but even the smallest business can be better prepared. Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date. Don’t open e-mails from unknown sources. Use hard-to-guess passwords. Protect your computer from intruders by using firewalls. Back up your computer data and download security protection updates known as patches regularly.

Faster to your San Antonio Water Damage Event

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your San Antonio Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Braun Station provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in San Antonio

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Braun Station arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 210-267-2159

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Braun Station

SERVPRO of Braun Station specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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Does Your San Antonio Home Have A Mold Problem?

8/10/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your San Antonio Home Have A Mold Problem? In San Antonio, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 210-267-2159

3 Water Damage Tips From San Antonio's Trauma Scene Experts

8/3/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage in your home can certainly be a nightmare, which is why it’s important to know what to do in the event of a disaster striking your property. Proudly serving San Antonio, TX, and the neighboring areas, SERVPRO of Braun Station offers a variety of trauma scene cleanup services, including water damage remediation, fire restoration, odor removal, and more. When you want your home to look and feel as good as new after a catastrophe, put your trust in the outstanding workmanship of the experienced professionals.

Whenever your pipes burst or your toilet overflows, water damage becomes a grave threat to your home. Here are a few tips for handling a water-related emergency on your property:

  • Check Your Insurance Policy: While most homeowner’s insurance policies cover water damage, many do not cover flood damage. Most likely, you have a separate insurance policy to cover flood damage. Discover the source of the water in your home, and file your insurance claim with the right company.
  • Act Quickly: If water damage is not cleaned up quickly, your property will be more vulnerable to developing a buildup of toxic mold or mildew. To preserve your health and prevent your property from incurring further damage, hire the professionals to perform water extraction services within 24 to 48 hours.
  • Monitor The Pollution Level: The type of water that has flooded or damaged your home will make a difference regarding health risks and cleanup measures. Water from a fresh source, such as a dishwasher, will be less hazardous than water from a toilet, which contains dangerous bacteria and contaminants. Make sure you let the professionals know the source of your water damage, so they can handle the issue appropriately.

For the most affordable, reliable, and efficient trauma scene cleanup services in the Greater San Antonio area, rely on SERVPRO of Braun Station to restore the integrity of your home. Call at (210) 267-2159 to speak with a hospitable staff member about water damage cleanup.

3 Fire Damage Odor Removal Tips for San Antonio Residents

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

Fire damage is something no one enjoys thinking about. Unfortunately, it’s a reality for many home and business owners. The good news is fire restoration services can help rid homes of even the most persistent smoke odors that come from fire damage. This is why SERVPRO of Braun Station has been the top choice for residents of San Antonio, TX, for all their fire restoration and odor removal needs.  The professionals at SERVPRO of Braun Station know smoke and fire damage can be devastating for any resident to live with, but you don’t have to settle for unpleasant, lingering odors. 

Here are the top three tips to help you tackle smoke and other odors from fire damage in your home:

  • Use Vinegar On Fabrics: The fabrics in your home act as a sponge for the smoke. Using vinegar on your blankets, curtains, pillows, bedding, and couch cushions can help with odor removal. For the items in your washing machine, add two cups of white vinegar with a cold water cycle. Take the items that are not washable to your dry cleaners to see if they can remove the odor for you. fire restoration
  • Use Baking Soda On Carpets & Furniture: Baking soda is excellent for odor removal for the larger items in your home that aren’t washable. Sprinkle baking soda over your carpets, couches, mattresses, and other large items; then let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes before vacuuming. This should help eradicate the set-in smell.
  • Bring In The Big Guns: Sometimes, smoke odors are too tough to handle on your own, which is when it’s best to bring in fire restoration experts to help restore your home to like-new condition. SERVPRO of Braun Station’s trained fire restoration technicians offer fast response and 24-hour emergency service to take care of odors throughout your home.

Don’t throw away your prized possessions or feel like a prisoner in your own home. SERVPRO of Braun Station will make your home look brand new and smell wonderful again. Call (210) 267-2159 or visit them online to learn more about their full line of fire restoration and trauma scene cleanup services.

Real Quotes from Real SERVPRO Customers

7/6/2016 (Permalink)

Customer service is our top priority at SERVPRO of Braun Station in San Antonio, Texas.  This is what people who have had water damages are saying about SERVPRO:

“SERVPRO® is the most professional, good natured, calm, diligent and friendly organization I have had to work with and honestly have made this process as easy as it can be. We are so very thankful! Thank you, SERVPRO®!”—Marie, TX

“My wife and I recently experienced a flood in our home.  The gentlemen dispatched were extremely professional, dedicated, and hard-working. In a matter of a few hours they had our carpet, base boards, and padding out and started the drying process. Today marks the fifth day since the flood and I am very pleased to report our home is dry and ready to be put back together. We could not have asked for a better crew to come out in our time of need.  Those guys were truly our heroes!” —Morris, NC

SERVPRO of Braun Station is Faster To Any Size Disaster

6/29/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Braun Station is Faster To Any Size Disaster SERVPRO of Braun Station is backed by a system of Franchises that are always ready for any disaster

Faster to any size disaster. This is not just another catchy tag line for SERVPRO® of Braun Station. It is a commitment from each SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professional to be there when you need them most.  Whether you are a small business or home owner facing minor fire or water damage, or a property manager dealing with a widespread disaster, the SERVPRO® of Braun Station System has the resources to respond quickly and efficiently. The sooner help arrives, the sooner restoration begins and the sooner you can resume life and business as usual. Your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise is just the tip of the iceberg. Should a major disaster such as a flood or wildfire occur, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is always poised and ready to go where they are needed.

If a fire, water or mold damage strikes, no matter the size, call your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals. Backed by a system of Franchises more than 1,700 strong, we’ll help make your property disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Celebrate Summer Safely San Antonio

6/22/2016 (Permalink)

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency room- especially during July.

Each year, around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.  In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage.

There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months!  Did you know, July is the peak month for grill fires?  A backyard barbeque can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren’t considered.  Your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals want you to have an enjoyable and safe summer.  Consider the following tips to help ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!

·         Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors

·         The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

·         Keep children and pets away from grill area.

·         Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.

·         Never leave your grill unattended.

·         When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

·         Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.

·         Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks.  Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire.  Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.

·         The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

Tips and information provided by the National Fire Protection Association

SERVPRO of Braun Station in San Antonio is here if a fire damage is experienced.  Stay Safe San Antonio!

SERVPRO of Braun Station and Fire Damage Remediation

6/17/2016 (Permalink)

If you’re a native Texan, chances are you’ve come to love hot weather and hot sauce. However, when this famous Southern heat comes in the form of a house fire, it ceases to be a symbol of state pride. Luckily, SERVPRO of Braun Station is prepared to treat fire damage to your San Antonio property with their time-tested expertise.

When your home has suffered the after effects of smoke and flames, remember this helpful list of guidelines to ensure your home receives the top-quality fire restoration service it requires:

  • Find Safety & Get Help: Immediately after a fire, even a home appearing to be minimally damaged can be too dangerous to occupy. Oftentimes, firefighters need to cut holes in walls and roofs to add ventilation and check for hidden flames, causing the entire structure of your home to become unstable. Once you’ve found a safe place to recover, don’t forget to comfort scared pets calmly as they may translate their fear into aggression. As soon as you can, tell your insurance company what happened. They may ask you to take note of which items were damaged or suggest fire restoration services.
  • Act Quickly: As soon as you’ve confirmed the safety of your family and notified your insurance company, it’s important to take action while damage is still settling in. If fire damage restoration begins as soon as possible, soot residue has less time to become ingrained in your furniture and fixtures, or eat away at the finish on your floors and walls. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Braun Station offers 24-hour emergency service, so you can get things moving while there’s still time to salvage your belongings.
  • Ask Questions & Coordinate Responsibility: Once SERVPRO of Braun Station arrives to inspect the extent of the fire damage, remember to ask questions about their findings, and determine exactly what needs to be done. Once the fire damage experts have explained their plans to clear out any fire or water damage that occurred while putting out the fire, SERVPRO will work with you and your insurance agent to begin restoring the beauty of your home. 

If your home has been damaged in a fire, call SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159 for emergency service. Visit the website for more information on the restoration services offered.

San Antonio The Science of Drying

6/1/2016 (Permalink)

Did YOU KNOW there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers a water damage, your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professional will:
• Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
• Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
• Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does it mean to help “speed up Mother Nature”? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture
will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material–but only if the air is, indeed, drier.  The only problem is, nature takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.

Your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals have the tools and equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls (pictured below), and much more. Your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals have the training and equipment  to help make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Tools to Keep You Storm Safe in San Antonio

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tools to Keep You Storm Safe in San Antonio SERVPRO of Braun Station Wants You to Have to Tools for San Antonio Storm Safety

One of the best precautions you can take is to purchase a good quality weather radio. A weather radio is designed to alert you to potentially dangerous weather situations, like an approaching tornado. It allows you to be warned ahead of storms, providing you time to seek shelter. A weather radio is the most reliable source for weather alerts.

Weather radios have made many advancements over the years and are very affordable. Most basic weather radios average around $30 and can be programmed to only alert you for the weather alerts you choose.

When shopping for a weather radio, look for the following key features:

·         Reviewable alerts (you can scroll through alerts and turn off the siren for alerts you do not wish to hear).

·         Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) alert programming (alerts when specific counties are threatened, ensuring you only receive alerts for your county).

·         Ease of programming.

If you need help programming your weather radio, you can always contact your local National Weather Service Office or for additional information, including county codes for your state, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

San Antonio Are you Ready for Severe Water Damage?

5/23/2016 (Permalink)

If you live in the San Antonio region, we have seen more than our fair share of flooding in the last month.  SERVPRO of Braun Station wants you to be flood ready and an important part of that readiness is an emergency supply kit.  Here is a list of items that should be included in any emergency supply kit:


•Water (one gallon per person per day)

•Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)

•Manual can opener

•Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio

•Flashlight and extra batteries

•First aid kit

•Whistle to signal for help

•Clothing

•Dust masks or bandanas

•Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape

•Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

•Hygiene items

•Important documents: copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information

•Cash

•Fire extinguisher

•Matches in a waterproof container


Remember: turn around, don't drown for water on the road.

San Antonio: Be Storm Smart, Be Storm Ready

5/18/2016 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms: 

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,000 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to

around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of

hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could

impact you, your business and your family.  Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a

NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important

papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example. Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with

co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire

others to do the same.

If storm damage occurs, call SERVPRO of Braun Station immediately at (210) 267-2159.

First Responder Awareness Fire Restoration in San Antonio, TX

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage First Responder Awareness Fire Restoration in San Antonio, TX Call the Fire Damage Restoration Experts in San Antonio, SERVPRO of Braun Station

Why Mitigate?

·         Mitigation reduces losses of life and property.

·         Mitigation enables people to recover more quickly from a disaster.

·         Mitigation lessens the financial impact of disasters.

(Source http://www.fema.gov/about/divisions/mitigation/mitigation.shtm)

As mitigation specialists, SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals focus on reducing loss, enabling quick recoveries and lessening costs involved with restoration of property damage events.

Mitigation

Benefits the Claims Representative by:

·         Increasing customer satisfaction through immediate attention!

·         Reducing costs per claim.

·         Closing claims more rapidly.

·         Enhancing your company’s reputation as a responsive insurer.

·         Improving policyholder retention.

Benefits the Policyholder by Reducing:

·         The amount of time a policyholder is inconvenienced.

·         The amount of time business is interrupted.

·         The potential for mold growth.

·         The loss of personal valuables and beloved belongings.

·         The cost of insurance.

Benefits the Policyholder by Increasing:

·         The insured’s satisfaction with the claims experience.

·         The insured’s trust in your company as a responsive insurer.

·         The potential for preserving irreplaceable heirlooms, art, and sentimental treasures.

·         The amount of structure and contents that are restored.

Fire Mitigation Procedure

·         Pretesting- What can be cleaned? What cannot be cleaned?

·         Restoration begins

·         Contents Claim Inventory Service- Accurate replacement lists lower adjusting expense.

·         Deodorization

Types of Smoke

·         Wet Smoke- Plastics and synthetic materials

o   Low heat, pungent odor, sticky residues

·         Dry Smoke- Paper and wood

o   Fast burning, high temperatures

·         Protein- Food

o   Virtually invisible residues, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odors

·         Fuel Oil Soot- Furnace Puff Backs

SPEED IS THE KEY!!!

 SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals know how to mitigate fire and smoke damages, so if this occurs to you call us at (210) 267-2159.

Spring Storm Lightning and Your San Antonio Home

5/13/2016 (Permalink)

The recent storms across Bexar County have included their fair share of lightening performances.  As the amount of lightening increases, the risk of lightening hitting the ground also increases.  Recently, in Helotes a home was significantly damaged due to a lightening strike. 


SERVPRO of Braun Station knows the difficulties that surround fire damage.  We have both the professionally trained staff as well as the compassion to help remediate your home or office if fire causes damage.  Our expertly trained staff are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year to come and evaluate your home or office to determine the appropriate actions that need to be taken after a fire has caused damage.  Don't delay, call us today and we can help get your back into your home or business.

SERVPRO of Braun Station Water Removal Difference for those living in San Antonio, TX

5/11/2016 (Permalink)

The People, Experience, Training and Equipment to make it

Like it never even happened.®

The People

With over 10,000 quality teammates nationwide, SERVPRO® Of Braun Station Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you get your life back.

The Experience

SERVPRO® is a Franchise System with over 40 years of leadership in fire and water cleanup and restoration. Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners, and commercial property managers and in one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon.970’s 1980’s

2000’s

The Training

SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals undergo extensive water restoration training and certification.

SERVPRO Industries, Inc. is an approved IICRC school to help ensure our training meets and exceeds accepted industry standards.

The Equipment

With over 5,000,000 square feet of building space, housing over 140,000 pieces of cleaning and restoration equipment, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have the resources to help you take back control of your life.

Lower Recovery Costs –The SERVPRO® System Helps Save Money

_ Emergency Mitigation Services help minimize additional property damages.

_ SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals use specialized test equipment to determine hidden water.

_ Restoration versus replacement of contents saves heirlooms and money too.

_ By using advanced drying techniques, SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals monitor and ensure your property is properly dried. Mitigation requires quick action. The faster a

SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professional arrives on-site to perform water cleanup, the better the results – including lower claim costs.

Shocking Facts About Lightning from SERVPO of Braun Station

5/6/2016 (Permalink)

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck. Here are a few lightning safety tips.

·         Be aware. Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.

·         Go indoors. Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.

·         Avoid windows, doors, porches, and concrete. Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.

·         Avoid water. Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.

·         Avoid electronic equipment. Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical, and wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.

Call SERVPRO of Braun Station: The San Antonio CleanupTeam Faster To Any Sized Disaster

5/4/2016 (Permalink)

When disaster threatens, it is often too late to take the necessary steps to prepare homes, businesses and family members for the situation. Whether it’s a blizzard, flood, hurricane or wildfire, disasters of all types often give little to no warning before they strike. The time to prepare for a storm is not as it approaches, the time to prepare is now. In the coming weeks, you will find tips and information to help you be better prepared when severe weather strikes on our blog, including a list of items needed to create an emergency supply kit. No matter what part of Texas you call home, we want to help ensure you are prepared for any type of disaster. Whether you have damage caused by a hurricane, tornado, flash flood, or any other reason, your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals have the resources, experience and training to help get your doors reopened for business as soon as possible. If your property suffers a fire or water damage, your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals will be ready to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

Mold and Your San Antonio Home

4/29/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold and Your San Antonio Home SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help with all of your San Antonio Water and Mold Damage needs.

We at SERVPRO of Braun Station have often heard that it's just a "little bit" of water or that a homeowner used a wet vacuum to dry up the water that was on their floor.  Unfortunately, it only takes a small amount of water left over time for mold to begin to grow and using a wet vacuum does not get up the water that has seeped into your home's structure.  Fortunately, SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help in San Antonio.  SERVPRO of Braun Station technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, the governing body for our industry, to help get the water out of your home to prevent mold growth.   So, don't delay call us today for all of your water damage and mold damage restoration needs.   

Call SERVPRO of Braun Station to Prevent Secondary Damage

4/28/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Call SERVPRO of Braun Station to Prevent Secondary Damage Call SERVPRO of Braun Station to prevent secondary damage

You have heard it said again and again: Time is money.

The old adage is never more true than when dealing with a water-damaged home or business. Every minute matters, because every minute the property remains wet could turn primary damage into secondary- or even permanent damage.  That's why emergency response matters. 

Secondary water damage occurs when the moisture from the primary event (flood, leak, etc.) begins to evaporate on its own into the air.  Over time the air will no longer be able to hold the moisture from the evaporation.  The moisture will have to go somewhere and a very basic principle behind psychometrics is that wet goes to dry.  The moisture may go into your drywall, cabinetry, sheetrock, hardwood floors, vinyl floors, etc.  Once the moisture is allowed to sit, mold can then begin to grow.  This is why emergency action is so incredibly important.

Let's face it: Floods, burst pipes, and leaks simply don't abide by the 9-to-5 workday.  So why should your restoration provider?  SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals are on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with the state-of-the-art equipment and proven methods to get the job done right as quickly as possible. This includes every holiday, even Easter.  So if that bunny decides to burrow into your piping and causes a water damage to occur you can call us and we will be there.

If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals at (210) 267-2159 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages.  We pledge to help make it "Like it never even happened."

San Antonio Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Home Cleanup and Restoration!

4/27/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage San Antonio Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Home Cleanup and Restoration! SERVPRO of Braun Station is STORM ready!

A home can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. The first floors of homes are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building. There are a number of reasons why your San Antonio home could flood, including:

· A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe

· Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home

· Storm sewer backup

· Sanitary sewer backup

· Foundation drainage failure

· Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

· And many more

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At - (210) 267-2159

We use advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine when your home’s structure is actually dry.

If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

We are Flooded Home Specialists:

We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Home Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help - (210) 267-2159

Could you have mold in your San Antonio home?

4/27/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Could you have mold in your San Antonio home? SERVPRO of Braun Station is available to help!

SERVPRO of Braun Station wants you to better understand mold! Mold growth usually occurs when an area is exposed to water and moisture for an extended amount of time. Mold can grow anywhere in your home. There are only three things that mold needs in order to grow.  They are darkness, dampness, and a food source.  These three things oftentimes come together when a water leak such as from a slow dripping pipe is not discovered for several days to weeks.  At SERVPRO of Braun Station our job is to perform the mold remediation.  We specialize in both cleanup and restoration of your home or office.  We understand how important it is to live in an clean indoor envioronment.  Call 210-267-2159 today for all of your mold clean-up needs.

SERVPRO of Braun Station is to here to help San Antonio homeowners and business owners with all of their emergency fire and water restoration needs

4/27/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Braun Station is to here to help San Antonio homeowners and business owners with all of their emergency fire and water restoration needs SERVPRO of Braun Station understands commercial remediation

Our number one goal is returning damaged areas and items to pre-loss condition, doing all we can to make it “Like it never even happened.” Every SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professional is dedicated to restoring both the property and the lives of the customers being helped. Like it was never dirty, like it never overflowed, like it never caught fire, like it never spilled, like it never smoldered–whatever the case, with SERVPRO® our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What is the SERVPRO difference?

Serving America Since 1967

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have been helping home and business owners recover from water damages across the United States.

Over 1,500 Franchises Nationwide

More locations means faster response. A SERVPRO® Franchise Professional can usually be on-site within four hours to help protect the structure, business and personal property.

SERVPRO® National Call Center Served Over 300 Insurance and Property Management

Companies and Their Clients Nationwide in the Last Year Alone.

We have earned the trust of the insurance industry by serving thousands of their policy holders and clients with respect and integrity. The more we restore the less that needs to be replaced. This helps our clients save millions of dollars each year. That helps lower your insurance rates too!

24-Hour Emergency Service

In our business, you need us fast! The sooner we arrive, the better the chance we can reduce damage and save money. Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Trained, Uniformed Franchise Professionals

A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professional will walk you through the job process and then work quickly to restore your property to pre-loss condition whenever possible.

References

From large commercial environments to small residential losses, SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals understand your loss is the job that matters most! We will be happy to provide references so you can feel confident that SERVPRO® is the best system to service your needs.

You Can Trust SERVPRO® of Braun Station!

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals Put Property Owners Back in Control.  Call us at (210) 267-2159 today for all of your water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, bio-hazard restoration needs.

San Antonio Commercial Flooding Help Is Here

4/18/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial San Antonio Commercial Flooding Help Is Here SERVPRO of Braun Station Understands San Antonio Commercial Needs

As the rain has continued to pour down since yesterday, there are still several flash flood watches and warnings in San Antonio.  KSAT Weather We want you to know that SERVPRO of Braun Station is here for all of your commercial flooding remediation needs.  SERVPRO of Braun Station understands the specific needs of commercial clients during these water damage events.  We have professionally trained and education technicians that can walk you through each step of the drying process to get your business back to work as soon as possible.  Our staff have certifications in water restorative drying and applied structural drying from the IICRC.  When you need a name that you can trust, SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help.  When you realize that water is creeping into your building, call us immediately at (210) 267-2159. 

San Antonio Hail Damage Experts

4/13/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage San Antonio Hail Damage Experts SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help with your San Antonio Storm needs

Did last night's storm cause damage to your home or office?  SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help.  We have been busily helping your friends and neighbors all throughout the night with their storm damage.  We know how scary these storm events can be and want you to know that we are here if you need us.  We work with all insurance companies and can step you through the whole claim process from beginning to end.  So whether hail came through your skylight or lightening caused a fire, SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help at (210) 267-2159.  We have professional trained and certified technicians that are available to begin the work to take care of your home or office twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

San Antonio Cleaning Tips From SERVPRO of Braun Station

4/6/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning San Antonio Cleaning Tips From SERVPRO of Braun Station SERVPRO of Braun Station hopes to help remove those marker stains

We know that spring often brings a sense of urgency to cleaning and wanted to bring you some tips to help ease your cleaning burdens. Permanent marker can be a huge problem when it is accidentally put where it is not meant to be.  Here are some ways to get it out of those places:

Clothes- use hand sanitizer

Walls- use toothpaste or hairspray

Wood- use rubbing alcohol

Carpet- use white vinegar

Furniture- use milk

White Board- use dry erase marker or pencil rubber eraser

Ceramic or Glass- use 1 part toothpaste with 1 part baking soda

As always, test a small inconspicuous spot to ensure no staining occurs.  We hope these tips help!  SERVPRO of Braun Statio is here to help if you have cleaning needs that cannot be accomplished by yourself.  We are a phone call away at (210) 267-2159.

SERVPRO in San Antonio, TX wants to help you with controlling water damage, moisture, and mold problems

4/5/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO in San Antonio, TX wants to help you with controlling water damage, moisture, and mold problems In San Antonio SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help with all of your water damage restoration needs

Property management, construction and real estate companies in San Antonio, TX face a common challenge from water damage, moisture and mold problems.  As insurance premiums rise to offset the cost of these challenges, real estate industry professionals and insurers must work together to achieve reasonable solutions.

Mold Needs the Right Environment to Grow

  • Water, moisture or high humidity
  • Food (any organic substance)
  • The right temperature (generally 68-86 degrees Fahrenheit, but some can grow in 30 degrees or colder)
  • Lack of ventilation
  • Mold presents greater challenges to young children, the elderly and other immunosuppressed people.
  • Some molds can produce toxins if the environmental conditions are right.

The good news is there are things you can do to reduce the growth of mold.

An Ounce of Prevention Can Protect You

The most important step you can take is to identify any humidity, moisture or water damage problems before they create bigger problems such as mold growth or structural damage.

§  Periodically inspect your building or home inside and out

§  Look for any water or moisture. Pay special attention around pipes, in basements and crawl spaces. If you see a problem, call SERVPRO of Braun Station to identify the extent of the damage.  Sometimes moisture in ceilings or wall cavities cannot be seen.  This provides perfect conditions for mold growth.  SERVPRO of Braun Station can identify this moisture and remove it.

§  Your nose knows! Musty and moldy odors may be an indicator of growing molds.  Your sense of smell may alert you to potential problems you cannot see.  Remember, the key to protecting your home or business is to identify a problem early, before it gets worse.

§  Control humidity in bathrooms and wherever water is repeatedly used. Exhaust fans, proper caulking and effective cleaning with an appropriate cleaning product will keep problems away.

§  Business: make sure your Emergency Response Plan includes vendors that have the proper personnel and reserves and guarantees response 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  This especially includes plumbers and restoration vendors like SERVPRO of Braun Station. 

§  Regularly have your HVAC system and air conditioner inspected to identify moisture problems or drain clogs.

San Antonio Mold Removal Versus Mold Remediation

3/31/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation San Antonio Mold Removal Versus Mold Remediation SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help with your remediation needs

Mold removal seems to be what you hear most often in the media, etc.  However, it is truly not the correct term.  If you are in San Antonio and have signs of mold you want a professional that can perform mold remediation.

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. To learn more about our mold remediation process.

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact 210-267-2159
  • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Mold Containment
  • Step 4: Air Filtration
  • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Step 7: Restoration

Signs of Mold in San Antonio? Call Today 210-267-2159

Tuesday Tip for Our Busy San Antonio Business Owners

3/29/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Tuesday Tip for Our Busy San Antonio Business Owners Tip Tuesday from your friends at SERVPRO of Braun Station

Every business owner deserves a little tip here and there, so we wanted to make sure your Tuesday was a little easier with a tip on how to handle the dreaded ink pen bleed.  We hope you have a wonderful work week!


Today's Tip: Did an ink pen bleed onto your shirt?  Spray the stain liberally with hair spray, and let it sit for ten minutes.  Wash the shirt with your normal washing machine settngs.


SERVPRO of Braun Station is here for all of your commercial needs and is a phone call away at (210) 267-2159.  We also provide free emergency ready plans and would be more than happy to provide your commercial business with one.  We are also happy to present continuing education for those in the insurance industry.

Spring Cleaning Your Workspace San Antonio

3/25/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Spring Cleaning Your Workspace San Antonio San Antonio SERVPRO of Braun Station knows clean

As Spring has sprung, the desire to clean is here too.  We wanted to give you some quick spring cleaning tips for your Bexar County workspace.

·         Divide Your Workspace Into Zones:

Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions.  You may require a workspace for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives.  This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.

·         Keep Only What You Need At Arm’s Length:

Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go.  Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only.  Supplies paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you’ve established for them.

·         Sort Your Catch-All Drawer:

Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands.  Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn’t being used.

·         Eliminate Digital Clutter:

Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter.  Organize digital files and your e-mail inbox just as you would paper files- with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders.  Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders.

·         Create a Daily Paper System:

Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled “To Read,” To Do,” and “To File.”  Establish set days for each, so that you don’t get behind or feel the overwhelming need to do everything at once.

·         Disinfect Regularly:

Prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fingerprints.  Wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard and monitor once a week with disinfecting wipes.

We hope these tips will help keep your San Antonio workspace clean.  Remember see green, think SERVPRO of Braun Station clean!

Spruce Up Your Space San Antonio

3/23/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spruce Up Your Space San Antonio SERVPRO of Braun Station in San Antonio is here to help with your Spring needs

 Birds are chirping and the temperatures have warmed up- spring is finally here!  Spring cleaning is a tradition allowing us to freshen our environment and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer.  While many people deep clean their homes, this is also a great time to clean and organize your business.

Your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professional can help get your facility in tip top shape.  SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals are trained to use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils hiding deep within your carpet, as well as focused stain removal and stain resistance applications.  Other services include: hard floor cleaning and care and odor deodorization for your business.

A clean environment is a healthy environment!  Improve your living and work spaces this spring.  If you need a little help at your business, don't worry, your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals have to the tools to make your business sparkle in no time.

San Antonio: How Much Do You Know About Mold?

3/13/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation San Antonio: How Much Do You Know About Mold? San Antonio residents call us at the first sign of water damage

As the flood water recedes, the opportunity for mold growth presents itself. Due to this, we recommend that you call SERVPRO of Braun Station at the first signs of moisture.  If you have discovered mold in your Bexar county home or office, we are here to help. We wanted to share some interesting facts about mold.

1.       There are over 10,000 species of mold.

2.       Some of your favorite cheeses have mold such as blue cheese.

3.       Penicillin is actually purified mold

4.       Mildew IS mold… many people think they’re two very different things but they’re not

SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help with your water and mold damage remediation needs and are a phone call away at (210) 267-2159.  We are available twenty-four hours a day every day of the year.

San Antonio Are You Flood Smart?

3/9/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage San Antonio Are You Flood Smart? SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help with your San Antonio Flood Damage Restoration

As the rain continues in Bexar County we at SERVPRO of Braun Station wanted to make sure that you are flood smart.

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.  Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert- there is always a potential for flood damage.  Floodsmart.gov reports in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.  Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, does not mean you won't in the future.  In fact, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas.  On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the United States.

According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster.  The ARC offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters.  If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.  Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way.  If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.  Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water.  They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
  • If a flood does strike your home or business, contact your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals.  Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task.  The SERVPRO System is prepared to handle any sized disaster.  When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO of Braun Station will help you take it back.

    Tip Tuesday for San Antonio Residents

    3/8/2016 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Tip Tuesday for San Antonio Residents San Antonio Did You Know

    Did you Know? 

      Water damages can cause mold growth in your home or business; therefore, it is important to have your water damage cleaned promptly and professionally. 

    Signs of the presences of excessive mold include:

    • Visible mold
    • Strong, musty odors
    • Excessive humidity in your home or office

    Mold is most likely to occur in the following areas:

    • Dark spaces that receive very little light
    • Spaces already predisposed to high levels of humidity such as in your bathroom

    If you have any of these signs of mold then call us immediately so we can access the damage.  We are here to promptly clean-up any water damage that you may have from a leaking roof to a completely flooded home.  Call us today at (210) 267-2159 to prevent water from turning into mold growth.

    San Antonio Water Damage Tips

    3/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage San Antonio Water Damage Tips San Antonio storms can cause a lot of water damage. SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help!

    When you have a water damage, consider taking the following precautions to help minimize danger or prevent further damage while waiting for SERVPRO of Braun Station help to arrive.

    Damage From Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock.  Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.  Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.  Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/ or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

  • We have some strong storms predicted for the next weeks, so please call us at the first sign of damage.  We are always here to help!

    San Antonio Fire and Soot Damage Tips

    2/29/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage San Antonio Fire and Soot Damage Tips Fire damage in a San Antonio home. Notice the extent of the soot webs. SERVPRO of Braun Station was able to quickly clean up this damage.

    A home or business fire is an incredibly difficult disaster and at SERVPRO of Braun Station we want to give you a few tips to help minimize the damage after fire or smoke.

    What To Do After A Fire

    • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
    • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
    • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
    • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
    • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
    • Change HVAC filter.
    • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

    What NOT To Do After A Fire

    • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
    • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
    • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
    • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
    • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

    After a fire, call SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159. We are ready to help when you need us.

    Roof Leak in San Antonio, TX

    2/26/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Roof Leak in San Antonio, TX This flooded ceiling was caused by a recent storm.

    Due to the recent storms a roof leak lead to ceiling damage in this San Antonio home.  This before picture shows the damage to the interior ceiling after the rain had stopped.  SERVPRO of Braun Station was called in to clean up the aftermath!  The owner was thrilled after we had completed our remediation work.  In causes where the roof is clearly falling down, we were required to remove the affected materials, spray antimicrobial, and then dry the structure utilizing dehumidification and air movement.  Our professionally trained technicians can begin this process and oftentimes finish this drying process in less than four days (depending on the extent of the damage).  We know that your home is vitally important and our goal is to quickly get you back to being able to enjoy it.

    San Antonio Today Is National Margarita Day!

    2/22/2016 (Permalink)

    General San Antonio Today Is National Margarita Day! SERVPRO of Braun Station loves celebrating fun holidays with our customers in San Antonio

    http://www.mysanantonio.com/food/bars-drinks/article/It-s-National-Margarita-Day-ya-ll-6840276.php

    Today February 22nd is National Margarita Day!  That sounds like a wonderful and fun reason to go get a Margarita.  San Antonio has some of the best around!  If you happen to have a little spill while having your celebratory margarita, call us at (210) 267-2159 to help make it "Like it never even happened."

    Smoke Alarms Save Lives San Antonio

    2/17/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Smoke Alarms Save Lives San Antonio Leon Valley Fire Chief Valdez and SERVPRO of Braun Station want to help prevent fire injuries

    Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.

    The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house.  Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.

    Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan.  A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation. 

    Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance.  For more on emergency preparedness, contact your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals at (210) 267-2159.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms.  Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year.  We have found it useful to change the batteries when daylight savings time either begins or ends.  If an alarm "chirps," the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Just the Facts: Smoke Alarms

  • Three out of five fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or when the alarms are not working
  • Smoke alarm failures usually result from missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.
  • More than one-third (37 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
  • The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.
  • SERVPRO of Braun Station in San Antonio wants you and your family to be safe.  If you have a home or business fire, we are here for you and are a phone call away.

    SERVPRO of Braun Station is Here to Help

    2/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage SERVPRO of Braun Station is Here to Help After a flood or other water damage, call SERVPRO of Braun Station where our goal is happy customers

    We recently received a review from a water damage customer in San Antonio, Texas and wanted to share it with our customers.  We are so pleased to be able to help when it is needed.

    Due to a water leak resulting in major water damage, I contacted this company to assist in the clean up of my home (mostly to avoid mold). They set up equipment in the two rooms that received the damage. The owners and assistants were very sympathetic to my situation and the technicians were very professional and kind. They explained the steps throughout the entire process and kept me well-informed. Hopefully we never have an event like this again, but if we do I would definitely go through this company again.

    San Antonio Fire Damage Restoration is Our Business

    1/29/2016 (Permalink)

      A home or business fire can be a very stressful event for the property owner.  Damage to personal belongings and the contents of the building is just one concern.  Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, while reducing downtime and recovery costs.  Your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals understand how disruptive fires can be for business owners, their tenants and even their customers.  That is why SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals offer 24-hour emergency response.  SERVPRO's Service Response Guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  Under normal circumstances, a SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professional will be on-site of a fire damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services.

       The rapid response and the training of your local San Antonio SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will help limit damage and get your facility back in operation quickly and help make it, "Like it never even happened."

    San Antonio Resolve to be Ready

    1/22/2016 (Permalink)

    The new year signifies a fresh start. With each new year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. ?This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can prepare for it. ?The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens.”   In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. ?The ERP is a comprehensive documentcontaining critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. ?The ERP also establishes your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation andrestoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years experience and a System more than 1,700 Franchises strong. ? The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time andmoney in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO® READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device making help just a fewclicks away. Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of timeyour business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Don’t wait until disaster strikes. Call your local SERVPRO® of Braun StationFranchise Professionals at (210) 267-2159 to establish your Emergency READY Profile®, and be “Ready for whatever happens” in 2016.  

    San Antonio Eliminate Heating Hazards This Winter

    12/21/2015 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage San Antonio Eliminate Heating Hazards This Winter SERVPRO of Braun Station wants you to have a safe and Happy Holiday! The tips above will hopefully help prevent a fire damage.

    Although the temperature has not been too cold as of lately, we all know that soon enough it will be a cold December or January day.  Soon, the winter season will be in full swing! The days are shorter and the temperatures are lower. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is responsible for an estimated $893 million in property damage annually. Heating is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of a heating-related fire.

    • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
    • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
    • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
    • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
    • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
    • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Test smoke alarms monthly.

    If your property does suffer fire damage, contact your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals to help make it “Like it never even happened.” We are a phone call away at (210) 267-2159.

    All About Mold San Antonio

    11/23/2015 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation All About Mold San Antonio SERVPRO of Braun Station wants to help you ensure that mold does not invade your home, so call us immediately if you have a water intrusion

    From the Ordinary

    Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment.  In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified.  Fungi produce some very useful results.  Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods, and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages.  The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold.  An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold. 

    Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

    To the Unhealthy 

    Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth.  Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control.  When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.  Some amount of mold spores is normally present in most environments.  If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiple.  Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.  Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

    SERVPRO of Braun Station has the professionals that are needed to prevent mold from becoming a problem when a water damage occurs.  

    Flooding in San Antonio- SERVPRO of Braun Station Can Help

    10/30/2015 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage Flooding in San Antonio- SERVPRO of Braun Station Can Help From a full commercial flood to a small pipe leak we can help with them all.

    http://www.weather.com/weather/alerts/localalerts/l/USTX1532:1:US?phenomena=FL&significance=W&areaid=TXC029&office=KEWX&etn=0107&tid=108854

    We are currently seeing a lot of wet weather out there with a potential for more as the day continues.  If your home or office is flooded by ground water or rain water contact us so we can help.  We are available 24/7 for all of your water damage restoration needs.  The faster water damage is remediated the less likely that secondary damage will occur.  We work with all insurance companies and also work with self-pays in the event that insurance is not covering the damage.  We know that your home or office is very important, we are home and business owners too, so we take great pride in our customer service.  If you are in San Antonio, and want a restoration company that cares, call us today at (210) 267-2159. 

    San Antonio Make This Fall Fire Free

    10/29/2015 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage San Antonio Make This Fall Fire Free SERVPRO of Braun Station wishes you a Happy Halloween!

    The fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors and an abundance of outdoor activities.  Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire free.

    ·         Fall decorations, like dried flowers and cornstalks, are highly flammable.  Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

    ·         Keep emergency extis clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.

    ·         Teach children to stay away from open flames.  Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.

    ·         Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costumes.  Consider avoiding billowing fabric.  If you are making your costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or a flame.

    ·         It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern.  Use extreme caution if using a real candle. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn, and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways and yards.

    For more fall fire facts head over to www.nfpa.org

    SERVPRO of Braun Station is always ready to help if fire or water damage happen.  San Antonio we are your locally owned and operated franchise.

    Flooding May Occur San Antonio

    10/22/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Flooding May Occur San Antonio This ceiling damage is the result of rain coming through the roof during recent rain storms. SERVPRO of Braun Station is able to help.

    According to the National Weather Service we can expect rain in the major San Antonio regio through Saturday October 24, 2015 and with this rain there may be periods of heavy rain.  Did you know that flooding can occur quickly and has the potential to cause significant damage to your home or office?  Ground water, also known as flood water, carries significant bacteria that is harmful to your health, so please don't attempt to clean it without professional help. 

    In addition to the potential for ground water seeping into your home we are available to help if you suddenly learn that your roof has a leak and water is coming into your ceiling.  We know that often people want to wait until the rain stops to call anyone, but that leads to further damage also known as secondary damage.  It is best to contact us at the first sign of wetness so that we can begin the mitigation process.  It's important to remember that it's the water you don't see that causes the most damage to the actual structure. 

    We are available 24/7 and are a phone call or click away.

    Are You Prepared San Antonio?

    9/29/2015 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage Are You Prepared San Antonio? SERVPRO of Braun Station can help with your disaster clean-up needs

    As a member of the Ready Campaign's National Preparedness Coalition, SERVPRO of Braun Station is proud to present the following information.

    How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today.  The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency.  While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies.  The following are common sense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready.  A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, the local economy, and even the country.  It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.  Review the following questions to learn if your company is prepared.

    Be Informed.

    Do you know what kind of emergencies might affect your company?  Do you know what you will do in an emergency situation?

    Develop a Business Continuity Plan.

    Do you know which staff, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep operating? Do you have back-up plans for those operations?  Do you know what you will do if your building or plant is not accessible?  Do you know what you will do if your suppliers are impacted by disaster?  Are you ready for utility disruptions?

    Prepare Your Emergency Plan.

    Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan?  Do you have a plan to communicate with employees before, during and after an incident?  Do you have copies of building and site maps with utilities and emergency routes marked?  Are your employees trained for medical emergencies?

    Practice the Emergency Plan.

    Have you practiced your plan recently?  Do you practice and coordinate with other businesses in your building or industrial complex?  Have you reviewed your plans in the last 12 months?

    Review Insurance Coverage.

    Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you're covered in a disaster?

    Secure Your Facility and Equipment.

    Have you secured all the ways people, products, and supplies get into your building?  Have you conducted a room-by-room walk through to determine what can be strapped down?

    Improve Cyber Security.

    Do you regularly install patches to your software?  Have you installed a firewall on your computer?  Do you regularly update your antivirus software?

    Promote Family and Individual Preparedness.

    Do you encourage employees to have a personal emergency supply kit and a family communication plan?

    If you answered "No" to any of these questions, visit ready.gov and learn how to better prepare your business.  We at SERVPRO of Braun Station can help with our free Emergency Ready Plan.  Call us today at (210) 267-2159 to set one up for your business.

    San Antonio Are you Ready for a Disaster?

    9/21/2015 (Permalink)

    Commercial San Antonio Are you Ready for a Disaster? Let SERVPRO of Braun Station help ensure you are prepared

    In recent years, many different types of disasters have affected the United States.  Flooding, tornados, hurricanes, wildfires and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business and community.  During National Preparedness Month, you local SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals want you and your customers to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for Mother Nature's worst.

    If a disaster stikes, will you be ready?  It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs; one way to do that is by building a basic emergency kit.  For more information on disaster preparedness, visit www.ready.gov, or call us at (210) 267-2159.  SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals can help your business prepare for the unexpected by offering an Emergency Ready Profile.  The Profile is designed to be a quick and easy snapshot of your business providing critical facilty information needed for detailed emergency preparation.

    The time to prepare for a disaster is now.  Call you local SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals to make sure your business is "Ready for whatever happens."

    SERVPRO of Braun Station in San Antonio is Ready for Whatever Happens

    8/17/2015 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage SERVPRO of Braun Station in San Antonio is Ready for Whatever Happens SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help from San Antonio throughout the country during a disaster.

    When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team is poised and "Ready for whatever happens." With a network of nearly 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO System strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team, is trained and equiped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters.  Providing experience, additional manpower, equipment and other resources, the Disaster Recover Team assists your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals.  SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team has responded to hundreds of disaster events.  In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective, to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

    2015 Siberian Express: Record sub-zero temperatures caused major problems for a large portion of the country stretching from Floriday to Maine.  The Midwest also expereicned record breaking low temperatures resulting in frozen pipes and ice dams causing major problems for residents.  SERVPRO of Braun Station helped in this event.

    2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding: Rainfall rates up to 2" per hour caused major flash flooding stretching from Northeast Ohio all the way up to Portland, Maine.  Eastern Michigan and Baltimore, Maryland were also impacted creating over 1,381 jobs for the Storm team to produce. SERVPRO of Braun Station helped in this event too.

    2014 Polar Vortex: Record low temperatures caused by a break in the North Pole's polar vortex resulted in an unprecedented freezing event, spanning form east of the Rocky Mountains to as far south as Central Florida, effecting all of part of 39 states and 70% of the SERVPRO's Franchise System.  SERVPRO of Braun Station again helped in this event in Mississippi.

    We love that we are able to not only help locally in San Antonio, but on a National level too.

    San Antonio Explore the Science of Drying with SERVPRO of Braun Station

    7/27/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage San Antonio Explore the Science of Drying with SERVPRO of Braun Station Utilizing FLIR technology to identify San Antonio water damages

    Did you know, there is actually a science behind the process of drying?  The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its pre-loss condition.  While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary water damages.  If your San Antonio business suffers water damage, your local SERVPRO of San Antonio Professional will: 

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.
  • What exactly does "speed up Mother Nature" mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium.  When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material- but only if the air is, indeed, drier.  The only problem is, nature takes too long and secondary damage may occur while the building is drying out. 

    Your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals in San Antonio have been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more.  We also utilize state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or office. 

    You San Antonio SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals specialize in water damage restoration.  If your home or office experiences water damage, call us immediately.

    Call the SAN ANTONIO CLEANUP TEAM that’s faster to any size disaster.

    7/16/2015 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Call the SAN ANTONIO CLEANUP TEAM that’s faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO of Braun Station in conjunction with our Disaster Recover team is ready for whatever happens.

    Faster to any sized disaster. This is not just another tag line for SERVPRO®- it is a commitment from each SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professional to be there when you need them most. Whether you are a small business or home
    owner facing minor fire or water damage, or a property manager dealing with a widespread disaster, the SERVPRO® System has the resources needed to respond quickly and efficiently. The sooner help arrives, the sooner restoration begins and the sooner you can resume life and business as usual.

    Your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise is just the tip of the iceberg. Should a major disaster such as a flood or wildfire occur, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is always poised and ready to go where they are needed.  Learn more about this elite team and a few of the events they’ve responded to over our next few news and updates posts.

    If a fire, water or mold damage strikes, no matter the size, call your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals at (210) 267-2159. Backed by a system of Franchises nearly 1,700 strong, we’ll help make your property disaster “Like it never even happened.”

    San Antonio do you Understand Wireless Emergency Alerts?

    6/15/2015 (Permalink)

    Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free notifications delivered to your mobile device as part of a public safety system provided by authorized government- alerting authorities.  The alerts are designed to inform you of imminent threats to safety or missing person’s alerts in your area (e.g. AMBER Alerts).  Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service.  

    A WEA can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service.  WEAs may be used to share:

  • Extreme weather warnings.
  • Local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action.
  • AMBER Alerts.
  • Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.
  • A WEA will look like a text message.  The WEA message will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert.  The message will be no more than 90 characters.  

    If weather or other disasters strike, call us at (210) 267-2159 and we will be there to help.

    San Antonio Preparedness Tools at Your Fingertips

    6/5/2015 (Permalink)

    Community San Antonio Preparedness Tools at Your Fingertips SERVPRO of Braun Station recommends purchasing a weather radio such as this

    One of the easiest ways to protect yourself, your family or your employees is by having a weather radio in your home or office.  Did you know having a NOAA Weather Radio in your home is just as important as having a fire alarm?

    A weather radio is the most reliable source for weather alerts.  It is designed to alert you to dangerous weather situations such as an approching tornado, allowing you to be warned ahead of approaching storms providing time to seek shelter.  In 2012, a new nationwide text emergency alert system was luanched, called Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).  We are certain that in recent weeks in San Antonio you have received these alerts.  The WEA systems is a huge step toward keeping our nation informed in crisis situations, however it does not alleviate the need to own weather radios.  The new WEA system relies on cell towers to send alerts- if cell towers are knocked out during bad weather or are no longer sending a signal, you will not receive alerts.  Television and radio broadcasts can also go down during a destructive event.  Having a back-up such as a weather radio is critical to ensure you still receive information in the event media outlets can no longer broadcast or you are unable to receive the broadcast. 

    When selecting a weather radio, ensure it includes SAME alert programming- sounds an alerty only when specific counties are threatened (allowing you to only receive alerts for your county) and reviewable alerts (allowing you to turn off alerts you do not want to hear).

    Contact your local San Antonio National Weather Service Office for assistance programming your weather radio, or for additional information, including county codes for your state, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

    Please remember that we are always here if weather does cause damage to your home or office.  Stay safe San Antonio!

    San Antonio Be Prepared For Severe Floods

    5/27/2015 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage San Antonio Be Prepared For Severe Floods SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help if you have been affected by the recent storms

    Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere.  Being prepared to act quickly can be critical to staying safe during a weather event.  In recent days San Antonio as well as surrounding areas have experienced severe flooding.  

    In 2013, there were more than 440 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2800 injuries.  Deadly weather caused more than $8 billion in property damage.  Many businesses affected by major disasters never reopen- especially if they do not have an emergency plan in place.  Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example of are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of other.

    Know Your Risk. The first step to becoming weather- ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family or employees.  Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts.  Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

    Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business.  Put together or purchase an emergency kit.  Keep important paper and valuables in a safe place. 

    Be an Example.Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter.  Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

    Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster and having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building faster following a disaster.  Call your local SERVPRO of Braun Station if disaster strikes your home or office. 

    Call the local SERVPRO in San Antonio That's Faster to Any Size Water Disaster

    5/19/2015 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage Call the local SERVPRO in San Antonio That's Faster to Any Size Water Disaster SERVPRO of Braun Station is available for all of your water damage needs, big or small.

    When disaster threatens a community, it is often too late to take the necessary steps to prepare homes, businesses, and family members for the situation.  Whether it's a blizzard, flood, hurricane or wildfire, disasters of all types often give little to no warning before they strike.  The time to prepare for a storm is not as it approaches- the time to prepares is now.  In the next few weeks this blog will provide tips and information to help you be better prepared when severe weather strikes, including a list of items needed to create an emergency kit.

    No matter where in San Antonio or surrounding areas that you call home, we want to ensure that you are prepared for any disaster.  Whether you have damage caused by a hurricane, tornado, flash flood, or another other reason your local SERVPRO of Braun Station has the resources, experience and training to help get your doors reopened for business as soon as possible.

    If your property suffers a fire or water damage, your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals will be ready to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

    Call the local SERVPRO in San Antonio That's Faster to Any Size Water Disaster

    5/19/2015 (Permalink)

    Community Call the local SERVPRO in San Antonio That's Faster to Any Size Water Disaster SERVPRO of Braun Station is available for all of your water damage needs, big or small.

    When disaster threatens a community, it is often too late to take the necessary steps to prepare homes, businesses, and family members for the situation.  Whether it's a blizzard, flood, hurricane or wildfire, disasters of all types often give little to no warning before they strike.  The time to prepare for a storm is not as it approaches- the time to prepares is now.  In the next few weeks this blog will provide tips and information to help you be better prepared when severe weather strikes, including a list of items needed to create an emergency kit.

    No matter where in San Antonio or surrounding areas that you call home, we want to ensure that you are prepared for any disaster.  Whether you have damage caused by a hurricane, tornado, flash flood, or another other reason your local SERVPRO of Braun Station has the resources, experience and training to help get your doors reopened for business as soon as possible.

    If your property suffers a fire or water damage, your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals will be ready to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

    SERVPRO Tips To Help Declutter Your San Antonio Office

    5/8/2015 (Permalink)

    Cleaning SERVPRO Tips To Help Declutter Your San Antonio Office SERVPRO is ready to help 24/7 in San Antonio for all of your business and home needs

    SERVPRO of Braun Station in San Antonio knows how important clean is so to help with that we thought we would bring you some tips and tricks to help de-clutter your office.

  • Divide Your Workplace Into Zones: Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions.  You may require a workspace for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives.  This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.
  • Keep Only What You Need At Arm's Length: Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go.  Rid your desk of visual clutter by pairing down the items to the top essentials only.  Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you've established for them.
  • Create A Daily Paper System: Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled "To Read," "To Do," and "To File." Establish sheet days for each, so that you don't get behind or feel the overwhelming need to do everything at once.
  • Sort Your Catchall Drawer: Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands.  Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn't being used.
  • Eliminate Digital Clutter: Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter.  Organize digital files and your e-mail inbox just as you would paper files- with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders.  Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders.
  • Disinfect Regularly: Prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains, and fingerprints.  Wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard, and monitor once a week with disinfecting wipes.
  • SERVPRO of Braun Station is dedicated to taking the stress out of your daily business lives whether it be through cleaning tips or through our 24 hour response to a house full of water or an office full of smoke.  We are here and are a phone call away at (210) 267-2159. 

    When April Showers Bring Flooding Instead Flowers San Antonio

    4/22/2015 (Permalink)

    In San Antonio, April Showers often lead to many beautiful flowers, but we also know they can lead to scary flooding situations.  SERVPRO of Braun Station is keenly aware of these concerns and is here to help at all times of the day or night.  We are a phone call away at (210) 267-2159.  We invite you to check out the latest water damage video on SERVPRO's you tube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15CJILai24s

    San Antonio: SERVPRO Wants to Know if you are Fiesta Ready?

    4/13/2015 (Permalink)

    Community San Antonio: SERVPRO Wants to Know if you are Fiesta Ready? SERVPRO of Braun Station wishes you a Happy Fiesta!

    As Fiesta quickly approaches we wanted to make sure that you are ready for all of the fun and exciting events.  Here is a quick link that should help get you prepared for all of the Fiesta excitement:

    http://www.fiesta-sa.org/events

    SERVPRO San Antonio Can Help with Your Spring Business Cleaning Needs

    4/8/2015 (Permalink)

    Cleaning SERVPRO San Antonio Can Help with Your Spring Business Cleaning Needs Let your friends at SERVPRO of Braun Station help put some clean in your spring

    Birds are chirping and the temperatures have warmed up- spring is finally here!  Spring cleaning is a tradition allowing us to freshen our environment and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer.  While many people deep clean their homes, this is also a great time to clean and organize your business.

    Your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals can help get your facility in tip top shape.  In addition to air duc cleaning, SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals are trained to use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils hiding deep within your carpet, as well as focused stain removal and stain resistance applications.  Other services include: upholstery cleaning, hard floor cleaning, and odor deodorization.

    A clean environment is a healthy environment!  Improve your living and work spaces this spring.  If you need a little help, don't worry, your local San Antonio SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals have the tools to amek your home or business spark in no time!  We are a phone call away at (210) 267-2159. 

    *As always, we are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for all of your fire & water restoration needs, as well as biohazard clean-up needs.

    SERVPRO is Faster To Water Damages in San Antonio

    4/1/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage SERVPRO is Faster To Water Damages in San Antonio Let the experts at SERVPRO of Braun Station help with your water damage in San Antonio

    You have heard it said again and again: Time is money.

    The old adage is never truer than when dealing with a water-damaged home or business. Every minute matters, because every minute the property remains wet could turn primary damage into secondary- or even permanent damage.  That's why emergency response matters.  

    Secondary water damage occurs when the moisture from the primary event (flood, leak, etc.) begins to evaporate on its own into the air.  Over time the air will no longer be able to hold the moisture from the evaporation.  The moisture will have to go somewhere and a very basic principle behind psychometrics is that wet goes to dry.  The moisture may go into your drywall, cabinetry, sheetrock, hardwood floors, vinyl floors, etc.  Once the moisture is allowed to sit, mold can then begin to grow.  This is why emergency action is so incredibly important.

    Let's face it: Floods, burst pipes, and leaks simply don't abide by the 9-to-5 workday.  So why should your restoration provider?  SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals are on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with the state-of-the-art equipment and proven methods to get the job done right as quickly as possible. This includes every holiday, even Easter.  So if that bunny decides to burrow into your piping and causes a water damage to occur you can call us and we will be there.

    If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals at (210) 267-2159 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages.  We pledge to help make it "Like it never even happened."

    SERVPRO San Antonio Satisfied Water Damage Customers

    3/27/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage SERVPRO San Antonio Satisfied Water Damage Customers SERVPRO of Braun Station Strives for Excellent Customer Satisfaction on All Jobs

    We strive every day to ensure that our quality of work is up to the highest standard and we are always so happy to get positive feedback from our customers.

    Here are some recent quotes from real customers:

    "MANY THANKS FOR A JOB WELL DONE AT OUR COMMERCIAL BUILDING. YOUR STAFF ARRIVED IN THE EVENING AND EVALUATED THE NEEDS AND STARTED TO WORK THE NEXT DAY. WE APPRECIATE THE FAST AND QUALITY WORK THAT SERVPRO DID FOR US. I AM GLAD TO RECOMMEND YOUR SERVICES TO OTHERS" -David, Texas

    "You made our emergency a priority and the service provided was outstanding.  As this was my first exposure with SERVPRO, I am impressed with both your office and field staffs, which were always helpful.  It was a pleasure doing business with you." -Rick, NY

    "While we were devastated by our water leak and home getting ruined, your crew stepped up and saved our home.  In the process, they calmed us and made us feel like all was going to be OK.  We can never express how wonderful your crew was and how much they did to make it all OK.  Thank you!." -Evelyn, AL

    If water damage, from the smallest overflow from a toilet to full house flood from a pipe burst, threatens your home or office call us at (210) 267-2159.  We are here to help and care for not only your home or office, but for you as an individual.  We are a family owned business and know that each job is not simply a job, but is someone allowing us to come into their lives during a very stressful event.  Our ultimate goal is to help make it a little less stressful on you. 

    San Antonio SERVPRO of Braun Station Wants You To Know What To Do After A Water Damage

    3/24/2015 (Permalink)

    After you have experienced water damage the first thing you should do regardless of the type of water damage is to shut off the water source if possible.  Once the water source is stopped contact SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159.  The faster mitigation begins, the less damage is sustained to your home or office.  While awaiting our services there are certain steps that can be taken:

    For clean water losses:

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.  Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.  Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture o a safe placed.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is a potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • For contaminated water:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.  Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/ or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated items.
  • We are always here to help, where the water loss is big or small, clean or contaminated water and are a phone call away at (210) 267-2159.

    SERVPRO of Braun Station Wants You To Understand Flood Facts

    3/20/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage SERVPRO of Braun Station Wants You To Understand Flood Facts SERVPRO of Braun Station in San Antonio is here to help if floods or water cause damage to your home or commercial building

    Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.  It doesn't matter if your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert- there is always potential for flood damage.

    Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, does not mean you won't in the future.  In fact, 20% of all claims pain by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities.  On average, floods cost $3 billion in annual losses in the United States.  Commercial flood claims average more than $75,000.  

    According the American Red Cross (ARC), whom we are in sponsorship with, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster.  The ARC offers the following safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters.  If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way.  Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way.  If you are caught on a flooded road and water are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.  Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water.  They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
  • If a flood does strike your home or business, contact your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals at (210) 267-2159.  Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task.  The SERVPRO system is prepared to handle any sized disaster.  The sooner work begins, the sooner order can be restored.

    When fire and water take control of your life, your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals will help you take it back. 

    Call the SERVPRO in San Antonio That's Faster to Any Water Disaster

    3/16/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Call the SERVPRO in San Antonio That's Faster to Any Water Disaster No matter the size of the water damage, SERVPRO of Braun Station is a phone call away

    When it comes to life's emergencies, it isn't a matter of if they will occur- it's a matter of when they will occur.  Home and business owners can take steps to prepare for disasters, but you can never fully prevent them from happening.  An old pipe bursts.  A storm blows in dozens of gallons of water.  A washing machine malfunctions.  Chances are your home or business will suffer some sort of emergency; that is why it is important to prepare not, before disaster strikes.

    SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals are trained to respond quickly, professionally, and efficiently when mitigation your loss.  When your home or business is under water, every minute counts.  That's why your local San Antonio SERVPRO of Braun Station is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  During normal times, outside of natural disasters, our guaranteed arrival time is within four hours from the time you call.  We are local business owners ourselves as well as own a home in the greater San Antonio region so we understand how important it is to quickly respond to any size disaster ranging from the small toilet bowl overflow to the commercial sprinkler system that has flooded several floors of a building.  We are a phone call away at (210) 267-2159.

    San Antonio Smoke Alarms Save Lives

    3/2/2015 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage San Antonio Smoke Alarms Save Lives SERVPRO of Braun Station in San Antonio encourages you to change your smoke detector batteries as we "spring" forward with the time change

    Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half. 

    The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house.  Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.

    Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan.  A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.

    Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance.  For more on emergency preparedness, contact your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals at (210) 267-2159.

    • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement
    • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms.  Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
    • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
    • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year.  We like to recommend doing this to coincide with the changing of the clocks, which is happening March 8, 2015.  If an alarm "chirps," the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
    • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

    SMOKE ALARM FACTS

    • Three out of five fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or when the alarms are not working.
    • Smoke alarm failures usually result from missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.
    • More than one-third (37 percent) of home fire deaths results from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
    • The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

    We at SERVPRO of Braun Station hope that these tips will help keep you and your family safe.  Remember we are alway here to help if fire or smoke does try to harm your home or business.  We are a phone call away at (210) 267-2159.

    SERVPRO of Braun Station is Faster to Any Size Fire Disaster in San Antonio

    1/28/2015 (Permalink)

    The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing damaged property and personal belongings.  Rapid response and timely mitigation can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.

    Your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals understand returning to normal is your primary concern.  SERVPRO Response Teams are trained in caring for both you and your property.  By responding quickly with a full line of cleanup and restoration services, you local SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals can help get your home or business back up and running quickly and help protect your property and belongings.

    Oftentimes homeowners and key decision makers in businesses think of SERVPRO of Braun Station as only available when there has been a major fire event that causes damage to more than a single room of a building, but we are here for more than just the major fire events.  Some recent examples of fire related work that we have completed include: an oven fire that caused smoke damage to the kitchen of a home, an office fire due to an electrical outlet that caused damage to just one portion of the office, and smoke damage from a fire place failure in a home that caused soot throughout the attic space.  We are also available to help deodorize after the cleanup portion has been completed for your fire damage.

    If your home or business suffers fire damage, contact your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals at (210) 267-2159 to help make it "Like it never even happened." 

    San Antonio Help Prevent Heating Hazards

    12/31/2014 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage San Antonio Help Prevent Heating Hazards Helpful tips to prevent fire damage in your San Antonio home

    Winter is in full swing! The days are shorter and the temperatures are lower.  No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather.  In surrounding areas of San Antonio.  In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is involved in an estimated 53,600 reported residential fires annually, with associated losses of 400 deaths, 1,520 injuries, and $893 million in property damage.  Heating is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of a heating- related fire.

  • Keep flammable items at least three feet away from heating equipment.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Plug space heaters directly into outlets, never into an extension cord or power strip.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide and smoke alarms inside your home and business.  Test alarms monthly.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • When using a wood-burning fireplace, make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to help prevent sparks from flying into the room.  Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container.  Keep the container a safe distance away from your home or business.
  • Fast Fact:

    50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February

    If fire or smoke damage does happen, remember that we are always here to help. 

    Make Your Resolution: Be Ready!

    12/29/2014 (Permalink)

    Commercial Make Your Resolution: Be Ready! SERVPRO of Braun Station is Ready for Whatever Happens

    A new year brings the opportunity for new beginnings!  Start your year off right by being READY!  Your local San Antonio SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals want to help ensure you enjoy a safe and happy new year by helping you be prepared for anything the year may hold.

    Did you know up to 50 percent of businesses that suffer a disaster never reopen?  Of the businesses that survive a disaster, the overwhelming majority had an emergency preparedness plan in place.  Make your resolution one that helps protect you and your business.  Call SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals at (210) 267-2159 to learn more about how we can help you be "Ready for whatever happens" in 2015.

    A new year often signifies a fresh start.  Many people make resolutions to better themselves or some part of their life.  This year, make a resolution to be READY.  No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it.

    The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are "Ready for whatever happens."  In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.  The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas.  The ERP also establishes your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years experience and a system of nearly 1,700 Franchises strong.  The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future.  By downloading the free SERVPRO READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device making help just a few clicks away.

    Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals as your disaster mitigation provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
  • Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether is it a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood.  Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.  Don't wait until disaster strikes.  Call SERVPRO of Braun Station to establish your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens." 

    SERVPRO in San Antonio wants you to be able to Protect Your Property this Winter

    12/17/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage SERVPRO in San Antonio wants you to be able to Protect Your Property this Winter SERVPRO of Braun Station wishes you a safe and happy holiday season

    Cold weather can wreak havoc and cause costly damage to your home or business if you are not properly prepared.  Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious property damage.  While you can’t control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of winter weather.  To help prevent weather-related damages, consider taking the following precautions before winter weather hits.

    • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches.  Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
    • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building.  Clear out the gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall.  Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, causing roof damage and interior water problems.
    • Clean chimneys and exhaust systems to ensure they are free of debris.
    • Test gas lines if they have been dormant to ensure they are in good working order with no leaks.
    • Inspect your property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.     
    • Protect pipes from freezing by allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. Make sure all exterior pipes are properly insulated.
    • If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement of crawl space.  Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.        
    • Make sure all exterior doors, garages, roll-ups, and windows have sufficient weather stripping.
    • Ask your local San Antonio SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals about completing an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business.  The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster. 

    SERVPRO of Braun Station’s Recipe for Cooking Safety

    11/25/2014 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage SERVPRO of Braun Station’s Recipe for Cooking Safety Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! Please have a safe one!

    Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with Thanksgiving being the peak day for cooking- related fires.  Review the following safety tips to help ensure you enjoy a safe holiday.

    • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
    • Never leave cooking food unattended- stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food.  If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.
    • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.  Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or over is on.
    • Keep the kids away from the cooking area.  Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
    • Keep anything flammable- pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains- away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
    • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
    • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.  Contact the local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.
    • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
    • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms.  Use the test button to check it each month.  Replace all batteries at least once a year. 

    We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help, even on holidays if fire or water damage tries to ruin your holiday season, and are a phone call away at (210) 267-2159.

    SERVPRO in San Antonio Knows The Behavior of Smoke

    11/21/2014 (Permalink)

    A fire loss can result in complex damages because of the unique behavior of smoke.  A trained professional should survey the loss site to determine the extent to which fire, smoke, heat, and moisture impacted building materials and contents.

    Your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor.  Our knowledge of building systems helps us investigate how far smoke damage may have spread.  Here are some facts you may not know about smoke:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

    The Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke- wet and dry.  As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.  Before restoration begins, a SERVPRO of Braun Station Professional will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting.  Here is some additional information:

    Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.  Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

    Dry Smoke  - Paper and Wood

    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore smoke rises.

    Protein Fire Residue

    • Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

    Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs

    • While “puff backs” can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

    Other TypesTear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue

    • Special loss situations require special care.  SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals are trained to handle even the toughest losses.

    San Antonio: As fall arrives are you Fire Ready?

    11/13/2014 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage San Antonio: As fall arrives are you Fire Ready? Don't let fire ruin your fall holidays. In San Antonio? Call SERVPRO of Braun Station

    For many people, the fall season is a time to enjoy cooler temperatures, beautifully colored leaves and family oriented get togethers, like Thanksgiving.  While you are busy whipping up delicious dishes, it is also important to take time to remember safety. 

    Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire-related injuries in the United States.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports U.S. fire departments respond to an estimated average of 156,600 home structure fires each year- that is two of every five fires reported.  These fires are responsible for thousands of injuries and more than $853 million in property damage.  By taking a few precautions, you can help ensure your holiday plans don't go up in smoke! 

     A fire extinguisher can be a life saving tool when used correctly.  The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends individuals are properly trained in order to use and maintain an extinguisher.  USFA says an extinguisher should only be used if:

    • You have alerted other occupants and someone has called the fire department;
    • The fire is small and contained to a single object, such as a wastebasket;
    • You are safe from the toxic smoke produced by the fire;
    • You have a means of escape identified and the fire is not between you and the escape route; 
    • Your instincts tell you that it is safe to use an extinguisher

    Your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals want you to stay safe for the holidays.  If you do experience a fire or water damage, we are here to help you make it, "Like it never even happened."  Call us at (210) 267-2159.

    San Antonio: Do you know the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide?

    10/27/2014 (Permalink)

    Carbon monoxide, often called “the silent killer,” is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell.  It can be created when fuels, such as kerosene, gasoline, coal, natural gas, propane, methane, or wood do not burn properly.  According to the U.S. Fire Administration, around 150 people die every year from accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Often times, it is the result of faulty, improperly used or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters, and engine-powered equipment, such as portable generators.  However, there are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family and your employees from deadly CO fumes.

    Reduce the chance of CO exposure in your workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce CO. Consider switching  from gasoline-powered equipment to equipment powered by electricity or batteries.  Prohibit the use of gasoline-powered engines or tools in poorly ventilated areas.

    To protect your home, install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside of all bedroom.  Consider having all fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional.  Use portable generators only in well-ventilated  areas away from doors, windows, vents, and any other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home.

    For additional carbon monoxide safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov

    SERVPRO of Braun Station is always here to help and only a phone call away at (210) 267-2159.

    San Antonio What is Your Fire Escape Plan?

    10/17/2014 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage San Antonio What is Your Fire Escape Plan? Be safe as fire season approaches. Call SERVPRO of Braun Station if fire damages your home or office.

    Every second counts during a fire.  In just a matter of moments, a small flame can turn into a major fire, making it critical to be prepared by having an escape plan in place.  A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.  Once a plan is developed, it is important to ensure everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year.  The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan for your family.

    • Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows.  Find two ways to get out of each room.  Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
    • Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floor.
    • Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped.  Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
    • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
    • Have a plan for everyone in your home who has a disability.

    Escape Planning for Your Business

    Although an emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency situation.  OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.

    • Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your company’s emergency plans.  You may wish to select an individual(s) to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.
    • Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees.  Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and well lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.
    • Conduct office evacuation exercise and drills.  Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count.  Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.

    SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help with all of your business Emergency Readiness Plans (ERPs).  We are only a phone call away at 210-267-2159 if fire does invade your home or office.

    San Antonio Residents: Call SERVPRO of Braun Station- the Cleanup Team that’s faster to any size disaster.

    10/8/2014 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage San Antonio Residents: Call SERVPRO of Braun Station- the Cleanup Team that’s faster to any size disaster. Fire damage in San Antonio, TX

    October is Fire Prevention Month and serves as an excellent time to examine your emergency preparedness.

    Do you have a fire escape plan?

    Have you changed smoke alarm batteries within the last year?

    Do you know the main causes of fire?

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside a designated week each October to focus on fire prevention as a way to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.  The tragic event killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.  The 2014 theme is “Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month.” According to NFPA, smoke alarms can cut the chance of dying in a home fire in half.  Meanwhile, NFPA data shows that home fires killed more than 2,300 people in 2012; many of these deaths could have been prevented with the proper smoke alarm protection.

    Safety tips
  • Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Your SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals wants you to stay safe and prepare now to ensure that you are ready for any disaster.  Please tune in for Fire Safety Tips this month and remember that if a fire does occur we are here to help twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year at (210) 267-2159 or online at http://www.servprobraunstation.com/fnol .

    Be Ready with the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

    10/1/2014 (Permalink)

    National Preparedness Month, which just past, is a perfect opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers, business and family. 

    The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens."

    In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile, can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.  The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: Emergency Contact Information, Shut-off Valve Locations and Priority Areas.  The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information anytime using your smartphone or tablet.

    The ERP establishes SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 40 years experience and a System nearly 1700 Franchises strong.  Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation.  Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.

    Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.  No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it.

    The ERP is a no cost assessment, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future.  Call SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159 to establish your Emergency Ready Profile.

    SERVPRO wants you to Plan to Stay in Business

    10/1/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage SERVPRO wants you to Plan to Stay in Business Does your San Antonio business have a disaster plan?

    As a business owner or manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow. 


    This year, for National Preparedness Month (NPM), join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. 


    Disasters not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes.  As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster.



    Ready Business asks companies to take three simple steps:
     

      • Plan to stay in business; 
      • Encourage your employees to become Ready; 
      • Protect your investment.


    This year, the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, with support from members of the National Preparedness Community across the nation, including your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Franchise Professionals, are focusing on encouraging individuals, families, and businesses to take active steps toward becoming Ready. We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods are Ready.

    Ready Business, an extension of the Ready Campaign, helps business owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations, and assets in the event of an emergency.  At Ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to get started preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency.

    Tips to help your Business by Ready



      • Update and Distribute Emergency Contact Information to your Employees.  Additionally, you can create and distribute a list of important emergency numbers in the areas you do business 
      • Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your company's emergency plans. 
      • Conduct Office Evacuation/ Shelter-in-Place Exercises and Drills. Once completed, evaluate how well they worked and if additional training or exercises are needed. 
      • Put Emergency Items on Display. Showcase an Emergency Supply Kit in your break room or other high-traffic locations and encourage employees to get their own Emergency Supply Kits for their home.

    SERVPRO of Braun Station can help with business preparation with our Emergency Ready Plan.  Call us today for more information.

    Call the Cleanup Team that's faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO of Braun Station

    9/12/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Call the Cleanup Team that's faster to any size disaster.  SERVPRO of Braun Station If flooding happens in San Antonio, call SERVPRO of Braun Station

    In recent years many forms of disasters have affected the United States.  Flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business and community.  During National Preparedness Month, SERVPRO of Braun Station wants you and your customers to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for Mother Nature's worst.

    In the following weeks, we will be providing emergency supply checklists along with information on how you can help your customers and employees prepare for a natural disaster.  For more information on disaster preparedness, visit www.ready.gov or call SERVPRo of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159.  SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals can help your business prepare for the unexpected by offering an Emergency Ready Profile.  The Profile is designed to be a quick and easy snapshot of your business providing critical facility information needed for detailed emergency preparation.

    The time to prepare for a disaster is now.  Call SERVPRO of Braun Station to make sure your business is "Ready for whatever happens."

    Before & After: Like it never even happened®

    8/11/2014 (Permalink)

    Imagine it’s 8:00pm on a Sunday, and you walk into your home after a relaxing vacation expecting to switch on the lights, put the kids to bed then get some rest yourself.

    The only problem? A water pipe has burst over the weekend, dumping thousands of gallons of water over your hard wood kitchen floor, your carpeted living room and your cement utility room. You realize this problem is far beyond the reach of your shop vac. What do you do now?

    When it’s your home or business that’s underwater, mitigation can’t wait.  You need mitigation to begin, put the kids to bed then get some rest yourself.

    The only problem? A water pipe has burst over the weekend, dumping thousands of gallons of water over your hard wood kitchen floor, your carpeted living room and your cement utility room. You realize this problem is far beyond the reach of your shop vac. What do you do now?

    When it’s your home or business that’s underwater, mitigation can’t wait.  You need mitigation to begin yesterday. If water damage strikes you or your customers, give your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals a call at (210) 267-2159 immediately.

    The cost of water damages can increase exponentially with time.  Wood floors warp, dry wall soaks in moisture and mold develops in hard-to-reach areas of your home or business.  The benefits of rapid mitigation by a SERVPRO® of Braun Station professional are two-fold: Your costs go down as potential hazards may be avoided, and your piece of mind goes through the roof.

    So if the unthinkable happens to your home or business, allow SERVPRO® of Braun Station to help quickly turn your “before” into a “happily ever after.”

    We invite you to check out our before and after pictures at: http://www.servprobraunstation.com/beforeandafterphotos

    San Antonio Residents and Business Owners It’s the Water You Don’t See

    8/8/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage San Antonio Residents and Business Owners It’s the Water You Don’t See It's the water that you don't see that can cause the most damage. Call SERVPRO of Braun Station if water intrudes where it should not be.

    With any leak, it’s the water you don’t see that causes the most trouble; especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria, or causes mold, rot and other unseen damage.  Water damage can affect the value of your property.  So before you get out the mop bucket and box fan to try and clean it up yourself, consider how this will affect your property.

    Your local SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals understand how disruptive unseen water damage can be for your home or business.  For this reason, SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals offer 24-hour emergency response, and, under normal circumstances, will have a trained, uniformed technician on-site within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services.  By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals can help you regain control quickly while drying, deodorizing, and protecting your facility or home and contents.

    SERVPRO of Braun Station technicians have the training and experience you need.

    A mop and common cleaning products may not be enough for serious water intrusion.  SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals are trained to safely clean and restore your building utilizing the following procedures:

    • Identify the source/ type of water.
    • Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis
    • Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises.
    • Perform emergency water extraction.
    • Apply necessary treatments (disinfectants/ deodorization).
    • Utilize drying equipment and monitor drying.
    • Dispose of refuse.

    So, before you risk further damaging the value of your home or office by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call your local San Antonio SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159.

    San Antonio Real Quotes from Real SERVPRO Customers:

    8/1/2014 (Permalink)

    “I want to thank you and your team for coming to our rescue after a sewer pipe broke in the basement.  Your team has gone above and beyond the call of duty.  The care used cleaning and saving my Mom’s ceramic Christmas decorations, that are irreplaceable to me, were as if they were your own Mom’s treasures.  Everyone on staff has been helpful and caring.  Your service and care is appreciated more than you will ever know. Please never doubt the importance of your jobs.  You save people when they are overwhelmed and devastated and make everything clean and sane again.  I hope I never need your services again, however, it is nice to know I have a special SERVPRO Team to call if I ever have the need.”- Debra, CT

    “Have more knowledgeable/ friendly people like Marcus.  He was awesome.”- Edward, TX

    “I had a leak from my newly installed water softener and called them on a Sunday morning.  I live on the Northwest side of town and they were there within an hour.  I had never had a water leak before and they helped me through the whole process.  Thank you to Erik and his team of helpers! “- Sonya, TX

    “Excellent work, prompt, very professional. Great team work. Would definitely recommend this group to anyone and would hire them again.”- Larry, TX

    “I had a pipe break in my master bathroom a few weeks ago and called up SERVPRO of Braun Station. Erik and his crew were very professional and explained their whole process with me and made me feel very comfortable. They were great and I will use them again in the future if any other problems arise!”- John, TX

    These positive reviews encourage us at SERVPRO of Braun Station to keep helping all of those that we can.

    Do you live in San Antonio? Has water appeared where it should not be?

    7/24/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Do you live in San Antonio? Has water appeared where it should not be?   Whether it be a toilet overflow, pipe burst, or flood waters SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help with your water damage restoration needs.

    Call the Cleanup Team that’s faster to any size disaster.

    There’s no such thing as a small disaster- especially when a small leak now could blossom into a big claim later.  Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on subfloors, causing major problems over time.  You need help, fast.  No matter the time or day, contact SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals at (210) 267-2159 to begin emergency mitigation.  Emergency mitigation means that under normal circumstances, SERVPRO of Braun Station can be on-site within four hours to begin drying your building and restorable contents.  The faster the water is removed the less chance of serious damage to your facility.

    Every SERVPRO of Braun Station professional is trained and understands how to manage the drying process.  By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your building is quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damage.

    SERVPRO of Braun Station will remove moisture, sewage, and any contaminants; disinfecting and deodorizing as we safely clean and dry your building and contents.  Help ensure the value of your property by calling your local San Antonio SERVPRO. 

    San Antonio how are your daily habits?

    7/20/2014 (Permalink)

    Community San Antonio how are your daily habits? SERVPRO of Braun Station works on ensuring that each member of our team has good daily habits so we can help our San Antonio customers

    Daily Habits:  How much does the first hour of your workday really matter?

    Your first hour means a lot. The first work hour of your morning could be the time you see everything clearly, get one real thing done, and focus on the human side of work rather than just your task list. Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of a school day, typically referred to as “home room” to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, and maybe knock-out last minute homework? Many successful business people schedule themselves around a grown-up homeroom every day. While you cannot predict incoming calls, customer service requests, or extra work due to after-hour jobs that occur the night before, you can develop daily morning habits that are non-negotiable. According to Tony Robbins, a life coach, self-help author and motivational speaker, you should set up an Hour of Power, Thirty Minutes to Thrive, or at the least, Fifteen Minutes to Fulfillment. Part of this time involves light exercise; part of it involves reading motivational affirmations, and part of it involves time where you think of everything you are grateful for: in yourself, among your family and friends, in your career, and the like. Putting things into perspective is a great way to start your day on a positive note. Another daily morning habit to consider is doing the big, shoulder-sagging task on your to-do list first. Mark Twain said that if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, you’ve got it behind you for the rest of the day and nothing else looks quite so bad. If you take this concept of getting one thing done before you wade into your e-mail or return phone calls, you’ve got a day-to-day system in place. First, choose your frog (aka: identify the task.) One benefit to tackling that terrible, weighty task you don’t want to do first thing in the morning is that you get some space from the other people involved in that task. Without having that whirlwind, the task often feels less complex and you can get more done. It is also important to create your own version of customer service in the morning among peers. This may be checking in interacting with co-workers you don’t regularly see, asking questions of mentors, and just generally handling the human side of work that quickly gets lost between scheduling daily routes and planning events. If you are consistent with your peer customer service, you will have a more reliable roster of helpers when you need them! Successful businessmen and women are disciplined to increase their productivity while reducing their stress. Consider incorporating one of these daily habits into your workday for the same result! 

    Real Value Packaged in Green: SERVPRO of Braun Station can help

    7/16/2014 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals Provide Consistent Service and Reliable Information.

    Whether you operate a single facility or hundreds of commercial properties nationwide, a fire or water damage requires prompt action to reduce losses and costly down time; who can you trust to provide dependable services and information?

    SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals respond quickly, providing a full line of cleaning and mitigation services to help ensure faster recovery. SERVPRO®  of Braun Station Professionals utilize technology designed specifically to provide you and your insurance company with quick, dependable information necessary to make more informed decisions faster, saving both time and money.

    • Over 1,600 Franchises Nationwide
    • Serving America Since 1967
    • Trusted by Hundreds of Insurance Companies
    • Nationwide Large Loss Response Team
    • 24-Hour Emergency Response

    Services Provided:

    Restoration:

    _ Fire, Smoke and Soot

    _ Water Removal and Dehumidification

    _ Mold Mitigation and Remediation

    _ Catastrophic Storm Response

    _ Move Outs and Contents Restoration

    _ Document Drying

    _ Contents Claim Inventory Service

    Cleaning:

    _ Air Ducts and HVAC

    _ Biohazard, Crime Scene and Vandalism

    _ Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors

    _ Odor Identification

    _ Deodorization

    SERVPRO of Braun Station is dedicated to helping our residential and commercial neighbors in the San Antonio community if they are in need of the above services. We provide twenty-four hour response seven days a week all year round including holidays. 

    Let the professionals in green take care of all of your #waterdamagerestoration and #firedamagerestoration needs. We can be reached by phone at (210) 267-2159 or via our online contact submission form at: http://www.servprobraunstation.com/fnol

    Wildfires: What you San Antonio can do to help

    7/14/2014 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Wildfires: What you San Antonio can do to help SERVPRO of Braun Station can help with all of your fire restoration needs

    Did you know, more than 72,000 U.S. communities are now at risk from wildfire? Every year, wildfires burn across the U.S., and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk. By working together, residents can make their property, and their neighborhood, much safer from wildfire. Keeping your property clear of debris and maintaining landscaping are easy and effective ways to prevent fuel for a wildfire. Keep flammable materials, like wood piles and propane tanks, at least 30 feet away from your home's foundation. Wildfire can also spread to tree tops; help prevent this by pruning trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground. Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. Following these simple tips can help protect you and your property, and reduce the intensity of a potential fire. For more information of these and other wildfire safety tips, visit firewise.org. SERVPRO of Braun Station is always here to help whether it be a #wildfire or a #kitchenfire.

    San Antonio: Call the SERVPRO Cleanup Team that's faster to any size disaster

    7/11/2014 (Permalink)

    Faster to any sized disaster. For SERVPRO of Braun Station, this is not just an empty tagline.  It is a commitment from each SERVPRO Franchise Professional to be there when you need us most.

    Whether you are a small business owner in San Antonio who has to close your doors after a minor fire damage, or a property manager in Leon Valley dealing with a widespread disaster, SERVPRO of Braun Station has the resources to respond quickly and efficiently.  The sooner help arrives, the sooner restoration begins. The sooner restoration begins, the sooner you our your customers can resume life and business as usual.

    SERVPRO of Braun Station is just the tip of the iceberg.  Should a major disaster occur in Bexar County Texas, such as a flood or wildfire, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team is always poised and ready to go where they are needed.

    If a fire, water or mold damage strikes, no matter the size, call you local SERVPRO professionals at (210) 267-2159.  Backed by a system of franchises more than 1,600 strong, we'll help make your property disaster "Like it never even happened."

    July Real Quotes from Real Customers: San Antonio residents listen to what other customers are saying about SERVPRO

    7/9/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage July Real Quotes from Real Customers: San Antonio residents listen to what other customers are saying about SERVPRO SERVPRO of Braun Station holds customer satisfaction as a top priority!

    "The quality of the work performed was very high. On completion of the project we inspected all the work, and, to our satisfaction we saw that all the results were of high quality-from the structure- content removal to the wall-ceiling gutting to the cleaning, spaying, disinfecting, and finally the drying of all interior walls." -Alvin, NY

    "I have been a claims adjuster for many years and I have never experienced such good follow-up activity at the highest level that was performed. It definitely reflects well on your facility and gives me something to brag about to my fellow adjusters and customers." -Deborah, CA

    "I appreciate the friendliness of this team while they were here. I never felt uncomfortable around the team members. They were considerate of our housing situation and made the drying process as comfortable for us as possible." -Karen, TX

    "Excellent & professional service."- Jeff, TX

    Other customers have been extremely satisfied with our services and we would love the opportunity to help with all of your #firemitigation and #waterrestoration needs.  Our direct phone number is (210) 267-2159.

    San Antonio: SERVPRO of Braun Station is ready for whatever happens.

    7/7/2014 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage San Antonio: SERVPRO of Braun Station is ready for whatever happens. SERVPRO of Braun Station is ready for whatever Storm damage happens.

    When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is poised and “Ready for whatever happens.” With a network of over 1600 Franchises, the SERVPRO System strives to be faster to any size disaster.  Strategically located throughout the United States allowing for a faster response time, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team®, is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. 

    Providing experience, additional manpower, equipment and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team® assists your local SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals.  SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® has responded to hundreds of disaster events, including those listed here.

    2014 Polar Vortex: Record low temperatures caused by a break in the North Pole’s polar vortex resulted in an unprecedented freezing event, spanning from east of the Rocky Mountain to as far south as Central Florida, effecting all or part of 39 states and 70% of the SERVPRO Franchise System. SERVPRO of Braun Station helped in Oxford, Mississippi during this event.

    2013 Colorado Floods: Heavy rainfall, with amounts up to 17 inches in some areas, resulted in widespread flooding in Fort Collins, Boulder, and surrounding Colorado mountain communities.  The Disaster Recovery Team® responded with 109 crews from 48 Franchises to assist the local SERVPRO® Franchises in the emergency response.  SERVPRO of Braun Station assisted in this clean-up effort.

    2013 Alberta, Canada Floods: Heavy rainfall triggered flooding affecting more than 120,000 residents, and ultimately, the costliest disaster in Canadian history with damages estimated at C$5 billion, with C$1.7 billion in insurance damages.

    2012 Hurricane Sandy: Affecting more than 20 states, Sandy left widespread damage and flooding from Florida stretching the entire eastern seaboard to Maine.  The Disaster Recovery Team® placed nearly 1000 crews in affected areas, representing over 300 SERVPRO® Franchises from across the country.  Teams traveled from as far as Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington.

    2012 Hurricane Isaac: Hurricane Isaac caused flooding and damage across five states before weakening, including Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.  Nearly 100 SERVPRO® Franchises were activated to assist in the cleanup and restoration efforts.

    2011 Hurricane Irene/ Tropical Storm Lee: With storm damage spanning from North Carolina to New England, activation of the Disaster Recovery Team®, combined with local resources, placed approximately 1,000 crews in affected areas.

    2011 North Dakota Floods: SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals provided restoration services to more than 400 residents and businesses, including municipal buildings and the area hospital. The SERVPRO® System sent hundreds of crews to help.

    In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective, to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

    Ranging from a small water leak to a storm event, SERVPRO of Braun Station is ready to help and can be reached at (210) 267-2159.

    San Antonio Celebrate Summer Safely

    7/2/2014 (Permalink)

    Community San Antonio Celebrate Summer Safely We at SERVPRO of Braun Station hope you have a safe summer San Antonio!

    Each year, families and friends across the country enjoy the summer months with barbecues, camping trips, or by cooling off in a pool or lake. In order to enjoy these occasions, it is important to keep safety top of mind to ensure you have fun in the sun. 

    According to a recent study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks injure nearly 9,600 Americans each year. Charcoal/ wood burning and propane grill fires injure another 5,000.

    A grill should always be supervised when in use. Keep children and pets a safe distance from the grilling area to prevent accidental burns or tipping of the grill. If you enjoy lounging by the pool or going for a boat ride to cool off from the summer sun, make sure you exercise caution, especially when children are present. Only swim in approved areas and supervise children at all times when near the water. The summer season should be a time to make memories and enjoy the great outdoors.

    The following tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association, will help keep you safe all summer long.

    • When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
    • When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hose for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hose will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
    • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD (personal flotation device) when boating, jet-skiing, tubing or water-skiing. Air-filled swimming aids, like water wings or inner tubes, are not substitutes for approved PFD’s. An adult should always supervise children using these devices.
    • Be sure to extinguish all smoking materials and shut down motors and heating devices before fueling a boat. In case of a spill, wipe up fuel and check for fuel leakage and odors.
    • When camping, always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire. Only use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns inside the tent, not liquid-filled heaters or lanterns.
    • Always build a campfire downwind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your campfire. Always extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite. To extinguish, cover with dirt or pour water over the fire.
    • Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
    • Consider leaving firework use to trained professionals. Stay back at least 500 feet from professional fireworks displays.

    Your local SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals at (210) 267-2159 wish you a safe and happy summer! 

    How much could a flood cost you San Antonio?

    6/10/2014 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Braun Station is ready if flooding damages your home or business 

    Have you ever wondered what the cost of a flood might be to your home?  The following link has a fun interactive graph to help you see:

    http://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/flash/costofflooding/CostOfFlooding.swf

    SERVPRO of Braun Station wants to help keeps these costs lowered.  One way to do this is to call at the first sign of flood damage to help minimize secondary damage to your structure.  Remember we are only a phone call away at (210) 267-2159 and are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. 

    San Antonio are you ready for hurricane season? SERVPRO in San Antonio is!

    6/6/2014 (Permalink)

    Hurricane season has officially begun.  For the Atlantic, the season begins June 1 and runs through November 30th.  The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began in mid-May and also ends November 30th.  Hurricanes can be life threatening as well as cause serious property threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes.  Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane.  Plan an escape route, take inventory of your property, and take steps to protect your home or business.

    For more tips and preparation tips, visit the Ready campaign website at www.ready.gov/hurricanes

    SERVPRO of Braun Station utilizes the newest technology

    6/2/2014 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Braun Station uses the latest technology and tools to help ensure your property is dried quickly and efficiently.  SERVPRO of Braun Station is proud to announce the newly developed SERVPRO DryBook.

    The SERVPRO DryBook is a proprietary tool that manages industry requirements on drying to validate your restoration is done to standard. 

    This improves results and restores your San Antonio property at a faster rate, getting you back in your home or business sooner.

    Leon Valley do you know the Science of Drying? SERVPRO of Braun Station does.

    5/28/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Leon Valley do you know the Science of Drying?  SERVPRO of Braun Station does. San Antonio Water Damage in a commercial office

    Did you know, there is actually a science behind the process of drying?  The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its pre-loss condition.  While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.  If your business suffers water damage, SERVPRO of Braun Station will:

    ·         Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.

    ·         Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.

    ·         Speed up Mother Nature by using professional equipment.

    What exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium.  When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material- but only if the air is, indeed, dry.  The only problem is, nature takes too long and secondary damage may occur while the building is drying out.

    For this reason, SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals have been trained to use the top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more.  We also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

    The bottom line? SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals have the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

    San Antonio Metropolitan Residents Flood Information

    5/23/2014 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage San Antonio Metropolitan Residents Flood Information Bexar County residents flooding can cause significant damage to your property. Contact SERVPRO of Braun Station if flood damage occurs.

    Do you live or own a business in Bexar County, TX?  If so then, we have found a website that directly relates to you. As the summer approaches and thunderstorms cause increased danger for flooding here is a link that can help you know your risk: http://www.bexarfloodfacts.org/

    SERVPRO of Braun Station Thanks our Public Servants in San Antonio!

    5/16/2014 (Permalink)

    Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is May 12 through May 18. PSRW honors men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees. We want to say thank you to everyone that is a public servant!

    San Antonio residents do you know what you should do for a contaminated water damage? SERVPO of Braun Station is here to help

    5/9/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage San Antonio residents do you know what you should do for a contaminated water damage?  SERVPO of Braun Station is here to help SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help for your next water damage.

    If you home or office experiences water damage from contaminated water here are some emergency tips that will assist you in taking the proper action until you SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals arrive.  Please follow these DOs and DON’Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

    Water Damage From Contaminated Water:

    DO:

    • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
    • Contact SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159.

    DON’T:

    • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
    • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
    • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
    • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

    In the greater San Antonio area? SERVPRO of Braun Station Upcoming CE Class

    4/30/2014 (Permalink)

    Community In the greater San Antonio area? SERVPRO of Braun Station Upcoming CE Class SERVPRO of Braun Station Prepares for our Fiesta Themed CE class on May 1st

    We just wanted to remind everyone in San Antonio that tomorrow May 1st at 12pm we are serving lunch and then at 1pm our Water Damage CE class will begin. We still have a few spots open.  RSVP to (210) 267-2159 to lock in your spot!

    San Antonio: SERVPRO of Braun Station has tools to help you Be Prepared

    4/28/2014 (Permalink)

    Weather Radio:

    One of the best precautions you can take is to purchase a good quality weather radio.  A weather radio is designed to alert you to dangerous weather situations, such as an approaching tornado.  It allows you to be warned ahead of approaching storms providing you time to seek shelter.   A weather radio is the most reliable source for weather alerts.

    Weather radios have made much advancement over the years and are very affordable.  Most basic weather radios average around $30 and can be programmed to only alert you fo the weather alerts you choose.

    When shopping for a weather radio, look for the following key features.

    ·         Reviewable alerts (you can scroll through alerts and turn off the siren for alerts you do not wish to hear).

    ·         Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) alert programming (alerts when specific counties are threatened, ensuring you only receive alerts for your county).

    ·         Ease of programming.

    If you need help programming you weather radio, you can always contact your local National Weather Service Office or for additional information, including country codes for your state, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr

    Wireless Emergency Alerts:

                    Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government-alerting authorities through you mobile carrier.  Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service.

                    Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency.  With WEA, alerts can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service.  WEA may be used to share:

    ·         Extreme weather warnings.

    ·         Local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action.

    ·         AMBER Alerts.

    ·         Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.

    A WEA will look like a text message.  THE WEA message will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert.  The message will be no longer than 90 characters.

    Visit www.ctia.org/wea to learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts, including how to determine If you mobile device is WEA-capable.

    Leon Valley: Did you know April is Autism Awareness Month?

    4/28/2014 (Permalink)

    Community Leon Valley: Did you know April is Autism Awareness Month? Support Autism Awareness! SERVPRO of Braun Station does!

    We at SERVPRO of Braun Station are strong supporters of the Autism Cause and wanted you to be aware of all of the ways you can help.  Please check out: http://www.autism-society.org/ for more information.

    San Antonio residents SERVPRO of Braun Station encourages you to BE STORM SMART AND STORM READY

    4/25/2014 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage San Antonio residents SERVPRO of Braun Station encourages you to BE STORM SMART AND STORM READY SERVPRO of Braun Station encourages those in San Antonio to be storm ready

    Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere.  Being prepared to act quickly can be critical to staying safe during a weather event. 

    In 2013, there were seven weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States.  These events included five severe weather and tornado events, a major flood event, and the western drought/ heat wave.  Overall, these events killed 109 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.

    Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

    Know Your Risk. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business, and your family.  Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts.  Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

    Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communication plan for your home and business.  Put together or purchase an emergency kit.  Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

    Be an Example. Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-0workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter.  Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

    Contact #SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159 for additional readiness tips and tools, including SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile (ERP).  Having an ERP in place for your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster.

    SERVPRO of Braun Station is “Ready for whatever happens!”

    San Antonio residents SERVPRO of Braun Station wants you to know the Myths About Lightning

    4/24/2014 (Permalink)

    Community San Antonio residents SERVPRO of Braun Station wants you to know the Myths About Lightning SERVPRO wants San Antonio residents to know the truth about lightning

    According to the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an average of 60 people are killed each year by lightning, and hundreds more are severely injured.  Many times, these injuries are due to misinformation around the seriousness of thunderstorms and lightning. Here are a few of the most common myths about lightning.

    Myth:If it is not raining, there is no danger from lightning.

    Fact:Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur up to 10 miles away from rainfall.

    Myth:If you are in a house, you are 100% safe from lightning.

    Fact:A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity, including corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors and windows.

    Myth:Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

    Fact:Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly.  The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year.

    Myth:A lightning victim is electrified.  If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.

    Fact:The human body does not store electricity.  It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid.  Call 9-1-1 and begin CPR immediately.

    Myth:If outside in a thunderstorm, seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.

    Fact:Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties.

    We at SERVPRO of Braun Station care about all of the residents in San Antonio and want you to be safe.  We hope you have a wonderful safe day!

    San Antonio residents SERVPRO of Braun Station would like to give you some IMPORTANT INFORMATION – WATER DAMAGE

    4/21/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage San Antonio residents SERVPRO of Braun Station would like to give you some IMPORTANT INFORMATION – WATER DAMAGE When a water loss occurs, call SERVPRO of Braun Station in San Antonio, TX

    When water damage occurs, most customers do not know what to expect, so we have created a little guide to what SERVPRO of Braun Station will do upon arrival to your home.

    Survey Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises

    We inspect and test the damaged area to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration. In addition, we will inspect for safety concerns which may be evident. If there are any safety issues or you are aware of any asbestos containing materials before our arrival, please bring them to our attention.

    • Survey Damage.
    • Complete Safety Inspection.

    Identify Signs of Visible Mold Growth

    Visible mold growth and moldy, musty odors may indicate the source of a moisture or water intrusion. If extensive mold is evident, we will need to consult your adjuster or property manager before completing additional work.

    • Identify Mold Growth Present in the Structure.
    • Identify Odors or Musty Smells.

    Furniture Moved and Blocked In Place

    We move furniture and property contents and block items to help prevent rust or furniture stains on wet carpet.

    • Block Furniture.

    Emergency Water Extraction

    We remove as much excess water as possible from affected areas.

    • Remove Excess Water.

    Carpet Pad

    We check whether the carpet pad should be removed to save or protect the subfloor.

    • Inspect Carpet Pad.
    • Remove Carpet Pad if Needed.

    Treatments

    Our process may utilize deodorizers as odor treatments or EPA-registered disinfectants as antimicrobial treatments.

    • Apply Deodorizer or Disinfectant.

    Disposal

    We will remove and dispose of damaged materials with guidance from you and your adjuster.

    • Remove Refuse.

    Floor and Wall Inspection

    We check the extent of wet flooring, subfloors and walls.

    • Inspect Floor.
    • Inspect Walls.

    Carpet

    We examine carpet for damages and remove damaged carpet with guidance from you and your adjuster.

    • Inspect Carpet.
    • Removal Carpet if Needed.

    Measure Temperature/Humidity for Drying Analysis

    We monitor the temperature and humidity levels to make sure conditions are conducive for drying.

    • Measure Temperature.
    • Measure Humidity.

    Equipment

    Drying equipment removes moisture and brings the relative humidity level back to normal. We monitor moisture in wet materials until the materials return to acceptable drying goals.

    • Utilize Drying Equipment.
    • Utilize Monitoring Equipment.

    WHAT IS RESTORABLE

    Determining exactly what can be saved until everything is dry is usually impossible. We will set a follow-up date so we can monitor the drying process. In addition, the restoration process will be scheduled when the drying is complete. This can include floor preparation, tack strip replacement, carpet and pad installation, seaming, carpet cleaning and restoring, and furniture and contents cleaning. A scope of services will be provided.

    PRE-EXISTING OR PRELOSS CONDITIONS

    During the course of cleaning, it is likely we will remove day-to-day soiling, which existed prior to your loss. We are happy to do so. If, however, the removal of pre-existing soil requires significant extra effort, our crews will be instructed to move on to the next item. Pre-existing damage, including visible mold growth, will also be noted.

    PERSONAL ITEMS

    In the course of our survey and cleaning, we will sometimes be required to open doors, cupboards, etc. to qualify and/or restore the damage. If any of these areas contain personal items you would prefer to relocate before we start work, please let us know.

    Guns and Ammunition

    Our crews are instructed NEVER to touch guns or ammunition. For this reason, we request you remove any such items from the areas we are cleaning.

    Jewelry, Valuables, Heirlooms

    Please remove any valuable items from the areas we are cleaning before the job is started. We are not responsible for those items.

    OVERLOOKED ITEMS

    Although our supervisors inspect all work, you should accompany the supervisor on the final walk-through and bring any overlooked items or concerns to the supervisor’s attention.

    INSURANCE ADJUSTERS OR AGENTS

    We are neither insurance adjusters nor agents. We cannot authorize anything to be replaced, repaired or painted. Our job is to preserve and protect, stop further damage from occurring and to restore damaged items to their prior condition when possible.

    EMERGENCY CHARGES

    The exact price of restoring your property following a water damage emergency is virtually impossible to determine on our first visit. However, in order to give you an idea, we will review the SERVPRO® Water Damage Emergency Services Report to provide you an initial estimate while on our first visit if requested. The scope of work can change due to unforeseen circumstances. The final bill will be forwarded to you and/or your insurance carrier upon completion.

    HEALTH AND SAFETY

    Maintaining your personal health and safety is of great concern to us. All occupants and pets should stay away from the work areas to protect their health and safety during the work process.

    Material Safety Data Sheets for our products are available upon request.

    APPROXIMATE COMPLETION

    The actual time required to complete the restoration process is difficult to estimate. However, the more quickly technicians begin work to limit the damage; the faster the job can be completed.

    When water has time to absorb, the drying and restoration process can take longer.

    SERVPRO of Braun Station is here for all of your water damage needs and is just a phone call away at (210) 267-2159. 

    SERVPRO of Braun Station Emergency Water Damage Process Overview* For Greater San Antonio, TX Residents

    4/18/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage SERVPRO of Braun Station Emergency Water Damage Process Overview* For Greater San Antonio, TX Residents SERVPRO of Braun Station working on a water loss in San Antonio, TX

    ONE HOUR:

    Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO® of Braun Station will contact you to arrange for service. You’ll know help is on the way!

    FOUR HOURS:

    Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals will be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.

    DETAILED EXPLANATION:

    A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO® Of Braun Station Professional will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

    EIGHT HOURS:

    Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your adjuster or property manager.

    PRETESTING:

    A SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professional will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.

    CLEANING & RESTORATION:

    SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.

    FINAL WALK-THROUGH:

    After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

    If your home or office experiences water damage, contact us at (210) 267-2159 so that we can help to make it “like it never even happened.”

    *Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation.

    Why, as a homeowner with water removal needs in San Antonio, should I choose SERVPRO of Braun Station?

    4/9/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Why, as a homeowner with water removal needs in San Antonio, should I choose SERVPRO of Braun Station? Water removal at a home in San Antonio, TX

    FACT: Restoration through mitigation is less expensive than replacing!

    How does SERVPRO of Braun Station dry a structure effectively?

    Psychrometrics

    Psychrometry is the study of the air and its properties. The properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure and dew point are measured to evaluate air conditions in the structure, enabling SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professional to create the proper atmosphere for more efficient drying.

    Water can damage materials in two ways: first, by absorption through direct contact with water; and second, absorption of moisture from the air. Measuring the moisture content of the air is critical to the drying process.

    Restoration professionals must establish an environment favorable for drying.

    The restoration professional must also understand how to manipulate temperature and humidity levels to produce optimum drying conditions, without causing secondary damages through improper drying processes.

    Detection Equipment

    Scoping involves locating the areas of the structure affected by water and defining the extent to which the structure and contents have absorbed moisture. Moisture detection devices are also used to verify that an environment has been dried thoroughly.

    _ Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.

    _ Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate moisture readings that enable the SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professional to monitor the drying process.

    _ Thermohygrometers measure both temperature and relative humidity. Capturing these two readings, a SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professional using a psychrometric chart can calculate specific humidity, dew point and vapor pressure.

    Extraction Equipment

    The most effective method of removing moisture from a structure is extraction. This is why it is critical to respond quickly to water damage and to provide emergency mitigation services.

    When the water is extracted quickly, the environment can usually be dried much faster.

    _ Extractors are used in cleaning carpets and upholstery and in removing water from floors following water damage. Extractors can either be truck-mounted or portable, allowing for greater access inside structures.

    Air Moving Equipment

    Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level, thereby reducing drying time. As airflow at the surface level increases, the moisture in the air increases. This moisture is then eliminated via the use of dehumidification equipment.

    Dehumidification Equipment

    By extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity, which in turn increases the rate of evaporation. In a water damaged structure, dehumidifiers pull in the moist, humid air and then discharge dry, warm air. The dry air acts like a sponge, absorbing moisture from wet materials.

    SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals use two types of dehumidifiers:

    _ Refrigerant Dehumidifiers work similarly to air conditioners.

    _ Desiccant Dehumidifiers use chemicals, called desiccants that readily absorb moisture from the air.

    Deodorization Equipment

    _ Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. The device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other difficult-to-access areas.

    _ Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles.

    The SERVPRO of Braun Station Water Removal and Remediation Difference for those living in the greater San Antonio, TX area

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    Water Damage The SERVPRO of Braun Station Water Removal and Remediation Difference for those living in the greater San Antonio, TX area Experience a water loss, need water extraction? Call SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159

    The People, Experience, Training and Equipment to make it

    Like it never even happened.®

    The People

    With over 10,000 quality teammates nationwide, SERVPRO® Of Braun Station Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you get your life back.

    The Experience

    SERVPRO® is a Franchise System with over 40 years of leadership in fire and water cleanup and restoration. Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners, and commercial property managers and in one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon.970’s 1980’s

    2000’s

    The Training

    SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals undergo extensive water restoration training and certification.

    Servpro Industries, Inc. is an approved IICRC school to help ensure our training meets and exceeds accepted industry standards.

    The Equipment

    With over 5,000,000 square feet of building space, housing over 140,000 pieces of cleaning and restoration equipment, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have the resources to help you take back control of your life.

    Lower Recovery Costs –The SERVPRO® System Helps Save Money

    _ Emergency Mitigation Services help minimize additional property damages.

    _ SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals use specialized test equipment to determine hidden water.

    _ Restoration versus replacement of contents saves heirlooms and money too.

    _ By using advanced drying techniques, SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals monitor and ensure your property is properly dried. Mitigation requires quick action. The faster a

    SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professional arrives on-site to perform water cleanup, the better the results – including lower claim costs.

    SERVPRO of Braun Station is to here to help San Antonio homeowners and business owners with all of their emergency fire and water restoration needs

    4/2/2014 (Permalink)

    Community SERVPRO of Braun Station is to here to help San Antonio homeowners and business owners with all of their emergency fire and water restoration needs SERVPRO of Braun Station serving the fire and water damage restoration needs of the greater San Antonio region

    Our number one goal is returning damaged areas and items to pre-loss condition, doing all we can to make it “Like it never even happened.” Every SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professional is dedicated to restoring both the property and the lives of the customers being helped. Like it was never dirty, like it never overflowed, like it never caught fire, like it never spilled, like it never smoldered–whatever the case, with SERVPRO® our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

    What is the SERVPRO difference?

    Serving America Since 1967

    SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have been helping home and business owners recover from water damages across the United States.

    Over 1,500 Franchises Nationwide

    More locations means faster response. A SERVPRO® Franchise Professional can usually be on-site within four hours to help protect the structure, business and personal property.

    SERVPRO® National Call Center Served Over 300 Insurance and Property Management

    Companies and Their Clients Nationwide in the Last Year Alone.

    We have earned the trust of the insurance industry by serving thousands of their policy holders and clients with respect and integrity. The more we restore the less that needs to be replaced. This helps our clients save millions of dollars each year. That helps lower your insurance rates too!

    24-Hour Emergency Service

    In our business, you need us fast! The sooner we arrive, the better the chance we can reduce damage and save money. Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

    Trained, Uniformed Franchise Professionals

    A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professional will walk you through the job process and then work quickly to restore your property to pre-loss condition whenever possible.

    References

    From large commercial environments to small residential losses, SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals understand your loss is the job that matters most! We will be happy to provide references so you can feel confident that SERVPRO® is the best system to service your needs.

    You Can Trust SERVPRO® of Braun Station!

    SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals Put Property Owners Back in Control.  Call us at (210) 267-2159 today for all of your water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, bio-hazard restoration needs.

    San Antonio residents: SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help for all of your water damage needs

    3/31/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage San Antonio residents: SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help for all of your water damage needs When water damage affects your San Antonio home or business, choose SERVPRO of Braun Station to help make it "like it never even happened."

    Water damage can happen in any number of ways.  When your business or home is under a few inches of water, everything else takes a backseat.  Only one-thing matters when your business can't operate, and there is just one thing on the mind of the waterlogged resident: A solution.

    Your local SERVPRO of Braun Station professional is that solution.  Equipped with the knowledge, the experience, and the training to help make your water damage "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of Braun Station will start helping the moment you call us at (210) 267-2159.

    Backed by more than 40 years of experience, you local SERVPRO of Braun Station will help put your worries at ease, because they understand the science of drying.

    When water damage strikes, give your professionals at SERVPRO of Braun Station a call; they will help make things dry and make it "Like it never even happened."

    SERVPRO in San Antonio, TX wants to help you with controlling water damage, moisture, and mold problems

    3/28/2014 (Permalink)

    Property management, construction and real estate companies in San Antonio, TX face a common challenge from water damage, moisture and mold problems.  As insurance premiums rise to offset the cost of these challenges, real estate industry professionals and insurers must work together to achieve reasonable solutions.

    Is media hype making the problems worse?  You Decide!

    Since January 1, 2000, more than 8,000 articles have been published on the subject of “toxic” mold

    “However according the Center for Disease Control and Prevention “There are very few case reports that toxic molds inside homes can cause unique or rare healthy conditions. The common health concern from molds include hay fever-like allergic symptoms.”

    Facts About Mold

    ·        Mold has existed since ancient times.

    ·        The human species has always lived in the presence of mold.

    ·        There are over 100,000+ species of mold identified.  The unique flavor of bleu cheese is produced by mold.

    ·        We are constantly exposed to thousands of different types of fungi in our everyday lives.  Certain types of fungi tend to exist naturally in soils, plants, fruits and textiles. Exposure to these fungi in naturally occurring doses is generally not harmful to health.

    Mold Needs the Right Environment to Grow

    ·        Water, moisture or high humidity

    ·        Food (any organic substance)

    ·        The right temperature (generally 68-86 degrees F, but some can grow in 30 degrees or colder)

    ·        Lack of ventilation

    ·        Mold presents greater challenges to young children, the elderly and other immunosuppressed people.

    ·        Some molds can produce toxins if the environmental conditions are right.

    The good news is there are things you can do to reduce the growth of mold.

    An Ounce of Prevention Can Protect You

    The most important step you can take is to identify and humidity, moisture or water damage problems before they create bigger problems such as mold growth or structural damage.

    §  Periodically inspect your building or home inside and out

    §  Look for any water or moisture. Pay special attention around pipes, in basements and crawl spaces. If you see a problem, call SERVPRO of Braun Station to identify the extent of the damage.  Sometimes moisture in ceilings or wall cavities cannot be seen.  This provides perfect conditions for mold growth.  SERVPRO of Braun Station can identify this moisture and remove it.

    §  Your nose knows! Musty and moldy odors may be an indicator of growing molds.  Your sense of smell may alert you to potential problems you cannot see.  Remember, the key to protecting your home or business is to identify a problem early, before it gets worse.

    §  Control humidity in bathrooms and wherever water is repeatedly used. Exhaust fans, proper caulking and effective cleaning with an appropriate cleaning product will keep problems away.

    §  Business: make sure your Emergency Response Plan includes vendors that have the proper personnel and reserves and guarantees response 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  This especially includes plumbers and restoration vendors like SERVPRO of Braun Station. 

    §  Regularly have your HVAC system and air conditioner inspected to identify moisture problems or drain clogs.

    San Antonio Residents: Call SERVPRO of Braun Station- the cleanup team that’s faster to any size disaster

    3/26/2014 (Permalink)

    General San Antonio Residents: Call SERVPRO of Braun Station- the cleanup team that’s faster to any size disaster San Antonio residents if you have a disaster we are here to help!

    There is never a good time for storm waters to flood your property or fire to smoke out your home or business.  Disasters seem to strike at the worst possible moments.

    According to statistics gathered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), residential structure fires peak between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.- right when many offices are closing for the day.

    Fires don’t abide by the 9-to-5 work day, that’s why you need a cleanup and restoration company that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  No matter what time of night or day, help is just a phone call away.

    Timely, efficient mitigation is the key to reducing costs and minimizing business interruption.  The sooner restoration and cleanup begins, the sooner you and your customers can resume your everyday lives.

    SERVPRO of Braun Station helps meet the real needs of insurers and property owners in the greater San Antonio region by supplying reliable and consistent service.

    The first steps taken in a disaster situation can mean the difference between recovery and total loss.

    When fire and water take control of your life, contact SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159 to help you take it back.

    SERVPRO® of Braun Station Biohazard Cleanup in San Antonio, TX

    3/24/2014 (Permalink)

    Biohazard SERVPRO® of Braun Station Biohazard Cleanup in San Antonio, TX SERVPRO of Braun Station in San Antonio, TX can help with your biohazard as well as fire and water damage restoration needs.

    Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals offer fast, reliable biohazard cleanup to residential and commercial property owners. Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. Your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove bio hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.

    SERVPRO® of Braun Professionals can help with:

    _ Bloodborne Pathogens

    _  Sewage Backups

    _ Black Water Intrusions

    *State and local regulations vary. Contact your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professional for 24-hour Emergency Service.

    Biohazard and Crime Scene Cleanup

    Service Response Guidelines*

    Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will contact you to arrange for service.

    Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services.

    Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.

    *Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation. 1-210-267-2159

    SERVPRO of Braun Station responds faster to any flood disaster in San Antonio, TX

    3/21/2014 (Permalink)

    When the flood waters rise...so do we.

    Last year, many San Antonio residents experienced flood damage and SERVPRO of Braun Station was ready and able to help.  As the rainy season approaches we wanted to make sure that the San Antonio community is prepared for any floods that may happen with some tips.

    Before the Flood:

    Tips from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for Preparing Your Home or Business for a Flood.

    • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.
    • Disconnect electrical appliances.
    • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
    • Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall.

    During the Flood:

    • Listen for news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
    • Avoid fl oodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged.
    • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
    • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.

     After the Flood:

    Flooding is still possible. Listen to weather radio, commercial radio, or TV for information.

    Know the terms:

    Flood Watch:

    Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to weather radio, commercial radio, or TV for information.

    Flash Flood Watch:

    Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

    Flood Warning:

    A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.

    Ask SERVPRO of Braun Station about setting your business up with an Emergency Response Profile.

    SERVPRO of Braun Station, San Antonio, TX EXPERIENCE to make fire and water damage like it never even happened.

    3/19/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage SERVPRO of Braun Station, San Antonio, TX EXPERIENCE to make fire and water damage like it never even happened. One of the most likely reasons for needing water removal: your washing machine. This one was in a home in San Antonio, TX.

    Experience Counts

    Live in the greater San Antonio region?  Experience a water loss in your home? Need water removal? Call SERVPRO7 of Braun Station located in Leon Valley, TX for a solution.

    Did you know? One out of every ten water incidents in a home is caused by a water heater or washing machine. When you finds a leak, you can also find the damage it causes to your home.  You may feel a sense of panic.  We can provide peace of mind. SERVPRO of Braun Station wants to be hero ready by:

    • Having a personal relationship with you
    • Understanding you during your stressful time
    • Providing reassurance to you
    • Answering any and all questions
    • Facilitating the cleanup process to help you regain control

    Call SERVPRO of Braun Station to begin the cleanup and restoration process. We are trained in the cleanup and care of your home and property, SERVPRO of Braun Station utilizes the knowledge and experience of 38 years of business to properly clean up damage caused by a leaking water heater or washing machine.

    Let SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals help you.

    Fire and Smoke Damage? Water or Flood Damage? In the greater San Antonio area? SERVPRO of Braun Station can help

    3/17/2014 (Permalink)

    General Fire and Smoke Damage? Water or Flood Damage? In the greater San Antonio area? SERVPRO of Braun Station can help SERVPRO of Braun Station drying a residential water loss in San Antonio, TX

    SERVPRO® of Braun Station understands that no damage is small when it comes to your home.

    Your home is truly a reflection of you, your tastes and your personality. Suffering damage to your home can feel like a part of you has been damaged as well. We recognize a loss can make you feel vulnerable, invaded or robbed of part of your life. Your loss is unique—in how it started, the emotions experienced and the extent of the damage.

    When damage affects your home, you want it to be restored to pre-loss condition. You cannot afford to let the marketability of your home be affected. That is why SERVPRO® has professionally restored property for over 40 years.

    SERVPRO® is the trusted choice for hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, because they know SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals have the experience to do the job right.

    • Recognized Industry Leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration
    • SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals Serving America Since 1967
    • Over 1,500 Locations Nationwide

    IICRC* Approved School for 5 Cleaning and Restoration Categories:

    • Fire
    • Water
    • Carpet
    • Upholstery
    • ASD (Applied Structural Drying)
    • Insurance protection
    • Exclusive products and equipment
    • Extensive training programs
    • Safety compliance
    • Complete documentation, no surprises
    • Defined work processes
    • Active customer communication
    • Fast work completion

    SERVPRO® is a company with the resources and experience to be a national leader in cleaning and restoration.

     When you call SERVPRO® of Braun Station, you can expect:

    • Fast Response. . . . . . . . . . Uniformed technicians will arrive on-site usually within four hours of notification.
    • Damage Containment. . . . . Timely response can mean the difference between restoring property and replacing it.
    • Extensive Experience.. . . . SERVPRO® has been a leading provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration for over 40 years.
    • Vast Resources. . . . . . . . . . SERVPRO® has large loss capabilities and can handle any fire or water damage—no matter how big.

    CHECK US OUT! WE’LL DO IT RIGHT!

    Our Goal:

    • To make you feel Like it never even happened.®
    • Minimize customer interruptions
    • Complete the job properly
    • Provide regular updates on progress
    • Restore the property to pre-loss condition in most cases
    • Insurance protection
    • Exclusive products and equipment
    • Extensive training programs
    • Safety compliance
    • Complete documentation, no surprises
    • Defined work processes
    • Active customer communication
    • Fast work completion

    When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back. 

    #SERVPRO #waterrestoration #firedamage

    San Antonio Residents SERVPRO of Braun Station would like to help with your disaster preparedness

    3/14/2014 (Permalink)

    Community San Antonio Residents SERVPRO of Braun Station would like to help with your disaster preparedness SERVPRO of Braun Station is always ready to help our neighbors in the greater San Antonio area as well as aid in STORM events throughout the country.

    In order to be fully prepared, you should have all pertinent and proper information in a written plan for easy retrieval.  Some key questions to consider when creating a personal emergency preparedness plan include:

  • Do you have an escape or evacuation route in place?
  • Do you have a designated meeting place in case of separation?
  • Does everyone have a list of contact information including family members out of state who can serve as a point of contact?
  • Do you have a disaster supply kit with necessary supplies?
  • Do you have a first aid kit that includes necessary prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines and basic medical supplies?
  • Do you have enough non-perishable food and bottle water?
  • Do you have access to important family documents, including insurance policies, bank, credit card and loan information and family records such as birth certificates and social security cards?
  • Do you have an inventory of valuable household goods?
  • A well-equipped disaster supply kit should include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Water- a large enough supply to provide each person with 1 gallon daily for drinking and sanitation.
  • Food- enough to last 3-7 days. Food need to be non-perishable or canned food.  You will also want to include a non-electric can opener, paper plates, and plastic utensils.
  • Bedding including sheets, blankets, and pillows
  • Clothing- remember it may be warm, however, you may be working and cleaning and may prefer pants or long sleeves to protect your skin.  You will also need sturdy, closed-toe, non-slip shoes if available.
  • First aid kit including antiseptics or sanitizers and bandages, over-the-counter and prescription medications.
  • Extra flashlights and batteries.  Oil lanterns also provide a good source of light, if available.
  • Toiletries including toilet paper and hygiene items.  Hand sanitizers are also good to have on hand.
  • Battery-operated radio with extra batteries so you can listen to weather service announcements.
  • Cash- you will want some cash and small bills on hand as banks may not be open.
  • Emergency phone numbers and contact information including insurance agent, SERVPRO of Braun Station, and family contacts.
  • Tools, tarps, plastic sheets, trash bags, duct tape, etc. to help make minor repairs.
  • Important documents should be kept in a waterproof bag or plastic sealed container and should include insurance, medical and family records, birth certificates, social security cards, bank account information and a complete home inventory analysis.
  • Gas- fill your car's tank ahead of time if time permits. You may also want to fill plastic gasoline-approved container with gas to store.
  • Pet care items including food, leash and a carrier or cage.
  • Don't wait until it is too late; prepare now to help protect your family in an emergency or disaster situation.

    San Antonio, TX: Do you know what to do if your home or office sustains fire damage? See the tips below from you friends at SERVPRO of Braun Station

    3/12/2014 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage San Antonio, TX: Do you know what to do if your home or office sustains fire damage?  See the tips below from you friends at SERVPRO of Braun Station San Antonio: We at SERVPRO of Braun Station want you to be prepared in case fire damage occurs

    After a fire or smoke damage DO:

    ·         Limit movement of people in the structure to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets

    ·         Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.

    ·         Place dry, colorfast towels on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

    ·         If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely, and prop doors open to help prevent odors.

    ·         Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances. Then protect with a light coating of lubricant.

    ·         Pour RV antifreeze into sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs if heat is off during freezing season.

    ·         Gently wash both sides of leaves on indoor plants.

    ·         Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until checked by a trained professional.

    ·         Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

    DON’T:

    ·         Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals at (210) 267-2159.

    ·         Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting with SERVPRO of Braun Station.

    ·         Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to the fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service person.

    ·         Consume any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. They may be contaminated.

    ·         Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock.

    ·         Send garments to the dry cleaner.  Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

    Northwest San Antonio, TX: Most water damage occurs from the water you don't see. SERVPRO of Braun Station is ready to help!

    3/10/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Northwest San Antonio, TX: Most water damage occurs from the water you don't see. SERVPRO of Braun Station is ready to help! Utilizing advanced technology SERVPRO of Braun Station in San Antonio can perform the water remediation needed to alleviate water damage to your home.

    Oftentimes homeowners will try to remove water themselves, but with any leak it's the water you don't see that causes the most damage. Your home should be your place of rest.  But when water begins leaking- even small leaks in areas you can't see- your home could quickly become a source of stress.  The possibility of harmful mold, rot and unseen damage may affect the value of your home and the health of your loved ones. There are several areas of the home that can be affected by a small water leak that you cannot see. These areas include the sheathing, wall studs, drywall, insulation, interior area, carpet, baseboard, carpet padding, bottom wall plate, sub-floor, floor joist, sill plate, and even foundation. 

    SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals understand how disruptive water damages can be for your entire family and will help ensure the water is identified, regardless of where it hides. That's why we offer 24-hour emergency responses by trained, uniformed restoration professionals.  With top-of-the-line equipment and time-tested cleanup and restoration techniques. SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals have the expertise to help make your house feel like home again.

    After all, when it comes to your home and your family, even small disasters can feel like huge problems. So if water damage occurs in your home, just call SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159. We are ready to help. 

    San Antonio Residents: SERVPRO of Braun Station understands the trauma of home fire damage

    3/7/2014 (Permalink)

    Your home contains many of your most valuable possessions.  SERVPRO of Braun Station in San Antonio, TX understands the trauma that follows a home fire.  When fire damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back.
    We provide many fire restoration services including:

  • Contents Services: one of the primary priorities in fire restoration is to complete an accurate inventory to help ensure you can properly account for all of your belongings.  SERVPRO of Braun Station can provide a detailed room-by-room inventory of contents including digital photographs, suitable for filing insurance claims forms and relieving you of this often stressful and time consuming process.
  • Move Outs- if your home has suffered extensive damage, the cleanup and restoration process may need to be facilitated by relocating the contents for cleaning, deodorization, and storage while structural repairs are being completed.  A supervised moving crew can carefully pack and move the entire contents of your home.
  • Contents Cleaning- all of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized.  SERVPRO of Braun Station begins by carefully inspecting and testing all materials to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate.  SERVPRO of Braun Station can provide wet or dry cleaning.  Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to as near as preloss condition as possible. 
  • Structural Cleaning services including ceiling, wall and flooring cleaning based on pretesting to determine the best method of cleaning
  • Deodorization: SERVPRO of Braun Station provides specialized services that rid your home of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.  
  • As a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration, our number one goal is returning damage to its preloss conditions, doing all we can to make it "Like it never even happened."

    San Antonio Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Home Cleanup and Restoration!

    3/5/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage San Antonio Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Home Cleanup and Restoration! This San Antonio home’s bedroom flooded due to heavy rains.

    A home can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. The first floors of homes are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building. There are a number of reasons why your San Antonio home could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more
  • If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At  - (210) 267-2159

    A storm sewer backup caused the flooding in this San Antonio home. San Antonio had received over 12 inches of rain in less than a week and that overwhelmed the system.

    In less than five days we had the home dry. We use advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine you’re your home’s structure is actually dry.

    If water damage is handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

    We are Flooded Home Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
  • Home Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help - (210) 267-2159 

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in San Antonio, TX

    3/3/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in San Antonio, TX San Antonio residents: We provide fast service day or night!

    SERVPRO of Braun Station provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in San Antonio, TX. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
  • Have Questions? Call Us Today – 210-267-2159

    Residential Services

    Whether your San Antonio home needs emergency flood damage or your carpets cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  •  Commercial Services

    There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your San Antonio commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we has the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Friends in San Antonio do you know what you should do if you experience a water damage at your home or office?

    2/26/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Friends in San Antonio do you know what you should do if you experience a water damage at your home or office? SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help those in the greater San Antonio, TX area 24/7

    1.  SAFETYSERVPRO of Braun Station’s number one priority and what you should do first

    a.  Ensure that it is safe to enter into the premises.

    b.  Electricity is one of the most dangerous situations in regards to water. An electricity check should be made to ensure that the water is not in direct contact with any electricity. DO NOT enter the premises until this is resolved.

    c.  Slip/ fall dangers: remember that water makes floor surfaces incredibly slippery, so ensure that you are wearing the proper shoes to prevent slips

    d.  Use caution when trying to move items that are saturated with water as they will be heavier than usual

    2. Turn off the water source- as water is allowed to continue running it is continuing to damage your home or office

    3. Contact SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159- the faster we arrive, the faster we can make it like “it never even happened”

    4. Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

    5. Wipe excess water from wood furniture

    6.  PLace aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting

    7.  Turn the air conditioner off

    8.  Remove colored rugs and/or drapery from wet carpeting

    9.   Gather loose items from the floors

    10.  Remove art objects to a safe, dry place

    It is our hope that you never have to use these tips, but it is always better to be prepared. If you have any questions please feel free to call us at (210) 267-2159.

    What can SERVPRO of Braun Station do for me as a homeowner?

    2/24/2014 (Permalink)

    Oftentimes we are asked how exactly can we help you?  

    Here are some answers to commonly posed questions:

    We can help with your water event; but what is a water event anyways? 

      A water event is any time that water is in a place within your house that it is not supposed to be.  Some common examples include: dishwasher overflow, pipe burst, flood water, roof leak, washing machine overflow, toilet overflow, washing machine line break, AC leak, refrigerator/ freezer leak, etc.  If you see water that is not supposed to be there, give us a call at (210) 267-2159.

    So, what exactly will you do for my water event?

      We will have certified, background cleared professionals that come out for FREE to scope* (inspect) your home within four hours of your call, day or night, to determine where the water has caused damage.

    But won't this inspection cause further damage?

      We use non-invasive moisture meters and a thermal imaging camera to find the hidden water and hidden damage, so no additional damage is caused to your home.

    Well, then what will you actually do?

      We will then, per IICRC guidelines (our governing body) and our 46 years of experience as the industry leading water mitigation company, dry your home to make it "like it never even happened."  We work with all insurances companies and will make sure that both you and your insurance know what is going on to help put your mind at ease.

    What if I don't have insurance?

      Have no fear, SERVPRO of Braun Station is here!  We accept all major credit cards and will work directly with you on payment arrangements.

    I didn't have a water event, so how else can you help me?

      We also help with fire damages and smoke damages.  A fire is a traumatic event in anyone's life and we work with you to get your life back to normal as soon as possible.  We will come into your home to perform a FREE*scope (inspection) of your home and let you know what needs to be done within four hours of your initial call.  At a minimum, fires typically require soot removal/ cleaning of all affected areas and deodorization.  We make sure that everything is done completely so that the trauma is as short lived as possible. 

    What else do you do?  I have never experienced a water event or a fire at my house, so why should I call you?

      We also do:

    • Carpet Cleaning
    • Air duct cleaning
    • Bio-hazard clean-up
    • Crime scene clean-up
    • Vandalism clean-up
    • Sewage clean-up

    What areas do you service?

      We have worked all around the country, including the recent Colorado floods.  On a day to day basis we work primarily within 50 miles of San Antonio, TX

    When are you available?

      We have someone available for water and fire damages twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

    *During regular business hours

    Love Trivia for this Valentine's Week

    2/10/2014 (Permalink)

    All about love today...

    The oldest known love song was written 4,000 years ago

    The number one flower of love? The red rose

    Historical active ingredient in perfume? Sweat (That's not very lovely)

    What generates the most money in the U.S. romance novels or baseball? Romance novels

    The Taj Mahal in India was a memorial to the emperor's wife. Talk about a magnificent gift of love.

    What fruit is the symbol of love? The apple.

    Have a lovely day!

    Traveling SERVPRO of Braun Station

    1/8/2014 (Permalink)

    We have a crew in route to Mississippi. They are going to help with the freeze storm that has recently hit half of the country.  We are so glad that we are able to be the traveling SERVPRO and help people. As always, we are still available to help those in our local San Antonio area of the world too. 

    Happy Holidays!

    12/23/2013 (Permalink)

    We at SERVPRO of Braun Station wanted to wish everyone Happy Holidays!!!

    Did you know in San Antonio?

    12/11/2013 (Permalink)

    Did you know that SERVPRO of Braun Station offers other services beyond water and fire restoration?  Just in time for the holidays we wanted to let you know that we also do carpet cleaning as well as deodorization and duct cleaning.  Call us at (210) 267-2159 for our current specials.

    Holiday Fire Safety for San Antonio, TX

    12/5/2013 (Permalink)

    With the holidays quickly approaching, we at SERVPRO of Braun Station wanted to give you some quick tips to help insure that you have a safe holiday season.



    • One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.

    • A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of Christmas tree fires.

    • More than half (56%) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle.

    • Choose decorations that are fire resistent

    • Check if lights are intended for indoor or outdoor use.

    • Connect no more than three strands of mini-light sets and a maximum of 50 screw-in bulbs. Read the manufacturers instructions for the number of LED strands to connect.

    • Replace strings of lights if they have worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.

    • Keep trees away from heating appliances

    Upcoming CE class reminder in San Antonio, TX

    11/15/2013 (Permalink)

    We still have a few spots for those who are in need of continuing education credits.  The class is scheduled for next Wednesday the 20th beginning at 9am at



    Best Western Ingram Park

    6855 Northwest Loop 410

    San Antonio, 78283

    Please contact at (210) 267-2159 to register.

    Large Loss in San Antonio, TX

    11/6/2013 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Braun Station is ready to handle all losses, large or small.  This past weekend we had the privilege of working at a local resort that was flooded during the recent rains.  The picture shows some of the extent of the water damage.  Remember there is no job is too big or small, we can handle them all.

    Crews hard at work in a water damage in San Antonio, TX

    10/25/2013 (Permalink)

    We take pride in our work at SERVPRO of Braun Station.  Our guys were busy this week. This photo shows them in their PPE's busily working on a home that had water damage in San Antonio, TX.

    New CE class in San Antonio, TX

    10/18/2013 (Permalink)

    FREE CE Class in Ethics coming up:

    This course will be covering the ethical situations that may arise on and off the job. Each and every day are faced with decisions that we make that could cause harm to others, or ourselves. Facing ethical decisions can be a very difficult, especially with the types of decisions that may seem correct at first, but we later find out were not so great.

    The course will also lead into many topics of discussion that will cause you to truly evaluate what it is that leads you to certain decisions that you will or have made. We will discuss workplace instances that may challenge us on what we feel morally is the right thing to do. We also will explore different definitions to words that we use in conjunction with our ethical decision-making.

    Date: November 20, 2013

    Please RSVP to (210) 267-2159, class size is limited

    BINGO Winner in San Antonio, TX

    10/8/2013 (Permalink)

    Community BINGO Winner in San Antonio, TX Congratulations!!!

    We wanted to congratulate our recent BINGO winner Shawn Schreck from Koehler Insurance Agency

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Leon Valley, TX

    10/1/2013 (Permalink)

    Community Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Leon Valley, TX Early detection saves lives

    SERVPRO of Braun Station wants to remind everyone to think pink this month.  We are dedicated to breast cancer awareness and want to remind all of the women in San Antonio, TX and worldwide to perform monthly self-exams. 

    Water Removal

    9/23/2013 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Water Removal San Antonio, TX SERVPRO of Braun Station

    Have you ever came home to standing water?
    Perhaps you just enjoyed a long 3 day weekend out of town only to come home to find water gushing out of your front door?

    Unfortunately, these things happen, and often times can come at the most inopportune times.

    Fortunately, SERVPRO of Braun Station is here to help.  We like to assure people that even if you aren't prepared for a water event to happen SERVPRO always is!

    We have the knowledge and experience to help in whatever your situation is, so, even if your kitchen is flooded don't be afraid, give us a call and we'll take care of it all!

    Even if a water damage is a very stressful event for any person be assured that when we arrive you can sit back and relax, we have it covered.  Let us take care of the work and hardships so you don't have to.  We'll be happy to make it "Like it never even happened."

    Happy Pirate Day to all you land lovers in San Antonio, TX

    9/19/2013 (Permalink)

    General Happy Pirate Day to all you land lovers in San Antonio, TX Don't let water ruin your ship.

    Ahoy! It's National Talk Like a Pirate Day!
    Avast! There is a severe weather alert in our area of the world. Arrrgh!
    Watch out for heavy rainfall and give us a call if you get into any troubles.

    SERVPRO of Braun Station is always smartly (quickly for the non-pirate folks) at the ready.

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

    9/10/2013 (Permalink)

    General HAPPY ANNIVERSARY wooohooo!

    We are celebrating our one year anniversary today.  Just wanted to tell everyone thank you for a successful first year and many more to come!

    Facebook

    9/10/2013 (Permalink)

    Come check out our facebook page and like us we periodally have coupons and events. 

    Stay up to date with us we post current events and community projects we are working on.

    Please like us on Facebook.

    SERVPRO of Braun Station at Great Northwest Home Improvment Showcase

    9/6/2013 (Permalink)

    Come join us September 14-15 at the Great Northwest Home Improvment Showcase located at 8809 Timber Wilde Dr. in San Antonio.  Free Admission.

    We will be having a seminar which will go in depth on the services that SERVPRO of Braun Station offers.  Including water and fire restoration as well as the other useful services we can provide such as carpet cleaning and deodoration.

    We will have a booth set up to answer any questions you may have and also free giveaways.

    The showcase will also feature other booths to help you with your home improvement needs.

    Come swing by to learn more about what SERVPRO of Braun Station can do for you!

    Find out why SERVPRO of Braun Station is a better Restoration Vendor.

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