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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.”

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."

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 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.

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

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

    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 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.

    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.

    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 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. 

    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 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 .

    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, 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.

    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."

    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