Recent Storm Damage Posts

How Fallen Trees Can Cause Water Damage in Your San Antonio Home

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Fallen Trees Can Cause Water Damage in Your San Antonio Home Heavy storms and high winds have the potential to cause limbs from trees to fall and damage your home.

Tree Damages Can Cause Flooding for San Antonio Homes

For as inviting as the natural light can be to your San Antonio home, grand window layouts can also present potential threats when your home encounters one of the many severe storm systems expected throughout the year. When trees get pushed over or split due to excessive winds, lightning, or other damages, these significant additions to your property can find their way to the windows you have installed and break them out. As alarming as this situation might be, the flooding that can result from this exposed portion of your home can become even more threatening. 

There are many homes throughout the area and its smaller surrounding communities, so storm and flood damage in San Antonio after a severe storm can affect many properties simultaneously. While there are many steps to recovering your home after substantial damages like this, you need a team of professionals that can arrive fast with the expertise to handle all phases of the job through its completion. Our SERVPRO team offers comprehensive support in flood damage situations to handle mitigation, assessments, reconstruction, and final restoration work that returns your damaged home to preloss condition.

Our professionals can arrive quickly with the equipment to begin extraction while our licensed contractors board up the areas broken out from the wind or falling trees. We can remove the tree or its limbs from against your home as well to further protect it from continued water damages. Once mitigation completes, our contacting division can step in immediately to repair and reconstruct damaged areas of your property.

The faster that our SERVPRO team can get notified of the situation the better able we are to protect your home against threats from flood effects. In the right circumstances, many of the saturated materials and affected areas can get fully restored without the need for further demolition and reconstruction.

It is essential to secure professional restoration services immediately when disasters like this strike, as you are rarely the only home in the area affected by the severe weather. Our SERVPRO of Braun Station rapid response team can work to make flooding in your home “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (210) 267-2159.

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What is a Pack Out and How Does It Help with Flood Damage Restoration in San Antonio?

3/16/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What is a Pack Out and How Does It Help with Flood Damage Restoration in San Antonio? Use SERVPRO’s pack-out option to remove furniture from flooded areas of your home. This allows your home to dry faster.

San Antonio Residents Can Rely on Pack-Out for a Successful Flood Damage Restoration Outcome


Flooding in your San Antonio home can be a brutal experience. Central Texas from Dallas to San Antonio has the unfortunate nickname of “Flash Flood Alley.” Heavy rains can change the landscape from parched and afflicted by drought to many feet deep in dangerous moving water in a short time. If your home is in the path of a flash flood both the structure and the contents of your dwelling can be at risk.

One of the ways residents improve their odds for successful recovery from flood damage in San Antonio is to take advantage of our pack-out option. Removing furnishings and household and personal possessions immediately have dual benefits. The articles chosen for pack-out can receive specialized attention while the structure and fixtures can be dried out more efficiently emptied of these items.

SERVPRO uses a well-designed and detailed protocol to inventory and track items our technicians remove from the flooded areas of your home. Our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) utilizes digital documentation paired with lists and a barcode system to keep track of the possessions we transport to our production facility.

Evaluation of the flood damage done to pack-out inventory permits SERVPRO to keep you and your insurance company apprised of articles we can save, including the methods used, and which we determine are unsalvageable. Our production technicians use innovative cleaning and drying techniques to rescue items you might consider ruined. We have freeze drying for paper and thermal chambers for electronics.

Removing a significant amount of furniture and stored items from the flooded levels of your home makes it much less stressful to remove water and design structural drying configurations. Heavy furniture and a wide range of stored items otherwise would need to be continuously moved as the water removal and drying occurs. SERVPRO technicians can reposition equipment more efficiently, and the soaked items out of the space cannot contribute to higher humidity levels in the work area. 

SERVPRO of Braun Station is ready to help residents struggling with the challenges of overland flash-flooding. Call for an assessment and discuss a pack-out plan at (210) 267-2159.

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Avoid Remediation Delays When Affected by San Antonio Flood Damage

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

How to Keep Floodwater Removal in San Antonio Manageable

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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.

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. 

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

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.

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 

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.

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 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 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

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.

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.” 

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.

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.

 

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: 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.

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.”

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

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.

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. 

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.

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 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."

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."

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.

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

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/

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.

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!”

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.