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

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Green Fleet Parked on the street in front of tall buildings. Why Call SERVPRO for Water Loss Mitigations—Large or Small? The Cavalry Has Arrived—We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster

Why SERVPRO Provides Peace of Mind During Flood Damage Cleanup in San Antonio

When flash flooding impacts your San Antonio home, you need a fast response, not a shopping list of equipment, cleaners, and disinfectants. Mitigating and remediating the harm from floodwaters invading your lower levels, foundation, or crawl space requires both specialized training and the tools of the disaster restoration trade. These requirements are why new and returning customers seek out our services.

Safety During Flooding Response

Because mud, silt, other debris, infectious waste, chemicals, and dead animals and insects can contaminate your San Antonio home during flood damage, numerous safeguards must be in place during cleanup. First and foremost, the water of any category presents a hazard. Slips and falls, electrical shock, and even drowning are possible if responders are not prepared with a comprehensive understanding of the risks when wading into floodwaters. Illness and reactions to pathogens and chemical agents swept into your home are a significant source of concern. The need to follow the restoration industry best practices is critical. Our familiarity with and commitment to utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) and proper containment, removal, and disposal protocol are why we can deliver rapid results that meet or exceed local regulations and standards.

Comprehensive Understanding of Psychrometry

The science of drying or psychrometry is the foundation of our work in the flood recovery industry. If the principles of psychrometry are poorly understood or research-based protocols are not followed, the progressive deterioration of building materials is inevitable, and secondary damage like mold outbreaks are probable. Our employees’ mastery of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework on flood damage mitigation and remediation is why SERVPRO is an industry leader. Every phase in our assessment and project planning process is grounded in a firm grasp of the current drying theories standardized by the IICRC. The steps our certified technicians take to complete the multitude of tasks needed to make it “Like it never even happened” are carefully prioritized and completed professionally.

Flood Damage Recovery for Both Structure and Contents

Our full-spectrum range of services includes specialized evaluation, scoping, and strategies for flood damage to your house and also to the furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions that make it a home. Providing solutions to flooding damage that embraces both building materials and contents is why SERVPRO is a trusted disaster partner in the region.

Learn why SERVPRO of Braun Station is a reliable and reputable flood damage asset when you call (210) 267-2159 as the waters begin to recede. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and eager to prove the benefits of selecting our services.

Using Our Truck-Mount Pump Extractor in San Antonio Homes

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Living Room with puddles of water on the flooring. Flood damage in your San Antonio home? No worries SERVPRO will be there in a flash for all your water damage needs.

We know the right ways to handle your San Antonio flood damage.

While much of the greater San Antonio area combats bouts of drought annually, these same instances can be responsible for substantial flood losses when torrential downpours happen after long periods without rain. Flash flooding can occur before ground saturation has an opportunity to occur, threatening all homes and businesses in the path of the migrating water. In some situations, homes can contend with several inches of standing water on the main floor of the house. 

With many properties in the outer-lying metropolis constructed as single-story ranch houses, flood damage to San Antonio residences can encompass the entire household simultaneously. Addressing these threats as quickly as possible is the priority of our SERVPRO flood recovery team, as the less saturation and exposure that occurs, the less tear-out and reconstruction that your property ultimately needs. While we have an in-house division of licensed contractors to address structural concerns, our objective is to restore before replacing. 

While we have dozens of extraction tools and devices that we use to address standing water in various scenarios and severities, the worst potential flood loss situations demand the use of our truck-mount pump tanker truck. This high-capacity unit can forcefully remove standing water down to a two-inch depth, where our SERVPRO team would traditionally begin using wet-vacs and light wands to collect the rest of the remaining water in the damaged region. 

Because this extractor is part of our Green Fleet of service vehicles, it can roll out with our team of certified Water Restoration (WRT) and Structural Drying (ASD) specialists. We can place it near available entry points to ensure that our lead out hoses can reach wherever the problem areas are in the single-story flooded residence.   

As challenging as flood loss can seem, you have a team of qualified professionals to help with mitigation, reconstruction, restoration, and cleaning to make these losses “Like it never even happened.” The fast solutions for water removal during a flood hinge on our powerful and effective truck-mount options in our extractor inventory. Our SERVPRO of Braun Station team is standing by 24/7 by calling (210) 267-2159. 

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Why Risk Secondary Water Damage to Your San Antonio Home? SERVPRO Removes the Threat of Hidden Moisture

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Dehumidifiers, Air Movers, Drying Mat positioned on a Hardwood Floor in Leon Valley, Texas The Advanced Drying Equipment Is Just Another Reason Why SERVPRO Is the Answer to Water Damage in Your San Antonio Home

The Difference Between DIY Water Damage Cleanup and Professional Extraction in San Antonio Properties

Limiting loss is the reason to begin water damage cleanup as soon as possible. Unfortunately, water moves quickly and runs downward. It is challenging to determine migration paths without professional equipment.

Often San Antonio homeowners start water damage cleanup and soon find they need assistance. Water degrades by absorbing contacted materials as it sits within a property and, after 48-hours, receives the designation of black water, a category three biohazard, which is why cleanup should happen as quickly as possible after the initial event.

Why SERVPRO?

The technicians have extensive training for water extraction and the restoration of homes affected by water damage. For example, solid wood table legs may look like a loss with swelling from water exposure, but your SERVPRO technician has both the techniques and experience to give that piece of furniture restoration potential rather than have it counted as a loss. This action saves money on the purchase of a replacement. This is content preservation.

Locating Water Within the Home

Unless homeowners have access to different types of moisture detection equipment, there is no way to determine if water has migrated within floor joists or wall cavities without the removal of baseboards or portions of the flooring. SERVPRO technicians bring several types of moisture detection equipment that have sensitivity levels to detect moisture within walls and other hidden areas without the need for removal of the sheetrock or baseboards. Both pointed and flat moisture meters, infrared camera imaging, and thermo-hygrometers are in the SERVPRO arsenal of scoping and detection devices.

Professional Water Extraction is a Must

DIY water cleanup leaves the property at risk of both mold development and foul odors. SERVPRO has different kinds of equipment to use for various surfaces. Portable pumps with weighted extractor heads push the water out of carpet and padding, while squeegees are an efficient way to collect the water on tile or laminate floors.

Drying Equipment Makes the Difference

You can use every fan in your home and even borrow a few to dry wet floors, but generally, only the surface dries. SERVPRO uses centrifugal air movers, and it is not just a pretty name. These specialized pieces of equipment blow air at such high velocities, it causes embedded moisture to rise where industrial dehumidification equipment captures and ports it away. The result is a dry water loss area from top to bottom. The drying goals are to achieve acceptable moisture content levels (typically 12% or less) in materials and an ambient RH of about 50%.

At the first sign of water damage, contact SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159. The certified technicians stand ready to assist local homeowners with any kind of water loss and make it "Like it never even happened."

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Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Fire Damage Restoration In San Antonio

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van in parking lot Our certified technicians are ready 24/7 to handle your fire damage restoration. We have the expertise, equipment and experience.

Speed and Full-Spectrum Service Are Why SERVPRO Is San Antonio’s Fire Damage Solution

A fire in your San Antonio home is a crisis, hard to manage without professional skills, training, and experience. Many interrelated tasks need completion during a tight time frame, which is why our multi-certified team of disaster recovery specialists fits the requirements of a fire loss project so well. Rather than lining up various contractors who specialize in niche restoration areas, we can deliver a complete mitigation and remediation package with no delays.

Fire Damage Includes Water Damage

The instances where household fire damage in San Antonio do not have water removal as a first job are nearly non-existent. Firefighters use water and chemicals to knock down fires, and the resulting mess of dirty, debris and soot-filled water is an expected complication. Our crews count as members employees who hold certifications as either or both Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) and Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT). Our ability to move seamlessly from water containment and removal to soot and smoke mitigation and remediation is why we complete fire damage projects successfully, on time, and following industry best practices.

Precautions Needed for Safe Fire Residue Recovery

Fire damage residues are highly toxic and corrosive, capable of discoloring paint and drywall, tarnishing metal, and etching ceramics and glass. When cleaning up after a fire loss, our employees must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). As we collect and contain the dangerous debris, our knowledge of local hazardous waste disposal requirements streamlines that part of the job. Limitation of the harmful effects of airborne chemicals, gases, and particulates is why SERVPRO typically uses a negative pressure air filtering scrubber system in work areas. 

Rapid Mitigation and Remediation of Fire Damage

Significant deterioration occurs to surfaces beginning within minutes to hours of a fire. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and this commitment is why SERVPRO receive high praise from our customers. We can scale up the number of crew members to ensure that evaluation of the different kinds of soot occurs quickly. We follow with prompt treatment, utilizing specifically matched cleaning products, tools, and methods.

Our dedication to creating a comprehensive and well-equipped fire disaster recovery team is why SERVPRO of Braun Station stands out in the region. Call (210) 267-2159 for assistance with all aspects of fire loss remediation.        

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How to Take the Headache Out of San Antonio Flood Damage Remediation

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storms can affect the area without warning and cause flood damage in your home. Your best recourse is to contact SERVPRO.

Why SERVPRO is the Flood Damage Remediation Go-To in San Antonio

Intense flooding is common in the San Antonio region, encouraged by the collision of moist, warm air from the Gulf with cooler air from the north. The air masses mix and often heavy rain results. The city’s location south of the Hill Country adds the concentration of the rain runoff from higher elevations to the situation. If your home finds itself in the path of one of the region’s flash floods you soon discover why we are a local flood remediation leader.

Since we live, work, and established our business in the area, we are extremely familiar with flood damage in San Antonio. More importantly, we commit to responding to flood calls fast and with a full complement of highly-qualified technicians and state of the art equipment. Our dedication and commitment to restoration best practices are why we deliver successful results even when the flooding is severe.

Flood damages can have long-term results when not mitigated swiftly. The structural integrity of your home can be compromised if the waters flowed in with great force. Water allowed to remain standing for longer than 24 to 48 hours exposes your home to the risk of mold damage. Years of experience and advanced training in flood damage restoration explains why SERVPRO is Faster to any size disaster, especially when it involves flood devastation.

Investment in skilled crewmembers and the most efficient equipment is why SERVPRO flood restoration projects resolve quickly and successfully. High-efficiency water extractors and pumps move the water out, and then air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers take center stage for structural drying. IICRC-trained technicians operate the equipment flawlessly, adjusting as needed to achieve the results desired.

Pack-outs of flooding scenes contribute to excellent outcomes. Water and debris removal and drying are easier in homes cleared of contents. The skill of our production facility technicians is why SERVPRO can surprise and delight customers who feared precious heirlooms, mementos, pictures, and documents were ruined. Document freeze-drying, specialized soft-article cleaning strategies, controlled thermal drying of furnishings, and immersion cleaning tanks are just a sampling of the strategies we use to return your life to normal after flooding.

SERVPRO of Braun Station awaits your call and pledges its best effort when flooding devastates your home. Call us at (210) 267-2159 day or night year round.

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Become Familiar With How SERVPRO Can Help Facilitate Water Damage Remediation Success in San Antonio

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Regardless of whether water damage starts from a storm or a pipe break, the experienced technicians at SERVPRO can effectively remediate any damage.

The Role of Our Cleaning Crew for Water Loss in San Antonio Homes

Water loss incidents that affect your San Antonio home present unique threats that homeowners often cannot manage or overcome on their own. From addressing spreading saturation to reducing the conditions necessary to facilitate mold growth, a rapid response to these emergencies is critical. Much like the response that you need to address the primary threats when the disaster first occurs, premier cleaning services like our team provides can help to address lingering effects after mitigation work completes.

All emergencies that create water damage in your San Antonio home require a fast response from trained IICRC-certified professionals like our SERVPRO team. As a large loss recovery team, we have a broad inventory of recovery equipment to provide fast extraction and efficient drying solutions for water damage incidents occurring in your area home. Our response team is available 24/7 to roll out at a moment’s notice for emergencies that threaten your property.

Cleanup and recovery often occur after these vital mitigation steps, and even follows reconstruction when necessary. Many of the preserved structural elements and flooring materials do require focused cleanup and restoration efforts to make these disasters “Like it never even happened.” With materials like carpeting, our team can utilize our advanced equipment for pre-rinse cleaning, hot water extraction, or steam cleaning to revitalize the look and feel of soiled carpets.

Likewise, reconstruction and restoration efforts can often leave debris, dust, and residues on surfaces that require focused cleaning to return to preloss condition. Our experienced SERVPRO professionals can work to scrub all exposed surfaces, clean hard flooring materials, deodorize contents and affected areas of your home, and address any other lingering concerns before the final walk-through with our customer to showcase the result of our efforts.

While mitigation work often is a focal point of restoring water damage in your home, we have many phases critical to returning your property to preloss condition. Our SERVPRO of Braun Station team offers comprehensive support from the initial inspection through the final walk-through, helping to save you money and time on restoring your damaged home. Give us a call anytime you need us at (210) 267-2159.

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Why SERVPRO for your Commercial Properties?

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Whether you serve customers on a daily basis or work from a private office, protecting your facility from water damage is essential for smooth daily operations. The following preventative measures can prepare your building for spring showers to come. Here is what you should know about preventing flooding at your facility.

3 Ways to Avoid Water Damage in Commercial Properties 

1. Schedule Basement Repairs

If your facility has a basement, don’t forget to periodically inspect it for foundation cracks or other issues. Make sure to have any cracks patched and caulked so the room isn’t flooded after the next heavy rainstorm. You can also install a sump pump to remove excess water as well. 

2. Improve Landscaping

Property elevation plays a big role in your risk for water damage. You can avoid potential flooding by altering your landscaping to ensure that water flows downhill and away from the building’s foundation. Use downspouts to direct water away from the building as well. You should also schedule a property assessment to identify flood-prone areas and then work with a landscaper to fix these issues.

3. Clear Drains & Gutters

It never hurts to look at the weather forecast. When you know rain is on the way, double check that all gutters, drains, and downspouts are clear of leaves and other debris. This way, you won’t have to worry about clogs causing water to back up and leak into the building.

If your facility has been affected by water damage, contact SERVPRO of Braun Station in San Antonio, TX. Serving Bexar County and the surrounding areas, they provide a variety of cleanup and restoration services, including for damage from fire, water, and mold. Locally owned and operated, their IICRC certified team seeks to treat each customer as a friend of the family to give you the best quality service. To learn more about how they can help your property, visit them online or call (210) 267-2159.

Why Immediate Water Removal is Necessary From Your San Antonio Home

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water loss events are damaging to hardwood floors and need immediate remediation.

Why Turn to SERVPRO For Water Removal in San Antonio

One of the biggest mistakes a San Antonio homeowner can make is to fail to arrange for professional removal and drying services when water invades. Water might seem unlikely to cause significant problems if it is clean and allowed to drain away, but it can infiltrate deeply and destroy building materials. A bucket and mop or a wet or dry vacuum is an inadequate substitute for the work of trained water mitigation technicians. Your home is worth too much to risk, why engaging our services is necessary.

The destructive effects on both structural components and contents are profound when unabated. Water removal in your San Antonio home must be done rapidly, assisted by the tools and training only a professional restoration company can supply.

Less than complete removal of the excess moisture from the water event invites continuing deterioration of drywall, ceiling tiles, flooring materials and more which is why SERVPRO technicians continually train in a wide range of strategies to extract as much water as possible. Pumps and wanded extractors suction the majority of water. We then take the remediation process one step further and use effective structural drying techniques to reduce increased moisture levels in porous materials.

Special handling gives the best results with materials like hardwood floors. Preserving beautiful and functional fixtures is why SERVPRO uses advanced equipment including drying mats to extract water more deeply. Taping down the mats creates a seal, and hoses attached to the mats connect to powerful suction. The mats are moved across the surface, extracting the remaining moisture from all layers of the flooring. Similar action pulls the moisture from other porous materials and gives access to cavities behind walls without significant flood cuts.

Throughout a water mitigation project, SERVPRO technicians measure and monitor moisture levels in the structural components of your home. These measurements assist us in establishing drying goals. Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers create conditions that move water into the air as vapor to be captured by evaporative or desiccant dehumidifiers for disposal. Eventually, the moisture returns to normal levels, and final restorations minimize the risk of mold growth or further deterioration.

Water removal is a job for the professionals, why SERVPRO of Braun Station is your reliable helper after a water loss. We are a call away at (210) 267-2159, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Why SERVPRO is Your Trusted Choice for Water Removal in San Antonio

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the equipment, experience, and training to quickly remove water from your home.

The Importance of a Game Plan for Water Removal in San Antonio

Coming home to a flooded property can cause homeowners to phone the first available supplier. These are high-pressure situations and, ultimately, a professional who can arrive quickly is the priority for a homeowner. However, using a provider who lacks the necessary expertise could result in longer-term problems than you may have expected, causing unnecessary time and expense.

Carrying out water removal in San Antonio begins with a phone call. At SERVPRO we operate our call-lines 24 hours a day so that residents in need can always reach out to us. Our technicians are all local to this area which reduces the amount of time you need to wait. As a national franchise, we can mobilize the resources to get you home back "Like it never even happened."

The process of getting rid of standing water involves deploying submersible gas-powered pumps. SERVPRO uses this equipment for any standing water issue that exceeds two inches. These pumps can be handy and remove water to a nearby open sewer point. After removing the excess pooling, we can begin to take a more accurate approach to remove moisture and dry saturated carpets, subfloors and wall cavities.

Portable or truck mounted extraction units are especially useful in home environments because they do not damage existing fittings which may become weaker when wet. These units contain heating elements, vacuum power, and agile wands to ensure we can dry areas thoroughly that may be smaller or difficult to access.

The final steps of our process are to deploy a combination of rapid air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers. The two-step solution works by first evaporating moisture into the air and then pulling the evaporated moisture out of the air to ensure restoring of the natural humidity levels. It is the final step in a tried and tested formula that has helped hundreds of homeowners deal with water removal, cleanup, and repair.

A game plan is an essential part of a proper restoration service, contact SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159 to find out why.

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Call the San Antonio Cleanup Team That's Faster To Any Size Disaster

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

There’s no such thing as a small disaster—especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot and other unseen damage. Water damage can affect the value of your property. Before you get out the mop bucket and try to clean it yourself, consider how the damage can affect your property.

SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals know how disruptive water damage can be for your business. Your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals are trained and equipped to manage the drying process. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which will help prevent secondary water damages.  With rapid response time and a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professionals can help you regain control quickly, ensuring your facility and its contents are properly dried, deodorized and protected.

Before you risk further damaging the value of your facility by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call your local San Antonio water damage cleanup and restoration professionals.

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

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Whether water damage affects your home from a pipe break or an external cause, contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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