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What Is a Flood Cut?

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

What Is a Flood Cut?

Whether you’re dealing with flooding for the first time in San Antonio, Texas or you’re a veteran storm survivor, there’s always something new to learn. While reading about restoration options, the term “flood cut” may have peaked your interest. Here’s why professionals consider it an essential mitigation technique.

Damage Isn’t Always Obvious

Once a storm has passed and you survey the wreckage, it’s easy to see how high the water level reached. Before you start the demolition stage, though, it’s important to consider a subtle aspect of tear out projects. In the case of drywall, the flooding was likely wicked up well above the visible dirt line. That’s why the standard flood cut for discarding damaged walls is 12 inches above the high water mark.

Amplifying Your Circulation Area

Even after the waters have receded, you’ll need to work fast to get rid of excess indoor humidity. Those who don’t act decisively risk dealing with widespread contamination and greater repair costs. For this reason, your cleanup and restoration company will put an air movement plan into place. To decide how many fans are needed, where to place them and at what velocity they should be run, a professional will calculate an evaporation rate based on the following parameters:

Current ambient humidity
Wet material temperature
Air movement across moist surfaces
Water vapor pressure differential
Wet surface accessibility

By using flood cut to open walls well past the water line, you’ll be in a better position to prevent additional damage to structural members and utilities that were left vulnerable by the storm and its aftermath. It’s also part of the process of removing unpleasant odors from your building.

Take Back the Control

Although you may have done everything in your power to take the needed precautions, flooding makes it necessary to work incessantly to get your site back into shape. Extended cuts are key to doing a thorough job to make your facility look and smell like new again. Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on flooding.

What Is the Best Way to Address Fire Damage?

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

What Is the Best Way to Address Fire Damage?

After a house fire in San Antonio, Texas you may feel overwhelmed or confused about how to manage the many tasks before you. This is understandable—you need to deal with fire damage, water damage, insurance processes, home security, and even meeting your family’s basic needs. It may help to think of your fire emergency similarly to a medical emergency, and the fire restoration like a period of physical healing.

First Aid

You have probably dealt with a medical emergency or acute injury. First, you need the help of a trained professional. With a fire emergency, the process is much the same.
First aid for your fire means calling for help immediately. Obviously, call the fire department or 911 to put out the flames and assist in evacuation.
Next call your insurance company and a recognized disaster relief group, like The American Red Cross or the Salvation Army.
In the same way an emergency medical team would stop the bleeding or immobilize a broken bone, a reputable fire restoration service can help board up entrances to stop potential looting and advise you how to avoid further damage after the fire.

Follow Up Care

Follow up care by your regular physician is the next step after an emergency room visit, and consulting a professional restoration company is the next step after a house fire. Choose trusted professionals for repairing fire damage and water damage.
The amount of water damage often takes homeowners by surprise—a fire hose delivers a lot of water to put out the flames, and the water does its own damage. Generally, a restoration company needs to dry your home and remove soot and smoke before the remaining cleanup begins. Premature attempts by homeowners to salvage belongings often does more harm than good because smoke and soot can be permanently set into many textiles, often just by touching them.

Recuperation

Just as an injured person usually requires a recuperation period, a family needs time to recover after a house fire. Even after the fire damage has been repaired and the smoke cleaned, it will take patience and effort to return everything to normal.
Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on fire damage.

Keep Mold at Bay While You’re on Vacation

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Keep Mold at Bay While You’re on Vacation

Mold prevention is a year-round affair, and there are plenty of useful steps you can take to keep the black stuff away from your home. You practice good housekeeping and pay attention to critical maintenance to your plumbing, HVAC systems and other structures to avoid water damage. Mold growth doesn’t take a vacation, however, just because you do. With that in mind, you should adopt some useful procedures to sidestep this nasty, destructive fungus while you’re away from your home in San Antonio, Texas for your much-needed getaway.

Turn Your Water Off

Unexpected pipe leaks while you’re gone can prove to be disastrous. Mold prevention relies on you sidestepping the possibility of water damage, so cutting off your home’s water supply ensures that your plumbing isn’t to blame. The main water valve will either be in your basement, inside a closet in the front of your home, along an outside wall or behind a removable panel indoors.

Rethink Your HVAC Settings

The conventional wisdom is to shut off your AC if you’re away during the summer, but that may not be your best option to inhibit mold growth. Since warmth can encourage it to flourish, keep in mind that you can raise your temperature to cut back on energy usage, but don’t turn off your AC completely. For the best mold prevention, set your AC to around 78 degrees.

Keep an Eye on Your Humidity

Since excess moisture is a prime ingredient for mold propagation, you must keep your home’s humidity levels in check. Purchase a humidity monitor, and ensure that your readings stay between 35 and 55 percent. Moreover, start your monitoring well before you leave for your getaway. If levels rise to 60 percent or higher, it’s time to find the source of the extra moisture.

Following these steps should give you some peace of mind while you’re away, but don’t forget to keep your water damage restoration experts in San Antonio, Texas on speed dial. In addition to providing more mold prevention tips, they can perform cleanup and restoration should the unthinkable happen during your trip.
Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on mold.

Mold Damage in San Antonio, Texas

11/26/2017 (Permalink)

Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present.  An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of molds and other organisms, causing a public health problem.  The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from molds are an important reason to prevent moisture problems leading to mold growth.  It is especially important to clean up existing indoor mold growth to increase property appeal and retain its value.  If a property has experienced a water intrusion, your SERVPRO Franchise Professional can inspect the damage to see whether moisture has penetrated materials or is allowing mold growth.

CONTROL MOISTURE - REDUCE MOLD

Prior to listing a property, the following steps can be taken to reduce the potential for moisture buildup or mold growth.  Should a damage event occur, timely response is the key to preventing further damage - act within the first 24 to 48 hours.

*  Correct any water leaks or standing water

*  Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units

*  Properly maintain humidifiers, if used

*  Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials

*  Steam cleaning and other methods involving moisture should not be used on any kind of duct work

*  Install a ventilation system

If you have any questions about possible mold in your home or office, please give SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.  Let them know you read about us on the blog.

Advantages of SERVPRO Ready Profile

11/26/2017 (Permalink)

Most every business worth their salt has an emergency plan.  But how readily available is it for all those who need to know the most important aspects of their buildings?  

SERVPRO is collaborating with the Red Cross to make sure the most basic and important emergency aspects of every building are readily available for all those who might need it.  And its absolutely FREE.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (or ERP) is a fantastic tool that your business can use that can be accessed via hard copy, desktop, tablet, or phone application.  Here's what it provides:

-- A no-cost assessment of your facility

-- A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in case of an emergency.

-- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.

-- Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

-- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

-- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

There is immense value in constructing an ERP for your business.  Contact SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch today to get your ERP started today at no cost to you.

Are you storm ready?

11/26/2017 (Permalink)

How to BE Storm Smart & Storm Ready

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 landfalling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damages. 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 severs 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. 

Build an Emergency Supply Kit

• Water (one gallon per person per day)

• Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)

• Manual can opener

• Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio

• Flashlight and extra batteries

• First aid kit

• Whistle to signal for help

• Clothing

• Dust masks or bandanas

• Plastic sheering, garbage bags and duct tape

• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

• Hygiene items

• Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank accounts information

• Cash

• Fire extinguisher

• Matches in a waterproof container

Contact ARE YOU STORM READY? 

How to BE Storm Smart & Storm Ready

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 landfalling deadly hurricanes 

Contact SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch for more 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 Alamo Ranch is here in the Holiday Season

11/26/2017 (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.

If a fire or water damage strikes your home or business during the holidays, give SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch a call.  They are on call 365 days a year, because we know disasters can't wait.

We are dedicated to help keep your holidays merry and bright.

Of course, if disaster does strike during the holiday season, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  After all, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is ready to help keep San Antonio homes merry and bright.

Advantages of Having an Emergency Ready Profile Application

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Most every business worth their salt has an emergency plan. But how readily available is it for all those who need to know the most important aspects of their buildings?

SERVPRO is collaborating with the Red Cross to make sure the most basic and important emergency aspects of every building are readily available for all those who might need it. Namely:

  • -- A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in case of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (or ERP) is a fantastic tool that your business can use that can be accessed via hard copy, desktop, tablet, or phone application.

There is immense value in constructing an ERP for your business.  Contact SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch today to get your ERP started today at no cost to you.

How to cleanup a home after a flooding?

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to cleanup a home after a flooding? flood cuts and drying equipment along corridor

Beginning the storm restoration procedures

Once the homeowner and the water restoration company have reached an agreement, the water restoration process begins. The kind of flood damage will determine the kind of equipment to be used for the storm restoration.

  1. A flood pump is used to remove all the standing water from basements and crawlspace.
  2. The crew will tear out the contaminated wet materials, such as drywall and carpets
  3. The home will be cleaned of all the debris and disposed of by our technicians.
  4. A spray disinfectant is then used on all the materials the might have had contamination.
  5. Finally the air movers and dehumidifiers are set strategically throughout the house to have it dried quickly.

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is dedicated to restoring homes in our community after storm damage.

Health Considerations After Flooding

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Health Considerations After Flooding A downed tree after a storm

What should I be worried about when going into my home after it's been flooded?

  1. Make sure the power is off to the home to avoid electric shock. The electricity could be running through the standing water.
  2. Be on the lookout for poisonous snakes, rats, and even stray pets. The animals will try and find a dry place and it might be your home.
  3. Flood water is considered "black water" due to the contamination it might carry. Backed up sewers, machine oils, and chemicals might be in the standing water in your home. Do not go in there without proper protection.
  4. Wet materials are more pliable and could break under the strain of a person. Be careful walking on saturated floors.