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How to Mitigate the Water Damage in your Home

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

How to Mitigate the Water Damage in your Home

Water damage can be an unpleasant experience. When floods occur, restoration can cost you a fortune. While many mitigation measures exist, water cleanup and moisture removal are the most effective. Whether you are experiencing the leakages of water in home or office plumbing systems, you have to invest in the best restoration initiatives. Water cleanup can be a good remedy to stop the further absorption of water. The spillage of water in business premises can lead to the destruction of electronics, wooden floors, and the furniture. During the seasons of heavy rainfall, the risk of flood damage is always high. The best way to prevent the floods in the future is to improve the drainage system.

A reputable contractor will ensure that the storm water drains away from your home to prevent the seepage of water into the basement. The slope will also determine whether you will encounter the floods that could wreak havoc in your home. Water cleanup and extraction are some of the best solutions against flood damage. When you experience the seepage of water in home basement floors, you should consider cleaning the surfaces to prevent the damage. The water extraction specialists have the dehumidifiers that come in handy, especially when it comes to water extraction and restoration of the damaged sections of your home.

Emergency Water Removal

When water damage occurs in your home, one of the best way to begin the restoration is to hire the water extraction and drying equipment. Besides the extraction of water, you can invest in other mitigation measures such as cleaning and dehumidification. In the case of percolation of water in home floors and carpets, a dryer can come in handy in the prevention of mold growth. Drying the carpets and wooden surfaces will help you to salvage as many materials as possible as you undertake the repair.

Flood damage

Floods can also result to the percolation of water in business parking areas and basements. Water extraction can also help in the prevention of the respiratory problems that result from mold growth. Most of the companies that undertake the water cleanup have a standby team that eliminates the water in business and residential premises within a short time.

With the modern drying and extraction equipment, contractors can remove hundreds of gallons in a short while. Before you begin the home repair initiatives, you can stop further water damage by undertaking the following mitigation procedures:

• Assessing the extent of water damage and coming up with a reliable and cost-effective solution
• Disconnecting the electrical elements and switching off the main power supply
• Collecting the floating items such as documents and kitchen appliances
• Developing a formidable home repair regimen in the quest to prevent flood damage in the future
• Minimizing the seepage of water in home furniture, carpets, and appliances
• Reducing the percolation of water in business gadgets, surfaces, and floors
• Developing a mitigation regimen that reduces the cost of repair by salvaging the materials
• Introducing the modern water cleanup and extraction equipment in the quest to mitigate the consequences of flood damage

After extracting the water, the surfaces might appear dry. However, these surfaces require special drying techniques. Some companies have the equipment you require to find the hidden water pools that might cause extensive damage on the wooden surfaces. When it comes to water damage, extraction and drying are indispensable. However, these mitigation procedures cannot solve the problem completely. It is vital to remove the moisture from the areas that are hard to reach.

Excess moisture in such areas can cause the warping of floors, rotting of furniture, or the growth of mildew. You might require to move out for a while as the contractors undertake the job. It is vital to see what you can salvage in the quest to lower the cost of home repair. A contractor should address the current problem in a professional manner while taking the right measures to avoid such problems in the future. Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on water damage.

Major Components in Fire Damage Restoration

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Major Components in Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage restoration can be a lengthy and confusing process. Most people would not know where to begin the process of fire cleanup, or how to ensure that all fire damage is appropriately documented. When a fire in home or fire in business comes to mind, fire damage is an obvious first thought but other issues can include smoke damage and soot damage, all of which can contribute to commercial fire damage for business owners. If you are facing these difficulties, there are several steps you can take to begin addressing the situation.

When beginning the process of fire cleanup, the first thing you need to do is survey the existing structure for any holes through which weather exposure can occur. Holes in exterior walls, broken windows, and burned-through roofs are all examples of breaches through which additional damage can occur. When the interior of your property as well as your possessions are exposed to rain and wind, fire damage can be exacerbated and new damage can occur. So before you do any additional fire damage restoration, make sure to seal any breaches.

The next step in fire damage restoration is water removal. Water removal can be a major source of commercial fire damage, as water can destroy multiple pieces of property and wreak havoc on a structure following a fire in a business. Water can also create a significant hazard because standing water can carry disease and can house hidden, floating dangers. Because of this, it is essential that you wear water boots when removing water left over from the emergency response team. Catalog any items destroyed by water and drain the water using a vacuum.

After removing the water, examine your property for soot damage. Following a fire, burnt materials turn to ash and oil, causing soot damage. Soot can be found on many objects but can also get into small, hard-to-reach places. Be sure to catalog all objects with soot damage, and if the item is small and easily replaceable it is probably not worthwhile to try to restore it. Fire cleanup can be a lengthy process and simply discarding easily replaced items and cataloging them to keep record of the lost value is a better strategy than trying to reverse soot damage on every item you come across.

The next step of fire cleanup when addressing fire in a business or fire in a home is to examine the walls, ceilings, and floors for sustained damage. Fire damage affects an entire structure. In the case of fire in a home, be sure to look at all bedroom walls and be detailed. Minor damages can turn into larger damages over time. It is extremely important to be thorough both at home and following fire in a business. Note damage to building to help assess total commercial fire damage.

After looking at the structure, your last step in fire damage restoration is evaluating smoke damage. With fires in homes, possessions can sustain smoke damage as well as have lingering smoke smells. Smoke smells can make cloth items like clothing and linens unusable, and as with soot damage these things should be cataloged and discarded if they are inexpensive and replaceable. Smoke damage can also be a significant contributor to commercial fire damage, and all parts of a building should be examined for smoke smells, because smoke smells can have a major impact on customer experience.

If you approach cleanup with a level head and thorough understanding of the process, what is normally a long and overwhelming task can be made easier to handle. An eye for detail and consistent, thorough record-keeping will make this process better for you whether you own your own home or your own business.
Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on fire damage.

How to Handle Mold Damage Prior to the Professionals Arriving

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

How to Handle Mold Damage Prior to the Professionals Arriving

It takes less than 48 hours for mold damage to overtake a home. Whether it’s commercial mold damage or private, remediation is necessary right away. There’s little to no time to waste when mold, fungus, or mildew is discovered in a home or business. Mold removal service professionals recommend calling for remediation right away to discuss private or commercial mold damage and the remediation process before it has more time to grow. It’s imperative home owners call for mold removal help as soon as they recognize a smelly odor or see fungus or mildew in their home or office.

Why Not Wait?

A smelly odor or the presence of mildew might not worry most people. It’s common, particularly in locations where the weather is hot and the air humid, but there’s no time to waste. Mildew is an introduction to mold, and mold removal is best handled by way of prevention. A smelly odor is one many homeowners might attempt to mask with various forms of deodorization, but this doesn’t eliminate the problem. Wiping up mildew or disguising a smelly odor with deodorization is only going to mask it for the time being. It’s not going to solve the problem. Only remediation can do that in private and/or commercial mold damage situations.

Mold damage is common. Mold in the home, mold in the office, and mold anywhere else is common when the climate and circumstances are right. Mold in the home is most common in rooms where ventilation is not good, where humidity levels are high, and where any bit of moisture is able to rest. Mold in the home is not limited to basements and bathrooms, but many homeowners feel they have no need to worry about mold in the home anywhere else.

Why not wait to call for mold removal? In 48 hours, mold can grow from a small patch of what appears to be a little fungus or mildew and begin damaging the home. Mold in the home is dangerous enough when it’s minor, but allowing it to become a larger problem is damaging to the home. This is why calling for mitigation right away is the best solution.

How to Handle Mold at Home

The best way to handle mold at home while waiting for mold removal services to come out and handle mitigation is to stay away from it. There’s no reason to believe it might hurt a homeowner or business owner, but it’s always wise for people not to spend too much time present with mold. Mitigation will help, but it’s safest to steer clear of this issue while waiting on help to arrive.

The next best thing to do while waiting on mitigation is to turn of the HVAC and all fans. It might seem counterproductive to many, but it actually helps to stop the spread of more mold throughout the building. One of the worst things anyone can do when mold is present in the home is aim any air at it to dry it up. It only sends the mold spores growing in the mold to more locations helping it grow even faster.

Deodorization is not safe, and no one should attempt to dry, clean, or remove mold on their own. It's not safe to be near mold when it's not been determined if it's toxic. It's also not safe as this can cause further spread of mold. It's best handled by the pros.

It's not safe to use any sort of deodorization on mold when it's present, but it is safe to handle mold damage by calling the pros. Whether it's commercial mold damage or fungus in a private home, knowing how to handle the situation is safe and helpful.
Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on mold removal and remediation.

Restoration 101: Identifying & Repairing Damage-Prone Spots After Heavy Rain

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration 101: Identifying & Repairing Damage-Prone Spots After Heavy Rain Storm damage Hurricane Sandy New Jersey

While storms may be exciting to watch, their high winds and torrential rainfall can cause severe damage to homes and businesses. There are several things for restoration contractors to look out for following a heavy rain, such as roof or awning damage, water and mold damage, as well as clogged drainage systems outside the property.  Call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591 to assist with any water related damage!

Stop Mold Growth in Your Business HVAC System

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

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Mold is the common named for a group of fungi that thrive in damp, warm and humid conditions. In an indoor environment, these fungi can grow at a rapid pace and produce health problems that range in seriousness from relatively minor to severe. Unfortunately, in commercial buildings, poorly maintained HVAC systems can easily act as a catalyst for mold growth. Here’s what you need to know to prevent mold growth in your business’ HVAC setup.

What Does Mold Do?

Mold reproduces by releasing tiny particles called spores into the air. In the sealed environment found in most commercial buildings, these spores can easily accumulate.

How Does Mold Get Into Your HVAC System?

Mold thrives on moisture. Regrettably, the typical commercial HVAC system contains a number of sections and components where moisture can accumulate, especially in the form of water condensation. Particular areas of concern include the system’s ducting network, drain pans, blowers, air handlers, cooling coils and any equipment designed to humidify or dehumidify your building’s interior. Any cooling towers installed on your building can also act as mold breeding grounds. Mold contamination in many of these components can be hard to detect, and even harder to wipe out.

How Can You Stop Mold Growth?

The best cure for mold growth is prevention. The process truly begins with the design of your building and the installation of an HVAC system that minimizes the risks of excessive moisture accumulation. However, after installation, you must inspect your system regularly and keep it well-maintained at all times so mold can’t gain an initial foothold.

Once mold starts to grow (typically within 48 hours of its introduction into a suitable breeding environment), the only way to reliably stop its spread is a process called mold cleanup and remediation. Steps in this process include removing all damp filters and duct insulation material, using a disinfectant specifically designed for use in HVAC systems, applying a mold inhibitor (also specifically designed for HVAC use) and using a commercial-grade HEPA vacuum on all mold-exposed surfaces.

As a rule, only a professional with proper training can reliably perform the inspection and maintenance procedures needed to keep a commercial HVAC system mold-free. Similarly, only trained individuals can reliably carry out a commercial mold cleanup and remediation job while avoiding making mistakes that add to the problem. For more information on HVAC topics such as mold prevention, cleanup and remediation for your business, contact us and keep following the pages of this blog.

Wind, Rain & Hail Oh my!

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Wind, Rain & Hail Oh my! Tarp that was completed on one of our customers roofs that got hail damage

Parts of San Antonio & Castroville, Texas went through anohter round of wind, rain & hail on Tuesday night May 17, 2016.  Our telephones began ringing at 7:30 am and did not stop until around 8:00 pm.  We received thirteen (13) assignments for water damages, roof tarping and board up of windows.  In Castroville, Texas there were reports of grapefruit sized hail that formed at approximately 57,000 feet.  Very scary to think of the damage that a piece of ice (hail) the size of a grapefruit traveling at approximately 85 mph could do to a house, car, livestock or God forbid a human life.  SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch sprang into action with our crews working tirelessly into the night to make it "Like it never even happened.  The calls are slowing down but rest assured when wind, rain, & hail are approaching you can be confident that SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is always here to help!

SAN ANTONIO - Are you 'Ready for Whatever Happens'?

5/6/2016 (Permalink)

No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be 'Ready for Whatever Happens'.

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

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

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

ARE YOU READY?

Preparation is a key component for making it thorugh any disaster, whether is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.  No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it.  Now is the time to ask yourself, "Are you ready for whatever happens?"

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.  It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.  By working with SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile, your business can receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage:

-> A no-cost assessment of your facility.
This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost!  The ERP is an absolutely FREE service.

-> A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects.  But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.

-> A guide to help you get back into the building following a disaster.
This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

-> Establishes SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch as your disaster mitigation restoration provider.
You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by.

-> Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.

-> Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for Whatever Happens".

-> Completed ERPs are available free of charge in hard copy and electric formats
Every free ERP is available in hard copy or through a free app for tablets, phones, and desktop with a simple registration process.

CALL SERVPRO OF ALAMO RANCH TODAY TO GET STARTED ON YOUR FREE EMERGENCY READY PLAN!  

210-670-9591

Are you Storm READY?

5/4/2016 (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

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 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. 

Contact SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch to learn more and be “Ready for whatever happens!” 210-670-9591 

Real Quotes from Real Customers

3/1/2016 (Permalink)

"There are not enough good words to describe your service and the team who took care of us.

"Our entire living room flooded after heavy rains.  Our insurance denied the claim, since we had no flood 'coverage'.  Your team came in, studied the situation, and got right to work!  They answered all questions we had and quoted some reasonable costs.  They were very punctual, professional, and compassionate!!!  Yes, compassionate, often hard to find in a service industry!

"Your team was the voice of calm in this crisis (It was a crisis to us!)  Thank you so much for your high-quality work, the reasonable pricing, and especially your great team."

-- Susan, TX

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch recognized

2/3/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch was recently recognized in their monthly company newsletter for their contributions during the Boston snowstorms.

Check out the write up below.