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SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like you to consider the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.
Damage from Clean Water
* Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
* Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
* Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
* Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
* Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
* Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
* Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
* Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
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Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 3
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When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.
There are three types of water. Clean Water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term Gray Water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black Water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. Part 2 on helping minimize damage or preventing further damage while waiting for help to arrive coming soon.
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Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 3
The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents
According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury and death.
To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your home or business, have SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch clean your dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.
Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a birds nest or other potential obstacles. The outdoor flap should be checked to make sure that it has an operating flap and is not open so as not to let in birds or vermin.
Call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591 to have your dryer vents inspected and cleaned.
Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 4
Commercial Fire Damage
In our many years in the restoration business, we like to say that we have seen it all, but at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch, we continue to see new ways that damage occurs.
Fire Damage can be one of the most incapacitating types of damage to happen to your business. The damage can range from a small amount of fire damage and a lot of smoke and soot damage, to a tremendous amount of fire damage along with the smoke and soot, to a complete loss.
In these trying times, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch can help you deal with the water damage that often occurs from the firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems, along with contents and structure clean up. We also offer rebuild services to put your business back together again.
If your business experiences a fire loss, call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591 and we will respond immediately to get you back in business.
Weather Related Storm Damage
This is the time of the year that the weather can be so unpredictable. Recently we have had warm or hot temperatures followed by cold fronts and vice versa. These extreme temperature changes can cause high winds, thunderstorms, hail, and torrential downpours.
When storm related events cause damage to your precious property, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch. We will take the stress out of the situation and put your mind at ease that we can restore your property. We have IICRC certified WRT and ASD technicians that will professionally restore your property.
Call us at 210-670-9591 for situations that include but are not limited to board up, roof tarping, water extraction, pack outs, placing of drying equipment, and remodeling.
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Happy Mother's Day!
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to wish all mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers, and foster mothers a very Happy Mother's Day!
Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world, and Mother’s Day 2019 occurs on Sunday, May 12, in the United States. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day traditionally involves presenting moms with flowers, cards and other gifts.
Give your mother or loved one a different gift this year. Call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch to discuss some of the many services that we offer that is sure to put a smile on your loved one's face. We can offer carpet and upholstery cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, duct cleaning, and many other options. Please call us at 210-670-9591
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The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips.
* If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground, Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
* Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
If a flood does strike your home or business, please call SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch. We are prepared to handle any size disaster. Call us at 210-670-9591, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays.
Source: Restoration Newsline, Volume 30, Issue 3.
When Water Damage Strikes your Business!
When water damage strikes your business, call the Pro's that know at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch. We understand that every minute that your business is closed due to water damage is costing you revenue and productivity. Give us a call at 210-670-9591 and we will be there fast with the help you need. SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We have an IICRC certified Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) on staff.
We are also part of a nationwide network of over 1600 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.
We will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.
Again call us at 210-670-9591 for all your needs.
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Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert-there is always potential for flood damage. Floodsmart.gov reports, in the last five years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.
According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather related disaster. The ARC offers the following flood safety tips.
* Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
More tips to come in the next part of Be Flood Smart from SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch. 210-670-9591.
Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 3.
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Do you live in a potential flood risk zone? Check out FEMA's Flood Map Service Center by visiting msc.fema.gov, where you can easily enter your business, home or other address to determine if your property is at risk for flooding based on a visual flood map. Source: FEMA.
If you find that your property is at risk for flooding, please contact SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch, so that we may make an appointment to come and look at your property and give you some suggestions on what to do in case you encounter flooding. We can be reached at 210-670-9591, twenty-four hours a day, and seven days a week including weekends and holidays.