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Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned Program

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

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The Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned program is centered around the three C's- Consult, Clean, and Certify.

Consult:

We will meet with the property owner to evaluate current cleaning processes, and propose additional services that SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch can offer to minimize the potential transmission of COVID-19. We will also discuss how frequently these services should occur. Higher frequency service is recommended for businesses with high traffic and an inability to implement health screening of people entering the business.

Clean:

Standard services focus on cleaning and disinfectant application to limit the emergence of viral pathogens. This may include disinfectant application to frequently contacted touch points such as doorknobs, light switches, countertops, keyboards, and desks to minimize the potential transmission of COVID-19.

Enhanced services build upon standard services by adding cleaning and disinfectant application to less frequently contacted touch points. This would be implemented in the case of having a person that tests positive for COVID-19 or a person that may be exhibiting symptoms of the virus.

Certification:

A Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned window cling with the last date serviced or a table tent would be placed at the site letting the people that enter your building know that your building has been cleaned by the professionals at SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch. For more information, call us at 210-670-9591.

How to Identify Mold and Moisture Problems

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Identifying a possible mold problem means being on the lookout for often invisible clues. Facility staff should be educated on awareness.

Employees may not give a second thought to a water stain on the ceiling or walls, but the impacts may reach further than just an unsightly spot. That damage means that moisture from condensation or a leak has already sparked a potential problem. Her is how to identify the warning signs.

* The first thing to do is look for areas of discoloration, staining, leaks, peeling paint, wallpaper, and areas of high moisture or humidity.

*If the areas smell musty or mildew-like, then that is a good indicator of the presence of mold growth

*Communicate with staff about persistent health symptoms or complaints about indoor air quality.

If you have any suspicion of the presence of mold or moisture, call SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591. Our trained professionals will advise you on what steps to take to ensure your safety and the buildings occupants safety.

Identifying potential problems may require the removal of building materials which can disturb and spread mold growth. Do not undertake this task without proper training.

Call SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.

What causes Medical Facility Mold?

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

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Many times, mold and moisture related issues in commercial buildings can be linked to building structure issues or facilities maintenance. Even when a building is in excellent condition, mold may still be found. It takes three things for mold to grow. First is the mold spores that are prevalent in the air. Second is a food source such as cellulose based building materials. Last and definitely not least is moisture. Without moisture, mold can not grow. Hospitals and health care facilities have numerous areas where mold can grow and thrive. One of the most common places for mold is in the HVAC system.Mold can build up in the system and spores can travel to other parts of the facility by way of air ducts.

Common Placesfor Growth:

*Inside walls, in between wallpaper, tile, or surface mols

*In ceilings and attics where there are possible leaks

*Underneath floors and floor materials

*Utility and Maintenance Rooms

*Around pipes and plumbing

*Improperly installed flashing or roofing materials.

*Areas being remodeled.

If you have any concerns about mold in your building, please call SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591. We are always here to help.

2020 Resolution: Plan Ahead Continued

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in your building faster following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes, resolve to be READY by contacting SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch today to establish your Emergency READY Profile and be "Ready for whatever happens" in 2020. By downloading the free SERVPRO READY mobile app, this important information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting immediate help right at your fingertips.

Advantages of the SERVPRO ERP:

* A no-cost assessment of your facility

*A concise profile documentcontaining only the most critical information needed about your business and building structure in the event of an emergency.

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

*Identifies the chain of command for authorizing work to begin.

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

*Accessible electronically

*Establishes SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch; 210-670-9591

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 31, Issue 1

2020 Resolution: Plan Ahead

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

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With each new year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster or a water or fire damage to strike, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure your business is "Ready for whatever happens" in 2020.

In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas.

The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to 50 years of experience and a system of more than 1,700 franchises strong. The ERP is a no cost assessment ; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future.

Call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch today for you free ERP assessment. 210-670-9591

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 31, Issue 1

Handling of Asbestos in Restoration

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

As we have previously talked about, the use of asbestos in building materials has been reduced significantly in the United States. Although this may be the case, when SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is called on for a commercial water or fire loss, there are precautions that must be taken to ensure the safety of the employees that work in the building and the workers that are performing the restoration work.

Before any building materials can be disturbed, the building owner must present an asbestos survey on the building, or an asbestos survey must be performed by a licensed professional. If the test is negative, then any needed demolition can proceed. If the test is positive, then a notification has to be given to the Texas Department of State Health Services and all work performed by a licensed Asbestos Contractor.

Many government agencies are involved in regulating asbestos. The Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. There are also many rules that are applicable to the process such as the Texas Asbestos Health Protection Rules and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.

This is a very complicated process, but all of these agencies and rules have been put into place to protect the general public and workers in the restoration industry.

If you have any questions, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.

Health and Environmental Effects of Asbestos

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like you to be aware of the effects of asbestos.

It is now generally accepted that inhalation of asbestos fibers can be associated with three serious, and often fatal, diseases. Two of these, lung cancer and asbestosis, affect the lungs, while the third, mesothelioma, is a rare form of cancer that affects the lining of the thoracic and abdominal cavities.

Most of these illnesses are caused from prolonged exposure to different types of asbestos over extended periods of time in work environments.

Airborne asbestos levels in the general environment outside the workplace are many times lower and are not considered a hazard.
Asbestos is still an important component in many products and processes, although its usage is expected to remain low in the United States. The stricter exposure regulations and improved manufacturing and handling procedures now in place are expected to eliminate health problems associated with asbestos. Next week we will discuss how we protect employees and workers in the restoration industry. If you have any questions, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.

Source: madehow.com

The Decline of Asbestos in Manufacturing

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Although asbestos has many fascinating properties and advantages, the downside became very apparent.

Health problems associated with exposure to airborne asbestos particles had been noted since the early 1900s, and resulted in the passage of the Asbestos Industry Regulations of 1931 in England. By the mid-1960s, health problems began to surface among shipyard workers who handled asbestos insulation during World War II. In the United States, the problem reached the crisis stage by the 1970s, forcing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to place severe restrictions on the use of asbestos. Although the EPA lifted the ban for certain kinds of asbestos in 1991, the public's faith had been severely shaken, and most manufacturers had voluntarily removed asbestos from their products. As a result, asbestos usage in the United States fell from about 880,000 tons/yr (800,000 metric tons/yr) in 1973 to less than 44,000 tons/yr (40,000 metric tons/yr) in 1997.
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to answer any questions that you may have. Please call us at 210-670-9591.

Source: madehow.com

The Many Uses of Asbestos

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Asbestos has been used for many years in different capacities. Through the 1800's asbestos was used for any thing that needed to be fireproofed and many innovative products were made such as roofing materials, gaskets, and fire proof safes.

Technological developments in the early 1900s resulted in even more uses for asbestos. Many of the early plastic materials relied on asbestos fibers for reinforcement and heat resistance. Vinyl-asbestos tile became one of the most commonly used floor coverings and remained in use well into the 1960s. Automobile brake linings and clutch facings also used large amounts of asbestos, as did a multitude of building materials. After World War II, the use of asbestos in products continued to expand. Heart surgeons used asbestos thread to close incisions, Christmas trees were decorated with asbestos artificial snow, and a brand of toothpaste was marketed using asbestos fibers as an abrasive. If you have any questions concerning this article or any such topic, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.


Source: madehow.com

Asbestos in General

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to introduce you to the topic of asbestos. You are bombarded with commercials everyday about diseases and illnesses associated with asbestos everyday. Hopefully, we can clear up any misconceptions about asbestos and in the coming week discuss how we handle asbestos in the restoration business.

Asbestos is a general name that applies to several types of fibrous silicate minerals. Historically, asbestos is best known for its resistance to flame and its ability to be woven into cloth. Because of these properties, it was used to make fireproof stage curtains for theaters, as well as heat-resistant clothing for metal workers and firefighters. More modern applications of asbestos take advantage of its chemical resistance and the reinforcing properties of its fibers to produce asbestos-reinforced cement products including pipes, sheets, and shingles used in building construction. Asbestos is also used as insulation for rocket engines on the space shuttle and as a component in the electrolytic cells that make oxygen on submerged nuclear submarines. Much of the chlorine for bleach, cleansers, and disinfectants is produced using asbestos products.

Stay tuned to SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch for more on asbestos. Call us at 210-670-9591

Source: madehow.com




Why the Emergency Ready Profile?

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens."

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile® can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile:

A no-cost assessment of your facility

* A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

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

Establishes SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

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

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

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591 for you free ERP.

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 9

Commercial Fire Damage

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

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. 

When Water Damage Strikes your Business!

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

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.

How to Create an Office Emergency Plan

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Escape Plans for Business

Although an emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency situation.  OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.

ORGANIZE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PROCEDURES REVIEW WITH EMPLOYEES TO REVIEW YOUR COMPANY'S EMERGENCY PLANS.  You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.

ONCE A PLAN IS DEVELOPED, POST EVACUATION PROCEDURES, INCLUDING ROUTES AND EXITS, WHERE THEY ARE EASILY ACCESSIBLE TO ALL EMPLOYEES.  Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and well lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.

CONDUCT OFFICE EVACUATION EXERCISES AND DRILLS.  Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover, and conduct a head count.  Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.

Tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association

Emergency Commercial Fire Response

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Response

A property owner experiences a flood of emotion when a fire ravages their business.  Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can be overwhelming to the property owner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke cleared.

After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let the professionals of SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch help restore the property. Combining rapid response, the utmost in professionalism, and open communication we strive to restore the business to bring peace of mind to the owner.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following eye-opening statistics on fire:

-- 487,500 structure fires were reported in the United States in 2013.

--  These fires caused $9.5 billion in property damage.

--  One structure fire was reported every 65 seconds.

If the unthinkable happens and fire strikes, give the experts at your local SERVPRO Franchise a call.  We'll help make it "Like it never even happened."

Call us for your fire or water emergency at 210-670-9591.

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch

Why Your Business Needs an Emergency Ready Profile

11/7/2018 (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.

210-670-9591

What to do after experiencing a fire loss in your business

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

An individual who loses their fortunes through electrical fire can be among the worst times of their life. Fire is among the reasons one can expend the whole business. An individual suffers the loss many business assets including the office furniture and other crucial assets. When a company loses a high amount of goods due to soot damage and smoke smell it is good to stop heavy losses shortly. To prevent the massive soot damage, follow the basic guidelines on how to go about the fire damage restoration process.

Emergency contact

The emergency fire restoration contact is the most critical thing when one faces a fire damage situation. Commercial fire damage restoration can be of help in times when one needs them most. When hiring the electrical fire restoration company, consider getting its emergency contacts from the documentation they provide.

Why do you need the emergency fire restoration contact? Once one acquires the connection, they can reduce the possibility of the fire spreading to other parts of the business building. Soot damage and commercial fire damage becomes negligible.

Failing to get hold of the emergency fire restoration services makes an individual face high risk of loss. The utility room fire restoration company helps to evict further complications such as rooftop damage. The impediment results to damage the rooftop that leads to rainwater tripping damaging the ceiling, electrical fire as well as smoke smell goes to the top of the roof through convection. One should always aim to reduce massive losses as a result of the fire in business. Commercial fire damage is hefty. One should avoid electrical fire at all cost or else they may embark on board up when there is the fire in business.

Assessment

At this utility room fire stage one checks on the extent of soot damage and to what extent is the electrical fire spreading. The amount of smoke damage in the room is somehow proportional to the amount of fire in business. Mostly fire damage and smoke damage destroys cabinets and the walls of the business premise. The fire truck restoration company should check all this to reduce further spread of fire, therefore, minimize the cost of redesigning and fire suppression.


Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on commercial fire damage.

Professional Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Professional Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services

Fire damage is something that no business owner would want to imagine. However, it happens to any commercial property leaving the owner with major losses through commercial fire damage. Fire outbreak cannot be predicted; it just occurs when you are not aware.

It could start as a utility room fire or electrical fire, which spread to other parts of the business. Utility room has most of the appliances such as the air conditioner among other. Slight malfunctioning could potentially lead to utility room fire or electrical fire. Fire from whichever source can have a devastating effect on the property if not attended to immediately.

What happens in the event of fire outbreak?

Immediately someone notes utility room fire or electrical fire, and the first action is usually to call the local firefighter company. Before they can arrive, there are other mitigation measures put by the engineers to control the incidents of fire, which include the fire sprinkler system. The fire sprinkler system is fitted with highly thermal sensitive sensors that detect changes in the room temperature. Once the fire has caused a rise in the room temperature, the fire sprinkler system is triggered, and it sprays gallons of water to the burning site.

The fire sprinkler system plays an important role in fire suppression before the firefighter, and the fire truck arrives. Without it, utility room fire or electrical fire could destroy everything to ashes. The arrival of a fire hose and fire truck signals the start of a fire suppression battle. The scene can be termed as organized chaos as the firefighter rush with the fire hose towards the area under fire.

The fire truck is also brought closer to the building to ensure that the length of fire hose is sufficient for the firefighters to fight the inferno. Hundreds of gallons of water are sprayed under high pressure from the fire truck to the burning sight by the firefighter using the fire hose. This result in damage of things including doors, which are forced open, and glass could also be broken to give access.

Commercial fire damage restoration

After hours of fighting with the inferno, the firefighter can bring it under control and there is complete fire suppression. However, the mess that is left in the building is unimaginable as water is sprayed without mercy to anything that is in sight. The room’s floods and things are swirled from their position by the water pressure.

All these damages have to be restored to enable to owner continue with business. The amount of work required for fire restoration is complex hence you must be a professional to attempt it. Fire suppression leads to a lot of damage in addition to the soot damage, smoke damage, and fire damage.

Importance of professional fire restoration

To bring business back on its feet, fire restoration is the important things that need to be done immediately. Water must be removed from the rooms. Smoke damage and soot damage have to be cleaned thoroughly. A list of items salvaged for repair should be prepared and other mess cleaned up. This can only be done by a professional because they begin with a comprehensive inspection. It helps to determine the extent of fire damage, soot damage, smoke damage and lay down a plan for fire restoration.

Soot damage causes discoloration of the paint, which means it has to be vacuumed to remove dirt, then repainting of the walls affected by the commercial fire damage. Smoke damage results from the strong smell that is absorbed by upholstery and other porous things in the room. It is clean through deodorization. The furniture that can be repaired is taken to their facility, cleaned and repaired. All water is removed from the rooms and drying is done.

Fire damage restoration is not an easy thing as some people may think, as it requires a professional approach. Dealing with soot damage, fire damage and smoke damage requires a method that could guarantee effective restoration. Finding the right commercial fire damage restoration company is crucial because this would make your life much easier as you try to get your business back running.
Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on fire damage.

3 Types of Damage Caused by Fire

5/19/2018 (Permalink)

San Antonio commercial fire

After your commercial building in San Antonio, TX, is affected by a fire, you may expect to take on a fire cleanup. What you might not realize is that this process has to tackle other types of damage as well, which could make a smoke and water cleanup necessary too. Your commercial fire restoration team can help you make sense of the three different kinds of damage caused during a fire.

1. Fire: When flames engulf your building, they can cause a charring effect on your walls, ceiling, roof, furnishings, flooring and other belongings. Fire can turn your once well-furnished office space into piles of ashes. Typically, a fire cleanup includes a lot of rebuilding and replacing as well as the initial cleaning.


2. Water: Water is used to put out a fire. Many business owners hope the water can quench the flames before they turn belongings into ash. When water is sprayed on a fire by firefighters and sprinkler systems, it can cause a lot of water damage on almost every surface. Part of water cleanup is drying out the waterlogged belongings to ensure mold doesn't start to grow in the space.


3. Smoke: Smoke is a byproduct of fire. The damage caused by smoke depends on the fuel that fed the fire. Burning synthetic materials may result in a smoke with higher acidity, which can create a harder smoke cleanup process. Smoke often stains ceilings, floors, drapes and windows, but it can also damage electronics and other belongings. Removing the layer of soot and deodorizing the space are often the major components of this type of cleanup.

Some of the damage caused during a fire may not be a direct result of the flames themselves, but they still need to be addressed during the fire cleanup procedure. If smoke or water cleanup is skipped, your building may have hidden problems in the future.

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Act Fast Post-Flood To Prevent Excessive Mold Damage

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Loss Clean up

If your building was recently involved in a flood, it is imperative that you implement cleanup measures with 24 to 48 hours after the incident; otherwise, you risk mold growth and bacteria buildup. The storm damage restoration team in Alamo Ranch, TX, has tips to help you make the flood cleanup process as easy and as effective as possible. Those tips are as follows:

• Inspect the building’s contents
• Extract standing water
• Remove the building’s contents
• Clean up
• Dry out the building

Inspection Is Key

First and foremost, inspect your building and its contents for signs of moisture. Anywhere there is moisture, there is a risk for mold. Take inventory of all contents that are damaged, a task that will assist with the cleanup process and help with your insurance claim later on.

Extract Water

Once you’ve inspected your building, begin to extract any sitting water. This may require the help of a professional water restoration company. The professionals use commercial pumps and dehumidifiers to rid your building of standing water and any moisture that remains in the air or the walls. This step is especially important to preventing mold growth.

Remove Contents

Once your building no longer has any water in it, go in (upon receiving the go-ahead from a professional) and begin to clear out the contents. Unfortunately, you may have to toss unsalvageable items such as carpet, wood furniture, couches and chairs, but many of your contents may be savable. You may have to remove drywall and insulation as well.

Clean Up

Once the contents are out, it’s time to clean up. If your carpet is savable, use a wet/dry vacuum to clean up debris and possible bacteria. Clean the walls, frames, salvable furniture and any visible signs of mold with sanitizers and heavy-duty cleaners.

Dry It Out

Once everything has been cleaned, dry out your building with dehumidifiers and fans to kill mold spores. This last step is important to preventing future mold damage.

Mold growth can happen quickly. To prevent mold damage from wreaking havoc on your building, take the above steps immediately after a flood.

Visit us at http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information. 

2 Reasons to Get Board Up Services After a Commercial Fire

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

A fire can be absolutely devastating to a business. The best thing you as a commercial property owner can do is stop the fire damage from escalating out of control. This requires you to hire professionals to board up the windows. There are various reasons to board up your business until you can repair the damage and get back on your feet.

1. Keep Out Looters and Vandals

Looting is far too common following disasters. These criminals are more likely to target buildings that are easy to get into. Therefore, if your building’s windows were busted, then looters could enter your building to take whatever property had to be left behind. Additionally, there may simply be people who want to graffiti your building. This only leads to you spending more money in addition to what you need to spend on the initial fire cleanup. Even placing a board in the open windows and doorways is enough to deter many would-be criminals from entering.

2. Retain Insurance

You need to contact your commercial insurance provider immediately following fire damage to begin the claims process. The amount of money you end up receiving will depend on a number of factors. For instance, your insurance company will expect you to take action to prevent additional damage from taking place. You may have coverage against a fire, but if a looter breaks in because you did not board up the property, then your insurance may not cover any damage that looter commits. You never want to give your insurance provider any reason to deny your claim.

Ultimately, board up services can save you money in the long run. The professionals you hire for fire damage remediation should be well-versed in installing boards on windows and doorways. Ask about this service so that you do not have to worry as much about people breaking in. Visit  http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on commercial fire damage. 

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.

Insurance Agency Emergency Preparation

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Tips For Insurance Agencies Before Disaster Strikes

Emergencies can happen at anytime. The people that work in your office should be prepared for them. Here are some tips:

  1. Have an escape plan and practice with your staff.
  2. Have a communications plan for contacting loved ones.
  3. Keep a few canned goods in the building for emergencies, along with a robust first aid kit.
  4. Teach everyone where the gas and water shutoff locations are.
  5. Store information on a cloud so employees can work from home until the building is restored.
  6. Have a payroll continuation service in case you cannot get to it right away.
  7. Keep cash stowed away to use for services or food for those that might be stranded at the office.

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch

How do I create an office emergency escape plan?

11/18/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency Escape Plans for Business

Although an emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency situation.  OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.

ORGANIZE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PROCEDURES REVIEW WITH EMPLOYEES TO REVIEW YOUR COMPANY'S EMERGENCY PLANS.  You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.

ONCE A PLAN IS DEVELOPED, POST EVACUATION PROCEDURES, INCLUDING ROUTES AND EXITS, WHERE THEY ARE EASILY ACCESSIBLE TO ALL EMPLOYEES.  Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and well lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.

CONDUCT OFFICE EVACUATION EXERCISES AND DRILLS.  Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover, and conduct a head count.  Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.   SP

Tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association.

Responding to Commercial Fires in Alamo Ranch

11/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Response

A property owner experiences a flood of emotion when a fire ravages their business.  Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can be overwhelming to the property owner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke cleared.

After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let the professionals of SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch help restore the property. Combining rapid response, the utmost in professionalism, and open communication we strive to restore the business to bring peace of mind to the owner.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following eye-opening statistics on fire:

-- 487,500 structure fires were reported in the United States in 2013.

--  These fires caused $9.5 billion in property damage.

--  One structure fire was reported every 65 seconds.

If the unthinkable happens and fire strikes, give the experts at your local SERVPRO Franchise a call.  We'll help make it "Like it never even happened."

Call us for your fire or water emergency at 210-670-9591.

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch

What You Should Know About Commercial Fire Damage

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

What You Should Know About Commercial Fire Damage

An individual who loses their fortunes through electrical fire can be among the worst times of their life. Fire is among the reasons one can expend the whole business. An individual suffers the loss many business assets including the office furniture and other crucial assets. When a company loses a high amount of goods due to soot damage and smoke smell it is good to stop heavy losses shortly. To prevent the massive soot damage, follow the basic guidelines on how to go about the fire damage restoration process.

Emergency contact

The emergency fire restoration contact is the most critical things when one faces fire damage situation. Commercial fire damage can be of help in times when one needs them most. When hiring the electrical fire restoration company, consider getting its emergency contacts from the documentation they provide.

Why do you need the emergency fire restoration contact? Once one acquires the connection, they can reduce the possibility of the fire spreading to other parts of the business building. Soot damage and commercial fire damage becomes negligible.

Failing to get hold of the emergency fire restoration services makes an individual one face high risk of loss. The utility room fire restoration company helps to evict further complications such as rooftop damage. The impediment results to damage the rooftop that leads to rainwater tripping damaging the ceiling, electrical fire as well as smoke smell goes to the top of the roof through convection. One should always aim to reduce massive losses as a result of the fire in business. Commercial fire damage is hefty. One should avoid electrical fire at all cost or else they may embark on board up when there is the fire in business.

Assessment

At this utility room fire stage one checks on the extent of soot damage and to what extent is the electrical fire spreading. The amount of smoke damage in the room is somehow proportional to the amount of fire in business. Mostly fire damage and smoke damage destroys cabinets and the walls of the business premise. The fire truck restoration company should check all this to reduce further spread of fire, therefore, minimize the cost of redesigning and fire suppression.


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Considering Professional Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services

9/26/2017 (Permalink)


Considering Professional Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services

Fire damage is something that no business owner would want to imagine. However, it happens to any commercial property leaving the owner with major losses through commercial fire damage. Fire outbreak cannot be predicted; it just occurs when you are not aware.

It could start as a utility room fire or electrical fire, which spread to other parts of the business. Utility room has most of the appliances such as the air conditioner among other. Slight malfunctioning could potentially lead to utility room fire or electrical fire. Fire from whichever source can have a devastating effect on the property if not attended to immediately.

What happens in the event of fire outbreak?

Immediately someone notes utility room fire or electrical fire, and the first action is usually to call the local firefighter company. Before they can arrive, there are other mitigation measures put by the engineers to control the incidents of fire, which include the fire sprinkler system. The fire sprinkler system is fitted with highly thermal sensitive sensors that detect changes in the room temperature. Once the fire has caused a rise in the room temperature, the fire sprinkler system is triggered, and it sprays gallons of water to the burning site.

The fire sprinkler system plays an important role in fire suppression before the firefighter, and the fire truck arrives. Without it, utility room fire or electrical fire could destroy everything to ashes. The arrival of a fire hose and fire truck signals the start of a fire suppression battle. The scene can be termed as organized chaos as the firefighter rush with the fire hose towards the area under fire.

The fire truck is also brought closer to the building to ensure that the length of fire hose is sufficient for the firefighters to fight the inferno. Hundreds of gallons of water are sprayed under high pressure from the fire truck to the burning sight by the firefighter using the fire hose. This result in damage of things including doors, which are forced open, and glass could also be broken to give access.

Commercial fire damage restoration

After hours of fighting with the inferno, the firefighter can bring it under control and there is complete fire suppression. However, the mess that is left in the building is unimaginable as water is sprayed without mercy to anything that is in sight. The room’s floods and things are swirled from their position by the water pressure.

All these damages have to be restored to enable to owner continue with business. The amount of work required for fire restoration is complex hence you must be a professional to attempt it. Fire suppression leads to a lot of damage in addition to the soot damage, smoke damage, and fire damage.

Importance of professional fire restoration

To bring business back on its feet, fire restoration is the important things that need to be done immediately. Water must be removed from the rooms. Smoke damage and soot damage have to be cleaned thoroughly. A list of items salvaged for repair should be prepared and other mess cleaned up. This can only be done by a professional because they begin with a comprehensive inspection. It helps to determine the extent of fire damage, soot damage, smoke damage and lay down a plan for fire restoration.

Soot damage causes discoloration of the paint, which means it has to be vacuumed to remove dirt, then repainting of the walls affected by the commercial fire damage. Smoke damage results from the strong smell that is absorbed by upholstery and other porous things in the room. It is clean through deodorization. The furniture that can be repaired is taken to their facility, cleaned and repaired. All water is removed from the rooms and drying is done.

Fire damage restoration is not an easy thing as some people may think, as it requires a professional approach. Dealing with soot damage, fire damage and smoke damage requires a method that could guarantee effective restoration. Finding the right commercial fire damage restoration company is crucial because this would make your life much easier as you try to get your business back running.
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