Recent General Posts
Shocking Facts About Lightning Part 2
In the second part of our series about lightning, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to give you a couple of more safety tips concerning staying safe from lightning. Again the chances of being struck by lightning are only 1 in 500,000, but why tempt fate.
Avoid Windows, doors, porches, and concrete. Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
Avoid water. Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a buildings plumbing.
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch hopes that these tips have been helpful to you. If you need us for any reason, please call us at 210-670-9591.
Source; Center for Disease Control; cdc.gov
Shocking Facts About Lightning Part 1
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like you to know some facts about lightning.
Lightning is on of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000 , some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck. Here are a few lightning safety tips.
Be Aware. Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.
Go Indoors.Remember the phrase,"When thunder roars, go indoors." Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard top vehicles with the windows rolled up.
If you have any questions or if we can help you in any way, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.
Source: Centers for Disease Control; cdc.gov
Gerald R. Fords Birthday, 38th President of the United States
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to make you aware that today is the birthday of the 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford.
As president, Ford signed the Helsinki Accords, which marked a move toward détente in the Cold War. With the collapse of South Vietnam nine months into his presidency, U.S. involvement in Vietnam essentially ended. Domestically, Ford presided over the worst economy in the four decades since the Great Depression, with growing inflation and a recession during his tenure. In one of his most controversial acts, he granted a presidential pardon to President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal. During Ford's presidency, foreign policy was characterized in procedural terms by the increased role Congress began to play, and by the corresponding curb on the powers of the President. In the Republican presidential primary campaign of 1976, Ford defeated former California Governor Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination. He narrowly lost the presidential election to the Democraticchallenger, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter.
Following his years as president, Ford remained active in the Republican Party. His moderate views on various social issues increasingly put him at odds with conservative members of the party in the 1990s and early 2000s. After experiencing a series of health problems, he died at home on December 26, 2006.
George W. Bush 43rd Presidents Birthday
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to wish George W. Bush, our 43rd president a Happy Birthday!
George Walker Bush was born on July 6, 1946, at Yale–New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, while his father was a student at Yale. He was the first child of George Herbert Walker Bush (1924–2018) and his wife, Barbara Pierce (1925–2018). He was raised in Midland and Houston, Texas, with four siblings, Jeb, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. Another younger sister, Robin, died from leukemia at the age of three in 1953. His grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a U.S. Senator from Connecticut. His father was Ronald Reagan's vice president from 1981 to 1989 and the 41st U.S. president from 1989 to 1993. Bush has English and some German ancestry, along with more distant Dutch, Welsh, Irish, French, and Scottish roots.
SERVPRO Of Alamo Ranch hopes that you find this information interesting. Call us at 210-670-9591 for any cleaning or restoration needs.
Pre Vacation Checklist
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to share a Pre Vacation Checklist with all of our friends.
* Suspend mail and newspaper services
* Arrange for lawn care services while you are gone
* Install exterior lighting or motion detectors to deter burglars
* Wait to post vacation pictures on social media until you have returned home
* Check the batteries in home security devices, including motion detectors, cameras, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace if necessary
* Shut off the main water supply. If you would like to leave the water on for an automated sprinkler system then at least turn off the water supply to the dishwasher, washing machine, and to each toilet
* Switch your water heater to vacation mode or turn it off completely
* Set your thermostat to either 4 degrees above or below your normal temperature. For summer months, set the thermostat in the upper 70's. For winter months, set the thermostat in the upper 50's
* Prevent a power surge by unplugging your electronics or make sure they are plugged into a surge protector.
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch hopes that this was helpful and if you ever need us please call us at 210-670-9591.
We are always here to help!
IICRC certifications and Cleantrust Program
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch posted a blog recently asking the question, who is the IICRC. Now that you know who they are, let me explain about our certifications.
As a professional certification organization, the IICRC does not have members but instead has registered technicians or “registrants.” The IICRC does not operate certification schools but instead approves schools and instructors to teach and administer its certification programs.
Cleantrust is a certification program created by the IICRC. Currently, the IICRC has more than 140 approved instructors and 70 approved schools offering cleantrust certification. Certification is based upon successful completion of a course in which curriculum follows the standards for that category as well as a passing grade on a standardized exam. Once certified, IICRC registrants must earn continuing education credits (CECs) to maintain their certification. IICRC certification courses include over 20 qualifications in cleaning, inspection, and restoration.
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch has many technicians with varying certifications. SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch strives to be the most knowledgeable and professional company that it can possibly be .
Call us at 210-670-9591 for all of your cleaning and restoration needs.
What is the IICRC?
WE at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch are an IICRC certified firm. We use the term IICRC in reference to a host of certifications, so who is the IICRC?
The IICRC is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a non-profit organization for the cleaning and restoration industry.
The IICRC is managed by its Board of Directors which is comprised of 15 industry leaders elected by the IICRC's Shareholders. The Board of Directors function is to represent the various interests of the Registrants while leading the direction of the organization. The Board of Directors meet four times a year and is tasked with the responsibility of helping shape future policies of the organization and uphold the standards that help shape the industry. The following are theValues of the organization.
* Respect- We will treat everyone we encounter in our interactions through the IICRC in the same manner we would wish to be treated.
* Responsible- We will work to assure that the obligations and stated goals of the IICRC are met in a timely fashion.
* Integrity- We will establish and maintain a culture characterizedby honesty, high values and exceptional standards of conduct.
* Excellence- We will accept nothing less than the best in leadership, quality and service.
* Expert- We will continue to build the IICRC's reputation as the leading authority and source of professional knowledge in the industry.
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch 210-670-9591
7 people die everyday from a home fire. 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires everyday. $7 billion in property damage occurs every year.
When fire or water damage puts the thing's that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. That's why knowing the easiest ways to contact SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is so important. Just call us 24/7 at 210-670-9591 to get the team that is faster to any size disaster. We're a leader in giving control back to homeowners and property managers. Whether you are responsible for 1,000 square feet or 100,000 square feet- be ready for the worst, with the very best. SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch
Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 2
April Fool's Day!
Hope you have a great April Fool's Day and hope you don't get fooled too much. Never be fooled by companies that do not have the proper certifications and insurance coverage to properly take care of your mitigation needs.
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company in the State of Texas and an IICRC certified firm. SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch has a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff and has technicians and crew chiefs with many certifications. Those certifications include WRT (Water Restoration Technician), ASD (Applied Structural Drying), CDS (Commercial Drying Specialist), EPA lead renovator, along with many years of experience.
When catastrophe strikes, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch. We are available 24/7/365!
Continuing Education Seminar Ethics # 90420
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to remind you that we have a CE seminar coming up on April 3, 2019. The course is Ethics #90420 and will be for 3 credit hours. The course will be held at Myron Steve's office located at 6800 Park Ten Blvd., South Building Suite 160 San Antonio, Texas 78213. This course will start at 9:00 A.M. and end at noon.
Please RSVP to 210-670-9591. If you have any questions, please call the same number.
The phone number at Myron Steve's office is 800-635-4742.
Hope to see you there!
IICRC Certified Firm
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is an IICRC Certified Firm. The IICRC is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Over 27,000 professionals attend IICRC approved training classes and submit the IICRC standardized exams for processing each year. Certification categories include water damage restoration,applied structural drying, fire and smoke restoration, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and many more.
As a Certified Firm, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch has pledged to maintain an awareness of and knowledge about the IICRC's published standards relevant to the Certified Firm's operations; will seek and promote educational training for technicians to enhance proficiency; provide service that results in elevated levels of customer satisfaction; be prompt; conduct business with honesty, integrity and fairness; build consumer confidence in the industry; and, promote good relations with affiliate industries.
Source: Restoration and Remediation magazine and the IICRC.
Continuing Education Class Reminder
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to remind you that we have a continuing education class coming up on March 21,2019. The curriculum is Fire Damage #24747 and is a 4 hour course. The course will be held at:
215 Richland Hills Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78245
The registration will begin at 8:00 A.M. with the course starting promptly at 8:30 A.M. Breakfast foods will be served along with snacks. Please bring your drivers license and agent or adjuster number to the class to insure that you receive credit for attending. 100% attendance is required in order to receive CE credits. Please RSVP to 210-670-9591.
George Washington's birthday 1st President
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch informs you that today is George Washington's birthday! He was born on February 22, 1732. That would make him 287 years old today. That is a lot of candles.
George Washington was a humble man who did not enjoy flashy celebrations. During his lifetime, Washington paid little attention to his own birthday, and often "celebrated" it by responding to letters or attending to matters at Mount Vernon.
However, national celebration of his birthday began while he was alive and continued after his death. While his birthday is still recognized to this day, the parameters around it changed in the late 20th century, when it officially became known as "Presidents' Day".
The road to what the majority of the public in the United States now recognizes as Presidents' Day is a long and confusing one. After Washington died in 1799, his birthday was informally celebrated across the country. It wasn't until January 31, 1879, that Washington's birthday became a federally recognized holiday.
Until 1968, Washington's birthday had always been celebrated on February 22. It was tradition and a powerful reminder of a man who helped create what we have today in the United States.
On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the "Uniform Monday Holiday Act". The law was to provide annual observances of certain legal public holidays on Mondays. The act was also created to give federal employees more three day weekends. Under this new law, Washington's birthday would be celebrated on the third Monday of February, partially losing the value and identity of the importance of his birthday. Washington's birthday has not been celebrated on the actual day of his birth since the law took affect in 1971.
Source: George Washington's Mount Vernon
Happy President's Day from SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch!
President's Day, officially Washington's birthday in the United States, is a federal holiday observed on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington (born on February 22), the first President of the United States. The holiday is popularly recognized as also honoring Abraham Lincoln (born on February 12), and sometimes all the U.S. presidents.
The federal holiday commemorating Washington was established in 1879 for government offices in Washington only and later (1885) expanded to the whole country. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act from 1968 changed the date to the third Monday in February (effective as of 1971). As of 1971 and depending on a given (Gregorian calendar) year, the date of President's Day falls between February 15 and 21. Hence it never occurs on February 22, i.e., the actual Washington's birthday. Similarly, it also misses Lincoln's Birthday on February 12.
Indoor Wellness Episode 4 Why Replace?
SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch recommends that you replace a dirty, clogged air filter with a clean new one to lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5% to 10%. In turn, keeping energy costs low while giving you peace of mind that your system will last for years to come.
That's why our FILTER SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE makes life easier for you. You can sign up following the directions below and we'll deliver the filter you need right on time, every time.
You don't have to make a special trip to the store, and you don't have to commit your filter size to memory-we'll take care of it. Depending on the size of the filter, you'll need to change it at different intervals. Thanks to your Indoor Wellness auto delivery, a new filter will arrive when it's time to replace-you'll never have to remember how often to change it again.
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Abraham Lincoln's Birthday 16th President
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like you to know that it is Abraham Lincoln's 210th birthday today, but you wouldn't know it by watching the number of states that observe the day as a paid holiday.
Currently, the Lincoln holiday is celebrated unofficially nationwide as part of what many states call President's Day, which falls on Monday, February 18th this year. Just a few states celebrate the actual Lincoln Birthday on its date. Technically the federal President's Day commemorates George Washington's observed birthday: There is no national holiday called President's Day.
On February 12, Lincoln's real birthday, there are few celebrations on a state level, along with a ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. There is also a wreath ceremony at Lincoln's birthplace in Kentucky.
Lincoln really was born in a one room log cabin, on Sinking Spring Farm near present day Hodgenville, Kentucky.
There were efforts right after Lincoln's death to get his birthday recognized as a holiday, but there has never been a federal Lincoln birthday holiday.
Source: Constitution Daily
Indoor Wellness Episode 3 Regular Filter Replacement
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like you to know that changing your furnace filter regularly goes a long way toward keeping your indoor air clean and keeping your heating and cooling system running efficiently.
Of course, everyone has good intentions when it comes to changing their furnace filters, but sometimes life gets in the way and the filter sits in the furnace collecting dust for longer than recommended-weeks, months or more.
This dust and other buildup can cause your filter to become clogged, which may result in allergens polluting your home and making you sick. A fresh filter will keep both you and your home running at the top of your game.
Visit indoorwellness.com for products that help improve the overall air quality in your home.
Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Cold-Weather Killer
San Antonio is not known for cold weather, but believe it or not, we get our fair share of it. SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to keep you informed of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide in this cold season.
Carbon Monoxide is a gas that you can not see, taste, or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide(CO) poisoning. Often times, it is the result of faulty, improperly used or vented consumer products such as furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters, and engine powered equipment, such as portable generators.
Consider having all fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional. Use portable generators only in a well ventilated area away from doors, windows, vents, and other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home.
For additional CO safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov.
Source: SERVPRO® Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 1
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch offers financing!
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch has partnered with a company called GreenSky to offer several financing options to help our clients pay for deductibles and other needs that they may have.
GreenSky loans are unsecured loans with fixed interest rates. Unlike a revolving credit card, your monthly payment amount is always the same.
GreenSky can be used for all services provided by SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch in it's entirety or partial amounts. There is no prepayment penalty, so you, the customer are in control of when you will pay the loan off. Payments can be made online or by phone, or schedule automatic payments to be drafted from your bank account. The choice is yours.
Call us today at 210-670-9591 for more information or to submit an application
6 Ways to Prevent Heat Stress at Work
You can treat heat stress, but preventing it is even better. Here are the steps you need to know to do both.
Yesterday’s Advisor began a discussion of heat-related problems workers may face as June stretches into July, August, and September, traditionally the hottest months of the year.
Heat problems kill some 4,000 Americans yearly, including the very young and old, those with diseases such as diabetes that disrupt the body’s temperature control mechanism, and those working in the heat. That last group puts the issue in your hands.
Heat problems themselves come in three varieties: heat cramps, heat exhaustion (also called heat prostration or collapse,) and the real killer, heatstroke. Collectively, these conditions are known as heat stress. Remedies for each condition were explained by James D. MacDonald on the website, nielsenhayden.com
For heat cramps, MacDonald writes, “Get out of the hot environment, stop using your large muscles, drink water, and replace electrolytes.”
For heat exhaustion, he advises, “Get out of the heat and take off any excessive clothing, particularly around the head and neck. Drink a liter of water (slowly, so nausea doesn’t develop), lie down with your feet up, and use a fan for cooling.” The problem should go away in 30 minutes. If not, medical attention may be needed.
Heatstroke is a medical emergency. “Your first and biggest objective is to lower the [body’s] core temperature by any means available,” MacDonald explains. Those include cold packs on the neck, armpits, and groin, coverage with wet sheets or towels, and placement in a highly air-conditioned room. Medical help should be summoned immediately. “Even if you save the brain, you may not have saved the kidneys,” he adds.
It’s understandable if all of this has you looking for ways to prevent these conditions rather than having to treat them. Fortunately, our subscription website, Safety.BLR.com, recently answered this need with these 6 ways to prevent heat illness:
- Pre-hydrate. Before activity starts, have workers drink up to 16 ounces of fluid. Then drink 8 ounces every 20 minutes during the activity.
- Drink flavored water. Plain water quenches thirst too quickly, so workers tend to not drink enough of it.
- Acclimate to the heat slowly, over 5 to 7 days of exposure. For new workers, institute a 20 percent increase of time in the heat for each day. Workers already used to these conditions can increase exposure slightly faster, but 4 days out of the heat means re-acclimation will be needed.
- Don’t wear a hat. It restricts heat loss through the head. Workers operating in direct sunlight can wear a visor.
- Wear loose, thin synthetic fabrics. They help the skin stay cool through evaporation. Avoid cotton as it soaks up sweat, forestalling evaporation.
- Wear your PPE no matter what the temperature. It can’t protect you if it’s not on you. If it’s uncomfortable, take frequent breaks.
Eliminate Heating Hazards This Winter
Did you know 50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February?
Sure, its important to keep your home warm during the winter. But SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch urges San Antonio to use these helful hints to also stay safe.
-- Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three-foot 'kid free zone' around open fires and space heaters.
-- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
-- Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturers, for fuel burning space heaters.
-- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
-- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
-- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
-- Test smoke alarms monthly.
If your property does suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch to help make it 'Like It Never Happened'.
Praise for SERVPRO
"The SERVPRO team gave me my life back! From start to finish they handled my situation with kindness, care and outstanding professionalism."
-- Joanne, FL
"I just wanted to drop you a quick note to personally let you know how pleased we were for the extraordinary service we got from SERVPRO! Much of our 60,000sq.ft. building was flooded due to an activation of a sprinkler system. The SERVPRO team was extremely responsive and professional in all respects. I personally witnessed their excellent leadership and communication skills, and my staff consistenly praised their performance."
-- Doug, VA
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is the Cleanup Team faster to any disaster in 2016
The New Year brings the opportunity for new beginnings. Start 2016 off right by being READY! The professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch want to help ensure you enjoy a safe and happy new year by helping you be prepared for anything the year may hold.
Did you know up to 50 percent of businesses that suffer a disaster might never reopen? Of the businesses that do survive a disaster, the overwhelming majority had an emergency preparedness plan in place. The professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch can help you build an emergency preparedness plan for your property at NO COST. You read that right? We can prepare a Red Cross approved emergency readiness plan, meeting your property's specific needs, ABSOLUTELY FREE.
Make your resolution one that helps protect you and your business. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch to learn more about how they can help you be 'Ready for Whatever Happens' in the New Year!
IS YOUR EXIT PLAN IN PLACE?
EVERY SECOND COUNTS DURING A FIRE. In a matter of moments, a small flame can turn into a major fire, making it critical to be prepared by having an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan for your family.
Draw a Map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floor. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
Teach childrenhow to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
Plan for everyone in your home with special consideration for elderly or disabled individuals.
Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime.
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch
Meet the crew of SERVPRO Alamo Ranch 8/11/15
The door to the buzzing hub of quality fire and water emergency needs.
No one knows when a fire or water emergency will happen in the San Antonio area. But one thing's for certain: SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is ready to serve 24/7/365. The staff and crew of one of the nation's leading SERVPRO franchises brings quality production and outstanding customer service that sets it apart from other restoration companies in the city. These are the folks ready to meet your restoration and mitigation needs.
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch was founded by two brothers, Thomas and Michael Galligan. Mike and Tommy were born in Detroit, Michigan, and spent a majority of their lives in Mississippi. Mike and Tommy have extensive experience as business owners and entrepreneurs before they decided to travel to Texas to open the doors of SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch.
Mike and Tommy have put together a hard working and knowledgeable crew to assist in all your water and restoration needs. JERIC, RICKY, MAGELLAN, AND COLE are hard working folks who arrive prepared to do the work in the quickest and most professional manner.
Leading the front office staff is SHARI GALLIGAN, who helps coordinate with insurance companies for payments. KIM WARD helps analyze and arrange the data collected by the crewmembers on each of the jobs.
SERVPRO enlists two quality emergency consultants who reach out to insurance agents and local businesses. BOWIE V. IBARRA and BARBARA GALLIGAN provide the Alamo Ranch community and surrounding areas with keen insight and available information on all fire and water mitigation needs.
If you have a water or fire emergency, pipe bust, toilet overflow, mold, or even a general cleaning need, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is here to help.