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Dealing with Commercial Water Damage In Northeast San Antonio

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio

SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

Lightning Truths and Myths

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

It's important that we know our facts about the weather patterns to prepare for any future emergencies.  Learn the common myths and facts about lightning during spring!
 

Myth: If it's not raining, then there is no danger from lightning. 
Fact: Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall.  This is especially true in the western United States where thunderstorms sometimes produce very little rain. 

Myth: The rubber soles of shoes or rubber tires on a car protect you from being struck by lightning. 
Fact: Rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires proved no protection from lightning.  The steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.  Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside. 

Myth: "Heat lightning" occurs after very hot summer days and poses no threat. 
Fact: "Heat lightning" is a term used to describe lightning from a thunderstorm too far away for thunder to be heard. 

To find out more information about the myths and the facts about lightning go to www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov

Dealing with lightening damages can be very overwhelming to deal with alone.  Give the team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio a call! (210) 653-4651. 

Are You Dealing with Water Intrusion?

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Has a toilet overflowed in your home?  Or maybe a pipe ruptured? SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio understands that water damage emergencies do not wait for a convenient time.  Our team has an on-call crew available all day every day to ensure that your home or business receives the attention it deserves.  Our operators are standing by at the phones waiting to answer your calls if you are dealing with water intrusion in your home or business.  SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio has the professional state of the art equipment needed to begin the remediation process quickly.  It is highly important to our team that we help homeowners and business owners restore their property as soon as possible.   No matter how big or small the damage, SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio is always here to help to make it “Like it never even happened.”

The Difference Between Mildew and Mold

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Can you tell what the difference between mold and mildew are?  Let SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio help clarify!   The two both have a couple of matching characteristics.   Mold and mildew are both fungi that thrive on moisture, warm areas and can grow on many different surfaces.  However, there are a few differences between the two.

Mildew is a surface fungus that can easily be identified as a patch of gray or white fungus and may turn brown.  It is not as invasive or as troublesome as mold and is a bit easier to eliminate than mold.  Products such as bleach or vinegar should help do the trick to knock it out. 

Mold, however, can be hard to spot and be a little trickier.  If you notice a foul smell in your home or business, then there is a chance you have mold hiding around.  The appearance of mold may be green or black.  It can sometimes come across looking like a small patch of dirt or may appear fuzzier or darker than mildew.  If mold is spotted, there is a chance that more mold is hidden and not in sight. 

It is important if you spot mold and/or mildew that they get treated immediately.  The faster addressing the issue the less potential damage may be caused in your home or business.  If you have mold concerns in your home or business, give the mold experts a call here at SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio (210) 653-4651.

SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio can Handle Any Size Water Damage

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

No matter how big or small, SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio can handle any size water loss in your home or business. It is critical if you have a water loss, to get a team of trained professionals, such as ourselves, on-site as soon as possible.

Once the professionals arrive on site, the extraction process of any number of square feet of water damage will begin. Once all of the water is removed, we will place air movers and dehumidifiers throughout the home or business.

It is critical to making sure that the equipment is checked daily and moisture checks are made throughout the home. Once the entire structure is dry, all equipment will be moved out and help the space back to its preloss conditions.  If water damage has been experienced, call SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio.  We are dedicated to helping you! 

Winter Storm

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Does this seem like the wettest winter in Northeast San Antonio?  Temperatures are lower, more rain has fallen, and heavier winds have overtaken Sugar Land.   If we recall correctly, it has been a long time since we’ve seen these kinds of weather patterns.  While we have no control over the weather, we do have the opportunity to keep the weather from affecting our homes or business.  To help prevent weather-related damages from hurting your home or business, apply some of the following tips to protect your property:

  • Keep gutters clear of leaves, sticks and other debris to help ensure it can drain properly. Make sure downspouts direct water away from the home or business
  • Wrap water pipes in your crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer and prevent freezing
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces 

Give SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio a call if you have any additional questions.  Our team is always here to help when disaster strikes!  

Fireplace Safety Tips

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fireplaces may be more than just the focal point of a person’s home, especially during the winter seasons.  It may be used to provide warmth during this time of year.  However, fireplaces can be potentially dangerous.  Home fire safety is essential, below are a few tips to help keep your home and family safe:  

  • Crack open a window while the fire is burning.
  • Be sure the damper or flue is open before lighting or starting a fire, and until embers have completely stopped burning, to draw smoke out of the house.
  • Check the damper by looking up into the chimney with a flashlight or mirror.
  • Use smaller pieces of dry and well-aged wood for home fire safety, avoiding wet or green wood, which causes more smoke and soot buildup in the chimney.
  • Have a professional check the chimney annually.
  • When cleaning a fireplace, remove ashes from previous fires, keeping levels of the to 1 inch or less for less smoke
  • Check for animal nests or other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping.
  • Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of anything that is potentially flammable.
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended and be sure it’s completely out before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Home fireplace safety should include keeping a fire extinguisher on hand.

Fire damage can be devastating and SERVPRO of Victoria understands the stress that comes with it.  SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio is dedicated to helping you.  If you face any winter storm damages, give our team a call (210) 653-4651 and we’ll be there to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Emergency Ready Profile

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Are you a small business owner that would like to protect your company from disaster striking?  You may not always prevent disasters from happening, but you can always be prepared.  Begin the New Year by letting SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio help you stay in business by helping you be prepared for unplanned disasters.  Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.  By creating an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) with SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  The Emergency Ready Profile provides critical details of your facility along with immediate contact information that provides a guide to get you back into your building after a disaster.  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.  Be ready and get a free Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio, give our office a call at (210) 653-4651.  Making sure "Like it never even happened."

Restoring Your Property After a Fire Damage Event

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage events at Northeast San Antonio commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small fire cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio

SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Candle Safety Tips

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

There is something calming about candles especially during the holiday season.  They look pretty and enhance the ambiance in a room, they give off a fragrant smell that can be so luring, but they can also be the cause to a house fire.   December has been noted as the peak month of candle fires.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of every 5 candle fires started when they were placed to something that can burn, such as furniture, bedding, or decorations.  Review the tips below to prevent any house fires this holiday season:

  • Blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed
  • Keep candles one foot (30 centimeters) away from anything that can burn
  • Use a sturdy candle holder, that will not tip over easily
  • Put candle holders and a sturdy and unclutter surface
  • Light candles carefully, keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
  • Do not let the candle burn all the way to the bottom; put it out before it gets too close to the container or holder
  • You should not light a candle if oxygen is used in the home
  • During a power outage, use a flashlight or battery-operated lighting instead of a candle

Although candles can add to the décor in the room, however, they can also add danger.  Remember candles are an open flame which means they can easily ignite.  Create an environment that is safe for you during this holiday season, use alternatives to prevent any candle fires in homes like using flameless candles.  As always, remember SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio is here to help!