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A Water Cleanup Process Tailored to Your Braun Station Home

4/7/2024 (Permalink)

B&A pics of ceiling water damage Our SERVPRO service illustrates the Before & After results--"Like it never even happened." We help our neighbors in Braun Station and nearby areas.

Water Damage Drying and Reconstruction

Like these Braun Station homeowners, you cannot always predict when water damage will strike. With water pouring from the ceiling materials, they knew they had to act fast to get qualified and experienced professionals working to help. SERVPRO® was a clear choice for our commitment to being Faster to any size disaster™.

Water damage in Braun Station homes like this spread rapidly, overwhelming the affected building materials. In this situation, especially with the delicate work around an active light fixture, we removed the heavy, soiled materials to expose the areas of this structural cavity that our drying tools could reach and help. The drying process, meticulously executed in several phases by our trusted team, sought to protect and preserve as much of the original materials and construction as possible.

Our Post Demolition Drying Process

With the cavity exposed, our use of thermal imagery and moisture sensors, which are highly effective in detecting the level of damage to other materials that we deem salvageable, ensures a thorough restoration process that homeowners can feel confident in.

  • Air Movers: Our use of air movers is one of the many constants of our water damage recovery work across homes and businesses in Greater San Antonio. This consistent blast of warm air promotes continual evaporation of trapped water in porous building materials like wood framing. 
  • Dehumidifiers: Evaporation raises the humidity in the house, however. So, we use dehumidifiers to regulate changing conditions and actively prevent mold growth and structural deterioration. 
  • Reinstallation: We seamlessly transition from drying to build-back services, and the After side of the photo can show our expertise in matching original building materials “Like it never even happened.” ™ 

Are you dealing with a water damage mess? Our SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals are only a phone call away, ready to help you get life back to normal. Call now at (210) 267-2159.

Braun Station's Comprehensive Closet Water Damage Restoration

2/13/2024 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech extracting contaminated water from carpet with caption: WE DO WATER EXTRACTION If you have water damage in your Braun Station home, call SERVPRO. We are Here to Help® 24/7.

Effective Water Restoration Services for Braun Station

Water intrusion does not have to be significant to affect a home considerably. Even something as small as a closet space can leave damage that can feel overwhelming to address for property owners. The damage can range from superficial to structural, but with the right expertise, even the most afflicted spaces can reclaim their pre-damage glory, as shown in the before and after photos of this humble closet.

The Impact of Water Within a Home Space

Braun Station water damage in a space such as a closet can lead to many problems beyond unsightly water stains and the need to dry clothing items. Consider all the items commonly stored in a closet and the structural elements. Here's what water can do:

  • Rot and weaken wooden structures, including beams and flooring.
  • It can cause mold.
  • Excessive moisture leads to the corrosion of metal fixtures and rust on hangers.
  • Damage to electrical systems, creating potential safety hazards.
  • Ruin insulation leads to increased energy costs.

The Professional Approach to Water Restoration in Braun Station

The experienced SERVPRO® team tackles water cleanup with a calculated and thorough approach. Their team arrives equipped with industry-leading tools and a plan of action that includes:

  • Extracting standing water using powerful, submersible pumps.
  • Employing air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the area.
  • Utilizing moisture detectors to ensure no wet spots go untreated.
  • Sanitizing with antimicrobial and antibacterial treatments to help prevent mold.
  • Repairing or replacing damaged materials like drywall, flooring, and baseboards.

Taking a closet from waterlogged to restoration is a precise process that SERVPRO technicians take seriously. The team keeps the homeowner apprised of the entire operation from start to finish.

Connect with SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159 for a fast response to water damage in a closet or any other area of your property, inside and out. Our team of restoration experts is Faster to any size disaster™.

San Antonio Remodel Post Water Damage

1/16/2024 (Permalink)

Photo on the left is of pooled water on the floor of a closet. On the right is the after photo with new walls and flooring. If your San Antonio home has water damage, call SERVPRO. We are Here to Help® 24/7.

SERVPRO® Does Water Damage Restoration for a San Antonio Bathroom

Residential bathrooms are one of the biggest hotbeds for water damage in San Antonio properties. Humid weather, hot showers, and plumbing concerns can all contribute to an environment that elevates moisture and potentially damages structural materials and fixtures in the home. Even small pipe leaks can damage walls, floors, and cabinetry considerably without swift, decisive action.

San Antonio properties needing water restoration can count on SERVPRO for rapid-response, comprehensive services that can expand beyond moisture extraction or drying. Crew members implement mitigation, demolition, and repair services, including those related to bathroom remodeling, per Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for home restoration.

How Under-Sink Water Damage Impacts Home Bathrooms

A pipe leak in this property damaged the bathroom sink cabinet and the flooring underneath. SERVPRO technicians responded to these damages by:

  • Pulling up the affected flooring
  • Extracting excess moisture
  • Decontaminating the space with EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions
  • Drying the area with air movement and dehumidification equipment

These strategies are essential to successful water cleanup, especially in bathrooms, which can be more prone to bacteria and mold growth than other areas of the home. 

While homeowners may want to take these restoration steps independently, trained technicians can implement them with full knowledge of the strategies and techniques necessary to avoid unintentional secondary damages from cleanup.

SERVPRO Bathroom Remodeling After Water Removal

After cleaning the space and removing water, SERVPRO needed to restore the bathroom to a pre-damage condition, which ultimately entailed a complete remodel. Steps taken to this end include:

  • Removing and replacing the water-damaged cabinet
  • Installing replacement flooring 
  • Repairing and repainting drywall

After SERVPRO completed this remodel, homeowners could return to their daily activities without worrying about potential water damage lurking under bathroom surfaces.

Residents can call SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159 for restoration services that make it look “Like it never even happened.”

Dealing With Common Water Damage Issues in San Antonio Properties

10/9/2023 (Permalink)

Green rubber duck surrounded by bubbles and water. If you discover water damage in your San Antonio home, call SERVPRO. We're Here to Help® 24/7.

SERVPRO® Ensures Prompt San Antonio Water Damage Repair

Moisture damage can have many consequences in your San Antonio home after a sustained leak. The level of damage may vary depending on factors like the source of the leak, the amount of water involved, and how quickly the issue is addressed. To minimize the impact of water damage, you should address leaks promptly and thoroughly. This often entails drying out the affected areas and repairing or replacing damaged materials.

The carpets, hardwood floors, and other flooring may require restoration when addressing water damage in San Antonio. SERVPRO professionals deeply understand how different materials and surfaces react to moisture. Therefore, we can assess the extent of the damage and determine the appropriate steps for repair or restoration. We also can allocate the correct drying equipment to remove moisture from affected areas.

When addressing water damage in San Antonio, the carpets, hardwood floors, and other flooring may require restoration. SERVPRO professionals deeply understand how different materials and surfaces react to moisture. Therefore, we can assess the extent of the damage and determine the appropriate steps for repair or restoration. We also can allocate the correct drying equipment to remove moisture from affected areas.

The effect of water on flooring materials

Moisture Removal on Hardwood Floors

Hardwood, being a natural material, can contract and expand as a reaction to fluctuations in moisture levels. When the humidity is high, hardwood flooring can absorb moisture and expand. Conversely, in dry conditions, it can lose moisture and contract. These changes can cause buckling, cupping, or warping of the material. When restoring hardwood materials after water damage, we aim to ensure prompt moisture removal while preventing over-drying. Achieving the right balance is crucial to prevent further damage and maintain the structural integrity and appearance of the wood.

Measures when restoring hardwood flooring

  • Sanding may be necessary to level the surface
  • Monitor the subfloor to ensure thorough drying
  • Erecting a tent of polyethylene over wet areas may be required to create a smaller drying chamber

SERVPRO of Braun Station helps assess and address water damage adequately. Call us at (210) 267-2159. We're Faster to any size disaster®.

SERVPRO has Safe and Efficient Mold Remediation in San Antonio 

10/5/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech wearing a glove using a moisture meter on a mold infested wall. If you suspect mold in your San Antonio home, call SERVPRO. We're Faster to any size disaster™.

San Antonio Homeowners Trust SERVPRO® with Mold Remediation 

Professional mold restoration involves identifying, containing, and removing mold from a contaminated area. SERVPRO techs use IICRC guidelines during mold remediation of your San Antonio home to limit the extent of the damage. 

SERVPRO techs meticulously plan the mold remediation of your San Antonio home to make the process thorough, effective, and safe. We aim to limit the spread of airborne mold fragments and spores to unaffected areas of the building.

Restoring Mold Damage in HVAC Systems

Mold damage in HVAC systems can be particularly challenging to remediate, as mold spores can quickly spread throughout the building through the system. SERVPRO techs use specialized techniques to clean mold damage in HVAC systems.

Here are some of the steps they typically take:

  • Inspection: The first step in cleaning mold contamination in HVAC systems is to thoroughly inspect the system to identify areas of mold growth and assess the extent of the damage. It involves SERVPRO techs conducting visual inspections, air sampling, and surface sampling.
  • Containment: Techs often establish containment barriers around the affected areas and use negative air pressure to contain mold spores released during cleaning.
  • Cleaning: After the affected areas are contained, SERVPRO mold specialists begin cleaning. It typically involves using specialized equipment and cleaning solutions to remove mold growth from the HVAC system. It may include HEPA vacuuming, antimicrobial cleaning, and air duct cleaning.

Preventing Mold Damage 

SERVPRO techs recommend preventative measures such as regular HVAC cleaning and maintenance, humidity control, and air filtration to prevent future mold growth in VAC systems.

You must seek help from professional restorers as quickly as possible if you suspect mold growth in your home to prevent the contamination from spreading.  

SERVPRO of Braun Station is only a click away. Our team of technicians is available round-the-clock to assist you with any questions you may have.

Trust SERVPRO for Dependable Fire Damage Cleanup in San Antonio

5/21/2023 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with soot covering the ceiling and walls SERVPRO technicians have access to the latest equipment to help make the fire that occurred in your home a far off memory. Call SERVPRO 24/7.

SERVPRO Offers Comprehensive Fire Damage Cleanup in San Antonio Home

Even after the flames have been put out, the lingering odor of smoke can be a constant reminder of the fire disaster. Professional restoration companies, like SERVPRO, have the expertise and equipment to remove smoke odor during the fire damage cleanup of your San Antonio home. 

SERVPRO techs use various odor control measures during the fire cleanup of your San Antonio home, depending on the source and intensity of the odor. SERVPRO techs often use multiple methods during the restoration process to increase the efficiency of odor elimination. 

Deodorizing After Smoke Damage 

The biggest challenge SERVPRO techs face during deodorizing fire-damaged homes is reaching the odor-causing smoke particles hidden in pores and surface cavities. However, using the right equipment, it is possible to create conditions that enable the deodorizer to interact more effectively with the hidden odor-causing residues. 

Some of the most common equipment we use to neutralize odor after fire damage include-

  • Air scrubbers are machines that filter the air in a room or building. They capture and remove odor-causing airborne particles, such as smoke and soot, and can significantly improve indoor air quality.
  • Thermal foggers release a heated, deodorizing mist that penetrates porous materials, such as walls and furniture. The mist neutralizes smoke odor molecules, effectively eliminating the smell.
  • Ozone generators produce ozone, a very reactive gas that reacts with odor molecules to neutralize them. 
  • Hydroxyl generators produce hydroxyl radicals, which react with odor molecules to neutralize them. Hydroxyl generators are safe around people, pets, and plants and can be used in occupied spaces.

Cleaning Smoke and Soot Residue is Equally Important

In addition to the deodorizing agents, SERVPRO techs use specialized cleaning products and techniques to remove smoke residue from surfaces, such as walls, floors, and furniture. Removing the residue can further reduce the odor of smoke in a room or building.

Call SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159 for fast service.

Have SERVPRO Experts Handle Your San Antonio Fire Damage

4/13/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles parked on the side of the road SERVPRO has the tools and equipment to remove soot after fire damage from your home in San Antonio.

SERVPRO Provides San Antonio Residents with Fire Damage Restoration

Any fire can be a frightening experience, but even more so when it occurs within your San Antonio home. Not only do you have to worry about whether everyone, including pets, got out safely, but you also need to think about items lost and the arduous process of cleaning up. DIY methods are never recommended, even if you had a small blaze in a guest bedroom due to electrical issues. Instead, calling trained fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) from SERVPRO gets you proven, efficient results!

There are many working parts for any restoration project, especially involving fire damage in San Antonio. When it comes to house fire cleanup, SERVPRO has the skills and equipment to address everything, including:

  • Soot and smoke residues
  • Charred debris
  • Structural damage
  • Water used to put out the flames

All of the above elements within fire damaged homes can wreak havoc on your interior and personal belongings. The good news for many property owners is that if you act fast and hire our team, we can get in to begin fire remediation efforts as soon as possible.

Fire Damage Inspection/Assessment

The first step our specialists take is ensuring your property is safe for entry. We look for structural issues that could jeopardize the home or pose a hazard to our crew. We then look at all soiling and water/moisture presents to select the best equipment and projects for fire restoration.

Debris Removal and Disposal

Once we complete the initial assessment and project planning, we secure the property, put containment in place, and start clearing debris from your perimeter and interior. We also have boarding and tarp-up services to handle any holes in your roof or walls, covering any broken or missing doors and windows.

Did You Know That We Can Restore Many Contents and Furnishings?

With our restore versus replace mode of fire cleanup, we always try to clean and restore items impacted by smoke and grime from the fire. We sort through all objects, determining what can get salvaged and what is damaged beyond repair. It is essential to act quickly so corrosive soot, and smoke does not have a chance to contaminate items or destroy them further.

  • All restorable items within fire-affected zones get carefully cleaned and deodorized.
  • We inspect and test fabrics for colorfastness and determine the best restoration methods.
  • Our crew uses wet or dry cleaning methods to help us achieve our desired result.
  • In some cases where electronics, artwork, and other specialty items call for additional care, we have trusted specialists in the area to tackle the restoration.

No Fire Restoration Project is Complete Without Deodorization

Pungent smoke odors are present in any fire situation, so we have Odor Control Technicians (OCT) on our team to rid your building of lingering smells. We always do more than just mask odors using fragrance. Instead, our fire and smoke restoration team seek out odor sources and eliminate them entirely. We do this with specialized cleaning agents, deodorizers, thermal fogging equipment, air scrubbers, and more.

We Want All Clients to Have a Good Experience

With any emergency in your home or place of business, you may feel an overwhelming sense of chaos. Our customer care team takes the initiative right from the start to gather information from you to dispatch a crew with everything we need.

Call us at SERVPRO of Braun Station when you require help with fire damage. We can be reached 24/7 at (210) 267-2159.

Water Damage Results You Can Trust in San Antonio

4/13/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in a living room with water damage Water damages not only the structure but possessions as well. SERVPRO can help dry your San Antonio home from top to bottom.

SERVPRO Offers 24/7 Water Damage Restoration for San Antonio Residents

Once your San Antonio property gets damaged by water, you need to repair it as fast as possible. Although water is an all-natural substance, it can wreak havoc on your building materials, structural elements, and belongings. Hiring skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) is the best way to get results without all of the headaches and pitfalls of DIY methods alone. SERVPRO offers an emergency response team to help you handle water cleanup and total restoration, as needed. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

We have trained technicians at SERVPRO that address your water damage in San Antonio appropriately and swiftly. Water infiltration is never anything you can put off because you risk costly secondary damage that leads to extensive repairs or a total loss of materials and contents. There is also the potential for mildew and black mold growth, which brings its own dangers.

Once you contact our customer care team, we can mobilize and have our Green Fleet at your door within hours. We inspect your property to identify the damage to formulate a course of action that allows us to facilitate water removal services and drying in tandem. Some of the items and equipment you may see us setting up once we begin include:

  • Containment to help us keep the water from migrating into unaffected areas of your home. We also work to limit the tracking of moisture and debris from one room to the next.
  • Submersible pumps, truck-mounted extractors, rovers, and carpet wand tools help us pull up as much water as possible.
  • Dehumidification equipment helps us pull moisture from the air to restore relative humidity (RH) to the appropriate levels.
  • Industrial-grade fans, centrifugal air movers, drying mats, and other equipment to execute our drying protocols.

Remember, Not All Water Damage is Visible to the Untrained Eye

When part of your home has taken on water from burst pipes or flooding, even if the damage does not seem severe, there could be areas where water migrated that pose a threat. Depending on the layout, where the standing water is located, and where it came from, substances could contaminate the water.

  • It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to water restoration, so our crew utilizes moisture detection equipment like meters and sensors that allow us to find hidden pockets of moisture.
  • Some areas of concern may be tight spaces, openings behind walls, underneath cabinetry, and between your flooring layer and the subfloor below.

Did you know? Restoration using water mitigation efforts can be less expensive than replacement! Our team constantly works to restore versus replace whenever possible – making it “Like it never even happened.”

We Evaluate and Adjust Our Drying Efforts as We Move Through the Project

Our IICRC-certified technicians understand the science behind psychometry, which involves the air and all of its properties – temperature, vapor pressure, humidity, etc. all get evaluated to ensure optimum conditions for drying and restoration. We take the time to add or remove equipment and adjust location as needed to help us achieve our drying goals as soon as possible.

In some water-related emergencies, controlled demolition is necessary for reconstruction purposes. If drywall, carpeting, baseboards, and other elements are unsalvageable, we have trusted area contractors to handle it with precision.

When you need water damage restoration, we are here to help at SERVPRO of Braun Station. Request help online or call for 24-hour service at (210) 267-2159.

Mold Damage Cannot Wait if Suspected in Your San Antonio Home

4/13/2023 (Permalink)

Mold damage on a white wall Count on the professionals at SERVPRO if you find mold damage in your San Antonio home.

Never Trust Mold Damage Cleanup to Anyone but SERVPRO in San Antonio

Mold infestation is the type of problem you rarely see coming. You may expect to spot a bit of mold around your bathtub or shower, but if you start to see issues on your ceilings or walls, that is a much bigger problem. Unfortunately, mold remediation is a challenging and daunting process that is never smart for a DIY project. Due to the effects of black mold, having the pros at SERVPRO come to your San Antonio property is the safest, most effective option. We will always make it Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Why contact SERVPRO for help with mold damage in San Antonio? Because we have the training, equipment, and experience to get, the job done right the first time. You should contact us for mold cleanup if:

  • You start spotting mold development on your ceilings, walls, or under the bathroom or kitchen cabinets
  • There is a pervasive musty-type odor within your home
  • Your interior is relatively humid, or there have been several plumbing issues

Why is Mold Remediation So Challenging?

There are also countless types of mold growing inside and outdoors. All mold spores require the same elements to fester and colonize; organic materials and moisture. Homes are loaded with organic materials like wood, carpeting, paper, cotton, etc. However, the real catalyst in any mold situation is moisture. This is why so many bathrooms succumb to mildew and mold issues.

Mold remediation is exceptionally challenging for a couple of reasons. One reason is that mold can be hard to find, especially if there is a hidden plumbing leak. The other is that spores are both airborne and microscopic. These tiny spores can latch onto your hair, clothing, pets, and anything else that comes into your home. This is why it is better to have pros onsite and ready to handle all cleaning the proper way – never causing more of an issue by inadvertently disturbing mold so it travels to unimpacted areas of your home.

Why is SERVPRO the Team to Call for Mold Restoration?

We feature highly-trained IICRC-certified technicians with plenty of experience with mold projects. Our crew knows mold’s behavior, how to clean it safely, and keep it from coming back inside your home or business. The process generally includes the following:

  • The identification of the moisture source, which is usually a plumbing issue that we must address before cleaning mold.
  • We assess impacted areas to determine how far mold began to spread along with salvageable items and materials. Porous things like ceiling tiles and carpeting usually always require disposal.
  • We clean mold infestations from your home, including patches under carpeting, above ceiling panels, under cabinetry, and behind walls.

We want all of our San Antonio customers to know that there are ways to prevent mold from coming back in the future. You can start by keeping your interior humidity levels low, no higher than 50%. Ensure you have enough ventilation and fix any known leaks with your plumbing, walls, or roof. Should you have a water spill, we also suggest calling our water mitigation team to handle it. However, if you DIY, remove and replace carpeting or upholstery that has been soaked and you cannot dry it out properly.

Nobody gets the cleanup and restoration done quite like SERVPRO of Braun Station when it comes to mold damage. Call us at (210) 267-2159 for assistance!

Water Cleanup of Flooded, San Antonio Homes, is Fast with SERVPRO

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

water dasmaged kitchen; SERVPRO restoration equipment being used SERVPRO techs use a multi-step strategy during flood cleanup of your property, which ensures a fast and efficient restoration.

It Pays to Hire SERVPRO for Water Cleanup of your Flooded San Antonio Home 

Flooding after a storm can create a terrible situation for any homeowner. If water cleanup of your San Antonio home does not happen fast, the contaminated flood water can quickly cause irreparable damage. Hiring professionals like SERVPRO with the experience and training to deal with such situations can help you quickly restore your home to its preloss condition. 

SERVPRO techs use a multi-step strategy during the water cleanup of your San Antonio property, which ensures a fast and efficient restoration. Some of the essential steps include the following:

  • Establishing engineering controls
  • Extracting water and removing bulk material
  • Providing humidity control
  • Carry out controlled demolition, if required
  • Dispose of the waste 
  • Cleaning Salvageable Material During Flood Restoration 

SERVPRO techs clean and decontaminate the material exposed to floodwater. Different materials are cleaned using various techniques. Some of the ways in which SERVPRO techs clean surfaces after flooding due to a storm include the following:

  • Techs use HEPA vacuum to remove dry particles adhering to the surfaces like drywall.  
  • Structural components, including wall and floor surfaces, are cleaned with a pressure wash if contamination is absent.
  • Most remaining materials, such as wood and concrete, are wet cleaned using detergent cleaning agents.  

Once the cleaning is complete, SERVPRO techs use EPA-approved biocides to disinfect the cleaned surfaces. We always take your consent before applying chemical biocides and disinfectants during the restoration process.

Waste Disposal

SERVPRO techs dispose of wastewater according to local guidelines and regulations. Techs double bag all the contaminated porous material in 6-mil polyethylene bags before disposing of them. Once the restoration is complete, SERVPRO techs clean the tools and equipment with EPA-registered disinfectant.

Call SERVPRO of Braun Station at (210) 267-2159 for a fast and efficient water restoration of your flooded home.