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Commercial Damages in Central Texas | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding SERVPRO of Alamo Heights is your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services.

Businesses make up the backbone of our country. Whether you are a business owner yourself or have a favorite spot that you visit often, businesses are the cornerstone to our lives.

Owning a business can be stressful enough, but when disaster strikes and you are faced with unexpected damages, it can be very costly and can even cause businesses to close if the damage is severe enough.

The cost of damage that comes from natural disasters is inching up over the years in the United States. The NCEI reports that over the last few years, our country has suffered an average of $153 billion worth of damage annually. That is a significant leap compared to previous years.

In central Texas, we are no stranger to thunderstorms and tornadoes. We are right on the edge of one of the most volatile areas in the country for tornadoes!

Do you remember the tornado that touched down in Alamo Heights in February 2017? This EF-2 tornado damaged some gas stations, Carousel Court and the front of the local Edward Jones building. This system caused major damage to our area and local businesses.

Below are some issues that commonly plague business owners and some suggestions to help reduce the risk of damage to your own businesses.

Water Damage

Water damage or excessive moisture is always a large threat to business owners. A storm or a flash flood, or even an overflowing washing machine, can cause a water headache for your business. It can be costly and extensive to repair or replace things following the damage.

If the water comes from an external source, it can seep through doors and through your foundation and actually degrade the structural integrity of your business facility’s foundation. If you haven’t graded the property around your business, consider getting the work done to help keep unwanted water away from your building.

Water damage can also take over slowly from a drip or small leak that goes unnoticed. Inspect your plumbing and appliances regularly to help stop any water in its tracks.

Storm Damage

Storm damage is a very common problem for business owners, and if you own your business long enough, chances are you will encounter this problem at least once.

Strong storms rip off roofs or siding and can break windows. Even seemingly minor storms can cause power outages, and if you rely on any sort of refrigeration for your business, that loss of power can be devastating to your product.

Storms with straight line or very high winds over 100 mph can completely demolish buildings and uproot trees. Consider reinforcing your roof and installing storm-protective window coverings to help diminish the risk of severe damage to your building.

Calling Us to Help

If the damage to your business is severe enough, it can force unwanted closures while the repairs are being done. Closures make businesses suffer.

Thankfully, that’s what SERVPRO of Alamo Heights is here for! We will answer your call day or night and will get you back on track as soon as we can. We will start the restoration process quickly to get you back into business before you know it.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Fire Safety Starts With You | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Alamo Heights is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration need.

In the first five months of 2022, the American Red Cross responded to more than 20,000 house fires. While that number may seem unfathomable, that total is unfortunately not even the full total of house fires that have already occurred in 2022.

Your first line of defense is always a reliable smoke detector on each level of your home. But in addition to the solid protection that a smoke detector brings to your household, there are a few other things you can do to ensure you are minimizing your fire risk as much as you are able.

Organizing and Decluttering

What is the most cluttered and disorganized room or space in your home? If you immediately think of a hallway, stairwell, or a doorway (shoes, shoes and more shoes), you have created a fire hazard in your own home.

Not only is the excess a tripping hazard in the event that you need to exit your home quickly, but it also adds fuel to a fire if the clutter is flammable.

With the weather ramping up for the sweltering summer months here in Alamo Heights, it is incredibly important to make sure your air conditioning unit is free of blockages and any fire danger. Keep the unit free of piles of old grass clippings or fallen leaves. Inside your home, make sure your venting system is cleaned regularly.

If you are a woodworker, sawdust is highly flammable and a very dangerous thing to leave behind in a shop. Take care to continually wipe down your work area to ensure a safe environment.

Preventing Fire During Droughts

While our county is currently in a moderate drought alert, it could quickly turn into a severe or exceptional drought with the right climate conditions.

Since our area is so dry, it is very important to make sure fire restriction rules are being followed and the utmost care is being taken to handle dry brush, grass clippings and any other dry vegetation properly. Don’t let it pile up around your house or block any important venting or air units.

Defensible Spaces, Explained

Your yard can also be used to strategically battle fires! By planting trees and other landscaping plants, you can create a barrier between the fire source and your home. This gives your fire crew valuable time to get to you, and it also protects your home.

States like California have actually enforced defensible zone regulations because of their effectiveness time and time again. Especially in years of drought like we are in, it is smart to adopt some of these practices.

Clean It Or Lose It

Once you have tended to the clutter in your home, simple cleaning tasks come next! Stay on top of your dusting, stove cleaning and chimney inspections to make sure you are giving your home the best defenses in case of a fire.

And a simple dusting every week can make the difference between a minor problem and a major problem.

Thankfully, it doesn’t take a lot of work to help combat house fires on your own. Even the simple act of spot-cleaning throughout your week can make a huge difference.

Our homes do so much for us—they keep us safe and dry and let us relax after long days. Take care of it by adopting some of these ideas into your weekly routine.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Creating Your Storm Safety Plan | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

a dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Alamo Heights right away.

Living in Texas, we know that severe weather can develop quickly and be very intense at times. Texas thunderstorms can include strong winds, heavy rain, damaging hail and even tornadoes. Plus, considering that there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, these severe weather events happen often, especially in Alamo Heights.

Texas is a hotspot for seasonal tornadoes. Did you know that Texas recorded the most tornadoes in 2021 out of all 50 states? Living in central Texas, knowing what to do when severe weather develops is very important.

While we can be informed about common weather patterns, we cannot dictate the weather. The best way to combat sudden severe weather is to be prepared for it at all times.

By doing little things like building an emergency kit, having a family communication plan and having a process to deal with potential damages, you can be ready for any severe weather.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

The first thing you should do when severe storms are on the horizon is to solidify your family’s communication strategy. You need to be able to reach them at all times, and you should also have a way to receive alerts and updates from your local weather authorities via a cell phone or an NOAA weather radio.

Refresh your memory on the difference between watches and warnings, so you know whether to be sky-aware or when to move inside and seek immediate shelter.

You also need to discuss your communication strategy with your family, and communicate a common safe area in your home that everyone knows about and can access quickly in the event of bad weather. Even if not all of your family members are home during the storm, it is important to still be able to communicate with them after the weather has passed so you can check in with them.

Packing an Effective Emergency Kit

When packing an emergency kit, you should have the basics for each of your family members to be safe and comfortable for at least 72 hours. The essentials should include non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies and flashlights with fresh batteries. This kit should be stocked and stored in your safe area at all times.

Your “After the Storm” Checklist

Once the storm has cleared and it is safe to emerge from your safe area, do a recap of your safety plan and a walkthrough of your home to check for damage.

When it is safe to do so, check your property for damage. Inspect your windows, doors and roof immediately, as these areas are more susceptible to water damage first.

If you do end up finding damage in your home, we are here to help. Our trusted staff at SERVPRO of Alamo Heights will be there to clean up and fix your damages. We respond quickly to inquiries and our experienced staff will get you back to “Like it never even happened.”

When the storm is over and your household members have all been marked as safe, make it a priority to do one final audit of your safety plan. Gather feedback about what worked and what needed improvement, and make any necessary adjustments so that you are ready and better prepared for when the next storm rolls through Texas.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

The Progression of Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

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A leaky faucet or small water leak in your home can often go unnoticed, but unfortunately even a small amount of moisture can have disastrous effects on your home. An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage quickly seeps into floors, walls and other soft surfaces of your home. It is very important to address the problem right away. The timeline of water damage progresses quickly.

In the First 24 Hours

If you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of a flood damaging your home within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Especially living in “Flash Flood Alley” like we do, knowing what to do in the aftermath is crucial.

The first 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage can make the difference between short-term and long-term problems. Items like soft furnishings and upholstery will retain water, and wooden structures and furniture can swell from excess moisture.

Personal belongings like books or photographs are especially fragile and can easily be lost beyond repair. Mold can also start to grow within 24 hours so quick action is essential.

Our experts at SERVPRO of Alamo Heights will help restore rather than replace your possessions and keepsakes. If anything cannot be successfully restored, that will be communicated to you immediately. We aim to remove these types of materials as soon as possible to give them the best chance of restoration.

Within the First Week

After the first 24 hours, water damage will progress further and quickly. Mold can spread like wildfire with excessive moisture. If mold sets in, it can damage your home’s internal structures.

Additionally, porous surfaces, such as wood surfaces and walls, will become increasingly compromised. Metal surfaces will start corroding in this time frame as well.

After One Week

You must avoid letting moisture sit for an extended period of time because some effects may be disastrous or irreversible. As time goes on and no action is taken, it gets more costly and more invasive to reverse the damage. The risk for increased structural damage goes up as well.

How SERVPRO Will Help

SERVPRO’s restoration process begins with the first call, preferably within the first 24 hours of the event. Service work normally starts with a thorough extraction of water. This helps prevent the spread of water and reduces the drying time in the home.

In most cases, floors, furniture and other belongings require a deep-clean, sanitization and deodorization. After the majority of the water has been removed, our specialists will use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the water and moisture you can’t easily see.

After these initial steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. This step varies from minor projects to entire structure rebuilds in your home.

Let us simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial long-term damage mitigation and by rebuilding the affected areas. SERVPRO of Alamo Heights will keep you informed every step of the way and have you back in your home or business as soon as possible.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

SERVPRO Is the Restoration Provider of Choice | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

A house floating in a large body of water When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO of Alamo Heights for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration

Here at SERVPRO, we are more than simply a cleanup, restoration and construction services company. We also are here for when natural or man-made disasters occur.

Water Damage

Flash flooding happens in an instant. It doesn’t matter if it’s an inch or a foot, any water at all can cause serious damage.

In fact, floods cause more than $10 billion in damages nationwide every year.

If you own a home or are a business owner, chances are that you will encounter flooding problems at some point, but thankfully, SERVPRO has the tools you need to tackle the damages. We will help you understand the extent of the damage so you are able to take the proper steps toward full restoration.

We have the skills and tools to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water. We also can assist you in developing a water damage restoration plan to ensure your home stays clean, dry and is restored to its preloss condition.

Fire Damage

A fire department in the United States responds to a fire every 23 seconds, and there was roughly $8.1 billion in direct property damage and losses nationwide in 2020.

If your home or business has sustained fire damage, we’ll jump right into action with our seven-step restoration process.

This starts with an inspection and damage assessment and progresses through all the necessary, in-between steps before starting repairs and construction.

Storm Damage

From wildfires to tornadoes, or hurricanes to blizzards, storms can wreak havoc on our homes. Our goal is to always be there for you and to help you bring your home back to its pre-storm condition as soon as possible.

With tornado season on the horizon here in Texas, it is more important than ever to have a plan in place in case of an emergency. If a major storm hits Alamo Heights and overwhelms local resources, we have access to equipment and other materials from our other 1,950 locations to ensure a quick and reliable response to your needs.

Storm and water damage can affect not only the structure of your home but your belongings as well. SERVPRO specializes in restoration, with the mindset of restoring rather than replacing.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

We are here when you need us. You can reach out to a SERVPRO expert via our 247 Emergency Line day or night and receive immediate assistance.

Our experts in green are part of the No. 1 cleanup and restoration team in the nation with more than 50 years experience. We’re locally owned and operated, but we’re also backed by a network of more than 1,900 locations around the United States. You can rest assured we’ll have your home or business back to “Like it never even happened” status as quickly as possible.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

The 3 Types of Floods & the 4 Things They Are Often Caused By | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

a street completely submerged in water and a flood warning sign in roadway Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of Alamo Heights has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.

When people think of natural disasters, they often first think of hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning, but many people are surprised to learn that flooding is the most common disaster and that it claims the most amount of lives. It impacts homes, communities and even entire cities depending on the severity of the damage.

Flooding can impact any place throughout the U.S., but many floods have similar causality and traits. There are three main types of flooding, which occur for four typical reasons.

The 3 Types of Flooding

Flash floods occur when heavy rainfall impacts an area, overwhelming the ability of the ground to absorb the moisture. Flash floods are quite common, and excess runoff can carry away small objects, cars and people in its path.

River floods are described in the name. If a river becomes too full to be contained by the river bank, the water can quickly spill over the sides and lead to destruction.

Coastal floods occur by large bodies of water, when storm surges or cyclonic activity leads to oceans or gulfs rising to meet flood levels.

The 4 Frequent Causes of Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. When storms release an excess of rainfall or spend an extended period of time over an area, flash floods and river floods are likely. Urban areas typically carry the most risk, as they have a higher percentage of paved areas that do not have the ability to absorb water.

Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes and rising tides can cause water levels to rise in waves, which can invade coastal communities and wreak havoc.

Dams and levees failing. Many people are familiar with levee breaks due to the recent disaster of 2005, Hurricane Katrina. When cracks or excess pressure weakens a levee or dam, it overwhelms the structure and overpowers its ability to keep the water contained.

Snowmelts and ice dams. When heavy snow and extended periods of freezing temperatures occur, snow and ice can build up throughout the winter season. When these start to melt, they can lead to an excess of water flowing through an area. Ice dams or ice jams occur when built-up ice blocks water from being carried down the river, which can lead to the bank overflowing.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

Consider Us Your Silent Partner | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Alamo Heights are your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

Business owners of any kind understand the responsibilities and risks of owning your own company! You realize that no matter if the circumstances are good or bad, it’s up to you to fix it. So, things like disasters or accidents can become another full-time job if you aren’t prepared.

But when you have SERVPRO of Alamo Heights on your side, you know you can rest a little easier. We partner with you so that we can take care of some of those responsibilities on your plate. Years of service within the restoration industry have prepared us.

Large loss recovery. Fires, storms and flooding are the top causes of financial loss for businesses within the United States. These events can cause major damage to a business, costing you time and money! When you call SERVPRO, you can rest easy knowing that we are here 247 to help you with whatever restoration or cleanup you may need.

Emergency Ready Plan. In life things happen that are beyond our control, and that’s why we say the sooner you can prepare for things, the better. We will work with you to create an emergency plan for your business. We consider things like finding a temporary work site, creating an emergency chain of command and determining temporary vendors, along with so much more. We want the plan we come up with to be as easy as pushing a button.

Cleaning of All Kinds. Whether your office needs trauma site cleanup or biohazard removal,, or you are looking for general cleaning services like carpet and upholstery cleaning, we can do it all. We have a solution for every situation, in every aspect of the business world.

Restoration Services. If storms bring flood waters to your office, call SERVPRO. If a fire sparks in the staff kitchen, call SERVPRO. No matter what incident occurs in your commercial facility, you can count on SERVPRO of Alamo Heights to restore and clean up.

Industry Specialization. We work to ensure our technicians are highly trained on the ins and outs of all types of commercial enterprises. So, if your business has specific needs, we can tackle it. We also do our best to enclose the work we are doing so that we don’t take away from your everyday business needs.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

Protect Your San Antonio Property from Flood Damage

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

Located in ‘flash flood alley’, San Antonio is one of the most flood-prone regions in North America. The geography and terrain of this area are partially to blame. Heavy rainfall causes runoff to flow quickly downhill. When a large amount of water flows at high speeds, it becomes destructive and erosive. 

Most flooding events occur during the fall and spring, so with spring quickly approaching, it is more important now than ever to make sure your home is protected from floods. SERVPRO of Alamo Heights is here to help residents and business owners in San Antonio and surrounding high flood risk areas protect their properties from flood damage. 

What Makes ‘Flash Flood Alley’ Susceptible to Floods?

A combination of soil composition, geographic location, and steep terrain contributes to the high probability of flooding in this area of Central Texas. The soil here is rocky and rich in clay, so it is not able to absorb excess water during heavy rainstorms. The resulting runoff goes into the nearest stream, eventually causing flooding. 

Major storms pass through San Antonio and surrounding areas from the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. These storms combine with strong frontal boundaries from the Great Plains, resulting in heavy rain that falls too fast for the soil to absorb. 

Over the last 10 years, Central Texas has experienced over 500 flash flood events. Don’t let a flood catch you by surprise, take the necessary precautions to make sure you are prepared to protect your property.

How to Flood-Proof Your Property

There are several ways you can equip your property to prevent flood damage. The two main forms of flood-proofing renovations are known as wet and dry flood-proofing. Wet flood-proofing involves installing flood vents and sump pumps, while dry flood-proofing involves applying coatings and sealants. By taking the following precautions, you can minimize structural damage and restoration costs. 

  • Install flood vents to alleviate the buildup of hydrostatic pressure on the walls and foundation of your property. This pressure buildup can cause structural damage to your home in addition to water damage. Flood vents work by providing an outlet for the water to flow freely through the foundation of your property. 
  • Install sump pumps where flooding happens regularly. Sump pumps allow you to remove water from your basement or crawl space.
  • Install check valves on your pipes. These valves will help prevent backflow from a flooded sewage system. These are extremely important as sewage water is full of harmful bacteria and contaminants.
  • Apply sealants to your foundation, walls, windows, and doorways. This will help prevent floodwater from seeping through cracks into your house. 
  • Direct run-off away from your property. During heavy rainstorms, make sure the runoff is directed away from your building to prevent pooling, which could eventually lead to leaks.

What to Do if Flooding Has Already Occurred

If water is already flooding into your property, don’t panic - follow these steps to protect your property:

  1. Locate the source of the flooding and contain the water. If your flood is caused by something inside, you may need to shut off the main water line.
  2. Turn off the electricity, but only if you can do so safely. Touching electrical components while standing in water can cause electrocution. If it is not raining, turn off the breaker panel outside your property.
  3. Move rugs, furniture, electronics, and other valuables to higher levels to protect them from water damage.
  4. Document any damage done to send to your insurance agent when filing a claim with your flood insurance provider. If you live in a flood-prone region such as San Antonio, it’s recommended to get flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program.
  5. Call SERVPRO of Alamo Heights. We will use our advanced tools to remove excess water and dry your property completely. Our water damage restoration process will make it like the flood never happened.

If your property has been damaged by a flood, you can count on SERVPRO of Alamo Heights to provide reliable flood damage restoration. Our team is ready to help you get your damage repaired and return your property to its original condition. 

A Variety Pack of Weather Hazards | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

an image with a cloudy, rainy, sunny and snowy sky Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO of Alamo Heights is a click away if you experience any damage.

You may already be aware, but the United States is among the largest nations in the world. It is second in size to Russia and Canada. China is larger if you don’t count the outlying territories here in the U.S.

When you have a territory of this stature, you can bet that the weather events for every region are going to be different and bring about different weather threats.

With the spring season nearing, the warm and cold air will collide all around the nation and cause distinct weather events, which is why we need to keep in mind the weather events that we are likely to see here in San Antonio.   The Pacific Northwest is bounded by coastal waters and likely to experience heavy rain over the spring months. This can cause issues like flooding or other water damage. With it being in the northern region, they are likely to be dealing with snow as well, which causes problems of its own.

The Upper Midwest and Northeast regions will continue having the typical winter weather—things like snow or blizzards will still be in full effect. These states are likely going to deal with cold weather until early summer when the temperatures start to warm up.   Directly opposite of the Northeast regions, the southern West Coast has to be on the lookout for excessive heat waves. These can endanger many lives. 

The middle of the country, from Iowa to Texas, isn’t in the clear! These areas must watch out for windstorms, derechos and the large risk of wildfires. Not to mention the infamous Tornado Alley lies in this region as well.

Then you have the Southeast, which experiences a wide range of severe types of weather. There are events like tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, rip currents or early-season hurricanes. 

As you can see, where you live doesn’t matter, extreme weather events leave no one out! Your weather might look a lot different than someone who lives in another state, but that’s why it’s important to always stay prepared.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire, or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

Get Emergency Ready With Us | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee standing in office next to a person reviewing plans If the day comes when your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO of Alamo Heights will be there to help.

When you own a business, you pour your heart and soul into that company with the expectations for it to run well. You work many hours, dedicating your time to ensure you are maintaining good business standards, finding reliable employees and keeping business rolling in.

So, the fact that a disruption like a natural disaster or an accident can ruin your business in a matter of minutes can be very scary. In fact, according to FEMA, 40% of small businesses aren’t able to reopen after a natural disaster, and a quarter of those that do reopen are forced to close within a year.

It’s important to have an effective plan in place for any emergency that may arise. Some business owners are likely to put this on the back burner, and then before you know it, it’s too later. Three-quarters of all small businesses don’t have a plan in place—and it’s past time for that to change.

We are here to help businesses in San Antonio, Alamo Heights and Terrell Hills get prepared by helping them create an Emergency Ready Plan. We work to help you evaluate any needs or concerns that pertain to your particular area or industry, then create a plan that lays out exactly what to do when disaster occurs.

If the day comes around where your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured that with the help of SERVPRO you will be covered. We will help from natural disaster recovery to data recovery or backup. In short, our goal is to create as little as work possible so that if you say “go,” the plan can easily go into effect.

Owning a business is already tough enough; poor disaster planning shouldn’t hinder that. Call your local SERVPRO experts today to help you get an Emergency Ready Plan. Not only will you help protect your business, but you will help protect your employees as well.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.