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Can You Trust Your Restoration Company? | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

Disasters happen all the time. So whether your damage is caused by a kitchen fire, a random act of nature, or a storm, chances are you may need damage restoration or mold mitigation services for your home.

When that time comes, you’re going to need to make quick decisions, as you select a vendor to get your problem taken care of.

If you’re considering a partnership with a service company, here are a few vital questions you need answered.

Are They Valid?

While we all like to think the best of people, not everyone that shows up after an emergency has your best interests at heart. Sadly, major storms or disasters also bring out scammers. These tricksters are out for one thing and one thing only—a quick buck.

But SERVPRO is different. We’ve been a part of the national landscape for over 50 years, so we’re no fly-by-night newbies! We have garnered our reputation the old-fashioned way; we earned it.

In addition, national brands like the PGA Tour trust us for high-quality services. We provide high quality maintenance services for their affiliated tour stops and facilities.

Do They Have Resources?

When a disaster hits, you need a dependable company that you know can respond and start working immediately on your restoration.

Waiting a week after a storm plows through is not going to solve my immediate problems. If a storm damages your home, you need a company that can respond instantly. That’s why we’re available 247 for emergency situations.

Can They Call on Other Resources?

SERVPRO of Alamo Heights is locally owned and operated, which means there’s always a team right here in San Antonio ready to act. In case of a surge of activity from a disaster, your local franchise is supported by a nationwide network ready to send resources to handle major storm damage.

That means we’ll be sending in waves of help and powerful tools to make sure every local and regional homeowner in need gets the service and attention they deserve.

When you call SERVPRO of Alamo Heights, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

Protect Your Home From Hail Storm Damage in Alamo Heights TX

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

Hail is a type of precipitation formed when drops of water freeze together in the cold upper regions of storm clouds, creating a rock-like structure called a hailstone. Hailstones remain in the clouds accumulating additional layers of ice until they are too heavy, at which point they fall down to Earth. Hailstones can vary greatly in size and texture, but all types of hail pose a threat to the structure of your home, as hail is essentially the same as rocks falling from the sky. While large and jagged hailstones have more potential to cause serious damage to your home and property, smaller and smoother hailstones can still cause damage. To put this in perspective, a baseball-sized hailstone falls at almost 100 miles per hour. Any heavy and jagged object falling at this velocity will cause substantial damage to structures on impact. If you have recently had a hail storm, it is a good idea to have your roof inspected for damages to prevent further complications in the future.

How Does Hail Damage Your Roof?

Hail can cause significant damage to the structural integrity of your home, no matter how sturdy your roof may seem. One of the most common types of hail damage is denting of aluminum and metal roofing. A dented, misshapen roof is a malfunctioning roof. If you notice such damages to your metal roof after a hailstorm, it’s important to contact the experts at SERVPRO of Alamo Heights as soon as possible. 

Asphalt shingle roofs can also be damaged by hail, but in the form of punctures, tears, fractures, and granular displacement. Repairing your asphalt shingle roof after hail damage is vital. Holes in the protective layers of your shingles could mean instantaneous or gradual leaks, which eventually lead to water damage. Additionally, the granules on your asphalt shingles provide a protective layer from the sun, so when there is a loss of granules, the shingles are more susceptible to UV light degradation, eventually causing cracks, blisters, leaks, and more. A swift response to hail damage is crucial to the safety of your home and health.

Repair Hail Damage with SERVPRO of Alamo Heights

As a locally operated business here in Alamo Heights TX, we are able to respond quickly to your hail storm damage emergencies. When you call SERVPRO of Alamo Heights, our disaster recovery team will immediately tend to your needs, as a fast response is important to prevent further damages. We will also tarp your roof to protect it from secondary damages while we are working. It is important to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Heights as soon as you suspect hail damage to your roof. The faster the response, the better. If you think you might have roof damage, it is safest to avoid going up on your roof to check for damages, because it might not be sturdy. Our professionals have the experience and tools necessary to safely inspect your roof after damage occurs. No matter the size of the project, the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Heights will arrive quickly, prepared to repair your roof damages. Give us a call at (210) 822-2063 for more information or to schedule your free estimate. 

The Changing Season Bring Changing Fire Risk | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of Alamo Heights is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

The calendar might flip over soon to fall, but here in Alamo Heights, it will still feel like summer for a while.

Still, as the seasons change, they also usher in new fire hazards. So while we may still be hot, it’s a good time to review fire safety for the new season.

The Fire Pit, the Grill and the Campfire

As the heat begins to fade, more people will be doing outdoor activities—and among those will be increased use of fire pits, the grill and maybe even some campfires.

Knowing where and how to build a campfire is as important as knowing how to put it out. Use a match or lighter to set fire to dry leaves or twigs, then add dry wood and bigger sticks.

Avoid using an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid. Build your fire away from structures and other flammable objects.

Make sure to completely extinguish the flames and drown the embers as the right amount of breeze can fan a campfire back to life.

Burning Leaves

Your yard will soon accumulate dry, brown leaves, and many people like to dispose of these leaves by burning them. While drought conditions have eased in Alamo Heights, as well as the greater San Antonio area, this year plenty of caution should be exercised when burning outdoor leaves and refuse.

While burning is legal here, it would be wise to be check with local municipal authorities for burn permits. Always be aware of weather and wind conditions before burning.

Space Heaters

Portable space heaters are one of the most frequent causes of home fires in fall and winter. If a cooler night (or a freezing cold office) has you bringing out the heater, take precautions.

Keep your heater away from anything flammable. Keep kids away from space heaters, and make sure heaters are placed on a level surfaces away from draperies and other flammable items.

Halloween

While Halloween is still more than a month away, always remember that decorations and even costumes can be fire hazards. We’ll talk more about this later!

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

Where to Look for Water Damage in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Nobody rises in the morning and says “Wouldn’t it be nice to deal with a water leak today?” Usually
when something breaks, we seldom get advanced notice. Water seeks the path of least
resistance—and often that’s behind a wall or under an appliance.
Water can be a major issue if it gets in the wrong place in your home. Water needs to stay in its
designated places, including sinks, showers, tubs, washing machines and finally in the drains!
Let’s review some common sources of water damage in the home, so you’ll know where to watch:
Bathrooms. Lots of water in here, obviously. But there are also plenty of opportunities for water to
escape and go where it shouldn’t. Be careful of drain seals, and look at those supply lines
occasionally.
Kitchen appliances. Dishwashers, washing machines and the water heater are some of the most
leak-prone appliances. Over time, water connections can corrode or loosen. The opportunity for
leaks in these appliances are high. Water heaters have even been known to explode.
Clogged gutters. Proper gutter maintenance should be a priority at your home. Leaves and debris
that accumulate in the gutter can cause damage to your roof, walls and foundation. Debris impedes
the flow of water off of the roof and away from your home.
Roof damage. Roof leaks can occur for any number of reasons, including damage to shingles that
lets water leak into your home. Once inside, water moves around seeking the path of least
resistance. Water can easily leak onto the ceiling and down the walls.
Old cast iron pipes. Cast iron plumbing stopped being used in common home construction in the
70s. If your house was built before that time, there is a good chance you have iron pipes. A number
of issues can arise from the use of cast iron over time—most notably, slow or clogged drains due to
corrosion or infiltration of roots.
Clogged drains. Food or grease in the sink can easily clog a drain and cause a backup. Hair and
oils from moisturizers in the shower drain can accumulate and clog shower drains. Plunging these
areas too hard could create increased pressure on already weakened drain systems and cause a
leak.
Proper home maintenance is a must! A little maintenance on the front end can help you lower the
risk of leaks and save you time and money.
If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you've got the best team in the business on your
side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

What To Do When Your Toilet Overflows: And Prevent It From Happening Again!

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Toilets are a necessity in every home and it is important to keep them running properly. There's nothing worse than when you really have to go, but your own toilet is out of order. Avoid this dilemma by taking care of your toilet!

A common problem with toilets is that they can overflow. There are several reasons for this problem, and it is important that they are addressed as soon as possible to minimize health risks and damages.

Common Causes of Overflowing Toilets:

Oh no, your toilet overflowed! It happens to everyone at some point, however, it is inconvenient and can result in costly damages. In order to fix the problem and prevent it from happening again, it is important to understand why your toilet is overflowing. Here are a few of the most common causes of an overflowing toilet:

  • Blockage
  • A faulty fill valve or flapper
  • Empty tank
  • The toilet is in need of repair
  • A problem with the plumbing, which can lead to a leaky pipe
  • Overuse. Toilet overflows could be the result of more people using the toilet than usual - for example, if you just had a party or if someone has been sick recently.

What To Do When Your Toilet Overflows

It's important to act fast as soon as you realize your toilet is overflowing. The following steps should be done immediately in order to prevent costly damages and health hazards in your home:

  • Turn the emergency water shut-off valve. First, you want to cut off the water supply going into your home. This can be done by turning the emergency water shut-off valve attached to the pipe behind your toilet. When you turn the valve, you stop the flow of water into your toilet, and most importantly, you stop the toilet water from spilling all over your beautiful bathroom floor.
  • Remove as much of the water as you can. Use a wet vac, mop, or towels to soak up as much water from your floors as possible.
  • Disinfect. As you may know, toilet water is not very pristine. In order to prevent health hazards in your home, disinfect any surface that comes in contact with the toilet water.
  • Remove the blockage. If you suspect an object is the culprit of your toilet overflowing, grab the plunger and try to plunge it free.

Prevent Future Toilet Overflows

An overflowing toilet can be a huge hassle. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent it from happening again. Keep your toilet running smoothly and avoid the potential of more water damage with these tips:

  • Keep the pipes clear. You can prevent clogs by using less toilet paper and never flushing any foreign objects such as cotton balls, feminine products, or baby wipes down the drain.
  • Check for any leaks. Leaks near or around your toilet and pipes could be a sign of a serious problem. Regular checking of your pipes will allow you to identify and fix problems before they happen!
  • Call a professional. If your toilet is flushing sluggishly, it could be a sign of a clog, which could eventually lead to a toilet overflow. A professional plumber will be able to identify the problem and get your pipes flowing freely again.

Water Damage: What You Need To Know

Keeping your toilet from overflowing is essential in order to prevent serious water damage to your floors, walls, and furniture. Water damage can cause structural damage as well as create health hazards in your home. When a toilet overflows, the ensuing water creates conditions that may lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which can have detrimental effects on your health.

Our water damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO are highly trained in water removal and cleanup, as well as assessing water damages and installing clean water systems for use until repairs are made. You can rest assured that we will have everything under control in no time! Our professional water removal and restoration services will save you time and money on future repairs that may be necessary after water damages. If you need water damage cleanup and restoration, give us a call now at 210-822-2063. We are available 24/7 for all your emergency water damage needs!

Summer Storm Recognition | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike in a dark stormy sky If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Alamo Heights is on the line, ready to make things right.

Summer is here and with that comes summertime activities that we enjoy. Vacations are on the horizon, warmer temperatures encourage us to go to the pool or beach and days are longer with more daylight so we can spend more time outside—at least, most of the time, that is.

If it seems like we experience more thunderstorms in the summer, it’s because we do! The conditions present in the summer lend themselves to thunderstorm creation, primarily due to increased amounts of moisture and warm air in the atmosphere.

Alamo Heights usually experiences hot and dry weather in August but that doesn’t mean the occasional thunderstorm won’t pop up. When it does, it’s best to be prepared.

Be Vigilant

Just because we have increased storms in the summer, that doesn’t mean we should dismiss them. If anything, we should be more vigilant.

Always pay attention to weather forecasts when storms are predicted and consider canceling outdoor activities and events if conditions warrant it. Local meteorologists are a great resource for storm prediction, and you should listen to them as conditions dictate.

You should also invest in an NOAA Weather Radio to continue receiving information in the event of power loss.

With most thunderstorms, flooding is a possibility, but many times not accurately predicable. If you’re experiencing a thunderstorm, consider staying home and off of the roads.

Most storms have high winds, and a little prior planning can prevent some damage. Trim dead and weak limbs from trees and move outdoor furniture indoors, if possible.

Taking storms for granted and not giving them the full attention they deserve could be deadly! Every year dozens of people die in storm-related incidents.

Be Storm-Protected

If lightning is present, stay indoors and away from windows. Wait 30 minutes after thunder stops before going outside, as lightning can strike 10 miles away from the storm itself.

Don’t swim, shower or bathe if you are in a thunderstorm. Lightning can strike through water sources, so it’s best to wait.

Have an emergency kit already made and know your evacuation route in advance of needing it. In a flooding situation, stay on high ground and never drive through standing water as you don’t know if the road has been washed away. Fast-moving water can easily knock you off your feet, and many times, it’s powerful enough to move a vehicle!

There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

damaged furniture and other home items sitting outside of red brick house When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Alamo Heights is your local restoration expert.

As a business or home owner, it’s your job to make sure everything runs smoothly, keep people happy and manage the limited resources in your charge.

When life gets upended by an unplanned disaster, all of your normal day to day duties are set aside. Now you need to focus on the disaster at hand and people are looking to you for answers.

We can help reduce that pressure. Why? Because recovering from a disaster is our job, not yours!

SERVPRO can be trusted when life throws you an unexpected surprise.

We’re Always Prepared

We’re trained and standing by 24/7/365. We are quick to a disaster because this is what we do. After all, who has time to wait when the building is on fire or the office is full of water?

When disasters happen, we don’t have to gather our resources; we’re already standing by.

We’re Agile and Quick to Any Disaster

Every second counts when a disaster strikes.

With every passing minute, mold begin to grow, and there is more smoke and water damage! A fast response is critical, and Alamo Heights has a local SERVPRO office right here. You can reap the benefits of having a nationwide resources with the speed of local service.

Commercial or Residential: We’re Trained for Both

Disaster aren’t picky, and they happen in businesses as well as residential homes.

We provide a custom solution to your problem so we can get your home back in order or your business back up and running.

We Get Your Property Restored "Like it never even happened."

Restoration is our business, and we take pride in our work. SERVPRO is the top expert in recovery and restoration because we care about our customers and getting their life back in order and their property restored to its original state.

Our World Is Changing, and We Offer the Services You Need

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we now live in a world where disease prevention is highly regarded. With that in mind, we offer disinfecting services that go well beyond commercial applications and traditional janitorial services.

If you want customers to have a safe shopping environment and workers to have a safe working environment, we can provide you with a clean and sanitized space and instill peace of mind at the same time.

Disasters happen all the time. Water leaks, fires burn, storms come and go. When it does, your local SERVPRO is ready to tackle the restoration and help get you back to living life.

Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the tools, the technicians and the training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to get help from the best, get in touch with SERVPRO of Alamo Heights.

The Importance of Having Defensible Space Around Your Home | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

< img src =”driveway.jpg” alt = "a gated long brown pebble driveway tucked next to a large brick home ” > If your home is damaged by fire or any other reason, SERVPRO of Alamo Heights is ready and able to repair any damage.

Today, homeowners face a number of risks to their property. To add to that, wildfires are now becoming more prevalent. Since 1985, the number of wildfires and the amount of land they have consumed has been steadily trending upward.

Most of these wildfires are started by humans. Either by accident or deliberate, the effect is the same.

Destruction of natural resources and sometimes property and loss of life. There are a couple of tactics we can take to better prepare for a wildfire, but let’s start with simple things first. Simply being more careful is an important and easy step.

Another tactic is defensible space. But what is that?

Defining Defensible Space

Defensible space is the act of creating a protective zone around your house and property.

By creating a space free of combustible materials between 50 and 100 feet away from your home, you can increase the probability of surviving a wildfire. We call this defensible space. Clear away broken limbs, and keep gutters clean and free of debris.

The barrier you create around your property will help protect your home in the event a wildfire does happen. This space also gives firefighters a chance to regroup and refocus efforts where they can do the most good.

A few states require defensible space by law. In Texas, it’s recommended and good practice to do so.

Why Space Matters Around Your Home

Texas ranks as the second most common state for wildfires to occur. In 2020, we had 6,713 wildfires, affecting 256,826 acres of land.

As a whole, the United States recorded over 59,000 wildfires in 2020. 2021 is already starting out with a bang, with 25% more wildfires compared to the same time last year.

With fire an ever-present danger, many precautions should be taken, and defensible space is an easy space to start.

If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.

What do I do if I think my AC unit is leaking in San Antonio, TX?

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

What do I do if I think my AC unit is leaking?

If your home has been damaged by water from AC leaking or condensation, you need a water damage restoration company with the experience, the skills, and the know-how to reverse the damage and make your space safe from mold, mildew, rot, and other water-related problems. But before we start repairing the damage caused by AC leaks, it’s important to find the source of the problem. In this article, we will discuss the common causes of air conditioning leaks and what you can do about them. The first step is finding the root cause of the problem, and to do that, it helps to have a better understanding of how AC units work. 

How do air conditioners work?

In order to understand why your air conditioner is leaking, it’s important to know how your air conditioner works. Air conditioning systems often use an evaporator coil that absorbs the heat from the warm air inside your home. First, the warm air inside your home is drawn in through a vent and comes in contact with the evaporator coil. Once the air is cooled by the evaporator coil, a fan distributes the cold air throughout your home via air ducts.

What causes an AC unit to leak?

There are several issues that may cause your air conditioner to leak. If these issues aren’t addressed in time, it could cause flooding in your home. If it is difficult to pinpoint the cause of the problem, it is best to consult a professional. 

Some common issues include:

  • A clogged condensate drain line
  • A dirty air filter
  • An old condensate drain pan

You might have a clogged condensate drain line

Imagine you’re holding a glass of cold water on a hot day and condensation forms on the outside of the glass. This is what happens to the evaporator coil as it absorbs the hot air. Inside the air conditioner, there is a condensate drain pan that collects the moisture formed and leads it to a drain line that brings it out of your home. Sometimes, the drain line can get clogged by dirt, dust, mold, or other debris, resulting in water leaking into your home. 

You might have a dirty or clogged air filter

Your AC filter should be replaced about once every month. If your air filter is dirty, it makes your AC work harder, increasing the chances for something to go wrong. A dirty filter blocks the air flow to the evaporator coil, causing the coil to get very cold and potentially freeze. When the frozen coil thaws, it could cause the condensate drain pan to overflow and leak into your home. 

You might need a new condensate drain pan

Over time, the drain pan in your AC unit can erode and rust. This is commonly the case with older AC units. If your AC unit is older than 12 years old, You might want to consider replacing your drain pan. 

AIR CONDITIONER LEAK SAFETY CHECKLIST

HVAC condensation leak safety checklist

Here in Texas, it’s important to keep your AC unit well maintained, as it will be working hard during the brutally hot summer months. A leak can be a sign of a bigger problem with your AC. If you notice leaking, it’s important to take immediate measures in order to prevent water damage and flooding. Here’s what to do as soon as you notice your AC is leaking:

  1. Make sure your home is safe and that there aren’t any electrical or slip hazards

  2. Remove as much water as you can with either a shop vacuum on wet mode or by soaking it up with a towel. This is especially important if you have wooden floors or walls, as they are very prone to water damage and absorb water quickly.

  3. Contact our SERVPRO professionals to help you through your water damage emergency.  

For Water Damage Services in San Antonio, call SERVPRO of Alamo Heights

SERVPRO of Alamo Heights provides convenient 24/7 emergency service, because water damage restoration can’t wait. Our Water Restoration Specialists are highly trained and use advanced equipment and techniques. You can rest assured that we will take care of your home. 

The 5-Steps of the SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Process

1. Fact finding to get to the root cause of the problem

When you first call our water damage specialists, they will ask initial questions that will help them respond to your water emergency quickly and effectively.

2. Asses the problem and create an action plan

Next, our specialists will thoroughly inspect the water damage and create an effective plan of action. This is vital for a successful commercial or residential restoration project. Once the plan is decided, execution begins with water removal. We use powerful pumps and vacuums to quickly remove the water to minimize further damage and prevent mold growth. 

3. Completely dry the affected areas

The next step is drying and dehumidification. While the majority of the water has already been removed, there is still moisture in the floor and walls. We use specialized equipment to alter the temperature and humidity and remove the remaining, hard-to-access moisture. Moisture meters are used to ensure that all the moisture has been removed.

4. Clean and sanitize to minimize mold and mildew

Next is cleaning and sanitizing. SERVPRO professionals will clean your walls, floors, and any personal belongings that were affected by the water damage. Depending on the scenario, we may also use sanitizing treatments. In addition to cleaning and sanitizing, some deodorization may be required. Our specialists use industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment to treat tough and persistent odors.

5. Restore the space… Like it never even happened.

Lastly is the restoration process. This may include minor repairs including replacing drywall, wall panels, carpets and flooring, but sometimes major repairs, such as reconstructing a whole area or room, are necessary for a complete restoration. 

SERVPRO of Alamo Heights are the experts in water damage restoration

It is extremely important to address an air conditioning leak immediately as it could turn into a flood in a matter of days or weeks. In the event that you don’t catch the leak soon enough and water damage has already occurred, you can count on our water damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Heights to restore your home back to its original state!

Call SERVPRO of Alamo Heights at (210) 822-2063 or request help online for all your water damage emergencies!

9 Common Symptoms of Hidden Water Damage in Your Home

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Spotting hidden water leaks can be tricky, but it’s important to keep an eye out for any signs of a leak before any serious damage occurs. Before any obvious signs of a leak, there’s often extensive un-seen damage that has already occurred. Left untreated, hidden water leaks can cause structural damage to your home and create a hotspot for mold and mildew growth. These issues may not only cause health effects to those in your home, but also a guaranteed hit to your wallet with major repair costs. We know that it can be difficult to catch water intrusion before any serious harm happens, so we’ve put together a list of 9 common symptoms of hidden water damage to look out for.

9 common signs of hidden water damage

1. Musty or unpleasant odors

Every home has its own unique smell, but a musty, stale smell coming from your house is usually a tell-tale sign of hidden mold growing nearby. Any stagnant water can create a perfect place for bacteria to settle and become a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

2. Stained walls or ceilings

When water intrusion occurs, dark spots can form on your walls or ceilings as they become saturated with water. Depending on the severity, these stains may soften and give in when touched as they become more saturated. If you spot any possible water stains, it’s vital to call a water damage specialist like SERVPRO right away to prevent any further structural harm.

3. Peeling paint

If excess moisture builds up in your home, the adhesiveness of any wall covering in your home may become damaged. This can lead to peeling, bubbling, and chipping of paint and wallpaper on your walls or ceilings.

4. Visible mold

Any visible mold is a definitive sign of water intrusion in your home. While you should check any obvious places like under sinks and cabinets, mold can form in many unsuspecting spots. Make sure to keep notice of any new musty smells as this can be a sign of mold growing in between walls or under flooring. Any mold may cause health effects to those in your home, so it’s important to contact a mold remediator immediately when discovered.

5. Warped flooring

If water is increasingly saturating your flooring, then warping may occur. Wood flooring may begin to swell and separate from the excess moisture; this is especially common at baseboards and doorways. Tiles affected by water intrusion may loosen or crack and grout may become damaged.

6. Unexplained humidity

While humidity levels can be affected by weather or everyday activities like cooking and showering, an unusual humidity increase may be a sign of hidden water damage in your home. Long term excess humidity can lead to damage to your walls and flooring, so it’s important to get it checked out by a professional.

7. Increase in water bill

If you get hit with a surprisingly high water bill, you may be experiencing hidden water intrusion. While your water usage can vary from month to month, it’s important to check for any leaking toilets, faucets, or sinks. Any hidden leaks can lead to extensive structural damage and heavily drive up your utility bills.

9. Strange water noises

It’s not uncommon to hear water running through your pipes after flushing the toilet or when your water heater is on. However, if you begin to hear any unexplained dripping or thumping coming from your walls, you may have a hidden leak somewhere.

Call SERVPRO of Alamo Heights for any water damage signs

If you’re experiencing any of these signs of hidden water damage, it’s important to get your home inspected to stop any damage right in its tracks. SERVPRO of Alamo Heights has the experts and tools needed to save your home. Our experienced technicians can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for any water intrusion disasters that occur. SERVPRO’s team of highly trained specialists can provide immediate response to get your home dried as soon as possible and restore any damage that has occurred.

The SERVPRO Alamo Heights water damage restoration process

We understand that each water damage situation is different and requires its own unique solution, but our general process we work through usually stays the same. Our five-step process for a typical water intrusion emergency is listed below:

  1. Inspect and identify water damage:

    When we first arrive at your property, our experts will meticulously inspect your home or business for the water source and identify its contamination level. After stopping the source, our team will begin surveying any damage done to your property.

  1. Water removal and extraction:

     Before beginning the extraction process, SERVPRO will perform an effective move-out service of your furniture in the affected area to prevent any further damage to your belongings. Then, our team will immediately begin the water removal process using the best tools for the job, like submersible pumps and industrial wet/dry vacuums.

  1. Drying and dehumidification:

     After extracting any excess water, our team will use industrial-grade dehumidifiers and air movers to remove any retained water and prevent any further secondary water damage.

  1. Cleaning and sanitizing

   If any of your belongings experience any water damage, our SERVPRO professionals are trained with various cleaning methods to restore as much of your property as possible. Our experts will also permanently remove any left-over odors instead of using methods that only temporarily mask unpleasant smells. If any of your property suffered extensive damage and cannot be restored, SERVPRO can properly remove and dispose of any materials.  

  1. Restoration

    Depending on the severity of the water intrusion, you may require emergency building services and repairs. SERVPRO is equipped to handle any home repairs, such as drywall replacement or entire room reconstruction.

Get your home back with SERVPRO of Alamo Heights

We understand how devastating it can be to discover hidden water damage. Our water damage restoration specialists are here to respond to any emergency water intrusion 24 hours a day, seven days a week. SERVPRO promises to complete the job efficiently and correctly to restore your home or business as soon as possible.

Call now at (210) 822-2063 or request help online for any water damage restoration needs.