Creating Your Storm Safety Plan | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights
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 24⁄7 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.
The Progression of Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights
SERVPRO of Alamo Heights is your 24/7 water restoration expert. Call us right away if you need immediate service.
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 24⁄7 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.
SERVPRO Is the Restoration Provider of Choice | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights
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 24⁄7 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
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
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 24⁄7 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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Move rugs, furniture, electronics, and other valuables to higher levels to protect them from water damage.
- 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.
- 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
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
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.
Why Choose SERVPRO as your Professional Restoration Company?
At SERVPRO of Alamo Heights, we are proud to provide the best comprehensive restoration services in Texas. Our restoration professionals are dedicated to preserving the properties of home and business owners alike. With more than 50 years of experience, you can count on our professionals to get the job done right. From water and fire damage to storm damage, our experts can take care of your restoration projects from start to finish.
We strive to be the go-to restoration company for all the mitigation needs of our San Antonio community. Because we are a locally owned and operated company, we understand the unique needs of Alamo City residents and property owners. This allows us to provide services that are catered to meet your unique, individual needs.
Faster to Any Sized Disaster in San Antonio
Our professionals understand the importance of a fast response time around the clock when it comes to restoration. That’s why we provide 24/7 emergency services. Conveniently located in the heart of Alamo Heights, we can get your business or home restored as soon as possible.
When disaster strikes, we understand that time is of the essence. Our team of professionals will respond to your call with an urgency that is second to none in the restoration industry. With a team available 24 hours a day, you won’t have to wait to restore your property.
Comprehensive Restoration Services
You may know us for our water damage restoration services, but we do much more than you may be aware of. From residential to commercial property restoration, there is no job too big for our team of professionals.
Any property owner knows the possibilities of encountering mold damage, water damage, fire damage, and storm damage. SERVPRO’s location in the San Antonio area provides restoration for just about any damage your property may suffer from.
The process of property damage restoration can be extremely stressful, especially when your insurance company gets involved. Our specialists will work with your insurance representative to make sure your insurance claims are handled timely and fairly.
Advanced Technology and Techniques
Technology is constantly changing and rapidly advancing. At SERVPRO of Alamo Heights, we stay up to date with the products, equipment, and techniques we use. Our advanced technology allows us to restore your property faster, more efficiently, and more effectively.
When you use high-quality equipment you can expect phenomenal results. From our sanitizing agents to our water extraction equipment, we use only the best of the best in the industry.
Our advanced technology makes it easy to meet IICRC standards to keep your property clean and safe. For example, specialized equipment is needed to accurately monitor moisture levels hiding in the walls, floors, and ceiling of a property. We use infrared cameras to help us detect the location of hidden water for a thorough removal.
SERVPRO of Alamo Heights - The #1 Choice in Cleanup and Restoration
We are proud to provide effective property damage restoration for commercial and residential properties in the Greater San Antonio metropolitan area. When it comes to preserving your valuable property, don’t settle for anything less than the best. Our restoration contractors in San Antonio will make it like your damage never happened - that’s the SERVPRO guarantee!
When you need restoration services, from mold remediation to water extraction, don’t settle for anything less than the best. Let our highly-trained professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Heights save your property.
Give us a call at (210) 822-2063 to experience the SERVPRO difference for yourself today.
Eliminate Electrical Fires on Your Commercial Property
Electrical fires are one of the most common types of fire that occur in commercial properties today. This is primarily because modern buildings feature copious amounts of electrical wiring in the walls for light and power.
Commercial fire damage is always devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the obvious resulting fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from the firefighting process can also occur.
At SERVPRO of Alamo Heights, our goal is to help businesses in San Antonio and surrounding areas keep their property and its occupants safe from fires. We also provide efficient fire damage restoration if a fire has already occurred.
There are certain things every business owner must be aware of to protect their property from fires. From the causes to preventative measures, our restoration experts are here to help you prepare for the worst.
Common Causes of Electrical Fires
Modern businesses rely on many electronic devices for their everyday functions. Unfortunately, this abundance of electrical wiring brings the risk of fire. Many commercial fires are the result of problems with the electrical wiring of large appliances, machinery, or electronic devices.
Faulty or damaged equipment can also start a fire. Additionally, if a piece of equipment is being overworked, it can overheat and cause a fire.
As a building owner, you may be liable to your business partners, employees, customers, and neighbors for damage caused by fire, so it's vital that you do everything you can to protect your business and its surroundings.
The leading causes of electrical fires on commercial properties include:
- Old and defective wiring
- Overloaded circuits and short circuits
- Faulty fuses
- Loose connections
- Imbalanced electrical loads
Take Preventative Measures to Prevent Electrical Fires
Every business must take the proper electrical safety precautions to prevent electrical fires. Not only do electrical fires damage the building structure, but they also put everyone inside at risk of injury.
While you can’t always predict when a fire is going to occur, you can take preventative measures to decrease its occurrence. In addition to eliminating fire hazards, there are several steps you should take to make sure your business is fully prepared to face fire disasters.
- Develop an evacuation and fire-safety plan. Make sure all occupants are aware of the procedures.
- Regular fire drills are crucial for the safety of everyone in the building.
- Inspect fire protection systems, such as commercial-grade fire extinguishers, alarms, and sprinkler systems. Fire protection systems can help stop a fire in its tracks before it does widespread damage.
- Fire extinguishers are a key part of your business emergency plan because they help you to effectively put out a fire before it grows. If you have an extinguisher in your business, it’s important to have it inspected and serviced regularly.
- Electrical inspections should be performed by a professional to ensure that all electrical wiring is up to code before an electrical appliance or large machinery is installed. Electrical problems can be found by conducting periodic inspections of the building, especially during or after renovations.
- Proper cleaning is also important in fire prevention. If you have clogged air filters or dust collecting vents, then you’re creating the perfect environment for a fire.
SERVPRO of Alamo Heights - The Fire Damage Restoration Pros
SERVPRO of Alamo Heights is your full-service restoration company, mitigating both commercial fire and water damage. We can revive your business or commercial property to its original state, like the fire never happened.
When you have a fire, you need to make sure that the fire damage is dealt with quickly and professionally. At SERVPRO of Alamo Heights, we have the training and the experience to make sure that the fire damage is properly taken care of. We respond to every call with a high level of urgency. From the initial fire damage assessment to the cleanup and fire damage restoration process, we understand the importance of a quick response.
Our fire damage experts know that every minute lost restoring your business after a fire disaster is a potential loss of revenue. The smoke odors and fumes from the fire can negatively affect the air quality in the building, directly affecting everyone inside the building and even potentially causing the business to close.
Our commercial fire damage professionals are committed to providing business owners in San Antonio, Alamo Heights, and other surrounding areas in Texas with reliable fire damage restoration services.
For further information about commercial fires and electrical fires, contact our professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Heights at (210) 822-2063.