With Hurricane season upon let SERVPRO of Stone Oak give you a few tips to stay safe and keep your dry as possible. Hurricanes can produce dangerous conditions such as high winds, floods, heavy rainfall, flying debris, tornadoes and much more, so don't wait until its too late and prepare now.
Supplies you'll need:
- First Aid Kit
- Food- Dried and canned
- Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
- Flashlights or candles
- Unplug all electronics
- Extra Blankets
- Clean your gutters and trim your trees
- Make sure you don't have any leaksin your roof.
Please stay safe and be prepared for anything that comes your way, and remember to turn around don't drown. And if you have any water mitigations that you need help with, SERVPRO of Stone Oak is here for you! Give us a call at 210-858-9696!
Water Damage Clean-Up
When you think of cleaning up after water damage, you think that means mopping up water, using towels to dry the floor and maybe setting up a fan or two to dry up the rest. Sometimes that will be enough, But in some situations the water could have gotten into the drywall, base boards or underlaying of your floor depending on how long it was saturated for. When that occurs you need to call SERVPRO of Stone Oak to come and handle the drying and cleaning of the floors and walls for you! Our technicians have different ways of testing moisture in your ceilings, walls or flooring. Moisture sensors show if there is any residual moisture in your baseboards, walls or carpet. Moisture meters help detect moisture in various materials and how to tell if it’s been dried out. So next time you have a leaky roof, water heater that leaked everywhere or clogged toilet problems give us a call and we can come out and help you.
Fire Damage Cleanup in San Antonio, TX
The backside of a dryer that caught a house on fire this year.
Fire damage can be extremely time-consuming, expensive and throw your life into disarray.
SERVPRO of Stone Oak has the staff, knowledge, and experience to remediate the effects that fire damage causes. Unfortunately, along with the fire damage usually comes water damage as well since the fire department will be putting out the fire with typically large amounts of water. The key to lessening the effects of this fire and now water damage is to obtain emergency services as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Stone Oak is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Upon the structure being completely dried to an acceptable standard, SERVPRO of Stone Oak will then begin the cleanup process of your home and get you back to where you were before the fire and water damage even occurred!
Call Us Today at 210-858-9696– We’re Ready To Help!
Water damage at a Commercial Building in San Antonio, TX
Pictured is SERVPRO of Stone Oak's equipment working away to dry down the property and get the business back up and running.
This store had a severe roof leak which, as a result, flooded the entire showroom along with the storage room and the connecting hallways. The customer called and their primary concern was preserving the merchandise available, as well as having immediate service provided during business hours, minimizing overall business interruption for our customer. SERVPRO of Stone Oak arose to the task and was able to save every single piece of merchandise, along with providing service during and after hours to accommodate the customer's requests. Not only was business interruption reduced for our customer, but we were able to preserve their inventory and overall the work was completed swiftly. Had the customer chosen someone else, it is likely that such a positive outcome may have not been provided, and overall cost to the business would have been much higher.
Electrical Fires and How to Prevent Them!
If you do happen to end up with fire damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Stone Oak to request a free quote!
Many San Antonio homeowners do not fully understand the electrical network throughout their homes. While most occupants can appreciate the plug and use mentality of outlets, they fail to understand how they work and their limitations for specific over-sized items, or their ability to fail in dangerous ways when they are improperly used.
Preventing dangerous situations in your home is a priority to most families, and this begins with better understanding the limitations and restraints of your electrical systems. To prevent situations like fire damages in your San Antonio residence, it is a good idea to educate yourself about how you can be more safety-conscious about electrical consumption and improper usages.
One of the first things that a homeowner needs to consider when it comes to their electrical outlets in their home is that they only get rated for a specific amount of available power. This misunderstanding has required our SERVPRO technicians to respond to emergencies in residences and commercial structures alike. Trying to get more out of this individual stations than what they can provide under-powers the devices you have plugged in and can overload the outlet itself, causing sparks and combustion.
Another situation that our SERVPRO fire restoration team has seen is improper usage of outlets. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that because their home is grounded with a wire outside, that this protects all of the outlets, whether they have a grounding slot or not. Unless the individual who installed your electrical system physically connected your outlets to this grounding rod via the fuse box, some of your power outlets could remain unprotected. Using three-pronged appliances and devices with a converter for a two-pronged outlet provides no protection, and power surges can and do ignite fires. GFCI, ground fault circuit interrupters are often used in water accessible areas like bathrooms and kitchens to help prevent the chance of shocks or electrocution.
A better understanding of the safety guidelines and limitations of your residential electrical system can help you to prevent fires and disasters in your home. If these situations have already occurred, trust our SERVPRO of Stone Oak fire restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess and get your home back to preloss conditions quickly. Give us a call 24/7 at (210) 858-9696.
Flood Insurance, Do you need it?
Even if you have a loss and you are not covered, mitigation is still necessary. SERVPRO of Stone Oak also has financing options available!
When it comes to your homeowner’s insurance policy sometimes it is hard to know exactly what to look for when checking your coverage. Many times, the average consumer doesn’t consider all the variables and the multitude of “what if’s” that could occur and cause damage to their home. SERVPRO of Stone Oak wants to help you make sure you are covered BEFORE disaster strikes. It is important to know that most water damage policies do not typically cover you in the case of a flooding event from an external source, such as a storm. An overwhelming majority of policies do not provide coverage for flood damage that is incurred from “rising water”. This term is how most insurance companies will differentiate whether water damage is covered under the policy. Rising water would be determined to be flood damage and most often only covered if you bought an additional flood policy. Other water damage that would be covered would be water that filled the home as the result of a collapsed roof, broken windows etc. If you aren’t sure of what your homeowner’s policy covers, we strongly encourage you to contact your agent today and ask questions.
What is "Black Water?"
Black water may not always look like the flooding in this photo, sometimes it may appear as a few inches of water in your home after intense rainfall.
If a flood comes to your home in San Antonio, Texas you may wonder how safe it is to wade into the water. Many people believe that because rain caused the water damage, it is completely safe to touch.
However, this is a dangerous assumption, because it could be black/Category 3 water.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Remediation Certification classifies water into these three categories:
- Clean - Category 1
- Gray - Category 2
- Black - Category 3
Each of these types of water carries different risks. Clean water is typically safe for human consumption. Gray water has been used since its last filtering so it has the possibility of being contaminated. The third categorization is more dangerous to people and animals. Unless and until an authority declares the flood water as clean, you should assume it is black water. Learn precisely what that means below:
What Is It?
The classification of water as “black” means that it has come into contact with harmful elements such as raw sewage. This rating means the water may contain all kinds of dangerous microbes, including bacteria, mold, fungi, and viruses. In some cases, such as a hurricane, that water can also carry unseen debris that could harm you and your family.
Why Is Flood Water Classified This Way?
When water enters your home after heavy rains, it’s not just water from the sky. Water damage also comes from overflowing sewage. That sewage can mix with the rainwater and contaminate everything it touches.
What Should Homeowners Do?
If you have water in your home after a storm, do not wade into it unless doing so is necessary. It is also important to dry out the area as soon as possible. That water can spread disease and cause mold growth.
It’s essential to call an experienced restoration company in San Antonio, Texas as quickly as possible after water damage or flooding occurs. Be sure to have a professional rid your home of the black water as soon as you can to keep you and your family safe.
Cleaning Fire Damage in San Antonio, Texas
This picture showcases a fire damage SERVPRO of Stone Oak was able to remediate in San Antonio, TX
Cleaning Different Surfaces After Fire Damage In Beverly Hills
Fires deposit a lot of soot and other smoke debris on various surfaces. Most of this debris concentrates on walls and the ceiling of the Beverly Hills property affected by the fire. When a fire burns, smoke-filled air rises because it is less dense than the cold air in the surroundings. This forces cooler air near the ceiling to flow downwards creating convection currents. This explains why most of the smoke residue settles on the ceiling and upper sections of the walls. By following the right procedures, removing such debris becomes easier.
Different approaches can help when cleaning fire damage in San Antonio. The method chosen might depend on the kind of finish on the surface. Typical finishes include paint, acoustic plaster, acoustic tile, textured plaster or metallic tile. Walls might also have fabrics, wallpaper, carpeting or flocking as covers but these are rarely used in ceilings. To ensure good results from the cleaning exercise, our SERVPRO technicians pretest the affected area for cleanability. We consider the soiling type to decide whether it requires wet or dry cleaning.
If a moderately soiled ceiling with non-greasy residue, dry cleaning is sufficient. This works for all types of ceiling materials. If there is heavy dry ash or medium-to-heavy oily residue on the ceiling, wet cleaning is the best. This method works well especially for metal and wood ceilings, or those with a paint finish. Our SERVPRO technicians also use peroxide active cleaning on textured, blown ceilings because highly aggressive wet cleaning can dissolve such finishes.
When choosing the cleaning process, it is crucial to put into account the steps that follow. If the surface requires repainting once the cleanup process is complete, the procedure followed is different from cleaning as a final step. When "cleaning for paint" our SERVPRO team focuses on removing all loose residues and neutralizing the acids in smoke deposits.
Cleaning a fire damaged property can be a tedious task. Call SERVPRO of Stone Oak at (210)-858-9696 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
San Antonio 24 Hour Water Damage Emergency Service
We are ready to mobilize and get you back in business as quickly as possible, all you need to do is give us a call!
Water damage can be an incredibly large interruption for your business, it can cause you to shut down on days when you could normally be operating, and the unexpected expenses alone can be a huge hassle. The other issue is when a water loss occurs, it may not always be during business hours and it can be hard to find someone who will be ready to tackle your disaster as soon as it happens. SERVPRO of Stone Oak is equipped to handle losses of any size or type, for businesses such as:
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
Disaster doesn’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we!
SERVPRO of Stone Oak is available 24 hours a day to restore your San Antonio property and get you back to business. If you have a large loss, and more resources are needed, we can utilize our Disaster Recovery Team, which is a network of 1,700 Franchises to help get you back in business and minimize losses.
Call us at (210)858-9696 today!
Can bleach get rid of mold?
Black mold can cause some serious health effects, and as soon as it is noticed, it needs to be properly removed.
It doesn’t take too much of a search to try and find DIY ways to get rid of mold on your own, but what many people seldom realize that attempting to clean mold yourself is usually dangerous and ineffective. The most common DIY remedy available is bleach, which has some common misconceptions as to how well it will remove mold.
Most people ask: Will bleach remove the mold? And the answer is not a simple yes or no. Mold can be removed with bleach. But only on completely impermeable surfaces like on a bathtub or shower tiles. The issue is that mold loves to grow on more porous surfaces, and the bleach does not completely kill all of the mold in those surfaces. Mold spreads roots (called Mycelia and Hyphae) deep into porous surfaces, and while the bleach MIGHT kill the mold on the surface, it will not completely rid you of the problem.
When dealing with something that can cause some adverse health effects, it is best to leave the job to a certified, experienced, and professional like SERVPRO of Stone Oak. If you have found mold in your home, give us a call today to see how we can help! (210)-858-9696