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Fire Safety Prevention in Albert Lea?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

A family chalk board has the beginnings of an escape plan written on it. We are fire restoration specialists in Austin.

Fire Safety Tips

According to data published by the National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA), sixty-nine percent of home fires happened between 2013 and 2017. The highest cause of home fires was cooking. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea wants you to know that we are experienced fire restoration specialists with years of experience mitigating fire damage in the Austin area. Here are some fire prevention safety tips from the NFPA to keep you and your family safe: 

  • Watch your cooking
                If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove
  • Give space heaters space
    Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn and turn them off when you leave the room or go to sleep
  • Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections
  • Be careful when using candles
    Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn and blow them out when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas

Call Us

SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is available 24 hours a day to assist you with any size fire damage emergency. Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage  in Austin “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is Independently Owned and Operated.

Hail Damage in Albert Lea?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

A person is shown holding a handful of large hailstones. We are storm damage restoration specialists in Austin!

Storm Repair Specialists

Minnesota has already seen some pretty significant weather events this year. In June severe storms created golf ball to baseball-sized hail, wind gusts over 60 miles per hour, and tornadoes. Thunderstorms have been bringing lightning strikes to the state and in a town south of Albert Lea an apartment complex was struck by lightning, causing a small fire to break out. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea wants you to know that we have the specialized training, equipment, and experience to safely clean and restore any size storm damage. Our technicians are trained to perform a variety of fire, water, and other damage cleanup and repair services and are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, (IICRC), for the following specialties:

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Call Us

Property damage caused by storms in the Albert Lea area is common, and SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea wants you to know that we are on call 24 hours a day to assist you. Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is Independently Owned and Operated.

SERVPRO of Austin and Lea can’t control teenagers, but it can control water damage

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

A dog wearing a shower cap a towel is peering from behind a shower curtain. The dog is holding a sponge, and has a rubber duc Austin doesn’t have to ban family members from showers when SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is here to the rescue

A True Story

Imagine a teenager taking a marathon-length shower. Imagine the teenager deciding to leave the shower door partially open to let out steam, releasing water to flow onto the bathroom floor and drip through to the ceiling below, releasing gentle rain into a light fixture, then onto the hallway floor.

A Happy Ending

No, the parents didn’t send the teen to boarding school.

Whatever the source, water damage in Austin causes problems for homes and businesses. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is prepared to send a water-restoration crew to a disaster any time of the day or night, on any day of the year. Call (507) 396-6644.

We are Faster to any size disaster

Whether the floor is soaked down to the ceiling below, or an entire building is flooded, count on SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea to arrive in time to assess and stop damage. Water can swell and warp wood, damage linoleum or tile, and crumble drywall or plaster. When water has more time to soak into structures, it has time to cause more damage. SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea has state-of-the-art equipment and training to extract much more water than bath towels (or even industrial-size mops) can. Technicians measure the indoor humidity so they can track down and remove hidden moisture with dehumidifiers and dryers.

Restore instead of Replace

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea saves costs and reduces anxiety by providing restoration services as well as water removal.

If Austin residents or business owners have questions, they can call (507) 396-6644 or check out our extensive services on our website.

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is Independently Owned and Operated.

Link:

https://www.SERVPROaustinalbertlea.com/

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea tells water damage to dry up

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

glove hand cleaning leaves out of a gutter If rainwater ends up inside, SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea will clean it up

Gutters and other roof-top drainage systems keep water from damaging roofs and from seeping into the buildings’ foundations. If these systems get blocked by debris or broken, water damage is a likely result.

If there’s a problem with water damage, SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea has a solution: call us, any time, at (507) 396-6644.

SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is Here to Help® when water damage swamps Austin & Albert Lea homes or businesses. We are available for emergencies 24 hours a day, no matter what the day. That means we start water extraction – perhaps even before the water has a chance to permanently damage a building or the residents’/ businesses’ belongings. Call us as soon as you notice the water emergency.

Water extraction is only the first step. SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea dries and dehumidifies structures and contents, and then works to clean, disinfect, and restore everything to preloss condition whenever possible. Technicians have the training to identify how different materials need to be cleaned, and the equipment to do the work. Teams include people certified in cleaning and restoring carpet, furniture, drywall, and other parts of the structure and contents. Disinfection controls odors and further deterioration, but SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea also has equipment that will get rid of odors. We don’t cover up odors. We remove them.

Check us out for regular maintenance as well as for disaster recovery.

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is independently owned and operated.

Link:

https://www.SERVPROaustinalbertlea.com/

Except the unexcepted

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

fireworks firework fun

Summertime presents us with great weather, opportunities for family reunions, and more time with the family in general.  During this time, especially during a pandemic, entertaining your family during the summer can be a lot of fun!  From grilling your favorite summertime meal, to setting off fireworks at night, summertime involves a lot of activities that can become dangerous if safety measures are not in place and adhered to. 

     Next week will be the 4th of July and many families will be shooting off fireworks, grilling and having yard events.  SERVPRO of Albert Lea/ Austin would like to share some useful safety tips that could help prevent fire outbreaks. 

  • When grilling and using lighter fluids and gas, make sure you are at a safe distance from your home and other structures, and that there are no flammable materials close enough to the grill. Keep an eye on which direction the wind is blowing and adjust, as necessary.  If using gas, ensure that connections are good and that the gas is turned off when not in use. 
  • When setting off fireworks, make sure that fuses and wicks are long enough, adults are supervising sparklers and proximity factors, and that aerial fireworks are set off securely and at a safe distance from trees, homes, power lines, and other structures.
  • Be sure to monitor yard torches using kerosene and other accelerants, and that their bases are secure with no hazards around them. Keep in mind that if a torch were to spill an accelerant, the fuel expelled becomes a fire hazard on anything that it touches. 
  • When setting a bonfire, always consider where the wind is blowing and its speed. Bonfires need to be placed at a safe distance (at least 25 ft) from homes and other structures, and you need to have a fire extinguishment source at hand in case of emergency.  Some things to keep on hand would be sand/dirt and shovels, a fire extinguisher, a water barrel, a garden hose or anything that can be used quickly to extinguish fires.

Take time to enjoy the summer and the activities that come with it, but always be safe in doing so and consider these pointers when planning your fun filled adventures!       

Property Damage in Albert Lea?

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

A fireworks display is shown lighting up the evening sky. We are property damage restoration specialists in Austin.

Fireworks and Property Damage

Although fireworks cause almost 20,000 fires each year, they are still legal in some states and cities in the nation. Some cities offer Safe and Sane zones so it will be important to check and see if fireworks are allowed in your area. According to a report produced by the National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA), property damage related to fireworks amounted to $105 million in direct property damage in the U.S. in 2018. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea wants commercial business owners in Austin to know that if you experience any form of property damage we want to help, and we have years of restoration experience to serve your needs.

Securing Your Property

From the moment you contact us, our immediate concern will be to secure your property and board up and protect anything damaged. Our goal is to restore your property and get you back to business as quickly as possible, with little or no inconvenience to your customers and employees.

Call Us Today

Independence Day will soon be here and  SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is here to support Austin business owners and residents alike. Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll clean and restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is Independently Owned and Operated.

COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen floor, black fridge Faster the any disaster

The driving force behind SERVPRO Restoration Services is offering quality work and going above and beyond what is expected from our customers.  We rely on our reputation to bring us the work we need to maintain a strong momentum throughout the day, week, month and year.  When the phone rings, we need to be ready to take on any size disaster, even when the caller is an owner or management at a local business or franchise serving the community, as we do, in their own way. 

                Commercial properties can range in size and extent of damage, and sometimes the work that needs to be performed is not comparable to some residential jobs.  However, there are times where a commercial structure needs all our attention, and sometimes even more.  That is why a SERVPRO franchise needs to have open communication with other neighboring franchises, as well as connections to teams structured though the corporate level that are prepared to take on high stakes, high demand jobs that a locally owned and operated franchise might not have the assets and ability to handle. 

                SERVPRO has designed their services to be open and flexible to take on any task, no matter what size the damage or structure is.  Our franchises in Mason City and Austin and Albert Lea are prepared, and have been for quite some time, to take on “the big one” whenever that job appears.  We have connections to a Storm Team, a Large Loss Team, and an Extreme Team that can help get us what we need to produce quality work in a timely fashion at any size disaster.  This is what makes being a SERVPRO franchise better; our commitment to finding a way to address fire, water, sewer backups, mold, and several other losses in a way that will benefit each party involved.  When catastrophe strikes, SERVPRO of Mason City, Austin and Albert Lea will find a way to get your business or property back to normal and exceed your expectations.  Let us help you in your time of need to make it “Like it never even happened.”    

Mold Mitigation in Blue Earth?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

A technician is shown holding a mold detector up to a mold-covered wall inside a structure. We remediate mold in Albert Lea.

Mold Facts

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC,) molds are a very common type of fungus that thrives in moist environments. Water leaks around roofs, windows or pipes, air conditioning units that have sat unused over the winter, or in areas where there has been flooding. The CDC reports that mold spores are found indoors and outdoors and can enter through home airways and can also travel on clothing, shoes, and pets. Once they find the optimum environment to grow, they grow quickly. Suitable mold nutrients include many building materials such as wet paper products and cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood and wood products. Molds have even been known to grow in dust, some paints, wallpaper, drywall, carpet, and fabric. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea wants commercial business and homeowners of Blue Earth to know that we are mold remediation specialists. Although mold can never be completely eradicated, it can be arrested and controlled.

Advanced Technology and Techniques

After we inspect and access the mold damage, we will use advanced mold remediation techniques and equipment to remediate the damage by:

  • Mold containment
  • Air filtration
  • Removal of mold-infested materials
  • Content cleaning
  • Restoration

Call Us

If you have a mold concern, SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll clean and restore your mold damage  in Blue Earth “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is Independently Owned and Operated.

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea battles storm damage

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

dark clouds and lightning over a city Thunderstorms can’t win against SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea

The people who own and work at SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea are part of the community; they know what summer storms can do. The combination of high humidity and warm air makes thunderstorms more likely in the summer than at other times of the year, with the most likely dangers being lightning strikes and flash floods.

If a storm causes damage to Albert Lea homes or businesses, SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea has the help you need.

We are very aware that whether a storm damages one room or an entire building, the damage is a crisis for the people who live in the homes or who own the businesses. SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea therefore has 24-hour emergency service.  Call us at (507) 396-6644 for an immediate response, even on weekends and holidays.

Our technicians have training in rescuing storm-damaged buildings and personal or business belongings. They clean, disinfect, and restore property to preloss condition.  For floods, SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea removes water before it can cause additional damage. If lightning strikes cause fires, they get rid of the damage from smoke and soot. In all cases, they bring the training and equipment to clean, disinfect and restore not just the floors and walls, but the carpets, upholstery, electronics, and documents.

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is always available in an emergency as well as to answer questions any time. Call (507) 396-6644.

FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is independently owned and operated.

Link:

https://www.SERVPROaustinalbertlea.com/

Barbeque Fire Damage in Austin?

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

A family is shown barbequing outside on a hot summer day. We are fire damage restoration specialists in Albert Lea.

July is the Peak Month for Grill Fires

According to the National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA), between 2014 and 2018 barbeques, hibachis and other outdoor grills were involved in an average of 10,600 home fires per year. In a research report published by the NFPA, 18 percent of grill fires occur in July. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea wants Austin residents to know that we have years of experience dealing with fire damage losses and no job is too big or too small. Our fire damage restoration specialists will work with your insurance company and help you with the paperwork and process. Here are some grilling safety tips offered by the NFPA:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and from the trays below the grill
  • Never leave your grill unattended
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container

If your property experiences fire damage, SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage  in Austin “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is Independently Owned and Operated.