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Highly Trained Technicians in Albert Lea?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

An empty classroom is shown waiting for a certification class to begin. Our team is highly trained in property damage restoration in Austin.

Highly Trained Property Damage Restoration Technicians

Did you know that our SERVPRO employees are required to undergo a fifteen-day training course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility and pass an exam when they begin working for us? SERVPRO® of Austin Albert Lea wants the residents and commercial business owners of Austin to know that we take pride in our commitment to training education to provide our community with the highest level of service. We also encourage team members to become certified in:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

E-Learnings and Continuing Education

Our staff can continue their education through web-based training modules we provide that are designed to be self-paced and are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. We adhere to guidelines set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and follow industry standards. We also hold credit and non-credit training sessions open to insurance agents and adjusters and real estate professionals.

Call Us Today

If you find your home or business has experienced water or fire damage, has a mold issue, or if you are in need of deep cleaning and sanitization services outside the scope of a routine janitorial service in Austin, SERVPRO® of Austin Albert Lea wants to help. Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll clean and restore your property damage “Like it never even happened.”

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

Water Intrusion in Blue Earth?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

The black rubber boots of a person are seen standing on a basement floor that is covered in water.  Water damage in basements is not uncommon in Albert Lea.

Water Intrusion Causes Water Damage

According the United Stated Geological Service (USGS), water intrusion is caused when water from a source outside the structure finds its way inside. Broken pipes, rainfall, snowmelt, underground streams, and flooding all can contribute to water intrusion. Water damage, especially standing water, can cause expensive structural damage if left untreated too long as the water will have been given the opportunity to seep into baseboards, absorb into drywall and weaken wooden beams and framing, etc. SERVPRO® of Austin Albert Lea wants the residents of Blue Earth to know that our highly trained water restoration technicians can be onsite within four hours of your call to begin the mitigation process. 

The Water Damage Restoration Process

After we have determined the scope of your water damage, we will begin the water extraction process using powerful pumps and vacuum units. After the extraction process, we will use specialized equipment to dry and dehumidify the rooms, followed by cleaning, repair, and sanitizing treatments to restore your home or business to pre-water damage condition. We can even help with the insurance paperwork and process.

Call Us Today

When you find water damage in your home or business in Blue Earth,  SERVPRO® of Austin Albert Lea wants to help. Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll clean and restore your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

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

We Repair Storm Damage to Commercial Businesses in Albert Lea

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Turbulent river waters are shown flooding its bank. Snowmelt and rain cause flooding in Austin.

Property Damage Happens

Weather can wreak havoc on your home or business at any time. Storms, flash floods, hail, rain, lightning strikes, tornadoes, high winds, snow, even mudslides can cause damage that can become costly if not mitigated quickly. Austin and Albert Lea residents can rest easy knowing that SERVPRO® of Austin Albert Lea has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your emergency 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From the moment you call, we will be on site in four hours or less to immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. We can even help with the insurance paperwork and will follow the entire restoration process through to completion. We offer many restoration services for fire, water, storm, mold and biohazard damage emergencies to minimize disruption to your business. For instance, some repairs may require offsite storage of equipment and furniture, document drying and restoration, or cleaning, deodorizing and sanitization services. We are equipped to work on jobs of all sizes including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call Us Today

We take pride in our extraordinary customer service and professionalism we bring to every job, and  SERVPRO® of Austin Albert Lea is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll take care of all of your commercial restoration needs in Albert Lea “Like it never even happened.”

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

Austin & Albert Lea Can Count on Us

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

water damage on white ceiling, tan wall SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea restore a water-damaged property

Around River City, we love how the water flows, but not on the floors or down the walls.

If water threatens to damage a home or business, SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is Here to Help®

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea arrives quickly (Faster to any size disaster) to remove standing water and hidden moisture. We also have dryers that prevent further water damage or new damage from microbial growth (including mold).

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea will clean and disinfect the area, and make sure that odors won’t linger; our trained technicians remove odors instead of just covering them up with sprays.

Call us at (641) 424-3382 24/7/365. You can also ask for help online.

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

Link:

https://www.greenbuilt.org/the-top-3-ways-that-water-destroys-our-homes-and-buildings/

https://www.SERVPROmasoncity.com/

SERVPRO of Mason City, Austin, and Albert Lea works for the Mason City area

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

2 sparkling clean laptops on very clean desk Let SERVPRO of Austin/Albert Lea Clean Your Business

COVID-19 has brought immense changes to the Mason City area. SERVPRO® of Mason City, Austin, & Albert Lea keeps up with the changes through the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Iowa’s COVID-19 website.

If another disaster piles on during this pandemic, SERVPRO of Mason City/Austin/Albert Lea is Here to Help®

We can still help your business recover from water damage, fire, or storms, or mold and other biohazards. Our technicians will arrive quickly, and will work in accordance with all federal guidelines to minimize the threat of spreading COVID-19.

Don’t wait for an emergency. SERVPRO of Mason City/Austin/Albert Lea can help business owners reduce the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 – for themselves, their employees, and the community at large. Schedule a proactive deep cleaning today.

We will clean and disinfect electronics, frequently contacted surfaces, and both porous and nonporous materials.

We’re available 24/7

Call (641) 424-3382 or contact us online.

Count on us to remove damage "Like it never even happened." ®

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

Link:

https://www.SERVPROmasoncity.com/

CDC Guidelines for Disinfecting Your Home in Lea

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

A man is shown art a sink washing his hands. We provide cleaning and sanitizing services to residents of Austin.

We Follow CDC Guidelines

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offers loads of information on what they currently know about the new coronavirus, COVID-19. On their website, you can find information on COVID-19, and topics on what they know about how the virus is spread, how to protect yourself, how to clean your home or facility, what to do if someone gets sick, social distancing, daily life, and coping strategies and many more. SERVPRO® of Austin Albert Lea wants Lea homeowners and business to know that we have been providing specialty cleaning services to safely clean biological pathogens similar to COVID-19 for years. We follow local authority and CDC guidelines and use labeled, hospital-grade products to clean and sanitize your home or business.

We Are Specialty Trained

Our technicians are specialty trained to remove biological contaminants and other biohazards and are required to attend continuing education classes to stay current on industry standards and new advancements.

Call Us Today

When you require cleanup and restoration services above routine janitorial services we are Here to Help. ® SERVPRO® of Austin Albert Lea is ready to respond to specialty cleaning, fire, or water emergencies in Lea 24 hours a day. Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll take care of all of your emergency cleaning needs “Like it never even happened.”

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

Arson Fires in Austin & Albert Lea

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

lit flame being held Fires can happen accidentally but it’s worse when caused by arson.

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea wants you to be aware of the causes of fire damage and fire injuries so that you can help prevent them.

Top Causes of Fires in Austin & Albert Lea: 

  • Arson & intentional fires. An “intentional fire” is one that is not set to cause harm, but it gets out of control.  Arson is a fire that is set to cause harm. Most of the time, arson and intentional fires are set outside. Deaths, injuries, and fire damage usually happen indoors
  • Candles. SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea has more information here.
  • Cooking.  Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fire injuries and home fire damage
  • Electrical. Use all electrical equipment according to the directions 
  • Heating. Heating equipment is the second most common cause of death in home fires
  • December, January, and February are the months that have the most home heating fires
  • Smoking. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other smoking materials are the biggest cause of fire deaths in the U.S. Think of preventing tragedy when explaining why to quit smoking
  • Children. Children should never be left alone with matches, lighters, candles, or other dangerous materials. Children playing with fire causes hundreds of deaths and injuries every year

Please pay attention to fire safety. While we can help restore your Austin & Albert Lea  home or office, prevention and family safety should always come first. Share this blog with a friend who might want to learn more about fire prevention. 

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

Links:

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire

Tips to Put Out Fires in the Kitchen Safely in Austin & Albert Lea

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Person holding a skillet on the stove with a small fire starting Fire Safety in the Kitchen in Austin & Albert Lea.

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea recognizes that over half of home fires start in the kitchen. Some kitchen fires start out small enough that you might be able to put them out easily. By being proactive, you can save yourself and others from fire and smoke injuries in your Austin & Albert Lea home. 

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea  has these tips to offer for handling a small cooking fire:

    • If the fire is on the stove top or in a pot, put a lid on the fire to smother the flames. Turn off the burner  
    • If a cloth on the stove top is on fire, put a lid on the fire to smother the flames.  Turn off any burners  
  • Do not use water on a gas fire or a grease fire. Pot lids will smother a fire. You can also use (a lot of) baking soda. Pour a box of baking soda on the fire
  • If the fire is in the oven, turn off the heat. Close the oven door.    

IMPORTANT:

Never leave fire-fighting to chance. SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea knows that objects can be replaced.  People and pets cannot.

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

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/ 

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire

Smoke Detectors can Save Lives in Austin & Albert Lea

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Mounted smoke detector above a kitchen island By installing a fire alarm in your home, you can lower your risk of being harmed in the event a fire breaks out in your Austin & Albert Lea home.

Fire spreads fast once it is started so SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea wants to remind you that smoke detectors (smoke alarms) can help save lives in your Austin & Albert Lea home. An alarm alerts you that danger is present giving you time to get out.

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea wants you to remember:

  • Closed doors can slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.  That is good for reducing smoke damage and fire damage. That is also why you should have a smoke alarm in every sleeping room in the home
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home
  • Large homes might need extra smoke alarms
  • Some companies make alarms that are interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound
  • Do not turn off smoke detectors when cooking
  • Test the smoke alarms at least once a month.  There is a test button on the alarm
  • When the alarm sounds, get everyone outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years

If your Austin & Albert Lea home is not properly protected by a smoke detector, please install one. If you experience a fire, immediately vacate the home and then contact your fire department once you are outside the home.

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

Links:

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Smoke-alarms

https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/smoke-alarms/safety-messages-about-smoke-alarms

Beware of Flash Flooding in Austin & Albert Lea

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding in a structure can occur through natural channels such as flash flooding or through the accumulation of water over a period of time from water line leaks/ruptures. Attacking this problem without professional help can become tedious and possibly dangerous in Austin & Albert Lea. When your home and/or business are affected by water damage, it is critical to act immediately to minimize cost and inconvenience. SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea has trained professionals who are quick to respond and apply the latest equipment and techniques to make the removal of water and the restoration of your property as organized and pain-free as possible. The drying process is timed and documented to ensure the job is done quickly and completely. Our hope is that we can make the entire unwanted experience “Like it never even happened,” and that we can continue to be your cleanup and restoration specialists in the future.