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What To Look For Before Water Enters Your Home

4/10/2021 (Permalink)

There are a few things you can do to prevent water damage in your home.

1.) Test your Sump Pump regularly.

2.) Direct down spouts 5-10 feet away from the house and ensure good drainage.

3.) Repair any cracked caulking

4.) Fix all water leaks immediately.   

5.) Check for dark spots under pipes and on ceilings.

6.) Clean your gutters and ensure good drainage. 

7.) Inspect your roof regularly. Replace missing roof shingles ASAP.

The Austin and Albert Lea area have been hit with many severe thunderstorms over the years. s please make sure to inspect your roof for hail and wind damage. If water damage is suspected call SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea at 507-396-6644 we are available 24 hours a day, including holidays. 

Staying Safe As Things Start To Heat Up

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

firefighter at house Home air conditioners cause an average of 20 deaths, 140 injuries, and $82million in property damage annually.

The warmer months are upon us and it’s time to start putting away the sweaters and bring out the tank tops. This also means, for a lot of Minnesotans, it means putting that window unit air conditioner back in. It turns out that the appliance we count on to keep us out of the blazing heat, may be the cause of a blaze in our home. According to a 2016 report by the National Fire Protection Association home air conditioners cause an average of 20 deaths, 140 injuries, and $82million in property damage annually. There are some things you can do to help prevent fires cause by air conditioning units. By performing proper maintenance on your unit, you can reduce the risk of a fire in your home.  Changing the filter regularly and ensuring there is adequate power supply to the unit will help reduce the risk of fire in your home. As temps rise and units are running more continuously there can become electrical issues with home cooling systems. This could catch nearby combustibles on fire.  Avoid using power strips or extension cords. These can very easily overheat and catch fire. Stay safe as things start to heat up out there.

The Danger Is Not Over After A House Fire

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

A house fire can cause serious damage.  Many of the items in your home may have been badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke and water.  You may see the items that did not burn, but are now ruined from the smoke and are soggy with water. 

Please use caution and understand the risk to your safety and health even after the fire is out. Be careful if you go into your home as it can, and will be, dangerous.

Do not eat, drink or breathe in anything that has been near the flames, smoke, soot or water used to put out the fire.

Contact SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea we’ll start the process to get your home and life back to normal.  We will have a technician meet with you and go over your options and help you make your next step i.e., Securing your home, Estimating the damages, discussing restoring vs. replacing, inventory of your items, cleaning of your items, returning your items once repairs have been completed on your home

Emergency Ready Kit

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

First Aid Kits Its important to have an emergency kit ready!

Emergency kits, are too important to put them together when a disaster strikes.  Natural disasters usually happen suddenly, and kits need to be ready to go at a location near the door so you can focus on the safety of your family or personnel first. 

Below are examples of what to include in your emergency kit.

What to Include in a kit for a group of 2 to 3 people -- Medical items to keep in a first aid kit include the following:

  • Adhesive bandages
  • Gauze pads
  • Towelettes to clean wounds
  • Emergency blankets
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Rope
  • Water bottles or packets
  • Three days of food/snacks
  • Change of clothing
  • Radio

Place kits in a location that are easily accessible.

Our Technicians Are Thoroughly Trained And Certified

3/6/2021 (Permalink)

When it comes to versatility and capacity, SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea  is prepared for anything. SERVPRO has over 38 years of knowledge and experience in the cleanup and restoration industry. We know that disastrous times leave you full of uncertainty. We want you to feel comfort in knowing that all of our technicians are thoroughly trained and certified. Each of our crew members complete Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications, Employee Certification Trainings, and e-Learnings. The IICRC certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our crew members study IICRC regulations and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses. We hold our quality of work to the highest of standards. We are most famous for ability to handle large-scale disasters like fires and water losses but are also willing to handle even the smallest or strangest job. If you are unsure of how to handle a situation, give us a call. We can help!

House Fire!

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Home is a place to relax after a busy day. Home is where your daily routines begin and end. Having a housefire can disrupt your daily routine and be very traumatizing. Although your world turns upside down after a fire loss, it is important to get a plan in place to help you recover your home. The quicker you call SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea to begin mitigation and restoration on your home, the sooner you can get back to your daily routine.

A fire at your home can be devastating but our team of knowledgeable professionals will work efficiently to get you back in your home quickly and safely. If disaster strikes, call us anytime at 507-396-6644. We are Here to Help

A Water Loss Can Come From An Unexpected Places!

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

When you think of a water loss at a residence, what probably comes to mind first is a flood, storm or other natural occurrence. Or maybe you think of a leaky roof or a basement filling with ground water from a heavy rainstorm. What probably doesn’t come immediately to mind is a broken aquarium or a dishwasher gone awry. Water damage can be caused by all sorts of unfortunate events. Regardless of how a property starts taking on water SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is here to help. Our crew will act fast to assess the situation, prevent further damage and extract the water. Using our equipment and moisture meters we will quickly restore your property following a water loss.

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea, contact us 24/7 at 507-396-6644

Got Mold? We Can Help You!

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Mold On Wall This photo is of Mold found in the corner of a home!

Although there are tons of tips and tricks on how to "kill" mold, scientifically, it is not the correct way to deal with mold in a home. Wiping mold may look like it has been properly treated but the spore count can still be fairly high and can grow back without removing the source. SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea suggests removing any porous material that has come in contact with mold. There's nothing safer for the treatment of mold than to just remove the source and thoroughly clean. SERVPRO uses systems and environmental controls to accomplish this without contaminating other parts of the home. If the mold extends over to the framing of your house, the area would need to get wiped down, dried out, and completely cleaned to make sure the layer of wood that had the spores attached to it is completely mitigated. Mold can be very tricky and unpredictable. It is okay to ask a professional to come take care of this.

If you find mold in your home, Contact the professionals at the SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea 507-396-6644

We Can Help When Disaster Strikes!

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged room Even if the fire only affected one area in your home or business, we are Here To Help!

As shocking as a large and widespread disaster might be to your home or business, having a plan in place to help you recover your loss and restore the property is critical. The faster a professional restoration company can begin mitigation and restoration on your home or business, the less time that this process usually takes to complete.

Once first responders have left the scene and the fire was extinguished, you get your first look at the 
fire damages to your property. It is at this point that you realize you need a team of trained technicians that can work quickly to return your home to normal. Our SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea team can help.

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert response team can arrive quickly with our industry-leading equipment to mitigate the immediate losses and set up a plan to restore your property fast. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at 507-396-6644

Faulty Appliances Can Cause Big Problems!

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Leaky Dishwasher Busted dishwasher line can lead to disaster!

Think of all the appliances in your home that are connected to a water supply. Now think of all oh the hoses, pipes, valves, etc. that can fail unexpectedly. Dishwashers alone have a 20% failure rate in the first 3 to 4 years of being used typically due to a damaged supply or drainage line. More than half of all claims are caused by supply hose failure. If your home has a sump pump, there are several ways that it can fail including: loss of power, dirty water, missing/broken valves, frozen/clogged lines, and more. When thinking about toilets, we know that clogging followed by an overflow is quite common, making up about 1/3 of all water damage caused by toilets. These can be easily damaged resulting in possible water buildup, and you will also want to have the water lines inspected annually. There are ways to prepare for water damage such as leak detection systems, especially with a shutoff to the main water supply. Check your hoses, supply lines, valves, etc. annually and plan to replace if you see any damage or cracking.

Make sure to call your local SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea as soon as you discover water damage to reduce further damage to your home.

We can be reached 24/7 at 507-396-6644