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Fast Emergency Response Time Austin and Albert Lea?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

First responders are shown leaving the scene of a building with a wet floor after they stopped the flooding. We are on call 24 hours a day to respond to any property damage emergency in Austin!

Fast Response Time

My company in Albert Lea is really on top of emergency procedures, and we regularly have evacuation drills in case of a real emergency. Everyone is briefed on what to do when they hear the evacuation signal, they know what door to exit through, and where to meet up outside of the building. Everyone is required to remain at their designated location until everyone is accounted for, and the emergency drill is over.

Last week we had a real emergency when a pipe burst and flooded the manufacturing building’s entire first floor. The water main was turned off, but there was so much water on the floor that is was not safe to return to work, so we were told to go home. While I was talking to my boss, I saw the trucks from SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea arriving. Using powerful extraction equipment, they began pumping up the standing water and installed air blowers and movers to dry the building overnight.

When we arrived to work the next day, it was as if there had never been a flooded floor!

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SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is ready to respond 24 hours a day or night to any property damage emergency. Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll restore your commercial damage in Albert Lea, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Fire Restoration Services in Albert Lea?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

The side of a shiny, red fire truck is shown. We restore fire, smoke, and soot damage in Austin.

Fire Department Trivia

Did you know that the Albert Lea Bucket Brigade was organized on November 22, 1870? It consisted of thirty volunteers! Here’s a brief timeline on the history of fire rescue in Albert Lea:

  • 1870, Albert Lea Bucket Brigade is formed
  • 1879, Albert Lea Fire Department is organized
  • 1879, steam engine water pump and two hose carts pulled by horses
  • 1891, waterworks system is completed
  • 1903, new City Hall on North Broadway housed the Fire Department in two floors
  • 1918, the first motor-driven water pump goes into service
  • 1948, Fire Department becomes a fully paid organization
  • 1968, Fire Department moves to 221 East Clark Street
  • 1991, combines with Albert Lea Township Fire Department

Lightning strikes, faulty electrical cords, floating embers, and many other sources can cause fires to break out. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea has been serving the commercial businesses and residents of the Austin and Albert Lea areas for many years. We take pride in the many fire, smoke, and soot clean up and restoration services we offer to return your property to preloss condition.

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When you need help with a fire damage emergency of any size, SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is ready to respond 24 hours a day or night. We’ll clean and restore your property damage in Albert Lea, “Like it never even happened.”

Call us today at 507-396-6644.

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

Water Leak Slip Hazard in Albert Lea?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Water is shown puddling in front of elevator doors inside a building. We respond to water damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Austin.

Parking garage blues

It’s never a good sign when you step out of an elevator in Albert Lea and see water running across the parking garage floor, especially if there is the chance of motor oil mixing with the water, which can cause a major slip hazard for anyone coming in contact with it.

Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea has an emergency response team on call 24 hours a day to take care of unforeseen water damage emergencies like this parking garage scenario, and can typically be onsite within four hours of your call.

When you contact us, we will ask you a series of questions to determine the number of technicians to send and the type of equipment to bring. Based on your needs, we will assess the damage and use state-of-the-art technology to extract the water, dry the area and restore, and clean and sanitize the damaged zone. We work to complete the repair process quickly with minimal disruption to your home or commercial business.

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When you need help with a water damage emergency of any size, SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is Here 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.

Halloween Party Fire in Austin?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Lit candles and illuminated carved pumpkins sit in a row on a wooden walkway of a Halloween party. Don’t let fire “haunt” your Halloween party this year!

Halloween Fire Facts

October is here, and that means lots of scary costumes and fun parties to attend. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea wishes all of the residents in the Austin and Albert Lea communities a fun and safe Halloween this year. We have responded to many fire damage emergencies over the years and know what fires of all sizes can do to a home. Even in rooms not affected by the fire, smoke, smoke odor, and soot will cause damage to these areas as well. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides safety tips and seasonal information on its website. Here are some interesting Halloween fire facts from the NFPA:

  • From 2013-2017, an average of 780 home structure fires began with decorations per year 
  • More than two of every five (44 percent) of these fires occurred because the decorations were too close to a heat source, such as a candle or hot equipment
  • More than one-third (37 percent) of these fires were started by candles
  • One-fifth (21 percent) of the decoration fires started in the kitchen; 16 percent began in the living room

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SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is on call 24 hours a day in Austin to respond to your fire damage emergency. Call us today at 507-396-6644.

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

Are You Prepared for Winter Weather in Austin?

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

A collection of emergency supplies are shown sitting in the snow. A little preparation goes a long way to preventing winter property damage in Albert Lea.

Winter is Coming

The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts winter snowfall to be near-to-above normal this year. This gives Austin and Albert Lea residents plenty of time to prepare for winter weather. September and October are forecast to have above-normal temperatures and low precipitation rates, so this will be a perfect time to inspect your home and repair any areas to prevent water intrusion in the coming months. Having a well-stocked emergency kit in the event of a power outage is essential. According to a report published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), power outages from storms have doubled since 2003, and about 44 percent of these outages are storm-related. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea has been serving the Austin and Albert Lea communities for years and has helped many residents and commercial business owners repair property damage caused by storms. Here are some suggestions from the American Red Cross on how to prepare in advance for a power outage:

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SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is on call 24 hours a day in Austin to respond to your storm damage emergency. Call us today at 507-396-6644.

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

Disaster Recovery Team in Austin & Albert Lea?

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

A tornado is shown touching down over a rural community in Minnesota. We can respond to any size storm emergency in Austin.

Tornadoes in Minnesota?

Tornadoes are becoming a common occurrence in Minnesota. In 2018, a record number of fifteen were recorded on September 20th. These tornadoes landed in or around over eighteen different Minnesota towns and communities. They damaged and destroyed dozens of structures, and according to an article published in the Northfield News, many people avoided injury due to early warning messages received on their cell phones. Austin and Albert Lea residents can rest easy knowing that SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is uniquely positioned to help communities facing catastrophic storm damage through access to the nationwide Disaster Recovery Team.

The Disaster Recovery Team specializes in responding to catastrophic storms and major events that affect entire communities throughout the nation. Because they can mobilize local command centers and can pull resources from the over 1700 SERVPRO franchises, they can respond quickly to any size disaster.

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We respond to blizzards, tornadoes, floods, and other storm emergencies and major events quickly, and once on site we will immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is on call 24 hours a day to respond to your storm damage emergency. Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll clean and restore your storm-damaged property in Austin “Like it never even happened.”

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

Fire Damage Restoration Services in Albert Lea?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke is shown billowing and rising inside a room in a house. We are fire cleanup and restoration specialists in Austin.

Fire Damage is Pervasive

According to a report published by the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Every 24 seconds a fire department in the United States responds to a fire somewhere in the nation
  • A fire occurs in a structure at the rate of one every 63 seconds
  • A home fire occurs every 87 seconds

SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea has been providing a variety of fire restoration and cleaning services to the Albert Lea community for years. Our team of highly trained technicians are certified in fire restoration to safely clean and restore household items damaged by fire. We will pretest your belongings to determine what can be restored to pre-fire condition and we use several methods of cleaning including:

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe -effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

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

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

Dirty Ducts in Austin?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

A commercial air duct is shown in a warehouse. We clean ductwork of all sizes in Albert Lea.

Dirty Ducts

Can you remember the last time you checked your facilities HVAC system? According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA), maintaining a healthy indoor environment in schools, whether they are open or not,  is an important part of defensive cleaning related to the new coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea wants facilities managers in the Austin and Albert Lea area to be aware of these EPA guidelines for developing routine HVAC systems maintenance:

  • Ensure school HVAC systems are operating properly, with outdoor ventilation air maintained at or above design minimum values. Determine whether HVAC systems comply with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 62.1 ventilation requirements at the system level and in the breathing zones of all occupied spaces.
  • Employ filtration and gas-phase air cleaning strategies to further improve IAQ, in conjunction with source control strategies and maintaining minimum ventilation rates. Change filters regularly and ensure condensate pans are draining.

SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea has a team of highly trained professionals that routinely inspect and clean heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units. Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll inspect and clean your HVAC systems and air ducts in Albert Lea “Like it never even happened.”

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

Advanced Technology in Albert Lea?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

A technician is shown measuring the moisture content in the air using a hygrometer. We use advanced technologies and techniques to restore property damage in Austin.

Advanced Equipment and Techniques

Did you know that new advances in technologies allow SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea to provide more efficient, cost-saving restoration services to the Albert Lea community? By adopting new technologies, we save commercial businesses and residents time and money, and we can restore the property damage back to preloss condition quickly and with less disruption. We require all of our employees and technicians to undergo continuing education and certification to stay up to speed with the newest industry standards and best practices as established by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. We use the following advanced technologies:

  • Moisture detection and measurement equipment

Infrared cameras, hygrometers, and other sensitive moisture detection equipment

  • Water extraction equipment

Submersible pumps and truck-mounted and portable extraction units

  • Drying equipment

High-speed air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers

  • Odor removal and deodorization

Air scrubbers and thermal foggers and deodorization agents

  • Sanitizing agents, germicides, and anti-microbial treatments

OSHA-approved cleaning agents

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SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea has a team of highly trained technicians ready to assist you with any kind of property damage emergency, day or night. Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll clean and restore your property damage  in Albert Lea “Like it never even happened.”

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

Smoke detectors save lives in Austin

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

smoke rising up to smoke detector that has a red light on, showing it is working SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea wants its neighbors to be safe

SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is part of the community, so urgently wants your safety. If disaster strikes, call us at (507) 396-6644. Emergency service is available all day, every day.

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is Faster to any size disaster.

This speed allows SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea to prevent additional damage, and to restore Austin homes and businesses to preloss conditions as much as possible.

Fire is fast

Within two minutes, a fire can move from “easy to escape” to “difficult to escape.”

Within five minutes, fire can destroy a two-story building.

Early warnings are essential.

Newer buildings may be less safe than older ones. Many synthetic materials burn more easily than natural ones like wood or cotton. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that newer buildings burn more quickly and for longer times than older ones.

Smoke detectors provide early warnings

Smoke detectors sense smoke before a fire starts, providing extra time to get out of the building. People who have movement disabilities, older people, children, and pets may need the extra time, but everyone benefits from the warning.

Commercial buildings have codes for the number and placement of smoke detectors.

In homes, the NFPA recommends:

  • At least one alarm inside every sleeping area
  • One on every level of the house (larger houses may need more alarms)
  • Test smoke detectors every month
  • Replace batteries twice a year
  • Never disable a smoke detector before cooking. Use a fan to vent smoke outdoors

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

Links:

https://www.SERVPROaustinalbertlea.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Safety-equipment/Smoke-alarms/Installing-and-maintaining-smoke-alarms