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Specialty Cleaning Services in Austin?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Muddy boot prints are being tracked all over a clean beige colored carpet. We provide specialty cleaning services in the Albert Lea area.

That darn kid!

It never fails. Right before a big holiday celebration, someone forgets to take off their shoes after traipsing through the muddy yard and soils the carpeting. Oh no! Oh yes, that darn kid did it again! Fortunately for the kid, SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea provides a wide range of specialty cleaning services that go way beyond what a typical cleaning service can do. Our technicians are specialty trained to remove deep soil, offensive odor, and even the most resistant stains from carpets and upholstered furniture. We offer a range of specialized cleaning methods, including:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

We also can schedule preventative maintenance service to keep your carpet and upholstery looking its best.

Call Us Today!

When you need cleaning services that go beyond what a standard cleaning service does, SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll clean and restore your carpets and upholstery in Austin, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Warehouse Disaster in Albert Lea?

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

A commercial fire sprinkler is going off inside of a building, spraying water everywhere to put out a fire. We are commercial water restoration specialists in Austin.

Lights, cameras, water?

We were filming a corporate video for our manufacturing company in Albert Lea and had cameras and special lighting set up for the shoot. The speakers were reviewing their lines, the video team was taking light measurements and doing sound checks, and then it happened. The high heat triggered the indoor sprinkler head above the special lighting, and it started discharging water. Water was raining down from the sprinkler onto the film crew; the cameras, the set, and the entire area got drenched before we could deactivate the sprinkler. What a disaster!

When a fire or water emergency damages your commercial property SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea will mobilize a team of highly trained cleanup and restoration technicians to restore the damage quickly and efficiently. We know that every second counts and no matter how big the job is, we will get you back to “business as usual” with minimal disruption to your employees and customers.

Call Us Today!

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

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

Storm Winterization in Blue Earth?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Homes are shown bombarded with heavy snow on a winter day. We have technicians on call 24 hours a day to mitigate water damage in the Austin area.

A mixed bag of weather for December

Looking at the weather forecast for December, Blue Earth looks like it can expect a mixture of wind, ice, snow, and rain! SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea has been helping residents and business owners mitigate storm damage for years, and we have the experience and advanced training to restore damage quickly and efficiently.

Here are some tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on protecting your property from storm damage:

  • Winterize your home by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows or covering windows with plastic.
  • Insulate water pipes and allow faucets to drip or trickle during frigid weather or if the power and heat go out to avoid burst pipes. Know how to shut off water valves if a pipe bursts.
  • Clear rain gutters and repair roof leaks. Clear away tree branches that could damage your house. Keep pathways clear between storms.
  • Install battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand and make sure everyone knows how to use them.
  • Maintain heating equipment and have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional every year.

Call Us Today!

When you have a storm damage emergency of any size, SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is ready to respond 24 hours a day. Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage in Blue Earth, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Water Intrusion Emergency in Albert Lea?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

A rain soaked back patio of a house is shown. We have technicians on call 24 hours a day to mitigate water damage in the Austin area.

Patio Blues

My friend recently purchased a home in Albert Lea, and while she was remodeling her kitchen, it rained. Because the cabinets were torn out, she could see the water coming into the kitchen from the patio. Yikes! The water was pooling on the patio and intruding into the wall instead of draining away from the house. The patio had to be re-engineered, and she called SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea to mitigate the water damage. When they arrived, they immediately began the water extraction process and placed sandbags outside to prevent further water intrusion. After all the water was extracted, they set up drying and dehumidifying equipment to prevent further moisture damage to the interior walls and floors. Within days they had repaired the water damage to the kitchen interior and exterior walls. By the time they completed the restoration process, you’d never know there was ever any water damage to begin with! 

Call Us!

When you have a  water damage emergency of any kind, SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is ready to respond and can usually be onsite within four hours of your call.  Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll clean and restore your water damage in Albert Lea, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Commercial Restoration Services in Austin?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

A table strewn with building construction tools is shown. We offer many commercial building services in Albert Lea!

Commercial Restoration

Did you know that SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea offers building and reconstruction services in Austin? When you experience damage to your business from fire, water, or storm damage, we will secure the building to prevent additional damage and then we will provide the restoration and reconstruction services to get your property back to preloss condition. This keeps your costs low and gives you one qualified company to handle the entire restoration process!

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of commercial restoration services including:

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea responds to commercial property emergencies 24 hours a day and restores damage done to buildings like:

  • 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!

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

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

Bad Odor Removal in Blue Earth?

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

A woman is shown standing in a room holding her nose to fend off a bad odor. We are deodorization specialists in Albert Lea!

Something Smells Rotten in Blue Earth!

Have you ever walked into a room and smelled a horrible smell you couldn’t identify? Bad odors can create such a strong emotional reaction that the United States Department of Defense has even considered using them for nonlethal warfare! Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea has a team of highly trained odor removal technicians ready to respond to your call. They are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors that can originate from within or outside of a structure.

Bad smells at home can be attributed to many sources. According to an online article in The Handyman, the most common sources of bad odor in a home are:

  • Stinky dishwasher
  • Garbage disposal
  • Refrigerator
  • Dirty carpet
  • New furniture
  • Stale bed sheets
  • Smelly closet
  • Mildew
  • Laundry room
  • Mud room

We Use Science

Odors can originate from the sources listed above, as well as from sources like rats, bats, racoons, opossums, and other vermin nesting in attic spaces or inside of your walls. Once our technicians have identified the source of the odor or odors, they have access to several odor removal products that can thoroughly penetrate and neutralize them.

Call Us Today

Blue Earth residents know that SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is ready to respond 24 hours a day to their call. Call us today at 507-396-6644.

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

Flood Damage on Main Street in Albert Lea?

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Sandbags are stacked to prevent emerging flood waters from flooding a building. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Austin!

Sandbagged in Albert Lea

This year, Albert Lea has seen some pretty severe storms and weather events. Torrential rains brought flash flood warnings and flooding. Main Street in Albert Lea gets flooded on a regular basis and it is also the most frequently used street in town. Local news coverage of the flooding issue attributes the flooding to two sources. One source is regional flooding due to lake flooding, and the other source is localized flooding from a small watershed that drains into this area. Although the cause of the flooding is known, the solutions are costly, and there is currently no specific date for when the city will move forward on mitigating the flooding.

SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea has seen firsthand the damage this flooding causes to businesses in this area of Albert Lea. Our storm damage restoration technicians respond to flooding and other storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We arrive with the equipment and experience needed to mitigate flood and storm damage and we work to get your business restored with minimal disruption to your customers and employees.

Call Us Today!

When you need help with a storm 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 in Albert Lea, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Water Damage Emergency in Austin?

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

A bathroom sink faucet has been left turned on and has been flooding a bathroom for a long time. We respond to water damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Albert Lea!

Sink disaster

You hear of stories like this, but think it can never happen to you. . . One day, while I was working from my Austin home, I kept hearing faint tapping sounds upstairs. I had my headphones on most of the time, so to me the sound was intermittent, but later that afternoon I learned the ugly, awful truth. The sink upstairs had been left running all day with the stopper plugged in, completely flooding the upstairs bathroom and hallway. The water damage and flooding were so surreal, I just couldn’t wrap my head around the situation. I think I was in shock, but thankfully, I had the wherewithal to call SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea.  

They asked me some questions and had a team of water restoration technicians out to assess and restore the damage in no time. They extracted the water and set up air blowers and movers to dry and dehumidify the remaining moisture. After everything was completely dried, they cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized the water-damaged areas. They cleaned the hallway carpets, too!

Call Us Today!

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 in Austin, “Like it never even happened.”

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

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!

Call Us Today

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.

Call Us Today

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.