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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

6 Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Your Home or Business

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

frozen pipe Freezing and bursting pipes are not only an inconvenience but can also cause serious water damage to your home or business.

Minnesota winters come with freezing temperatures and plenty of ice and snow, easily causing pipes to freeze. Frozen pipes are a problem because they prevent water flow and can eventually burst, causing damage and potential flooding in your home or business.

Water has a unique property, it expands as it freezes. This expansion causes an immense amount of pressure on whatever is containing it. No matter the strength of the pipe, expanding water can cause pipes to break. The good news is, there are ways to prevent pipes from freezing.

Which Pipes Are Most at Risk?

Pipes that are exposed to the outside elements and are along the exterior walls of your home. These pipes may need extra protection during the winter, which include the following:

  • Outdoor hose hookups and faucets.
  • Swimming pool supply lines.
  • Lawn sprinkler lines.
  • Water pipes in unheated, interior locations such as basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages and kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  • Pipes running against exterior walls with little or no insulation.

Preventing Frozen Pipes (Internal)

  1. Maintain Heat When TravelingIf you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F. This should provide enough heat to keep the pipes warm and prevent any water inside from freezing.
  2. Cold Water Drip- When the weather is below freezing outside, let the cold-water drip from the faucet. Allowing water to run through the pipes (even at a trickle) helps prevent pipes from freezing. When a pipe freezes the pressure created between the blockage and faucet will cause the pipes to burst. Leaving the faucet open will help avoid blockage in the pipes.
  3. Insulation- Adding insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces will help maintain higher temperatures in these areas. Pipes can be fitted with foam rubber or fiberglass sleeve to help decrease the chances of freezing.
  4. Seal the Gaps- Gaps may occur where the pipes come into the building and allow cold air in, which can expose the area where your pipes are most vulnerable. Seal these spaces/gaps with foam insulation or caulk.
  5. Open Cabinet Doors In some homes the kitchen and bathroom sinks can be located against an exterior wall. Locations such as these are not insulated as well and cold air from outside can freeze the pipes beneath the sinks. To help fight the influx of cold air, leave the cabinet doors open to assist the movement of warmer air.
  6. Keep Doors Closed: Close garage and basement doors, by keeping them closed it’ll help keep the temperature a little warmer in these areas and keep out the wind. This is important if there is a water supply line travelling through them, as these spaces are more at risk in freezing temperatures.

Preventing Frozen Pipes (External)

  • Drain External Water Lines: Close internal valves that supply water to the exterior and drain water lines from the outside.

Water Damage Cleanup from Frozen Pipes

Once the main water valve is shut off  and the pipes are repaired, SERPVRO of Austin & Albert Lea can be there to help with the cleanup and restoration. The longer the water sits in the building materials, the more potential for damage and mold growth.

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is licensed, experienced, and available 24/7 when it comes to returning your home or business to its preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.” As soon as we arrive, the cleanup and restoration process will begin immediately.

SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call us at (507) 396-6644

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.