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We are the #1 Restoration Company in the Nation.

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is the best choice when it comes to choosing a restoration company. If you own a large or small business, SERVPRO® understands the importance of keeping your doors open and minimizing downtime in the nature of a catastrophic event. 

Our team is faster than any other restoration company in the Austin & Albert Lea region. Our technicians and managers are trained and certified to handle any type of water, fire, or mold damage.

Documentation throughout any large project is a priority that we take seriously. We want to make sure that you have the notes and documentation for your records in case you have any issues with your insurance company. 

If you have any questions, call SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea at (507) 396-6644 anytime day or night. 

Timing Matters!

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

Household emergencies often happen at inconvenient times. Hearing running water from a broken pipe in the middle of the night or coming home from vacation to find two feet of water in your basement. There is really no good time to deal with this kind of disaster. At SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea, we understand that when these types of situations arise, you need help. We are available 24/7 including holidays. It only takes minutes for water to begin damaging structures, contents and personal belongings. Faster response times help to minimize damage and the costs of cleaning and restoration.  Call SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea anytime at 507-396-6644 and let our specialists make your home "Like it never even happened."

Have A Plan Incase of A House Fire!

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

As the leaders in fire restoration, SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea want to keep you informed of ways to prevent fire damage.

The Red Cross gives some excellent tips here:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. 
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year

Immediately dial 9-1-1 and have first responders there as soon as possible. Make sure anyone who was in the house is out, DO NOT go back into a burning building for any belongings, nothing is as important as your safety. Once the fire has been extinguished, contact your insurance provider and see what your policy covers. Have them contact us, SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea, and we will work with them for you, to make sure everything is restored to the perfect condition

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is Available 24/7

With Winter Gone The Rain Is Coming

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

As winter fades away and spring finally arrives, we come to the end of fire season and start flood season. As we all know spring can be eighty degrees one day and forty the next. As you can imagine flood season has an indefinite amount of water claim scenarios. We’ve all had some form of a water/flood interaction, be it a leaky basement wall or a plugged gutter from last fall’s leaves, it
happens. What you do next can be the difference in tens of thousands of dollars.
For example, many chairs common to one’s living room or finished basement have fabrics that,
when wet, will seep and drip water onto the floor and stain. That same fabric if dried too fast with too much heat can become brittle and split. Where that chair was sitting will have stains from the wooden legs. If that carpet gets dried without those stains being removed, those stains are now permanent. The carpet there needs to be kept saturated until proper cleaning solutions can be applied. If that same chair has upholstered buttons and they are not cleaned with our Rusticide #116 solution the oxidation/rust
produced will also seep into fabrics and stain, sometimes permanently. We’re not aiming to completely freak you out; this just shows one example and a few complexities that have to be taken into account. Even if SERVPRO is not on the job we still care about you and your possessions. We are all in this together!

One In Every Five Homeowners In North America Will Experience Some Kind Of Water Loss!

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

When you mention water damage, you automatically think of flooding, rainstorms, even hurricanes. According to the Private Risk Management Association one in every five homeowners in North America will experience some kind of water loss each year. Of these damages, the most common causes are household plumbing devices. Basically, anything in your home that connects to a running water source is considered a household plumbing device. This includes water heaters, washing machines, ice makers, dishwashers, and toilets. All things that we all have in our homes. With every water loss you face the challenge of time. You only have 48 hours to start drying the affected areas before microbial growth begins to occur. SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is ready to tackle water damages for you. We specialize in water damage restoration and we have extensive water damage restoration training. Our process follows a regimen of regular monitoring and documentation of the drying process as well as the use of specialized equipment to aid in the drying process, reducing the risks of mold. Our professional grade equipment can get you back on your feet and operating like normal in no time.

Mold Can Be Very Sneaky

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth on your wall may not seem like a big deal. It could just be the proverbial tip of the iceberg, though. Mold damage is often not limited to what you can see. It may be hiding behind the wall, under the flooring or inside cabinets. Quick mold remediation is the key to finding all its hiding spots and getting rid of the growth.

Behind Walls

Mold on the surface of your wall may just be the outward manifestation of the moldy drywall underneath it. Inspection may reveal several problems:

  • Leaky pipes
  • Overflow from the floor above
  • Wet or moldy insulation

Mold cleanup professionals may have to tear out portions of your wall and remove the insulation. Once everything is clean and dry, they can then add new insulation and rebuild the wall.

Under Floorboards

Flooring such as carpet or hardwood floors can hide a moisture problem and the mold growth it fosters. Certified mold specialists may find a larger problem when the flooring is removed. If you see mold on wood when you look at your floor, it is probably not the only mold that is present.

Inside Cabinets

You may not ever think to look at the back of your cabinets, but frequent inspection is important, particularly if the cabinet is under a sink. A small leak can cause a lot of damage. If you have water damage that goes unmitigated, you may soon have a mold problem as well. If this happens, your cabinets may have to be removed and replaced during black mold cleanup.

Mold growth can hide in a number of places. You may see a little bit of mold on the surface that indicates there is a larger problem beneath it. You may not even see any mold at all until the places it is hiding are revealed. Check common hiding places frequently to make sure you don't have a fungus problem.

Be Ready For A Disaster!!

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

stormy night Storms can cause a lot of problems for you and your business!

The last couple years Minnesota has experienced our fair share of disasters. With tornadoes and floods comes damage from wind, water and mold damage are just a couple things that can disrupt your business.

Did you know that over half of businesses who are affected by a disaster may not recover? That’s 50%, and the number one reason a business WILL survive is because they have a plan in place in case disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is here to help area businesses be prepared for a disaster by helping them create an Emergency Readiness Plan. By developing an ERP for your business, you can minimize interruptions because you’ll have an immediate plan of action if a disaster occurs. Knowing what to expect and what to do is key to minimizing how water and mold can affect your business.

What’s in an Emergency Readiness Plan?

  • Priority contact for the business
  • A list of personnel, their contact information and duties/responsibilities after the disaster
  • Building details such as the floor plan, breaker boxes, shut off valves and any other things that may need immediate attention
  • A document containing critical information needed in the event of an emergency such as username and passwords to office equipment and accounts
  • A list of external organizations that may be available to assist you and your business
  • And, a plan to help you get back on premises – then back to work

For more information on how to put together an Emergency Readiness Plan, call SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea A 507-396-6644 and one of our trained professionals can help you.

When Storms Hit The Austin or Albert Lea Area

4/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our technicians are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property.

Since we are locally owned, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage and reduces the restoration cost.

When storms hit the Austin area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the Nation and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is here to help 24/7 including holidays.

Have Storm Damage? Call Us Today 507-396-6644

Importance of HEPA Filters

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

Fire and combustion are synonymous. The short explanation of combustion is the break-down of a solid and becoming a gas. For this to happen there needs to be one other element added, heat.  There are three elements needed for combustion: fuel, oxygen, and heat. In a perfect situation those three elements are equal, which would give off zero smoke, but that rarely happens.  When these three elements are not equal smoke occurs. Smoke is airborne at first and after some time comes to rest on anything in contact of the fire. The reason we bring this up is to point out exactly how important Hepa filters are. Smoke particles range from .1 microns to about 4 microns. For a comparison, the average human hair is 75 to 100 microns! The average period at the end of this sentence is around 150 microns! Even though the smoke particles are that small our SERVPRO Hepa filters permanently trap 99.97% of the smoke particulate!

April Showers

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

As winter fades away and spring finally arrives, we come to the end of fire season and start flood season. As we all know spring can be eighty degrees one day and forty the next. As you can imagine flood season has an indefinite amount of water claim scenarios. We’ve all had some form of a water/flood interaction, be it a leaky basement wall or a plugged gutter from last fall’s leaves, it happens. What you do next can be the difference in tens of thousands of dollars.

For example, many chairs common to one’s living room or finished basement have fabrics that, when wet, will seep and drip water onto the floor and stain. That same fabric if dried too fast with too much heat can become brittle and split. Where that chair was sitting will have stains from the wooden legs. If that carpet gets dried without those stains being removed, those stains are now permanent. The carpet there needs to be kept saturated until proper cleaning solutions can be applied. If that same chair has upholstered buttons and they are not cleaned with our Rusticide #116 solution the oxidation/rust produced will also seep into fabrics and stain, sometimes permanently.

We’re not aiming to completely freak you out; this just shows one example and a few complexities that have to be taken into account. Even if SERVPRO is not on the job we still care about you and your possessions. We are all in this together!

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.

Our 
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.

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.

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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!

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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.

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.

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.

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, “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

Call Us Today

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

Broken Window in Albert Lea?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Police cars are shown with their lights flashing in front of a building in a city. Property damage can happen at any time in Austin!

Property Crimes in Albert Lea

In a report published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI), there were7.2 million property crime offenses reported in the United States in 2018 and 2639 property crimes reported in Albert Lea that year. The FBI report noted that violent crime decreased by 3.3 percent between 2017 and 2018. If your home or business experienced damage due to crime or trauma, SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea wants you to know that we have the specialized training, equipment, and experience to safely clean and restore the property damage caused by a crime.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning

After the police have finished processing the crime scene, there may be chemicals and blood, or other biohazard contaminants left behind that require special handling, removal, cleaning, disinfecting, sanitization, and odor removal including:

  • Fingerprint residue and other evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Call Us

Property crime can happen anytime in the Austin and Albert Lea areas and SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea wants you to know that we are available 24 hours a day to help restore your property to preloss condition. Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll clean and restore your crime scene damage  in Albert Lea “Like it never even happened.”

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

Here to Help in Austin & Albert Lea

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

With this current pandemic sweeping our nation, many businesses have had no choice but to close their doors some for a short time and some for good. Luckily for all of us here at SERVPRO, the job we do is vital to our community and the businesses that are still open, so we're still here to help in every aspect possible.
SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea has a number of services to help all sorts of businesses in their time of need, and to help them when it's time to re-open their store.

We are currently offering a very strong Viral 
Pathogen Cleaning, to ensure that your Business, is up to code and clean in the event of a viral outbreak in your facility, to ensure your employees and customers are safe. By fogging and disinfecting your business, we can provide more comprehensive coverage, and provide certified documentation that your facility has been cleaned by an IICRC certified company with of 50 years of experience and an IICRC trained technician. The product we use is so safe it can be used on children’s toys and it has been approved for human consumption.

If you are interested in this vital service, please contact us using the button above or, if you are so inclined, call us at 507-396-6644 for more information. We're here to help, we're here to get our nation back on its feet, we're here to make it "Like it never even happened.”

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

Storm caused Flood in Albert Lea, MN

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Experiencing a water loss can be a tough time for you and your family. It is important to not worry and that help can be provided to get your home back to pre loss condition. First thing you want to do is focus on limiting damage. Make sure the source of the water loss is turned off. If you are not sure what is causing it, call a professional company like SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea and inform us of your problem and we will have our trained and certified technicians on the way to help immediately. 

Once the loss has been contained, our crew will began extracting the water. The longer the water sits, the more damage it will start to cause. Once the water is extracted, SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea will start to place air movers and other drying equipment in your home or business to get it completely dried and prepare for the rebuild process. 

A lot of time depending on the size of the loss, you might want to reach out to your insurance company and get them involved, that way you are 100% sure what they will cover. Sometimes if the water loss is a smaller loss it is best to handle out of pocket to prevent an increase in rates with your insurance provider. Here at SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea we know it is very important to get thing back to normal in your home or business. Our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened." Call us at 507-396-6644. 

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

Fire Safety Prevention in Albert Lea?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

A family chalk board has the beginnings of an escape plan written on it. We are fire restoration specialists in Austin.

Fire Safety Tips

According to data published by the National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA), sixty-nine percent of home fires happened between 2013 and 2017. The highest cause of home fires was cooking. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea wants you to know that we are experienced fire restoration specialists with years of experience mitigating fire damage in the Austin area. Here are some fire prevention safety tips from the NFPA to keep you and your family safe: 

  • Watch your cooking
                If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove
  • Give space heaters space
    Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn and turn them off when you leave the room or go to sleep
  • Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections
  • Be careful when using candles
    Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn and blow them out when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas

Call Us

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

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

Hail Damage in Albert Lea?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

A person is shown holding a handful of large hailstones. We are storm damage restoration specialists in Austin!

Storm Repair Specialists

Minnesota has already seen some pretty significant weather events this year. In June severe storms created golf ball to baseball-sized hail, wind gusts over 60 miles per hour, and tornadoes. Thunderstorms have been bringing lightning strikes to the state and in a town south of Albert Lea an apartment complex was struck by lightning, causing a small fire to break out. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea wants you to know that we have the specialized training, equipment, and experience to safely clean and restore any size storm damage. Our technicians are trained to perform a variety of fire, water, and other damage cleanup and repair services and are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, (IICRC), for the following specialties:

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Call Us

Property damage caused by storms in the Albert Lea area is common, and SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea wants you to know that we are on call 24 hours a day to assist you. Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

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

SERVPRO of Austin and Lea can’t control teenagers, but it can control water damage

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

A dog wearing a shower cap a towel is peering from behind a shower curtain. The dog is holding a sponge, and has a rubber duc Austin doesn’t have to ban family members from showers when SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is here to the rescue

A True Story

Imagine a teenager taking a marathon-length shower. Imagine the teenager deciding to leave the shower door partially open to let out steam, releasing water to flow onto the bathroom floor and drip through to the ceiling below, releasing gentle rain into a light fixture, then onto the hallway floor.

A Happy Ending

No, the parents didn’t send the teen to boarding school.

Whatever the source, water damage in Austin causes problems for homes and businesses. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is prepared to send a water-restoration crew to a disaster any time of the day or night, on any day of the year. Call (507) 396-6644.

We are Faster to any size disaster

Whether the floor is soaked down to the ceiling below, or an entire building is flooded, count on SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea to arrive in time to assess and stop damage. Water can swell and warp wood, damage linoleum or tile, and crumble drywall or plaster. When water has more time to soak into structures, it has time to cause more damage. SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea has state-of-the-art equipment and training to extract much more water than bath towels (or even industrial-size mops) can. Technicians measure the indoor humidity so they can track down and remove hidden moisture with dehumidifiers and dryers.

Restore instead of Replace

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea saves costs and reduces anxiety by providing restoration services as well as water removal.

If Austin residents or business owners have questions, they can call (507) 396-6644 or check out our extensive services on our website.

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

Link:

https://www.SERVPROaustinalbertlea.com/

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea tells water damage to dry up

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

glove hand cleaning leaves out of a gutter If rainwater ends up inside, SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea will clean it up

Gutters and other roof-top drainage systems keep water from damaging roofs and from seeping into the buildings’ foundations. If these systems get blocked by debris or broken, water damage is a likely result.

If there’s a problem with water damage, SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea has a solution: call us, any time, at (507) 396-6644.

SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is Here to Help® when water damage swamps Austin & Albert Lea homes or businesses. We are available for emergencies 24 hours a day, no matter what the day. That means we start water extraction – perhaps even before the water has a chance to permanently damage a building or the residents’/ businesses’ belongings. Call us as soon as you notice the water emergency.

Water extraction is only the first step. SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea dries and dehumidifies structures and contents, and then works to clean, disinfect, and restore everything to preloss condition whenever possible. Technicians have the training to identify how different materials need to be cleaned, and the equipment to do the work. Teams include people certified in cleaning and restoring carpet, furniture, drywall, and other parts of the structure and contents. Disinfection controls odors and further deterioration, but SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea also has equipment that will get rid of odors. We don’t cover up odors. We remove them.

Check us out for regular maintenance as well as for disaster recovery.

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

Link:

https://www.SERVPROaustinalbertlea.com/

Except the unexcepted

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

fireworks firework fun

Summertime presents us with great weather, opportunities for family reunions, and more time with the family in general.  During this time, especially during a pandemic, entertaining your family during the summer can be a lot of fun!  From grilling your favorite summertime meal, to setting off fireworks at night, summertime involves a lot of activities that can become dangerous if safety measures are not in place and adhered to. 

     Next week will be the 4th of July and many families will be shooting off fireworks, grilling and having yard events.  SERVPRO of Albert Lea/ Austin would like to share some useful safety tips that could help prevent fire outbreaks. 

  • When grilling and using lighter fluids and gas, make sure you are at a safe distance from your home and other structures, and that there are no flammable materials close enough to the grill. Keep an eye on which direction the wind is blowing and adjust, as necessary.  If using gas, ensure that connections are good and that the gas is turned off when not in use. 
  • When setting off fireworks, make sure that fuses and wicks are long enough, adults are supervising sparklers and proximity factors, and that aerial fireworks are set off securely and at a safe distance from trees, homes, power lines, and other structures.
  • Be sure to monitor yard torches using kerosene and other accelerants, and that their bases are secure with no hazards around them. Keep in mind that if a torch were to spill an accelerant, the fuel expelled becomes a fire hazard on anything that it touches. 
  • When setting a bonfire, always consider where the wind is blowing and its speed. Bonfires need to be placed at a safe distance (at least 25 ft) from homes and other structures, and you need to have a fire extinguishment source at hand in case of emergency.  Some things to keep on hand would be sand/dirt and shovels, a fire extinguisher, a water barrel, a garden hose or anything that can be used quickly to extinguish fires.

Take time to enjoy the summer and the activities that come with it, but always be safe in doing so and consider these pointers when planning your fun filled adventures!       

Property Damage in Albert Lea?

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

A fireworks display is shown lighting up the evening sky. We are property damage restoration specialists in Austin.

Fireworks and Property Damage

Although fireworks cause almost 20,000 fires each year, they are still legal in some states and cities in the nation. Some cities offer Safe and Sane zones so it will be important to check and see if fireworks are allowed in your area. According to a report produced by the National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA), property damage related to fireworks amounted to $105 million in direct property damage in the U.S. in 2018. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea wants commercial business owners in Austin to know that if you experience any form of property damage we want to help, and we have years of restoration experience to serve your needs.

Securing Your Property

From the moment you contact us, our immediate concern will be to secure your property and board up and protect anything damaged. Our goal is to restore your property and get you back to business as quickly as possible, with little or no inconvenience to your customers and employees.

Call Us Today

Independence Day will soon be here and  SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is here to support Austin business owners and residents alike. Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll clean and restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

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

COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen floor, black fridge Faster to any size disaster

The driving force behind SERVPRO Restoration Services is offering quality work and going above and beyond what is expected from our customers.  We rely on our reputation to bring us the work we need to maintain a strong momentum throughout the day, week, month and year.  When the phone rings, we need to be ready to take on any size disaster, even when the caller is an owner or management at a local business or franchise serving the community, as we do, in their own way. 

                Commercial properties can range in size and extent of damage, and sometimes the work that needs to be performed is not comparable to some residential jobs.  However, there are times where a commercial structure needs all our attention, and sometimes even more.  That is why a SERVPRO franchise needs to have open communication with other neighboring franchises, as well as connections to teams structured though the corporate level that are prepared to take on high stakes, high demand jobs that a locally owned and operated franchise might not have the assets and ability to handle. 

                SERVPRO has designed their services to be open and flexible to take on any task, no matter what size the damage or structure is.  Our franchises in Mason City and Austin and Albert Lea are prepared, and have been for quite some time, to take on “the big one” whenever that job appears.  We have connections to a Storm Team, a Large Loss Team, and an Extreme Team that can help get us what we need to produce quality work in a timely fashion at any size disaster.  This is what makes being a SERVPRO franchise better; our commitment to finding a way to address fire, water, sewer backups, mold, and several other losses in a way that will benefit each party involved.  When catastrophe strikes, SERVPRO of Mason City, Austin and Albert Lea will find a way to get your business or property back to normal and exceed your expectations.  Let us help you in your time of need to make it “Like it never even happened.”  We are just a call away at 507-396-6644. 

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

Mold Mitigation in Blue Earth?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

A technician is shown holding a mold detector up to a mold-covered wall inside a structure. We remediate mold in Albert Lea.

Mold Facts

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC,) molds are a very common type of fungus that thrives in moist environments. Water leaks around roofs, windows or pipes, air conditioning units that have sat unused over the winter, or in areas where there has been flooding. The CDC reports that mold spores are found indoors and outdoors and can enter through home airways and can also travel on clothing, shoes, and pets. Once they find the optimum environment to grow, they grow quickly. Suitable mold nutrients include many building materials such as wet paper products and cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood and wood products. Molds have even been known to grow in dust, some paints, wallpaper, drywall, carpet, and fabric. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea wants commercial business and homeowners of Blue Earth to know that we are mold remediation specialists. Although mold can never be completely eradicated, it can be arrested and controlled.

Advanced Technology and Techniques

After we inspect and access the mold damage, we will use advanced mold remediation techniques and equipment to remediate the damage by:

  • Mold containment
  • Air filtration
  • Removal of mold-infested materials
  • Content cleaning
  • Restoration

Call Us

If you have a mold concern, SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll clean and restore your mold damage  in Blue Earth “Like it never even happened.”

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

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea battles storm damage

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

dark clouds and lightning over a city Thunderstorms can’t win against SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea

The people who own and work at SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea are part of the community; they know what summer storms can do. The combination of high humidity and warm air makes thunderstorms more likely in the summer than at other times of the year, with the most likely dangers being lightning strikes and flash floods.

If a storm causes damage to Albert Lea homes or businesses, SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea has the help you need.

We are very aware that whether a storm damages one room or an entire building, the damage is a crisis for the people who live in the homes or who own the businesses. SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea therefore has 24-hour emergency service.  Call us at (507) 396-6644 for an immediate response, even on weekends and holidays.

Our technicians have training in rescuing storm-damaged buildings and personal or business belongings. They clean, disinfect, and restore property to preloss condition.  For floods, SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea removes water before it can cause additional damage. If lightning strikes cause fires, they get rid of the damage from smoke and soot. In all cases, they bring the training and equipment to clean, disinfect and restore not just the floors and walls, but the carpets, upholstery, electronics, and documents.

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is always available in an emergency as well as to answer questions any time. Call (507) 396-6644.

FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

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

Link:

https://www.SERVPROaustinalbertlea.com/

Barbeque Fire Damage in Austin?

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

A family is shown barbequing outside on a hot summer day. We are fire damage restoration specialists in Albert Lea.

July is the Peak Month for Grill Fires

According to the National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA), between 2014 and 2018 barbeques, hibachis and other outdoor grills were involved in an average of 10,600 home fires per year. In a research report published by the NFPA, 18 percent of grill fires occur in July. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea wants Austin residents to know that we have years of experience dealing with fire damage losses and no job is too big or too small. Our fire damage restoration specialists will work with your insurance company and help you with the paperwork and process. Here are some grilling safety tips offered by the NFPA:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and from the trays below the grill
  • Never leave your grill unattended
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container

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

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

Reconstruction Services in Austin?

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

A man is sitting at a table working on building plans for a reconstruction project. We provide many reconstruction services in Albert Lea.

U.S. Property Damage Claims

According to the Insurance Information Institute, (III) each year about one in twenty insured homes in the United States has a property damage claim related to:

  • About one in 50 claims are related to wind or hail
  • About one in 50 claims are caused by water damage or freezing
  • About one in 325 claims are due to a property damage claim due to theft
  • About one in 360 claims are due to fire and lightning

Reconstruction Services

Many times, property damage claims involve a series of restoration and reconstruction services to restore the property to pre-damage condition. SERVPRO® of Austin Albert Lea wants commercial business owners in Austin to know that we can simplify the building and reconstruction process by handling both the initial damage restoration process and the rebuilding process. When rebuilding services are required, we can supervise a full range of reconstruction services including board up, drywall removal, repair and installation, electrical, HVAC services, roofing services, painting, floor repair, temporary fencing, carpet repair and installation and a whole compliment of specialized restoration services for fine art, document drying, dry cleaning and more.

Call Us

No matter what kind of property damage you may have, SERVPRO® of Austin Albert Lea is here to provide rebuilding and reconstruction services to Austin business owners and residents. Call us today at 507-396-6644. We’ll restore and rebuild your property “Like it never even happened.”

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

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 restores 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 507-396-6644 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 Austin & 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. For more information please call us at 507-396-6644. 

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. For fire clean up or for more information please call us at 507-396-6644. 

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.

Don’t let a wet floor stress you out in Austin & Albert Lea

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

home with standing water Call SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea to restore your floor.

Any type of damage inside of a house can be frustrating but one of the more stressful situations is a residential flood. In the middle of a disaster such as a flooded home in Austin & Albert Lea, it can be hard to figure out where to start when it comes to cleaning up and restoring the damaged area. That is where SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea comes in. We are ready to help when called and we are highly trained in property damage restoration and in this case, water damage specifically. Here are some steps that can be taken in the event of a flooded home/room:

  • Make sure the floor is secure before you start walking through the water or wet areas
  • If there is an exposed plug underneath the water, do not walk in that area because electricity can travel through water
  • Call SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea to help clean up the flooded area
  • Wet floors might be slick so walk slowly to avoid falling and sustaining injuries

We want to make this as easy as possible for our homeowners and reduce the amount of stress you may be feeling in Austin & Albert Lea. If a disaster should strike, call us at 507-396-6644. 

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

Link: https://www.ready.gov/floods

Things to do for Water Damage until Help Arrives in Austin & Albert Lea

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

room with standing water When water damage strikes, SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is Here To Help.

If your home or business in Austin & Albert Lea has water damage, you can do some things before help arrives.

Make sure that the building or home is safe.

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea Wants You to Remember:

  • Waterlogged materials are very heavy
  • Wet surfaces are slippery
  • Make sure electrical power is off before you handle devices
  • Make sure you are standing on dry area before you turn on the electric power

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea suggests that you:

  • Remove excess water with mops and/or towels
  • Wipe water from wood furniture or other items
  • Remove wet cushions. Prop them upright to dry
  • Hang up rugs to dry
  • Place foil or blocks between furniture and wet carpeting
  • Turn on dehumidifiers or air-conditioning if it is safe
  • Move colored items from wet carpeting
  • Move artwork to a safe, dry place
  • Move loose items from the floor or counters
  • Start drying items ASAP
  • Remember that mold starts growing within 24 hours
  • Stay away from rooms that have sagging ceilings

If disaster strikes your home, call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 507-396-6644. 

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

Links:

www.fema.gov

Austin & Albert Lea Area Businesses Rely On Us for Proactive Cleaning and Sanitization Services!

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

A auto repair man is shown standing in a busy repair shop holding two wrenches. It’s never been more important to deep clean essential businesses in Austin.

We Are Specialty Trained

We are living in historic times. Keeping our businesses and homes disinfected and sanitized has never been more critical to protecting our health and welfare. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea wants Austin commercial businesses and homeowners to know that we have the specialty training and have years of experience dealing with biological pathogens - including strains of coronavirus similar to the new coronavirus, COVID-19. Our technicians are required to attend initial, demanding training and continuing education courses to stay current on technological advances and industry standards.

We Use EPA-approved Products

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends the use of a labeled, EPA-approved, hospital-grade disinfectant with claims for use on organisms similar to COVID-19. The CDC also recommends that all high-touch surfaces be routinely cleaned and disinfected as COVID-19 can remain on surfaces up to three hours depending on the surface type. 

Call For a Proactive Cleaning Today

When your facility or home requires cleaning and disinfecting outside the scope of a routine janitorial service, we want to help. We are on call 24 hours a day and can be on-site within four hours of your first call to us. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea is also equipped to respond to any fire or water emergency in Austin. 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.

Sharing the SERVPRO History in Austin & Albert Lea

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon character with magnifying glass SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is ready to make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO?

Ted Isaacson opened the first SERVPRO® in 1967 in Sacramento, California selling his first Franchise in 1969.  In 1988 the SERVPRO headquarters moved to Gallatin, Tennessee. SERVPRO now has 1700+ Franchises in the United States and Canada. SERVPRO of Albert Lea/Austin specializes in cleanup and restoration services in Austin & Albert Lea. We can make your fire, smoke, water, or mold damage “Like it never even happened.” 

What does SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea do?

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea provides:

  • residential & commercial cleanup of:
    • water/ flood damage
    • fire damage
    • storm damage
  • mold remediation
  • restoration

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea performs these specialties, including:

  • Water Restoration
  • Fire Restoration
  • Mold Removal
  • Biohazard
  • Sewage
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup
  • Vandalism and Graffiti
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
  • Carpet and Upholstery



SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea works directly with most insurance companies, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in Austin & Albert Lea.

Why SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea? Each franchise is an individually owned and operated company.  We have advanced expertise in water restoration along with specialized equipment in water removal and also advanced drying equipment.  

Technicians at SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea will keep you informed as they restore your damage so you will know what SERVPRO did, and how the process worked.  


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

Ease your Burden when Disaster Happens in Austin & Albert Lea

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

4 cartoon icons SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is Here To Help when disaster strikes.

When disaster strikes…

For many, your home in Austin & Albert Lea represents a lifetime of hard work and a place where roots are important. It is where family gathers, and where your most endearing and important memories are made. When a disaster strikes; whether it be fire, storm, mold, or other water damage/flooding, it will likely be one of the most traumatic experiences of your life. When these things happen and stress is high call us. Our professionalism and rapid response time, as well as our nonintrusive clean up and exit should do much to ease the burden you are bearing. SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea really does want to help you carry the load.

…we’ll be there to ease your burden.

Sharing a load to SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea means our work makes your situation more bearable. Twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week we are on call with equipment that is up-to-date, and people who are professional and efficient. Our goal is to keep you moving forward with as little worry as possible in Austin & Albert Lea. Please contact us online or at (507) 396-6644.

Who Should I Use for Restoration Purposes in Austin & Albert Lea

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks and vans and a SERVPRO 24/7 sign. SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is ready 24/7, 365 to make it "Like it never even happened."

Who should I use?

Emergency situations usually call for quick reaction. In cases where a home or business structure in Austin & Albert Lea is being compromised by unhealthy and/or unsafe conditions, SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is the-fast-response you need to get relief.  Chaotic situations can be handled or endured in an orderly fashion with professionals and the right tools applied. When you must choose your clean-up/restoration specialist, you are likely considering a few important things:

  • Convenient location
  • 24/7 availability
  • Professionalism
  • Efficiency
  • Honesty
  • Experience
  • Latest equipment

SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is the answer.

In a problematic and possibly chaotic situation, remember, we’re here to help.  SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea are business owners, homeowners and renters just like you so we understand the initial needs. Our promise to you is to provide the same quality and integrity based service that we, as your neighbor, may also need in the future.

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