Recent Storm Damage Posts

Finding a Contractor in Austin & Albert Lea

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

An increase in the number of storm-related claims may lead to an increase in the number of unscrupulous roofers and contractors who are willing to take advantage of homeowners. You need to be cautious when dealing with contractors who offer to repair your home.

Some tips:

  1. Only do business with licensed contractors with good references.
  2. Always request a written, detailed estimate.
  3. Never pay for the work upfront, nor make any payments in cash.
  4. Never sign a contract with spaces left blank.
  5.  What is their business address? If the company has a PO Box or doesn't have a local address, they probably aren't a local company.
  6. Ask about some references for work they have done in this area. Local companies should have plenty of projects you can see in the area.

If you are being asked to sign by a contractor in doubt about anything, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t feel pressured into signing anything. Take time to do your research, and if you are unsure about anything in the agreement, WAIT until you’ve had an opportunity to look it over more carefully and discuss it with your insurance agent or adjuster.

3 Ways to Keep Your Roof Safe

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

3 Simple Steps to keep your roof safe.

  1. Inspect the roof at least twice a year. Make sure you know about potential issues and all of your upkeep options to extend the life of a roof. Do this by having experts perform annual inspections. If you know what to look for, you can do at least one of these inspections yourself.
  2. Trim trees with overhanging branches. Reducing the number of branches and leaves that accumulate on the roof can help to keep drainage systems clear. Tree maintenance can also prevent heavy limbs from falling in the event of high winds or adverse weather conditions.
  3. Clear drainage systems regularly. Water that cannot drain may pool and work its way under roofing materials, resulting in leaks. Make sure that leaves and other debris are not blocking downspouts, drains, or gutters, and that drainage is routed away from the foundation.

A regular maintenance schedule can help property owners address roof damage and wind damage in a timely manner. Keeping an eye on the condition of your roof can extend the life of this part of your building and prevent costly leaks.

Hail Storm Damage

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Hail stones Hail damage to your home

Hail storms are never a good thing for you and your property. They can smash holes in homes and windows. Unfortunately, the damage does not stop there. While big chunks of ice can break things, the smaller, harder to detect pieces can cause as much if not more damage.  

Luckily, SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea are experts in water and storm cleanup. The first thing we do is seal off any holes created by the hail. Then we get to work drying any moist areas using our air movers and dehumidifiers.

Let us ease your mind as we handle any disaster nature throws at you. Call your local SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea for your expert fire, water, mold, and storm cleanup needs. 507-396-6644

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 & 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/

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.

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.

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.