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Duct Cleaning Experts in the Austin & Albert Lea Area.

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

The biggest culprit for poor indoor air quality? Your ventilation system. Inspecting the ductwork in your home or facility should be a priority. Ductwork may be out of sight, out of mind, but it should be given the proper attention. Dirty ducts can circulate one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Insects or pests
  • Other contaminants

Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the lifespan of the equipment by allowing it to work at peak conditions. This may also, help you save money. Duct cleaning may not be necessary. Our professionals will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns.

To schedule duct cleaning contact SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea at (507) 396-6644.

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."

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!

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

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.

Bad Odor Removal in Blue Earth?

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

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

Something Smells Rotten in Blue Earth!

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

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

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

We Use Science

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

Call Us Today

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

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

Fast Emergency Response Time Austin and Albert Lea?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

Fast Response Time

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

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

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

Call Us Today

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”


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.

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.