Recent Water Damage Posts
Don’t let a wet floor stress you out in Austin & Albert Lea
Dealing with damage inside a house can be a real headache. Among the most stressful situations is a residential flood, which can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsure about what to do next. That's where SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea can help. We're experts in property damage restoration, particularly when it comes to water damage. Here are some steps you should follow if you find yourself dealing with a flooded home or room:
- Check that the floor is stable before walking through the water or wet areas.
- Avoid walking in areas with exposed plugs underwater, as electricity can travel through the water.
- Call SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea to help clean up the flooded area.
- Be careful on wet floors, which may be slippery.
Walk slowly to avoid falling and getting injured. Our goal is to make things as easy as possible for homeowners in Austin & Albert Lea and to reduce the stress you may be feeling. If you experience a disaster, don't hesitate to call us at 507-396-6644. Please note that SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea is independently owned and operated.
Things to do for Water Damage until Help Arrives in Austin & Albert Lea
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 in the 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.
What about water damage?
Water damage can start to show in one hour. That’s why it’s important to remove as much water and moisture as you can in a flooded bathroom, as quickly as you can. It’s vital that you tackle water damage quickly before damp and mold issues occur. Signs of water damage include:
– A water damaged ceiling – look all around the room, including the ceiling and walls underneath the bathroom for damp or discoloration.
– Laminate floor water damage – check out the floor covering if you have one.
– Water damaged wall – look all around for damp or discoloration.
– Water damaged skirting boards – wood will warp and eventually rot and crumble if the room isn’t properly dried.
If you detect water damage in your home, the damage may have gone deeper into your home’s substructure. Don’t worry – contact a professional who knows how to deal with water damage and be sure to take photos when you discover the damage, in case you need to claim on your home insurance.
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Thawing a Frozen Pipe
Water expands when it freezes and can put incredible pressure on a surrounding pipe. No matter how strong the metal or plastic is, the frozen water can cause the pipe to crack, tear, or break, and then ultimately cause flooding. Preventing ice-covered pipes may be the best possible solution to water damage prevention, but since it is impossible to control Mother Nature’s blistery cold spells, other measures can be taken to prevent water damage once a frozen pipe is found. Here are some ideas on how to deal with icy pipes.
• Turn a faucet on and leave it running. As the water thaws, the speed of the running water can aid in melting built-up ice in pipes.
• Run water in all faucets in the building to see if any hidden pipes may be frozen.
• After finding a frozen area of the pipe, use a hairdryer, heating pad, or space heater to warm the pipe and surrounding area.
Water Classifications and Relatability
SERVPRO recognizes the inevitable, situations in which water leaking, flooding, dripping are going to happen, and there isn’t any way to avoid it. Keeping that in mind we have dedicated our staff to learning anything and everything there is to know about water. How to effectively and efficiently clean it up
using certain methods and different extraction pumps. If the location has power is another HUGE hurdle
and whether we need our generators for heat. If you have a water loss in January and the HVAC is underwater, or if the power had to be cut for safety concerns, we still need heat to dry and heat needs power! We
also have the crucial aspect of identifying what class of water we’re dealing with. This is important as
different measures like appropriate PPE and preventative measures can be taken. There are three
classes of water and each has safety aspects, health aspects, and reconstruction/cleaning aspects that
need to be identified and labeled correctly.
How To Thaw Your Pipes
To Thaw Frozen Pipes
- If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
- Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe
- Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
- Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
- Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.
- Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
- Pipes can be relocated by a professional if the home is remodeled.
- Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
A Certified Crew Ready To Go At A Moments Notice!
SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea's team is certified and trained to be ready for any size disaster that occurs. Whether it be a small leak to full-on flooding. We have the manpower and equipment for any disaster that happens in your home or business.
We are ready and available for all emergency services any hour and any day of the week! When our crew arrives you will be given details on how the mitigation process will go and also how long it should take us to finish.
Our crews understand the urgency to get your home or business back to normal. They will work around the clock to get your disaster looking "Like it never even happened."
You can always count on us to save the day or night.
Give SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea a call at 507-396-6644
The Four “Knows” of drying.
At SERVPRO we have some amazing tools, techniques, and processes we use every time the restorative process begins. These decisions make sure we are as efficient and effective as possible. In regards to efficiency, we need to make sure the method chosen is the best possible approach with the least amount of inputs. Effectiveness in its most simple form is making sure we are producing results on our main objectives. No matter what the situation we need to establish the Four “Knows” of drying. These “Knows” are:
How wet is it?
Is it drying?
Is it done?
The first step is the easiest of the four, most of the time. Once we establish everything that’s wet need to determine exactly how wet is it. We use our moisture meters to come up with a moisture content percentage. This percentage is the comparison of weight between a wet material and its oven-dried counterpart. Once we establish how wet it is we are on to “Is it drying”.
The process of this third step is gathering and recording moisture data. This step is very crucial as all the data validates the drying progress. This also sheds light on issues that might need to be altered. Remember we have efficiency and effectiveness in mind on every project. The monitoring of the affected area is evaluated at least once every 24 hours and this attention to detail ensures we minimize damage shortens project time. Just like everything else nowadays, time is money.
The last of the four “Knows”: Is it done?
The angle of approach here is using drying standards and comparing what was wet materials to control/sample materials. We set goals towards the beginning of the drying process and we need to continue the process until we meet those goals. Sometimes there are external factors that will affect these standards but the IICRC has guidelines in place to ensure moisture restoration is obtained.
In The Blink of an Eye!
Unexpected disasters can happen in your home in the blink of an eye. When we received a call for a flooded basement, in a short amount of time one of our Project Managers arrived on the scene, he noticed there was a break in the customer's hot water pipe. This pipe had to have been leaking for a few days. The basement had about an inch deep of water.
Our crew turned the water off and immediately started extracting the water. Unfortunately the steam and the time period it was leaking caused mold to start growing. We removed the damaged drywall, ceiling tiles and cleaned all affected areas.
Call SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea at (507) 396-6644 to make it "Like it never even happened."
Floods Are Not Always Caused By Rain.
Most people will immediately think flooding due to heavy rain. We know that heavy rain cause damage to your home and property, but most often, the water damage we fine are due to a plumbing issue. Damage to an average-sized house can run a homeowner thousands of dollars.
When SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea receives a call for a burst pipe or water heater, our responds quickly so they can remove water as fast as possible. Once we’ve removed all the water, we immediately begin the drying process to both personal property and the structure. One of the things we do during the drying process is to set up are dehumidifiers. By removing moisture, we lower humidity levels in the home creating a drier environment which allows evaporation to happen and that helps save building materials such as drywall.
As the dehumidifiers work, SERVPRO technicians use extraction devices to dry any carpeting. This allows them to remove more water. Unlike carpet, most carpet pads are inexpensive, so we usually recommend replacing verses attempting to dry them.
If you need our help for any type of water damage, call us at 507-396-6644. Let us be your first line of action to reduce the effects of water damage in your home or business
Three Different Types of Water Damage
Water can be classified into three different types of categories. SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea has the knowledge and expertise to help you identify which category of water you may be dealing with and will help you take the necessary steps to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Category 1: “Clean Water”
Category 1 water is considered sanitary and can come from sources like a broken water line or a leaking faucet. If left untreated, it can degrade into a category 2 or 3 overtime, which is why it should be mitigated promptly.
Category 2: “Gray Water”
Gray water is contaminated and can cause illnesses. Although it’s not as contaminated as water in category 3, it can still progress to that level, if left untreated.
Category 3: “Black Water”
Blackwater is grossly contaminated, it’s the dirtiest classification of water; it can contain sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes. This type of water can come from sources such as, flooding or sewage from an overflowing toilet that contains fecal matter.
It’s important to address any kind of water damage immediately. Quick action will not only prevent secondary damage to your home or business, but even more importantly, your health depends on it! Contact SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea, we are available 24/7 should you experience water damage!
With Winter Gone The Rain Is Coming
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!
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.
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
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.
A Water Loss Can Come From An Unexpected Places!
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
Faulty Appliances Can Cause Big Problems!
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
Water Intrusion Emergency in Albert Lea?
We have technicians on call 24 hours a day to mitigate water damage in the Austin area.
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!
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.
Water Damage Emergency in Austin?
We respond to water damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Albert Lea!
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.
Water Leak Slip Hazard in Albert Lea?
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.
SERVPRO of Austin and Lea can’t control teenagers, but it can control water damage
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.
SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea tells water damage to dry up
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.
Water Intrusion in Blue Earth?
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.
Austin & Albert Lea Can Count on Us
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.