SERVPRO 2019 F1rst Responders Bowl
The 10th edition of the F1rst Responder Bowl was played on December 30th, 2019 by the Western Michigan Broncos versus our local Western Kentucky Hilltoppers! After the 2018 F1rst Responders Bowl was cancelled within the first quarter, we were excited to see the turnout for the 2019 game. We were especially excited when the contenders were announced, and Western made the cut!
The F1rst Responder Bowl is proud to help celebrate local first responders and treat them and their families to a night at the field. SERVPRO franchises from around the country donate their time, money, and tickets to provide fun for these brave heroes. We are thankful for each and every one of their many sacrifices to make our country a safer place!
After a close, great game… Western pulled out the win 23-20! Congratulations!
Factory Cleaning Job
SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties recently completed a cleaning of a baking factory. This local factory had just added on 150,000 square feet to their existing building, along with new equipment for that area.
We were hired by the factory to completely a 4-week project to clean the space to the factory’s standard. The factory also did not want their daily production to be impacted by our presence, and because of this, we worked night shifts. We arrived at 5pm and worked until 3am, 7 days a week, until the job was completed. Doing this, we also finished ahead of schedule, at 3 weeks.
With SERVPRO providing so many different services, we are able to make many accommodations for our clients. We understand the struggles of running a business around workers and construction, and we strive to make the process as easy and stress free as possible.
Call us at 270-659-0067 for more information!
Not all Storm Damage is Created Equal!
During the summer and into the fall, Kentucky experiences a lot of different types of weather. Some types are a lot harsher than others, but often times these storms bring heavy rain, flooding, and tornadoes. In our area, we can even experience rain and storming from hurricanes traveling up the coast.
Any of these types of storms can cause issues to your home or business. No matter what happens, is it important to know the different types of damage that could be caused by a storm.
Wind Damage: Most of the time, this involved your roof. This could be anything from a few shingles, to your entire roof gone. Even if there are an only a few shingles missing, you need to have a professional come out to take a look, as it can cause large leaks in your home. This can even lead to mold being developed if not quickly dried out.
Flooding Damage: With many caves, and lowlands around Kentucky, it is easy for homes, basements, road and driveways to flood. After the flooding is ceasing, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties can help you dry out, and rebuild your life back.
Lighting Damage: If a bolt of lightning strikes your home or business, it can cause a fire to quickly start. It does this through the static discharge it gives off when running through the home.
You can also read about the difference between a storm warning and a watch here.
Downtime means lost $$$!
Here at SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties, we understand that when a commercial building is struck by disaster, the longer it is closed, the more money is lost. We understand how important it is to get onsite and begin mitigating the issue quickly and efficiently.
A lot of the times, it is also not just important that the building itself be put back together, but also the materials and equipment used on a daily basis.
We have the ability to save items like office furniture, desks, and even documents through Document Restoration. When dealing with a situation like this, our first goal is to restore items rather than replace them. This helps keep costs down for both you and your insurance company. If an item can be saved or restored, it is worth the time that it takes to do so.
We also value great customer service for our clients. Our goal is to be onsite within 4 hours to help minimize damage and begin working with you to find out what where the most important place to start is, and what we need to make #1 priority.
Every commercial business is difference in terms of what their daily needs are. Whether you are a factory, a mom and pop business, a catering service, a hairdresser, or a business run out of your home, we can take care of any situation. We can make it “Like it never even happened,” and make sure your business is back up and running in a timely manner!
Garage Mold Prevention
Now that it’s the New Year, it’s time to celebrate by preventing a disaster from happening to your home!
One of the easiest places for mold to begin growing is in the garage. Mold loves a moist, humid climate with little sunlight or ventilation. Your garage has all of the conditions, and it is also somewhere you may not pay as much attention to. Here are some things to do in your garage to ensure the mold stays away this year:
- Look for leaks – Inspect all areas, including the roof, floor, gutters, and pipes. If there are any problem areas, fix them as soon as possible.
- Seal garage door – Check to see if the weather stripping is old and torn, and if so, replace immediately. This will help keep the weather out and keep moisture down.
- Decrease humidity – Since garages naturally have a high humidity reading (typically over 50%), it is important to control this as well as you can. Take the time to use vents and fans to help, and another tip is to leave the garage door open a few sunny hours a day. You can also continually use a dehumidifier to keep the levels down.
- Install waterproof walls – If building or remodeling your garage, you can use mold resistant drywall, as well as waterproof paint. This will cut down on the amount of water retained in the area. You can also use pre-coated aluminum or vinyl siding for even more protection against mold growth.
- Remove standing water – Hopefully, you find none of this in your garage, but if you do, remove with a mop, and let dry as quickly as possible. This will eliminate the source for mold growth.
- Extend gutter downspouts – Gutters and downspouts are the home's first reference of keeping water out of the home itself. Make sure that your downspouts extend at least 10 feet away from the home. This will help redirect the water away from the garage foundation.
- Use waterproof storage – Water is attracted to cardboard, paper, normal drywall, and other porous materials. Using plastic or metal storage containers will help keep water from sticking around in your garage. It also helps keep items inside clean and mold free.
After doing these tips, mold will have a much harder time growing in your garage. If you find any issues that have begun, give us a call at our SERVPRO office at 270-659-0067, and we can come out and preform a mold test to find out exactly what is going on!
Emergency Wash for Fire Damage
When a fire is in your home, even if it is promptly put out, the smoke can quickly move room to room and cover a large area with smoke and soot. When this happens, your items can quickly become dirty and unusable until properly cleaned. This is often times hard for families where every room in the home has soot in it or smells like smoke, as they might not have enough clean clothes for the time it takes their items to be processed in out Contents Warehouse.
Noticing this need, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties is now doing Emergency Washes to remove this issue.
When soft contents are brought to our warehouse, they are processed as the come in. So, when a new claim comes in, it may take a couple of days before they start the washing process. With an emergency wash, we have homeowners pick out some of their clothes/blankets/towels or any other items they need washed immediately, and we get them done ASAP. In certain instances, we have even had employees wash contents late into the night, so our clients can have their items as soon as possible.
While this is not always necessary, many times it is the best options for families who just need enough of their belongings cleaned to get through a week or two.
While we cannot rush wash an entire household of items, being able to quickly process the basic necessities puts our client’s minds at ease and takes some stress out of the situation. It also cuts down on costs to replace or buy new items until their contents have been fully returned.
January Theme of the Month
January Theme of the Month
Each month, our Marketing Team has a theme we call go by and promote. These themes are based on the weather, time of year, and other things that may be going on within the SERVPRO world.
The first month of this year we are bringing it back to the basics, and talking about how we want to be your FIRST thought when you have any type of disaster cleanup, or even any type of cleaning you do not know how to do. We are best known for our fire and water cleanup, but we can also do mold, rebuild projects, biohazard, hoarding, HVAC cleanings, and much more.
For our insurance clients, let us be the FIRST on site to check out the damage. We can be your eyes and ears, qualify the situation and help your customers make the best decisions possible. The longer it sits, the worse it gets. Call us as soon as you know there is a problem!
Give your local representative a call today: Vicky Matthews, 270-670-2575
Most of the general public does not realize we do biohazard cleanup as well as fire, water, and mold remediation. “Biohazard Cleanup” is considered:
- Unattended Death Clean Up
- Blood Clean Up
- Homicide and Suicide Clean Up
- Crime Scene Clean Up
- Industrial Accidents
- Animal Clean Up
- Hoarding Situations
- Body Fluids
- Microbiological and Pathological Waste
- And More
We are proud to have a trained staff on hand that can handle trauma that normally occurs in any biohazard situations. When we are called to work on a job site like this, we take every precaution to stay discrete and be very respectful of any situation. We are even able to work at nighttime so looking eyes do not become a problem.
Give us a call for more information and see how we can assist you during this hard time. Our goal is to help ease the heartache you are feeling and be respectful of all parties involved.
Trauma, Crime Scene, Vandalism, and Graffiti Cleanup
Did you know that SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties offer trauma, crime scene, vandalism, and graffiti cleanup? These are services that many people do not know who to turn to when it happens but needs taken care of as soon as possible when it does. It is also one of the most stressful times in their lives, and at SERVPRO we try our best to improve the situation.
Trauma & Crime Scene:
- When there is a crime scene, as soon as the police are done with their investigation, we are able to come in and restore the area. SERVPRO will dispose of any pathogens or bodily fluids that are found at the scene. After the cleaning is finished, we will also deodorize the area and make sure.
Vandalism & Graffiti:
- While both vandalism and graffiti are very upsetting to home or business owners, SERVPRO is here to help. It is also very important to get it taken care of as quickly as possible. If you have any broken windows in your home, it is important to get these repaired or tarped quickly, so a rainstorm or snowstorm does not cause interior damage. Calling for help as soon as you find the damage is the best way to minimize the issue.
While our winter in 2019-2020 has been fairly mild so far, it does not mean that it is not going to turn nasty by springtime. Before we get snow, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties want to warn everyone about the risk of snow potentially turning into a water loss.
While it typically takes a few days for the snow to melt after a large snowstorm, it can still cause a leak in your foundation once that starts happening. With there being existing or new cracks, it is easy for trapped water to slowly seep in. This also happens quite a bit when the ground is still frozen, since it cannot absorb any water that needs draining. It is important when there is snow present to keep watch, and make sure your home is well protected.
There are also a couple of other things that can happen when water enters your home or business: odor and mold.
Calling a professional company to come out and take a look when water is present is your best bet at making sure each potential issue is avoided. The longer a loss sits, the worse the damage gets.
Call us at 270-659-0067 for a free estimate on any water loss!