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Polar Vortex 2019

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

After the first half of winter being so mild, it was joked that we completely skipped it this year. The last week of January has shown us something completely different. With a Polar Vortex hitting the United States, temperatures have been extremely low, and in some parts of the county the wind chill has been down to -43 degrees. Schools, colleges and many businesses across the nation are having to shut down because of this cold spell.  

While many other businesses have been closed, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties have been all hands-on deck. With this being an emergency time of the year, we always have a crew ready to assist when things go wrong.

Continue to trickle water through your lines, open cabinets, and try to keep all of your water lines as warm as possible. If you do see that a pipe has frozen and busted, or is leaking water, feel free to reach out to us as quickly as possible. The sooner we are on site, the more damage we can prevent from happening! 270-659-0067. 

Space Heater Safety

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

In the winter months, many people have a hard time keeping their homes or offices warm. Using space heaters have become increasingly popular over the years, and often times you see them being used incorrectly.

When using your space heater, pay attention to things like:

Is there anything flammable close by?

Can children or pets get to it?

Is there a “shut off” setting if it is tipped over?

Is it on a level surface?

Other things to be wary of is:

Never leave them on by themselves or use them overnight

NEVER use a stove or oven as a heater

Do not use in high traffic areas. The cord could cause a trip and if kicked, it can burn someone.

Check fire alarms every 6 months, just in case of accidents

Make sure you have a fire escape route from each room in the house

Frequently check the cord on your heater for damage or fraying

We are “Green”, figuratively and literally!

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties is a “green” cleaning company. Not only is one of our colors bright green, but we also only use environmentally green cleaning products! When you think about hiring a cleaning company, here are five reasons why you should think “Green”:

“Green” products are safer around your family, including pets

Most cleaning products you buy have large amounts of chemicals that can trigger health conditions, asthma and allergies when it is breathed in for long periods of time. Check  your products at home, and avoid using one that contain toxins, pollutants and suspended carcinogens. Doing this can increase your air quality.  

“Green” products are healthier

When you stop using or buying products with these chemicals in them, you are down to a more natural selection. These products are not only better for your family, and also the environment. Check out companies like: Seventh Generation, JR Watkins, and Mrs. Meyer’s, which are some of the leaders in “Green” cleaning products.

Products are all provided by SERVPRO

We provide all the cleaning products we use, so we know exactly what is in them. When we are on a job, we can also provide sheets of information about each product, so you can be sure we are sticking to our promise of being safe and ecofriendly.

Our restoration company is committed to being “Green”, in all aspects

Along with being committed to only using products that do not impact the Earth, we also work to save as many materials as possible when it comes to any other jobs we do. Minimizing the amount of trash, and chemicals put into our environment is one of our main priorities.

“Green” cleaning is safe for our employees

While we are concerned about each of our client’s health while we are cleaning, we are also concerned what these products are doing to our employees. Along with your safety, our employee’s safety is a #1 priority. If our team couldn’t be around them all day, we won’t let you either.

If you have a disaster on your hands, or just need some help cleaning up, THINK GREEN and give us a call!

FREE Emergency Ready Profiles

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Don’t you hate that moment when you need a piece of information quickly, but you cannot find it? Searching though papers and emails is never fun, especially when you are in a hurry. The same goes for when you are faced with a disaster.

When a disaster strikes, no matter what kind it is, you need to get professionals onsite as quickly as possible to remediate the problem. The longer you wait, the worse it gets. This is why it is important to have all of your information on hand, up to date, and ready to go. This is where SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties can help. We help you get prepared by providing a FREE service called an Emergency Ready Profile.

One of our representatives comes in and takes the time to gather all the information needed when a disaster strike. This does not take long, but can save you a lot of headache when the time comes when you would need it.

Contact our marketing representative, Travis Hunt, at 270-670-2575 for more information about this FREE program!

January Theme of the Month

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

January Theme of the Month:

In your day to day life, we want you to think of SERVPRO first when you come across a situation where you need to call an emergency services or cleaning company of any type. We want you to always remember us as being #1!

We want you to call us FIRST when a disaster strikes.

We want to be the FIRST professional eyes on the job. We can then assess the damage and decide the best course of action from there.

Our marketing representatives are giving out these bright green ice scrapers this month to remind our contacts that when the weather gets bad, to remember us FIRST!

Even though you might not use us everyday, or even that often, we are nice to be able to count on when it means the most. Just like an ice scraper!

#TipTuesday - Cleaning your Brooms

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

This week’s #TipTueday concerns your brooms:

One of the most overlooked items in your home is your broom. This tool touches the floors all over your home, so you want to make it is clean and not just spreading germs everywhere while you are cleaning up. While it is tougher to clean the bristles made from straw, brooms made with plastic bristles are very easy to sanitize. Follow the directions below to quickly wash yours:

  • Simply take a bucket and fill it with water, bleach and dish soap.
  • Soak it in the mixture 10-15 minute. When time is up, make sure to rinse it well and let it fully dry.

That’s it! Doing this regularly can cut down on the germs getting spread all over your home and can even make your broom last longer.

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Call SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties for any of your cleaning needs!

Tips to Avoid Frozen Pipes

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Industries partnered with The Weather Channel this year to bring consumers tips and tricks to avoid their water pipes from freezing or busting. The host takes us through each trick to show exactly what to do. These include: putting your garden hose away for the winter and putting on a faucet cover, attach insulated pipe sleeves in your crawlspace or exterior, add insulation to the attic, open up the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to help the air circulate around your plumbing, drip your faucets, and use a fan to move air into colder rooms in the home.

Check out our Facebook page where the video is posted:

https://www.facebook.com/SERVPRO/videos/578010849311157

If you do encounter a water burst, don’t forget to call SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties at 270-659-0067! The faster we arrive on site, the more damage we can avoid.

#TeamElkins Christmas Party 2018

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

On December 11th, Team Elkins got together to celebrate the Christmas Season, and do a fun night of team building. We are thankful for each employee that was able to attend, and for those who could not. Being a 24/7 company gets tough at times, and our team works unbelievably hard each and every day. We want to make sure to take time to celebrate their work ethic, make sure everyone knows that they are appreciated, and their hard work did not go unnoticed. At the party, we worked together as teams during several different games. It was a night full of fun, laughs, and getting to know each other even better. The success of the company is dependent on our team, and how well we work together. Nights like tonight are when we strengthen and create a stronger bond between each person and department within the building.

New Year's Cleaning Challenge

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Many of us have made resolutions for 2019. One of the biggest categories of resolutions that are made are about cleaning up our homes and lives. While this is a big task, doing small tasks daily can help you keep that commitment to yourself.

Here is our 2019 New Year’s Challenge to help start your New Year clean and tidy! Choose a couple of these tasks daily to complete, and you’ll have your home and life straightened up in no time!

  • Toss out of date food
  • Clean out your purse and car
  • Wash your shower curtains in hot water
  • Sanitize all door knobs
  • Clean your microwave
  • Throw away any single socks or gloves, or any with holes
  • Dust ceiling fans
  • Check fire detector batteries
  • Recycle plastic ware with missing bottoms or lids
  • Run “Clean” setting on the oven
  • Unsubscribe to emails you no longer care about
  • Toss hair products you no longer use
  • Purge your phones photos
  • Fill out your calendar for the next few months
  • Organize your pet products in one place
  • Toss expired medicine
  • Donate shoes you no longer like or wear
  • Sanitize inside and outside of your trashcans
  • Toss old makeup
  • Organize your cup cabinet
  • Trash ragged t-shirts
  • Sweep porches or decks
  • Cancel unused memberships
  • Clean out your dryer vent

Give Back to Your Local Community

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Everyone loves to support as many local businesses and organizations as much as possible. But did you know there is a way to give back to local non-profits while you are doing your grocery shopping?

After you sign up for Kroger’s Rewards system, when you shop at Kroger, Ruler Foods or use their gas stations, they donate a portion of their proceeds to the local organization of your choice. If you know of a local organization that accepts donations, they can also apply to be on the list of places to donate to.

You simply go to the Kroger website, click on the drop-down menu “Savings & Rewards” and click on “Kroger Community Rewards”. Once there, it prompts you to sign into your account and you can see which organizations you can select your donation to go to. Doing this takes minutes and can benefit the community without you even thinking about it.

Reduce-Reuse-Recycle

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

When we think about a water or fire loss, we think about people going in and tearing out anything that has any damage to it. That is not what SERVPRO strives to do. Being a restoration company, our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

We want to restore as much of the building materials and items as we can, without having to toss them out. As a restoration company, we fully support Reduce-Reuse-Recycle method. When we are working a job, the first thing we do is figure out what all we can save, and we get to work. Repairing damaged items will always be cheaper than replacing them. Doing this will save either the home owner or the insurance company a good deal of money. It also keeps more trash out of our landfills and helps our environment stay healthy.  

F1rst Responder Bowl 2018

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial F1rst Responder Bowl 2018 We loved seeing our logo featured on the field!

SERVPRO Corporate was happy to be the signature sponsor of the 2018 F1rst Responder Bowl that was held in Dallas, Texas on December 26th. This bowl game supports local first responders and their families. The goal of the game each year is to have as many first responders in the stands as possible. SERVPRO Franchises from all over the country band together, and purchase tickets for these hard working men and women to be able to go without the stress of having to pay for it. SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties sponsored two tickets this year for one of the responders.

Boston College and Boise State University went head to head in the game, but unfortunately while it was 7-0 Boston College, there was a delay of game, which eventually turned into the game being cancelled.

You could almost say it was “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® Mission Statement

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Mission Statement:

To develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness and mutual respect.

At SERVPRO, our mission is to provide top notch service, while being fair to both us and the customer. When you use our services, from the time we enter your home, from the time we leave, we want you to be at ease that your home or business is being well taken care of. This is why our staff is highly trained and vetted to make sure that we can create this atmosphere anytime we are around. SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties is always just a phone call away. With our 24/7 service hours, we always have a team available and ready to head your way.

SERVPRO® Purpose Statement

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Purpose:

To help entrepreneurs succeed.

At SERVPRO, our goal is to make whoever we are working for succeed. This could be your home and putting it back together after a disaster has struck. It could also be a business owner whose livelihood is in jeopardy because the store doors are closed. No matter what your situation is, we want to help you succeed. Every member of our team knows that when we are called, it is one of the most stressful times of your life. We want to be the team you trust to come in and make it better. When it comes to any of the jobs we do, large or small, you are our #1 priority. We want to make sure your needs are put first.

SERVPRO® Core Values

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

 SERVPRO’s Core Values:

  • Believe in a Dream- the belief that one families dream to help their local community can turn into a business that impacts communities all over the world in a positive way.
  • Grow Relationships- we want to grow relationships through working in the community, networking, meeting clients on site, and going the extra mile with our work.
  • Share the SERVPRO Story- the story of a husband and wife that wanted to create something for their children’s future. SERVPRO is still run by this same family to this day.
  • Financially Frugal- we want to save as much of your property as possible. Our goal is to restore, not replace items that have been damaged in a disaster. This can save either a home owner, business owner or insurance company a lot of money.
  • Follow the System- SERVPRO has a tried and true method behind each type of remediation we do. This means that we follow the system that is proven to work each time. With this proven system, you can count on quality work throughout all franchises in the world.

SERVPRO® Vision Statement

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO’s Vision:

To be the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world.

When Ted and Doris Isaacson started their first SERVPRO, they only knew they wanted to create something great for their family. Back in 1967, they did not think it would grow into what it has today. Just over 50 years later, SERVPRO now has over 1,500 franchises throughout the world. Now that their small business has grown so much, they have established a different set of goals: to be the best. You can see this throughout the company. As a company, we are constantly improving our techniques and training employees in the newest and best ways available. Our goal is to be the best company out there, no matter where you are. We want to stand out from our competition and be who you call when you are experiencing a loss.

Connect with us on Social Media

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties is on social media? With many of our customers connecting on these sites daily, we wanted to join in the conversation and stay up to date with what is going on in the communities we service. Our goal is to bring value to your timeline with different life tips, cleaning tricks, photos, reminders, community events and more. 

Click the links below to find us on each of these sites: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPRO9750

Instagram: https://instagram.com/SERVPROteamelkins/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/SERVPRO-of-allen-barren-hart-green-and-taylor-counties/

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If you have previously used our services, leave a review below: https://go.thryv.com/site/allenbarrenhartgreentaylor 

Dryer Hack

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Ever find yourself running low on time in the mornings when you are trying to get ready for school or work? Most people do, especially when kids are in involved. Here is hack that can get rid of the need to pull out your ironing board in the mornings!

  1. Put your wrinkled item in the dryer
  2. Add in three ice cubes
  3. Run on high for 3-5 minutes
  4. Promptly take out clothing and either hang up or put on

That is it! As the dryer evaporates the ice cubes, the steam helps to release the wrinkles and will freshen up your clothing. This can save you a lot of time when you are in a hurry!

Follow us on Facebook for more tips like this: www.facebook.com/SERVPRO9750

Glasgow Christmas Parade, 2018

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

On December 2nd, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties participated in the annual Glasgow-Barren County Christmas Parade! While the parade was rescheduled due to the weather, a huge crowed still attended and stayed throughout the entire duration! We had our SERVPRO golf cart and RV both decked out with Christmas lights, wreaths, and a big green dinosaur that got named Ernie! The best part of the night was when all the children picking up candy would notice the dinosaur, and we could hear them yelling at their parents to look at it also. We had a great time and hope everyone who attended did also!

SERVPRO is a community and family oriented business run out of Smiths Grove, Kentucky. We love when we are able to get involved in the community events that are in our coverage areas. Thank you to the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce for planning this huge event!

Car Detailing - Fire Extinguisher

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Car Detailing - Fire Extinguisher The inside door before we cleaned up all of the dust!

This brand new, four door truck was brought to us after a fire extinguisher went off in the backseat and made a huge mess. The owner did not know how to clean it up, so he called the professionals to make it "Like it ever even happened." In the photo, you see how much of the extinguisher dust got in the front. The back was even worse. 

After a deep detailing in the inside and out, we gave this truck back to its owner in pre accident condition.

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SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties is equip to take on the biggest or smallest jobs, even car detailing. Call us at 270-659-0067 for more information about what all we can take care of! 

#HurricaneMichael Damage

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage #HurricaneMichael Damage Collapsed Church Ceiling

#TeamElkins was still working Storm in North Carolina cleaning up from Hurricane Florence when Hurricane Michael hit the coast of Florida, Georgia, Cuba, and the Cayman Islands. Even though we were not finished in North Carolina, we sent one of our crews to Mexico Beach, Florida to help with the cleanup there. Photos were sent back to us, and it was described that it looked like a bomb had went off in that area. Homes and businesses completely gone. No cellular service. Nothing to eat. Traffic backed up everywhere since many roads were still flooded or blocked off. The complete chaos was overwhelming to not only the residents, but to the relief workers also. It will be years before the areas impacted will be fully recovered from Hurricane Michael.

If you want to donate to hurricane relief, follow the link below:

https://www.helpmedonate.org/hurricane-michael-relief-event/donation?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5JSbvNCs3gIV242zCh1aLARWEAAYASAAEgIVhPD_BwE

Toys for Tots - 2018

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Toys for Tots - 2018 The box at American Martial Arts Academy in Glasgow, KY

Toys for Tots is a charity organization the Marine’s sponsor all over the United States. SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties has teamed up with the past couple of years, including 2018! This organization helps families afford toys for their children on Christmas Day. They take monetary donations, but what they are most known for is having drop off boxes at businesses for people to buy new, unwrapped toys, and donate them in person. The toys donated are also kept in the community where they were dropped off, so you are supporting local children.

With this organization being volunteer run, SERVPRO is helping take some of the pressure off of the volunteers. We have signed up to have a box at our location, along with reaching out to and dropping off another twelve businesses in Barren County in preparation for this Christmas season.

Those locations include:

  1. SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties
  2. Glasgow-Barren County Habitat for Humanity
  3. Alex Rosser – Allstate Insurance
  4. Yancey’s Gastropub & Brewery
  5. Hosparus Health in Glasgow and Bowling Green
  6. Monticello Bank
  7. American Martial Arts Academy
  8. Highland Ridge Assisted Living
  9. Hometown Insurance Agency
  10. Main Street Bed & Breakfast
  11. Esters Farm Café
  12. Glasgow Insurance Agency
  13. The Kings Cafe

See their website for more information:

https://www.toysfortots.org/

Campbellsville Volunteer Fire Department Cook Out

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

On Tuesday, October 23rd, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties set up at the volunteer fire department in Campbellsville to grill out for all the local volunteers and air vac operators before one of their meetings. About 45 of these men and women attended the meeting, and SERVPRO did a small presentation over how we can assist these first responders when disasters strike.

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In the event that you are a victim of a home or business fire, don’t hesitate to call the professionals.  SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties is there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will answer the call and react when and where you need us to!

Call us today at 270- 659-0067 to request help and receive a free quote!

Do you have mold in your Bathroom?

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Have you ever found mold in your home? Especially in your bathroom? Bathrooms are the hardest places in the home to prevent mold growth from happening. Mold loves to grow in small, warm, damp environments. When you run your shower, a lot of moisture gets put into the air along with the toilet holding water and the sink running. Without proper ventilation, all this moisture can sprout mold spores rather quickly. If you suspect mold in your bathroom, here are some of the most prominent places it grows: between the tile, surface of sink and counters, inside cabinets, and behind the toilet.  Checking these places is your first step to seeing if you have mold.

If you find any, this is when you call a professional to see how bad the issue is. SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties has certified technicians who can come assess the damage for you.

If you do not find any mold spores, but want to avoid getting them in the future, here are some tips:

  1. Always use the ventilation fan when showering or taking long baths, and keep it running for awhile after you finish
  2. Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels low throughout your home
  3. Wipe off all surfaces in the bathroom and do not leave wet towels in the floor
  4. Check plumbing for leaks

Another product you can use to reduce moisture in the air is DampRid. This product soaks up water in the air and prevents the room from getting musty. It also works well when put in cabinets, so everything stored in the bathroom can stay fresh and clean!

https://www.amazon.com/DampRid-FG60FS-Moisture-Absorber-10-5-Ounce/dp/B00CBLW1MQ/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1537281634&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=damp+rid&psc=1

Storm #TeamElkins - Hurricane Florence

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm #TeamElkins - Hurricane Florence Hurricane Flooding

Before Hurricane Florence hit, the predictions about how much damage it would cause kept changing, and many residents on the coast of North and South Carolina evacuated. Now that Florence has hit the east coast with its full force the past few days, it is time to start putting these cities back together. The amount of damage caused surpassed what the local franchisees could handle, which is when Storm was activated. Storm Teams from across the county have traveled to help clean up the destruction caused by the storm, and so have we. Right now, #TeamElkins is working in North Carolina in the cities of New Bern, Sebree, Trent Woods, and Atlantic Beach. These cities are right off the coast and have been hit extremely hard. Team members have been sending back photos, like the one to the right, of all the destruction and it is devastating to think about. We are happy to be able to help those in need, and plan on staying as long as we can to help with the cleanup.

Is Mold taking over your home or business?

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Gone down in the Basement lately? Looked under the kitchen sink? How about out in the garage? Look around, is there any wet boxes?  Do you see that yellow, green, black or orange substance? When you do it just may hit you that it may be MOLD! 

We have all seen it and thought, “do I have a MOLD problem?” Not all mold is bad but in some cases it can cause health concerns for a lot of people.  If you experience any kind of water flooding, water leaks, to differential humidity, this can cause mold to grow in your home or business.

Taking precautions is the best way to beat the mold. There are different signs that your home or business may be inundated by this growing machine-

  • Can you visibly see the mold?
  • Is there a Musty odor? This may indicate mold is present
  • Is there a recent event that caused excess water?Any type of moisture problems that may have caused mold growth?
  • Excessive humidity

If you answered yes to some of these questions call us today.  We can come out and assess how minimal or over-run the mold may be. We are always Here to Help!

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties

270-659-0067

http://www.SERVPROallenbarrenhartgreenandtaylorcounties.com/fnol

Tips On How To Avoid Spreading Mold

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips On How To Avoid Spreading Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  1. Stay out of affected areas.
  2. Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  3. Contact SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

5 Appliances That Could Cause A Water Loss

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Throughout your home there are 5 appliances that if not properly taken care of could cause a large water loss:

Hot Water Heater- The average life of a water heater is around 12 years, and 70% of their failures are because of leaks or bursts. Make it a habit to regularly check for leaks, inspect the anode rods, and piping.

Refrigerator- Your ice maker is the part of the refrigerator that typically causes the most leaks. They also typically leak in the back where you will not notice. If you replace the lines with braided steel alternatives, it could help prevent this from happening.

Dishwasher- Dishwashers are the same with refrigerators as they can cause slow leaks that you may not notice, but can cause significant damage to your flooring. Pulling the dishwasher out and inspecting under it is the best way to avoid long term damage from happening.

Washing Machine- Over half of water damage claims are the responsibility of faulty washing machine hoses. Annually check the hoses for wear and tear, or go ahead and replace them.

Air Conditioner- If you air conditioner is in the attic, once a month go check and make sure it is not leaking. When appliances are out of site, it normally takes longer to find problems. This could cause a slow leak to happen, and cause even more damage before you even realize it is happening.

#WaterLoss #Water

September - National Preparedness Month

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

September of each year is National Preparedness Month. This is the time of the year the Department of Homeland Security encourages home and business owners to prepare for future disasters. Some of the ways that they suggest doing this is by:

  • Learn lifesaving skills- such as CPR and First Aid
  • Check your insurance coverage policies- They may not cover hazards such as floods, earthquakes and tornadoes.
  • Create an escape route
  • Start an emergency fund
  • Learn where gas and water shut offs are in your home
  • Sign up for local weather alerts
  • Make emergency bags for each family member
  • Consider what to do with pets during an emergency
  • Have a designated place for important documents
  • Have emergency phone numbers saved in cell phones and posted near house phones

Taking time throughout the month of September to do some of these things could really help you and your family during an emergency.

Fire Prevention Week 2018

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mark your Calendars! Starting October 7th through October 13th, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties will join the United States in Observing Fire Prevention Week.  This important week is the longest running public health observance according to the National Archives and Records Administration’s library dating back to 1925. This tradition and annual occasion was signed in a proclamation of recognition by the President of the United States.  This important week also commemorates the “Great Chicago Fire” of 1871.  This horrific event in history left over 100,000 people homeless and killed approximately 250 innocent victims.  This grisly fire was rumored to have started when a cow kicked over an oil lamp.

Don’t wait until October to check your smoke detectors.  See our Blog on “The importance of Smoke detectors.

In the event that you are a victim of a home or business fire, don’t hesitate to call the professionals.  SERVPRO is there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We will answer and react when you need us!

Call us today! 270- 659-0067 to request help!

http://www.SERVPROallenbarrenhartgreenandtaylorcounties.com/fnol

https://www.nfpa.org/fpw/index.html

Hops & Horses, 2018

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties is one of thirteen cooperate sponsors for the 2nd Annual Hops and Horses in Glasgow, Kentucky on September 6th, 2018. All sponsors will have booths set up giving out prizes and will have interactive games for the kids. There will also be live music with a special guest (Dylan Scott!) and food vendors set up. Last year, thousands of families from Barren and surrounding counties came to see the signature Clydesdale horses put on a parade for everyone. All events are free to the public, besides the food and drink vendors.

SERVPRO is involved with many community wide events, and we are happy to be a part of this one also. We will have a booth set up from 4-8pm with games, and prizes. Bring your family and play some games with us!  

Fire Escape Route for Homes

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

With fall and winter coming, this is the time of the year when people start using their fireplaces again and starting bonfires. While it is fun to use them, they also increase your risk of having a house fire. Take the time to make a home fire escape route for your family before the time comes you would need one. Here is a link to the National Fire Protection Association and some tips on creating a plan that is both effective and child friendly:

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Safety-in-the-home/Escape-planning

Educating yourself and your family is the first step in ensuring their safety in an emergency. Practicing this plan a couple of times is another way to make sure everyone in the home knows what to do. Another good tip would be to practice one time in the middle of the night, so you know your children are able to wake up and remember what to do.

Is your business prepared for an emergency? Let us help!

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Owning a business comes with a lot of variables. One of these being if a disaster hits, are you able to get back on your feet quickly? Are you fast enough that your revenue does not become impacted beyond what you can handle? Many commercial businesses have a plan in place for what to do, but many do not. Preparing ahead of time can determine how quickly you can be back on your feet after a loss.

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties has a unique program that can assist you in becoming prepared, our Emergency Ready Profile. These profiles are conducted for free and collect all the important information you would need in an emergency. Having the information gathered ahead of time can speed up the clean up process and help get help on the way faster.

Call our office at 270-659-0067 to get more information and schedule an appointment for your businesses ERP!

Commercial Kitchen Cleaning

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

When a disaster hits your business, you want to be able to open your doors again as quickly as possible. One thing that SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties is able to do that not everyone knows about is be able to clean commercial kitchens. Our employees are trained to follow regulations set for the kitchens and be mindful of hazards present. You can trust us in your time of need to clean up the mess and get you ready to reopen quickly, and efficiently. Some of the types of facilities that we are able to assist with include:

-School Cafeterias

-Fast Food Restaurants

-Food Manufacturing Facilities

-Food Distribution Centers and Factories

-Senior Living Facility Kitchens

We are available 24/7, 365 days a year to assist your business.

Call us at 270-659-0067 if you have any questions or want a free quote!

Commercial Tile Cleaning

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Tile Cleaning Before & After

Every business is going to have wear and tear on their floors which will cause dirt buildup. If you have tile and grout, you know how hard it can be to get it clean once it is dirty. It is back breaking work, especially if you have a large area that is laid in tile.

We are able to come in and clean your business during or after business hours to make sure that you can stay open throughout the whole process. Many home kitchens are also laid with tile, so we are able to work in homes also.

This photo is before and after we did a commercial tile and grout cleaning, and you can see that the difference we made was amazing. Call us at 270-659-0067 for a free quote!

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. 

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Different Types of Smoke

  • Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today : 270-659-0067

Clean Homes Sell Faster

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties were able to send two representatives, Jill Elkins and Van Robarts, to attend the July South Central Kentucky Association of Realtors today. After a sponsored lunch by Citizens First Bank, we had the chance to stand up and speak to a room full of realtors who service the South Central Kentucky area about how we are able to assist in making home sell quickly for top dollar.   

Some of these services include:

  • Duct and HVAC System Cleaning
  • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapery and Blind Cleaning
  • Ceiling, Wall and Hard Floor Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

With us being able to offer these services to our community, we are able to assist home owners and realtors in the buying and selling process. If you have a home that is in need of a thorough cleaning, call us today to get a free estimate.  

What is Storm?

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

On our social media sites and on the website, we talk about being on Storm a lot. But do you know what that really means? When large disasters strike all over the country, it can become too much for the local SERVPRO to handle on their own. That is when Storm is activated. When the franchise realizes that they need help, SERVPRO Corporate steps in and calls in more teams from around the country to assist.

Not every franchise is able to assist on Storm. You must meet certain corporate requirements and have a certain number of employees available to send. Because we cannot predict when Storm will break out, our franchise is constantly ready to send our employees to help. We have certain machines set to the side that are ready to be loaded, and our employees are warned about the possibility of being away from their families for upon being hired. We also have a special group of employees that love going on Storm, and that know that they will be going if our franchise gets activated.

It is hard to prepare for when disaster strikes, but we strive to be as prepared as possible for that moment. We are always ready to help fellow SERVPRO franchises and help anyone in need.

STORM - Des Moines, Iowa '18

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage STORM - Des Moines, Iowa '18 Our Storm Crew!

Two weeks ago, our franchise was asked to assist in Iowa on Storm. We were able to send seven employees to assist, and we also hired some temporary workers in Iowa to help with the workload. We were able to run over twenty jobs in the two weeks our employees were there.

Being away from home for long periods of time is hard on many of our employees, but they sacrifice this time to help others. Without everyone pulling together in times of need and helping, these families and businesses would be in a hard place without anywhere to stay or not be able to continue their business.

While most of our employees have returned to Kentucky, we still have several in Iowa to continue checking on jobs that are drying out, picking up our equipment once the buildings finish drying, and taking care of customer questions. These employees are due to return by the end of the week. Upon returning, these employees will enjoy a few well-deserved days off, then will be back to continue helping the community! #TeamElkins

Green County Blood Drive

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties is once again partnering up with the Red Cross to help with a blood drive. On August 2nd, we will also be partnered with the Greensburg United Methodist Church on their monthly blood drive. With the church having blood drives so often, they receive a lot of the same donors repeatedly. We are wanting to give back to these people who are helping save so many lives. We will be sponsoring them all lunch, snacks or dinner depending on when they stop by. We will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, and helping any way possible. Stop by to get some food and SAVE A LIFE! 

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SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. 

Continually Educating Employees

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Continually Educating Employees #TeamElkins Training Room

In order to stay current with technology, software, and the latest techniques in our Industry, it is important to help our employees by providing the training and continued education that is required.  SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties believes in providing that education on an ongoing basis so they can always be up to date for our valued Customers.  We are always working on the growth and development of our Elite Team so they can assist our customers with the highest level of knowledge and expertise. 

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPROs corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Being educated is also a way to cut down time to estimate jobs. For instance, being able to estimate a water job quickly could cut costs down considerable. The longer water sits in a home or business, the more damage it creates. This also can cause mold growth to start.

If in need, Call us today- 270-659-0067

Our Story - Team Elkins

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Story - Team Elkins Front of our building in Smiths Grove, Kentucky

David Elkins, Owner of SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties, started this journey in 2009 with the support of his family. With the help of SERVPRO corporate headquarters and mentors across the country, the dream he envisioned became a reality. David never imagined that in 9 short years he would have added two more successful franchise locations, and would cover 11 counties across the state of Kentucky and proudly be in the top 100 franchises in the nation. Team Elkins was built on a foundation of family values, hard work, dedication and the vision to succeed. Here at SERVPRO Team Elkins, our values and work ethic have not changed over the years. We are very proud to announce that we have grown from a small office in the heart of Smiths Grove, KY to a state of the art facility on the Barren County/Warren County line. This new facility has allowed us to grow our team, better serve the needs of our clients, host meetings for the entire state and expand our services. What started with 5 employees and a box truck, has grown to 35+ employees and over 20 company vehicles making us #FasterToAnySizeDisaster. Growing this quickly enables us to respond quickly to any size job. While water is our specialty, we can also take care of fire, mold, and any other type of cleaning. Trust #TeamElkins with all your clean up needs! 270-659-0067

We are hiring!

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial We are hiring! #TeamElkins Family

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties is looking for dedicated, dependable employees! Our open positions include: maintenance, production, crew chief, marketing, construction office and more! Please bring an up to date resume into our office at 12480 New Bowling Green Road, Smiths Grove, Kentucky to apply.

All positions Requirements:

  • Effective oral communication
  • Basic math skills
  • Experience in cleaning/restoration preferred
  • High school diploma/GED
  • IICRC certifications preferred
  • Ability to pass a background and drug test
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds regularly, occasionally up to 100 pounds with assistance
  • Ability to climb ladders, work at ceiling heights, work in tight spaces (e.g., crawls spaces, attics)
  • Ability to sit/stand/walk for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to repetitively push/pull/lift/carry objects
  • Ability to work with/around cleaning products/chemicals
  • Ability to travel locally and out of state when necessary
  • Ability to successfully complete a background check subject to applicable law

Please email customerservice@SERVPRO9750.com for more information!

#TeamElkins – Story of Success

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial #TeamElkins – Story of Success Stop by our new location to see the "AFTER" image. We are located at 12480 New Bowling Green Road Smiths Grove,KY 42171

David Elkins, Owner of SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor counties, started this journey in 2009. With the help of SERVPRO corporate headquarters and mentors across the country, the dream they envisioned became a reality. They never imagined that in 6 short years he would have three successful franchise locations covering 11 counties across the state of Kentucky and proudly be in the top 100 in the nation. Team Elkins was built on a foundation of family values, hard work, dedication and the vision to succeed. Here at SERVPRO Team Elkins, our values and work ethic have not changed over the years. We are very proud to announce that we have grown from a small office in the heart of Smiths Grove to a state of the art facility on the Barren County/Warren County line. This new facility has allowed us to grow our team, better serve the needs of our clients, host meetings for the entire state and expand our services. What started with 5 employees and a box truck, has grown to 35+ employees and over 20 company vehicles making us #FasterToAnySizeDisaster #TeamElkins #SERVPRO9750 

10 Ways to Avoid a Water Loss!

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 10 Ways to Avoid a Water Loss! Flooded Basement

Here are 10 helpful hints to help avoid damage to your home or place of business: 

  1. Do not leave electronics on the floor. This includes, iPads, computers, DVD players, etc.
  2. Leave a 3 to 4 inch gap between the back of the washing machine and the wall to avoid kinking the hose near the valve connection. Replace your washing machine hose every 5 years.
  3. Pay attention to your water bill. A significant increase could indicate a leak.
  4. Make sure each resident in your home or place of business knows where the main shut-off is located.
  5. Have a professional roof inspection annually.
  6. Inspect your plumbing pipes on an annual basis for condensation or obvious leaks or corrosion.
  7. After flushing the toilet, remain in the area until the fill valve has finished refilling.
  8. Make sure your downspouts are directed 5 to 10 feet away from your house. Clean all build up of debris from downspouts monthly.
  9. Chemical drain cleaners can eat away at your pipes. Use a drain snake first. This is suggested every 3-4 months depending on the size of your household.
  10. Flush your hot water heater every 6 months to remove sediment. You can call in a licensed plumber to assist.

IICRC Certified Firm & Employees

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage IICRC Certified Firm & Employees IICRC Badges for Employees

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, green and Taylor Counties has worked hard to be accredited as an IICRC Certified firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

About SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

One of the rules be receive this certification is that at least one employee on every job site must be IICRC Certified. We strive to keep our employees up to date with trainings, and learning opportunities. If you visit our "Employees" tab on the website, you can see what certifications have been earned by which employees.

If you are experiencing a disaster and needs assistance, call the professionals at 270-659-0067!

Introducing the Esporta Machine

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Introducing the Esporta Machine Esporta Machine

In the past several months we have been rolling out a new piece of equipment that is going to drastically change the way we clean soft contents. The Esporta Machine is from Canada and has revolutionized the power of a washing machine to clean any type of dirt from soft goods. With employees having to attend special certification training to operate the machine, we have been slowly testing different items and seeing how it works. But we are excited to announce that we have now started using this machine to clean customers contents.

Some of the items the Esporta Machine can clean includes: stuffed animals, clothes, purses, leather, hard items with soft interior (such as helmets), shoes, rugs, and many more. The Esporta Machine also cleans the items to a food grade quality. This is cleaner than what you find in a store.

When a family’s belongings are in jeopardy, we want to be able to save as many as we can. The Esporta Machine is going to help us do just that.

Saving Family Keepsakes

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Saving Family Keepsakes Before & After

With our new Esporta Machine recently going live, we have seen great results with the tests we have ran on it. During a house fire, one of the items that the family members are most worried about are their keepsakes: quilts, blankets, and children’s stuffed animals. These soft contents absorb the smoke stench and are often deemed unsalvageable.

What if we were able to save these items, and deliver them back to the customer cleaner than they were before the disaster happened?

We are able to do this with the Esporta. The photo is of a stuffed animal that was deemed unsalvageable by insurance. It was too dirty and could not be saved. Knowing the Esporta was almost up and running, we saved it. This guy was one of the first things washed, and you can see an obvious difference between the before and after.

We are excited to be able to give families back their keepsakes in a cleaner state than before their disaster. It is also going to bring them comfort when going through this tough time of their lives!

Does your Home have a Mold Problem?

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts: ? Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors. ? Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet. ? Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants. ? Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. ? Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas. ? Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 270-659-0067

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties

Guns N' Hoses Blood Drive '18 Results

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Guns N' Hoses Blood Drive '18 Results Jill Elkins presenting the Police Chief, Guy Howie, with the winners plaque!

We had a great turnout at the 5th Annual Guns ‘N Hoses Blood Drive in Glasgow, Kentucky! With changing locations this year, we were worried that our donations would take a hit. But Glasgow proved us wrong, and we were able to exceed our donor goal again this year! Thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to help #SaveLives. We also would like to say thank you to Glasgow United Methodist church for allowing us to use their space, and a thank you to Hometown Insurance of Glasgow for donating food to help feed our donors. This event has a huge impact on the area, and we could not do it without the help of our community.

 For the 4th year in a row, the Glasgow Police Department has beat out their competition (Glasgow Fire Department) for how many donations they could receive! This year, we had 68 donors, 10 first time donors, and we collected 67 pints of blood. This has the potential to save over 200 lives! These two departments do a lot for our community and are constantly doing more.

Thank you again to everyone involved in this years Guns ‘N Hoses Blood Drive!

Battle of the Badges '18 Results!

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Battle of the Badges '18 Results! Battle of the Badges, 2018

Our Battle of the Badges Blood Drive in Campbellsville, Kentucky had a huge turnout this year! We more than tripled our donor turn out from the previous year. Even though it was a close race the entire day to see would come out on top, and we are happy to announce that the Fire Department won by one donor! With this only being the second year we have held this blood drive, we appreciate everyone who came out to help or donate!

A special thanks to Campbellsville United Methodist Church donating their facilities. We really appreciated your help throughout this whole process, and to our American Red Cross Representative, Renee Biggs, who has worked tirelessly to make it a success. Without the help of you all, we could not do it. We are excited to raise the donor goal even higher in 2019!

Thank you again for all the community support!

Prevent Mold if water enters your home!

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm season is here. Every year the entire country experiences different magnitudes of storm damage from Mother Nature. This year if the unexpected happens and you find that Mother Nature has come inside your home in the form of water act fast. It is very important that you dry the impacted area to prevent Mold from forming. If you do see mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the Mold through your home by releasing microscopio mold spores which become airborne and can ciculate throughout your entire home.

In the event you have mold make sure you stay out of the affected areas, turn off your HVAC system and ALL fans, and contact SERVPRO. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –

(270) 659-0067

2018 Iowa Storm Event

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 2018 Iowa Storm Event The Kollath girls were so kind for taking the time to create these masterpieces for our Crew.

June 25, 2018 Team Elkins hit the road to help aid and assist the flooding and storm damage in central Iowa. Sioux City and Des Moines experienced flooded basements & sump pump failures causing large losses to homes and business throughout the region. Our Team assisted many families in the clean-up effort by packing up contents, hauling off the debris and drying the effected areas.

We could not be more proud of our team who sacrifice time at home to go help others. Storm Team Elkins has been working nonstop to put home and business owners lives back together. We are very grateful to be able to service other communities other than our own.

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor counties is there for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!

#TeamElkins #SERVPRO9750

4th Annual Dale Hollow Golf Tournament

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 4th Annual Dale Hollow Golf Tournament Time to sink a putt!

We hosted our 4th Annual Golf Tournament on May 2nd, 2018. It was held at the beautiful Dale Hollow State Park in Burkesville, Kentucky. We had 19 teams of Insurance agents and adjusters come out to play for a variety of prizes, have lunch and enjoy a sunny day outdoors. The weather was perfect, and we were ecstatic that everyone was able to come out. We are excited to start planning our next tournament, coming Spring 2019! 

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

How To Easily Clean Windows

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How To Easily Clean Windows Before and after cleaning. Especially helpful cleaning up pet noses!

Whether it be your home or business, one of the hardest chores is to clean the windows. Here is an easy way to clean them with only four household items:
-Bucket
-Microfiber Cloths
-Water
-Newspapers
1. You take a damp microfiber cloth, and wash the entire window. It will have wet streaks once finished with the cloth.
2. Then take a newspaper, crinkle it up into a ball, and rub the windows. This will soak up the leftover water, and make your windows shine!
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SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.

If you have a lot of windows and cannot reach them all, call the professionals at 270-659-0067 to come clean them all for you.

2nd Annual Guns ‘N Hoses Blood Drive – Campbellsville, KY

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 2nd Annual Guns ‘N Hoses Blood Drive – Campbellsville, KY Help support!

We are excited to announce we have scheduled our 2nd Annual Guns 'N Hoses Blood Drive! We will be holding it at First United Methodist Church in Campbellsville this year! It is always fun to witness the friendly rivalry between the police and fire departments. When you sign in, you choose a side: Police Department or Fire Department. Whoever brings the most donors wins a trophy and bragging rights! The Fire Department earned the trophy during the inaugural year, will the Police Department even the score this year? We will find out on June 26th, 2018 from 12-6PM! 

We will be grilling out hamburgers and hotdogs, be providing snacks, drinks and t-shirts for each donor! Stop by and help SAVE A LIFE! 

Below is a link to the frequently asked question's from the Red Cross: 
http://www.redcross.org/faq/

iPhone Safety Hack

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial iPhone Safety Hack Share with friends! #SafetyFirst

While SERVPRO typically focuses on protecting your home and business, check out this feature that Apple has placed on all iPhones.

If you are in a unsafe situation, hit your lock button 5 times in a row. A screen will come up with four options: 

-Slide to power off

-Medical ID (if you have this turned on)

-Emergency SOS

-Cancel

When you choose the Emergency SOS option, your iPhone will send the nearest Police Department your current location and dispatch an officer to you. Share with your friends to inform this of this lifesaving feature!

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SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. In the event of an emergency call- 270-659-0067

5th Annual Guns 'N Hoses Blood Drive - Glasgow, KY

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5th Annual Guns 'N Hoses Blood Drive - Glasgow, KY Come support!

We are excited to announce we have scheduled our 5th Annual Guns 'N Hoses Blood Drive! With such a great turnout the past few years, we are holding it Glasgow First United Methodist Church, so we can accommodate even more donors. This event is always fun to take part in with the friendly rivalry between the police and fire departments! When you sign up to give blood, you choose a side: Police Department or Fire Department. Whoever has the most donors wins a trophy and bragging rights! The Police Department has won the competition the past 3 years straight. Will this be the year the fire department ends up on top? We will find out on June 22nd, 2018 from 10AM-3PM!

We will be grilling out hamburgers and hotdogs, be providing snacks, drinks and t-shirts for each donor! Stop by and help SAVE A LIFE!


Below is a link to the frequently asked question's from the Red Cross:

http://www.redcross.org/faq/

SERVPRO® To The Rescue

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO® To The Rescue Flooded Basement

After the flooding occurred in Louisiana, SERVPRO's from across the nation were called in to help assist. Many franchise locations across the United States are on stand-by, ready to dispatch crews at any given notice in the event of a storm or catastrophe. The flooding was so severe that most people in the affected areas lost everything they had. Some homes and businesses were deemed total loss and others needed to be completely gutted. We are thankful to be part of a team that is happy to help any time, any place. Team Elkins encouraged our local communities to donate to the American Red Cross to help those in need in Louisiana. Our crew experienced first hand the devastation and loss that occurred from this horrendous storm event. Luckily, SERVPRO is there to make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Did You Know We are Available 24/7?

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Did You Know We are Available 24/7? This commercial facility was flooded after recent storms.

With the recent weather, our employees have pulled together as a team from every department to assist with the local storms that affected the area in July. Here at SERVPRO, it takes the help and knowledge from every person on our team to assist our clients. SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties have been in high demand after several homes and businesses experienced flooding. When water or fire affect your home or place of business, call on the professionals to get the job done. Some may think they have to wait until "normal" business hours to reach a team member. We are on standby 24/7 365 days a year. We can guarantee that anytime you call, you will get a SERVPRO professional on the line to help. Call us today 270-659-0067.

Medical Facility Floods in Columbia, KY

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Medical Facility Floods in Columbia, KY The result of heavy rains that moved through the area.

Here at SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties, we undertsand the significance and importance of quick reponse time when it comes to your home or place of business. Our team members are on call and have crews ready to dispatch 24/7. Emergencies happen every day, are you prepared? As a home or business owner, we recommend that you save our phone number in your mobile phone in the event that the unexpected happens to you. Fire and water can take your business or home away but we are here to get it back. We take pride in our work and our customer testimonials will assure you of that. In the picture shown, this is a hospital in Columbia, KY where heavy rains caused a drain pipe to back-up and flood the entire main level. We can't always prevent the disasters from happening so its crucial that we are prepared for whatever may happen. 

It's The Water You Don't See That Causes The Most Damage

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

When home or business owners experience a disaster to their property, often the first step is to start cleaning up the water with a towel, mop or even a shop vac. Although this is very common practice, what about the water you do not see? Just because there is no visible water, doesn’t mean that the area is considered dry. It is very important at this time to call on the professionals at SERVPRO® of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties to make sure your property is properly dried to prevent secondary damage to your flooring, furniture, or even the possible threat of mold growth. Our crews are available 24/7 to help in the event that something unexpected happens. We understand the importance of response time when it comes to water damage. 

24/7 Emergency Water Damage Service

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – 270-659-0067

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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Follow These Tips If You Suspect Mold

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Follow These Tips If You Suspect Mold Mold Covering a Shelf

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 270-659-0067 

Restoring Your Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

http://www.SERVPROallenbarrenhartgreenandtaylorcounties.com/crew-photos

http://www.SERVPROallenbarrenhartgreenandtaylorcounties.com/restoration-training-certifications

Using Social Media to Stay Safe

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

With everyone being connected with social media profiles these days... Put it to work for you and your families safety! Follow your local weather stations and emergency personnel to get the latest updates as soon as they are available. Twitter and Facebook are both great platforms to find the most updated news in your area. Preparing your social media for disasters today, could give you a few extra minutes when disaster strikes. This could be the difference between your families safety or facing a disaster unprepared. While it is heart wrenching to lose your home and belongings, make sure that your families safety is your #1 priority. If a storm does come your way, call the us at 270-659-0067 to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Emergency Ready Profile

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

If you walked into work this morning, and there were 6 inches of water on the floor and more pouring in, would you know where your water and gas shutoffs were? In many businesses, not every employee knows where these important cut offs are located. It is crucial for everyone to be aware in case the building owner is not around when the steps need to be taken. With 50% of businesses not reopening after a devastating accident, it is crucial for everyone in the building to be able to take the proper steps to save your business. With taking advantage of our Emergency Ready Profile, a SERVPRO employee can come in, and help your business become prepared with this free service. Call 270-659-0067 to set up an appointment today!

Family Heirloom Saved from Fire Damage

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Family Heirloom Saved from Fire Damage Before and After:

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is If we can clean customers contents, especially the antique items. The answer is yes, we can! 

We got a call this past week about a fire destroying the inside of a family’s home. This piano was a nonworking family heirloom, and the family was devastated at the thought of having to get rid of it. It was covered in smoke and soot, but luckily still intact. We took it back to our office and started working on saving it. We were able to fully restore the outside of it and get rid of the smoke smell it had. 

We love it when we can save items that mean a lot to our customers. This was one of those times where it is extremely rewarding to work in this industry.

Top causes of Fire

2/4/2018 (Permalink)

Every year catastrophic fires take away our homes, our possessions, and loved ones that we can not replace. The National Fire Protection Association provides lots of education for us to arm ourselves to prevent fires. According to the NFPA the top causes of fire are in the home:

  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries.

  • Smoking is the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.

  • Heating equipment is the second most common cause of home fire fatalities.

We want you to be armed with information but in the event you fall victim to a house fire don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO. Are fire specialist will be there with you every step of the way. Our specialist will strive to save precious heirlooms and restore your home back to the way it was.

Request help online:
http://www.SERVPROallenbarrenhartgreenandtaylorcounties.com/fnol

For additional helpful information, visit NFPA-
https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Cooking

Mary Weldon Library Water Loss

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Mary Weldon Library Water Loss Glasgow Daily Times Front Page

Now that winter has hit, we are seeing a lot of burst pipes in both businesses and homes throughout South Central Kentucky. One of the worst places to experience a water loss happened in Glasgow, Kentucky this week: Mary Weldon Memorial Library. The broken pipe flooded both of their floors, and created a huge mess. We were able to get to them within an hour, start extracting water and starting the drying process. The job was so large, it made front page news in the Glasgow Daily Times. We are happy to be able to assist in the time of need!

Team Elkins specializes in the restoration of water damage in commercial and residential properties. Our crew is highly trained and will do everything they can to restore your business to its original condition.

http://www.glasgowdailytimes.com
http://www.glasgowdailytimes.com/news/glasgow-library-temporarily-closed-after-pipes-burst/article_0b64e1fc-f19a-11e7-aaf5-9bb815f21818.html

Christmas Time!

12/30/2017 (Permalink)

We all took a minute to stop, play, and celebrate some Christmas spirit. Throughout the year our employees have ran to not from every challenge and every disaster. SERVPRO spirit is to help all in need no matter the crisis that comes but at least one day we all got to come together and enjoy a time out. This years Family Christmas party even had a special visitor. Santa came to get all the Christmas lists in order. He even scanned the kids and all of them were on the nice list. This was a wonderful time for all.

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties wants to thank our amazing employees for their hard work and sacrifice to make us one of the best Teams in the industry.

When Storms or Floods hit SERVPRO is ready!

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.


Faster Response


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


Resources to Handle Floods and Storms


When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today - 270-659-0067

How to Protect Pipes in the Winter

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Protect Pipes in the Winter Water Freezes at 32 Degrees Fahrenheit

With snow in the forecast, here are 5 tips from the Red Cross on making sure your pipes do not freeze or burst during cold weather:

1. Insulate both hot and cold water pipes.
2. Keep the garage door closed if any water supply lines are in the garage.
3. Keep a trickle of water going through the lines. 
4. Leave your thermostat at the same temperature both night and day.
5. Open cabinet doors to help warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.

A burst pipe can cause thousands of dollars in damage because it has the potential to flood your home. If the five tips mentioned above do not protect your pipes, give SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties a call at 270-659-0067!

To read more tips, visit the Red Cross website at:
http://www.redcross.org/…/types-o…/winter-storm/frozen-pipes

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Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.


Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges


Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.


About SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties


SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

http://www.SERVPROallenbarrenhartgreenandtaylorcounties.com/employee-photos

Prevent a Deadly Christmas tree fire!!!

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Decking the Halls and getting into the Christmas Spirit? Christmas trees are at the forefront of many household annual traditions and for some who neglect a few simple tips can lead to tragic consequences. Sadly, Fire departments across the country respond to deadly Christmas tree fires during the holiday season each year.  One in every 31 Christmas tree fires is deadly, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The association says electrical failures and malfunctions caused 30 percent of Christmas tree fires.

The NFPA recommend the following safety tips: 
• Make sure string lights have no loose connections, cracked lamps or frayed cords.
• Use only a single extension cord that can reach your home's outlet without being too long and being tangled.
• Use UL-approved lights and cords.
• Make sure lights are off when you go out and before you turn in for the night.
• Make sure all outdoor light connectors are away from metal rain gutters and off the ground.
• Never use candles to light or decorate a tree.
• To lessen the chance of a fire hazard, purchase a freshly cut tree.
• Make sure to keep your tree at least three feet away from any heat source.
• Water the tree every day, and remove it from your home after Christmas or once it becomes dry. 
• Don't burn Christmas tree branches or wrapping paper in your fireplace.
• Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that could burn. 

Annual Chamber Golf Tournament

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

We were so excited to be a part of the Annual Edmonson County Chamber Golf Tournament at Shady Hollow Golf Course. It was the perfect day to be on the course, and we enjoyed spending time with the people of our community! We also held a contest for a participant to win a door prize including a cooler, a cup, and an Applebee's gift card. Van Roberts, one of our marketing representatives presented this award to our winner, Rick Brown! We are very excited to participate in this tournament next year, and we plan to be a part of many events in our communities until then! 

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor

Call us Today 270-659-0067!

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Severe Mold Damage

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Severe Mold Damage Mold can grow quickly when water damage is present. Give us call at the first sign of water damage.

Have you ever come across a foul, musky smell in your home or business and had no idea where it was coming from? It's possible this odor could be because of water damage, and water that is not dried up in your home aids mold growth. Mold has the potential to be dangerous to your health, so if your home has a musky smell, call the professionals of SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties to clean it up! Our crew has vast experience dealing with mold remediation, and we are happy to help restore any type of mold infestation in your home or business. You should always leave it to the specialists if you find mold in your home. SERVPRO will completely eliminate the mold and make it look "Like it never even happened." Don't hesitate to give us a call if your home has a mold problem at 270-659-0067!

Water Removal Experts

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties have been ridding homes of water damage for a very long time, so we know how stressful it can be when you find your home flooded or with water damage. It is common practice for individuals with damage to attempt to clean it up themselves, but then smell a musky smell a few days later. Restoring water damage takes a certain science, which is why our crew is required to go through extensive training before they can repair your home or business. Our training gives us the knowledge and expertise to clean up your property before future damage has an opportunity to occur. Floods can happen at any point, so it's important to be prepared. We recommend that you save our number into your phone so you will be prepared in the case of an emergency! 270-659-0067

Invasion of the Scarecrows Contest

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Invasion of the Scarecrows Contest Team Elkins' creative scarecrows submitted to the Invasion of Scarecrows contest!

Every year a local chamber of commerce hosts a contest called the Invasion of the Scarecrows. Team Elkins participated in this event and created a couple Halloween themed scarecrows. We thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to show off the skills of our creative employees. There are a multitude of awards given to the best scarecrows. In order to support our scarecrow in winning the "People's Choice Award", you must go vote for our SERVPRO scarecrow at the Allen County Chamber of Commerce before October 31st!

 Our staff is intensely involved in the community and frequently participates and hosts events similar to Invasion of the Scarecrows. We find community involvement essential to our business.

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties

http://www.SERVPROallenbarrenhartgreenandtaylorcounties.com/

Call us Today at 270-659-0067!

Hope for the Homeless

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Hope for the Homeless Our employees participating in Hope for the Homeless!

REALTORS® Hope for Homeless was established in 2012 by the REALTOR® Association of Southern Kentucky, with the purpose of helping poverty stricken and homeless children, individuals, and families in our community by collecting non-perishable foods, toiletries and money. SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties participated in this event by collecting the nonperishable items from other members of the community and by helping the Realtor Association organize the items into separate boxes as you can see in the top right image. We also promoted this event by posting it on our social media and by informing customers of the event by word of mouth. Plenty of items were collected and donated to people in need. This was a great cause that benefited many people. We were honored to be a part of Hope for the Homeless!

Chimney Fires

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Chimney Fires An explosive chimney fire in someone's home.

Did you know chimney fires account for over $120 million in damage every year? Although this fire can cause extensive damage, there are ways to prevent it from occurring. You must get your chimney cleaned by the professionals and have an annual inspection. A chimney fire is characterized by loud cracking and popping noises, a lot of dense smoke, and an intense hot smell.

Chimney fires can be explosive, noisy, and dramatic, undetectable until the next inspection, or anywhere in between. The explosive fires produce flames and dense smoke shooting from the top of the chimney and sounds similar to a low flying airplane. The undetectable chimney fires are slow-burning and do not get enough air to be visible, but the damage to the chimney  and nearby areas of the home is extensive.

If your home is damaged from a chimney fire, give SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties a call at 270-659-0067!

Outdoor Storm Safety

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Outdoor Storm Safety Storm Safety Guidelines

Being outside during a treacherous storm can be extremely dangerous if you do not take the right precautions. The type of environment you are in during the time of the storm influences what precautions you must take.

If you are in an open area, it is important to find low ground. Finding lower ground has potential to protect you in a thunderstorm because lightning usually strikes on higher ground.

If you are on any body of water, you must seek land immediately. Being on open water during a storm is one of the most dangerous places you could be because lightning strikes water at a higher rate.

If you are in a forested area, it is important to seek shelter under a growth of small trees in the lowest area you can find.

If you happen to be stuck in your car during a storm, you must keep your windows closed. You also should stay in the car to provide shelter.

Preventing Mold from Infesting your Home or Business

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold growing inside a home or business can pose health risks and negatively effect air quality. Thus, preventing mold from infesting your home is important to insure the health of your family. There are three essential steps to preventing it- controlling moisture in home, keeping moisture out of the home, and keeping the house clean and cool. There are many methods of completing these steps.

In order to control moisture in the home, you can install a hygrometer in your home, which will measure the moisture levels. Mold grows where their is moisture, so it's important to keep the house dry. Also, you should open a window while you shower to prevent too much moisture from building in the bathroom. Hanging clothes outside to dry instead of in the house also prevents mold infestation by decreasing moisture. The last method to control moisture is increasing ventilation and circulation in your home.

The second step is to keep moisture out of the house. This step has three methods. First, it is beneficial to drain water away from your house to prevent water coming into your house from outside. Second, it is essential to clean the gutters regularly because they are an important part of the system that keeps water away from the house. Thus, they should be well maintained. Lastly, you could install plastic sheets in crawl spaces especially if it has a dirt floor.

The last step in preventing mold is keeping the house clean and cool, and it contains four methods. First, you must vacuum and dust regularly to remove mold spores. Second, running filters or air purifiers is beneficial to preventing mold. Thirdly, opening the windows to allow sun into the home prevents mold because mold thrives in dark places. Lastly, you must maintain the temperature. Mold grows in warm areas, so keeping the house cool will prevent mold.

Fire Prevention Week starting October 8th!

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Week starting October 8th! National Fire Protection Associaton

During the week of October 8 thru October 14, 2017 the United States and Canada observe Fire Prevention week. Back in 1925, President Calvin Coolidge made the 1st Presidential proclamation of Fire Prevention Week. The goal for this week of awareness is to educate the public to take precautions in preventing potentially harmful and destructive fires and how we can survive. It is getting in front of a disaster that fire can cause and the processes that can reduce emergencies and damage caused by fire.

In the event that your a victim of a home fire, don’t hesitate to call the professionals.  SERVPRO is there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We will answer and react when you need us!
Call us today! 270- 659-0067

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National Fire Protection Association
http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/resources/education-programs/community-tool-kits/keeping-your-community-safe-and-warm

Water Damage Spreads Quickly!

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. Team Elkins arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7- 270-659-0067

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Team Elkins specializes in the restoration of water damage in commercial and residential properties. Our crew is highly trained and will do everything they can to restore your home to its original condition.

When you can't see where the water is hiding?

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

When home or business owners experience a disaster to their property, often the first step is to start cleaning up the water with a towel, mop or even a shop vac. Although this is very common practice, what about the water you do not see? Just because there is no visible water, doesn’t mean that the area is considered dry. It is very important at this time to call on the professionals at SERVPRO® of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties to make sure your property is properly dried to prevent secondary damage to your flooring, furniture, or even the possible threat of mold growth.

Our crews are available 24/7 to help in the event that something unexpected happens. We understand the importance of response time when it comes to water damage. 

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today – 270-659-0067

Do you have an Emergecy Ready Profile?

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

As a homeowner or business owner it is important to have an emergency plan and contacts close by in case anything out of the ordinary and unexpected happens. In most cases you cannot fathom the amount of stress involved. SERVPRO understands that stress. In most cases people don't think about the unanticipated things that may occur to your business such as flooding, tornadoes, fire, etc. 

Pre-planning is key and SERVPRO has the experience. SERVPRO offers an Emergency Ready Program that is available to you.  Our Emergency Ready Program, also known as an ERP, is the best way to minimize and reduce any interruption in your business following a disaster.  According to the latest industry research, as much as 50% of businesses will not recover following a devastating disaster.  A majority of the businesses that had a preparedness plan in place were able to reopen for business and survive.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you can minimize the business disruption. Pre-planning will give you an immediate plan of action and serve as a type of peace of mind insurance policy.  Knowledge of what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation. 

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a NO COST assessment of your facility.  The ERP profile document will contain valuable information that will be needed in the event of an emergency.   We will identify details such as shut-off valve locations, high priority areas, and 1st in line contact information. Our SERVPRO staff will come out at NO COST and walk you through the process. It takes very little time to complete and save a lot of time in the event you ever need it.   This Profile will get you back on track quickly in the event of an emergency or disaster because you will have a plan of action to execute.

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties is your local professional resource to assist you through the process of mitigation and restoration. You will have an industry leader close by and a life line to help you command authorization for the work to begin quickly.  When your business has a quick reference of what, when, how, and who to call, you are able to respond and solve decisions that need to be made efficiently. Our number one goal is to have you re-open for business while saving you time and money.

Give us a call today and set up your ERP!

270-659-0067

IICRC-Water Damage Restoration Technician Certified

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification,  “Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.”

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties believes in education and making sure our entire Staff is trained and obtains as much knowledge in our industry.  When a home or business experiences a major water loss from flooding, our IICRC-certified restorers will arrive with the knowledge and equipment to dry your home or business facility back to preloss conditions.  When water damage has been present for a long period time you increase the possibility of mold occurring. Our staff will carefully monitor the amount of water damage including substructure materials.  This monitoring is to minimize possible mold and prevent health issues. “All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.”

When water and flooding impact your home or place of business, call on the professionals to get the job done. You can reach a team member any time of the day or night. We are on standby for you  24/7, 365 days a year! We can guarantee that anytime you call, you will get a SERVPRO professional on the line to help.

Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties

Call Us Today : 270-659-0067

Request help online: http://www.SERVPROallenbarrenhartgreenandtaylorcounties.com/fnol


http://www.IICRC.org/consumers/care/water-damage/

The importance of Smoke Alarms

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

The importance of Smoke Alarms

In the event of a deadly home fire, a working smoke alarm will significantly increase your chance of survival. Follow these tips to insure your prepared-

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, all throughout the home.  Upstairs, downstairs, basements.  Make sure you have inside and outside of bedrooms.
  • Replace the entire smoke alarm every 8-10 years.
  • test your batteries monthly
  • once a year replace batteries in smoke detectors that are battery-powered and hard wired smoke alarms. (the only exception are detectors that contain 10 year lithium batteries.)
  • Install both ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms, OR dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.

There will be times that you may be cooking something that puts off smoke.  Even though its tempting, never disable your smoke alarm.  That one time could be a costly mistake.  Never ignore the sound.  Always react promptly until you ultimately know that your safe and there is not a fire.  In the event you are put in that situation, make sure you are safe and leave the building.  Your life is more valuable then the contents inside. 

When fire impacts your home or place of business, call on the professionals to get the job done. You don't have to wait, you can reach a team member any time of the day or night. We are on standby for you  24/7, 365 days a year! We can guarantee that anytime you call, you will get a SERVPRO professional on the line to help.

Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and TaylorCounties

Call Us Today : 270-659-0067

https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

Handling Smoke Damage after a Fire

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

If you are the victim of a house fire, you will be very anxious to clean your home and all the contents that are salvageable.  It is always recommended to take the time to seek the professional and gain their advice. If you don’t, you could be wasting your time and efforts all the while creating further damage.  The very 1st thing you should do is contact your insurance agency immediately once its safe and the fire is completely out.  If your renting your home contact the homeowner next so you can both go over the amount of damage.  Many times your insurance agent may recommend a professional fire restorer who can give you hints to prevent additional damage and help assess what items can or can not be refurbished.  They will provide you an estimate and all available services that are available to thoroughly clean and deodorize your home. In some cases the service may seem expensive but many times these costs will be dramatically less then replacing damaged furnishings and floors.  In the aftermath, you may find items that have been passed down and have an irreplaceable value that can be saved. 

When a fire impacts your home or place of business, call on the professionals to get the job done.  You don’t have to wait, you can reach a team member any time of the day or night.  24/7, 365 days a year we guarantee that anytime you call, you will get a SERVPRO professional on the line to help.

Don't hesitate, Call us today!  270-659-0067

Commercial Duct Cleaning

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape an diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.

  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.

  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.

  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor to microbial concerns.

  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.


Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

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Guns & Hoses- Campbellsville

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Guns & Hoses- Campbellsville Guns & Hoses 2017 #SavingLives #RedCross

After the success of the Barren County Guns N' Hoses Blood Drive, we are extended our reach to other counties. Today we hosted the 1st annual Taylor County Guns & Hoses Blood Drive! This year the Fire Department crushed the attendance 3 to 1 against the Police Department. 

For those of you who couldn't make this event, Please find a local Red Cross event and donate. The Red Cross is at a critical level and every donation can save more than one life! l together!

When water or fire impact your home or place of business, call on the professionals to get the job done. You don't have to wait, you can reach a team member any time of the day or night. We are on standby for you  24/7, 365 days a year! We can guarantee that anytime you call, you will get a SERVPRO professional on the line to help.

Call us today- 270-659-0067

#SavingLives #RedCross American Red Cross of South Central KentuckyCampbellsville/Taylor Co. Fire Dept. Campbellsville Taylor County Chamber of Commerce

Round 2 of Heavy Rains re-floods Kansas City

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

As our Storm Team prepared to tie up all the loose ends in Kansas City, Heavy rains came down Saturday night and caused more damage as well as saturating homes and basements that had just dried out.   Thankfully, SERVPRO and Storm Team Elkins was still on hand and able to assist Kansas City residents immediately.  As the calls came in at midnight we were able to rally the troops and be on-site quickly preventing additional damage.   

Our Storm Team assists customers all over the country that have storm Damage and any other type of flood or disaster.

When you need help and you need it fast, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties are there for you. When you have water damage in your home or Business, every minute and detail matters! We are available 24/7 for all emergencies, especially when water extraction and drying from flood water is crucial.

Don't hesitate to call! 270-659-0067

Flood Basement in Kansas City

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Basement in Kansas City 8 feet of water in basement

Shown are pictures of a home that flooded in the recent Kansas City flooding.  There was 8 feet of water in the basement.  Walls, baseboards, all the carpet, and contents were affected by the water damage. The homeowner was an elderly woman and wanted to go through everything before it was thrown out.  Our trained staff worked with her to go through the contents one by one.  She was able to recover lost items that she had thought were ruined and salvage many heirlooms feared lost forever.

Experiencing a major disaster like flooding is not something we deal with everyday.  Unfortunately this is not a ordinary or common service but thankfully SERVPRO is there when you need a company that can act quickly and handle the uncertainty and confusion that is presented to homeowners during a time like this.   This time is also very stressful and many times people have no idea where or who to turn to so poor decisions or no decisions are made which can cost the homeowner a variety of other problems such as financial or health related issues down the road.  Untreated category 3  flood water can lead to a variety of issues such as Mold.

We want every client treated with care and have every question answered while they are going through this very stressful time.  SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties will work closely with the homeowner, insurance adjusters, and everyone that may be included in getting your home back “Like it never even happened.”

If you find yourself in an emergency situation don’t hesitate to call us.  We are available 24/7, 365 days a year. 

Call us today: 270-659-0067

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Heavy Rains causes Flooding in Kansas

7/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Heavy Rains causes Flooding in Kansas Storm Team Elkins heading to Kansas

This week Team Elkins Storm Team traveled to Kansas City, MO where heavy rains caused major flooding in the entire area. Many homes and business were damaged by flood water and mud. According to news reports, Thunderstorms had dropped up to 7 inches of rain in just a few hours.

Our Storm Team assists customers all over the country that have storm Damage and any other type of flood or disaster.

When you need help and you need it fast, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties are there for you. When you have water damage in your home or Business, every minute and detail matters! We are available 24/7 for all emergencies, especially when water extraction and drying from flood water is crucial.

Don't hesitate to call! 270-659-0067

Storm Team Elkins Activated!

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Team Elkins Activated! Our Storm Team hard at work!

This week, Northern Illinois experienced spontaneous heavy rain that caused major flooding problems within people’s homes and basements.  A basement is the easiest place for flooding to occur because it is the lowest level of the home or building.  Most basements are built below the ground where a lot of rain will run into.  There are several reasons why your basement could end up flooding: these include…  

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe 
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more.

Our Storm Team was prepared and ready to assist in the clean up effort with specialized equipment to ensure that homes were all dry and clear of any other damage or other future problems.  If water damage is not handled correctly and efficiently, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure in addition to potentially hazardous health issues from mold.  Our entire team worked together to get the trucks loaded and on the road in a moment’s notice so our Storm Team could hit the area ready because the longer you wait, the worse the damage may be.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, & Taylor Counties of Kentucky and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill the Insurance Directly – One Less Thing for You to Worry About
  • Our Technicians Are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 270-659-0067

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