Recent Storm Damage Posts

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!

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:

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.

#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:

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 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!

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

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!

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

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.

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." 

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:…/types-o…/winter-storm/frozen-pipes

#SERVPRO9750 #TeamElkins

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.

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