Recent Why SERVPRO Posts

#TipTuesday - Lamp Shades

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

This #TipTuesday is about an item that is in each of our homes, lamp shades. 

Have you ever looked at your lamp and realized how much dust has built up and been annoyed at not knowing how to clean it? The answer is simple: lint rollers. Simply go over each area a few times, and the paper will pick up most of the dust/dirt it has collected over time. For the harder to reach places, use duct tape or regular tape.


For more tips and tricks, follow our Facebook page,, or find us on Instagram @SERVPROTEAMELKINS! 

If you have anymore questions on cleaning, or need to schedule a free quote on your home or property, reach our to us at 270-659-0067. 

Car Detailing and Deodorizing

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Before & After

Did you know that SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties can also help with cleaning your vehicle?

We had an employee purchase a new vehicle, and after a few days, noticed it was starting to smell like smoke. This was an issue because of her being allergic to the smell. Within a few hours we had mitigated the smell, and it was completely gone. Months later, the smell has yet to come back.

We also worked on a brand-new truck where a fire extinguisher had gone off in the backseat, covering it with white powder. Overwhelmed, the owner called us for advice. We were able to get the truck completely clean and back to him within a couple of days.

We have also cleaned out two police cruisers where blood was in the floor and on the seats.

While this is not typically something you think about SERVPRO being able to take care of, remember us if you (unfortunately) have any large messes in your vehicles!

February Theme of the Month

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

February Theme of the Month: 

With February statistically being the coldest month of the year, it is also typically one of our busiest months of the year.  

Knowing this ahead of time, this is the month of the year we want to focus on prevention. If you are a home or business owner, “winterizing” your properties ahead of time can prevent a lot of damage.

Our Marketing Representatives are giving out hand warmers this month to remind our contacts to not only prevent building damage, but to also prevent damage to themselves. Just like our January theme, SERVPRO wants to be there when you need them. This includes being there when you are spending time outdoors prepping your properties from the cold. Hand warmers are something you might not have on hand, but having one will make your outdoor tasks a breeze!

Another part of our theme for this month is the fact it’s the month of love. We want our relationship to be “NICE AND WARM” our insurance agents, contacts, customers, adjusters, and community.

#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

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)

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.


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! 

Toys for Tots - 2018

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

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:

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

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!

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

Family Heirloom Saved from Fire Damage

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

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.