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July Theme of the Month
July Theme of the Month
Our July Theme of the Month is all about schools reopening around the country after the Corona Virus cut the 2019-2020 school year short. While closing schools early was necessary to help slow the spread of COVID-19, many families are excited about the thought of children being able to attend this 2020-2021 school year. While some are excited, some are also still a little apprehensive about it. At SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties, we are doing our part to try to help ease families' minds by offering cleaning services to schools, school buses, buildings, outdoor play equipment and more.
If you have any questions on services available for schools, give us a call at 270-659-0067. We are providing free quotes on our COVID cleaning services and can even set up weekly or biweekly cleanings based on your needs.
SERVPRO is Here to Help®, no matter the situation!
T.J. Samson Community Health - Giving Back
SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties presented lunch to the healthcare workers of T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow, Kentucky on May 12th, 2020. These brave men and women risk their health on a daily basis for their community, especially in times like now, when sickness is at a all time high. We were happy to also partner with several other local businesses for volunteers and donations.
SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties
Extreme Fitness of Glasgow/Glass Holdings
Bailey Gibson Buick-GMC
Home Towne Settlement Services, LLC
Monticello Banking Company
Erica Spillman, Realtor
Allstate Insurance Agent: Wilson-Phillips Insurance Agency
Next week, we will also be providing lunch to the rest of the T.J. Samson Healthcare Team at the T.J. Health Pavilion. Even during these tough times, we strive to continue to serve our local communities!
Germs & Viruses Cleaning
During this time, you might be wondering what you can do to prevent germs from spreading throughout your home. This is especially important if you have an essential employee that is out and about during the day, and your potential of being exposed is heightened. Here are some areas of your home that you can focus on regularly cleaning, to ensure germs are taken care of:
- Touch Points on Chairs
- Counter Tops
- Cabinet Handles
- Light Switches
- Fridge, Sink and Microwave Door Handles
- Bathroom Sink Hardware
- Toilets/Toilet Handle
- Car Door Handles
- Touch Screens
Another tip is to launder items worn outside the home in hot water as soon as they enter into the home. This will help kill germs and cut down the likelihood of them traveling across other parts of the home.
If your home has been infected by any germs or viruses, give us a call for a quote on cleaning your space. Our technique is even able to kill germs on walls, and ceilings!
We are Cleaning Experts
SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties, 270-659-0067.
February Theme of the Month
Along with keeping your pipes insulated, keep your drink insulated too!
February Theme of the Month
Each month, our franchise has a theme of what we will focus on. This month, we are working hard to help warn everyone about the dangers of having frozen pipes and want to remind everyone what they can do to prevent an issue from arising. Not only can a frozen water pipe bust and cause water issues, if not taken care of property, it can also cause mold issues to come about. Through the rest of the winter, it is important to take precautionary actions against these issues.
Some things you can do to avoid a busted pipe is:
- Keeping garage doors closed
- Opening cabinet doors
- Removing water hoses from outdoor faucets
- Letting water drip
- Keeping thermostat the same, both day and night
- Keep pipes properly wrapped
Using a few of these tips will greatly decrease the chances of you finding an accident in your home!
The Facts About Mold & The Odor it Causes
When it comes to your home or business, mold is one thing you never want to come across. While the sight is enough to make you run, the smell is often just as unpleasant. While the odor is often putrid, it is often how you find the mold in the first place. While it is unpleasant to smell, it is a good thing when you locate the mold before it begins to develop uncontrollably.
Mold often hides in dark, unused places. Some of these include basements, garages, attics, crawlspaces, or even under your kitchen cabinets. It also quickly grows on food items (I bet you can find some in your fridge at work!).
Here are some more facts about mold:
Clues Your Nose Can Pick Up
· The smell is typically the first thing that people notice in their homes or businesses. It has a musty, pungent odor. Some people describe it as wet socks, the outdoors after a strong rain, or even rotting wood. It has an earthy undertone.
Why it Stinks
· Once mold hits a certain stage in growth, it begins to release mycotoxins into the air. This is an organic compound is a collection of the different items fungus is consuming to continue to multiply.
How To Get Rid of It
· When there is a chance of there being a mold outbreak in your home or business, it is best to have a professional check it out. SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties are now offering mold testing, where we can find out exactly what you are dealing with in 3-5 business days. Having this data will help you make an informed decision about what your next step should be.
Now Offering - Roof Repair and Replacement
During many of our water, mold or fire losses, there are items or surfaces that are damaged beyond repair. After we get done with our portion, it is time to repair the area and make it “Like it never even happened.” When we first opened, we noticed a big need for home and business owners to have help figuring out what to do next. That’s when we started looking into helping fill this void.
Soon after, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties opened their rebuild department to be able to handle rebuild jobs. While these started with our customers that had mitigation services completed, it has quickly grown to customers that are just looking for remodeling or repairs on their homes or businesses.
Up to this point, we have only been providing services inside the home. With the growing amount of calls we have received regarding roofs, the rebuild department has now added roofing services! We are able to bid roof repairs, along with full roof replacements. Give us a call at 270-659-0067 for more information and to discuss financing options!
SERVPRO 2019 F1rst Responders Bowl
The 10th edition of the F1rst Responder Bowl was played on December 30th, 2019 by the Western Michigan Broncos versus our local Western Kentucky Hilltoppers! After the 2018 F1rst Responders Bowl was cancelled within the first quarter, we were excited to see the turnout for the 2019 game. We were especially excited when the contenders were announced, and Western made the cut!
The F1rst Responder Bowl is proud to help celebrate local first responders and treat them and their families to a night at the field. SERVPRO franchises from around the country donate their time, money, and tickets to provide fun for these brave heroes. We are thankful for each and every one of their many sacrifices to make our country a safer place!
After a close, great game… Western pulled out the win 23-20! Congratulations!
Most of the general public does not realize we do biohazard cleanup as well as fire, water, and mold remediation. “Biohazard Cleanup” is considered:
- Unattended Death Clean Up
- Blood Clean Up
- Homicide and Suicide Clean Up
- Crime Scene Clean Up
- Industrial Accidents
- Animal Clean Up
- Hoarding Situations
- Body Fluids
- Microbiological and Pathological Waste
- And More
We are proud to have a trained staff on hand that can handle trauma that normally occurs in any biohazard situations. When we are called to work on a job site like this, we take every precaution to stay discrete and be very respectful of any situation. We are even able to work at nighttime so looking eyes do not become a problem.
Give us a call for more information and see how we can assist you during this hard time. Our goal is to help ease the heartache you are feeling and be respectful of all parties involved.
Trauma, Crime Scene, Vandalism, and Graffiti Cleanup
Did you know that SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties offer trauma, crime scene, vandalism, and graffiti cleanup? These are services that many people do not know who to turn to when it happens but needs taken care of as soon as possible when it does. It is also one of the most stressful times in their lives, and at SERVPRO we try our best to improve the situation.
Trauma & Crime Scene:
- When there is a crime scene, as soon as the police are done with their investigation, we are able to come in and restore the area. SERVPRO will dispose of any pathogens or bodily fluids that are found at the scene. After the cleaning is finished, we will also deodorize the area and make sure.
Vandalism & Graffiti:
- While both vandalism and graffiti are very upsetting to home or business owners, SERVPRO is here to help. It is also very important to get it taken care of as quickly as possible. If you have any broken windows in your home, it is important to get these repaired or tarped quickly, so a rainstorm or snowstorm does not cause interior damage. Calling for help as soon as you find the damage is the best way to minimize the issue.
Pet Carpet Cleaning Tips
Every indoor pet has occasional accidents. For when this happens, you need to be prepared to clean it up as soon as possible!
*REMEMBER: Before cleaning with ANY products, you need to remember to spot test a small area in an inconspicuous spot.*
For Urine Stains: When you find a stain while it is still wet, make sure to blot up any access moisture as quickly as possible. The longer it sits, the worse it will be soaked in the floor, and the farther it will spread. Use clean paper towels to do that. After you get as much as you can up, use a carpet cleaner, or a homemade mixture to soak into the carpet, and start blotting it back up.
Here is a link to a homemade, natural method: https://lifehacker.com/use-vinegar-to-get-rid-of-old-stinky-pet-odors-1520292441
Feces or Dried Stains: Before beginning anything, try to get as much up as possible without pushing it into the carpet even more. After that, use a carpet cleaner, or the above natural mixture to soak the stain. After the stain is sufficiently soaked, let dry for a day, with something covering it where no one will walk through it. After it has dried, use paper towels to gentle remove anymore of the dirt, then vacuum the spot well. This should make the stain “Like it never even happened.”!
If you are not happy with the results of just using a cleaner, call the professionals at 270-659-0067 for a carpet cleaning quote!
#TipTuesday - Lamp Shades
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, www.facebook.com/SERVPRO9750, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
- SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties
- Glasgow-Barren County Habitat for Humanity
- Alex Rosser – Allstate Insurance
- Yancey’s Gastropub & Brewery
- Hosparus Health in Glasgow and Bowling Green
- Monticello Bank
- American Martial Arts Academy
- Highland Ridge Assisted Living
- Hometown Insurance Agency
- Main Street Bed & Breakfast
- Esters Farm Café
- Glasgow Insurance Agency
- The Kings Cafe
See their website for more information:
5 Appliances That Could Cause A Water Loss
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.
Commercial Kitchen Cleaning
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:
-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?
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
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.