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Let us help prepare your business for an emergency!

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know what percentage of businesses typically close after suffering from a disaster?  50%. That is a crazy amount, and a lot of the problem is that businesses are not prepared for problems when they occur and do not know what to do when that moment comes. In most cases, the faster the work starts, the better. The longer the problem sits, the larger the damage is.

SERVPRO of Daviess County has a way to assist business owners in preventing losses through our Emergency Ready Profiles. We come into your business, gather photos and information, and put together a profile of your business for you to keep on hand in case of issues.

Already having your information together and having a plan of action in place can cut down on the amount of work there is to do on the building.

Call us today at 270-683-1888 to schedule your FREE ERP!

Kitchen Cleaning

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Daviess County is one business that can assist in any type of commercial kitchen cleaning. When a disaster strikes, the business owner’s priority is to get reopened. Being able to do this quickly depends on how quickly and efficiently the mess is cleaned up. Doing this in a kitchen is especially hard because of all the regulations. Having a business who has cleaned commercial kitchens before gives the business owner comfort. Our employees are trained to be mindful of guidelines and be aware of potential hazards around them. Some of the facilities we have assisted with before including: food manufacturing and distribution centers, fast food and sit-down restaurants, senior living facilities, and educational buildings.

Call us today at 270-683-1888 for a free quote and for more information!

Cleaning Commercial Tile

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning Commercial Tile Before & After Cleaning

One of the toughest jobs is to clean the grout in between your tile flooring. With grouts rough texture, it holds dirt easily, unlike the tile itself. After years of walking on the floors in homes, it normally starts changing colors from dirt buildup. In businesses, this happens much faster.

When a business tile and grout cleaning gets called in, we are typically able to schedule our service around when your business is closed for the day. We do not want your business to be impacted by our cleaning service. Operating like this helps many businesses who cannot close for a day or close early. We try to accommodate all schedules.

The photo is the before and after of us coming in and cleaning a commercial floor. It looked like new grout once we were through and helped the business maintain their professional image with clean floors. Call us at 270-683-1888 for a free quote on your home or commercial business!

Soot & Smoke Facts

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.

Different Types of Smoke

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 Daviess County 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.

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.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today : 270-683-1888

Ten Ways to Avoid a Loss

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Use these 10 hints to avoid having a loss in your business or home- 

  1. Do not leave electronics on the floor. This includes, iPads, computers, laptops, DVD players, phones, etc.
  2. Leave a 3-4 inch gap between the back of the washing machine and the wall. This will help avoid the hose kinking near the valve connection. It is also smart to replace your washing machine hose every 5 years.
  3. Pay attention to your water bill. A significant increase could indicate a leak somewhere in your home or business.
  4. Make sure each resident in your home or business knows where the main shut-off is located. If you are unsure where this is located, contact us for a FREE Emergency Ready Plan.
  5. Have an annual professional roof inspection. This can catch problems early, and avoid larger problems.
  6. Have your plumbing pipes inspected on an annual basis for condensation, obvious leaks or corrosion.
  7. After flushing the toilet, remain in the area until the fill valve has finished refilling the tank.
  8. Make sure your downspouts are directed 5 to 10 feet away from your house. Clean all debris buildup 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 built up sediment. You can call in a licensed plumber to do this if you are unsure how.

Using these tips will help you identify problem areas in your home before a loss happens.

What is Storm?

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

On our website, and on our social networking sites, we often mention us being on Storm. When we refer to Storm many people do not know what we are talking about. When national disasters break out, there are often times where there is too much work for the local franchises to handle without help. That is when SERVPRO corporate steps in and helps. They are then able to reach out to certain franchises to seek help. To be asked to help with Storm, you must meet certain requirements as a franchise, and be able to continue running at home without the machines and employees you are sending.

SERVPRO of Daviess County is always prepared to be asked on Storm. Our production manager, Zach Gross, is the leader of Storm for Team Elkins. He can get his crew and trucks ready in a few hours’ time and be on their way to wherever they are needed.

We are proud to have employees who are willing to sacrifice and take time away from their families to help others. While being away from home for weeks at a time is tough, it is very rewarding when you are finished helping families and businesses get back on their feet.

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.

Feeding Local Heroes

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Feeding Local Heroes Some of our local fire fighters!

We love to give back at SERVPRO, whether that be in the jobs we do, the events we volunteer at, or the aid we provide to Storm victims. One way we are giving back to our local communities is by treating some of our local heroes to a meal. Our local police and fire fighters do so much for the community, and you typically only think about them when you are in a time of need. We wanted to thank the firefighters of Owensboro for all the hard work they do and treat them to a free Chick-Fil-A meal! We are slowly catching all of the crews for the local stations and bringing in food for them. Pictured are our first three crews: Station #1, Station #2 and Station #3. Thank you for the sacrifices you all make!

Take time out of your day to thank a local hero!  

Des Moines, Iowa - STORM '18

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Des Moines, Iowa - STORM '18 Some of our Storm Team!

Three weeks ago, Team Elkins was activated to go on Storm. Des Moines, Iowa had been hit with major flooding and their local SERVPRO franchise could not handle the workload alone. With SERVPRO utilizing friendships and others expertise, we can call upon each other for help in times of need. That is exactly what happened with us.

We sent nine crew members, seven vehicles, and even picked up some temporary labor on the way up. With most days consisting of working 16 hours straight, these crew members busted their butts to help put back together the lives of those impacted. The devastation was sad to see, but the transformations of businesses and homes were impressive.

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 or anyone else who needs it.

Educational Opportunities at SERVPRO

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Educational Opportunities at SERVPRO Software training at Team Elkins Headquarters

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 Daviess County 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 Daviess County 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.

Using Social Media to Protect your Family

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

With most people being a member of multiple social media platforms, put it to work for you and your families safety!

Search of each platform and follow your local weather stations and emergency personnel to get the latest safety updates as soon as they are available. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are all three great platforms to find the most up to date news in your area. You can also share news with family members or friend online to help them stay safe too.

Preparing your social media for a disaster 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 would be heart wrenching to lose your home and belongings, those items are replaceable. Making sure your family is #1 needs to be your main concern!

If a storm does come your way, SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg, and Edmonson Counties is there for you. Call us at 270-875-4883 for a free quote! Call -270-659-0067 to make it "Like it never even happened."