Ten Ways to Avoid a Loss
Use these 10 hints to avoid having a loss in your business or home-
- Do not leave electronics on the floor. This includes, iPads, computers, laptops, DVD players, phones, etc.
- 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.
- Pay attention to your water bill. A significant increase could indicate a leak somewhere in your home or business.
- 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.
- Have an annual professional roof inspection. This can catch problems early, and avoid larger problems.
- Have your plumbing pipes inspected on an annual basis for condensation, obvious leaks or corrosion.
- After flushing the toilet, remain in the area until the fill valve has finished refilling the tank.
- Make sure your downspouts are directed 5 to 10 feet away from your house. Clean all debris buildup monthly.
- 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.
- 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?
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
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
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
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
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."
When bad weather or unexpected fire hits our community, our employees pull together as a team from every department to assist local and distant communities. SERVPRO of Daviess County use the collective help and knowledge from every person on our team to assist all those impacted by a disaster in their home or business. Most of our employees are cross trained in multiple departments so we are able to help one another. All of our marketing department employees are Water Restoration Certified (WRT). This means that they are able to work or monitor job sites without having a supervisor with them. Having these people as back up comes in handy when we are called on Storm, and several of our full-time employees are gone for weeks at a time. We always have a plan in place to be able to assist our clients in need!
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, and a crew will respond as quickly as possible!
Introducing the Esporta Machine
The 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
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!
Our Story - Team Elkins
David Elkins, Owner of SERVPRO of Daviess County, 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 8 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, 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 #TeamElkins #SERVPRO10380