Recent Storm Damage Posts
Fixing a Leaky Roof After A Storm
Storms can wreak havoc on your property in but for most problems, there is a pretty straightforward solution. If the most recent thunderstorm pummeled your building with hail, high winds or heavy rains, it is likely that you will have a roof leak. Here are the four steps remediation experts can take to fix it.
1. Assess the Situation
Every damaged roof is different. Your roof may show no outward signs of a problem but definite signs of leaking through the ceiling. You may see lots of debris on the outside while everything inside looks intact. Professionals know the signs to look for both inside and outside so that they can address every issue that exists.
2. Remove Wet Materials
A roof leak will inevitably get something wet that shouldn't be exposed to excess moisture. For example, if your ceiling insulation is saturated, it will likely need to be torn out and replaced. Not only is storm weather contaminated, the dampness also tends to penetrate the porous material and weaken it.
3. Dry and Disinfect
After all the unsalvageable material is gone, everything that remains must be thoroughly dried. Failure to do this could lead to secondary damage, such as mold growth. Surfaces should be dry, and dehumidifiers should be used to control the moisture in the air. After drying, technicians will disinfect every part of the structure and every item that is going to remain within it.
4. Rebuild the Structure
The last step is reconstruction. Walls, insulation and ceilings that were removed must be rebuilt. Holes in the roof are patched and missing shingles are replaced. The restoration job is not finished until your building looks as good or better than it did before the storm.
A roof leak may cause a lot of damage, but that doesn't mean it can't be fixed. When you hire trusted professionals to restore your property, you can rest assured that the problem will be resolved.
Storm Preparation Ideas
Preparing for a storm in advance can help you be ready when high winds, rain, or flood water arrive. These five storm preparation tips can help you stay safe and limit wind and water damage to your home here in Kentucky
- Trim Trees To Clear Your Yard
Pruning trees and shrubs can keep heavy branches from falling and damaging your roof or becoming dangerous wind-blown debris. Bring in items kept outside to prevent them from sustaining or causing damage.
- Cover Windows With Secure Shutters
Cover the windows if high winds and flying debris are expected. Board up openings right before a major storm or have storm windows or shutters installed if you live in an area with frequent tempests.
- Assemble an Emergency Preparedness Kit
Make a plan that accounts for every member of your household. Gather non-perishable items of food, a first aid kit, flashlights, hand cranked or battery-powered radio, and extra batteries. You will need at least one gallon of water per person and enough food for at least three days; in addition, throw in some garbage bags and moist towelettes for sanitation.
- Anticipate Power Line Outages
Have flashlights and batteries on hand and make sure you know how to shut off the power to your home. Turn off the electricity if you see rising flood water, downed power lines, or need to evacuate.
- Prepare a Go-Bag for Evacuation
Fill your vehicle up with gas and prepare a go-bag car kit with more non-perishable food, jumper cables, flares, maps, tools, a first aid kit, sleeping bags, flashlights, and batteries. Collect important papers in a secure box that you can grab if you need to flee a flooded building.
Prepare for adverse weather by following these five steps. If your home sustains damage from wind or water damage from flood water, contact SERVPRO!
Emergency Kit for Winter Weather Storms
Emergency Kit for Winter Weather Storms
The icy cold winter weather is coming in fast this year, with ice storms, snowfall, and flooding right around the corner. It's always a good idea to keep your family safe by having an emergency preparedness kit just in case. Our friends at the American Red Cross suggest these items for your kit. All items should be personalized to fit your family's needs. Make a plan right now!
- According to the American Red Cross a first aid kit may include:
- non-latex gloves
- assortment of adhesive bandages
- antibiotic ointment
- sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes
- absorbent compress dressings
- adhesive cloth tape
- aspirin packets (81 mg each)
- first aid instruction booklet
- A 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
- Personal hygiene items
- Blankets or sleeping bags
Roof Tarp & Board Up Service Available
When a storm or other emergency leaves your home open to the elements, you must act quickly to help prevent further damage and protect your home’s interior. We are able to provide that fast action necessary!
Roof damage to your home or business can be caused by a storm, fire, or other emergency. Damage needs to be addressed immediately to help avoid further harm by the elements or intruders. Our professional SERVPRO crews use roof tarping and board-up techniques to help keep your home or business secure while the roof is inspected and repaired.
If your windows or walls are damaged, you will need professional board-up services to secure your property. We use approved board-up techniques to help minimize further damage and secure your home or business from weather, animals, and illegal entry.
Fall Flooding and Storms Means Call SERVPRO
This year has seen an unprecedented number of flooding and storms in our area and the forecast this fall is no different. SERVPRO 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.
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. We are available 24/7, just contact us!
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit our area 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.
Theme of the Month – March
Theme of the Month – March
This month SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky is focused on spreading the word on how our franchises help when disasters strike large areas. With the major damage that recently hit Texas and other surrounding states, our franchise, along with many others, traveled to assist homes and businesses. Our crews have been in Katy, Texas for almost a month without a break. While these weeks may be tiring, it is well worth it to see the before and after of these homes and businesses. It is also a HUGE motivator knowing we help lift the stress from these home and business owners’ shoulders during one of the most trying times of their lives.
While Kentucky was not hit this time, it could be us next. No matter the size, big or small, SERVPRO can help and handle whatever you have going on. Our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Roof Repair - NEW SERVICE!
When storms move through our region, SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky gets ready for the incoming calls! While these calls typically come from some sort of large or small roof damage, it can also be from a window leak, door leak or another type of storm related accident! SERVPRO is a company that wants to make it “Like it never even happened.” and be a one stop shop for all of your homes needs. While our franchise has been doing emergency roof tarping for roof leaks, then the cleanup for some time, we realized there is something missing from this equation. Who fixes the roofs itself?
Our rebuild department has recently added roofing services to our deck of cards. We have dedicated crews ready to respond whenever they are needed for small repairs up to a total roof replacement. This way we be there for you every step of the way!
Direct any questions to our Rebuild Division Project Manager: Mike Witcher, at 270-670-1767.
Happy Holidays from your Friends at SERVPRO!
SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky is proud to be an essential business throughout all of 2020. We are also proud to be able to be open 24/7/365 days a year to help our communities.
With the holiday season being in full swing, we want to remind and encourage everyone to not only have a good time celebrating the season, but to also be careful and safe!
If you do have a disaster strike your home (or business), give SERVPRO a call to take care of the problem, both big and small. We have crews on call 24 hours a day, even holidays!
If you do have any questions, give your local representative a call:
Shayland Weist - Service Marketing Representative in Owensboro / Daviess County, Kentucky. 270-532-0444
#NationalPreparednessMonth – Wrap Up, September 2020
#NationalPreparednessMonth – Wrap Up, September 2020
Each year, Ready.gov gives great information about #NationalPreparednessMonth each week of September. This year, they broke the month down into weekly tasks to help you become more prepared for each type of disaster that couple hit your geographical area. Throughout the month, SERVPRO of Daviess County has encouraged families to jump on board, and work through the weekly activities. The activities for this year included making an emergency plan, building a home emergency kit, educating yourself about what disasters and emergencies threaten your area the most, and teaching the youth around you about preparedness.
A big thank you to each family that followed along with us throughout the month and completed all of the tasks. Each weeks assignments came with a different amount of work, but now that it is over and you should feel great about what you accomplished as a family!
You can still go back and go through the activities if you missed them live. The 2020 motto of Ready.gov’s #NationalPreparednessMonth is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”
That saying is so true. It is never the wrong time to prepare yourself and your family against the many different problems that could arise!
Hurricane Laura Storm Damage
In the middle of August, there began to be reports released of a large storm developing off the coast of the United Started. On August 27th, 2020 the strongest storm of 2020 made landfall: Hurricane Laura. Before hitting the US, it also moved across and caused damage to several other smaller countries. When she hit the United States, she caused a lot of damage to both Louisiana and Texas.
While Laura caused a lot of destruction moving through the area, the one positive thing was that residents had several days warning she was going to hit. The locals had a little bit of time to make plans and/or evacuate the areas that they believed would be hit the worst. Many did and lives were saved. But one of the hardest parts is returning home, and seeing the damage that was caused while you were gone. While you may be prepared to find damage, there is no way to be 100% prepared to see the damage on your own home or business.
SERVPRO is a franchise that is in most areas in the county. Normally, there are enough offices and crews to handle any size job that comes their way, but when a major disaster strikes, there comes a time to call in reinforcements. At this point, SERVPRO corporate then starts calling in other franchises to travel to the areas and begin working.
SERVPRO of Daviess County was called upon to send teams to Lake Charles, Louisiana to assist with the influx of calls comes coming in. We were quickly accepted the invitation and hit the road. We have now been there over two weeks and will be there as long as we are needed.
September: National Preparedness Month – Week #3
September: National Preparedness Month – September
Week #3 – September 13th-19th, Goal: Educate Yourself About Disasters and Emergencies
Different areas have different threats for natural disasters, along with non-natural disasters. For this week of National Preparedness Month, take the list of disasters you may experience, and visit www.ready.gov/be-informed to learn more about each one. Each of these emergencies are covered in depth through ready.com: household chemical emergencies, hurricanes, landslides & debris flow, nuclear power plants, pandemic, power outages, radiological dispersion device, severe weather, snowstorms & extreme cold, space weather, thunderstorms & lightning, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, active shooter, attacks in public places, avalanches, bioterrorism, chemical emergencies, cybersecurity, drought, earthquakes, explosions, extreme heat, floods, hazardous materials incidents, and home fires.
There is also information about what you can do to recover from these disasters. Some of the subjects include how to get involved with the community, citizens corps, community emergency response team, talking to your neighborhood/neighbors about their plans, and lists of organizations active during disasters.
Other Resources for Your Use:
Parents of Young Children www.ready.gov/kids
Business Owners www.ready.gov/business.
September: National Preparedness Month – Week #2
National Preparedness Month – September
Week #2 – September 6th-12th, Goal: Build A Kit
The goal of an emergency kit is to help your family survive without assistance for at least 3 days. Last week, we took note of any specific supplies you will need to include for each member of your family. This week, we are adding all of the basic necessities that your family will need!
Basic Kit Items:
- Water (for each person)
- Food (for each person) Hand crank can opener
- Local maps
- Cell phone chargers & a backup, portable battery
- First aid kit
- Dust masks & cloth masks
- Battery operated radio and/or weather radio
- Extra batteries
- Trash bags
- Wrench & pliers (for cutting off emergency lines)
- Plastic sheeting & duct tape
Additional items to consider including:
- Sleeping bag or blanket for each person
- Complete change of clothing for each person (including shoes)
- Fire extinguisher
- Activities for any children
- Soap & hand sanitizer
- Matches (make sure to store in a waterproof container!)
- Personal hygiene products
- Disposable paper products
- Prescription & over the counter medication
- Contact lens solution (if applicable)
- Copies of important family documents, in waterproof container or saved electronically
- If applicable: formula, bottles, diapers, wipes & diaper rash cream
- If applicable: pet food & water
Maintaining Your Home Kit:
Now that your kit is stocked and ready to go, you will need to update it regularly. A good idea is to update the kit each time you take a look at your emergency plan you created last week. This ensures it is kept up to date, and all items are ready to be used at any time. This also gives you the chance to update any specific items. For example: if an infant no longer needs bottles, remove those items from the kit to save room. You may then need to add in some jars of baby food.
Now that you are on a roll, consider making smaller kits for work, and to keep in your vehicle. These kits should be much smaller and are a lot easier to create.
Your Work Kit should prepare you to stay at work for at least 24 hours. Also include a comfortable pair of walking shoes in this kit, as you may not be wearing comfortable shoes at work when an emergency takes place.
Your Car Kit should always be in all cars you may have. This kit should include jumper cables, flares or reflective triangles, an ice scraper, extra cell phone charger (with car charger), blanket, map and cat litter or sand (to help you gain traction if stuck).
Check back on September 13th for the next set of preparedness tasks for your family!
Theme of the Month – September
Theme of the Month – September
Every month, our marketing team is focuses on a key element that can help with in people’s lives. Through September, our team is focused on the fact that September is National Preparedness Month!
Each week, ready.gov has simple, but important tasks your family can work through to feel more at ease when the thought of a disaster hitting. Check back for each week’s set of tasks.
To kick us off, Week #1 – September 1st-5th, Goal: Make A Plan. The goal of this week can be accomplished in 4 simple steps.
Step #1- Put a Plan Together
Different areas of the county are more at risk for different types of natural disasters. Your first step to put together a plan is to assess what disasters are the most heavy in your area, and make a list. Once you have a list, it will then help you with the rest of the steps.
With your list in mind, ask yourself these questions.
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation plan?
- What is my household communication plan?
- Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?
This will help you identify anything you may have forgotten, and help you find holes in your plan.
Step #2- Consider Specific Needs in Your Household
You can easily look up lists of items to have on hand in case of an emergency, but this step makes your supplies list specific to your family’s needs. Look at each member, and think of any daily items they may need that is not on the list. This can include the daily care of infants/small children, elderly family members, how each member communicates, pets, or anyone with specialized medical equipment or medicine. Having these items on hand is very important when disaster strikes, and you may not be able to easily obtain them.
Step #3- Fill Out a Family Emergency Plan
Above is the Family Emergency Plan that ready.gov has put out to use. Whether you choose to use this one or not, it is a great reference in what information to have!
Step #4- Practice Your Plan with Your Family/Household
Now that you have your plan started, practicing and running over this plan thoroughly will help you identify any other weaknesses. It may also help your family members feel safe and comfortable after discussing this hard topic, especially with small children. Making sure they feel fully prepared and safe is a great way to put their minds at ease!
Emergency Tarping Services
Through the past couple of years, SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky has worked to grow and expand our rebuild department. One of the main goals with doing this is to be able to assist customers even faster when a storm or disaster strikes the area. While most people know us our fire and water cleanup services, there is also another small, but meaningful service that we are now offering: tarping.
When there is a hole in your home or businesses building or roof, and the damage is getting worse by the minute, one of the fastest and easiest things to do to stop more damage from happening is to correctly tarp the area. With having our rebuild department on standby, we are able to respond quickly, and efficiently.
While we have a team willing and able to help make it "Like it never even happened," we are also happy to help minimize the issue until you decide how to proceed. You are not obligated to use our services through the whole project if you call us for tarping. Our goal is to help the customer in whatever capacity that they need!
Types of Storm Damage to Your Home or Business
Everyone that lives in Kentucky knows the jokes about how quickly the weather changes here. But during the summer and fall months, we are especially hit by water downpour from seasonal storms. While all storms cause damage, some types become a lot harsher than others on your homes or businesses. These storms can bring heavy rain, flooding, and tornadoes into our area. We can even get rain or thunderstorms off of hurricanes traveling up the coast.
While any storm can cause major damage to your home or business, there are a few types to be aware of when a storm travels through: lightening, flooding, and wind damage.
Lighting Damage: when bolts of lightning strike your home or business. This can cause a fire, which can quickly spread. It does this through the static discharge it has.
Flooding Damage: when major amounts of water have fallen, at times it is too much for the ground to handle at once. Even with all of Kentucky’s many caves, sinkholes, and lowlands, we still have issues with it. It is easy for homes, basements, roads, and driveways to quickly flood, and fill with water. If you experience any type of flooding, SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky can help you dry out, and even rebuild your home or business back!
Wind Damage: Most of the time, this involved your roof and siding, but can also impact trees, and outdoor items. When impacting your roof, it can be from a just few shingles, to your entire roof taken off. If you see any damage, have a professional come out and take a look. Even a small hole can cause a huge issue in your home with time. It can even lead to mold being developed within days.
So far, winter 2019-2020 has been mild, and we have not experienced much snow. While this may be the case, we are still not in the clear. While we may not have any snow in the forecast, that could change at any moment. Before we get snow, we would like to warn everyone about the risk of snow potentially turning into a water loss.
Many people may not think about this happening, but we often see it in our line of work. After a large snowstorm hits, it takes a few days for it to melt. During this time, it can come into your home or business by any small cracks in your foundation. This also happens quite a bit when the ground is still frozen, since it cannot absorb any of the water that needs to be drained.
Odor and mold are also side effects of water losses. Being diligent and making sure that your home is well protected this winter season is the best way to avoid seeing green trucks at your home!
But remember, the longer a loss sits, the worse the damage gets.
It is important to call in backup as soon as you know it is more than you can handle.
SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky. 270-683-1888.
Garage Mold Prevention
Have you ever noticed any discoloration in your garage? Since mold thrives in moist, humid climates your garage is the perfect target for spores. This New Year, take the time to prevent this from happening
- Look for leaks – Inspect all areas in the garage including moving all items/boxes against the wall, checking out the boxes, the roof, floor, gutters, and any exposed pipes. If there are any problem areas, fix them as soon as possible, and make sure they are not leaking until you can fix them.
- Use waterproof storage – Water is attracted to any porous materials, which includes any cardboard, paper, or drywall. Switching to either plastic or metal storage containers will help keep water from sticking around in your garage if it does happen to get in. It also helps keep items inside the boxes clean and mold free, while cardboard will allow the mold to grow inside and reach the items.
- Seal garage door – Check to see if your current weather stripping around the garage door is is old and torn. If it looks like it is in rough condition, replace it ASAP. Having your stripping in good condition will help keep the weather out.
- Decrease humidity – Since garages naturally have a high humidity reading, it is important to control minimize it as much as you can. One way you can do this is to leave the garage door open a few sunny hours a day. This will help dry air circulate inside and kill spores. You can also use a dehumidifier as needed.
- Remove standing water – Hopefully, you find none of this in your garage, but if you do, remove it as quickly as possible. This will eliminate the molds source of growth. You can also put a fan pointed on the area to help it dry faster.
- Extend gutter downspouts –Look outside, and make sure that your downspouts extend at least 10 feet away from the home. This will help redirect the water away from the garage foundation and help keep water from seeping in at the base. You can pick up downspouts at any home improvement stores.
If you are still experiencing more mold growth than you realized, reach out to the professionals, and we can come and look at what you have going on. We are now even doing mold testing, where we can tell you exactly what is going on within your home!
SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky. 270-683-1888.
2019 Illinois Storm
These were just 6 of the homes we worked while in Chicago!
At the end of September, SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky got the call that there was a microburst in Chicago, Illinois, and were asked if they could assist with the cleanup. After going home and grabbing their bags, we had a crew headed straight there.
As soon as they got there, they called in backup, as the work had immediately started piling up. Once our second crew arrived, they divided and conquered.
Going on 3 weeks since we were first onsite, not all of our team members have been able to come home yet. There are still an entire crew waiting and working on little things to finish up the jobs.
While each member is ready to be home, this is a very rewarding part of the job. This is when customers are finally at ease, and they know their homes are safe and sound.
Theme of the Month – October
Ask your marketing representative for a pink pen!
Theme of the Month – October
Throughout October, SERVPRO of Daviess, County Kentucky is working on spreading awareness of it being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While it is important for regular checkups, it is especially important for you to do this if you have a family history with cancer.
We are also promoting saying prepared for any disasters with your business or home. This is a great time of year to review any insurance polices you may have and adjust to better suit your needs.
This is also a great time of year (right before winter hits!) to prepare your business in case of any water, fire, or mold problems surface. You can do this by participating in our Emergency Ready Profile Program, which is completely free! Reach out to our local representative at 270-670-4677 for more information.
#BePrepared for Storm Season!
Being September, we are right in the middle of Hurricane Season. Because of this, utilize the technology that we use in our everyday lives. #PreparedNotScared
During Storm Season, always keep a phone charger with you and in your car. This can really help you out if you have any problems during both a major storm, or in everyday life.
Mark Yourself Safe
The Red Cross has a “Make Yourself Safe” program during major disasters that is utilized through Facebook. When you login to the app, it will give you a notification telling you that you are able to check in. This is a quick way to let your family and friends know that you are safe!
Store Important Documents Online
Ready.Gov suggested to upload important medical records, important information about your pets, insurance policies, identification for each family member, and any other irreplaceable documents. While you may not need them in an emergency, they might still come in handy day-to-day. A couple of these free services are Google Drive and Drop Box.
Follow News Outlets
Go onto your social media and follow different Storm accounts. You may also be able to set up notifications or text messages to come to your phone.
Get in Touch
Make sure to have a paper copy of important contacts posted in your home for everyone to have access to, along with having these numbers saved in each cellphone in the home.
For more information: ready.gov!
Theme of the Month – September
#BeReady #PreparedNotScared #NationalPreparednessMonth
Theme of the Month – September
#NationalPreparednessMonth is very near and dear to our hearts with our crews regularly traveling to help those in need. Throughout the month, take the time to make sure that you and your entire family are taken care of if a disaster were to hit today.
- Draw out an escape route for each family member
- Follow weather channels for real time updates
- Put together a 3-day kit of items for each family member
- Post emergency numbers in an easy to access location
Another place to prepare is your workplace. One thing you can do is participate in our Emergency Ready Profile Program. This takes very little time on your part, but save you a lot of time in disaster strikes. Contact our local Service Marketing Representative for more information, April Noland: 270-670-4677.
You can also visit www.ready.gov/September for more information and ways you can get ready!
Storm Alerts - Warning vs. Watch
We are currently in the middle of Hurricane Season for the United States. This season is June-November, and is the time of the year when we can expect to see bad weather around the gulf and the coast. While Kentucky is an inland state, we still experience backlash when these storms come along. We have learned to expect a lot of rain, and severe thunderstorms. When these storms are close to setting in, we see a lot of “Storm Warnings” or “Storm Watches.” But do you really know the difference between the two?
Warning: A bad storm is in the area and is moving quickly. Seek shelter and be careful.
Watch: There is a great chance that a storm is going to move in quickly. Watch the weather and be able to take shelter quickly.
Owensboro Open House - June 27th, 2019
Check out our Facebook Event to RSVP!
Want to know more about all of the many services that SERVPRO has to offer? Come see us at our first ever Open House on June 27th located at our Owensboro office!
We will have games, prize giveaways, drinks, appetizers, booths, and a meet and greet from several of our staff members. We will have managers from all of our departments (Office, Marketing, Rebuild, and Production) available to answer questions and explain how each process works. We will also have a booth dedicated to us traveling on Storm, and also a table of before and after photos. Stop by after work and see us!
June 27th, 2019
3290 Warehouse Road
Owensboro, KY 42301
Contact April Noland for more information:
270-670-4677 or April.Noland@SERVPRO9750.com
How can an ERP help your business?
When owning a business, there are always going to be times when small or large accidents or disasters happen. When they do happen, the last thing you want to be doing is scrambling around, trying to find the information needed. You want to have this information previously prepared, and ready to go. This is where SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky steps in and helps take that worry away. Our FREE Emergency Ready Profile’s take the stress off you and your business.
One of our employees comes in, and helps you gather your most important information, and then creates a concise document for you to keep in a safe place. We then return it to you for your approval, and make any corrections needed.
Contact our marketing representative, Brandon Ellis, at 270-670-4677 for more information!
Esporta Wash System - Changing Content Restoration
Our newest investment at SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky is the Esporta Wash System. This system is revolutionizing the way that companies are processing and cleaning textile contents. It is helping lower costs, raise quality, and cut down turn around time.
“Soft contents, textiles, and laundry is the largest category of contents in a home. This is easy to understand when you consider that the invoice from dry cleaner is often one of the largest expenses on the entire restoration job. However, less than 5% of these soft content items require actual dry-cleaning. Using the Esporta Wash System, restoration companies can restore 95% of the items in-house. “
With such a large portion of a disaster claim being the textile items, not having to send them to a dry cleaner to get processed is going to cut cost and time drastically.
In any emergency situation, time is everything. The faster a family can get their salvageable belongings back, the faster they can restart their lives. Here at SERVPRO, we understand that. This is why we are always investing in the newest, top of the line technology.
Read more about what the Esporta Wash System can do below for content claims below:
#TeamElkins Hurricane Relief
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Knowing hurricane season was coming upon us, #TeamElkins put together a group of men and women who would be our Storm team during this time with them knowing there was a chance we would have to travel to help clean up from damage. During mid-September, we started getting weather alerts about several hurricanes hitting the coast. We got ready and were waiting when Hurricane Florence went through. We had many of our employees there, when another storm showed up on the radar: Hurricane Michael. After Michael hit, we started seeing videos and photos come through of all the damage, and knew we needed to step up and help. We sent a crew to Mexico Beach, Florida. There were no other words to describe what they saw but complete chaos. They said it looked and felt like a bomb had went off in the area. There was no cellular service, hardly anywhere to get food, and the roads were all almost closed.
While our crews are now back home, there is still a lot of clean up that is being done. It will take years for this town to bounce back to its potential.
If you would like to donate to the cause, follow the link below:
Bathroom Mold Safety
Have you ever found mold in your home? Especially in your bathroom? Bathrooms are the hardest places in the home to prevent mold growth from happening. Mold loves to grow in small, warm, damp environments. When you run your shower, a lot of moisture gets put into the air along with the toilet holding water and the sink running. Without proper ventilation, all this moisture can sprout mold spores rather quickly. If you suspect mold in your bathroom, here are some of the most prominent places it grows: between the tile, surface of sink and counters, inside cabinets, and behind the toilet. Checking these places is your first step to seeing if you have mold.
If you find any, this is when you call a professional to see how bad the issue is. SERVPRO of Daviess County has certified technicians who can come assess the damage for you.
If you do not find any mold spores, but want to avoid getting them in the future, here are some tips:
- Always use the ventilation fan when showering or taking long baths, and keep it running for awhile after you finish
- Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels low throughout your home
- Wipe off all surfaces in the bathroom and do not leave wet towels in the floor
- Check plumbing for leaks
Another product you can use to reduce moisture in the air is DampRid. This product soaks up water in the air and prevents the room from getting musty. It also works well when put in cabinets, so everything stored in the bathroom can stay fresh and clean!
Hurricane Florence - #TeamElkins
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.
Let us help prepare your business for an emergency!
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!
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.
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."
Iowa Storm Event 2018
Team Elkins wants to THANK the Kollath girls who 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 Daviess are there for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!
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 Daviess County a call at 270-683-1888!
To read more tips, visit the Red Cross website at:
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 Daviess County 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.
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 - 270-683-1888
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.
Using Social Media to Stay Safe
With everyone being connected with social media profiles these days... Put it to work for you and your family's 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 family's 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 us at 270-683-1888 to make it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Daviess County
Round 2 of Heavy Rains re-floods Kansas City
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 Daviess County is here 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) 683-1888
Heavy Rains causes Flooding in Kansas
Storm Team Elkins heads to Kansas City, MO
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 Daviess County is 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! 270-683-1888
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 Daviess County 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 270-683-1888