5 Tips for Water Losses
At our franchise, about 80% of the jobs we work are to some extent of water damage. In homes and businesses, there are a lot of places where water pipes are exposed. This creates a larger change for problems to occur. Here are some tips on how to minimize the damage caused from a water loss:
- Turn the water source off-
Knowing where your water cut offs are is very important. In an emergency, you want to be able to find the cutoff as quickly as possible and stop the source causing more damage.
- Turn off the electricity-
Do not ever step into flooded water without first having the electric cut. It can become a very dangerous situation if you forget to do this.
- Get rid of the water-
Getting as much water out of the space as possible is very important. The longer the water sits, the worse the damage becomes. The longer water sits, the larger the chance of mold growth also becomes.
- Open windows and doors-
Doing this will help release moisture in the air. You can also turn on the fan to help circulate the air in the room.
- Call a professional-
If you have not already contacted a water damage expert, do this immediately. Quickly bringing in a team of trained professionals can lessen the damage caused, while getting an accurate assessment and a plan of action.
Why Call SERVPRO?
SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties is a full-service restoration company based in Smiths Grove, Kentucky. Even though most people have heard of us, a lot still do not know exactly what we do. A restoration companies’ main goal is the restore items after a disaster or loss has occurred, while being cost and quality conscience. We will try to save as much of your home or business we can, without compromising on the quality or sanity of the building. The same goes with the contents in the building. While many items must be replaced, many can be fully cleaned and sanitized. Majority of the time during a water loss, if it is called in quickly, we are able to save not only contents, but also the flooring and walls. Being able to do this can save the owner a lot of time and money.
Marketing Representative, Van Robarts, says it the best: “It is amazing what we are able to do.”
SERVPRO® Purpose Statement
SERVPRO’s Purpose: To help entrepreneurs succeed.
This is the purpose of every SERVPRO franchise that is in existence. We are teams of people that want to help YOUR business succeed. With that being our goal, we know that you cannot do this while being closed or out of commission. Our job is to get you back on your feet as quickly and efficiently as possible when a loss happens. Our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened” once we have left your home or business.
Another thing this means is that we can help your business run more effectively. Having a dirty building, or in disrepair can drive away customers. We also know that you cannot always close your doors during the day to have cleanings preformed. SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Mulenberg and Edmonson Counties is a 24/7 business. This means that we can work whenever best fits your schedule, even after typical working hours.
SERVPRO® Core Values
SERVPRO’s Core Values:
Believe in a Dream
Share the SERVPRO Story
Follow the System
These values are shared by franchises all over the world. Everyone who is wearing black and khaki understands and believes in what we are doing and what all we can do to help others.
We want to grow relationships throughout the community and strengthen the bond between locally run businesses.
We want everyone to know that SERVPRO® is a family business that was started in 1967 by a husband and wife and is still run today by their children. The family mentality that began this business is still with us all today.
SERVPRO® is in the restoring business, not replacing. We pledge to be as financially frugal as possible without compromising on quality when we enter your home or business.
SERVPRO® Corporate has also developed a line of products and procedures that are proven to work, and franchises are trained to follow this system.
SERVPRO® Vision Statement
SERVPRO’s Vision Statement:
To be the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world.
Our goal is to be your #1 choice. With over 1,500 franchise locations worldwide, this is a lofty goal to have. This is why we spend countless hours and dollars training and educating our employees on different techniques to restore items, ways to clean them, customer service, and more. We want them to be the most equip to take care of your problems quickly and efficiently. We know that anytime you call us, it is one of the most stressful times of your life. Being the top company means that you are in safe hands. You can trust that we will treat you like family and do whatever we can to help you. We want to be the best.
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Hurricane Season 2018
Storm #TeamElkins is always ready to hit the road when a disaster strikes. SERVPRO is a franchise business, so we are able to rely on other franchises owners and teams to lend a hand when we have too much work to handle by ourselves. This typically happens when a major natural disaster hits, or a city-wide event happens. For instance, in 2018, SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties has participated in two hurricanes: Florence and Michael. Both of these hurricanes caused major damage to several states in America and in other countries. We had employees working to clean up from these storms for over a month straight, and there was still a lot of damage left to clean up once they returned home. It will be years before the citizens lives are back to normal.
Giving Back To Your Community
Most people end up doing their grocery shopping at the same few places. One of the biggest local grocery stores is Kroger Industries. While they are a store with good produce, prices and environment, did you know they also give back to their local communities?
With their community rewards program, each Kroger Plus Card holder can choose a charity for Kroger to donate a portion of what they spend to. It is as easy as going to their website, signing in, and looking through the available charities. After choosing one, once a year you must go back on their site and confirm your charity again for the coming year. If you are a part of a nonprofit, school, or church, you can also apply to be on the list of places to donate to.
After signing up, every receipt you receive will state how much is going to your charity and what that charity is.
This is a quick way to make sure you are giving money back to your community as much as possible.
16 Fall Home Maintenance Must-Dos
With winter creeping up on us, it is time to do some home maintenance to ensure no winter storms damage your home or you have any disasters during this cold time. Here are some things you may forget about either doing or checking for damage:
- Clean behind the fridge and check the fridge tubing
- Check and weatherize all the windows and doors
- Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
- Inspect the perimeter of your house for cracks or holes
- Inspect your roof
- Check your dryer’s exhaust tube and vent for lint or debris buildup
- Cover your air conditioning unit
- Repair and seal driveway
- Drain hoses and shut off outdoor water valves
- Clean and apply sealer to deck
- Cover and store outdoor furniture and grills
- Inspect your furnace
- Empty dirt from flowerpots and garden containers
- Clean and store summer garden tools
- Plant flowering spring bulbs
- Clean the gutters
Doing these tasks will lessen the risk of major disaster this winter!
Fire Alarm Batteries
Now that we have officially “fallen back” with our time, it is also time to do another chore we tend to forget about: changing the batteries in smoke and carbon dioxide detectors.
Even though it is sometimes hard to remember to do, it is vital that these detectors always have charged batteries. They can save not only your home being ruined, but also your family’s lives.
In fire situations, most people do not consider what all is impacted. In a typical house fire, it has both fire and smoke damage, and also WATER damage. When the fire department is putting out the fire, they are not concerned about where the water is going, just that it is hitting the fire. This means that a lot of time, more than just the rooms affected by the fire end up with water in them too. It is important to do whatever you can to prevent this from happening to your home or business.
If you have any type of fire, smoke or water damage, call us at 270-875-4883 for a free estimate. We work with both self-pay and insurance jobs, with no job being too big or too small!
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