Recent Water Damage Posts

How can SERVPRO benefit my business for FREE?

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile

When you are a business owner or manager, there will always be hiccups along the way. While there will be slow times of the year, and there might also be times when an accident happens, or a disaster occurs. When these things happen, don’t you want to be as prepared as possible, so you can quickly get back on your feet?

SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties wants to help you do just that. We offer a FREE SERVICE to business owners, that will only cost them their time. One of our trained professionals will come to your business, and help you gather your most needed information, then compile it into an Emergency Ready Profile. When a disaster strikes, this folder will have all your information ready at your fingertips.

Contact Marketing Representative, Van Robarts, at 270-670-5118 to schedule your appointment today!

Fire Alarm Batteries

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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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!

#TeamElkins #Fire #Water

Let SERVPRO help you prepare for a diaster

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Does the business you own or work for have a plan of action for when a disaster strikes? Most businesses do not, which causes problems when there is a disaster. SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties is a 24/7 business. We respond 7 days a week and can take care of a variety of issues that can happen. In all of our calls, one thing that we see is that there is not always a plan for when something goes wrong. With 50% of businesses closing after damage to their building, it is important to be prepared to help minimize the damage created.

SERVPRO has a free Emergency Ready Program  where we come in your business and help gather information and photos for when a disaster hits. Having all of that information in one place can help you to react and get help on the way faster. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

IICRC Accredited Firm

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage IICRC Accredited Firm Patches earned by employees!

SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties has worked hard to be accredited as an IICRC Certified firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

About SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg, and Edmonson Counties

SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg, and Edmonson Counties 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

One of the rules be receive this certification is that at least one employee on every job site must be IICRC Certified. We strive to keep our employees up to date with trainings, and learning opportunities. If you visit our "Employees" tab on the website, you can see what certifications have been earned by which employees.

If you are experiencing a disaster and needs assistance, call the professionals at 270-875-4883.

The Most Dreaded Chore... Window Washing!

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Most Dreaded Chore... Window Washing! Before and after. Great for pet noses!

One of the hardest chores is cleaning windows, whether it be your home or business. Here is an easy way to clean them with only four household items:

-Bucket

-Microfiber Cloths

-Water

-Newspapers

  1. You take a damp, microfiber cloth and wipe down the entire window. It will have wet streaks once finished with the cloth.
  2. Then take a newspaper, crinkle it up into a ball, and rub the windows. This will soak up the leftover water, and make your windows shine!

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SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg, and Edmonson Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.

While this technique works well, if you have a lot of windows or cannot reach them all, call the professionals at 270-875-4883 to come clean them all for you!

Always Learning & Advancing!

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

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 Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties 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 Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties 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.

Call us today at 270-875-4886!

Our Story - Team Elkins

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

David Elkins, Owner of SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg & Edmonson Counties, 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 9 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

10 Helpful Hints to Avoid A Disaster

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Here are 10 helpful hints to help avoid damage to your home or place of business…

  1. Do not leave electronics on the floor. This includes, IPads, computers, DVD players, etc.

  2. Leave a 3 to 4 inch gap between the back of the washing machine and the wall to avoid kinking the hose near the valve connection. Replace your washing machine hose every 5 years.

  3. Pay attention to your water bill. A significant increase could indicate a leak.

  4. Make sure each resident in your home or place of business knows where the main shut-off is located.

  5. Have a professional roof inspection annually.

  6. Inspect your plumbing pipes on an annual basis for condensation or obvious leaks or corrosion.

  7. After flushing the toilet, remain in the area until the fill valve has finished refilling.

  8. Make sure your downspouts are directed 5 to 10 feet away from your house. Clean all build up of debris from downspouts 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 sediment. You can call in a licensed plumber to assist.

Be Aware of Hidden Water

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

When home or business owners experience a disaster to their property, often the first step is to start cleaning up the water with a towel, mop or even a shop vac. Although this is very common practice, what about the water you do not see? Just because there is no visible water, doesn’t mean that the area is considered dry. It is very important at this time to call on the professionals at SERVPRO® of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties to make sure your property is properly dried to prevent secondary damage to your flooring, furniture, or even the possible threat of mold growth. Our crews are available 24/7 to help in the event that something unexpected happens. We understand the importance of response time when it comes to water damage. 

24/7 Emergency Water Damage Services

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 24/7 Emergency Water Damage Services Water Soaked Carpet

SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – 270-875-4883

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties

SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties 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 SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Water Damage Spreads Quickly

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg, and Edmonson Counties provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. Team Elkins arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7- 270-875-4883
Within Minutes
• Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
• Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
• Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
• Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
• Drywall begins to swell and break down.
• Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
• Furniture begins to swell and crack.
• Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
• A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
• Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
• Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
• Metal begins to rust and corrode.
• Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
• Paint begins to blister.
• Wood flooring swells and warps.
• Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
• Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
• Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.


Team Elkins specializes in the restoration of water damage in commercial and residential properties. Our crew is highly trained and will do everything they can to restore your home to its original condition.

Water Removal Experts

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg, and Edmonson Counties have been ridding homes of water damage for a very long time, so we know how stressful it can be when you find your home flooded or with water damage. It is common practice for individuals with damage to attempt to clean it up themselves, but then smell a musky smell a few days later. Restoring water damage takes a certain science, which is why our crew is required to go through extensive training before they can repair your home or business. Our training gives us the knowledge and expertise to clean up your property before future damage has an opportunity to occur. Floods can happen at any point, so it's important to be prepared. We recommend that you save our number into your phone so you will be prepared in the case of an emergency! 270-875-4883!

IICRC-Water Damage Restoration Technician Certified

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification,  “Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.”

SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg, and Edmonson Counties believes in education and making sure our entire Staff is trained and obtains as much knowledge in our industry.  When a home or business experiences a major water loss from flooding, our IICRC-certified restorers will arrive with the knowledge and equipment to dry your home or business facility back to preloss conditions.  When water damage has been present for a long period time you increase the possibility of mold occurring. Our staff will carefully monitor the amount of water damage including substructure materials.  This monitoring is to minimize possible mold and prevent health issues. “All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.”

When water and flooding impact your home or place of business, call on the professionals to get the job done. 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.

Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg, and Edmonson Counties

Call Us Today: 270-875-4883

http://www.SERVPRObutlerhopkinsohiomuhlenbergedmonsoncounties.com/


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When you can't see where the water is hiding!

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

When home or business owners experience a disaster to their property, often the first step is to start cleaning up the water with a towel, mop or even a shop vac. Although this is very common practice, what about the water you do not see? Just because there is no visible water, doesn’t mean that the area is considered dry. It is very important at this time to call on the professionals at SERVPRO® of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg, and Taylor Counties to make sure your property is properly dried to prevent secondary damage to your flooring, furniture, or even the possible threat of mold growth.

Our crews are available 24/7 to help in the event that something unexpected happens. We understand the importance of response time when it comes to water damage. 

SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg, and Taylor Counties 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 SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today – 270-270-4883

Flooded Basement in Kansas City

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooded Basement in Kansas City 8 feet of flood water in basement

Shown are pictures of a home that flooded in the recent Kansas City flooding.  There was 8 feet of water in the basement.  Walls, baseboards, all the carpet, and contents were affected by the water damage. The homeowner was an elderly woman and wanted to go through everything before it was thrown out.  Our trained staff worked with her to go through the contents one by one.  She was able to recover lost items that she had thought were ruined and salvage many heirlooms feared lost forever.

Experiencing a major disaster like flooding is not something we deal with everyday.  Unfortunately this is not a ordinary or common service but thankfully SERVPRO is there when you need a company that can act quickly and handle the uncertainty and confusion that is presented to homeowners during a time like this.   This time is also very stressful and many times people have no idea where or who to turn to so poor decisions or no decisions are made which can cost the homeowner a variety of other problems such as financial or health related issues down the road.  Untreated category 3  flood water can lead to a variety of issues such as Mold.

We want every client treated with care and have every question answered while they are going through this very stressful time.  SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg, Edmonson Counties will work closely with the homeowner, insurance adjusters, and everyone that may be included in getting your home back  "Like it never even happened.”

If you find yourself in an emergency situation don’t hesitate to call us.  We are available 24/7, 365 days a year. 

Request Help today 270-875-4883