First Pick DKI Sponsors Youth Soccer Team

October 17, 2014 – (Elk Grove Village, IL, October 17, 2014) – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that DKI Franchise Member Company, First Pick Builders, Inc. of Lakeport, CA is proudly sponsoring a local youth soccer team.

First Pick Builders is proud to sponsor and coach the 2014 Konocti Youth Soccer League. This year’s team consists of girls ages 10 to 12 and are happily named the Lakeport Squirrels.

Dean & Cheryl Pick proudly represent youth sports in an effort to better their community through teamwork, perseverance and excellence. Their hope is that these young girls will grow and become strong, active women in their Lake County area community.

While Dean is the head coach, his wife Cheryl serves on the Board of Directors for KYSL.

“We are honored in being part of the sports program and enjoy each of these young girls. The parents are wonderful and supportive, and it shows in each of them as they grow into young ladies. Thank you to all those who help support our youth programs.”

First Pick Builders, Inc. encourages you to be the change you want to see in your community.


About First Pick Builders, Inc.

First Pick Builders, Inc. provides quality remodeling and restoration service to Lake County, California. We handle Fire Damage Repair, Water Damage Repair, Mold Removal, & Storm Damage Repair. First Pick Builders is your “one-stop-shop” for all of your construction, restoration, mitigation & cleaning needs. For more information about First Pick Builders, Inc., visit www.firstpickbuilders.com.

About DKI

DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI Franchise Member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit our website at www.dkiservices.com or contact Jessica Nielsen at (630) 350-3000.

Quality Cleaning & Restoration Joins DKI

October 17, 2014 – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that Quality Cleaning & Restoration of Greenfield, Mass has joined the DKI network.

By virtue of its DKI Franchise Member, Quality Cleaning & Restoration can employ DKI’s 24-hour call center, its DIAMOND claims tracking technology, and other tools to enhance its ability to serve its insurance and corporate customers. Quality Cleaning & Restoration also gains access to DKI’s training seminars and workshops, which ensure that it remains abreast of all changes in this rapidly evolving industry.

“We are delighted to welcome Quality Cleaning & Restoration into the rapidly growing DKI network,” stated Dan Cassara, DKI’s president. “[company]’s commitment to quick response, superior workmanship and outstanding customer service reaffirms DKI’s position in the marketplace as The Source for Quality Restoration. We look forward to a long and rewarding association.”

Quality Cleaning & Restoration President, Yelena Agapov, is pleased that the company is a part of the DKI network, giving them the opportunity to work in partnership with other quality firms. The DKI network will allow Quality Cleaning & Restoration to expand their scope of service, introduce them to new markets and ensure the company’s success long into the future.

In addition to the benefits of DKI’s technology and training capabilities, Quality Cleaning & Restoration will also be able to utilize the DKI branding in its marketing efforts, participate in its various co-op programs, and leverage DKI’s corporate marketing efforts.


About DKI DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI Franchise Member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit our website at www.dkiservices.com or contact Jessica Nielsen at (630) 350-3000.

How to Prevent that Spark

Oct 13, 2014

By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC

So far this month, we have covered which items to have around your office or building, having an evacuation plan, and how to use one of the main tools to combat a small fire – the fire extinguisher.

Here are some everyday tips to prevent an office fire:

Tidy up

Throw away all waste papers, trash and other combustible items. Do not leave these loose on your desk, where they can add fuel to a fire.

In addition, organize your supplies and papers to properly be filed or stored, so as to not contribute to clutter blocking doorways and escape routes.

Check your circuits

Ensure cords are not out in the open to easily be stepped on, vacuumed over, or caught on something that may damage or deteriorate the outside coating. Replace all faulty or stripped cords.

Also, be sure to limit the number of plugs in your outlets. If you notice that appliances are not working properly, you may have overloaded the circuit, which could cause a fire. Electrical fires are very common in homes and workplaces.

Turn it off

Not just to reduce electricity costs, but to prevent fires, ensure every appliance is turned off before you leave the office. Most appliances are not meant to be unattended for long periods of time, and can overheat. Even some appliances, such as computers, copy machines and coffee makers quickly overheat and must be monitored and maintained.

In the case a fire does occur, call DKI for all of your repair needs.  DKI contractors are available nationwide 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

DKI Commercial Solutions Connects Clients With Resources in Response to Ebola

October 13, 2014 – (ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill., Oct. 13, 2014) – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, announced that it is available to connect clients with the resources to support their needs and concerns related to Ebola and hazardous waste disposal.

For more information, please contact Bill Robinson, VP of Operations, at [email protected]


About DKI

DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America.  DKI’s Franchise Member companies provide full-service restoration to their customers, including emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers.  For more information about DKI, visit our website at www.dkicommercial.com or call our toll-free line (800) 567-8047.

Remember the PASSword!

Oct 7, 2014

By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC

Most people are familiar with the fire extinguisher, but some don’t have any idea how to use one.

You should always have a Type A fire extinguisher at home and at your place of work. Type A is used for the most common type of fires – wood, paper, fabrics, plastics, cardboard, rubber, etc.6

Knowing how to use one is very important, since accidents do happen.

Just remember the PASS word:

P: Pull the pin. This will break the seal so you may use the extinguisher.

A: Aim it at the base of the fire. If you aim at the flames, it will go right through the fire.

S: Squeeze the top handle or lever. This depresses a button that releases the pressurized extinguishing agent in the extinguisher.

S: Sweep from side to side. Start from a safe distance away from the fire, then move forward, and continue to spray until the fire is completely out.

DKI Member Company Decorated for Industry Performance and Excellence

October 6, 2014 – First Priority DKI Proud Recipient of Coveted CCC “Golden Hammer” Award

DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that First Priority DKI, of South Elgin, IL was presented with a Golden Hammer Award at the 2014 Contractor Connection Conference & Expo in New Orleans.

Contractor Connection is the largest, fully independent network of managed restoration and contractor repairs for insurance companies and consumers. The Contractor Connection network has the best construction, building repair, and remodeling contractors in the U.S. and Canada.

The Golden Hammer is presented to the contractors ranking in the top 100 of more than 4,000 contractors in the U.S. and Canada.  This special recognition is awarded based on strict performance criteria and overall quality of service and professionalism.

Rob Bradley, Construction Estimator for First Priority DKI said, “It was a total team effort.  All of us at First Priority DKI share in the recognition of this award.”

We at First Priority graciously acknowledge this as a team effort; but undeniably, this award could not have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of Construction Estimator, Rob Bradley, who oversees our CCC program.


About First Priority DKI
First Priority DKI is located in South Elgin, IL and has been providing full-service restoration to the greater Chicagoland area since 1981.  We are customer focused, providing quality without question and strive to maintain a company culture and standard for exceeding expectations. For more information about First Priority DKI, visitwww.firstprioritydrs.com.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI Franchise Member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit our website at www.dkiservices.com or contact Jessica Nielsen at (630) 350-3000.

Stop, Drop And Roll…What Else is There to Know?

Oct 1, 2014

By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC

In the case of a fire at work, be aware of your surroundings. Ensure you know the location of each of the following fire alarms:

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Designate a group of safety wardens and hold routine fire drills. This number will vary due to office and building size. If you’re a small company, one to two safety wardens is sufficient, but you may need one to two per department for larger offices. Each employee should know the office’s evacuation plan, as well as be aware of alternative exit routes.

DKI CIO of IT Patrick Phillips Speaks About Why We Underutilize Human Potential

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(ELK GROVE, Ill., Oct. 1, 2014) – Patrick Phillips, CIO of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration organization, spoke today at the Northeast Lean Institute in Springfield Mass. about the greatest waste of corporations – underutilizing people’s talents, skills and knowledge.

Phillips stressed the importance of applying LEAN (Lead, Enable and Nurture) principles within an organization to drive creativity, innovation and reduce the effect on a business’ economical costs.

He argued, “Turf wars, politics, red tape, budget nepotism, envy, ego, greed, cronyism, short-term thinking, and rapid changes [in strategic direction for no apparent reason] must be removed from the culture and replaced with the fuel, the tools, the resources, and the attitudes that drive the innovative process.”

With 16 years experience in LEAN principle research, Phillips has built a framework of how these principles can enable IT to stay relevant throughout the continued evolution of cultures of innovation.

He presented this structure at the conference and delved into how organizations can create a growing awareness around knowledge management through mutual respect by representing a purpose, process and people.

Phillips reasoned that “With a LEAN perspective in mind of purpose, process and people, what remains is to put them together in a creative combination.”


About DKI

DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America.  DKI Franchise Member companies provide full service restoration to their customers, including: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers.  For more information about DKI, visit our website at www.dkiservices.com or contact Jessica Nielsen at (630) 350-3000.

DKI Ranks #2 on Qualified Remodeler Magazine Top 500 List

September 23, 2014 – (Elk Grove Village, Ill., Sept. 23, 2014) – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, announced that it claimed the #2 ranking on Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Top 500 List for 2014, in addition to being ranked #1 in the state of Illinois.

Founded by Qualified Remodeler Magazine more than 30 years ago, the Top 500 List has become a tradition in the remodeling industry.  The list is a comprehensive look at the largest and most accomplished remodeling firms throughout the nation.

“DKI prides itself on providing exceptional customer service and building long-lasting relationships with our customers,” stated Dan Cassara, President & CEO of DKI.  “We’re extremely pleased DKI has once again, ranked highly on the Top 500 and continues to exemplify outstanding service and continued growth in the restoration industry.”

With this year being the 37th year that Qualified Remodeler Magazine compiled the Top 500 ranking, it is currently the longest established recognition program in the remodeling industry.


About DKI

Headquartered in Chicago, DKI is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI has been providing full-service restoration to customers since 1974 and has returned damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers across the U.S. and Canada.  With over 400 service locations and over $1B in system-wide revenue, DKI is committed to providing services such as disaster response planning, emergency response services, and much more.  DKI is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information about DKI, visit our website at www.disasterkleenup.com or contact Mary Smith at (630) 350-3000.

Xpert Restoration Services, LLC Renews as Franchise Member with DKI

September 22, 2014 – (Elk Grove Village, IL, September 22, 2014) – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that Xpert Restoration Services, LLC of Bossier City, LA has renewed its Franchise Member with the DKI network.

By continuing its DKI Franchise Member, Xpert Restoration Services, LLC will continue to utilize DKI’s 24 hour call center, its DIAMOND® claims tracking technology, and other tools to enhance its ability to serve its insurance and corporate customers. Xpert Restoration Services, LLC also gains access to DKI’s training seminars and workshops to ensure they remain abreast of all changes in this rapidly evolving industry.

“We are delighted that Xpert Restoration Services, LLC will continue to be a part of the rapidly growing DKI network,” Dan Cassara, DKI’s president.  “Xpert Restoration Services, LLC’s commitment to quick response, superior workmanship and outstanding customer service reaffirms DKI’s position in the marketplace as The Source for Quality Restoration.  We look forward to continuing our rewarding association with Xpert Restoration Services, LLC.

Company owner, Mike Fletcher, is pleased Xpert Restoration Services, LLC meets DKI’s high standards for continued Franchise Member, as DKI has always stood for excellence in the industry.  The opportunity to work in partnership with other quality firms in the DKI network has allowed Xpert Restoration Services, LLC to expand its scope of services, introduced it to new markets and has helped ensure its continued success.

In addition to being able to use DKI’s technology and training capabilities, Xpert Restoration Services, LLC can also continue using the DKI branding in its marketing efforts, participate in its various co-op programs, and leverage DKI’s corporate marketing efforts.


About DKI DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America.  DKI Franchise Member companies provide full service restoration to its customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers.  For more information about DKI, visit our website at www.dkiservices.com or contact Jessica Nielsen at (630) 350-3000.