Since its inception in 1988, United Services has grown and evolved into one of the state’s most specialized disaster recovery specialists. Our company was one the original “restoration specialists.” The founders of our company started this business from a spare bedroom in their home. Quickly, the business grew. Within the first year, the company had its first real office, which was nothing more than a 900 square foot home off of Dorsett Rd in St. Louis. In the first year of our company, our real focus was new construction; however, that would change quickly.
In 1990, our company was approached by First General Services, a specialty franchise looking for contractors across the country to become a part of their growing restoration organization. With a small business loan limit of $60,000, it was a great leap of faith to join First General because it cost the company $40,000. It was our company goal to jump head first into this business and First General was giving us that opportunity. They helped train us in areas like smoke cleaning, smoke odor deodorization, water extraction, and mold remediation. All of these were areas that a typical contractor would have no idea how to handle. They also taught us to realize that just because a property has been damaged by a fire, water, or some other type of peril it may not be as bad as it looks.
After 5 years with First General, our President, along with several other First General Franchisees, left First General to form a new organization. They called it United Services. This was basically a small group of independent restoration contractors that would meet several times a year to share ideas on the restoration business and constantly challenged each other to be among the best restoration contractors in the country.
Today, our company has it home base in Earth City, MO. Our services have expanded from new construction to handling every aspect of a property damaged by some type of disaster like fire or water, anywhere in Southeast Missouri, Central Missouri, and the St Louis area.