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Soot Cleanup-Carbondale, Pa

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot Cleanup-Carbondale, Pa A basket of muffins was left on a stove top and caught fire in the home in Carbondale.

Accidents happen! That why we all purchase insurance. When a basket of home made muffins was left on a stove top oven, the result was this kitchen fire in Carbondale. The homeowners were working and luckily, the neighbors heard the smoke detectors and were able to extinguish the fire before it spread and caused further damage. 

The homeowners insurance company called SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge to help return the property back to pre-fire condition. In this instance, the fire was relatively small but because it was not caught immediately the entire home suffered smoke damage. Restoration companies are called due to their skill in removing soot and odor from every nook and cranny of the home.

Cleaning a smoke damaged home requires specialized training, materials and equipment to properly restore the home and therefore insurance companies entrust restoration companies like SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge. If your home experiences a smoky kitchen fire like this one, call a professional restoration like SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge and let us help you make it "Like it never even happened".

Commercial Cleaning Services

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning Services A high ceiling cleaning for a local plastic manufacturing company.

As a specialty cleaning company, SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge has the experience and expertise to handle all sorts of cleaning projects. Whether it be a small smokey kitchen fire to a high ceiling clean for a large manufacturing, we can help make it "Like it never even happened".

As trained fire restoration technicians, our team is trained in the intrigues of cleaning. That means literally using the appropriate cleaning agents and equipment for each type of job. If we can clean a fire damage building we can certainly clean an office building or a manufacturing facility.

Many manufacturing facilities just do not have the manpower to handle either a high ceiling cleaning or a top/down terminal clean of the actual building. This is where SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge can be an asset. Our team will work unconventional hours as to not disrupt the flow of production and has the additional manpower to complete the project in a timely manner.

So whether it be your office or your production floor, SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge can clean it. If you don't want to or can't clean it-we will.

Preventive Maintenance Program-Dryer Duct Cleaning

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services Preventive Maintenance Program-Dryer Duct Cleaning Without proper maintenance, the dryer ducts can become clogged with lint and pose a fire hazard.

Dryer fires remain a leading cause of all fires and not properly maintaining them is a big factor. When lint builds up in the exhaust duct system, it could cause the dryer to overheat and ignite a fire. This is true for both residential and commercial properties. In most instances, the residential ducts are shorter and with a simple shop vac can easily be cleaned. Commercial properties like hotels, nursing homes and apartment complexes can have a longer and more intrigue duct system and may require a company like SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge to clean them. While the dryers in commercial properties are industrial by nature, they certainly are used more frequently leading to a greater need for a preventive maintenance program. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge can offer a quarterly, semi-annually or annual cleaning of the dryer duct system by our certified HVAC technician. Better to be safe than sorry. Call us for a free estimate for your preventive maintenance program and ensure your dryer ducts are properly maintained. We are proud to serve our local Lackawanna County communities.

HVAC Duct Cleaning

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

General HVAC Duct Cleaning This is an inside of a HVAC duct line we recently cleaned. The dust and debris is being circulated throughout the structure.

As spring slowly comes, it is time to begin thinking about servicing your HVAC system. While we may not yet believe it due to the extended winter, the time will come when it's needed. Servicing the system ahead of time is a way to ensure that it is working properly when it's needed.
An often overlooked part of the HVAC system is the duct work. These need servicing (i.e. cleaning) periodically as well. If your ducts have not been cleaned in awhile, they could be compromising your indoor air quality. Factors such as pets, cigarette smoke or mold issue could affect the air your breath.
SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge has a certified HVAC technician who can inspect your duct work and determine if a cleaning is beneficial. We use a portable system of whips and brushes to clean the totality of the lines while placing the system under negative pressure. The dust and debris are sent through a hepa filter into a vacuum. We can also seal and deodorize the system.
If your duct work has been left unattended give SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge a call. We offer free estimates and will work non-traditional hours to reduce your business interruption. How is your indoor air quality?

Crime Scene Suicide and Biohazard Cleanups

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Crime Scene Suicide and Biohazard Cleanups When cleaning bio-hazardous situations full personal protective equipment (PPE) is a must.

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is known for our cleanup and restoration of smoke, fire and water disasters. And we certainly do that and do it well. I often use the term "specialty cleaning" when describing what we do simply because we do more than just smoke, fire and water.
This week we received a telephone call from our local police department regarding a "specialty" cleaning project which they did not want to address. A person they arrested who was suspected of having some dangerous diseases, bled in the police car as well as a holding cell. Its situations just like this where companies like SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge can help. We have the trained workforce and specialized equipment to safely clean these potentially dangerous situations.
Crime scene, suicide and biohazard cleanups are just another facet of our cleaning capabilities. We continue to partner with local and state police departments as well as first responders in providing a service most don't want to or simply cant handle. 

If you can't clean it, we will!

Sewer Backups - A Common Occurenance

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Sewer Backups - A Common Occurenance Full personal protection equipment (PPE) should always be worn when dealing with a biohazard situation like a sewer backup.

Lackawanna County infrastructure is old. The sewer system fails which causes backups into homes and businesses. This unfortunately is a reality and occurs often. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge has the training and equipment required to safely mitigate, clean and repair sewage damaged basements.

Sewage water is classified as category 3 water which means there are potential health effects to it and thusly should always be cleaned by a professional cleaning company. If not done properly the secondary effects could be dangerous mold and health problems for the occupants.

Odor is another big issue wirth sewer backups and without the problem equipment could cause a serious disruption to your home or business. Cleanup is the first step but address the air quality is also a function of a proper remediation.

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is a full service specialty cleaning company with the capability to remediate any size sewage backup.

Post Construction Cleaning

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services Post Construction Cleaning A recent post construction clean we completed for a Scranton hotel. We were able to meet their quick turnaround time and high standards of quality.

As a specialty cleaning company, SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge offers post construction cleaning. Many times contractors either do not have the time or resources to successfully clean once the project is completed. That's where we come in. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge has the trained personnel and specialized cleaning products to ensure that the finished project is finished. Hiring a company like SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge serves several purposes. 1. We have the personnel available to meet short turn around times. We stay unit we are done. 2. If we can clean smoke and soot from a fire damaged home, best be sure we can clean following a construction project. 3. We have the specialized materials and equipment to handle any size cleanup. If your home or business is in the midst of a construction project and need a final cleaning call the cleaning professional at SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge. We are proud to serve our local Lackawanna county communities.

Air Quality Testing

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Air Quality Testing Our certified mold tester, Mike Chrzan setting up for an air quality test at this property in Scranton.

The only definitive way to ascertain whether a mold issue is occurring is by conducting testing. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge employs a certified mold tester to better service our customers.

There are several different types of test which a professional remediation company can conduct. As a company we employ the use of the following two.

Air Quality testing: By testing the air quality and comparing the spore counts between the area in question and a controlled sample from outside, we are able to determine if an issue is occurring as well as the type of mold present and spores counts of each strain. Once we have a beginning spore count we are then able to begin the remediation process. A post test will determine whether the air is now clean.

Tape Samples: Tape sampling is used when obvious discoloration is seen. This method will allow the remediation professional to ascertain the type of spores present. This method is helpful in determining the difference between mold and mildew.

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is the leading mold remediation company in Lackawanna County. By offering both testing and remediation we are a one stop call. We are proud to serve our local Lackawanna County community.

Large Scale Water Damage

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Large Scale Water Damage This commercial property was not maintained and suffered several pipe breaks resulting from this extreme cold temperatures. No job is too big for us.

This extreme cold weather pattern continues to wreak havoc upon northeastern Pa. Picture above is a commercial property whose sprinkler system froze and burst causing a tremendous amount of damage. The property owner failed to maintain heat in the building which resulted in several pipe breaks. Since the building was idol the water continues to flow for hours before it began to inundate the structure. The entire building experienced water damage and the basement filled with approximately 5 ft of water. The damage is extensive and since the property was not properly maintained, insurance will not cover it. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge was called by the city to address the property. Large scale water disasters are SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forges specialty. We have the trained employees and specialized equipment to handle the job. We are able to utilize other SERVPRO franchisees or our corporate disaster response team. No job is too big.

Bombogenesis

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Bombogenesis If this happens to you, call us.

BOMBOGENESIS:

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is in the midst of addressing the prevalence of burst pipes throughout Northeastern Pa. Unfortunately this extreme weather pattern will continue for the next few days exasperating the problem. When this extreme weather pattern changes early next week, we will see a increase in the number of burst pipes. It’s not the freeze but the thaw that causes the disaster.

It is possible that we are unaware of any frozen pipes until it is too late. Whether it be a dishwasher, an infrequent used bathroom or a washing machine, sometimes we are unaware. As proactive as we may be, sometimes things happen and SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is here for those times.

We are available 24/7 to respond to any water disaster resulting from this storm. We have the experienced water restoration technicians and specialized equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened”. We are proud to serve our local Lackawanna county community.