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Pro-Active Cleaning Services

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Pro-Active Cleaning Services This pro-active school district tasked us with cleaning and disinfecting their locker rooms following a busy fall sports season.

The SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge certified technicians are employing the use of a hepa-vacuum and anti-bacterial cleaning agents in the locker room of this local school district. This pro-active district tasked us with this project as a precaution following a busy summer and fall sports season. As the old adage states "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
This project will address any bacterial viruses by cleaning and disinfecting the interior surfaces. These can often be spread through contact so the district thought it wise to preempt any such occurrences. Since SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge used a green product the district was assured of the safety of the students and staff.
As a specialty cleaning company, SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge has the trained personnel, proper equipment and the unique knowledge to help school district keep their students and teachers in a safe learning and working environment.
As a company, SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge thrives on being able to help our local Lackawanna County communities.

Specialty Drying

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Specialty Drying We created this drying chamber to help facilitate the drying process saving time and money for the business owner.

The below picture is the inside of a drying chamber we created at this skilled nursing facility in Scranton. They experienced a pipe break in the ceiling which caused extensive water damage throughout the building. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge was dispatched to mitigate the damage. Since the break occurred in the ceiling and sent water upwards, the attic and under roof needed to be dried to avoid potential mold issues. The ceiling void was large so this chamber helps isolate and direct specific areas to be concentrated on and dried. As you can see once the chamber is created, we employ the use of a dehumidifier to remove the excessive moisture, thus raising the temperature to help facilitate the drying process. By isolating the wet spots we can dry it quicker thus saving time and money. Speciality drying is just one reason, SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is the Lackawanna County's leader in smoke, fire and water damage cleanup and restoration.

The Power of Water

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Power of Water A burst pipe in the ceiling of this skilled nursing facility causing this void in the ceiling and extensive flooding.

This void in the ceiling was created by a pipe that burst. The pipe split down the seam in the middle of the night of this skilled living facility in Scranton. The force of the water caused the ceiling to collapse as well as flood the interior of the facility.
Water is an amazing phenomenon with its force and power. As the old adage states, it finds its lowest level and travels along the path of least resistance. Until it is stopped and/or impeded it will continue to flow and without proper extraction and dehumidification will cause extensive damage.
Restoration companies like SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge are utilized by commercial facilities and insurance companies to properly dry and reduce secondary damage. The goal is always to return the facility back to a healthy working and living environment.
In this incidence, SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge was on site within two hours of the break and worked throughout the night to ensure the safety of the occupants as well as to reduce the business interruption. We were able help keep them open.

The Phenomenon of Puff Backs

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Phenomenon of Puff Backs Soot webs are a sign of a puff back. The soot rises and creates these web like situations in the corners of the structure.

A puff back is the term used to describe when your furnace malfunctions and spews soot throughout your home or business. The furnace does not ignite properly and causes a mini explosion within the heating system. Instead of heating the water into steam, it takes the byproduct (oil, gas or coal) and forces it outwards. The soot spews through the heating sources (i.e. baseboards or radiators). Needless to say, puff backs can cause thousands of dollars in damage because the entire structure as well as its contents, get affected. Soot particles are literally on everything. These are messy jobs. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge has the specialized training and equipment to professional clean and deodorize your home or business. We have the resources to address both the structure and contents including fibers like furniture and clothing. Each puff back is unique and requires a unique solution. A oil based puff back does not get cleaned the same way as a gas based. And unless you understand the difference and have the tools and products to clean them, the possibility of secondary damage is great. For this reason always call a professional mitigation company to address your puff back situation. SERVPRO of Carbondale / Clarks Summit / Old Forge is strategically located to respond quickly to your puff back disaster. We proudly serve the Lackawanna County area on a 24/7/365 basis. Call us at (570) 235-1646.

Sewer Backup Cleaning

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Sewer Backup Cleaning Sewer backup in this home in Scranton. Dirty water has the potential to cause health issues and should always be addressed by professionals.

Sewer backups within homes and businesses are unfortunately not uncommon. Whether it be a grinder pump, a clog or a drainage issue, they cause lots of damage. When you factor in personal contents these claims can be thousands of dollars. And we did not even mention the potential odor issues. Phew!

Northeastern Pa. with an older sewer system frequently has issues and SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge has the specialized training and equipment to safely mitigate and restore the affected properties.

Sewerage is classified as a category (3) three water, meaning it has the potential to cause health issues under the right conditions. Dirty water also has the potential to produce harmful mold if not cleaned up properly. Therefore it is recommended that a professional cleanup be utilized. Most times the issue is greater than just the cleaning of the water. Affected contents, walls and flooring must also be addressed. Full personal protective equipment should always be worn. Deodorization, disinfection and an antimicrobial application should also be utilized to ensure long-term safety.

Be cautious. Be safe. Sewerage is a dangerous substance and needs to be treated as such. Call the professionals for piece of mind.

SERVPRO and Our Floor Care Capability

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning SERVPRO and Our Floor Care Capability The finished result from a recent VCT strip and wax as part as an overall office cleaning and floor care project.

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Carbondale / Clarks Summit / Old Forge for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge has the necessary experience, equipment and labor force to professionally spruce up your office or commercial space.  Currently we offer commercial carpet cleaning using our hot water extraction to give your office that clean and refreshed look, feel and smell. We can strip and wax your VCT tile making it once again presentable for your customers. using our SERVPRO brand grout and tile cleaner our restoration technicians will make any entrance way or conference room like new.

So when you don't have the time, staff or wherewithal, call us and let our trained workforce re-new your building appearance. We can offer preventive maintenance programs for all your floor care needs as well as after hour pricing.

We help make it "Like it never even happened."

Pigeon Guano Clean Up.

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Pigeon Guano Clean Up. Pigeon guano is considered an environmental hazard due to the potential health risk associated with it.

This commercial property in Jenkins Twp, sat idle for a period time following a fire. Due to the inactivity it became a haven for pigeons. Like the old saying goes, "An idle property is the pigeons playground."

Now that the property is up for sale and a potential buyer was located, SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge was employed to clean this property and ultimately to make it safe.

Pigeon guano is considered an environmental hazard due to the possible health consequences it brings. The more guano, the bigger the risk. Because of this fact, a professional cleaning company like SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge should be employed. With our specialized training and equipment we are able to return the environment to a safe status and allow a potential sale to move forward.

As a full-service restoration company, SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is able to safely clean environmental hazards like pigeon guano in a safe way and thus return the living environment back to usable.

Dryer Duct Cleaning-Preventive Maintenance Programs

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services Dryer Duct Cleaning-Preventive Maintenance Programs Lint build up in dryer ducts like this become a fire hazard.

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge recently completed this dryer duct cleaning in the city of Scranton. Dirty and clogged dryer ducts are a leading cause of both home and commercial properties fires. When lint clogs the duct, heat will build and could result in a disaster.

At SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge we offer preventive maintenance programs for commercial properties owners as a way to avoid these disasters. A regular scheduled cleaning/unclogging of the dryer ducts will reduce the dangers of overheating as well as increase the dryer efficiency saving both time and money.

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is the premier specialty cleaning company in the Lackawanna County area. Call us today for a free review of your preventive maintenance plans. We offer both dryer duct and air duct cleaning programs tailored to fit your organization's needs. Don't risk a catastrophe and have your ducts professionally cleaned.

Dryer Duct Safety Tips

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Dryer Duct Safety Tips Dryer duct fires are a leading cause of both home and commercial fires.

DRYER SAFETY TIPS

The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires is failure to clean them.

Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
Keep dryers in good working order. A professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks should inspect gas dryers.
Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre premier smoke, fire and water cleanup and Restoration Company. Due to the number of fires we mitigate and repair on a yearly basis, we now offer preventive maintenance programs for commercial properties owners for dryer duct cleaning. While disasters will occur, preparedness is the key and with proper maintenance. We can help owners and mangers become safe. #BeSERVPROSafe.  

Dryer Fires- a leading Cause

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them.

Some tips to prevent dryer fires:
Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.

Once a year, or if you notice that it's taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.

Gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.

Don't overload your dryer.

Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.

Unfortunately these things happen sometimes. If a dryer fire does happen to your home or business, call the professionals to clean and restore for you. We service Lackawanna County for any of your smoke, fire and water restoration and cleanup needs. 

If your Lackawanna County home or business is affected by a dryer fire, call us at (570) 235-1646. We are available 24/7 for your dryer fire emergency.

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