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Hoarding House is a Biohazard Concern

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Hoarding House is a Biohazard Concern Hoarding house in Moosic, Pa which we were tasked to clean and decontaminate.

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

Sewage backups
Crime scene residues
Suicide/death accidents
Homicide cleanups
Blood cleanup
Accident cleanup
Hoarding scenes
Animal waste/remains
Chemical spills
Tear gas cleanup
Meth lab cleanup

Emergency Services Following a Tornado

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Emergency Services Following a Tornado Tarping of a residential roof and boarding up of damaged windows of this home in Dunmore.

Following a recent rare tornado which blew threw Northeastern Pa., we were called by the insurance company to provide emergency services to their insureds. Two of the services we provided were the tarping of roofs and boarding up windows and doors. These services reduce secondary damage and act as an extra measure of security. This home in Dunmore was directly affected by the 120mph winds which severely damaged both the roof and windows.

(CNN) Mold Linked to 5 Deaths at Pittsburgh Hospital

1/30/2017 (Permalink)

(CNN)Heavy mold growth was found in the linens used at two University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals where five mold-infection-related deaths occurred since October 2014, according to a report.

The report, which the medical center received in May 2016, was filed January 19, 2017 with the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in two wrongful-death lawsuits brought against the hospital system by the families of the deceased.

Commercial Water Damage

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Servpro CCSOF drying a large commercial structure in Scranton, Pa. A sprinkler head let go causing this damage.

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need 24/7/365 at (570) 235-1646

SERVPRO of Carbondale / Clarks Summit / Old Forge has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

This church in Scranton, PA had a sprinkler head let go which caused flooding to the property. SERVPRO was called in by the insurance company to dry and restore the property. We were on-site within an hour thus limiting the secondary damage. We are #SERVPROReady.

Dryer Fires

11/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dryer Fires Dryer duct clogged with lint. Cleaning the ducts as well as the trap reduces fire risks

Did you know dryer lint is one of the leading causes of dryer failure and house fires? "How is this possible if you are clearing the lint from the filter between uses," might be a question you're asking. That is a great practice to follow, but by no means the only maintenance you can perform to keep your drying running smoothly. We are in the habit of making sure your home remains a safe haven for you and your family, especially concerning fire, as our recent campaign with the American Red Cross attests. So here are a few tips and reasons to go the extra mile when cleaning your dryer.

Yes, removing the lint from your dryer between uses is a great place to start. But did you know fabric softener can affect the usefulness of your lint filter? The next time you finish a load of laundry, remove the lint filter and clean it as you normally would. Next, run water over the filter and see if the water pools. If it does, your filter runs the risk of still clogging despite your efforts. It is an easy enough fix though so don't fret. Use a brush and warm soapy water and gently clean the filter. Try the water technique again until the water runs unimpeded. You are already much safer when running your dryer so congratulations!

Next, unplug your dryer and disconnect the vent hose / line from the dryer. This is where the majority of fires begin - in the exhaust duct. The buildup is usually higher in flexible hoses because of the potential for excess lint to get caught in the ridges. If you can switch from a flexible duct to rigid, we highly recommend you do. Your dryer and home will thank you! Depending on how often you run the dryer, we recommend cleaning at least once a year, but have clients who clean it every season. You can measure your needs based on how much lint you find when you clean, but back to the cleaning! Take your extendable brush and gently extend it into the vent and brush the lint back towards you - pushing it further just makes it harder to reach!

Ensuring the ducts are clean and clear of obstruction is an important step and checking the dryer drum is as well. This one requires a bit more DIY so if you are not comfortable, please call a licensed handyman. Removing the top or front from the dryer (based on where the lint filter is) requires removing a few screws. Once the panel is removed, you can brush and vacuum the drum, being careful around sensitive electrical parts. Make sure to get the lint under, around and behind the unit after cleaning.



Fungi-A By Product of an Untreated Water Disaster

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Fungi-A By Product of an Untreated Water Disaster Fungi growing inside a room at a commercial structure in Scranton, Pa.

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge was recently called to this commercial structure for a mold remediation project. The building had experienced internal flooding from a leaking foundation which was left untreated since the room was unoccupied.
Upon arrival SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge discovered not only a prevalence of mold growing on the walls but also this fungi growing on the carpet. The wet, warm and dark environment were a perfect growing environment for the fungus to thrive.
When your home or business needs to be restored following a smoke, fire or water disaster, SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is available 24/7/365 to "Help make it like it never even happened". Call us at (570) 235-1646 proudly serving Scranton and the Lackawanna County area.

Commercial and Manufacturing Cleaning

11/10/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services Commercial and Manufacturing Cleaning Manufacturing cleaning at a facility in Archbald, Pa.

Commercial and industrial cleaning are just two more services that SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge provide. Using our trained technicians and specialized equipment we are able to provide a top down terminal clean to any facility.
SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is Lackawanna Counties premier specialty cleaning company. From carpets to catastrophes, we do it all. If your plant or manufacturing facility requires a specilized cleaning company, call us at (570) 235-1646.

Puff Backs

11/7/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Puff Backs Soot on the walls of a home in Scranton, Pa after a puff back.
What is a Puff Back?

The term furnace "Puff Back" refers to the sudden expulsion of soot into the dwelling area caused by a malfunction in the heating system. The soot from a puff back is a sticky, greasy, grimy mess second to none. And, it can present a severe health hazard in the place that's supposed to be a haven - your home. All those minuscule, oil based particles embed themselves in curtains, carpets, and clothing while contaminating the air with known carcinogens. Running a vacuum over it only grinds the soot deeper and creates stains that will never come out. 
How Can I Know if I Had a Puff Back?

The soot and other debris from the explosion can easily be carried throughout a home by the exhaust and heating systems. This means that potentially every room of a house can be damaged. Puff Backs are characterized by the oily black soot left behind, often appearing like spider webs.  Wiping the soot from walls and ceilings creates a place where paint will no longer stick. And, unless the soot is quickly and professionally removed, it can cause corrosion of metals on doorknobs, faucets, and even electronic  equipment throughout the home.  Because every inch of the home is affected, a puff back is an overwhelming job to clean properly.

Creative Drying

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Creative Drying Tenting a hardwood floor in order to extract the moisture and save the integrity of the room. Creative drying is our specialty.

A recent upstairs bathroom water leak compromised this beautiful hardwood floor at a home in Scranton, Pa. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge created a floor drying system in order to save the hardwood. By tenting the floor we are able to extract the moisture from the wood by using air movers and dehumidifiers. Repairing/saving instead of replacing damaged flooring not only saves money but also the integrity of the home.
If your home or business experiences water damage which requires professional mitigation, call the Scranton areas leader in smoke, fire and water cleanup. Creative drying is just one reason to call us at (570) 235-1646.

Geo. Bancroft Elementary School

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge along with its partners at SERVPRO of Hanover Twp and SERVPRO of Upper Bucks were able to pull resources, equipment and expertise, to clean the George Bancroft Elementary school which had shown a high level of microbial readings. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge along with its partners, within a weekends time, were able to return the school to a healthy teaching and learning environment for for both students and teachers. This is the second school within the Scranton School District which  was able to clean. In both cases the schools were cleaned over a two day weekend with operations returning to normal on the following Tuesday. It truly takes a team effort to accomplish a tasks of this size in a short period of time. If your business is experiencing a high level of microbial readings, call the air quality specialist at SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge at (570 )235--1646. No job is too big for