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Rain Rain Go Away

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Rain Rain Go Away Heavy thunderstorm have lead to flash flooding and flooded basements throughout Northeastern Pa.

Northeastern Pennsylvania has experienced what seems like several weeks of rainy days. From a consistent light rain to violent thunderstorm leading to flash flooding, SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is extremely busy helping home and business owners making it "Like it never even happened".

These storms have wreaked havoc in the region overwhelming sump pumps, backing up sewer systems and leading to flooded basements. Most times a homeowners insurance policy will NOT cover outside water in leading to thousands of dollars of out of pocket expenses and the secondary damage as a result of improper cleanup is yet untold.  If your basement does take water install a sump pump. And with sump pump purchased the sump pump failure rider on your homeowners policy as a  safeguard to situations like this.

Another tip to protect your property is to add the sewer and drain backup to your policy as well. While normally there is a limit, all category 3 water (sewage), should be professionally cleanup which is not inexpensive. As I have written before, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" a it's always better to be safe than sorry.

Hoarding- A Psychiatric Disorder

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Hoarding- A Psychiatric Disorder This hoarding home in Clarks Summit had a biohazard component and required a professional restoration company.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, "People with hoarding disorder excessively save items that others may view as worthless. They have persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions, leading to clutter that disrupts their ability to use their living or work spaces." SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge has the training and specialized equipment to address any size hoarding situations. A hoarding home can be compounded and become dangerous when a biohazard element is present. Many times animal feces or human waste are a component. In these incidences it is imperative that a professional cleaning company like SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge be called. We can clean the home and restore it to a safe and healthy living environment. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is proud to serve our local Lackawanna County communities.

Toilet Supply Line-A Common Cause of Water Disasters

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Toilet Supply Line-A Common Cause of Water Disasters Broken toilet supply line caused a three floor flood at this Clarks Summit home.

Pictured is a broken toilet supply line. Unfortunately this part is a common cause of many residential water disasters. The disaster becomes worse when the homeowners are not home and the water continues to flow unabated from top down. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge was recently called by the homeowners insurance company to a home in Clarks Summit which had three floors damaged by this exact scenario. This seemingly harmless part which most do not even think about caused thousands of dollars in damage. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge water restoration professionals were able to begin the mitigation process and help reduce any secondary damage. Call us for all your water disasters. We are proud to serve our local Lackawanna County communities. 

Flash Flooding

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flash Flooding Flash flooding caused the Scranton basement to flood.

Flash flood: A flood caused by heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time, generally less than 6 hours. Flash floods are usually characterized by raging torrents after heavy rains that rip through river beds, urban streets, or mountain canyons sweeping everything before them. They can occur within minutes or a few hours of excessive rainfall. Last night parts of Lackawanna County again experienced heavy rains that caused flood like conditions. If your basement in your home or business suffered water damage either from the excessive water or from a sewer or drain back-up, SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge can help. Any external water has the capability to include harmful components and it is recommended that it should be professionally dried and treated. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge has the trained technicians to ensure that your home or business is returned to a safe and healthy living and working environment. We are the Scranton areas leader in flood damage restoration and are available 24/7 at (570) 235-1646.

Wide Spread Flooding

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Wide Spread Flooding The recent heavy rains throughout Lackawanna County have caused many water related issues including this indoor flood at a Scranton business.

SERVPRO of Carbondale / Clarks Summit / Old Forge responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Scranton home or business back to pre-storm condition. From wide spread flooding to lighting striking your property.
When a storm hits your Lackawanna County home or business, you need help immediately. Our 24/7 response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce business interruption costs. 
In addition to our own resources, we can access equipment and personnel from over 1,650 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events.That way you know your home or business is being dried by certified water technicians.
We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Carbondale / Clarks Summit / Old Forge is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area.. We are proud to be an active member of the Scranton community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.
So when a storms hits, call Lackawanna Counties leader in smoke, fire and water cleanup and restoration at (570) 235-1646

Mold Remedaition

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remedaition Mold is spread through the air. Basement mold can affect the rest of the house if not remediated in a timely fashion.

Mold is everywhere and it is a common problem in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Older homes, some with unfinished basements, some with foundation problems which allow an intrusion of water into them are not uncommon. All of these factors can cause mold to grow and SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge stays busy remediating these basements.

Basements are the most common place for mold to grow simply because they are usually damp, dark and have a lack of airflow.  Since the spores are spread through the air, it is not uncommon for the spores to travel to other parts of the home. HVAC ducts are one conduit in which they travel.

To keep mold from infesting the rest of the home immediate attention to the basement should occur. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge has the experienced remediation technicians to rid the home of potential harmful mold growth.

As a homeowner there are several steps you can take to reduce the chances for mold to grow. The first and most important thing is to keep the basement dry. if water is an issue, correct it. Always use a dehumidifier and keep the humidity lower than 55%. Make sure there is air flow either with a open window or activity in the basement.

If you see signs of mold growth, call a professional remediation company like SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge.

Certified Mold Inspector

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Certified Mold Inspector Mike Chrzan our certified mold inspector conducting an air quality test for a customer.

Mold is present everywhere. However, the only definitive way to know if your home or business has a mold problem is to conduct an air quality test. Air quality testing will show types/strains of mold and spore counts. Elevated spore counts as compared to a control sample (usually taken outside), will dictate whether a mold problem exists.
SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge employs a certified mold inspector which enables us to better serve our customers. We are a one stop mold remediation company, testing to removing. The biggest advantage is to be able to do post testing. This ensures that the remediation process was successful putting the customers mind at ease.
If you think you have a mold infestation, call SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge, your one stop mold remediation company. proudly serving the Scranton/Lackawanna County area.

When Disasters Strike

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When Disasters Strike This Hazleton manufacturing facility experienced a ruptured underground water line causing this flooding.

When a disaster strikes your home or business call the name you have come to know and trust. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge has the experience, training and equipment to handle any size water, smoke or fire cleanup.

One of the advantages of calling us is that no matter the size of the disaster, SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge has the ability to partner with other qualified franchise professionals and/or call our corporate Disaster Response Team. This ensures that your property receives the appropriate attention by qualified restoration professionals.

Recently we were called to partner with our sister franchise SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake to dry-out a flooded 100,000 sq ft manufacturing facility. A underground water pipe ruptured causing the entire facility to flood. While it took the resources of several franchises we were able to complete the task with limited business interruption to the satisfaction of both the business owner and insurance company.

So when your property is damaged by smoke, fire or water, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge. We are "Always here to help".

Commercial Pipe Break

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Pipe Break An underground pipe break caused this Scranton manufacturing facility to flood.

When an underground water pipe ruptured under this Scranton, PA manufacturing facility water flooded all 100,000sq ft. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge was called to help mitigate the water disaster and limit business interruption. With the help of our local SERVPRO franchises we were able to do enough extracting and drying to at least allow the business to operate on a limited basis the following day. Water damage this extensive is certainly disruptive and calls for professional mitigation. The water was a category 3 which brings on health concerns and SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge has the training and equipment to safely dry and restore this facility. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge was on-site within 2 hours to begin the assessment and have been working three shifts to ensure that the business interruption is minimized. Emergency services is just one reason that SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is Lackawanna County's leading smoke, fire and water cleanup and restoration company. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to serve our local Lackawanna County communities.

24/7/365 Response

5/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 24/7/365 Response Responding to a commercial smoke issue over the Memorial Day holiday.

Disasters know no time, so even on a Memorial Day holiday our fire and smoke certified technicians respond to help commercial property owners reduce business interruption. When a recreational vehicle caught fire in front of a commercial structure in Clarks Summit, smoke poured through the store. Luckily, the elderly couple operating the vehicle were able to get out and the fire companies responding did an outstanding job limiting the building to just smoke damage. However, since the structure sold food there was a concern regarding safety and SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge was called to ensure safety and deal with the soot and odor. By responding quickly we were able to help the owner reduce his business interruption on one of his busiest weekends of the year. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is "always here to help". We are proud to serve our local Lackawanna County communities.