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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?

Benefits of Hiring an IICRC Certified Company

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certificate) Benefit:

The IICRC is a nonprofit certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. In partnership with regional and international trade associations, the IICRC represents the entire industry. The IICRC is recognized internationally as a knowledgeable industry voice and resource.

Why use a certified technician?

Professional restoration technicians understand the need for quick response. Immediate remediation is key to controlling any escalating costs. The longer the remediation is delayed, the higher the cost of restoration. Certified restorers have the knowledge to test materials and apply the restoration techniques required to return the items to their preloss condition.

If you’re looking to hire a restoration company, look for the IICRC logo and ask for the company's certified membership number.

IICRC Certified Firms have earned the right to display the IICRC logo as a symbol of quality. In order to achieve IICRC-certified status, firms must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise. 

All IICRC Certified Firms must:

Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC actively has relationships with fiber producers, carpet and fabric mills, furnishing manufacturers and retailers, and others affiliated with the industry. The use of IICRC service professionals is specified in leading manufacturers’ maintenance brochures and warranties.

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is an IICRC certified firm. Our membership number is 203810. We follow all IICRC standards in our water, fire and smoke cleanup and restoration as well as our mold mitigation work.

IICRC Certified Company #203810

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

This Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) is the organization that oversees the mitigation and restoration industry. By becoming an IICRC certified company, SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge has met the requirements high standards that the organization demands. It dictates that we are a professional restoring company known for our professional attitude and for providing the consumer with the highest degree of customer service. It is highly recommended that you only hire a IICRC certified company, like SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge, if your home or business ever experiences a smoke, fire or water disaster.

The following link will show you all the IICRC certified firms in your area:

http://www.IICRC.org/locate-a-certified-professional

If you have experienced smoke, fire or water damage and need a professional restoration company call SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge we are an emergency services company available 24/7/365. From Scranton to Forest City we help make it  "Like it never even happened."

History of Water Damage Restoration

11/2/2015 (Permalink)

General History of Water Damage Restoration Using air movers and dehumidifiers as per IICRC standards on a commercial water loss in Honesdale, Pa.

History of Water Damage Restoration:

Early floor coverings were usually wool and may not have had a felted pad underneath. Most had a backing of some kind, usually jute. Some were tacked to a wooden floor. If flooded, the best solution was to roll up the soggy mess and take it off to the "rug cleaning plant," drop off the backing at the local dump. Then the rug was hosed off, lathered, scrubbed and rinsed. Finally the rug was hung to dry on special drying racks, hoping it would not shrink too much.

The 1970s saw the advent of true on-location flood restoration work. Extractors, compression rollers, blowers and dehumidifiers all came into the on-site use. By the time the 1980s ended, most any large, permanent structure could be restored with minimum disruption.

Today, it’s the job of the professional restorer to minimize the damage by prompt, thorough action that will bring the contents and structure as close to pre-flood condition as humanly possible. With today's techniques, it is quite possible to restore many water damaged carpets, contents and structural materials to pre-flood appearance and most likely improvement beyond it, because the professional restorer will be leaving the area freshly cleaned as well as dry.

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge follows IICRC drying standards when address any water damage. Our goal is to bring the damaged structure back to pre-loss condition with minimal disruption. Our IICRC certified technicians will professionally handle any size loss. So when your home or business suffers water damage either through a flood or toilet supply line, call us at (570) 235-1646 for 24/7 service. We are the premier water restoration company in Lackawanna County. Proudly serving all of the Scranton area.

Should I Hire a Restoration Company?

10/15/2015 (Permalink)

Has your home or business ever been damaged by fire or water damage? If so, then you can attest to the overwhelming nature of the situation. In many cases, an owner may have suffered a damage for the first time; what follows is typically a survey of the damage. For most owners, naturally their next thought is, “How fast can I return this building to livable conditions?”

Great question! But it is important to understand the risks involved following any type of loss and the steps necessary to remedy the situation.

In the event that a loss occurs, your first responsible step is to contact your insurance agent and file a claim. While your agent may guide you through the process, you will also have decisions to make. For example, do you hire an area restoration company or try to clean up the damage yourself? Although every loss is different, there are a few restoration thresholds to keep in mind.

In the event of a fire, it is critical that the restoration response begins immediately. Whether it is a small kitchen grease fire or a large multi-story event, this is not a job for an untrained person. Fire and smoke damage require a professional restoration effort. Smoke and odor removal should be performed by a certified technician, and these efforts can be complex. (To mitigate the spread of odors, the HVAC system should be shut off immediately.)

Several different scenarios may result in a water loss event, but, large or small, the restoration rules remain the same. Water damage is difficult to clean up. The first 24 hours are the most critical, and the water must be extracted and the drying process initiated within this window. If damaged materials have not been removed and significant drying has not taken place within 72 hours, the risks for bacterial growth increase exponentially.

By and large, it is good idea to hire an area restoration company in the event of a loss. Certified restoration professionals will get the job done quickly and efficiently, while you maintain focus on your business and/or family priorities.

http://www.cpbj.com/article/20151001/INSIGHTS/150929888/i-just-suffered-a-loss-should-i-hire-a-restoration-professional

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area's leading restoration company. We employ certified water and fire technicians who are trained to mitigate and restore and residential or commercial property. If you experience a water, fire or smoke disaster call us anywhere in Lackawanna County at 570-235-1646.

Ready Ratings Program

9/16/2015 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross Ready Rating program is a free, self-guided program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. Members complete a ReadyGo or ReadyAdvance assessment and have access to tools, tips and best practices to help improve their level of preparedness.  Are you new to Ready Rating?  Check out the link below for immediate access to help videos about the program enhancements.

http://www.readyrating.org/

Emergency Ready Plan (ERP)

7/24/2015 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business.

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is the leading cleanup and restoration company in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. Our ERP puts help in the palm of your hand. We are here 24hrs/day, 7 days/week 365 days/year by calling (570) 235-1646. So when a smoke, fire or water disaster occurs call SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge and let us make it "Like it never even happened.”

https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp