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An Ounce of Prevention

1/9/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wayne nd South Lackawanna Counties specializes in the clean up and restoration of smoke,fire and water disasters. And while unfortunately the need is great, we would like nothing better than for our local residents to avoid these problems.

One way to increase your odds of a disaster free winter is to have your heating unit serviced on at least a yearly basis by a certified HVAC technician. They can check and change the filters, do an over haul to check for worn and defected parts. This simple and relatively inexpensive step can save any homeowner thousands of dollars in restoration work.

However should your home experience a furnace malfunction be sure to contact a professional clean up and restoration company like SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties. We help make it "Like it never even happened".

Methods of Fire Damaged Clean Up

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

Media Blasting This is a picture of one of our certified technicians media blasting a fire damaged building.

Fires can be devastating. Recovering from them can be time consuming. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old specializes in the clean up and restoration of fire damaged properties.

Cleaning of soot, the product of smoke is tedious. Every surface must be "touched" using specialized cleaning and odor reducing tools. Chemical sponges are used on most surfaces because they remove the soot without smearing and embedding it into the surface. If not properly cleaned; odor will persist. With that being said, this is one of the main reasons to call a certified restoration company. A fire clean up is not a DIY project.

Media blasting is another tool used by clean up professionals to ensure proper cleaning and odor removal. Either sand based material or dry ice is used to literally blast away the soot. Media blasting is used primarily on hard surfaces like concrete or wood. The amazing thing about media blasting is there is no mess.

So in the event of fire damage always call the professionals to ensure proper restoration. 

24/7/365 WE RESPOND

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

Air Movers This is a picture of post demolition drying the structure using air movers. Air movement is the cure for wetness.

No one can ever predict when a disaster will occur. Whether it be a broken pipe causing major water damage or a fire causing destruction and displacement. They certainly don't always occur between 9:00-5:00 o'clock. Unfortunately, most occur when either the business is closed or the family is away. Holidays and winter are the most common seasons.

One of the key elements to mitigating any disaster (especially water damage) is speed of clean up. Mold from water can begin to grow in as little as 48 hours and make a bad situation worse. Extraction and drying are paramount to avoiding this hazardous situation. But also the quicker the professional restorer begins the more likelihood they are able to "save" your belongings.  For all these reasons SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is available 24/7/365 to meet any disaster head-on. Call us at (570) 235-1646. Even on holidays!

What to do After a Fire

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage-Rafters Here is a picture of a partially cleaned ceiling rafters. You can see what has been cleaned and what still needs to be hit with the media blasting.

Fires are devastating. Even a small fire can cause major damage. Knowing what to do after a fire is one key component of both safety and mitigating damages. 

Here are a few tips of what a fire victim could do:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

By following these guidelines you increase the odds of "saving" your belonging and mitigating any further damage.

The Brand You Can Trust

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Disasters happen. You can be only so pro-active. It's how you respond to them that can either increase the damage or hopefully reduce it. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is a leader in the clean up and restoration of disasters. Whether the disaster be storm related, self-made or an structural failure, we respond 24/7 to help both homeowners and commercial property mangers restore their properties to pre-disaster condition.

SERVPRO is the brand you know and trust. Our employees are required to undergo continuous training and maintain certain designations to ensure they are prepared for all types of events. All of our crew chiefs are IICRC certified and remain on-site while the work is being completed.

On the event a disaster strikes, call the name you know. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge (570-235-1646)

Fire and Odor

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

Clean before Seal and Paint One of our IICRC certified restoration technicians cleaning the wood beams of this house fire.

Fire results in smoke and soot. Smoke and soot result in odor. The primary reason you hire (and/or insurance companies recommend)a professional restoration company like  SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge, is the knowledge and specialized equipment used in cleaning fire damaged homes and businesses. Without these tools the soot which permeates the surfaces will continue to cause odors long after the fire is extinguished.

The heat from fire causes the wood to expand which allows the soot to seep in so a simple wiping will not alleviate the cause of the lingering smell. All surfaces must be cleaned with a specialized cleaning product and after a though cleaning, the wood must be sealed with a sealant to ensure the odor does not escape. Only then can you safely paint.

To ensure your property is restored to pre-fire condition, call an IICRC certified restoration company.

Winter is Fire Hazard Season

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

House Fire This house fire was caused by a boiler malfunction. We were called to clean and restore the property.

As northeastern Pennsylvania enters the winter season the propensities of fires increase. The two (2) main reasons for this phenomime are an increase use of heating equipment and holiday time cooking accidents.

The leading cause of kitchen fires are unattended cooking. While during holidays times with family and friends gathered around, it is commonplace and understandable to become distracted while trying to do several things at once. However, the stove and your attention to it must remain paramount to avoid a disaster.

It is highly recommended having your heating equipment service prior to the heating season. Having the unit serviced by a professional HVAC technician greatly reduces the risk of malfunction and disaster. Changing filters and ensuring the chimney is clean will also increase efficiency thus saving energy costs.

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge ask that you remain diligent and pro-active this winter season. Stay warm and safe.

The Science of Drying

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Dehumidifiers Dehumidifiers placed at a job site.

Psychrometry is the study of the air and its properties. It's the science of drying. The properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure and dew point are measured to evaluate air conditions in the structure, enabling a SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge certified water technician to create the proper atmosphere for more efficient drying.

Water can damage materials in two ways: first, by absorption through direct contact with water; and second, by absorption of moisture from the air. Measuring the moisture content of the air is critical to the drying process.

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge, is an IICRC company with certified water restoration technicians. This is just another reason why we are the Scranton area's premier smoke, fire and water restoration and cleanup company. Our technicians have the expertise to make the event "Like it never even happened."

Preparing for Winter

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Winter is a volatile season for weather. Depending on where you reside the type and degree of preparation you need to address winter weather may vary. For most of the U.S, preparing for winter weather involves preparing for ice and snow. The blizzards and bad storms that struck the northeast in the past are examples of how important preparing for winter really is. From shutdowns and road closures to widespread power outages or just arctic temperatures, winter is a trying time and requires preparatory measures. Below are a couple of steps you can take to better prepare yourself for the bitter cold weather.

Keep your home at a consistent temperature during the worst of the cold weather. This will help prevent pipes from freezing and ensure that your appliances continue to function well. Furnaces, water heaters, and plumbing lines should be used regularly during the winter. Set the temperatures moderately–not too high to run up energy costs, but not so cold that your home is adversely affected. If you are away, consider keeping cabinet doors where pipes are located open to allow warm air circulation to keep them from freezing. Also, consider allowing a small trickle of water to run out of the faucet.

Moisture Levels: Wet vs Dry

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

meter We use all the proper equipment to measure for moisture.

Moisture Meters allow restoration companies like SERVPRO of Carbondale/ Clarks Summit/ Old Forge the ability to determine exactly what is wet and what is dry. They detect moisture through paint, wall coatings, drywall, ceramic tiles, floor coverings, wood, roof coverings and ceiling tiles. Moisture Meters are fast, precise and versatile.

This technology allows our certified water restoration technicians the ability to concentrate on the wet areas saving time and money by knowing exactly what to address. It also ensures that we do not miss any areas and will also confirm when things are dry ensuring proper and professional mitigation services.

Large scale water disasters are a specialty of the SERVPRO of Carbondale/ Clarks Summit/ Old Forge. We have the properly trained technicians and specialized equipment to handle the job. We are able to utilize other SERVPRO franchisees or our corporate disaster response team on any major losses. No job is too big.