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How can I prevent mold in my vacant commercial property?

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How can I prevent mold in my vacant commercial property? We can remediate growing mold in commercial and residential properties.

In the process of selling a vacant property? Avoiding mold will aid in the quickness of the sale. Since mold loves moisture, it’s important to remove sources of water to prevent it from growing in the building. 

Potential problem areas to address to keep mold at bay include:

    • Roof Leaks: Check attic or top floor for roof leaks, and repair any that are found.
    • Wall Leaks: Weather strip and caulk leaky windows.
    • Window Condensation: Install insulated glass or storm windows to prevent condensation problems.
 
  • Plumbing Leaks: Examine pipes for leaks and insulate if needed.
  • Blocked Gutters: Keep gutters and downspouts clean.
  • Foundation Leaks: Channel water from downspouts away from house.
  • Basement Leaks: Examine basement for leaks and repair if necessary.
  • Water Under House: Check crawl space for excess moisture, and apply black plastic to ground to reduce humidity.
  • AC Drain Leaks: Be sure HVAC units drain properly and that drains are not clogged.
  • Ductwork Condensation: Inspect HVAC ducts for excess moisture. Repair or replace the insulation around them if wet.
  • Air Filters: Use a high quality air filter with HVAC units, and change it regularly.
  • Bath Vent Fans: Install bathroom fans that are vented to the outside. Run them during—and for 15 minutes after—showers.
  • Air Circulation: Open doors and windows during dry weather to increase air circulation.
  • Indoor Humidity: Keep the humidity in your home between 30 and 50 percent. Check it with a humidity gauge or moisture meter and use a dehumidifier to lower it if necessary.
  • Vent Gas Appliances: Make sure gas and kerosene heaters and fireplaces are properly vented to the outside to reduce the amount of moisture in the air.

Use these helpful tips to avoid growing mold in your property. If you find yourself dealing with mold, you can contact us to quickly remediate the problem. 570-714-0090 

Source: https://www.todayshomeowner.com/how-to-prevent-and-remove-mold/

Space Heater Safety Tips

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Space Heater Safety Tips Did you know space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires?

Tis' the season many are utilizing their space heaters to stay warm during the frigid winter months. Although comfortable and cozy, space heaters can cause a significant increase in home and business fires. Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires, figuring in just over two of every five fires (43%). Significantly, the fires involving space heaters accounted for 85% of the civilian deaths and 78% of civilian injuries in home fires caused by heating equipment, as well as over half (53%) of direct property damage. Below are a few safety tips you can reference if using a space heater in your home or business. 

  • Place space heater on flat level surface. Don't put on shelf or high traffic areas.

  • Plug a space heater directly into an outlet and avoid using an extension cord. 

  • Never leave space heaters unattended.

  • Only use space heaters that are nationally recognized in a testing lab. 

  • Don't use a space heater if the plug is broken or the cord is damaged. 

  • Keep your space heater at least 3 feet away from flammable items, pets, and children. 

  • Do not use around water.

We hope you stay nice and warm this winter! If you decide to utilize your space heaters, please use caution and reference these safety tips to avoid a fire. If you find yourself dealing with a fire, we are always here to help! 570-714-0090

Sources: https://www.nfpa.org

http://www.uvm.edu/safety/fire/space_heaters

Ice Jams causing Flooding in your Avoca or Duryea property?

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ice Jams causing Flooding in your Avoca or Duryea property? Ice Jams can cause severe flooding to your home or business.

Ice Jams in Avoca and Duryea, PA

When the recent snow began to melt it added water to the ground that drained away in the same way as water from rainfall. As snow accumulates and becomes compacted during the winter the ratio of snow to water decreases. As us in NEPA have noted, we started the winter off strong with one weekend reaching lows in the negative 20's! As the temperatures rose to near 50 the following week, we saw freezing and melting of water surfaces. The most likely times are freeze-up jams in early winter and break-up jams early spring. Freeze-up jams typically result in minimal if any flooding. Break-up jams usually cause the most damage and flooding. In addition to flooding, break-up ice jams can cause significant property damage. They have been known to push entire houses off their foundations and rip wooden decks from other homes.

If your Avoca or Duryea home or business is suffering from flooding caused by ice jams, you can call our SERVPRO franchise 24/7 at 570-714-0090. We will respond immediately to restore any of the damage.

Source: http://www.weather.gov/media/dmx/Hydro/DMX_InfoSht_IceJamsAndFlooding.pdf

Restoring your Wilkes-Barre Commercial Property following a Pipe Burst

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring your Wilkes-Barre Commercial Property following a Pipe Burst We can restore your commercial property following water damage caused by a frozen pipe burst.

Flooding and water damage events at Wilkes-Barre commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that 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.

About SERVPRO of Wyoming County/Kingston Township

SERVPRO of Wyoming County/Kingston Township specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Save Time and Aggravation - Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Services

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Save Time and Aggravation - Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Services Call us for 24/7 for Water Damage Services

After a water emergency that floods a home or business, the last thing that most people want to deal with is a bill for cleaning up the damage. This is what leads many homeowners to attempt water extraction on their own instead of calling a professional. 
 
If you're in need of water removal you may be tempted to save money by trying to get rid of the excess water on your own. However, going this route typically has more consequences than benefits and will result in greater losses of time, money, and your possessions in the long run. Here's why calling SERVPRO for professional water removal is a smart move. 
 
Professional water extraction works extremely well. While some homeowners resort to opening windows and doors, turning on ceiling fans, and blotting towels around the house, SERVPRO has powerful equipment that ensures efficient and thorough water removal. We're also often able to restore documents, books, furnishings, and electronic devices affected by water damage, plus we'll get your home's humidity back to an appropriate level. 
 
Many water emergencies are hazardous. 
If your house has been flooded with gray or black water, such as that from a natural disaster, backed up sewer line, or a leaky toilet, expert attention to the problem is best. These types of water are risky for untrained persons to handle because it involves disease causing waste and debris. This is the type of material that can't simply be put out with the week's garbage and needs proper and safe disposal.  We're knowledgeable about how to get rid of contaminated waste during water extraction, so there are no lingering health risks to your family or pets. 
 
It's important to consider mold and mildew. 
One reason that so many homeowners who attempt DIY water removal eventually end up calling a pro is unseen damage caused by mold and mildew. While your flooring and possessions may look and feel dry, without proper water extraction and controlling humidity mold and mildew will thrive, cause off odors, and ruin your home's structure along with your possessions and furniture. SERVPRO technicians are skilled at protecting against the growth of mold and mildew and have effective strategies to combat it. 
 
At SERVPRO of Wyoming County/Kingston Township, we know how important it is to get your home back in order as quickly as possible. We'll help you mitigate the costs of any water emergency by restoring your possessions and preventing future damage to your home. For more information about our water removal services or to receive a quote, call us 24/7 at 570-714-0090. 

Winter Storm Damage in Pittston, PA

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storm Damage in Pittston, PA Winter Storm Damage? Call Us!

SERVPRO of Wyoming County/Kingston Township specializes in flood damage restoration that is caused by heavy storms.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Pittston, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today 570-714-0090

The Best Way to Handle Wyoming County Mold Damage

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Best Way to Handle Wyoming County Mold Damage Mold Damage in Wyoming County

The Correct Way to Handle Wyoming County Mold Damage

In Wyoming County, mold damage is a common problem. It affects all kinds of homes and businesses. It is not something to be scared of because it happens to almost everybody, at some time in their lives. However, it does need to be treated with caution. Mold damage, though common, can be both expensive and can cause health effects. 

This is why the only effective solution for dealing with chronic mold damage in Wyoming County is to call in the experts. Qualified mold damage restoration teams have the necessary skills and expertise to make sure that all of the damaged areas of a property are safely removed. If you do not seek professional advice, you risk the problem becoming a recurring one. 

This guide to the importance of professional mold damage restoration will help you get to grips with the best possible solution. 

Fix the Source of the Issue 

While homeowners can go some way to removing the superficial signs of mold damage in Wyoming County (the visible marks and blemishes), it is much more difficult to pinpoint the cause. And this is vital if the problem is to be eradicated for good. Mold damage restoration experts are trained to look for patterns and uncover the source of the destruction. More often than not, the mold is being caused by an unidentified leak within the building or humidity issues.  

Recognize the Type of Mold 

It is a common misunderstanding to assume that all mold is the same. In fact, there are more than 10,000 different varieties. As they all require a slightly different approach, identification is key to tackling mold damage in Wyoming County. Nobody expects you to be able to distinguish between the characteristics of a thousand mold samples, so take the job to somebody who is specially trained for it. 

Use the Right Equipment 

Another important benefit of using a professional mold damage restoration service is access to specialist equipment. You might have a basic dehumidifier in your home or workplace, but this won’t be strong enough to tackle a serious problem. You need heavy duty dryers, blowers, and EPA approved chemicals. If there is evidence of high level mold in the building – which causes negative health effects – protective clothing is needed to ensure safety. 

Fireplace Causes Fire in Luzerne County

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fireplace Causes Fire in Luzerne County Fire Damage in Luzerne County, PA

As the temperature continues to drop this winter, a lot of us will get good use out of our fireplaces. Unfortunately, if not used properly, fireplaces can cause severe fire damage to your home. Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Wyoming County/ Kingston Township will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 570-714-0090

Water or Fire Damage to your Wilkes-Barre Commercial Property

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water or Fire Damage to your Wilkes-Barre Commercial Property We offer Commercial Property Water & Fire Damage Services

When business owners visualize water damage or, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. 
 
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings. 
 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment 
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing 
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines 
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Wyoming County/Kingston township will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at 570-714-0090 for fast help.

Frozen Pipes Cause Water Damage in Wilkes-Barre, PA

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Frozen Pipes Cause Water Damage in Wilkes-Barre, PA Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst, resulting in extensive water damage to your home or business.

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO of Wyoming County/Kingston Township has the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

Damage from Frozen Pipes, Cold Weather, or Winter Storm?
Call Today - 570-714-0090. 

Frozen Pipes

Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. We can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:

  • Outdoor hose bibs
  • Swimming pool supply lines
  • Water sprinkler lines

Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Garages

Ice Dams

An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.

Roof Damage

Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.

 

Regardless of the Winter Storm, They Can Help

Cold weather and winter storms can cause significant damage with little warning. Regardless of the type of storm, we can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, we can respond quickly with additional resources.

  • Cold temperatures
  • Heavy snowfall
  • Ice storms and freezing rain