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Cleaning your Wilkes-Barre Commercial Property HVAC System

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning your Wilkes-Barre Commercial Property HVAC System Call us this Spring to have your HVAC system cleaned!

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. You should frequently make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your commercial property and home. This ensures the safety of your customers and/or residents. 

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe. However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
  • Eliminates Potentially Harmful Air Pollutants
  • Eliminates Old Toxins
  • May Reduce Allergy Symptoms
  • Cleans Out Bugs and Rodent Debris

Don't forget about your HVAC system during your Spring Cleaning this year! Give our SERVPRO of Wyoming County/Kingston Township franchise a call and we can clean your HVAC system for you. 570-714-0090 

How to Prevent Water Damage to your Kingston Basement

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Prevent Water Damage to your Kingston Basement Is your basement under water? Give us a call!

Has your Kingston home had issues with water in the basement in the past? Avoid another spring and summer of your home filling with water. Below are some useful tips to follow in order to keep your basement dry and safe. 

1. Add Gutter Extensions

2. Plug Gaps

3. Restore the Crown

4. Reshape the Landscape

5. Repair Footing Drains

6. Install a Curtain Drain

7. Pump the Water

8. Waterproof the Walls

Not only does a wet basement look, feel and smell terrible, it poses a great risk to your home’s value and safety. Left unchecked, basement moisture can ruin floors and walls, allow for mold growth, and even damage roofing. Remember if you are dealing with any results of water in your home, we are always here to help. 

Source: https://www.houselogic.com

April Showers Bring May Flowers -- & Possible Flooding

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage April Showers Bring May Flowers -- & Possible Flooding April Showers bring May Flowers

After winter's wrath here in NEPA, most of us are ready for warmer temps and sunnier skies. Although that does sound refreshing, we can't leave out the fact that April Showers will be very prominent. They do lead to May Showers but could also lead to minor or severe flooding. Follow these tips below to avoid rain water entering your home this season. 

  • Waterproof Your House Exterior
  • Maintain Your Roof
  • Seal Windows and Doors
  • Maintain Your Home’s Exterior Finish
  • Ensure Proper Drainage
  • Clean Your Gutters
  • Check Your Downspouts
  • Redirect Runoff

Wishing you a relaxing, safe and sunny Spring ahead! Remember, we are always here to help when needed. 570-714-0090. 

How to Prevent Storm Damage to your Montrose, PA Property?

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Prevent Storm Damage to your Montrose, PA Property? We can make the storm damage "Like it never even happened."

Do you have a home in the Montrose, PA area? Do you even have a vacation home in the Montrose, PA area? If the answer is yes to these questions, it is important to keep an eye on the safety of your property during storm season. As we head out of the frigid winter and enter into spring and the possibility of more storms, keep the following tips in mind to keep your home and belongings safe. If disaster strikes, we are always Here to Help. We can be reached 24/7 at 570-714-0090.. 

Hail

  • Cover all glass or delicate outdoor items and furniture.
  • Close all windows and doors during a hailstorm.
  • Put vehicles in the garage during hailstorms or cover with a thick blanket.
  • Move flowers and flower pots under cover.

Water

  • Inspect home roofs regularly for loose or curled shingles (this also applies for wind).
  • Properly grade lot to avoid water seeping back into house.
  • Clear gutters and downspouts of debris to ensure proper drainage.
  • Ensure downspouts are located and facing away from the house.
  • Reduce air and water leaks with weather stripping around doors and windows.
  • Locate and seal any cracks in foundation walls and basement floor.

Wind

  • Replace rock and gravel landscaping material with shredded bark.
  • Install impact-resistant shutters over large windows and glass doors.
  • Secure all moveable outdoor items or relocate them indoors.
  • Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed and remove weak trees that may fall.
  • Avoid parking vehicles near or below trees, lampposts or power lines.
  • Secure all HVAC units, skylights and pipes to avoid being blown away.

Happy almost Spring! 

Source: https://globalnews.ca

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