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Mold is all around us...

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is all around us...

Different types of mold are found virtually everywhere in nature and even in your home or business - including on that blue cheese in the fridge!  In fact, air-born mold spores use many different methods to gain entry to your home, including open doors and windows on beautiful spring days.

 The good news is that not all molds are harmful to us, and most can be kept at bay with moisture control indoors.  But a leak or flood that is not properly dried, or even a sudden spring shower that wets a carpet through an open window can support mold growth.  Likewise, undetected moisture in an attic, basement, or ceiling can provide the right conditions for this unwanted guest - including potentially harmful molds that require immediate attention from your friendly, neighborhood SERVPRO technicians.  We at SERVPRO take rigorous precautions and follow stringent processes to effectively remove mold from an affected area and restore your happy, healthy home or business!

The Process:

1. Mold Containment - the affected area is sealed off to prevent the release of spores

2. Air Filtration - the air is cleaned of any air-born spores

3. Removal of Mold & Mold-Affected Materials

4. Cleaning Contents & Belongings

5. HEPA Cleaning Processes - to ensure that mold & spores are safely removed and your home or business is left clean and sealed

If you see mold, call our office at 570-759-0966.

Who Is Most At Risk??

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

"I Have Black Mold..."

Often the calls that we field at SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties include some variation of this start to a sentence.  "Black mold" has certainly received the most coverage and thus has impressed itself most strongly in most home and business owners' minds; however, there are many different types of mold that have a black coloration.  In fact, mold comes in many different sizes, shapes, and colors.  The common theme amongst all, however, is that they do not have a place in your home or business and require professional remediation.

For Your Health...

Once mold is identified in a home or business, the first, most important call should be to SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties, where highly-trained professional technicians are ready to follow a stringent procedure to not only remediate the visually-present mold, but to do so in a way that will prevent its recurrence and cross-contamination.  

Those who are most at risk - the ones that you love and want to keep safe - are individuals with suppressed immune systems, compromised health situations, chronic inflammatory lung diseases, and severe allergies.  However, there may be adverse effects to even healthy persons and pets.  Those most at risk include:

  • Infants & children
  • Pregnant women
  • The elderly
  • People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma and allergies
  • People with weakened immune systems

Long Story, Short...

If you believe that there may be mold growth in your home or business, based on visual evidence or even just an odor - don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties.  There are many "wrong" ways to deal with mold, but we are trained to handle it the right way - to keep your home or business safe, healthy, and clean for all!

Winter Storm Events

3/21/2018 (Permalink)


Winter Weather Basics

A winter storm is an event in which the main types of precipitation are snow, sleet or freezing rain.

Why can winter storms be so dangerous?

Most deaths from winter storms are not directly related to the storm itself.

  • People die in traffic accidents on icy roads.
  • People die of heart attacks while shoveling snow.
  • People die of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold.

Everyone is potentially at risk during winter storms. The actual threat to you depends on your specific situation. Recent observations show that:

  • Of injuries related to ice and snow:
    • About 70% occur in automobiles.
    • About 25% are people caught out in the storm.
    • Majority are males over 40 years old.
  • Of injuries related to exposure to cold:
    • 50% are people over 60 years old.
    • Over 75% are males.
    • About 20% occur in the home.

What is Water Loss Mitigation?

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Chances Are...

Chances are, IF you ever experience a water loss and find yourself in need of the services of SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties, it will probably be the ONLY time that you need us for such a mitigation.  We have ONE chance to make a positive impact in your life and provide the personal, professional service that we strive for everyday.

So How Do We Do It...?

Once we arrive on-site, one of the first steps in evaluating the damage at your home or business is to understand the situation based on your first-hand account, and walk the affected areas with you to do a visual inspection and note any safety concerns, etc.  Once we gauge the types of materials that are affected, we use the appropriate type of moisture meter to map out the extent of the damage.  We also take some atmospheric measurements that are essential to properly dry the space, including relative humidity and temperature.  All of these data contribute to a strategy that may involve: 

  • extraction of standing water, or water soaked into carpets or other materials
  • demolition of non-salvageable materials, such as carpet, drywall, or baseboard
  • setting up specialized drying equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers in a specific and strategic way to optimize air flow and to promote drying

When the Dust Settles...

The average dry time for most residential and small commercial water damages is three to five days - but we don't just set our equipment and forget it!  Our skilled technicians return once every 24 hours (working around your busy schedule) to monitor the equipment and to make sure that our drying plan is going accordingly. 

Long Story, Made Short...

We at SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties are committed to see your loss through, from the moment we set foot on-site, until the last efforts are made to restore your home or business to a safe, clean, healthy state - "Like it never even happened."

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire...

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire... DO NOT disturb contents in your home or business after a fire - improper methods may actually make things worse!

The First 48 Hours...

At SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties, our skilled technicians know well that the first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings in your  home or business.  Soot and smoke can be very dangerous, even toxic, and permeating things.  The longer they have to seep into your home or business and all of its contents, the harder it may be to salvage them - it may not even be possible!

What Can You Do?

The first, and most important thing you can do after experiencing a fire is to call us at SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties - our professional crews are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays, to beat the clock in attempting to salvage your home and property.  But while you wait for us to arrive, you can take these precautions to help mitigate the damage:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim, and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Commercial Mold

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Businesses are always at risk for mold infestations, especially if they are leasing older buildings that may need repairs. 

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties will work around the customers schedule to remediate the problem, so that the business could be restored as quickly and seamlessly as possible. We know that commercial mold infestations can cost a business thousands of dollars in productivity; it is always our goal to get you back up and running right away. 

If You See Visible Mold 

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 570-759-0966

Got Mold?

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Believe it or not, mold problems like this can be mitigated with the right expertise and equipment. SERVPRO ofColumbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties has trained technicians that are able to remove the mold growth, and then restore the space to preloss conditions.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth, to the variety of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When you discover mold, call us at570-759-0966 and we will go through our standard mold remediation process:

  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Mold Containment
  • Air Filtration
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Restoration

If You See Signs of Mold,Call Us Today –570-759-0966

Smoke Pressurized in Walls

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

We have all seen fire/smoke damage to a home, but do you know that smoke can pressurize inside the walls? This picture shows the smoke coming out of the wall around a receptacle. Sometimes it is the smoke you don't see that can do the most damage. There are instances where the walls need to be removed to remove the insulation that may be behind it. The insulation will trap and hold the smoke smell, which can make it difficult to deodorize.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. 

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (570) 759-0966

Sprinkler System Freeze

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO was called to a local school in Bloomsburg, PA to clean-up after a
sprinkler system freeze up in multiple areas of the building. The water damage necessitated most of the children, pre-school age, to be picked up by their parents, so the work could progress. Wet carpet and hard floors were extracted, vinyl cove base removed, toys and furniture were moved to drier areas, air movers and dehumidifiers were placed. School was canceled for an additional day to allow the dry-out
to progress and protect the kids from multiple cords, hoses, and equipment running. SERVPRO personnel worked around the plumbers, who were opening walls up to find leaks and also worked around the sprinkler repair personnel. Some areas were extracted twice, due to additional leaks being found when system was tested. Most equipment was removed within 3 days, harder to dry areas were complete
with-in 6 days, but the school was able to continue with operating, around that equipment. SERVPRO suggested a contractor to reinstall the vinyl cove, he completed the job quickly and efficiently.

Localized Storm

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Near the end of July, Columbia and Montour counties suffered a local storm event whereby large amounts of rain fell in only a few hours. Runoff was severe with small streams quickly overflowing their banks, parking lots became ponds in minutes, and many below grade and even walk in basements had water damage. SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour and Sullivan Co responded to 25 losses in just a few days. At times, simply pumping standing water was required. Many basements were finished, requiring carpet and pad or laminate flooring to be removed, drywall and/or paneling to be cut out above the water line. In some other more hilly areas, several homes were affected in a direct line downhill and SERVPRO was
able to service multiple customers in a small geographical area.