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When you need deodorization in Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties, SERVPRO can help!

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

General When you need deodorization in Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties, SERVPRO can help! Basement Excavated

In March of 2017, SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties was called in to deodorize a church owned property's unfinished basement due to a fuel oil spill. We had a negative air unit running for several weeks, tried several different cleaning techniques, deodorizing and sealant approaches. Nothing worked to dispel the odor. We didn't know at the time how much fuel had spilled.

We finally recommended a contractor to the church to get another opinion. The contractor worked with members of the church involved in the original spill and cleanup efforts. He learned there was several hundred gallons of fuel oil that spilled. This required notification of the Department of Environmental Protection to come up with a plan. The contractor drilled bore holes in the concrete and sent samples of the underlying dirt for testing. Several months were needed to get all permits, approvals to start work, and financial approvals from the church. Work was started early December. So far over 50 tons of contaminated soil and concrete have been manually removed. 
This involved five gallon buckets, two rented dirt elevators, several dumpsters and many hours of labor. In several areas the dirt has been removed to a five foot depth, showing just how far oil can penetrate.

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