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Hotel Water Emergency

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO arrived to find fallen wet ceiling tiles. Commercial water loss!

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Co. was contacted at 8:00 PM on Saturday, September 21 by a local hotel, regarding a broken pipe leaking water into the lobby and first floor area of the building. The maintenance manager indicated the loss didn’t spread as far as the last loss SERVPRO responded to at the same location almost a year ago to the day. Once SERVPRO was on-site and forms signed, personnel found there were more walls affected, but less flooring affected. Also, we found water still running from the large PEX pipe. SERVPRO personnel made a makeshift repair to funnel the water into a large laundry tub, so that we could finish extracting water from the affected areas. One issue the hotel guests had was the noise from the truck mount unit, but SERVPRO completed the extraction as quickly as was possible under the circumstances. SERVPRO also tried to locate an after-hours plumber to repair the pipe earlier than the time frame the hotels’ plumber scheduled to fix it on Monday AM.

3 Day Dry Time

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

air mover placed under carpet to dry carpet SERVPRO floating carpet to aid in drying.

Restoration and Remediation magazine recently had an article regarding a 3 day drying time frame that continues to vex the mitigation vendors. Some insurance carriers feel that 3 days is sufficient to dry structures. The R&R article relates a very apt analogy comparing doing laundry to drying materials in a structure. People unfamiliar with doing laundry may think putting different materials and fabrics into a dryer and running it for 30 minutes will have all items be dry. We know this isn’t true. Heavier fabrics such as jeans or towels will take longer, light weight items will dry much faster. Same with drying structural materials in a building: multiple layers of drywall, several coats of paint, wallpaper, varying textures can extend drying time.

Call SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties to handle all your mitigation needs! (570)759-0966

Faster to your Columbia County Water Damage

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

drywall and insulation hanging from the ceiling SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Columbia County.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  As you can see in this picture, SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties arrived onsite to find the drywall and insulation falling from the ceiling. The entire finished basement was affected by water damage. Our crew went to work assessing the damage and started the water extraction process almost immediately. 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –570-759-0966

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

This Columbia County home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains. 

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Columbia County basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today:  570-759-0966

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 570-759-0966

Summer Storms

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Summer storms

With the summer months upon us, comes the unpredictable weather! SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties is prepared to handle all your storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its original pre-storm condition. 

When storms hit, we have the resources to handle a large storm, hurricane or flooding disaster. We can access resources equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Call Us Today 570-759-0966! 

Apartment Fire

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Extensive Fire

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties received a call for a fire at a five apartment structure. The fire was quite extensive on the rear apartment, with varying amounts of damage and soot/water damage to the remaining 4 other apartments. SERVPRO conferred with the building owner to start on the left two apartments, which sustained the least damage and soot. Contents had been left in the apartments by the tenants and were given ample notice and time to remove what was wanted All the rest was removed to dumpsters by both the owner and SERVPRO personnel. SERVPRO has been working on cleaning the structure as well as removing the flooring materials per the owner. SERVPRO is on the third apartment which is much heavier contaminated with soot. The fourth apartment will require mostly demolition due to proximity to the fire origin. 

Summer Relaxation

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

With the weather finally changing for the better here in Northeast PA, more people are gathering around a fire pit/bonfire for their relaxation. During this time, it is of prime importance to consider where you will be building your fire. It is imperative that you follow the necessary fire safety tips to prevent fire damage.

Some of those tips include:

Whether you prefer a built-in or portable fire pit, choose one that is not too large for the area. The pit should be a minimum of 10 feet away from any structures or combustible materials as well as away from trees, fences, sheds, power lines, and telephone wires.

Make sure that the seating area is large enough and properly placed for comfort and ventilation.

Avoid starting a bonfire if it is windy because a strong breeze could blow sparks onto nearby people or surfaces.

Burn only dry material. Damp material will create excess smoke.

Don’t use lighter fluid or gasoline to get the fire going as it could get out of control. Don't burn tires, aerosols, fireworks, or anything containing paint or foam to avoid toxic fumes which could explode and cause injury.

Use a lighter and crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks to start the fire, then add larger sticks and a log or two to keep it burning.

Wear non-flammable clothing and hard-soled shoes when starting, sitting near, or extinguishing the fire.

Never leave the fire unattended, and keep pets and children far away from the fire as they will be attracted to it.

Keep the proper fire extinguishing equipment, or at least a water hose, handy in case there is an emergency. You could also fill a bucket with sand, which can be used instead of water to help extinguish a fire.

As the fire dies down, use a shovel and spread out the ashes to allow them to cool down. Then slowly pour water over those ashes and watch them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain or reignite. Put the cooled ashes in an specially designated ash storage metal can.

We at SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties are dedicated to having the fastest 24-Hour Emergency Service response to any fire damage that unexpectedly happens in our area. Immediate action is crucial to limiting the damage, and we have the trained and experienced team and specialized equipment that are necessary for the prompt activities and later for restoring a home or business.


4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Imagine you are away on vacation, relieving the stress from normal everyday life. When you return home, you walk in to water pouring from your ceiling! This happens more than one would think.

Here are a few tips you should consider before leaving:

  • Turn off your water valve. 
  • Turn off your gas. 

Discovering your home has suffered from water damage from flooding, a busted pipe, roof leak or a sump pump backup is not fun, extremely inconvenient and the water damage will quickly become your worst enemy. It’s important that you act swiftly and promptly after making a water loss discovery to help minimize the damage.

A fast response time is essential. This will help to reduce wicking into porous materials and secondary damage to other contents surrounding the affected damaged area. Additionally, a fast response will help to minimize the potential for mold and mildew growth and can cut costs in the long run.

Aside from notifying your insurance agent of the damage, contact SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties. After you’ve contacted SERVPRO, there are a few things you can do before the restoration professionals arrive to help get the restoration process moving faster. Here are some tips and things to do to help prepare:

  • Watch for slips and falls.
  • Make temporary repairs to protect your home or business from further or other damage.
  • Make sure source of loss is fixed (sump pump, broken water line, hot water heater, etc.)
  • If water came from overhead, make sure to stay away from those areas, as the ceiling could collapse.
  • Remove any artwork from the affected area.
  • Make sure wooden furniture is removed from the affected area or wooden blocks, plastic bags, or aluminum foil is placed under the legs.
  • Make sure that colored rugs are removed from the affected area, so that extra staining does not occur to the carpet
  • Remove fragile pieces from the affected area.
  • If it is the summer, keep the AC unit running as this helps eliminate some of the humidity.
  • Finally, things that are wet can be very heavy so be careful!

Remember that with any water loss situation, your fast reaction time to stopping the source of water loss from continuing and getting the right people for job onsite ASAP is crucial to limiting water damage and even cost.

Commercial Roof Leak

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Falling, wet ceiling tiles...

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Co was called to a commercial water loss at the training Medical Center in Laporte, PA. The loss was caused by a roof leak when the flat roofing material was being replaced. Suspended ceiling tiles were affected in the front half of the building, as well as insulation on the heating duct, drywall in a hallway and a bedroom and bathroom. Minimal damage occurred to the building: SERVPRO was able to remove vinyl cove base to ventilate the wall cavities and dry the walls. The ceilings were dried by placing air flow both below and above the surfaces.  Carpeting had dried prior to our arrival. Once drying was accomplished, within 3 days, the roofing company was proceeding in restoring the building.

Have You Been Affected By Fire?

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

This is a picture of a tarped roof.

Have You Been Affected By Fire?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 374,000 U.S. homes catch fire annually. The cumulative cost for these fires is almost 8 billion annually. Cooking fires are the leading cause of home structure fires and injuries. Most people know of someone that has
been affected by a fire. We all see the effects on property with boarded up and tarped buildings. The effects on the people that have sustained a home fire. The physical stress is enormous as is the emotional stress of losing your material possessions and possibly family or pets. Financial liabilities can ruin the family if insurance does not adequately cover the loss or if there is no insurance. Even if you rent a property, it is recommended that you have renters insurance to cover your contents.