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Water Loss Hazards

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

kitchen ceiling tiles falling SERVPRO walked in to the home to find the kitchen ceiling on the floor.

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Co was called to a water damage cleanup, which also included a cleanup due to the resident of the home. The resident suffered an emotional and psychological attack when seeing the water loss to the kitchen on first floor, caused by a forgotten bathtub faucet running. The resident mistakenly wanted to save her belongings on the second floor from getting wet by throwing all clothing and smaller furniture down the stairway. This caused a hazardous condition for SERVPRO personnel to remove the clothing blocking access to the second floor, but we also had to be very careful to secure the furniture from crashing down on top of personnel. The clearing of the stairway took over two hours. We found the bathroom was the only room affected on second floor. The resident’s bedrooms were unaffected by water. The kitchen, however, required almost 50% demolition, including the cabinets and counter top, damaged by water. 

Country Club Frozen Pipe

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

paint peeling from ceiling Crew found paint peeling in several rooms.

An affair was held in a local golf course Country Club, but when everyone left, the water was left on by mistake in the Pro shop. This building is not used in the colder months and is not set up for cold weather use. In other words, plumbing runs above the first floor, in an unheated attic space. Of course, November had one of those short, but severe, cold snaps and the copper pipe froze, sending water thru a large area of the drywall ceiling (plus 3 layers of batt insulation) and into several rooms below. Carpet, drywall, and MDF base trim were affected. Initially when SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties arrived, this loss appeared to be much larger than it ended up being, due to commercial carpeted areas being wet from the water spreading out into various rooms. Once this was extracted and dried, the size of the loss became more manageable.

Reconstruction At a High Rise

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

drywall repaired and painted SERVPRO repaired the drywall and painted the affected area.

Due to water damage in 5 floors and 9 apartments at an assisted living facility, the amount of actual damage was restricted to ceilings having drywall removed in 2 of the apartments. The size of the repairs was fairly minimal, and the facility asked if SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties could do the repairs as their maintenance person was overloaded at the time. As the size of the repair was small, contractors were not interested in the work. SERVPRO techs installed drywall patches and finished the drywall seams, sealed and painted the ceilings affected. We do not normally perform restoration, but with the new tech’s restoration talents, we have an avenue to provide additional work for us, but also provide additional services for our customers.

Christmas Season

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree Christmas Tree Safety!

It’s that time of season again! Christmas trees are being placed into residences and some businesses. Candles are being lit more often at this time of year. With the Christmas season, many avoidable home fires will occur across the country, damaging and destroying homes. There are several very timely tips to keep in mind:

  1. Keep trees watered.
  2. Use only UL approved and labeled electrical lights.
  3. Use only UL approved extension cords and outlet strips.
  4. Keep all flammable items well away for candles.
  5. Do not let tree lights on and candles lit when not at home and at bedtime.
  6. Never overload your electrical circuits.
  7. Use GFCI whenever possible.
  8. Use space heaters with care, keep away from combustible items.
  9. Smoke detectors are a must, they will save your life!
  10. Water your Christmas tree every day! A dry tree can catch on fire easily.

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

pipe broke and caused water to flood basement This basement was flooded due to a pipe break to the bathroom.

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 Berwick 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

We provide immediate service day or night!

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

box truck ready to go SERVPRO packed up and ready to go!

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Berwick. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 570-759-0966

Residential Services

Whether your Berwick home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

When Down Pours Roll Through....

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

24/7 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 Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of more than 1,650 Franchises across the country.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today


What is the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

What is the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service?

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.
    Flash Flood Warnings are changing to an Impact-Based format to improve public response. Read the factsheet.

  • Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared:A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

  • Flood Advisory: Be Aware: An Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.

Fire Damage - What Can You Do?

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

flames from fire Fire Damage

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.

How do winter storms form?

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Just like any other storm at other times of the year, the right combination of ingredients is necessary for a winter storm to develop.

Three basic ingredients are necessary to make a winter storm:

  • Cold air. Below freezing temperatures in the clouds and near the ground are necessary to make snow and/or ice.
  • Lift. Something to raise the moist air to form the clouds and cause precipitation. An example of lift is warm air colliding with cold air and being forced to rise over the cold dome. The boundary between the warm and cold air masses is called a front. Another example of lift is air flowing up a mountainside.
  • Moisture. To form clouds and precipitation. Air blowing across a body of water, such as a large lake or the ocean, is an excellent source of moisture.