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Commercial Mold

11/1/2022 (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 customer's schedule to remediate the problem, so that the business can 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 on your premises, do not disturb it; you could inadvertently spread the mold infestation to other areas. When mold is disturbed, it can release microscopic spores which become airborne and circulate inside your home or business.

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

Education Facilities

1/8/2022 (Permalink)

A commitment to clean is a commitment to confidence.

From elementary schools to college campuses, clean and secure facilities are essential to education. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of learning, SERVPRO® is here to help ensure a safe and comfortable environment for your students, faculty and staff.

With more than 50 years of experience in emergency and proactive cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO is in your community to help schools thrive in times of challenge. Through Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, we’re bringing a specialized viral pathogen-cleaning program to schools across the country. Going beyond standard janitorial practices, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is expert deep cleaning backed by our industry-leading training program and follows all CDC and local guidelines, including the use of EPA-approved hospital-grade disinfectants.

If you encounter a positive case, call the experts you can trust to help you reset and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Get Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned and make the commitment to a higher standard of clean.

Healthcare Facilities

1/8/2022 (Permalink)

Our Professionals Are Trained to Adhere to the Highest Sanitation Standards

Disasters at healthcare facilities are complex and often require special training to handle regulated medical waste and comply with HIPPA regulations. Whether we’re dealing with a small medical office or a large hospital campus, SERVPRO professionals work quickly and efficiently to assess your needs, coordinate with environmental and infection control teams, and ensure that all health certifications are obtained prior to completing the job. We have the experience and expertise to manage your cleanup needs so that you are free to focus on your number one priority: your patients 

Types of Facilities:

  • Hospitals
  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Outpatient Surgical Centers
  • Electronics and Machine Restoration
  • Hospice Facilities
  • Senior Living Facilities
  • Medical Office Buildings

Our professionals are available 24-7/365 to help remediate any damage, regardless of the cause, scale of the loss, or the size of your facility.

Warehouse Cleaning

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO offers Commercial Restoration Services including any warehouse large to small.

Of course, there's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. 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. 

No Job Is Too Large

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

If your business suffers a major loss, give us a call. 

Food Service Facilities

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

Time and Safety Are Our Top Priorities When Cleaning and Restoring Your Restaurant, Kitchen and Food Service Facility.

Time is of the essence when disaster strikes your restaurant or manufacturing facility, but so is your safety. Our professionals have been trained to be mindful of regulations and potential hazards while still maintaining efficiency as they restore your business. You can trust Team SERVPRO to be mindful of your time and budget, as well as the safety of you and your patrons. 

Types of Facilities:

  • Food Manufacturing Facilities
  • Food Distribution Centers
  • Fast Food Restaurants
  • Senior Living Facility Kitchens
  • Educational Cafeterias

Our professionals are available 24-7/365 to help remediate any damage, regardless of the cause, scale of the loss, or the size of your facility.

Hospitality Facilities

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

Your Guests Are Your Top Priority; You Are Ours

When disaster strikes at a hospitality facility, the help of a specialized team is critical in assuring that normal operations resume as quickly and safely as possible. Whether the cause is a coat hanger on a sprinkler head, a fire, a traumatic event, or a natural disaster, our team will coordinate with your management and maintenance staff to prioritize spaces, isolate the damage, and restore the area to your complete satisfaction, while minimizing the inconvenience to you and your guests. 

Types of Facilities:

  • Hotels
  • Convention Centers
  • Resorts
  • Casinos
  • Entertainment Venues

Our professionals are available 24-7/365 to help remediate any damage, regardless of the cause, scale of the loss, or the size of your facility. 

SERVPRO Commercial Services

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green van parked in front of a commercial office building SERVPRO Commercial Services

Commercial Services

If you are dealing with fire, mold or water damage, the experienced team at SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties is ready to respond. Since we are locally owned and operated, we are prepared to handle any damage, and are able to respond quickly. Immediate action and a fast response can limit damage, prevent further damage and reduce restoration costs. Our highly trained crews have the specialized equipment and resources to handle the job, large or small, residential and commercial. Our teams are prepared with strategically located equipment in case of fire emergency in our area including Berwick, Bloomsburg and Danville.

Choose SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties, a local company that specializes in fire, water and storm damage restoration. We are Here to Help® and ready to respond to fire, sprinkler system malfunctions and soot conditions.

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Have Questions? Call Today – (570) 759-0966

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties responds quickly to your Bloomsburg fire, water, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation. Our national network of 1,700 Franchises gives us access to personnel and resources to respond to any size restoration emergency. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

When the dirt, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties. You can depend on us to get the job done right and get it done quickly. Our highly trained technicians use top-of-the-line equipment to make your business shine again. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services:


12/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties was able to have the business open quickly!

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties had received a call from a local laundromat, regarding a small fire. There was a minor fire which affected the use of commercial dryers, but also placed soot throughout the laundromat and connecting hallway. SERVPRO arrived onsite to start mitigation, which involved removal of drop ceiling tiles, hepa vacuuming soot webs and debris. Our crew was able to have the main area open for use within one day, with the remaining areas open for use shortly thereafter.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Call SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties for all your smoke, soot, water or deodorization needs! We are always here to help 24/7 at 570-759-0966.

Proactive Cleaning against COVID-19

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties (570)759-0966

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties received a call to perform a Proactive cleaning at a local commercial manufacturer on Wednesday. The client requested to have the cleaning performed by the end of that weekend. We were able to have all hands on deck to provide this service to our customer. 

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 the CDC has made recommendations that “high-touch” items and areas be cleaned regularly. Some of these include:

-Kitchen/Food Areas     -Bathrooms                

-Sales Counters           - Offices           

-Hand Rails                 - Door knobs

-Carpets & Rugs          -Elevators     

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties were able to complete the proactive cleaning to several offices, locker rooms, restrooms and lunch rooms in just a few hours!

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding having your property disinfected and sanitized please give us a call (570)759-0966

SERVPRO - Proud to Help

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties for all your clean up needs!

A freight truck driver from Texas was in our coverage area, when he was diagnosed with Covid-19, after he noticed his sense of smell and taste were lost, also, he experienced shortness of breath. He self-quarantined at a local hotel for 10 days when SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Co. was called to disinfect the truck. The driver informed the technician he had not been in the truck in 10 days. The driver opened the unit and started the motor to allow treatment of the air system in the cab, as well as having the tech apply SERVPRO disinfectant to all surfaces. All hard surfaces were allowed several minutes of contact time with the disinfectant and then wiped down. Hoses and any areas touched by the driver on the exterior of the unit were addressed as well.

Country Club Frozen Pipe

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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.

Hotel Water Emergency

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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. 

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.

Restoring Commercial Properties

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we are 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.

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 Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties 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.

Call our office 24/7, at 570-759-0966 for all your needs!

5 Common Causes of Water Damage

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

There are several common sources of water damage in homes and businesses. Pipes, appliances, flooding, leaks in building envelope, humidity.

  • Pipes: one of the most prevalent. All homes and businesses have pipe carrying water under pressure. Extreme cold can cause pipes to burst. At times, spikes in water pressure can cause pipes to leak.
  • Appliances: washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerator water lines, toilets, fish tanks are all possible sources of water damage.
  • Flooding: typically flood waters are considered Cat 3 due to carrying biohazard materials from sewage plants, farms, etc. These are the more difficult to mitigate for the reason and caused more widespread damage.
  • Leaks in building envelope: roofs, walls, windows. Each area of leakage can be difficult to find and even more difficult to remedy. Experienced structural personnel may need to be called to first fix the cause before mitigation can proceed.
  • Humidity: levels of humidity that are too high in a structure can cause moisture damage to walls, ceilings, contents, etc.

For all your water damage needs, call SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties! 570-759-0966

Restoring your commercial property after a water damage event

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Restoring your commercial property

Commercial properties face additional pressures over a personal property or home that has suffered water damage. The business needs to get back up and running ASAP in order to meet demands of their customers, provide jobs for employees, and keep their vendors orders coming in. Many times, the business can be open and work around the mitigation process, although it may cause some reorganization of the process flow or personnel’s normal day to day routines. Drying equipment, extension cords, power supplies and hoses can be kept out of the way as much as possible, with safety of the customer and employees being of the highest priority. Getting the structure and equipment, contents dry as quickly as possible will save future issues with mold.

Call SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties 24/7 for all your emergency needs, 570-759-0966

Sprinkler System Freeze

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Sprinkler systems in commercial buildings can sometimes go years without being flushed and so can be stagnant. Some also have additives such as glycol to help prevent freezing. When the sprinkler systems do freeze, the resulting water damage can be extensive as the pipes are generally 3/4 inch or larger and carry a large amount of water and take time to get shut off. The ceilings in many commercial buildings are suspended tile and grid, when these get wet, they collapse onto desks, equipment, etc, making a mess. The cleanup can be extensive, with commercial carpet and tile needing to be extracted, dried and cleaned. Many areas will need to be disinfected due to possible contaminates in the sprinkler system.

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 570-759-0966

Emergency Water Loss

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

On Sunday morning, 04/22/2018, SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Co. was contacted by a local Hospital building manager, regarding a water loss on the second floor of their office building in Bloomsburg, PA. SERVPRO responded quickly to be onsite to scope the loss. Originally it was reported the loss was on both first and second floors with close to 30,000 sq ft affected. The SERVPRO owner had contacted a neighboring office to line up support if needed, once the onsite appraisal was performed. Fortunately for the hospital group, the loss was only 2100 sq ft, but took place in a section of cubicles. Two cubicles were directly affected from the overhead water leak, approximately 22 others had water underneath chairs, file cabinets, personal belongings, etc.

Once extraction was completed and file cabinets blocked up, drying equipment was set up to address each cubicle area and aisles between. In two days dry time, all areas were back to normal moisture levels and all equipment was removed.

Commercial Water

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can strike your business at any time. At SERVPRO, we understand the urgency and the delicacy of the situation. Mold growth can lead to serious health issues, as well as damaged property, lawsuits, and even potential structural issues. For a business, municipal building, or similar structure, floodwaters also mean one powerful truth: your building is closed for business until the damage is remediated. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give SERVPRO a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Water Damage Causes

Water damage can be caused by a toilet clogging or overflowing, general plumbing problems, a leaking roof or old pipes. Our experts will assess the issue by tracking down any pockets of excess moisture and remove them accordingly. The high-tech equipment used to locate these pockets include moisture meters and Thermal imaging to measure the moisture in hidden pockets and behind tile and other materials that may not feel wet on the outside. SERVPRO finds these moisture pockets and professionally dries the equipment and area to ensure proper recovery and remove any moisture from drywall or other materials. Through our process we can speed up drying to prevent the growth of any mold or other harmful bacteria by building drying chambers.

Is it essential that water damage restoration is given proper attention in a timely matter? If left unrepaired, it will worsen which will lead to more and more problems.

Water Damage Restoration Process

We will provide care and consideration to your concerns and business needs. The steps we take are as follows:
• Secure the site and assess the water damage
• Begin water extraction procedures immediately
• Remove carpet pads if necessary
• Take steps to prevent the growth of mold and mildew
• Use our state of the art equipment, including industrial-strength blowers and dehumidifiers to completely dry carpet, floors, walls, and ceilings

If a disaster should strike, whether a hurricane, fire or a simple sprinkler head break, SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties is here to help. We’ll guide you each step of the way! We’re at your side through each step of the restoration process. It pays to be prepared!

Washing Machine Malfunctions

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

A third floor laundry room in a local housing complex, was the location to the start of this loss.

Water can easily seep through the flooring into the ceiling and rooms below. A situation like this needs to be handled as quickly as possible to avoid further damages, but cleaning up a mess this large requires professional knowledge and tools. The washing machine malfunctioned causing water to leak out and run down to the second floor apartment. SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties arrived onsite and immediately began water mitigation and prevented the water from migration any further. The property manager was thrilled with our fast response to their loss.

We have emergency ready crews 24/7 365 days a year and can handle the task. 

Emergency Ready Plan and Why Your Business Needs One

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) and why you need one:

  1. SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties will do one for your business for F-R-E-E

  1. It can provide those in your office with the knowledge at their fingertips to get a handle on the disaster.

  1. Your supervisor will have a list of emergency contacts at their fingertips.
  2. Your staff will be prepared on what to do to get your doors reopened faster keeping YOU from losing clients and money.

More than 60% of small businesses in the U.S. do not have formal emergency response plans & do not back-up their data off site.

No Plan Means You Are Less Likely to Recover

  • 80% of companies that do not recover from a disaster within 1 month are likely to go out of business.

  • 75% of companies without a business contingency plan fail within 3 years of a disaster.

  • 70% of small business that experience major data loss go out of business within a year.

  • 43% of companies that experience catastrophic data loss never reopen.

  • 51% of companies with data loss closed within 2 years.

  • 80% of companies that do not recover from a disaster within 1 month are likely to go out of business.

  • 75% of companies without a business contingency plan fail within 3 years of a disaster.

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency Ready Profile. Please contact SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties today to setup your FREE Emergency Ready Profile 570-759-0966.