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Proactive Cleaning against COVID-19

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

COVID 19 - here to help 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)

COVID clean up 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)

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Restoring Your Columbia, Montour & Sullivan County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

3/8/2018 (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’re 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. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

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 at 570-759-0966 for all your needs!

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties provides a free service!

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties provides a free service.  It is called an Emergency Ready Profile aka ERP.  We come out to your location, compile information and take photos of the property that would all be stored in one place that you could easily access in the event of an emergency.  

The photos we take are:  The Front of the Building, The Electric shut off location, The Gas Company shut off location, The Water Company shut off location, The Alarm Company shut off location, The Sprinkler System shut off location, The Server/Computer System, The Generator, The Authorized Parking Area, The Authorized Building Access Doors, The Elevator Access, The Stairway Access and any additional photos that would be beneficial of property.  

Once again, this is a free service that SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties provides.  If you are interested in getting an ERP prepared for your place of business please don't hesitate to give us a call!  Our phone number is 570.256.4485.