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SERVPRO Hosting Continuing Education Classes

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Do you need to earn additional Continuing Education Credits for your professional license? 

SERVPRO® of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties will be hosting two Continuing Education classes for Insurance Professionals on Wednesday, October 3, 2018at our officelocated at 18 Sweet Valley Road, Hunlock Creek, PA 18621.

9AM – 11AM   Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry. This will award 2 Continuing Education Credit Hours. 100% Attendance is REQUIRED in order to receive Continuing Education Credit for this course.

11:00AM – 1PM    Restoring Contaminated Buildings. This will award 2 Continuing Education Credit Hours. 100% Attendance is REQUIRED in order to receive Continuing Education Credit for this course.

**Please remember to bring your Photo ID and Licensing Number. ** 

To reserve your seat, please contact:

SERVPRO® of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties at 570-759-0966 or send an email to

Class Size is Limited. Please Confirm Guests Attending.

Working to make it “Like it never even happened.”

While You Are Away..

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Save Energy While You’re Away

  • Unplug appliances that consume electricity even when they’re not in use such as DVD players, microwaves, coffeemakers and computers (also make sure to disconnect the computer from the Internet). This is both a cost savings and a safety issue. It’s not unheard of to have a cat tiptoe across a counter and unwittingly turn on the coffeemaker.
  • Turn the water heater down to the “vacation,” “low” or “pilot” setting.
  • During the winter, set your thermostat to 60 degrees F and have a neighbor check on the house regularly for furnace malfunctions.
  • In the summer, set your air conditioner to 85 degrees F so it runs less often but keeps electronics cool and gives the house an occupied appearance. Having no air conditioner humming and no windows open on a sweltering day is a sure signal to a thief that no one is home.
  • If you’ll be gone for an extended period, clean out the fridge (and freezer) completely, shut it off and leave the door propped open.

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties does Frozen Pipes Aftermath Clean Up

2/16/2018 (Permalink)


Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according to The American Red Cross:

Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pool and 
sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.

Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air near the plumbing.

When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from 
faucets that may come from exposed pipes

Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and 

If in the unfortunate circumstance you need our services, you can reach us at 570.759.0966.

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

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

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.

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week!  Our franchise must respond to all calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties is also part of a 1-4-8 program.  The 1-4-8 program response times are expected from franchises on all referrals received from SERVPRO (1-800-SERVPRO), unless otherwise prescribed.  [Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local CAT event or storm situations.]:

ONE HOUR to contact customer from time referral received.

FOUR HOURS to have crew on-site to begin emergency services.

EIGHT (business) HOURS from on-site arrival to contact adjuster with preliminary scope.  

If you are in need of SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties services, please don't hesitate to give us a call at 570-759-0966.

CE class held 04/19/2017

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Co and SERVPRO of Hazleton/Harveys Lake held a CE class on 04/19, at their office. We had 21 Insurance agents in attendance for the course:

Understanding the Restoration Industry:

Property Fire Damage Restoration.

This is a 4 hour course. A delicious home-made  lunch, provided by Dorothy Hess, was enjoyed by all at the end of the course. Feedback on the course was very positive and several attendees asked that recipes of the lunch be made available.