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HVAC Cleaning in Tunkhannock, PA

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Technician speaking with homeowner in front of HVAC Unit and orange SERVPRO logo. Be sure to clean and maintain your HVAC System this Spring.

Importance of Cleaning your Commercial HVAC System 

  • Most of the allergy-aggravating contaminants will be removed from your system
  • Your HVAC will operate more efficiently and effectively
    • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
    • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
    • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
    • Recognition from guests and customers of a very clean environment.

NADCA’s rule of thumb for consumers is that “if your air ducts look dirty, they probably are,” and that dirty HVAC systems should be inspected by a reputable, certified HVAC professional. Below are some other reasons homeowners choose to have their air ducts cleaned.

When to know it's time to have the ducts cleaned. 

  • There is visible mold growth inside ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system
  • Ducts are infested with rodents or insects
  • Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris
  • Particles are released from your supply registers

We can quickly and efficiently clean your HVAC System 

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (570) 714-0090.

Emergency Board Ups near Pittston, PA

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo on wooden board used for board up Emergency Board Up Services in NEPA.

SERVPRO of Kingston, Pittston City and Wyoming County can provide Emergency Board Up Services. If your home or business incurs storm or fire damage resulting in an opening in your building you may be in need of emergency board up services. Any openings in the structure need's to be properly boarded up to protect the building from weather and illegal entry.

SITUATIONS THAT MAY CALL FOR BOARD-UP SERVICES INCLUDE:

Commercial Building in Duryea with Mold

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Cartoon white wall  with mold and text that reads "Mold Problem? Call SERVPRO. We can help." Mold Problem? We can help.

In the process of selling a vacant property? Avoiding mold will aid in the quickness of the sale. Since mold loves moisture, it’s important to remove sources of water to prevent it from growing in the building. 

Potential problem areas to address to keep mold at bay include:

    • Roof Leaks: Check attic or top floor for roof leaks, and repair any that are found.
    • Wall Leaks: Weather strip and caulk leaky windows.
    • Window Condensation: Install insulated glass or storm windows to prevent condensation problems.
  • Plumbing Leaks: Examine pipes for leaks and insulate if needed.
  • Blocked Gutters: Keep gutters and downspouts clean.
  • Foundation Leaks: Channel water from downspouts away from house.
  • Basement Leaks: Examine basement for leaks and repair if necessary.
  • Water Under House: Check crawl space for excess moisture, and apply black plastic to ground to reduce humidity.
  • AC Drain Leaks: Be sure HVAC units drain properly and that drains are not clogged.
  • Ductwork Condensation: Inspect HVAC ducts for excess moisture. Repair or replace the insulation around them if wet.
  • Air Filters: Use a high quality air filter with HVAC units, and change it regularly.
  • Bath Vent Fans: Install bathroom fans that are vented to the outside. Run them during—and for 15 minutes after—showers.
  • Air Circulation: Open doors and windows during dry weather to increase air circulation.
  • Indoor Humidity: Keep the humidity in your home between 30 and 50 percent. Check it with a humidity gauge or moisture meter and use a dehumidifier to lower it if necessary.
  • Vent Gas Appliances: Make sure gas and kerosene heaters and fireplaces are properly vented to the outside to reduce the amount of moisture in the air.

Use these helpful tips to avoid growing mold in your property. If you find yourself dealing with mold, you can contact us to quickly remediate the problem. 570-714-0090 

Cleaning HVAC System after a Fire in Pittston

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

smoke soot and ash covering wooden beams of a sauna Following a fire, it's important to have your HVAC system cleaned.

Following a fire at you commercial or residential property in Pittston, your HVAC system can potentially collect a number of particles including; smoke residue, soot, emissions from the fire and other contaminates common during building fires. HVAC systems can still collect these particles, even if the system is not in use. Your HVAC system can be greatly affected by these foreign materials. The performance and overall cleanliness of your HVAC system should become a priority following a fire. An HVAC cleaning should be completed as a priority following a commercial or residential fire. 

At SERVPRO of Kingston, Pittston City and Wyoming County, we can inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC) following a fire. Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe, especially following a fire.

SERVPRO's Commercial Large Loss Division, One Team

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green commercial truck with employees in front of it Calling SERVPRO ensures an immediate response, as we have access to 1,700 franchises nationwide. No job is too large.

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 prequalified 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.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

We're a nationally known brand owned and operated by a family in NEPA

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

9 individuals in front of three SERVPRO vans in front of building Our family owned franchise is always here to help.

SERVPRO of Kingston, Pittston City and Wyoming County opened in 2016 by Franchise owner John Lazo. Located in Northeastern Pennsylvania the franchise operates from our Kingston, PA office. Our franchise goal is to provide the best customer service to our customers in the restoration industry. Raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, John prides himself on a work ethic handed down from his family. NEPA has a reputation of hard working people and what better area to operate a business where we set the standard for excellence. Our franchise has continued to grow every year from day 1 and we look forward to serving you for your residential or commercial needs.

SERVPRO of Kingston, Pittston City and Wyoming County works with most insurance carriers and has relationships with many insurance agents throughout the area. We are proud to be their choice when disaster happens.  We are also preferred vendors for many commercial property managers in the area.  We have the training and equipment to restore your home or business and no job is too big or too small. SERVPRO of Kingston, Pittston City and Wyoming County is “Ready for whatever happens. “

We are an IICRC certified firm with numerous industry related certifications. We are also certified by the EPA to conduct lead based paint renovation and repairs.  Our employees take pride in their work and understand how stressful a disaster can be to you. 

We are proud to serve a nationally known brand of SERVPRO and be locally owned and operated by a family in NEPA. 

Commercial Fire Damages Building in Wilkes-Barre, PA

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Three green SERVPRO trucks outside commercial building with blue sky We respond to commercial fire damage 24/7.

Fire damage can be very devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, water damage caused by firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you have a fire emergency, call SERVPRO of Kingston, Pittston City and Wyoming County. 

Commercial Fire Damage? Call Us Today 570-714-0090

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

We have the training, experience, and equipment to manage your commercial fire damage emergency. We will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion—getting your property business-ready. 

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Signs of Frozen Pipes in Kingston, PA

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Copper pipe with snow and hole in it. Be aware of the signs that your pipes may be frozen.

The winter months usually bring frigid temps which in turn can be a problem for homes and businesses without proper maintenance. After temperatures drop below freezing for consecutive days, pipes can freeze. When the temperature goes above freezing again, it's possible that these pipes can burst and cause severe water damage. Are your pipes frozen? Here are some signs: 

  • The Temperature Is Right- Pipes cannot freeze if it is not cold enough outside for them to do so. Water does not freeze when it is 60 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and neither do pipes. When the temperature falls to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, you should begin to take precautions to prevent pipes from freezing. 
  • There Is Frost on the Pipe- For pipes that can actively be seen, such as those under sinks, you may be able to see frost that has accumulated on the exterior of the pipe. This can serve as a warning sign that the pipe is frozen before you ever try to turn on the faucet.
  • No Water Is Coming Out of the Faucet- Another sign that you may have a frozen pipe on your hands is lack of running water. If you or a tenant turn on a kitchen or bathroom faucet and only a slight trickle of water or no water at all comes out, the water pipe leading to the faucet may be frozen.
  • Strange Smells- A fourth potential sign of a blocked pipe is an odd smell coming from a faucet or drain. If the pipe is partially or completely blocked, the only way the odor can escape is back up in the direction of your property.

It's important to act quickly if you think your pipes are frozen. You can try to thaw them yourself, but also call in an experienced plumber to analyze the situation. Should you unfortunately find yourself dealing with water damage from a burst pipe, you can always give us a call to help. 

Causes of Winter Fires in Wilkes-Barre & How to Prevent Them

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

wooden house beams with black fire, soot damage Use Fire Safety this Winter!

Winter is the most common time of year for accidental fires. Space heaters, fireplaces, and candles are examples of hazards that create fire risk in times of cold weather. Here are a few things you can do to stay safe while keeping warm:

  1. Candle Fires: Keep candles away from flammable objects. Every year careless candle placement is a leading cause of fires in the United States.

  2. Space Heaters: Similar to candles, space heater fires are also common in the winter months. Most are due to clothing, curtains, or other flammable objects placed far too close to the heater. Be sure to keep flammable objects at least three feet away from space heaters.

  3. Fireplaces: Always put out the fire in your fireplace before you leave your home or go to sleep at night, and always keep a watchful eye while the gas or logs are burning.

  4. Overworked Electrical Outlets: Heating appliances require a great deal of electricity. Only plug one heating appliance into an electrical outlet at a time.

  5. Non-working Smoke Detectors: Be sure your smoke detectors are fully functioning and have fresh batteries for the winter months. Smoke detectors should be replaced every seven to ten years to maintain full functionality.

Be sure to keep warm, but also practice fire safety to keep your home and business safe and fire free this season! 

Selling a Commercial Property in Wilkes-Barre, PA - But Found Mold?

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Black Mold on light blue wall of a residential home with wooden trims Listing a Commercial Property in Wilkes-Barre, PA? Make sure it's Mold Free.

Are you in the process of selling a vacant property in Wilkes-Barre, PA? Avoiding mold will stall the quickness of the sale. Since mold loves moisture, it’s important to remove sources of water to prevent it from growing in the building. 

Potential problem areas to address to keep mold at bay include:

    • Roof Leaks: Check attic or top floor for roof leaks, and repair any that are found.

    • Wall Leaks: Weather strip and caulk leaky windows.

    • Window Condensation: Install insulated glass or storm windows to prevent condensation problems.
  • Plumbing Leaks: Examine pipes for leaks and insulate if needed.

  • Blocked Gutters: Keep gutters and downspouts clean.

  • Foundation Leaks: Channel water from downspouts away from house.

  • Basement Leaks: Examine basement for leaks and repair if necessary.

  • Water Under Building: Check crawl space for excess moisture, and apply black plastic to ground to reduce humidity.

  • AC Drain Leaks: Be sure HVAC units drain properly and that drains are not clogged.

  • Ductwork Condensation: Inspect HVAC ducts for excess moisture. Repair or replace the insulation around them if wet.

  • Air Filters: Use a high quality air filter with HVAC units, and change it regularly.

  • Bath Vent Fans: Install bathroom fans that are vented to the outside. Run them during—and for 15 minutes after—showers.

  • Air Circulation: Open doors and windows during dry weather to increase air circulation.

  • Indoor Humidity: Keep the humidity in your home between 30 and 50 percent. Check it with a humidity gauge or moisture meter and use a dehumidifier to lower it if necessary.

  • Vent Gas Appliances: Make sure gas and kerosene heaters and fireplaces are properly vented to the outside to reduce the amount of moisture in the air.

You can use these helpful tips to avoid mold from growing in your property.

If you find yourself dealing with mold while trying to sell a property in Wilkes-Barre, PA, you can contact us to quickly remediate the problem. 570-714-0090