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Specialty Cleaning-Cat Urine Odor removal

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Specialty Cleaning-Cat Urine Odor removal Pictured is the cat urine stained floor which was sealed and dis-infected to keep the odored from emanating.

While SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake is known for our cleanup and restoration of smoke, fire and water, we are also skilled in the area of "specialty cleaning". But what is meant by specialty cleaning? I define it as any situation which requires outside help to alleviate it. Whether it be a biohazard cleanup, a hoarding situation or a cat urine problem, our trained technicians can handle the job. Recently we were called to help a family who had a cat urine issue which caused the home to become dangerous. Cat urine is a particularly difficult odor to remove because it embeds itself into soft materials like wood, sheetrock and furniture causing the odor to persist even after wiped clean. In this instance, SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake sealed the hardwood flooring trapping the odor inside. With the help of a hydroxyl generator and a through cleaning and disinfecting we we were able to make the home safe again. We are proud to serve our local Back Mountain/Western Luzerne County communities:

Preventive Maintenance Programs-Power Washing

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Preventive Maintenance Programs-Power Washing Power washing on a quarterly basis helps this Hazleton medical facility remaining looking sharp.

SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake offers preventive maintenance programs as a way to help facility managers and property managers be proactive. Pictures above is a quarterly power washing of the front entrance of this Hazleton medical facility. By having a plan in place the facility manager is able to rely on SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake to help keep the facility looking sharp.
We also have preventive maintenance plans for dryer duct cleaning that we offer to hotels, hospitals, nursing homes and larger apartment complexes. These plans help ensure that the duct system gets regularly cleaned reducing the risk of a fire.
Call SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake for your free quote on a preventive maintenance program.

Fire Smoke Cleanup -Shickshinny, Pa

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Smoke Cleanup -Shickshinny, Pa A basket of muffins was left on a stovetop which caused smoke damage throughout the house.

Accidents happen! That why we all purchase insurance. When a basket of home made muffins was left on a stove top oven, the result was this kitchen fire in Shickshinny. The homeowners were working and luckily, the neighbors heard the smoke detectors and were able to extinguish the fire before it spread and caused further damage. 

The homeowners insurance company called SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake to help return the property back to pre-fire condition. In this instance, the fire was relatively small but because it was not caught immediately the entire home suffered smoke damage. Restoration companies are called due to their skill in removing soot and odor from every nook and cranny of the home.

Cleaning a smoke damaged home requires specialized training, materials and equipment to properly restore the home and therefore insurance companies entrust restoration companies like SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake. If your home experiences a smoky kitchen fire like this one, call a professional restoration like SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake and let us help you make it "Like it never even happened".

Flooding-An Uncovered Loss

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooding-An Uncovered Loss Heavy rains caused this basement to flood in Hazleton, Pa. Floating objects in a basement is never a good thing.

Did you know that when water enters your home from an outside source, more times than not its classified as an uncovered loss. This means that the homeowner has to pay out of pocket for the costs of the water damage and sometimes that can be quite extensive.
If flooding is commonplace it is highly recommended that flood insurance be bought. It is usually not part of your typical homeowners policy and not everyone qualifies for it or can afford it. The worst jobs SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake restoration technicians mitigate are these uncovered losses, knowing the individual has to pay for the repairs themselves.
Most policies do allow for a rider that will cover sewer and drain backup if the home has a sump pump. A sump pump failure is typically a covered loss and the premium is not prohibitive considering the downside. Sewer and drain backup is highly recommended.
Today, with all this rain and a saturated landscape, SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys lake has had several calls regarding flooded basements. Wde do our best to attend to each call in a timely fashion with the goal of making the home safe.
if you find your basement flooded, call the water restoration professional at SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake. We are proud to serve our local Back Mountain and Western Luzerne County communities.

Commercial Cleaning Services

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning Services A high ceiling clean for a local plastic manufacturer.

As a specialty cleaning company, SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake has the experience and expertise to handle all sorts of cleaning projects. Whether it be a small smokey kitchen fire to a high ceiling clean for a large manufacturing, we can help make it "Like it never even happened."

As trained fire restoration technicians, our team is trained in the intrigues of cleaning. That means literally using the appropriate cleaning agents and equipment for each type of job. If we can clean a fire damage building we can certainly clean an office building or a manufacturing facility. 

Many manufacturing facilities just do not have the manpower to handle either a high ceiling cleaning or a top/down terminal clean of the actual building. This is where SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake can be an asset. Our team will work unconventional hours as to not disrupt the flow of production and has the additional manpower to complete the project in a timely manner.

So whether it be your office or your production floor, SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake can clean it. If you don't want to or can't clean it-we will.

Preventive Maintenance Programs-Dryer Duct Cleaning

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services Preventive Maintenance Programs-Dryer Duct Cleaning A build up of lint can cause a dryer to overheat and ignite a fire. Better to be safe than sorry!

Dryer fires remain a leading cause of all fires and not properly maintaining them is a big factor. When lint builds up in the exhaust duct system, it could cause the dryer to overheat and ignite a fire. This is true for both residential and commercial properties. In most instances, the residential ducts are shorter and with a simple shop vac can easily be cleaned. Commercial properties like hotels, nursing homes and apartment complexes can have a longer and more intrigue duct system and may require a company like SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake to clean them. While the dryers in commercial properties are industrial by nature, they certainly are used more frequently leading to a greater need for a preventive maintenance program. SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake can offer a quarterly, semi-annually or annual cleaning of the dryer duct system by our certified HVAC technician. Better to be safe than sorry. Call us for a free estimate for your preventive maintenance program and ensure your dryer ducts are properly maintained. We are proud to serve our local Back Mountain and Western Luzerne County communities.

HVAC Duct Cleaning

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

General HVAC Duct Cleaning This is a recent before picture of a HVAC duct system we recently completed. How is your indoor air quality?

As spring slowly comes, it is time to begin thinking about servicing your HVAC system. While we may not yet believe it due to the extended winter, the time will come when it's needed. Servicing the system ahead of time is a way to ensure that it is working properly when it's needed.
An often overlooked part of the HVAC system is the duct work. These need servicing (i.e. cleaning) periodically as well. If your ducts have not been cleaned in awhile, they could be compromising your indoor air quality. Factors such as pets, cigarette smoke or mold issue could affect the air your breath. 
SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake. has a certified HVAC technician who can inspect your duct work and determine if a cleaning is beneficial. We use a portable system of whips and brushes to clean the totality of the lines while placing the system under negative pressure. The dust and debris are sent through a hepa filter into a vacuum. We can also seal and deodorize the system.
If your duct work has been left unattended give SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake a call. We offer free estimates and will work non-traditional hours to reduce your business interruption. How is your indoor air quality?

Crime Scene Suicide and Bio-Hazard Cleanups

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Crime Scene Suicide and Bio-Hazard Cleanups When cleaning a crime scene or suicide cleanup full personal protective equipment (PPE) is always required.

SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's lake is known for our cleanup and restoration of smoke, fire and water disasters. And we certainly do that and do it well. I often use the term "specialty cleaning" when describing what we do simply because we do more than just smoke, fire and water.
This week we received a telephone call from our local police department regarding a "specialty" cleaning project which they did not want to address. A person they arrested who was suspected of having some dangerous diseases, bled in the police car as well as a holding cell. Its situations just like this where companies like SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake can help. We have the trained workforce and specialized equipment to safely clean these potentially dangerous situations.
Crime scene, suicide and biohazard cleanups are just another facet of our cleaning capabilities. We continue to partner with local and state police departments as well as first responders in providing a service most don't want to or simply cant handle. 

If you can't clean it, we will!

Prevent Bathroom Mold

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Prevent Bathroom Mold Precidicibilty mold is often seen in bathroom areas due to moisture. Here is a home in Hazleton where mold was discovered behind the shower boards.

Mold is a common problem in households and businesses across the world. No matter where you go, you’re bound to come across mold in some capacity. Bathrooms are a breeding ground for mold due to the high amount of moisture in the atmosphere. But it’s not just about a few green spots on the wall. If left alone, mold may spread to other parts of your home, causing severe health problems. How can you prevent mold from developing?

Allow For Proper Ventilation

If you have a large family, the shower may be used several times a day. Steam may spread to every corner of the room multiple times. If the steam stays trapped in one area, mold has a greater chance of developing. To prevent this from occurring, make sure your bathroom has good ventilation. During the warmer months of the year, consider opening a window. Leave the door open a crack if possible. Encourage everyone in the house to take on this habit.

Run Fans after You Shower

It’s not enough to open a window. If you truly wish to keep mold at bay, run fans in the room and the adjoining rooms. Don’t give water a chance to settle. Fans circulate the air and dry any surfaces. In such conditions, mold has a smaller chance of popping up in your bathroom. If you don’t have a fan in your bathroom, the fans in the other rooms can at least keep the mold from spreading. Do this whenever you shower – even during the summer.

Clean the Bathroom At Least Once a Week

Dust is a food for mold. It’s important to wipe away dust at least once a week. Use an all-purpose cleaner for the best results. Spray the sinks, toilet, mirrors, counter tops, and walls. Don’t forget to give attention to the tiles in your tub. It may take some time to get the job done properly, but it’s worth it in the end. Ask a family member or friend for help if you feel you can’t do it alone.

Mold is a real problem, one that people around the planet deal with on a daily basis. But you don’t have to let the mold take over your bathroom. If you know how to prevent it, you can save yourself from stress. The information above can get you started.

SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake is Luzerne Counties premier mold remediation company. Remember we also do smoke, fire and water cleanup and restoration.

Signs and Symptons of Mold

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Signs and Symptons of Mold Above was a recent mold remediation project we completed in Dallas, Pa.

SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake, Luzerne Counties premier smoke, fire and water cleanup and restoration company, also has the expertise to test and mitigate and potential mold issues. Excessive amounts of mold and certain types of mold may present health concerns. It is essential for the health of you and your family, as well as the protection of your property, to address the issue and arrange for professionals at SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys lake to conduct mold removal and mold remediation as soon as the presence of mold is identified.

Water damage can cause mold growth in your home or business, therefore it is important to have your water damage cleaned promptly and professionally.

Signs of the presence of excessive mold include:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong, musty odors.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.