Recent Storm Damage Posts

Flash Flood Watch

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flash Flood Watch Florence is upon us. If your home or business experiences water damage, call us. SERVPRO is "always here to help"

The National Weather Center has issued a flash flood watch for parts of Northeast Pennsylvania including Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. With the ground already saturated, flooding will occur easily.

SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/harveys Lake has been extremely busy dealing with flooded basements from this unprecedented stormy summer.  This rain is certainly not needed and will most certainly cause additional damage to homes and businesses through the county. 

One benefit of SERVPRO is our ability to partner with other local franchises to ensure that your home or business is being mitigated and restored by IICRC certified companies and qualified restoration professionals. No disaster is too large.

if your home or business experiences water damage from this most recent storm call the Back Mountains leader in smoke, fire and water damage cleanup and restoration at (570) 562-6777. SERVPRO is "always here to hel

Storm Team-Resource for Wide Spread Flooding

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

The rains this past week were unprecedented and have resulted in flooded basements throughout Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. Monday night we fielded over 50 calls on our after hours line and more the following several days.

One advantage SERVPRO provides is our ability to handle widespread storm damage by utilizing other local franchises or by activating our storm teams. In this incidence our storm team was activated which means we called upon franchises throughout the Eastern part of the country to help families recover from this devastating storm. All in all, between the storm team and the Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge and Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake franchises we were able to help close to 100 families recover from flooded basements. 

Hopefully the area does not experience another storm like this but if it does, know SERVPRO has the experience and resources to address large scale flooding issues. We are "always here to help"

Rain Rain Go Away

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Rain Rain Go Away Heavy rains have lead to flash flooding and basements filled with water.

Northeastern Pennsylvania has experienced what seems like several weeks of rainy days. From a consistent light rain to violent thunderstorm leading to flash flooding, SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake is extremely busy helping home and business owners making it "Like it never even happened."

These storms have wreaked havoc in the region overwhelming sump pumps, backing up sewer systems and leading to flooded basements. Most times a homeowners insurance policy will NOT cover outside water in leading to thousands of dollars of out of pocket expenses and the secondary damage as a result of improper cleanup is yet untold.  If your basement does take water install a sump pump. And with sump pump purchased the sump pump failure rider on your homeowners policy as a  safeguard to situations like this.

Another tip to protect your property is to add the sewer and drain backup to your policy as well. While normally there is a limit, all category 3 water (sewage), should be professionally cleanup which is not inexpensive. As I have written before, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" a it's always better to be safe than sorry.

How to Reduce Flood Damage

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Reduce Flood Damage This Hazleton property was damaged by a recent storm. The roof blew off causing extensive indoor flooding.
A broken water pipe filled this business with water damage in Hazleton, PA

Flood season is quickly approaching-Preparedness is the key.


Water-resistant materials can withstand direct contact with floodwaters for at least 72 hours without being significantly damaged and sustaining little more than low cost or cosmetic repair, such as re-painting.


  • Dry flood proofing protects the building by “sealing” the building so flood waters can’t enter:
  • Applying a waterproof coating or membrane to exterior walls.
  • Installing watertight shields over all openings, including windows and doors.
  • Anchoring the building to resist flotation.
  • Strengthening walls to withstand flood water pressures and flood debris.
  • Install a sump pump and foundation drain system.


Protect your property from shallow flooding by adding a waterproof veneer, a brick backed by a waterproof membrane is one example, and sealing all the openings.


Raising electrical system components above the anticipated flood level will help prevent damage to the electrical system and helps avoid the potential for fire from short circuits in flooded systems. All components should be raised at least 1 ft. above the 100-year flood level.


Unanchored fuel tanks outside your property can damage your building or be swept downstream, damaging other properties. The supply line to an unanchored tank in your basement can tear free and fuel can contaminate your basement. Make sure that fuel tanks are properly anchored.


Floodwaters can extensively damage heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) equipment. The extent of the damage depends upon the depth of flooding and how long the equipment is underwater. A good way to protect the HVAC equipment is to move it to an upper floor or build a flood proof wall around the equipment.


Flooding in some areas can cause sewage from sanitary sewer lines to back up through drain pipes. Backflow valves are designed to block drainpipes temporarily and prevent return flow into the house.


Floodwater that enters a well can contaminate it and make the water unsafe to drink. A licensed well drilling contractor can inspect your well and suggest improvements

SERVPRO-Disaster recovery Team (DRT)

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO-Disaster recovery Team (DRT) A sea of SERVPRO green as we respond to large disaster at a local commercial property

When a natural disaster strikes it can be all too easy to lose hope in light of severe damage and loss. Whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood – the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help fast.

No Disaster Is Too Big
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 of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake smoke, fire, water and flood cleanup 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:

  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Should a catastrophic storm strike, call (570) 235-1646. SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake is the Luzerne County's leader in flood and storm cleanup and restoration. We proudly serve the local Hazleton and Back Mountain communities even in the face of a disaster, SERVPRO  of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake flood cleanup professionals will strive to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Emergency Services Company 24/7/365

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Emergency Services Company 24/7/365 Our team addressing a water loss at a business in Hazleton during the recent snow storm.

Neither rain, sleet nor snow will stop the SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake team from responding to water disasters throughout Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. As this extreme cold weather pattern remains in force , our team continues to meet the demand for restoration services of burst water pipes. Drying homes and businesses, making them safe and returning them back to pre-damaged condition is our specialty. Mother nature will continue to wreak havoc throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania and if your home or business experiences a water disaster know that SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake is available 24/7, 365 days/year to help make it "Like it never even happened."  We are the water restoration serving Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties including all parts of Hazleton.


1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Bombogenesis If this happens to you. Call us. (570) 235-1646


SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake is in the midst of addressing the prevalence of burst pipes throughout Northeastern Pa. Unfortunately this extreme weather pattern will continue for the next few days exasperating the problem. When this extreme weather pattern changes early next week, we will see a increase in the number of burst pipes. It’s not the freeze but the thaw that causes the disaster.

It is possible that we are unaware of any frozen pipes until it is too late. Whether it be a dishwasher, an infrequent used bathroom or a washing machine, sometimes we are unaware. As proactive as we may be, sometimes things happen and SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake is here for those times.

We are available 24/7 to respond to any water disaster resulting from this storm. We have the experienced water restoration technicians and specialized equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened”. We are proud to serve our local Luzerne county community.

Frozen Pipes-Preventive Planning

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Frozen Pipes-Preventive Planning This is the result of a frozen pipe that burst upon thaw. You can image the amount of damage it caused to a nursing home in Dallas.

As I woke up this morning freezing, the thoughts of frozen pipes occurred to me. Winter is the restoration industry's busiest time and busted water pipes are a leading cause. Many times this costly damage could of been prevented with some easy preventive maintenance steps.

1. Pipe wrap to insulate the expose piping in the basement of your home. This is an inexpensive way to be proactive and to ensure that the exposed pipes will not freeze.

2. Seal/insulate all small cracks and openings in your basement. Wires and pipes run inside/out of homes and could leave small open spaces which will permit freezing wind to directly affect an area of pipe. That area could freeze and burst. This again is a simply and cost efficient way to keep the heat inside and the cold out.

3. During those especially freezing nights, let the faucets slowly drip. Running water through the pipes will prevent it from freezing. Also, open cabinet doors under the sinks to allow the home heat to circulate underneath. Again, a few degrees can make a tremendous difference.

SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys lake is here to serve the Western Luzerne county for all your smoke fire and water cleanup and restoration needs. We are an emergency services company available 24/7 to help make it "Like it never even happened."

24/7/365 Reducing Business Interruption

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake is an emergency services company available 24/7/365 to meet any smoke, fire or water disaster. As a part of our agreements with all the major insurance companies we are required to be on-site working within four hours from the notice of initial loss (FNOL). Usually we are there much quicker.

Working from our shop in Sweet Valley, Pa. we can respond to anywhere in the Luzerne County area quickly. And speed in paramount in reducing secondary damage as well as limiting business interruption for all our commercial customers. Our goal is to where ever possible to keep your doors open and your business operating. We understand that downtime equals loss of revenue.

If your business experiences a smoke, fire or water disaster in the middle of the night, call the company that your insurance company trusts and know we will respond. SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake is always "here to help"!