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How To Put Out a Grease Fire

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Grease fire A grease fire which was extinguished by a chemical fire extinguisher. We did the cleanup and restoration.

The best way to avoid a grease fire is to not have one. While you are cooking, keep an eye on the oil as it’s heating. The oil won’t immediately catch fire once it starts smoking, but smoke is a danger sign that it’s well on its way to getting there.

If the worst happens and your oil does catch on fire, use the following tips:

1. If the fire is still small enough and contained in one pot, it is safe to put it out yourself. If it is already spreading to other parts of the kitchen, evacuate.

2. Turn off the source of the heat on the stove. Do not try to move the pot because you don’t want to accidentally spill or splash the burning oil.

3. Do NOT pour water on the fire! Since oil and water do not mix, pouring water can cause the oil to splash and spread the fire even worse. In fact, the vaporizing water can also carry grease particles in it, which can also spread the fire.

4. Remove all oxygen from the flame. You can cover with another pot or pan. Do not cover it with a glass lid because the glass lid may shatter.

5. If you can’t cover it, dump lots of baking soda on it.

6. Use a chemical fire extinguisher on the grease fire. There are different kinds of extinguishers. Not all can be used on a grease fire, but the ABC dry chemical extinguisher is best.

Hopefully you’ll never be in a situation where you have to actually use this advice, but if you are remember to smother the fire with a pot or baking soda and never use water!

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Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Duct Cleaning Commercial air duct cleaning.

Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

Why is it important to have my air systems cleaned?

Clean HVAC systems perform more efficiently to decrease energy costs. Well-maintained mechanical components last longer, reducing costly HVAC system repairs. Businesses with employees affected by indoor air pollution may see a reduction in employee downtime/sick days. This results in increased productivity!

A clean HVAC system is very important in an apartment complex as well. Tenant retention is higher in buildings with good indoor air quality. Tenants perceive value in a building with proper air system maintenance.

Every building and air system is unique so call the professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days per week at 570-235-1646 for an estimate. SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties is serving all of Lackawanna and Wayne counties.

Building and Reconstruction Services

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Front of our building Our office is conveniently located at 372 N Main St in Taylor.

When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris.

After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.

We can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

SERVPRO can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

We are the area leader in smoke, fire and water clean up and restoration. We can handle any size disaster. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days per week at (570) 235-1646

Categories of Water

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Cat 3 Loss This is a Cat 3 water loss because it was a sewer backup in a basement.

A categorization of the level of contamination of water in a damaged structure is required to perform loss assessments and evaluation activities. The category of water contamination must be considered so that the correct procedure can be established for processing water damaged structure and materials. Water damage is divided into three (3) categories.

Category 1: Water that originates from a sanitary source that does NOT pose a substantial harm to humans. Examples include: broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflow, melting snow and ice, falling rainwater, broken toilet tanks and bowls that do NOT contain contaminants.

Category 2: Water contains a significant level of contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if consumed by or exposed to humans. Examples include: discharge from dishwashers or washing machines, overflows from toilet bowls with some urine but no feces, broken aquariums and punctured water beds. Also, any water that has traveled through building materials.

Category 3: Water that is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Elderly, anyone under the age of two, anyone with a compromised immune system, respiratory problems or allergies should not occupy the job site until the home or building is safe. Examples include sewage, toilet back-flows that originate from beyond the trap, all forms of flooding and other contaminated water entering or affecting the indoor environment.

SERVPRO is an IICRC certified firm and able to professionally assess any water disaster for health and safety reasons as well as the proper drying techniques. We are the premier water mitigation and restoration company.

Ice Dams

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

ice damage Ice dams lead to water seeping into the ceiling of this home in Scranton. Ice dams are problematic and cause some serious damage.

What is an ice dam?

Ice dams are a pervasive and damaging winter roofing problem caused by poor roof ventilation and a warm attic space. Left untreated, ice dams can cause serious damage to your roof, gutters, paint, insulation, drywall, structure and even contribute to mold. Ice dams form when melting snow on a roof runs off and refreezes at the edge of a roof. This condition occurs when the snow is melted by a warm roof, creating water running between the snow and the warm roof surface, then freezing and turning to ice when it gets past the exterior wall and hits a cold unheated roof edge or gutter.

The water backs up and eventually seeps into the inside of the home or business. SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties responds to many water emergencies which are the result of ice damming. Water is an amazing phenomenon and without professional drying can lead to both structural and health concerns over the long run.

Be proactive and prevent your home or business from experiencing an ice damming situation and a costly repair. However, if it does occur call a professional restoration company to ensure you and your family's health and safety. SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties is the area leader in smoke, fire and water cleanup. We are an IICRC certified firm and follow all the recommended guidelines in drying any water disaster. An emergency services company we are available 24/7/365.

Disaster Recovery Team

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

trucks A sea of green on a Sunday morning following a storm.

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  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.

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 Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties is the leader in flood and storm cleanup and restoration. We proudly serve the local Scranton community even in the face of a disaster, flood cleanup professionals will strive to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Sump Pump Failure

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

When a severe storm hits, homeowners may experience excess water in their basements or the lower levels of their home. A sump pump is an important tool that can help protect your property by controlling water and keeping your home dry.

Sump pumps are typically found in the lowest part of a house, such as a basement, and are usually installed by a professional in a specially constructed sump pit. The sump pumps primary job is to pump water outside and away from the home. There are generally two types of sump pumps: pedestal and submersible.

How to Keep Your Sump Pump in Good Condition

Once installed, consider the following maintenance tips to help ensure your sump pump is ready when you need it. Check the pump at least once a year to make sure it is still in good working condition.

  • Is the sump pump plugged in?
  • Is the power cord in good shape?
  • Is the drain hose connected properly?
  • Is there any debris in the area that could clog the pump and prevent it from working properly?
  • Pour water into the sump pit to test if the sump pump starts up automatically and quickly drains the water.

Since sump pumps run on electricity, consider installing a battery backup to help ensure yours will not fail, even in the event of a power outage. If you have installed a battery backup, during your test of the sump pump installation, unplug the pump to ensure that it will function properly on battery power.

Contact a professional if your sump pump is not working properly.

Finally, consider obtaining optional coverage for water backup or sump discharge or overflow. Many homeowners' policies do not cover water in the basement.

Broken Supply Line

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

broken supply line Broken toilet supply line caused a three floor flood at this home.

Pictured is a broken toilet supply line. Unfortunately this part is a common cause of many residential water disasters. The disaster becomes worse when the homeowners are not home and the water continues to flow unabated from top down. SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties was called by the homeowners insurance company to a home  which had three floors damaged by this exact scenario. This seemingly harmless part which most do not even think about caused thousands of dollars in damage. SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties water restoration professionals were able to begin the mitigation process and help reduce any secondary damage. Call us for all your water disasters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are proud to serve Wayne and Lackawanna County.

Holiday Shut-Downs Equal Manufacturing Maintenance Time

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO employee in a sicissor lift cleaning dust from a rafter at a Scranton plastic manufacturer. A SERVPRO employee utilizing a scissor lift to clean plastic extrusion from the rafters as part of an overall cleaning project.

The last week in December is a common time for many manufacturing facilities to undergo plant shut downs to reward employees with time off for the holidays; however they are also a great time to complete those necessary time consuming cleaning and maintenance tasks. This is where a specialty cleaning company like SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties is most busy.

As a specialty cleaning company we have the trained employees and necessary equipment and cleaning agents to handle large cleaning projects like a manufacturing facility. Utilizing our employees allows the facility to provide the much needed time off for their employees and still complete tasks like high ceilings, HVAC ducts, industrial or top/down cleanings to keep the plant clean, safe and in insurance compliance.

When your facility needs an cleaning overall, call the company that has the  experience to do it at (570) 969-2470. 

Manufacturing Cleaning

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO employee in a scissor lift cleaning a high ceiling at a local manufacturing facility SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties has the trained employees and specialized equipment to clean high ceilings.

Does your manufacturing facility have a shut down for the holidays? Are you planning a detailed cleaning of the production area? How about a high ceiling cleaning or an industrial cleaning of your equipment? Did you know that SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties has the specialized labor force and equipment to handle any size clean.

The holiday season is a common time for these types of projects and SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties is busy partnering with several local facilities to help them begin 2020 with a bright and dust free production area.

Our specialize cleaning crew just recently completed a high ceiling clean and paint for a Scranton cold storage facility and we are ready to begin helping a plastic company meet both insurance and corporate requirements of a dust free work area.

Its still not too late to contact SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties for a free estimate of your manufacturing cleaning needs. Allow us to give your team the holiday off and lets a professional cleaning company spruce up your facility.