Recent Storm Damage Posts

Pennsylvania Hurricane Season MythBusters 

10/6/2022 (Permalink)

We all watch the news and hear of hurricane season affecting coastal states. What most people don’t realize is that hurricane season can also affect inland states and cause damage to homes and businesses. Check out some of these hurricane season myths and truths to keep you safe this hurricane season:

Myth: Only homes and communities on the coast need to be worried when a hurricane is approaching. People living further inland are safe.
Truth: Some hurricanes can create winds that have a 1000 mile diameter. These winds can also spawn other destructive weather such as tornadoes that can reach hundreds of miles inland.

Myth: Flooding only happens in a coastal area.
Truth: Storm surges from hurricanes can travel tens of miles inland. Rain from hurricanes can cause flooding hundreds of miles away from the coastline.

Myth: My home and homeowners insurance policy will cover all damages from a hurricane.
Truth: Standard property insurance policies, like home or homeowners insurance, provide protection from many things, including some of the damages caused by a hurricane. They will not, however, cover flood damage, whether it comes from the storm surge or rainfall.

While we won’t get hit with the brunt of a hurricane we can be susceptible to property damages caused by one. Stay alert during this season and monitor your local weather. SERVPRO of Carbon County and Pocono Pines offers 24/7 emergency services. Give us a call if your home or business becomes damaged this hurricane season, 570-732-9191!

Storm Damage Is No Problem For SERVPRO!

9/28/2022 (Permalink)

Storms can occur without warning and leave a lot of damage in their wake. Damage from storms and floods require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition. In addition, storms and floods don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we! 

You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians at SERVPRO of Carbon County & Pocono Pines, who are available 24 hours, seven days a week to respond to these disasters. When a storm hits your Carbon County home or business, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Carbon County & Pocono Pines are here to help you and your residential or commercial property today! Give us a call at 570-732-9191!

Storms

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

After a harsh storm a lot of damage can occur due to water. At SERVPRO of  Carbon County we are here to help you understand. The water damages materials. Wallboard will disintegrate if it remains wet too long; wood can swell, warp, or rot; electrical parts can short out, malfunction, and cause fires or shock.

Mud, silt and unknown contaminants in the water not only get everything dirty, they also create a health hazard.

Dampness promotes the growth of mildew, a mold or fungus that can grow on everything.

The following steps work on all three of these problems. It is very important that they be followed in order.

Lower the humidity: Everything will dry more quickly and clean more easily if you can reduce the humidity in the home. There are five ways for you to lower the humidity and stop the rot and mildew. But you'll have to delay using some methods if you have no electricity.

Open up the house: If the humidity outside is lower than indoors, and if the weather permits, open all the doors and windows to exchange the moist indoor air for drier outdoor air. Your body will tell if the humidity is lower outdoors. If the sun is out, it should be drier outside. If you have a thermometer with a humidity gauge, you can monitor the indoor and outdoor humidity.

On the other hand, when temperatures drop at night, an open home is warmer and will draw moisture indoors. At night and other times when the humidity is higher outdoors, close up the house.

Open closet and cabinet doors: Remove drawers to allow air circulation. Drawers may stick because of swelling. Don't try to force them. Speed drying by opening up the back of the cabinet to let the air circulate. You will probably be able to remove the drawers as the cabinet dries out.

Use fans: Fans help move the air and dry out your home. Do not use central air conditioning or the furnace blower if the ducts were under water. They will blow out dirty air, that might contain contaminants from the sediment left in the duct work. Clean or hose out the ducts first.

Run dehumidifiers: Dehumidifiers and window air conditioners will reduce the moisture, especially in closed up areas.

Storms

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

When storms occur without warning you might not know how to address the situation. Whether it is a flood, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards. When disasters strike your life might be upside-down.

We are the professionals who restore your home or business back in a timely manner. We offer 24/7 emergency service. We will work with your insurance company to make it easier and quicker to work on your property. We have highly trained staff to help you on the scene and guide you through the restoration process. 

When a storm or other emergency happens, we can offer roof tarp and board-up services. If your windows or walls are damaged, we will dispatch a professional to secure your property. If you have damage caused by a storm, call SERVPRO of Carbon County & Pocono Pines today - 570-732-9191.

Storms happen, SERVPRO can help!

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

In Pennsylvania, we can get some heavy rains and brutal storms. It only takes a storm to cause flooding in a parking garage, leaving behind a mudded mess. Have no fear, as the cleaning professionals knew exactly how to handle it.

The receded water left a layer of mud that required our team to respond! 

The first step was to deep pressure wash the entire parking garage. Next, we extracted all excess water. Once this step was completed, we set equipment to properly dry it all out. The final step is to provide a detailed cleaning to ensure the property looks "Like it never even happened." If you are experience storm damage in Carbon County or Pocono Pines, Call us today at 570-732-9191. We are here to help! 

Storms

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

When the snow hits it may look pretty but can cause issues to your home or business. 

The first common issue with winter weather conditions is Ice Damming. Ice damming can cause water to leak into your property due to water not properly draining off of your roof. 

Another common issue is frozen pipes. As the temperature drops, your pipes will start to freeze at 20 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water freezes it causes the pipes to expand. This creates pressure on a pipe that can cause it to burst. This will result in flooding to your home or business. 

If you are experienced a pipe burst, SERVPRO of Carbon County and Pocono Pines has the skills to make your home or business look "Like it never even happened." Call today - 570-732-9191

Winter is coming!

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

With the cold winter weather coming...it means one thing….ice dams. Pretty icicles dangling from your roof could spell trouble.

As winter approaches, you may experience ice dams that are common in the winter. Ice dams form when snow melts on your roof until it meets the unheated bottom edge of the roof and then freezes. Any additional melted snow or water will not properly drain off the roof and can cause many issues to your home.

Ice damming can cause water leak(s) into your home. This leak can cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas. Every winter, we repair countless ceilings and walls saturated by ice dams. Carefully remove ice from your gutters to prevent costly damage!

If you are experiencing any ice dams in your home, SERVPRO of Carbon County and Pocono Pines can help you! Please call us at 570-732-9191!

Storms

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

As you may know, we recently experienced hurricane IDA. This left homes, businesses and roads flooded. As many homeowners are stressed with their home flooded. We made it painless and as easy as possible for our customers. 

Did you know flood water can be extremely dangerous? Water from storms can contain microorganisms, such as, E Coli, Giardia, Hepatitis A, Cholera and more. Toxins can also contain vehicle fluids, chemicals, decaying animals and garbage. 

We are experts in flood cleanup. We do not recommend leaving flood water in your home as it can be extremely dangerous to be around. Being around this water can expose yourself to dangerous waterborne pathogens and electrical shock.

SERVPRO of Carbon County, Pocono Pines can help you during flooding! Call us at 570-732-9191!

Do's and Don'ts tips for your flooded basement!

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

The do’s and don’ts when you're experiencing a flooded basement. 

Never attempt to enter the flooded basement prematurely, as this can expose yourself to dangerous waterborne pathogens and electrical shock. 

It is important to shut off power in your home to avoid water coming into contact with electrical appliances or devices. 

Act fast when water is in your home. The longer flood water is in your home the more damage it can cause. 

As soon as a flood occurs, call your insurance provider. They can determine if the damage will be covered. 

Water can cause mold to grow and it is important to have your property inspected for mold. 

Call SERVPRO of Carbon County and Pocono Pines to help you in a flood. We offer 24/7 emergency service.

Flood Damage Tips from SERVPRO of Carbon County and Pocono Pines!

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

The do’s and don’ts when you're experiencing a flooded basement. 

Never attempt to enter the flooded basement prematurely, as this can expose yourself to dangerous waterborne pathogens and electrical shock. 

It is important to shut off power in your home to avoid water coming into contact with electrical appliances or devices. 

Act fast when water is in your home. The longer flood water is in your home the more damage it can cause. 

As soon as a flood occurs, call your insurance provider. They can determine if the damage will be covered. 

Water can cause mold to grow and it is important to have your property inspected for mold. 

Call SERVPRO of Carbon County and Pocono Pines to help you in a flood. We offer 24/7 emergency service.