Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm Damage in Northeast PA

4/11/2024 (Permalink)

storm damage Here to help

Storms can come through and do a significant amount of damage in a brief period. In our local area we have seen several flash flooding and often have damage because of severe winds. 

In either of these situations, it is imperative to seek assistance to restore you home or business. 

SERVPRO of Kingston, Pittston City, and Wyoming County is here to help! Our trained professionals are equipped to oversee small to large losses. We partner with our local large loss team pending the size of your loss and significance of damage. 

Our team at SERVPRO® is available 24/7 and can be reached at 570-714-0090. We are here to help! 

Water loss as a result of storms

4/16/2023 (Permalink)

water loss in residential home Water loss damage

Spring storms can lead to unwelcome water losses.

Spring showers bring May flowers but can also bring about unwanted water losses, flooding, and leaky roofs.

When evaluating a loss due to water ,it is important to understand the proper mitigation steps necessary. 

There are 3 Categories of Water

Category 1 water damage: Consists of Clean water that is sanitary

Category 2 water damage : Consists of Grey Water that is significantly contaminated

Category 3 water damage: Consists of Black Water that is Grossly Contaminated

Pending on the Category of the water loss there are specific steps to follow and at times containment that must take place.

SERVPRO of Kingston, Pittston City, Wyoming County has trained and certified technicians that can diagnose the category and take proper measures to ensure your home or business can be restored.  Our team is required to follow safety regulations and always keep the customers’  safety and satisfaction in mind when stabilizing the loss.

We are open 24/7 and are Here to Help! Call us today at 570-714-0090

Storm Damage in Wilkes-Barre

8/19/2022 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes SERVPRO picture Be prepared for the storm.

Do you have a home in Wilkes-Barre? Do you even have a vacation home in the NEPA area? If the answer is yes to these questions, it is important to keep an eye on the safety of your property during storm season. Keep the following tips in mind to keep your home and belongings safe. If disaster strikes, we are always Here to Help. We can be reached 24/7 at 570-714-0090. 


  • Cover all glass or delicate outdoor items and furniture.
  • Close all windows and doors during a hailstorm.
  • Put vehicles in the garage during hailstorms or cover with a thick blanket.
  • Move flowers and flower pots under cover.


  • Inspect home roofs regularly for loose or curled shingles (this also applies for wind).
  • Properly grade lot to avoid water seeping back into house.
  • Clear gutters and downspouts of debris to ensure proper drainage.
  • Ensure downspouts are located and facing away from the house.
  • Reduce air and water leaks with weather stripping around doors and windows.
  • Locate and seal any cracks in foundation walls and basement floor.


  • Replace rock and gravel landscaping material with shredded bark.
  • Install impact-resistant shutters over large windows and glass doors.
  • Secure all moveable outdoor items or relocate them indoors.
  • Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed and remove weak trees that may fall.
  • Avoid parking vehicles near or below trees, lampposts or power lines.
  • Secure all HVAC units, skylights and pipes to avoid being blown away.

Keep these safety tips in mind to keep your home or business safe!

Preventing Wyoming County Storm Damage

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with lightening behind it Here to Help following the storm.

Tunkhannock and Wyoming County Summers are well known for severe storms. Since June is National Safety Month, it's important to follow tips to keep your home safe from storm damage this Summer. 

Below are some safety tips to follow this Summer:

1. Clean your gutters.

2. Inspect the foundation of your home.

3. Check your yard for dead or diseased trees.

4. Secure furniture that could fall.

5. Have your roof inspected every year.

6. Know how to shut off your utilities.

7. Unplug electronics.

8. Identify safe rooms in your home.

9. Create a disaster kit.

10. Watch the weather.

SERVPRO wishes you a fun and safe Summer. Follow these tips to keep your home safe. Should your home or business suffer storm damage, please contact us 24/7 at 570-714-0090. 

Summer Storms in Pittston

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Be Storm Ready SERVPRO Tips We're always here to help following the storm.

Severe Weather

It's very exciting to say that it feels as though Summer is here to stay! With highs in the 80s most of us are rejoicing and also probably excited for the first thunderstorm of the season. Although it is relaxing and refreshing, it is very important to keep in mind safety when dealing with severe storms. When storms strike NEPA, do you know the difference between a watch and a warning?

During severe weather, a number of alerts may flash on the TV screen or on your mobile device. But do you know what they mean, and which ones require immediate action?

Severe Thunderstorm WATCH

A thunderstorm is considered severe when it exhibits one or more of the following:

  • Large hail (hailstones that are one inch diameter or greater, so hail the size of a quarter or larger fits this criterion).
  • Wind gusts of 58 mph or greater.
  • A tornado.

severe thunderstorm watch means that atmospheric conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorm development. The severe thunderstorm watch outlines an area where an organized threat of severe thunderstorms is expected generally during a three- to six-hour period. 

Severe Thunderstorm WARNING 

severe thunderstorm warning means that a severe thunderstorm is imminent: It is occurring or is about to occur. Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued by the local National Weather Service office when it deems a particular thunderstorm has met, or will soon meet, the severe criteria listed above. Severe thunderstorm warnings are usually highly localized – covering parts of one to several counties – and generally last for 30 to 60 minutes.

During a severe thunderstorm warning, it is important to get to safety immediately. Severe winds – gusts of 58 mph or greater – can down trees and power lines, causing injury and potentially death to those hit by large falling objects and other debris. In addition, if a severe thunderstorm is producing large hail, injury and significant property damage can result.

It is important to remember the differences between these storms and always be prepared to take action. Our SERVPRO franchise is highly trained to respond to any size disaster, and we could mitigate any damage caused by severe storms this season.

We are always here to help!
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Preparing for Storm Season in Wilkes-Barre

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

Be Storm Ready SERVPRO Tips Stay Safe during Storm Season!

Stay Safe all Summer long by practicing safety tips during severe weather.

1. Know your evacuation routes. Be sure to have discussed or have a written evacuation plan. The National Weather Service recommends you have a plan of action mapped out in case you are pressed for time.

2. Create a home safety kit. The Department of Homeland Security recommends you have:

  • Enough water for each person to have a gallon a day
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Whistle
  • First Aid Kit
  • Garbage bags
  • Towelettes
  • Phone chargers
  • Duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Local map
  • Manual can opener

Be sure that your safety kit is in an easy-to-locate area such as a kitchen counter or coffee table.

  • Stay alert. Use your emergency radio to stay up-to-date on the storm’s progress and any additional dangers it may bring to your area.
  • Head to a safe part of your home. Stay away from windows in case of flying glass.
  • Keep your refrigerator cold.Turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting so that your food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Keep your family in the loop. Once you are in a safe place, try reaching out to friends and loved ones to let everyone know you are okay. Nothing is more reassuring than knowing someone is safe.

Storm Damage in Wilkes-Barre

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

green Servpro trucks parked outside Faster to any size disaster.

SERVPRO of Kingston, Pittston City and Wyoming County is the leading storm damage cleanup company. Because storm damage knows no schedule we respond 24/7/365 to meet the cleanup and restoration needs of both residential and commercial customers.

Whether it be water damage from a flash flood, roof and window damage from wind and hail, or a fire from a lighting strike, we have the trained personnel and specialized equipment to handle any size mess.

The quicker the response, the less secondary damage that occurs. The quicker the response, the less amount of business interruption that occurs. Our goal is to be "faster to any disaster" meeting our customers needs.

Should your home or business experience a storm related disaster, call us at (570) 714-0090 anytime to ensure that your property is restored by an industry leader.

storm damage at local commercial property

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

water damage on ceiling of commercial property water damage from storm in NEPA

Recent storms in NEPA caused several pipe bursts and water damage across the area.

A roof leak caused this water damage to a local property owner.  

SERVPRO of Kingston, Pittston City, Wyoming County was called to assist. We can oversee both mitigation and reconstruction and be your single point of contact to get your business back up and running.  

We are here 24/7 for your emergency needs. Call us today at 570-714-0090.

Storms in NEPA

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

water damage in commercial buiding water damage in commercial building as a result of ice storm

SERVPRO of Kingston, Pittston City and Wyoming County responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Kingston home or business back to pre-storm condition.

 We can help during storms such as, flooding caused by heavy rains, hurricanes and tidal surges, tornadoes and wind damage, ice and snowstorms, and wildfire.

See below a picture of water damage in Dallas because of the recent ice storm in NEPA. Our trained technicians were on the scene to mitigate the water damage. Our goal is to get your business back up and running asap , "Like it never happened."

Call us today 24/7 at 570-714-0090.

Winter Storm Damage in Wilkes-Barre

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van with snow on it Storm Damage? SERVPRO can help.

SERVPRO of Kingston, Pittston City and Wyoming County specializes in damage restoration that is caused by heavy storms.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Wilkes-Barre, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm Damage? 
Call Us Today 570-714-0090

Approaching Storms in Kingston

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

SEVPRO logo with lightning Here to help during the storm

The weather forecast for this week in Northeast PA calls for an extensive about of rain. Heavy rainfall can lead to several hazards including damages to homes and businesses.

This excessive rainfall often can cause basement flooding, ruin foundations, and contribute to mold growth. 

Some preventative steps to help protect your home and business may include the following:

  • Install and routinely check sump pumps. 
  • Locate and repair any water leaks
  • Check to be sure your home and business has proper drainage

We are unable to control the weather but we can take precautions to ensure the best protection for our homes and business. Now is the time to inspect your property to minimize and potential damage. 

Should you find yourself with water damage  our team at  SERVPRO Kingston, Pittston City, Wyoming County is here for you. Our trained and certified technicians have the knowledge and equipment to restore you home or business "Like it never happened." Call us 24/7 at 570-714-0090.

Storm Damage preventive Tips

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO orange logo with lightning bolt Storm Prevention tips

Storms can cause some serious damage at times but there are some simple tips you can follow to help minimize the damage to your property.  

Following some simple tips can help prevent severe damage to your properties or may even mitigate any damage from happening at all. 

  1. Keep your trees trimmed.  Trimming your trees regularly will help fewer branches fall in heavy wind or other severe weather. 
  2. Secure Outdoor Items. Loose items like grills, tables, and lawn furniture, pool furniture should be brought inside to avoid becoming projectiles in storms with high winds. 
  3. Inspect for Drainage Problems. It is recommended to have the gutters cleaned once leaves have fallen, but there can be other drainage problems around your home, including areas where water can drain onto the foundation and cause damage. 
  4. Inspect your roof. A brand new roof should withstand most severe weather, but if your roof is 5-10 years old or older, it should be checked for loose shingles, nails and sheathing. Not only can shingles blow off in a storm, but loose nails and sheathing can cause chunks of roofing to be dislodged or create openings for rain and ice to penetrate.

Roofs that are over 15 years old may not be able to withstand severe storms even if there have been no signs of concern prior.


Lincoln County Sheriff's office  

In the event your home or business suffers from storm Damage. SERVPRO Kingston,Pittston City, Wyoming county is here to help!  Call us 24/7 at 570-714-0090.

Winter Storm Damage in Pittston

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

three SERVPRO vehicles in front of commercial building Here to Help following the storm.

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. We have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

Frozen Pipes

Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. We can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:

  • Outdoor hose bibs
  • Swimming pool supply lines
  • Water sprinkler lines

Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Garages

Ice Dams

An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.

Roof Damage

Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.

Regardless of the Winter Storm, We Can Help

Cold weather and winter storms can cause significant damage with little warning. Regardless of the type of storm, we can handle any size disaster caused by:

  • Cold temperatures
  • Heavy snowfall
  • Ice storms and freezing rain

Extreme Storm Damage in Texas - SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team Trucks in parking lot SERVPRO is here to help in Texas.

The SERVPRO Storm Team has been activated and hundreds of crews are on standby to respond to the snow storm affected region once the roadways improve. With the large volume of calls for assistance, we encourage residents to be patient while we make every effort to respond as quickly as possible.

Proud to be part of such a strong franchise community. Help is on the way, Texas.

Melting Snow Causes Flooding in Pittston

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

three SERVPRO trucks in front of commercial building in the snow Winter Weather can cause Severe Water Damage

Flooding in Pittston from High River Levels

When the recent snow began to melt it added water to the ground that drained away in the same way as water from rainfall. Plus we had a measurable rain fall. As snow accumulates and becomes compacted during the winter the ratio of snow to water decreases. As us in NEPA have noted, we started the winter off strong a snow storm followed by rain storm.  As the temperatures rose to near 50 the following week, we saw freezing and melting of water surfaces.  The snow that melted from the high temps and large rain fall drained and melted into the River. Some homes along the line of the river or in low areas experienced water damage to their homes or businesses. If you had a problem like this, call us. We can help! 

If your Pittston home or business is suffering from flooding call our SERVPRO franchise 24/7 at 570-714-0090. We will respond immediately to restore any of the damage.

Preparing for a Hurricane in North East Pennsylvania

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

"Keep your eye on the storm text" with blowing palm tree Stay Safe during Hurricane Season

How to prepare for a hurricane in PA

Hurricanes are among the most powerful severe weather events found in nature. These fearsome storm systems can originate in any ocean – Atlantic, Pacific or Caribbean – and pack a punch of 150-170 mph winds. And when they hit land, they can spawn tornadoes, tropical storms, torrential rain, flooding, landslides and horrific destruction in general. So it's never too early to think about hurricane preparedness – and how you can protect your family, home, property and business. Here are some essential hurricane safety tips to help you prepare for a hurricane.

Long-range hurricane planning

Make sure your home meets or exceeds current model building codes for regions often impacted by hurricanes. You may also want to do the following: 

  • Talk with your family members about what to do in case of a hurricane. Designate an emergency meeting spot and have a plan for your pets.
  • Show adult and teen family members where electrical, gas and water shut-offs are – and how to turn them off. Make sure the proper tools are nearby.
  • Have a well-stocked first aid kit, flashlights and plenty of batteries.
  • Install impact-resistant windows.
  • Be sure your doors have at least three hinges and a deadbolt lock with a bolt at least 1 inch long.
  • Install permanent wood or metal stiffeners on your garage door. Or contact the door manufacturer about temporary supports you can easily attach and remove.
  • Make sure your roof covering and sheathing beneath it can resist high winds.
  • Consider replacing gravel and rock landscaping with mulch or shredded bark, which can be less deadly in high winds.
  • Trim trees and shrubbery. Pay particular attention to weak or dead branches that could fall on your home or your neighbor's home.
  • Decide how and where to secure your boat.
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure.
  • Learn the elevation level of your property (above or below sea level) and whether the land is flood-prone. This gives you a better idea of how your property might be affected by a storm surge or tidal flooding.
  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
  • Learn hurricane evacuation routes. Figure out ahead of time where to go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.

Before a hurricane hits

If conditions are right for a hurricane in your area, this is how you can prepare:

  • Stay tuned to local radio and TV for warnings, safety announcements or instructions.
  • Invest in a portable battery-operated or hand-crank radio.
  • Turn off all utilities, including propane tanks.
  • Cover all of your home’s windows with storm shutters or 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Even duct tape – amazing as it is – doesn’t prevent windows from breaking.
  • If it’s safe, move outdoor furniture and grills inside. They can be deadly flying debris.
  • If emergency officials haven’t directed you to a public shelter, get your family to the basement, a closet, a small room or a hallway away from windows. The more walls between you and the outside, the better.
  • Lean a mattress against the wall of the room you're in.
  • Don't open your windows. Keep the wind and rain outside.
  • Hand out flashlights. The hurricane will probably disrupt electrical service.   

After a hurricane has passed

If you and your family were forced to leave your home – or if it has been severely damaged from the hurricane – wait for authorities to give the all-clear to re-enter. Then:

  • Look for flooding in the wake of a hurricane. Rising water can produce dangerous conditions hours or even days later.
  • Check for structural damage before going inside.
  • If dark, use a flashlight – not matches, a candle or a lighter. An open flame could ignite leaking gas.
  • Listen for reports to see when drinking water is safe.
  • If there is water damage, consider hiring a professional water damage cleaning service like SERVPRO.
  • Use your cell phone or camera to take pictures of the damage that can be used to document your insurance claim.
  • Once you’ve gathered necessary documents and evidence of your claim, contact your insurance company or agent.

Storm Damage near Tunkhannock

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Did you experience storm damage to your home in Tunkhannock? 

SERVPRO of Kingston, Pittston City and Wyoming County has experience restoring homes and businesses affected by severe storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

The SERVPRO Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, 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, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

With our team of professionals along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Our team is always Here to Help. If you need storm damage assistance or restoration, we can be reached 24/7 at 570-714-0090. 

Keep these safety tips in mind when the possibility of a tornado or strong storm is imminent:

Choosing a Spot

  • Go to the lowest floor and the innermost portion of the building
  • Seek shelter in an interior hallway, under a stairwell, bathroom, or closet
  • Shut doors behind you
  • Get under a heavy desk or workbench
  • Crouch down, protect your head and make yourself as small a target as possible
  • Cover your body with a mattress, sleeping bag, blanket, pillow or coat

What to Avoid

When sheltering, things to avoid include:

  • Taking shelter where there are heavy objects directly above you such as a refrigerator, which could potentially fall through the floor
  • Windows, as breaking glass from flying debris can cause severe injury
  • Doors and exterior walls

Special Considerations

In addition to the above listed recommendations, some situations require additional precautions.

  • Mobile Homes: Get out and seek sturdy shelter immediately when a tornado warning or a tornado watch is issued. Do not delay.
  • Commercial Buildings: Do not use elevators and remember to shut doors behind you.

And remember, we are always here to help!

Storm Damage in Shavertown, PA

5/3/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damaged Tree with SERVPRO logo and "Ready to help after the storm" text We can help following a storm.

Summer is Severe Storm Season in NEPA

It's always best to prepare for the worst of storms during the summer. July 2018 turned out to be the fourth wettest month since records began in 1888 and an EF 2 Tornado also tore through a popular shopping plaza in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Both of these situations are exactly why it is important to prepare for storms and know what to do in these situations. 

Severe Storm Safety Tips 

No matter what part of NEPA you live in, it's always important to keep severe storm safety in mind. 

  • Always keep a battery-powered radio in your home so that you can tune to radio stations if you lose electricity. Check or change the batteries frequently.

  • Keep a supply of candles on hand for power failures.

  • As a safety precaution before leaving the house on vacation, unplug all electrical appliances except for those lights connected to automatic timers.

  • If you live in a storm-prone area, nail down roof shingles or use adequate adhesive to keep them from blowing off in a violent wind. For roofs with shingles that are not the seal-down type, apply a little dab of roofing cement under each tab.

  • Don't go out during a hurricane unless you have to; however, if flooding threatens, seek high ground, and follow the instructions of civil defense personnel.

  • When a major storm is imminent, close shutters, board windows, or tape the inside of larger panes with an "X" along the full length of their diagonals. Even a light material like masking tape may give the glass the extra margin of strength it needs to resist cracking.

  • When a tornado threatens, leave windows slightly ajar.

  • Keep an eye on large trees -- even healthy ones -- that could damage your house if they fall during a storm. Cut them back, if necessary.

  • Keep an eye on the sky. If the sky looks threatening, take shelter and don't go outside. 

Stay safe this season and always remember our SERVPRO franchise can respond to a storm emergency, 24/7/365 - 570-714-0090. 

Be Ready for Whatever Happens during a Storm

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Here to Help Following a Storm

Be Prepared for Summer Storms this Season

Know the county in which you live and the names of nearby cities. Severe weather warnings are issued on a county basis.

Have disaster supplies on hand, including:

      Flashlight and extra batteries.
      Battery operated radio and extra batteries.
      First aid kit and manual.
      Emergency food and water.
      Non-electric can opener.
      Essential medicines.
    Checkbook, cash, credit cards, ATM cards.

Before the Storm

      Check the weather forecast before leaving for extended periods outdoors.Watch for signs of approaching storms.
      If a storm is approaching, keep a NOAA Weather Radio or AM/FM radio with you.
      Postpone outdoor activities if storms are imminent.
    Check on neighbors who require special assistance: infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

During the Storm

Remember: If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately.

      Move to a sturdy building or car.
      Do Not take shelter in small sheds, under isolated trees, or in convertible automobiles.
      If lightning occurs and sturdy shelter is not available, get inside a hard top automobile and keep the windows up.
      Get out of boats and away from water.
      Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity.
      Unplug appliances not necessary for obtaining weather information.
      Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances.
      Use phones only in an emergency.
      Do not take a bath or shower.
      Turn off air conditioners. Power can overload the compressors.
      Get to higher ground if flash flooding or flooding is possible.
    Do Not attempt to drive to safety. Most flash flooding deaths occur in automobiles.

If you are caught outdoors and no shelter is nearby:

      Find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles. Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding.
    If you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees.

After the Storm

      Check on neighbors who may require special assistance: infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
      Avoid all downed power lines. Assume that all have live electricity.
    Continue to monitor NOAA Weather Radio and your local media for latest weather updates.

Preparing for a Hurricane in Luzerne County

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Ready for whatever happens.

It has been six years since our last hurricane in NEPA, but it is always important to be prepared for one. The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 each year. As we are in the middle of the season, please follow these important hurricane preparedness tips from CDC:

  • Take basic steps now to ensure your safety should a storm hit.
  • Stock your home and your car with supplies.
  • Create a family disaster plan.
  • Avoid flooded areas and take precautions before, during, and after a flood.
  • Never ignore an evacuation order.
  • Understand older adult health and medical concerns.
  • Ensure your pet’s safety before, during, and after an emergency.
  • Ensure your CO detector has working batteries. Place generators outside at least 20 feet from any door, window, or vent.
  • Learn how to avoid injuries, make sure your food and water are safe, and clean safely.
  • Following a hurricane, our SERVPRO franchise can be reached 24/7 to mitigate the storm damage and any secondary damage such as mold. 

We are always here to help! - 570-714-0090


Ice Jams causing Flooding in your Avoca or Duryea property?

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

Ice Jams can cause severe flooding to your home or business.

Ice Jams in Avoca and Duryea, PA

When the recent snow began to melt it added water to the ground that drained away in the same way as water from rainfall. As snow accumulates and becomes compacted during the winter the ratio of snow to water decreases. As us in NEPA have noted, we started the winter off strong with one weekend reaching lows in the negative 20's! As the temperatures rose to near 50 the following week, we saw freezing and melting of water surfaces. The most likely times are freeze-up jams in early winter and break-up jams early spring. Freeze-up jams typically result in minimal if any flooding. Break-up jams usually cause the most damage and flooding. In addition to flooding, break-up ice jams can cause significant property damage. They have been known to push entire houses off their foundations and rip wooden decks from other homes.

If your Avoca or Duryea home or business is suffering from flooding caused by ice jams, you can call our SERVPRO franchise 24/7 at 570-714-0090. We will respond immediately to restore any of the damage.