Recent Biohazard Posts

Specialty Cleaning-Removing Cat Odor

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Cat urine is especially difficult to remove. Many times it requires a sealant to contain the odor. We have the experience and cleaning agents

While SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's 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 bio-hazard 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, sheet-rock and furniture causing the odor to persist even after wiped clean. In this instance, SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's 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.

Hoarding- A Psychiatric Disorder

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

This hoarding house in West Hazleton became a biohazard cleanup as well due to both animal and human waste.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, "People with hoarding disorder excessively save items that others may view as worthless. They have persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions, leading to clutter that disrupts their ability to use their living or work spaces." SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake has the training and specialized equipment to address any size hoarding situations. A hoarding home can be compounded and become dangerous when a biohazard element is present. Many times animal feces or human waste are a component. In these incidences it is imperative that a professional cleaning company like SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake be called. We can clean the home and restore it to a safe and healthy living environment. SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake is proud to serve our local Luzerne County communities.

Crime Scene Suicide and Bio-Hazard Cleanups

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

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!

Sewer Back-Ups- A Common Occurrence

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Full Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) should always be utilized when dealing with hazardous situations like sewage.

Luzerne County infrastructure is old. The sewer system fails which causes backups into homes and businesses. This unfortunately is a reality and occurs often. SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas Harveys Lake has the training and equipment required to safely mitigate, clean and repair sewage damaged basements.

Sewage water is classified as category 3 water which means there are potential health effects to it and thusly should always be cleaned by a professional cleaning company. If not done properly the secondary effects could be dangerous mold and health problems for the occupants.

Odor is another big issue wirth sewer backups and without the problem equipment could cause a serious disruption to your home or business. Cleanup is the first step but address the air quality is also a function of a proper remediation.

SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake is a full service specialty cleaning company with the capability to remediate any size sewage backup.