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Rhode Island - Say Farewell to Cigarette Smoke!

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Rhode Island - Say Farewell to Cigarette Smoke! Let us help you!

Not much is worse than the smell of lingering cigarette smoke in a home or building. If you recently purchased a home that is contaminated by the smell of nicotine, or if you have recently quit smoking and want to free your home from the odors of your past habit for good, there are a few home deodorization tips you need to know. Before you get started, however, there are a few supplies you need to gather:

• Baking soda
• A gallon of vinegar
• Clean towels
• A bucket
• A strainer
• An ozone machine (in extreme cases)

Wash Fabrics With Vinegar

If you’ve ever been to a bonfire or spent even an hour in a smoke-infested environment, you know how badly cigarette smoke can affect fabrics. The first step toward freeing your home of the odors of nicotine is to wash any easily removable fabrics, such as drapes, blankets and bedding, in warm water and vinegar.

While your linens are in the wash, sprinkle generous amounts of baking soda over your home’s carpet and upholstered furniture. The best way to do this is to dump baking soda into a strainer and sprinkle it throughout your home. Let the baking soda sit for 30 to 60 minutes, and then vacuum it up.

Wash the Walls and Hard Surfaces

While you’re waiting for your carpets and upholstery to absorb the baking soda, move on to the next phase of home deodorization: cleaning the hard surfaces. Mix 75 percent vinegar with 25 percent warm water and scrub the solution on all of your home’s hard surfaces. Only file one-third to one-half of your bucket at a time, as the water will get dirty. You don’t need to be meticulous in this step, as even a light layer of vinegar removes the smoke odor.

Though these steps are effective in milder cases, in more severe cases, you may need to call in the professionals. A smoke remediation team can use an ozone machine to rid your home of the worst of the smell, and a local contractor can seal your home deodorization efforts with a fresh coat of paint. 

Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at 401-949-9955!

Why Should You Board & Tarp Your RI Property?

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

A roof that has been damaged due to a fire loss is not uncommon after a major weather event. Unfortunately, some homeowners do not take the necessary steps immediately after an event to prevent the damage from worsening. However, tarping or boarding could potentially help mitigate the damage(s). In addition to preventing further damage to the roof, there are five other reasons to use boards or tarps. 

  1. The cost of the repair can increase.

  2. The home is vulnerable to vandals. 

  3. Unwanted pests could enter your home. Pests, such as roaches and rodents, can sometimes find their way into your home through openings that are left by wind damage and roof damage.

  4. People could be injured by the roof. Until the roof has been professionally assessed by restoration specialists, anyone who visits your home could be at risk of injury from falling debris.

  5. Your insurance provider may require mitigation. Depending on your insurance policy, there could be a provision that requires you to take steps to mitigate the damage to your roof. If you fail to act, your claim may be denied or the settlement offer reduced.

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is here to help with any size fire damage. Live in Rhode Island? Give us a call at (401) 949-9955!

Airborne Smoke Residues - Lincoln, RI

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

A burning fire releases toxic gasses into the air. organic materials produce nitrogen when they burn. Inorganic materials produce sulfur when they burn. Nitrogen and sulfur are hydrocarbons and some hydrocarbons cause cancer. Some of the gasses that make up smoke are quite toxic, such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and hydrogen chloride. Once the fire is extinguished, the smoke residues that remain and the airborne particles coming from residues may still be harmful if technicians inhale them. 

Steps can be taken to allow technicians to work safely in fire damaged structures. Structures should be ventilated with Fireman's Fans. Odors from smoke residues develop as gasses evaporate from the burned debris into the air. Ventilation removes most of the gasses emitted from debris in the building. 

Respirators protect technicians from breathing potentially harmful residues stirred into the air by the work process. Whether a respirator is needed depends on the concentration of residues. A loss site with light smoke residues might be cleaned safely without a respirator. A loss site with heavy, loose residues might cause concentrations of smoke particles to become airborne, thus requiring a respirator. The type of respirator needed (paper filter mask or half-face-piece respirator with HEPA filter) depends on the level of smoke residues. An air scrubber with HEPA filtration will reduce airborne particles concentrations when technicians are cleaning an area with extremely high levels of smoke residues.

Need a smoke or fire clean up call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955!

Mold - Beware!

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we understand the dangers associated with having mold in your East Providence, RI property. 

But do you? 

There are thousands of known mold species. Mold reproduces by producing a large number of small spores, typically containing one nucleus. However, some spores can contain more than one and they are referred to as "multinucleate." 

Heard enough?

Certain mold(s) can even grow on dead organic matter everywhere in nature. Their presence is of course only visible when they begin to form large colonies. Typically, this is when you should give SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island a call. 

In as little as 48 hours from the first spore, mold can feed off of moisture and cluster wherever moisture is present. This is typically why mold is found to be in homeowner's basements.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding mold in your home, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (401) 949-9955!

Hurricane Preparedness - Northern Rhode Island

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Having an emergency plan in the event of a natural disaster will help your business quickly recover. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island has put together these steps to ensure you are ready before a hurricane hits:

Planning Ahead

It’s important to review the properties insurance policy with your insurance agent. Discussing the hazards of a hurricane can make you better prepared. Make sure your policy fully covers you for flooding, damage, and cleanup to prevent costly issues after a storm.

Building Exterior

Don’t wait until after a hurricane passes to deal with the damage. Prevent damage before it happens by following these steps:

  • Clean drains, gutters, and downspouts of the buildings
  • Remove antennas or loose objects from the roof
  • Bring in display racks and other objects usually left outside. Secure all loose objects, such as trash cans, which might cause damage during strong winds.
  • Remove outdoor signs, especially those that swing or are portable
  • If the building has exterior glass frontage, clear out that section of the building as much as possible and use shutters or board up to protect the glass. If you have no shutters or boards, strong masking or duct tape may be used. Tape in an "X" fashion on the inside of the glass to reduce shattering.

Building Interior

  • Secure your vital records and data and be sure all your important information is backed up and accessible should you not have access to your computers or network.
  • Move merchandise, equipment or furniture from windows and glass skylights to protect them from water damage.
  • Relocate files, boxes, computers, office machines, and other equipment to the innermost portion of the building or a safer location.
  • Do not leave boxes or equipment on the ground floor; elevate them by placing items on desk or table tops.
  • Cover merchandise, office machines, specialized equipment, file cabinets, copy machines, computer terminals, etc. with tarpaulins or plastic sheeting and secure with sturdy tape.
  • Close all windows and draw blinds or drapes.

If you experience damage to your business caused by a hurricane or storm you may need professional help. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is a trusted leader in storm damage cleanup and restoration expert.

For more information on steps to take to protect your business visit our website or call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island today at (401) 949-9955.

Commercial Biohazard - Cumberland, RI

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professional's will respond immediately and have the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Their first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professional's can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation.

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professional's remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

SERVPRO realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

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Storm Damage - North Providence, RI

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need a company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO Franchise Professional's have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professional's can handle any size disaster. During storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can handle:

  • Flooding caused by heavy rains
  • Hurricanes and tidal surges
  • Tornadoes and wind damage
  • Ice and snow storms
  • Wildfires

Your property’s walls, floors, and other surfaces will likely need professional cleaning treatments. Besides cleaning your property’s structure, SERVPRO Franchise Professional's will also clean your belongings, furniture, upholstery, clothing, and other restorable personal items that have been damaged by water. Flooding and water damage may require odor removal and deodorization treatments since wet materials often have an unpleasant odor.

SERVPRO Franchise Professional's are highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our Professional's are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the following:

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How to Handle a Storm Damage

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Floods, damaged roofs, and burst pipes could all spell disaster for your business. From one day to the next, you may be looking at severe water damage that only worsens over time.

The extent of the damage doesn’t matter. What matters is how quickly you act to contact a restoration professional. Though it may be tempting to try and do it yourself, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island has the training and tools to ensure that it’s done right so your business can open back up ASAP!

Immediate Response

We understand disaster's strike day and night, so we’re available 24/7. Call us the moment you discover the damage and we’ll send one of our local teams to your aid.

Thorough Inspection

The process for water restoration for commercial businesses starts with a thorough inspection of your property. We use advanced tools to test for water penetration even where you can’t see it, such as behind walls, under flooring and in-between ceiling tiles.

Removal And Drying

The next step involves removing the majority of the water. Professional grade vacuum's and pumps can quickly remove thousands of gallons of water. The quicker the water’s removed, the less chance of additional damage and mold growth.

For less obvious areas, specialized equipment is necessary to finish removing the water. After taking into account your business size, humidity and temperature, professionals set up dehumidifiers and air movers to dry out any remaining water.

Cleaning And Restoring

The final steps are cleaning and restoring your business to its previous glory. From cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing to installing new carpet and drywall, you won’t even realize that any damage has ever occurred.

Professional Services For Faster Restoration

Using a trusted and trained service for your water restoration is key to preventing serious problems in the future, such as mold growth and further damage. At SERVPRO, our professional's receive regular training to provide you with fast, reliable restoration to get your business up and running with as little delay as possible.

Are you dealing with water damage at your commercial business? Don’t let it get any worse.

Contact SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island immediately day or night to get started.

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Storm Damage Clean - Pawtucket, RI

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

The cleanup and restoration begins with a phone call. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of damage.

Water Restoration Process

A water damage event can be traumatic and when you call, we understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. Our representative will lead you through a series of questions to better understand your needs.

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island specializes in water damage—in fact, SERVPRO is the premier water damage restoration company in the U.S. 

What to Expect

When you call, a call center representative will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. Armed with the details of your water event, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will respond immediately.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  •  Your name and contact information
  •  Your insurance information (if applicable)
  •  The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  •  When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  •  What caused the water damage (if known)?
  •  Is there electricity available (on-site)?   

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Does Your Woonsocket, RI Property Have Mold?

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Call Us Today – (401) 949-9955!