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What is Mold Remediation?

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Either traditional methods of remediation could be used to remove mold from the affected areas or modern techniques may be necessary, depending on the type and size of the job.

A mold remediation specialist will likely begin the cleaning process by thoroughly vacuuming the contaminated areas using a HEPA vacuum with a high-efficiency filter to catch mold spores. They will then begin a detailed cleaning process involving mold removal tools such as a HEPA filtered sander, followed by the damp wiping of surfaces with an effective cleaning solution, such as antimicrobial solutions, while continuing to HEPA vacuum simultaneously.

Modern techniques may call for dry ice blasting technology, usually performed on large commercial properties.

Non-Porous Materials - (e.g. glass, metal, hard plastic) that once had mold on them can be used again after they have been completely cleaned. Because the materials are non-porous, there will be no more mold below the surface so cleaning the surface mold will take care of the problem.

In addition, technicians can also clean furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings; and we are trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (401) 949-9955!

Mold Damage - Smithfield, RI

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

It’s the day of a family party, and you remember that all of your chairs, tables, and decorations, are downstairs in the basement. You take one step down the stairs, and are immediately slammed in the face by a foul odor. You’re curious as to what this odor could be, but you choose to ignore it. After a couple of weeks, the smell becomes so strong, you cannot even stand to be in your basement for more than a minute. The cause of this, is most likely mold.

Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Although it is nearly impossible to eradicate all mold from a given area, it is immensely important to contact SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island when you believe your home or workplace has a mold infestation. With the ability to spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours, immediate action can help protect you and your loved ones from the potential health effects of mold.

If you have any questions or are experiencing a similar situation in your home, please call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island @ 401-949-9955 or visit our Facebook page!

IICRC Water Types

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Category 1

This is liquid from a clean and sanitary source, such as faucets, toilet tanks, drinking fountains (bubblers), etc. But, category one can quickly degrade into category two.

Category 2

Gray water contains a significant level of contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if consumed by or exposed to humans. This category of liquid used to be called "gray water," and is described as having a level of contaminates that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Sources include dishwasher or washing machine overflows, flush from sink drains, and toilet overflow with some urine, but not feces. 

Category 3

Black water contains pathogenic agents and is grossly unsanitary. This is the worst classification. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested. It used to be called black water, and sources include sewer backups, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth.

Did you Know

Category 1 & 2 can become Category 3 if the water travels from a clean space to a dirty one. Ground water is classified as Category 3 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Water that is found outside could contain outdoor pollutants and carry them into the living structure.

Water Remediation - Cumberland, RI

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water disaster's never happen when it’s convenient. From flooding to a busted pipe, water damage can happen to anyone. Turn a disaster into nothing but a bad memory by acting quickly!

Professional water damage remediation is the best solution to prevent future problems and make any disaster, "Like it never even happened."

Your First Steps After Flooding

Start by assessing the situation. Is your home safe to stay in? Is it safe to try and remove anything on your own? If your electricity is still on; water around outlets and electric cables could prevent serious hazards. If you don’t feel safe, don’t try to move anything out of the damaged area on your own.

What To Do While You Wait

While you’re waiting for our crew to arrive, there are several things you can do, such as:

  • Wipe water away from loose items and wood furniture
  • Mop away excess water
  • Gather any loose objects, including lamps and pictures on the wall
  • Turn your air conditioning on to aid in the drying process
  • Prop up wet cushions
  • Take up rugs from the floor and hang to dry

All of this speeds up the drying process and prevents any loose objects from being damaged during the restoration process.

SERVPRO’s Water Restoration Process

Our six step process begins when you contact us. We’ll ask questions to initially assess the situation. We’ll then send out a team to test and inspect the area to determine the full extent of the damage.

During the third step, we remove water from the area using powerful vacuums to prevent mold growth. The next step involves fully drying the area and removing water in areas that aren’t as obvious, such as in your walls. During out last two steps, we thoroughly clean and sanitize the area and restore any damaged walls, carpet, floor and more.

Contact Today

The longer you wait to start the cleanup, the more likely it is for mold to grow. Don’t try to clean up after a major flood on your own. Let our professional team and equipment handle all the work for you.

Are you dealing with flood damage? Give us a call at (401) 949-9955 for an emergency water damage restoration team!

Commercial Services - Northern Rhode Island

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we understand how devastating flooding and water damage can be to your business. Maintaining a clean and safe environment, could make all of the difference between completing a business transaction or not. To ensure that your business does not get disrupted upon experiencing a water damage, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need!

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island has the necessary training, experience, and equipment to handle small and large scale flooding and water damage emergencies. Our highly skilled technicians are thoroughly trained in the areas of:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Applied Structural Drying
  • Odor Control
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

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Storm Damage - Lincoln, RI

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

When your business operations are interrupted by fire or water damage, you need professional help to get your property back to business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island provides professional cleaning and emergency restoration services to get your business running smoothly again. We have the training, equipment, and resources to handle any size disaster. Learn more about our commercial services.

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there with the help you need!

Our staff is 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 staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professional's study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955 or visit our website!

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Port Bond Helps Position Quonset, R.I. for Wind Energy Jobs

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Quonset Business Park is Rhode Island’s leader for job growth and economic development. Home to over 200 companies and nearly 12,000 jobs, its Port of Davisville is one of the Top 10 auto importers in North America.

Last week’s announcements by Massachusetts and Rhode Island about off-shore wind projects, and the jobs they may create all along the southern New England coast, highlight the importance of Gov. Raimondo’s 2016 port bond. The proposal, overwhelmingly approved by the voters, will finance $50 million of a $90 million effort to modernize and expand Pier 2, enhancing its load bearing capacity and creating a third berth for cargo. At 16 acres, Pier 2 is similar in size to the 21 acre New Bedford marine terminal. (Pier 1 provides an additional 7 acres of berthing space.)

“Governor Raimondo‘s port bond positions Quonset, and Rhode Island, for continued growth at the Port of Davisville, and to support the state’s growing wind energy industry,“ said Steven J. King, managing director of the Quonset Development Corporation.

The initial $18 million phase of construction on Pier 2 is expected to begin this summer.

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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!