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Smoke Damage in Cranston, RI

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

After the fire to your Cranston, RI a SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Professional will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during fire damage pretesting.

We will clean with care to make it clean and we can be your single source for all your clean & disaster needs

Types of Soot Include:

  • Wet Smoke Residues - Result from smoldering fires with low heat. Residues are sticky, smeary and with pungent odors. Smoke webs can be difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke Residues - Result from fast burning fires at high temperatures. Residues are often dry, powdery, small, non-smeared smoke particles.
  • Protein Residues - Virtually invisible residues that discolor paints and varnishes. Extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot - Furnace puff backs distribute fuel oil soot.
  • Other Types of Residues - Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residues also need cleanup.

If you need our help call, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955!

Removing Oily Soils in Smithfield, RI

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Oily soils are removed in different ways. Some oily soils are light enough to be emulsified in water-based detergents. Other oily soils may be too heavy for detergents to be effective in removing them. These heavier soils can be dissolved with oil-based solvents.

Emulsifying Oily Soils with Detergents

Can we put something into water to help us clean oily soils? Yes - detergents! Water-based detergents are able to dissolve in water, but they are also able to attach to oily soils. Detergents pull the oily soils away from the surface, so we can extract the soils with the detergent.

Detergent molecules are made so that they have a water-loving head and an oil-loving tail.

The makeup of the tail of a detergent molecule is similar to the makeup of oil, gasoline, grease, and animal fats. The detergent's tail will dissolve substances similar to grease and oil. The head of the detergent molecule breaks oily soils apart and the head pulls them into the water, creating an emulsion. An emulsion means that the detergent acts as a connecting link between oil and water molecules, allowing them to be mixed evenly through the cleaning solution. The cleaning solution can then be rinsed out along with the emulsified soils.

Detergents have some drawbacks. If they are not rinsed thoroughly, they leave a sticky residue. Also, when detergents combine with hard water (water that contains minerals, such as calcium or magnesium), they make a salt. These salts will not dissolve in water, so they slow down the cleaning action of the detergent and form a scum.

Smoke Dangers

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we base our work on a “restore” vs. “replace” mentality, meaning that we will work effortlessly to bring your home or place of business back to preloss condition.

An example of a disaster that we often deal with concerns fire cleaning and repairs. In this situation, we implement a seven-step process that our brave men and women follow in order to ensure the best possible cleaning outcome.

Since fire damage is no laughing matter, you and your family should be weary about the many different smoke dangers that persist after a fire has ravaged through your home or place of business. Although you may not be able to see ALL of the damage, smoke has the ability to latch onto certain items and fabrics that may not be seen by the naked eye. This is when you should take all precautions and call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island! Your goods, electronic items, and even walls, if not properly taken care of, can corrode.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to visit our website or give us a call at (401) 949-9955.

Demolition and Removal in Commercial Properties

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why do you need demolition during mitigation?

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island specializes in residential and commercial restoration for fire, water, and mold losses. We take pride in our work and provide quality service. During mitigation we want to save as much as possible and restore materials back to normal, but unfortunately, at times, mitigation may require demolition. This is because some materials just cannot be saved and salvaged.

Examples of materials that would require demolition and the reason:

Drywall: Drywall would require removal because wet insulation is present; it was affected by water for a long period of time; it was affected by certain categories of water; it has visible "mold" growth; or it is fire damaged or burnt.

Insulation: Insulation would require removal because it is non-slvageable when affected by any type of water, mold, or fire loss.

Tile: Tile would require removal because it acts as a vapor barrier covering wood sub-floors, drywall, and framing. Tile would have to be removed in order to clean and dry the wood sub-floor or framing when affected by water, mold or fire - depending on circumstances and category of loss.

Vinyl: No matter what type of sub-floor, the vinyl would have to be removed. Vinyl acts like a vapor barrier and delaminates when affected by any type of water. Vinyl would have to be removed in order to clean and dry the wood sub-floor when affected by water, mold, or fire - depending on circumstances and category of loss.

Contact SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island when you need to make a decision on demolition during a fire, mold, or water loss at (401) 949-9955! We are here to make any disaster, "Like it never even happened."

Mold - Don't let it Spread!

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

From the Ordinary

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified.

Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing bread, baked goods, and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and life-saving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum).

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present concerns for some people.

To the Unhealthy

The intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.

Take Precautions

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island handles water damages every day and knows that prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

The conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.

Help is Here

If you think you might have a problem, call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955. Our crew(s) are trained in mold remediation and they will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold. In the event that mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization form prior to any mold cleanup or related work being performed. The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safely completed.

If extensive mold growth is present, additional assistance may be required. Some situations require the addition of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with the specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/or repair the property. You may wish to consult your adjuster if needed.

Air Duct Cleaning in Rhode Island

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

If you are having trouble breathing in your home, think about having SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island professionally clean your air duct system! Not only are ventilation systems often the biggest culprit for poor indoor air quality, but a dirty one can end up costing you money.

A dirty air duct system that has been operating for quite some time without any proper care or attention, could be circulating dust, pollen, dirt, debris, odors, and several other contaminants. Although it may not seem like a problem immediately, the culmination of different contaminants have the ability to cause any occupants headaches, nasal congestion, or sinus problems.

Some tell-tale signs that your home requires professional air duct cleaning include:

  • A sudden increase in sweeping and dusting of furniture
  • After cleaning, left over dust is visibly seen circulating around the area
  • When heating or cooling systems are running, one room differs in its temperature from the rest of the house
  • Allergy symptoms seem to be stronger than usual
  • Musty odors circulate around the home

Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we routinely inspect heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units. Properly maintaining and having your air duct regularly serviced can be the difference maker in making your home more comfortable to live in.

What separates us from our competitors? We understand that a thorough air duct cleaning service may be costly, which is why we make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. Sometimes, the best option may be to do-it-yourself, if the situation is deemed to be of minor importance.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your air duct, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (401) 949-9955 or visit our website. We have the training and equipment to make any situation look, “Like it never even happened.”

No Damage too Large or too Small

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Your home is truly a reflection of you, your tastes and your personality. Suffering damage to your home can feel like a part of you has been damaged as well. We recognize a loss can make you feel vulnerable, invaded or robbed of part of your life. Your loss is unique - in how it started, the emotions experienced and the extent of the damage.

When damage affects your home, you want it to be restored to preloss condition. You cannot afford to let the marketability of your home be affected. That is why SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have professionally restored property for over 40 years.

SERVPRO is the trusted choice for hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, because they know SERVPRO Professionals have the experience to do the job right!

Ice Damage in Woonsocket, RI

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Tips for Removing Ice Dams

Residents in Rhode Island have made it through the winter thus far without much damage. While there has been little snowfall, icicles have still been able to form on homes and buildings at night. Hidden behind the ice is water that can work its way under roof shingles and leak into your home or business. If left untreated, ice dams can cause serious damage to your roof, gutters, paint, insulation, drywall, structure and even contribute to mold. There are several things you can do to avoid getting an ice dam or to reduce the risk of damage after one has formed.

How do ice dams form?

Ice dams can form whenever water from melting snow re-freezes at the edge of your roof-line. Without roof snow removal, an ice dam may grow large enough to prevent water from draining off the roof. This water can then back up underneath roof shingles and make its way into your home or business.

Preventing Ice Dams

  • Remove snow from your roof after every storm

Use a roof rake to clear snow from the edge of your roof upwards of three to four feet immediately after each storm. In addition to helping prevent an ice dam from forming, this will lessen the stress on your home’s roof. The amount of snow and ice your roof can support will depend on a number of factors, including the roof type and the age and condition of the structure. Keep in mind - if more than a foot of heavy, wet snow and ice has accumulated on your roof, you should have it removed by a professional.

  • Clear downspouts

An easy way to help snow and ice drain off of your roof is to make sure the area around your downspouts is clear. This can help prevent standing water from collecting near the gutter downspout.

Dealing With Existing Ice Dams

  • Melt the ice dam

Fill a nylon stocking with calcium chloride ice melt, and place it vertically across the ice dam so that it melts a channel through the dam. If you try this, make sure you can safely position the ice melt on your roof, and make sure to use calcium chloride, not rock salt. Rock salt will damage your roof. Also, be aware that shrubbery and plants near the gutters or downspouts may be damaged.

  • Seek professional help

 If you cannot safely reach the roof, avoid using a ladder in snowy and icy conditions. Consider hiring a contractor to remove the ice dam.

Checklist before SERVPRO arrives:

  • Disconnect the electrical and remove electronics from the affected area
  • Call your insurance company! Many insurance companies will cover the damage caused by ice dams. Before any professional cleanup, photograph and document the damage.
  • Remove standing water
  • Remove mold-prone items if possible
  • If possible, open the windows to circulate air or use a fan.

Once the ice damn is removed from your roof, contact SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island to professionally clean, dry, and disinfect the area. Water damage in your home due to ice dams is an unfortunate situation, but SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will happily clean up any damage. Protect your roof and home from the hazards of ice dams and call us today at (401) 949-9955. 

Fire Loss in Cumberland, RI

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

After a fire devastates your home, your ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. Your experienced professionals at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use specialized equipment and products to clean and protect your structure. Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island professionals may even be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense incurred with repainting or refinishing.

In other cases, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will clean to "prepare for painting." This process deodorizes and ensures the new paint will adhere properly to the surface.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a SERVPRO representative, please call us at (401) 949-9955 or visit our website.  



Commercial Vandalism in Lincoln, RI

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. Our highly trained technicians can offer the following services:

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professionals are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

  • SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.
  • Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional has the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contacts any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace.
  • The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give your local SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professional a call, and leave the restoration to us, call (401) 949-9955.