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National Hot Dog Day in Rhode Island - Get Your FREE Hotdog

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Today is a very special day - National Hot Dog Day and it is represented with the hashtag #NationalHotDogDay on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. 

In honor of today, here's some places you can get free/discounted hot dogs!

Don't miss these delicious deals right in time for summer! No need to travel to New York City for a yummy hot dog. 

For more information, check out this link and the social media channels of your favorite eatery to view additional deals. https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/tropical-storm-barry-saturday-2019-intl/index.html

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Nate Lashley Wins 1st PGA Title

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Community Nate Lashley Wins 1st PGA Title SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island's Stormy and Blaze love the game of golf - if they weren't SERVPRO heroes, they probably would've been golfers!

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is the Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the PGA Tour, and we're really proud of that. Today we wanted to tell you a little backstory on Pro Golfer Nate Lashley. Most recently, he won his first PGA title

Nick's story is an inspiring one. He's faced so much adversity but prevailed and continues to play golf and love the game. While playing golf, his parents and college sweetheart, Leslie flew down to see him. After the game, he saw his family, and then they left. The next day, he hadn't heard from his parents or girlfriend. A couple of days passed, with no word as to where they were, and he was getting worried. It was at this time that he received horrifying news. His parents and girlfriend died in a plane crash due to inclement weather conditions over the state of Wyoming. 

Unable to really deal with the crash emotionally, he quit golfing in 2012 and got a job in commercial real estate. He realized he loved golfing and that he could not give up on it, so he began playing again.

SERVPRO supports the PGA Tour and admires the hard work and dedication of pro-golfers. Nate's story is just one of many inspiring stories of athletes who overcame challenging times and still remains a champion. 

Source: https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/19563596/after-losing-parents-girlfriend-unthinkable-tragedy-golfer-nate-lashley-perseveres

Hailstorms Bury Mexico & Storm Damage in Rhode Island

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Hours ago CNN reported the hailstorms in Guadalajara, Mexico over the weekend. Summer is here, and as you get closer to the equator, it gets really hot so this came as a huge surprise for citizens of the community. People woke up on Sunday morning to at least 3 ft of ice covering the area from a hailstorm that swept the region. It goes to show that no matter what geographic region you're in, it is always important to expect the unexpected. 

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island knows how to handle residential and commercial damage from hailstorms, thunderstorms, tropical storms, and all other kinds of hurricanes. Whether it's mold or basement flooding, we handle it all.

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Read the original CNN Article: https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/01/americas/guadalajara-mexico-hail-storm-wxc-trnd/index.html

West Coast Livin'

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO West Coast Livin' The 50 Annual Convention recognized Don and Tina for 20 years of service.

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island takes pride in serving the community and being there for people at their most stressful state. 

Convention is a time for SERVPRO owners and managers to get together and talk about new initiatives for SERVPRO, celebrate this years achievements, and have fun. 

What sets us apart from other disaster restoration companies is our dedicated to self-improvement. We are constantly striving for better. We are driven to make customers happy and we always value customers feedback on all jobs we do. 

WHY SERVPRO?

  • We always make sure the customer is comfortable
  • we always have the customer sign forms of consent to make sure we are both on the same page with what is to be cleaned and what is to be thrown out/ removed from the home/commercial property
  • we always follow up with the customer
  • we establish new, attainable goals each month for how we are going to do even better

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Fourth of July Fireworks Schedule in Rhode Island

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Community Fourth of July Fireworks Schedule in Rhode Island Independence Day Fireworks Schedule in Rhode Island

It's almost Fourth of July, and we at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island are always patriotic, so we wanted to fill you in on the fireworks events and their locations if you're looking for some family fun! We hope you're looking forward to July 4th with friends and family! 

First, here's some July 4th history.

  • Jamestown: July 1 @ 9pm
    • East Ferry Beach, Canonicus Avenue
  • Smithfield: July 5 @ 9pm
    • Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Ave. Turnpike
  • East Providence: July 5 @ 9pm
    • Pierce Memorial Stadium, 201 Mercer St.
  • Warwick: July 7 @ 9pm
    • Oakland Beach sea wall, Warwick City Park
  • Providence: July 4 @ 9:15 pm
    • India Point Park, 201 India St.
  • CoventryJuly 4 @ 9:30 pm
    • Johnson’s Pond 
  • South KingstownJuly 4 @ 9 pm
    • Old Mountain Field, 875 Kingstown Road

For Rain Dates, visit the Warwick Posthttps://warwickpost.com/fireworks-in-rhode-island-fourth-of-july-2019/

Toothpaste - Life Hacks for Woonsocket Home/Commercial Properties

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Toothpaste - Life Hacks for Woonsocket Home/Commercial Properties Cleaning household items with your non-gel toothpaste.

Non-Gel TOOTHPASTE - #LifeHacks 

Over the weekend, our marketing manager discovered some wicked cool uses for a very common household item which we use every day - toothpaste.  Everyone needs to know about this effective, easy and cheap life hack. Toothpaste is obviously essential for keeping your dental hygiene in-check, so it makes logical sense that it can get stains out of your favorite and most-common items. Non-gel toothpaste is not too different from gel pastes. The non-gel just thicker and creates foam when scrubbing teeth. Non-gel toothpaste has baking soda which helps with stains (That’s why people advise also brushing your teeth with baking soda to whiten).

Toothpaste has so many different uses that many people don’t even know about. Toothpaste is hazardous-free - I mean, we put this stuff into our mouths so it must be great for the environment, right?

  • Clean the rubber soles on your white sneakers. Another trick is to apply small amounts of toothpaste to where your white sneaker is stained. You can then leave it out for a few hours and it hardens like powder, so you can just knock the excess powdery toothpaste off and your shoes looks brand new!
  • Clean the tiles on your bathroom floor with an old toothbrush or sponge. 
  • Grab and old tooth brush and scrub the toilet and sinks
  • Clean soap scum by using a damn sponge and applying a little amount of toothpaste. A little usually goes a long way, but of course it depends on the severity of the stain. 
  • Stained clothing can be cleaned with toothpaste too, but it might not. Give it a try because throwing the damages clothing away!

For those huge stains that cannot be gone by means of toothpaste or other household cleaning items, call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, serving areas of Woonsocket, Smithfield, Burrillville, Lincoln, and Central Falls. 

Call 24/7 @ 401-949-9955

Source: https://www.thespruce.com/ways-to-use-toothpaste-for-cleaning-4160076

Street Flooding Problem in Johnston, RI

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Street Flooding Problem in Johnston, RI Belfield Drive Flooded in Johnston, Rhode Island. Retrieved from: https://www.wpri.com/news/local-news/northwest/meeting-to-be-held-to-discuss-floodin

If you have been watching the news or residing in Johnston, you're probably aware of the floods occurring and how state officials are working to mitigate it. Officials say the cause of the flooding is a blocked culvert nearby in the woods. The mayor has stated that they do not know who owns that land surrounding the culvert.

Belfield Drive in Johnston was COMPLETELY submerged in water, making it nearly impossible to drive vehicles down that road. The Belfield Drive residents are of course stressed with what's happening at the moment in their neighborhood, and they have to live with anxiety knowing the roads and homes can flood whenever it rains. According to WPRI, citizens were not able to park their cars by their homes like they normally would. Streets are flooded, which has been causing basement flooding for some residents as well. 

Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island any time for your water, storm, or flood mitigation in your home. 

Plans are in effect with federal and conservation agencies to rectify this issue, since this situation has made driving along roads and living extremely difficult. There was a meeting yesterday (Monday 6/17/2019) at 11:45AM to discuss plans moving forward. Officials are saying that they want to make the flooded road higher. Residents are worried that the solution won't be permanent. 

Source: https://www.wpri.com/news/local-news/northwest/meeting-to-be-held-to-discuss-flooding-problems-in-johnston-neighborhood/

If you're experiencing home flooding, call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island 24/7 at 401-949-9955.

Hurricane Sandy + Tips for Rhode Island Businesses

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Sandy + Tips for Rhode Island Businesses Hurricane Sandy and SERVPRO Storm Damage Tips

SERVPRO specializes in disaster cleanup, restoration, mold remediation, bio-remediation, crime scenes, and much more. We have the technology for it all! When storms come around, we understand how stressful it can be in your home or business.

"Super-storm" Sandy

This Super-storm took the east coast by surprise, being more devastating than anyone expected. It started as a Depression off the coast of Nicaragua on October 22 of 2012, then days later it swept over Jamaica and Haiti. Sandy continued North, going down to a tropical depression once again but then picking back up to a whopping Category 1 Hurricane. Scientists thought this was unusual, but our weather in Rhode Island has a way of being like that. Because of a cold front sweeping across the Atlantic, Sandy became a hybrid, which caused the media to label it “Frankenstorm”. Because Sandy was unusual and did not fit into a certain category, scientists and media called it a Super-storm.

The reason Sandy was so detrimental isn’t the severity of the hurricane itself, but other factors mixed in (like the cold front) and the fact that people were not prepared. Many Rhode Islanders chose not to evacuate. Sandy was the 4th most expensive storm in history, costing Rhode Island about $11.2 million in damages.

The overarching lesson here is to have flood insurance for your business. For example, many New York-based businesses were destroyed because New Yorkers assumed a storm like Sandy would never reach them far North - they were wrong. New York City alone suffered an estimated 19 billion in damages. No matter where you're geographically located in the United States, anything can happen.

In October of 2018 there was a tornado in Lincoln, RI – who would’ve thought?!

When faced with storm/hurricane damage, make sure to call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island. We can remove displaced trees and debris after a hurricane and get your business up back and running!

Source: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/reference/hurricane-sandy/

For more info on storm damage services we offer, visit our Storm Damage tab on our website.

8 Great Preparation Tips Before a Storm or Hurricane in Rhode Island

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 8 Great Preparation Tips Before a Storm or Hurricane in Rhode Island By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail - Benjamin Franklin

Storm damage in Rhode Island can be very destructive and stressful for all who are involved. New England has had many storms in the past, so it’s important to be prepared at all times. Like Benjamin Franklin famously said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” This is especially true for storms, hurricanes, personal safety, and home security. You cannot wait until something bad happens to  be proactive. Take the following steps to prepare for when that tropical storm in Narragansett arrives or when that power outage strikes Smithfield.

  1. Have a home safety kit consisting of flashlights, candles, can openers, portable chargers, first-aid bandages, towels, and batteries. These will undoubtedly come in handy if the power is out for a substantial amount of time.
  2. Have a radio – In the case of a power outage, it would be smart of have a radio to still know about what’s going on since you cannot watch television
  3. Prior to the storm, make sure you have non-perishable food items like Ramen noodles, Canned vegetables, Canned soups, crackers and cereal to eat
  4. Store your medications in a safe place. Sometimes medication also has to be refrigerated, so it is a good idea to keep your fridges closed to prevent the cool air from escaping. Have a cooler or a safe backup place to store your important medications.
  5. Keep your mobile electronic devises sufficiently charged before the storm hits. After all, phones lose their battery life so fast and your phone will probably come in handy or at least save you from the "No WiFi boredom"!
  6. Make sure you have a portable charger to charge your devices during a power outage.
  7. Have multiple cases of water accessible, because the water supply may be contaminated
  8. IMPORTANT – be aware of where you’re walking especially if you’re going outside. So many deaths occur from electrical shock during a storm, so be careful you’re not stepping on any wet power lines. Stay indoors if you can do avoid getting injured.

Experiencing fire, smoke, water, or mold damage? Let SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island help any time of the day. Call us at 401-949-9955.

Keeping Commercial Property Safe - Rhode Island

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Keeping Commercial Property Safe - Rhode Island Commercial Cleanup and Restoration - Drain Cleaners

Messes happen in your business/commercial property. - There's no way around it. We're human. Customers are coming in and out, students are living in the dorms, and patients are having their appointments/surgeries. Somebody may spill something or substantial mold growth in moist, unclean areas may occur. Commercial property owners should regularly clean and maintain their building, since appearance plays a role in the customer/student/patient experience. 

A chemistry review

A chemical or solution is either considered an acid, a base (alkaline), or neutral depending on its pH level. Drain cleaners, for example, come in a couple forms - acids, bases, and bleach. For example, the popular cleaner Drano is a base.

Harmful Mixtures - Remind your employees or cleaning crew to never mix these together!

Bleach + Vinegar = Not good and causes external and internal chemical burns

Rubbing Alcohol + Bleach = Chloroform - really bad

Hydrogen peroxide + Vinegar  = Not Good - even two natural cleaners can cause harm to you if mixed

Two separate, non-hazardous (or natural) ingredients on their own have the potential to create harmful substances when in contact with each other. 

Good news - If your business needs cleanup and restoration, call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at 401-949-9955! We use certified sanitation agents to effectively and safely clean your business.