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East Providence - We are here to help

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

East Providence - We are here to help !!

When a commercial or residential disaster occurs and you lose control of your life turn to

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island

Your first priority is to stop the damage right away. We can be your single source for the disaster water damage, smoke damage, or fire cleanup.

We are trained to help you and clean with care and get it done !!

The scope of required work is very important and getting approved by your insurance company fast. This includes all the inside contents and furniture to guide the job process through the insurance company.

There can be a lot of stress with any disaster or damage to your commercial office building , warehouse or residential home.

We want to be your single source for all your disaster needs and try to clean with care in Providence, East Providence 02906, Warwick 02887, West Warwick 02893  or East Greenwich 02818. 

Hey Rhode Island we got you covered

Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island

           401-949-9955

go to: https://www.SERVPROnorthernrhodeisland.com/

What to do in Cranston 02910 when you have a fire

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

What to do in Cranston 02910 when you have a fire

When a fire occurs in you commercial office building or residential home make sure everyone is safe. Find pets and children and get them to a safe place. Contact the Cranston Fire Department right away.

A fire can be devastating and can leave your house unsafe and unlivable.

As soon as the fire is out and cleared by the fire department contact SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island start the cleaning process.

Remember, fires are put out with water so getting the office building or home dried out fast is the first step. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island can extract the water and start the drying process.

Once the water cleanup is done an evaluation of the damage can be made and a cleanup plan can be put into place for the smoke, soot and possible other damage.

If you suffer a fire or smoke soot disaster and need cleanup call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode 401-949-9955 and let us be your single source of restoration and cleaning and we will clean with care.

Electrical Fires | East Greenwich, RI

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Home fires that involve electrical failures or malfunctions are responsible for an average of 440 deaths per year.

Home fires that involve lighting equipment were responsible for 490 deaths between 2012 and 2016

According to the National Fire Protection Agency:

You CAN prevent a home electrical fire!

Although most electrical fires start behind your East Greenwich home's walls, if you know what signs to look for, you can prevent a fire! 

Keep your eye out for old wiring and receptacles. Especially if you already know they are old and need to be replaced, call a licensed electrician to ensure your home is up to code. 

Electrical fires - how do they start?

As stated above, most home fires start with faulty, old wiring or equipment and fixtures. According to the NFPA, most home electrical fires are caused by something called arcing. 

Arc faults are caused by damaged wires and/or connectors. With time, minimally damaged electrical elements will become more and more worn, generating heat and breaking down the wiring insulation, ultimately causing a fire. 

Keep your eye on your sockets and outlets, too! Older receptacles can also cause fires. 

Fire Facts and Tips

It's very important that you have smoke (and carbon monoxide) detectors in your home. It can save you and your families lives. 

Ensure that there are smoke alarms in each bedroom that is slept in, outside the room, and alarms on every level of your East Greenwich home. 

According to the NFPA, there were no smoke alarms present in 2 out of every 5 home fire deaths... 

Did you know, a closed door can help slow the spread of fire and smoke?

If you experience a home electrical fire while you (or a family member) is home and awake, use your ABC fire extinguisher  to extinguish the fire (if it is of size to deal with using an extinguisher). Be sure to call 9-1-1 before you attempt to extinguish it. (This goes for any size fire) This is just incase the fire gets out of control.

After the flames are out, the firefighters are gone, and everyone is safe, call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at 401-949-9955, we are here to help restore and cleanup after fire damage. Most of the time, with fire damage, also comes water damage, and we're experts at water damage restoration, too! 

We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Thinking ahead to winter storms | Cranston, RI

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

While it's only September, as we know, winter in Rhode Island can come in the blink of an eye! 

In Cranston, RI, winter storm damage can lead to a bunch of problems in your home if you are caught off guard, not prepared. 

Prepare your home 

Before a big storm hits, take a look around your home. Clear out any gutters to prevent any dams. Also check for loose shingles that might come up with strong winds. 

Trim your trees and shrubs around the home (if possible). Especially if there is a lot of snow expected. Snow and ice can get very heavy once it starts to accumulate. This could cause major damage to your home and other structures on the property. 

Clean up any debris and lawn furniture or loose items in your yard. Strong winds can pick them up and they can blow around, potentially leading to damage to your home, even your neighbors home.

It's better for you to be prepared than caught off guard and left with more damage that you could've possibly prevented. 

Winter storm damage

Cold weather can lead to a number of damages in your Cranston home. One being frozen/burst pipes. This is something you typically don't need to worry about if you are home and have heat/hot water running during the storm. 

Ice dams are also a possible source of damage to your home this winter. If snow builds and builds up on your roof/gutters, it can cause dams, blocking the water from flowing away from the home, and without anywhere else to go, the water goes into your home. 

Snow build up on your roof can be very heavy, and if your roof isn't up for the task of heavy lifting, it can cause major damage. 

If it is safe, after a storm, use a long rake to remove some snow from your roof. 

Though these are just a few of the types of damage that can happen to your Cranston home this winter, it's very important for you to be ready for whatever happens, like us here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island. 

No matter the damage, your home is restorable! We're your local storm damage restoration experts! Highly trained and experienced in all types of water and storm damage restoration, we're here to help you! 

401-949-9955 | SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island 

Cleaning hacks for your North Providence home

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

Whether you need to spruce up your home for dinner guests (limited number, of course) or need some new hacks to speed up your daily chores. 

Get that pet hair off the couches with rubber gloves! Just rub any areas that need some extra cleaning, and rinse the gloves off after and the hair will come right off (or throw them away).

Get rid of odors from your couches by combining vinegar, water, and an essential oil...we like a mix of orange, cinnamon, cardamon, and clove. 

Wipe your TV screen with a coffee filter, it won't leave any stray fibers behind like a paper towel... use filters to wipe windows too, they'll be squeaky clean!

Clean your glass stove top by sprinkling baking soda and a little bit of water and let it sit for about 5 minutes, then wipe it clean.

If your oven needs some TLC, mix 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, and some lemon essential oil and spray the oven and wipe/scrub it clean. Cleaning your oven can help prevent dangerous fires. 

Get rid of carpet stains with vodka...yes, vodka... we know you have some in the cabinet.  Blot the stain first, then pour a little bit of vodka onto the stain and dab until the stain lifts.

For more household cleaning hacks click here.

If your home or business is too messy for you or your janitorial staff to handle, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is here to help!! Give our office a call at 401-949-9955.

South Kingstown Document Drying after a commercial disaster

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

After a commercial disaster at your South Kingstown, RI commercial business, important documents, even photos can be damaged, nearly ruined. 

You're in luck, though... at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we offer document drying services for your important files! 

So, what's the document drying process?

Inventory

When we get to your commercial property, we will take inventory of all items, including the important documents that need drying. 

Drying 

The documents will be freeze dried (in short terms) and vacuum sealed to achieve sublimation.

Decontamination 

The documents will go through a process called Gamma Irradiation.

Meaning: the documents (or other items) will be decontaminated using gamma rays...cool right!

The gamma rays break down any molecules that are causing contamination. 

Especially in a category 3 situation (aka sewage), the documents (and other items) NEED to be decontaminated. 

Cleaning

Depending on the level of soil, we will take the proper steps to wipe, dust, remove soot or other contaminants from your belongings. 

Deodorizing

Documents that have been in a fire or water damage situation will have some sort of odor, one that you won't want to smell. All your important documents will be deodorized before heading back to you!

Destruction 

This might sound scary... BUT, this is a certified process, big shredders will eat any documents you don't need or want anymore, or if they have been digitized and you no longer need the physical copies. 

If your South Kingstown office, retail, or other commercial space experiences any fire or water damage, give us a call at 401-949-9955, we're here to help!!  

Preventing water damage at your Albion, RI home this fall

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage during the fall

Fall means apple cider, leaves changing, brisk air, apple picking, and sweater weather! Although we're excited for the change of seasons, as a homeowner there are some things you should check off your list (before) this fall season. 

Gutters

Now that we're entering into the cooler months of the year, we're going to see more rain. With rain comes leaves falling. Leaves can (and will) get into your gutters and downspouts. They can get clogged if you don't clean them regularly. 

If the downspout or gutters are clogged, major water damage can happen inside your Albion home. 

Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November, so we're in the midst of it. This hurricane season has already been record breaking, being the first season with 9 storms formed before August, and 13 before September! 

Preparing your home for storm/water damage very important to prevent damage! Cut back any trees and shrubs, put away any outdoor furniture, ensure your roof is in good condition, before any major storms. (Your roof should be inspected twice a year)

Pipes

Pipes are something that you can easily just look over. Getting them checked and keeping an eye on them for any signs of cracks or leaks is very important to the maintenance of your home! If you do catch a leak early, you'll be able to prevent further damage and any in the future. 

Gaps

Seal any gaps. Gaps can be a roadway for rodents and insects. As the weather gets colder, animals like mice are trying to warm up, too, and your Albion home looks like just the place for them if there's a way in. 

By taking these simple maintenance tips, you can prevent water damage in your Albion, RI home! 

If you do experience water damage this fall, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is here to help! 

401-949-9955 | "Like it never even happened."

Rhode Island - September is National Preparedness Month

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness month Be prepared for whatever happens!

Here at SERVPRO, we always encourage everyone to be ready for whatever happens, whether you're a business owner, property manager, home owner, or renter, you should always be prepared. 

September is National Preparedness Month. Each week there is a theme for you to follow along with and get prepared! 

Week 1: Make a plan

The week of September 1st-5th, make a plan!! Everyone living in the household might not be together when disaster strikes, have a communication plan in place as well! 

Put a plan together addressing these questions:

- How will we receive emergency alerts?

- What is our shelter plan?

- What is our evacuation route?

- What is the family communication plan?

- Does the preparedness kit need to be updated?

Be sure to consider any special needs 

Be sure to consider any specific needs within the household. Discuss needs, special care, medical equipment etc.

- Elderly and infants (and younger children) 

- Dietary needs

- Medical needs (prescriptions, medical equipment)

- Language barriers 

- Religious or cultural needs

- Pets 

Make an emergency plan 

You can find a template here

Practice your plan 

Week 2: Make a kit 

After any disaster strikes, you may need to rely on non perishable food, water, and other supplies to last a few days. 

Your kit should have 

- Enough water for at least 3 days, per person 

- Non perishable food (enough for 3 days per person)

- Battery powered radio 

- Flashlight 

- Batteries

- First aid kit 

- Manual can opener

- Extra cellphone or wireless charger for your phone 

For a list of all recommended (and extra) supplies click here

Week 3

Take week 3 to read up and do some research on hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters that can happen in your area. Prepare your home for any disasters that may strike, or are in the forecast. 

Trim your shrubs and trees around your property, secure and clean out gutters, have a generator if you are in an area that typically loses power or is expected to lose power. 

Week 4

Teach your kids or any children in your life about disasters! Disasters happen anywhere, any time, so educating children on what to do if nobody is home or around is imperative! 

Click here for resources to teach young children, teens, and the rest of your family about disasters and disaster preparedness! 

Narraganset   North Kingstown   Westerly Charlestown  Richmond South Kingstown 

If your home or commercial business suffers from any damage due to a disaster such as a hurricane, give us a call at 401-949-9955, we're ready for whatever happens!! 

Office fire restoration | Richmond, RI

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

If your office, retail space, or other commercial property unfortunately suffers from a fire, you can count on SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island to be there to help! 

Experiencing a fire, especially at your place of business, can be devastating. You might be out of business from hours to days. At SERVPRO, we aim to cleanup and restore in a timely manner so you can get back to business in no time! We offer 24/7 services so you don't have to worry! 

To better prepare yourself, your employees, and potentially prevent further damage to your building and property, having a SERVPRO ERP in place can help! 

After the fire 

Immediately contact your insurance provider/ insurance agent and report the fire. 

Shut off any utilities

Shutting off all the utilities can prevent any possible secondary damage. Gas and electricity can be shut off right at the meter, and you can shut the water off using the main shutoff valve. 

If you have a SERVPRO ERP, it will outline every location of any important shutoff switches or valves, making it much easier for you! 

Don't jump to make decisions

After a fire (or any disaster) give yourself some time and space to think about and make the right decisions when it comes to restoration, plan of action etc... 

Don't throw anything away until everything is documented and inventories. You could run into come problems if this happens. 

While you want to get back in business right away, it's important that you contact professionals like SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island. We have the training, equipment and experience to handle commercial restoration, and handle it right!

We're your #1 source for all things cleanup and restoration. We will take great care of your building and belongings. We know how stressed and overwhelmed you may be, and eager to get back in business. That's why we're here 24/7, we will work after hours if necessary to get you back up and running! 

Call us at 401-949-9955, no matter the day or time, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Is your Warwick home smelling a little...funky? We can help with that!!

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we're experts in odor removal and deodorization! 

Odors can come from a number of sources, inside and outside. At SERVPRO, we're trained to handle any! 

Lets talk about some of the different kinds of odors we can tackle (or help you tackle) here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island 

Pet odors 

Pet odors are most often caused by waste and sometimes their glands will produce more oil during allergy season. Sometimes pet odors are something you just can't seem to get rid of the DIY route. If that's the case, give us a call, we'll make sure your Warwick home is smelling fresh! (We love animals too...so that's a bonus for us.)

Kitchen smells

Your fridge, dishwasher, or garbage disposal can all be sources of that funky smell. When it comes to these 3, it's quite easy to DIY it/ Clean your garbage disposal blades, clean up any spills in the fridge ASAP, and wipe down the inside of your dishwasher once a week! 

Food and debris can be hosts for mold, and your dishwasher holds in moisture, promoting mold and mildew growth. 

Smoke 

When you think of smoke damage you probably think of smoke after a fire, right? Cigarette smoke also causes damage to your home, whether you notice it or not! Smoke, no matter the source, can get ingrained into your clothes, carpets, and walls! Yes.... the walls!! 

Sewage 

If you smell something putrid coming from your bathroom, it's in your best interest to call a plumber before it can get worse. Smells like this can be caused by a clogged pipe or broken sewer pipe. You don't want to deal with a full on sewage loss...that's quite the stinky mess...nevertheless, at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we can take care of getting rid of that smell and cleaning up the mess if needed! 

Musty

A musty smell could be a sign of mold or mildew. 

If any odors are too much for you to handle or control on your own, give us a call at 401-949-9955, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."