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April showers bring May flowers...or water damage

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Car completely under water due to flooding in 2010, Rhode Island This flooding happened at the end of March in 2010, when 6-10 inches of rain fell in RI. This caused rivers to flood across most of the state.

As the saying goes "April showers bring May flowers." 

But when the showers get a little too intense, it can cause flooding, and storms can be intense.  

According to the Providence Journal, it rained for 23 days last April in Rhode Island.

When there is heavy rainfall in the forecast, this could mean floods are possible. 

Flooding

What is flooding? 

According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory:

"Flooding is an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods can happen during heavy rains, when ocean waves come on shore, when snow melts too fast, or when dams or levees break. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop."

Since we're in April, we'll discuss how flooding can occur with just a few inches of water, from those April showers. 

"Flooding occurs in every U.S. state and territory, and is a threat experienced anywhere in the world that receives rain."

Flash flood

Flash flooding occurs in an instant within hours of heavy rains. If you experience heavy rains, this is a sign that flooding may occur.

Flash flood watch 

These are issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. This gives you time to think about a plan of action before any flooding actually occurs. 

Flash flood warning

This is issued when flash flooding is happening or is likely to happen soon. Warnings are usually more concentrated on specific areas due to excessive rain. 

Flash flood emergency

These are typically rare, when extremely heavy rain can lead to catastrophic damage.

If your home was damaged due to flooding or heavy rainfall, give us a call, we're the experts in water damage repair in Rhode Island! (401) 949-9955

It'll be "Like it never even happened."

Managing your Anxieties During Trying Times in Rhode Island

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Woman overcome with anxiety Image from: https://biginterview.com/interview-anxiety/

Governor Raimondo said in her latest briefing  today (3/24/20) a lot of children along with adults have been reaching out with concerns and anxieties about the situation. 

Raimondo says "tensions are rising, there is no way around that."

It's perfectly normal and okay to feel anxious! You absolutely are not alone! We don't want to see you all feeling very anxious when we have the platform to keep you informed and give you advice! Although there is no way to completely eliminate your anxieties, we want to provide you with some solutions!

Create a daily schedule 

Creating a structure to each day can go a long way with reducing stress! Especially if you have kids at home while you're working from home. Have a set "wake up time" for everyone (if you don't already). Make times for work and school. Then meals, exercise and chores! (no excuse to not get them done if they're home ;) 

Pick up a new hobby! (or pick back up your old ones)

This will help keep your mind busy. Take breaks from working to crochet, color, draw, bake, cook.... there's no limit!! 

Be sure you're limiting your media consumption 

This can cause you more stress and anxiety. While it's good to stay up to date, consuming too much isn't great for you! Think of it like eating... you get full after consuming too much food... same goes for your brain when you're watching or reading too much news and social media. 

Maybe check once in the morning and once at night. And when you are reading or watching news, be sure it's not only bad news, read some good stuff! Like this! 

Exercise

While the gyms are closed, there are tons of workouts and yoga tutorials you can follow to keep in shape while you're home! Exercise is a great stress reliever!

Video calls

Practicing social distancing might mean you aren't seeing family members and friends. Set up daily or weekly video chat calls with them to stay in contact! 

Instead of just focusing on the negatives, try to remind yourself that you will get through this and it will work out! 

We only want the best for you all! :) 

Reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter if you have any suggestions on what you've been doing to reduce some of your anxieties and stress during this coronavirus pandemic! 

What does WRT mean?

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is IICRC certified in many things. One of them being water restoration.

Before we get into the certifications, you might be wondering, "What's IICRC?" 

IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. They set the standards for the cleaning and restoration industry, which we do comply to. 

Our teams study IICRC standards and practices in water restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and fire restoration, just to name a few. 

What does WRT mean?

WRT stands for water damage restoration technician. 

The IICRC states "the Water Damage Restoration Technician course is designed to teach restoration personnel that perform remediation work to give them a better concept for water damage, it's effects and techniques for drying of structures." 

This course gives them the resources and information to do work at commercial and residential properties. 

The next step to get hands-on training is to get ASD certified. ASD stands for applied structural dryingBefore you can take the ASD course, you must be WRT certified. 

Being WRT certified, that means our technician, project manager, or crew chief is certified to take care of your water damage, no matter if its in your living room or your retail store!

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is proud to be able to serve our local communities. We're here to help you! Call us 24/7 at (401) 949-9955

SERVPRO Professional Cleaning Services for your RI home or business

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is here to help We're here to help you! Call (401) 949-9955 to contact us about cleaning and disinfection

With flu season upon us and a growing concern for disinfection, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island wants you to know that we are capable of cleaning, disinfecting, and removing biohazardous contaminants! Our crews have specialized training and products to get you back into "business"!

We can preform a proactive cleanup which would include

- Cleaning

- Disinfection 

We will do this for "high touch" surfaces such as

- Counters

- Tables 

- Doorknobs & lightswitches 

- Fixtures

- Bathrooms 

- Offices 

etc!

We are capable of cleaning in commercial spaces too!

- Kitchens

- Schools

- Retail stores

- Sales counters 

- Carpets

- Elevators 

and more! 

Our cleanup procedures include cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces, tools, and supplies. As well as disposing of the waste. 

Our Favorite Restaurants in Northern RI - Pt 1

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Map of Rhode Island, pins dropped to mark Woonsocket, North Smithfield, and Lincoln This weeks selections drop us in Woonsocket, Lincoln, and North Smithfield!

Are you always trying to figure out where to eat when someone asks where you want to go? Look no further! we're on a mission to let you all know OUR favorite picks in the area! This week we have favs from Dave, Tatiana, and Heather

Lincoln:

Jacky's Galaxie

With locations around the state, Jacky's is a great place to dine in or take out your favorite sushi, noodles, and more! 

Tatiana, our job file coordinator, says her favorite menu item at Jacky's Galaxie is the Seaweed Salad along with Spicy Salmon sushi rolls. 

"If you like good sushi, this is the place to go!" 

North Smithfield

The Beef Barn

Dave's all time favorite restaurant is the Beef Barn... he says their food is delicious and easy on the pockets! 

His favorite menu item is the roast beef sandwich. 

"I like that you can make the sandwiches 'specials' where you get the sandwich with a salad and fries for just $2 more!" 

Woonsocket 

Kay's

Being from Woonsocket, we thought it would be fitting to ask Heather what her favorite place to eat was in that neck of the "woods" 

She says Kay's is one of her go-to's in the city. Her favorite thing to order (like a lot of people) is the "Best of RI" steak sandwich with just cheese on it! She says she likes that the sandwiches come with chips instead of fries, "keeps it light-ish"

"If you're in the area you should definitely stop at Kay's and the Beef Barn, great choices for a good, quick bite!"

Come check back on our blog every week for more of our team's favorite places to eat! Head over to our Facebook and let us know your favorite spots to eat in Northern Rhode Island! 

Hey Cranston - What is Personal Protective Equipment?

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Our crew member wearing proper PPE during a mold remediation job: gloves, respirator, boot covers, full body suit. Our restoration technician, Julio, wearing proper PPE on a mold remediation job. Great job Julio!

Personal Protective Equipment AKA PPE, is gear worn to protect our crews from any hazards they may come in contact with while on a job. 

These hazards may include:

- Chemicals

- Bio Hazardous materials

- Mold

- Mechanical, electrical, and physical hazards

- Dust, pesticides, and other fumes 

PPE can include gloves, safety glasses, shoes, hard hats, respirators, and full body suits! 

It is important at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island that our employees are as safe as possible while working for our wonderful customers so we can get the job done right and efficiently.  

Although it isn't the most fashionable outfit of the season, it is absolutely necessary in some situations. 

Our crews work with sewage, mold, black water, chemicals and other hazards on a regular basis. Don't let it alarm you if you see them wearing PPE. 

If your Central Falls home or business requires any mold, water, fire, sewage or other damage that requires professional care, call us at (401) 949-9955 any time, any day!

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

Commercial Restoration Services - Northern Rhode Island

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

There is never a convenient time for your business to get flooded or for a fire to strike. That's why at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island we have technicians on call 24/7, we can work after hours, at 9pm or at 2am. Anything we can do to get your business back up and running! 

No job is too big for us at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island! We have access to a Large Loss Division, which is composed of our best of the best! 

We have the training, experience, and technology to handle any size disaster! 

Our technicians are certified in 

- Water Damage Restoration

- Applied Structural Drying

- Odor Control

and 

- Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning

Whether your business is 

- Warehouse

- Retail Stores

- Office Building 

or any other commercial building, call us (401) 949-9955! 

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is locally owned and operated, so we'll be faster to any disaster! 

We want to get your business looking "Like it never even happened." 

Warwick - How often should I clean my carpets?

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Vacuum cleaner You should vacuum your carpets at least once a week.

Day to day you trek dirt and other debris through your Northern Rhode Island home. If you take regular care of your carpets such as spot cleaning and vacuuming, you don't have to worry too too much about professional cleanings. 

Areas that don't get much traffic should be vacuumed once a week, and spot clean as necessary. When it comes to professional carpet cleaning, you should have it every year to year and a half to maintain the life of your carpet. 

For areas that have normal traffic running through them (people walking through daily, children) vacuuming once or twice a week should be sufficient, and again, spot clean as necessary. Professional cleaning should be done every 6 months to 1 year. 

Areas or homes with pets and children should be vacuumed 2-3 times a week. Have these areas with a little more wear and tear professionally cleaned once every 4-6 months to extend the life of the carpet. 

When it comes to areas or homes that will get extremely dirty due to large families, multiple pets etc... these should be vacuumed daily. We know that not everyone has time to break out the vacuum every single day, but maybe stick to every other day. And professionals should come and clean once every 3-4 months. 

To prevent any possibility of not being able to restore your carpets at all, you should follow these guidelines. It's best not to wait until you can physically see that the carpet is soiled before you get a cleaning. If you don't want to have a pro come in and clean every 3-6 months, just focus on the high traffic areas and try to maintain and clean those as best you can. 

Dirt will build up over time, vacuuming is key to the proper care and maintenance of your carpets. 

Just a side tip! To reduce certain areas from getting more worn down than the rest, change around your furniture to change traffic patterns, so your carpet will wear out "evenly." :)  

We understand that life happens, kids spill spaghetti on your dining room carpets, and your home gets dirty. At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we specialize in a number of cleaning techniques for all different types of carpets! For more about our cleaning services click here

Check out last week's Homeowner Tip, household item spotlight! 

My Chepachet, RI Office Building Flooded?! What do I do?

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

"Let's not panic till we know whether it's coming in or going out" When you see water flooding in your office building, the first thing you should do is shut off the water

Water damage can happen anywhere to anyone. Pipes can burst and cause a boat load of damage.

You will probably ask yourself... what do I do?!

Locate the water shut off, and shut the water off! It is very important to stop the source of damage as soon as possible to lessen any more damage.

Turn off any electrical systems that can prevent shock. The safety of you and your employees should be the first thing that comes to mind in this type of situation. 

Once you have done these two things, give SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island a call. We're equipped and trained to restore your building to its preloss condition. We have technicians that are able to work any hour of the day or night, 24/7/365. 

Give us a call at (401) 949-9955.

Take a look at our before and after photos to see what our techs can do! 

East Providence Homeowner Tip - Hydrogen Peroxide

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Household Item Spotlight

Did you know you can use hydrogen peroxide as a non-toxic cleaner AND disinfectant?? 

Add one cup of hydrogen peroxide to your load of whites, add regular detergents and it will lift any of those tough stains out! 

If your grout could use a little bit of a cleaning (most of ours could):

Mix one part peroxide and 2 parts baking soda, and a drop of dish soap together. Apply to the grout with a toothbrush and let sit for about 30 minutes. Scrub the area with the toothbrush and rinse, then dry! 

Sometimes cleaning your toilet bowl with store bought chemicals just doesn't do the job. Pour 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, and scrub a little with the toilet brush to ensure it gets all around. DON'T flush yet! Let it sit for 20-30 minutes, come back and scrub with the brush again and then give it a flush!

Rid your fruits and veggies of pesticides:

Fill the sink or a container with 1 liter of water and 1 cup hydrogen peroxide.

Soak the fruits and veggies for 5 minutes, then rinse with water, and they're good to go

Before you chop your fruits and vegetables, disinfect your cutting board using peroxide as well. 

First wash your cutting board as you usually would, then rinse it. Spray the hydrogen peroxide using a spray bottle directly onto the board. Let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe clean

These are just a few of the useful things peroxide can do other than clean your wound! For more click here.