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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! 

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.

The Dangers of DIY Mold Removal

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

It's always best to contact SERVPRO when dealing with mold Call (401) 949-9955 if you suspect mold in your home or commercial building

Why is it dangerous to DIY remove mold?? 

- You probably don't know what is causing the mold in Rhode Island commercial building or home.

The best way to combat mold is to figure out the source of moisture. Sources can include:

  •  Humidity 
  •  Spills
  •  Leaking pipes
  •  And more

professional mold remediation company will know how to identify and eliminate the source, and the mold itself. 

- Not all mold is created equally!

Some kinds of mold are more dangerous and invasive than others. Again, only a professional can determine the severity of a mold situation. Sometimes you can see or smell it. Not all types of mold react to cleaning agents the same either. 

If you see or smell mold in your home, don't be temped to use bleach or other household cleaners to remove. Unfortunately, mold is not simple at all to remove, and should be handled by professionals. Trying to DIY remove the mold can actually make the situation worse!

Mold can spread and develop faster in bathrooms and kitchens than any other rooms in the home, because this is where the most moisture is present. Disturbing mold as a non-professional can cause it to become airborne, spreading throughout the home through air ducts, vents, your clothing etc. 

Leaving mold untreated, or treated poorly, can cause some health effects.

To get mold properly taken care of, it's best to call professionals. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island has the right equipment and techniques to safely and effectively remediate your mold issues. 

Call (401) 949-9955 and visit our website for more information. 

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Homeowner Tip - Reducing/ Removing Pet Odors - Pawtucket

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Puppy running through a field Be sure you are using pet safe cleaning products

Removing Pet Odors from your Home 

Although we love our furry friends, we don’t love the smells they leave around the house. Although it may seem impossible to get rid of that smell, it isn’t! Just takes a little bit of effort!

  • Sweep and/or mop the floors.
    1. Removing all of the hair, dander, and dust will help eliminate those odors.
    2. It is best to sweep gently so all the stuff doesn’t just go into the air and back to the floor.
    3. When you’re mopping, be sure you’re using pet safe cleaners
  • Vacuum the rugs
    1. Carpets trap and hold a huge amount of dust, hair, and other debris. To get rid of that smell, you’ll want to vacuum every possible inch of the rug, then do it again.
    2. If you do go for a second time over, empty the canister first.
  • Wash your couch cushion covers and pillows/ cases
    1. Fabric is like a carpet, it’ll trap the scent too.
    2. Washing your clothes won’t fix the house smell, but you’ll smell better when you leave the house.
  • Wash your pets bed
    1. This is probably the stinkiest item in the house because every time they go for a nap, more hair, fur, dander, dust and more is getting layered onto the bed.
      1. Most dog beds are machine washable, so just pop it in the washer.
    2. Once it’s washed, consider treating it with a (pet safe) stain repellent.
  • In the warmer months, open some windows and doors to let some fresh air circulate throughout.
    1. Turn on fans to get the air flowing.
  • Change the air filters in your home
    1. Clogged air filters won’t directly affect the smell, but it doesn’t allow air to circulate through the home as well as it should, therefore the stink will be stuck
  • In between your thorough cleaning, purchase air fresheners or candles.
    1. Make sure if you’re using a candle or other fresheners, your pup can’t reach them.

Earthquakes - What You Should Know in RI

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Understanding Earthquakes

On Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit just 80 miles from Jamaica. The affects were felt as far as Miami and Cuba. This quake came just three weeks after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Puerto Rico. In New England, we don't have to worry about earthquakes as much as California or Japan. But, we have experienced a fair share of them. 

An earthquake is what happens when 2 pieces of the Earth slip past each other. Sometimes foreshocks occur. These are little earthquakes that happen in the same place the larger one will occur. Kind of like a warning sign. 

Although there are foreshocks that come before a quake, there is no way for scientists to predict an earthquake. 

Earthquake magnitudes are recorded with seismographs. There is a heavy free hanging weight and is set in the ground. When the earth shakes due to a quake, the seismograph will too, but the weight does not, which will create the graph that determines the magnitude (siesmogram). 

For more information about earthquakes and the different types, click here

If you suffer from any type of storm related damage, call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island (401) 949-9955, we're here to help with any size disaster! 

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Testing Smoke Alarms and Changing Batteries-Warwick

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Person changing the battery in their smoke detector Photo: https://www.homestructions.com/electric/smoke-detector-check-test-your-smoke-alarm/

Have you tested your smoke alarms yet this month? Now’s the time if you haven’t already!

You should test your smoke alarms at least once a month, and batteries should be replaced at least once a year.

  • A good way to remind yourself to change the fire alarm batteries is to change them when you change your clocks for daylight savings time.

There are two common types of smoke detectors found in homes:

Battery- powered: monthly testing is crucial with these kinds of detectors. They are susceptible to worn out batteries.

Hardwired: These are powered by your homes electrical system. But they will usually have back-up batteries just in case of an outage. These type of detectors still need to be tested monthly to be sure they are functional.

When you’re testing your detectors:

  • Be sure everyone is aware
  • Have a family member stand at the furthest point away from the alarm. This is to ensure it can be heard from any point in the home.
  • Press and hold the test button, it may take a few seconds to kick on, but a very loud chirping sound will emit once it’s engaged.

Signs you need to replace the batteries: a high pitched chirping noise will be coming from your alarm if the batteries need to be replaced. It’s best to be proactive and change the batteries before they get to this point. If the batteries are no longer good, they wont be able to do their job.

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Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage -Rhode Island

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Popeye fixing a pipe in a flooded room Photo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V9RSjSqVs4

COMMON CAUSES OF COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGE

If your commercial building has suffered or is suffering from water damage, it could be caused by some of these factors:

Damaged windows

If your building is older, or the windows aren’t properly sealed, this can cause moisture to sneak in, causing mold, and warped wood or drywall.

Damaged pipes

Broken or damaged pipes are one of the main causes for water damage in commercial buildings. Detecting damaged pipes can be challenging, but if you have regularly scheduled inspections, it can prevent any future damage if it is detected early on.

Roof

Of course, a leaky or bad roof can cause water damage. Especially in the winter and spring with snow and heavy rains.

It is important that proper snow removal is done when it snows.

if your commercial building suffers from water damage, call us at (401)949-9955 we’ll get the job done fast, so you can get back in business!

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Homeowner Tip - Cleaning your Silverware

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Set of silverware: 2 forks, knife, and 2 spoons Photo: https://www.amazon.com/slp/sterling-silver-silverware/r2unc83h6h7sss3

If your silverware took a beating after the holidays, or it just needs some TLC, this one's for you!

Keeping your silverware clean can be a pain in the (you know what), especially if you use it regularly.

Before you start cleaning your silverware, it’s a good idea to know what material it is made out of, because different materials need different cleaning methods. Just like different types of damage require different SERVPRO cleaning methods.

 Everyday silverware (or flatware) is made from stainless steel, therefore it’s not as fragile as fine silverware.

Fine silverware is usually made from sterling silver.

When cleaning your silverware, no matter what it is made of, you should not use abrasive, hard brushes. Instead use a cleaning cloth or other soft material.

Cleaning basic flatware

Basic/ everyday flatware is very easy to clean. You can use any dish washing detergent to clean your flatware on an every day basis. Experts suggest staying away from cleaning products that are abrasive or contain bleach. This can damage your utensils.

  • Use hot water when cleaning your utensils, to disinfect.
  • To remove stains from silverware, you can use olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, and some other items.
  • Mix 3 parts warm water with 1 part vinegar and let the utensils soak for about 30 minutes. Then dry with a cloth.
  • You can also use a stainless steel cleaner before you soak the utensils for an extra clean.

Cleaning fine silverware

Fine silverware should never be put in the dishwasher. The detergents can damage the silver.

  • Avoid using cleaners with citrusy scents and vinegar. These products are too harsh for fine silverware.
  • Using just soap and warm water will do a great job of cleaning your fine silverware
  • Dry immediately after to avoid water spots

Polishing fine silverware

Put the silver polish on, then immediately rinse with hot water, and dry immediately to avoid any water spots.

Be sure to store your silverware safely in an airtight container and each in their own tarnish-proof bags.

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Homeowner Tip - Patching Drywall Like a Pro

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

a hole in drywall Photo: http://myhomerepairtips.com/category/decorating-and-design/

Have you had a hole in your wall covered up with a photo for 6 months? It's time to fix that hole and get rid of that "Live, Laugh, Love" photo frame you got at the dollar store. 

Here are the steps for basic drywall repairs: 

  1. Cut a piece of drywall that will cover the hole.         Cut it in a square shape
  2. Cut the damaged wall to fit the drywall patch
  3. If there is no stud where you cut, attach a piece of wood to the remaining drywall on both sides.
  4. Attach the patch! Use screws in all 4 corners, and make sure it is secure
  5. To fill the gaps between the wall and patch. Use fiberglass mesh cut the size you need and cover the seams.
  6. Apply several layers of joint compound.
    1. Each layer needs to dry before applying another.
  7. Once the layers are built up enough, sand them down so they are even with the wall. Be sure there are no cracks or globs.
  8. Then just paint!!

And now you can get rid of that dollar store photo

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Wet Insulation - East Providence

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Spray foam insulation

Closed cell spray foam insulation repels water and provides a moisture barrier. This means the water won't penetrate the insulation itself, and can evaporate from the surface. 

To clean up, use a towel to dry the spray foam and place a fan nearby to dry out any other water. 

Fiberglass insulation 

Since fiberglass insulation is made from glass fibers, they won't absorb water, and if water does intrude, it won't cause much major damage. 

But, if water has accumulated in the insulation, it will decrease the functionality of it. 

When you're handling fiberglass insulation, be sure to wear gloves, long pants, long sleeve shirts, protective eye wear, and a breathing mask. 

Cellulose insulation

Since this kind of insulation is made from plant fibers, they will absorb moisture like a sponge. If the damage is only minimal, you might be able to have the small area removed and replaced or dried. 

Foam Board Insulation 

Just like spray foam insulation, foam board insulation can repel water and won't host mold or mildew. But, if it does get wet, it will trap moisture in the wall cavity and create an environment for mold and mildew growth. 

For more information about what you can do when insulation gets wet click here

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