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SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island for water damage.

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

When water damage hits your home or business, don’t wait to get it fixed. Even just a small water damage can lead to a larger one in the future. It is best to call right away to get it fixed, to ensure the damage won’t create more problems.

If you decide to wait, water damage can cause you issues for more than a week. These problems include damage to the walls, floors, upholstery, and other belongings. Sooner or later the walls will swell, metal surfaces tarnish and furniture will begin to warp.

When water damage hits, don’t wait, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will arrive and are ready to start the process of any water damage emergency.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (401) 949 9955

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for water damage or water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

  • We use advanced drying equipment.

Tips for preventing storm damage in Rhode Island.

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage can be a huge hassle, and no one wants to receive storm damage, especially when it is least expected. Although you can get damaged at any time, there are natural ways you can do to prevent storm damage in your home. Here are some simple tips and tricks to ensure less damage.

  • Inspect your roof and chimney.
  • Maintain trees and vegetation.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Remember to check your attic.

When storm damage hits, don’t wait, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will arrive and are ready to start the process of any water damage emergency.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (401) 949 9955

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for water damage or water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

  • We use advanced drying equipment.

Summer Bonfire Safety in Cumberland, RI

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

When the summer comes around in Cumberland, RI it is very common to see or have lots of bonfires. Although these fires can just be a small backyard fire some can be a larger fire at a campground. When having a bonfire it is best to know some safety tips.

  1. Only burn dry materials.
  2. Check for cables or wire lines overhead.
  3. Keep a water source nearby.
  4. Make sure the fire is at a minimum distance of 5x its height from any structure.

If fire damage has caused damage to your property, call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island and we will be ready to help restore your property and needs like it never happened.

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (401) 949-9955

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for fire damage emergencies.

  • We are fire damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

Using SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island for Fire Damage can help you.

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we work hard to fix all damages in a fast and timely manner. Fire damage can be an unexpected cause of damage to your property, causing you lots of stress. We don’t want you to get worried over the damage which is why SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island can help you.

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for fire damage emergencies.

  • We are fire damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

If fire damage has caused damage to your property, call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island and we will be ready to help restore your property and needs "Like it never even happened."

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (401) 949-9955

We can help  business commercial or residential in area like Woonsocket, Smithfield, East Greenwich, Cumberland, Narragansett, Foster, Block Island.

How small water leaks can lead to more water damage.

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Small leaks and spills can lead to major damage if not tended to. Leaving water leaks as it is or no cleaning up after a spill can cause mold to form, as well as possibly structure damage to your floors, walls, and insulation.

Not every spill and leak is serious enough to call a professional water cleaning company, but it is important to know how to properly care for one. Acting quickly can help ensure no possible second damages.

Some things to help clean up leaks are:

  • Shop vacuum
  • Towels
  • Box or ceiling fans
  • Dehumidifier

If a small leak becomes serious in your commercial or residential property in North Kingstown, Narragansett, South Kingstown, Cranston, Warwick or West Warwick, call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island. We will be ready to help restore your property and needs.

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (401) 949-9955

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

So Pawtucket Warwick Cranston Providence East Providence North Kingstown South Kingstown Westerly we are ready 24/7

Pawtucket -Water Damage in Commercial Building?

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Pawtucket -Water Damage in Commercial Building?

SERVPRO extracts all the water in commercial apartment buildings. After that walls and ceilings are analyzed for water and moisture.

Work which might be required:

  • Cleaning surfaces
  • Cutting out or removing sections of drywall or paneling
  • Taking down ceiling tiles to gain access to a building cavity
  • Reviewing contents and furniture
  • Cleaning contents 

The goal is to start the water damage drying as fast as possible especially on a commercial building with employees working.

Proper training allows SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island to address these service items fast and quickly to get your business open again.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Proper drying methods

We also direct bill your insurance company for our work. So Pawtucket, Warwick, Cranston, Central Falls, East Greenwich, Narragansett we are ready 24/7

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is ready to help you.

Call 24/7 401-949-9955

Use SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island for hurricane damage.

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is upcoming soon, be prepared for your property to get hit. No matter where you are when hurricane season begins, you should begin to prepare yourself for a hurricane. Doesn’t matter how small or large, a hurricane could possibly impact you. 

When a hurricane hits and impacts your property, don’t wait, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will arrive and are ready to start the process of any damage emergency.  

We are here to help:

Narragansett

South Kingstown

North Kingstown
Cranston Warwick

West Warwick

East Greenwich

we are ready!

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (401) 949 9955

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for water damage or water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

  • We use advanced drying equipment.

Preventing soot damage in your house | Rhode Island

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

Soot stains can be an eyesore for some people, and large amounts of soot can cause health effects. Soot comes from many things including; gas fireplaces, wood fireplaces/stoves, and candles.

How to Prevent Soot Stains:

  • Get your chimney inspected.
  • Provide proper airflow.
  • Only burn seasonal wood.

When a fire happens, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will arrive and are ready to start the process of any fire and soot damage emergency.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (401) 949-9955

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for fire damage or soot damage emergencies.

  • We are fire damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

We are ready to help you for Commercial Property, Apartment houses, Commercial Office Buildings, City or Town Buildings, Commercial Facilities Managers, Airports, Hospitals, Federal Government Buildings  

What should you do if your Providence business floods.

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Has flooding hit your commercial Providence business after a storm? Storm flooding is different from plain water damage as it can have more bacteria in the water, and it is best to get your loss restored quickly.

If you get hit with flooding here are some tips to do after flooding:

  • Remove excess water
  • Wipe excess water from furniture
  • Gather loose items from the floors
  • Call to get flooding damage cleaned and your business restored

When flooding hits, don’t wait, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will arrive and are ready to start the process of any flooding damage emergency.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (401) 949-9955

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and are always ready for water damage or water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

  • We use advanced drying equipment.
  • Warwick
  • Cranston
  • East Providence 
  • Pawtucket
  • WE ARE HERE FOR YOU.
  • Let us be your prime restoration disaster team and be your master of service 

We are ready to help you and directly invoice your insurance company directly

East Providence  Pawtucket Barrington Newport Middletown Cranston Warwick    

Water leak in North Kingston, RI basement home.

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

When there is water leakage in your basement home, don’t wait to get it fixed. Even just a small water damage can lead to a larger one in the future. It is best to call right away to get it fixed, to ensure the damage won’t create more problems.

Waiting to get it fixed, water leakage can lead to potentially lead to more damage.

Enough water damage can create moisture in the air, a perfect hotspot for mold to start developing and later growing and spreading around the place. 

We send our billing direct to your insurance company like

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • Arabella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford
  • Pure Insurance Company  

When water damage hits, don’t wait, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will arrive and are ready to start the process of any water damage emergency.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (401) 949 9955

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and are always ready for water damage or water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

  • We use advanced drying equipment.

Cranston - Fire safety tips for using an air fryer

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

If you know, lately air fryers have been trending on the internet. It is now the new thing everyone and people love the new craze of quick-cooking food. Like any electronic machine, they can cause a fire. Follow these tips to ensure fire safety when cooking.

Don't:

  1. Use cooking sprays with propellants, aerosol sprays, or chemical-based non-stick sprays.
  2. Don’t leave your air fryer plugged in when not in use.
  3. Don’t use perforated parchment paper at high heat without having food over it
  4. Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket

Do:

  1. Coat your food in a bit of oil before cooking your food.
  2. Do use accessories and inserts that are made for your air fryer.

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (401) 949 9955

Cranston-East Providence-West Warwick East Greenwich-Coventry we are ready to help you call right away

Storm flooding damage in Rhode Island Libraries

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Have you gotten flooding in your library? Storm flooding is much more different than plain water damage as it can have more bacteria in the water, and it is best to get your loss restored quickly.

Storm Damage can affect many things in a library, but most importantly, you could lose hundreds of books and files from water. One service we offer at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is books, documents, and file drying. All that stress over important information won't be lost for good.

When storm damage hits, don’t wait, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will arrive and are ready to start the process of any storm flooding damage emergency.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (401) 949 9955

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and are always ready for flood damage emergencies.

  • We are storm damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

  • We use advanced drying equipment.

Use SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island for water damage

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

When water damage hits your home or business, don’t wait to get it fixed. Even just a small water damage can lead to a larger one in the future. It is best to call right away to get it fixed, to ensure the damage won’t create more problems.

If you decide to wait, water damage can cause you issues for more than over a week. These problems include damage to the walls, floors, upholstery, and other belongings. Sooner or later the walls will swell metal surfaces tarnish and furniture will begin to warp.

Enough water damage will create moisture in the air, a perfect hotspot for mold to start developing and later growing and spreading around the place. 

When water damage hits, don’t wait, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will arrive and are ready to start the process of any water damage emergency.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (401) 949 9955

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for water damage or water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

  • We use advanced drying equipment.

Have a frozen pipe? Use SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

When temperatures drop below freezing point, pipes have the chance of freezing in these temperatures. You may have a frozen pipe and currently are unsure whether it is frozen or not.

Tips to tell if pipes are frozen:

  1. There is frost on pipes
  2. It’s not at the right temperature
  3. Little to no water is flowing from drains.
  4. A strange smell is coming from the drain or faucet.

If your pipes in your commercial office building, commercial property or residential home in Cranston, Warwick, East Providence have these signs, don’t wait, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will arrive and are ready to start the process of any frozen pipe damage.  

We direct bill your insurance company

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • Arabella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford
  • Pawtucket Mutual
  • Pure Insurance

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (401) 949- 9955

  • We are fast to any size disaster
  • We are water damage restoration specialists
  • We use advanced drying equipment.

I have ceiling mold in my Pawtucket office.

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is a growth of fungal hyphae that occurs in moist warm conditions, mostly grows on food or other organic materials, and can grow after untreated water damage. After the water has affected the ceiling, if you didn’t fix the water damage, mold can start growing.

If you start to notice black, grey, or green fuzzy spots it is best to call to get it inspected and removed. If untreated, mold can spread quickly through a property. You may not notice mold growing at first but mold has a smelly odor that comes from it.

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. If you have spotted signs of mold growing on your Pawtucket’s ceiling office. Be sure to call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island. (401) 949-9955

What you should do and not do after a flooding in Rhode Island

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

After having a flood on your property or any water damage situation, you should learn what to do after a flooding in Rhode island and learn what not to do after a flooding. Below is a list of 5 things you should and shouldn’t do after a flood.

What to do after a flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove excess water on furniture and prop up upholstery and cushions.
  • Gather loose items from the floors.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn on air conditioning for maximum drying.

What not to do after a flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place
  • Don't leave items on the wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use a household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use any household appliances that have been in contact with the water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (401) 949-9955

Easy things to prevent a fire in your Warwick RI home

12/31/2020 (Permalink)

Anyone knows that a fire can be scary to imagine your home stuffing from the disaster as fires can cause little or large damage. Although you can’t control everything, there are some easy things you can do to reduce the risk of a fire.

  • Check your smoke alarms regularly

If you don’t have smoke alarms, be sure to get them installed. If you have fire alarms check the batteries to make sure they are working.

  • Inspect your heating sources

Whether that be cleaning your air filters, unplugging your space headers after use. Not leaving your indoor fireplace unattended.

  • Check your dryer.

Be sure to always empty out the lint basket before putting a new load in.

  • Maintain your cord

Keep your wires/cords well kept, and clean. Make sure the hot cords are not touching anything that could cause a spark

If you suffer a fire, smoke, call us 24/7.  We direct bill your insurance company such as:

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • Arabella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford
  • Pure Insurance Company  

 Call 401-949-9955 right away and we will respond right away and help you.

Why Apartments in Pawtucket should use SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island has mastered our services to please our clients and customers. At our company, we offer numerous services, some include; water, fire, and storm damage and different types of cleanups such as mold removal, air ducts, sewage, and carpet.

Why you should choose SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island.

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works fast and are always ready for any cleanup or restoration damage

  • We are cleanup and damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

  • We have and use advanced equipment.

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we are here to help Pawtucket RI. We will restore it quickly "Like it never even happened."

Contact us at (401) 949-9955

Why use SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island for water damage restoration

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

We offer 24-hour Emergency Service

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we have mastered our services within repairing and restoring water damage.  We offer many water damage services including, flooding, leaky pipes, basement water flooding, soaking wet carpets/upholstery, and more. 

Our team at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is always ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We work locally around Rhode Island including; Warwick RI, Cranston RI, Lincoln RI, Woonsocket RI, and many more locations.

Why you should choose SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island.

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and are always ready for water damage or water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

  • We use advanced drying equipment.



SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will arrive and are ready to start the process of any water damage emergency. 

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (401) 949-9955

How to keep your house safe during a snowstorm in Rhode Island

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Snow is a beautiful thing to watch fall but large amounts of snow can be dangerous to one's property. Like any natural weather situation, you should always be prepared for any storm damage that could happen. Being prepared can not only help your property but people living on that property. Here are 5 tips and trick to keep your house safe during a snowstorm:

  1. Keep your exterior vents clear of snow and ice to avoid your furnace from overheating and shutting off. 
  2. Keep your roof clear of snow to avoid a roof cave from heavy snowfalls. (Tip to remove it is to buy a roof snow rake)
  3. Keep a snow shovel or snow blower to clear out your driveway and walkway paths to make a safe entrance out of your house.
  4. If your power goes out and the heating stops working be careful of your pipes from freezing.  

If you suffer a water damage in your residential home or commercial building and need disaster cleanup  call us, we have advanced equipment and will clean with care and can invoice the insurance company directly.

We are here to help 24/7 to help you and guide you through the job process. We will root out the problem and clean with care and can be your single source and use advanced equipment.

We work with all insurance companies: 

 Rhode Island we are here for 

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • Arbella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford

SERVPRO of Northern 24/7 401-949-9955

Storm Damage in Rhode Island.

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Rhode Island gets hit with many different types of storms including thunderstorms, hurricanes, winter storms, and a tornado once in a while. As much as we can not do too much to stop a storm from hitting us, we can help with disaster cleanup from storm damage. Knowing to call from SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island for your remediation services can save you future stress and vulnerability.

Commercial property or residential homes we are here to help you 24/7. Let us be your single source for disaster cleanup. We have advanced equipment to try to clean with care.

How we can help Rhode Island storm damage.

  • We are available for 24/7 emergency service
  • Our team is a quick responder and will help prevent secondary damage in the future.
  • Our team is highly trained storm damage specialists.
  • We are expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition.
  • We have the resources to handle storm and disaster damage.
  • Flooded basements we can help

Let us be your single source for all your disaster cleanup needs. We have the advanced equipment ready to go to help you. call 401-949-9955

Top 3 causes of Electrical Fires in your Rhode Island Home

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

We love our technology but having many electrical items may even cause a fire.  Electrical fires involve electrical failures or malfunctions when least expected. When living in Rhode Island we want you to make sure you know what electrical fires are and the top causes for them, so you can protect your home in the future.

Cords and Electrical circuit overloads

The most common one is cords and electrical circuit overloads. It is common to have many cord strips around the house and most of those cord strips have all 5-6 outlets with a cord plugged into it. This is why it is important to make the effort to never overload your outlets.

Light fixture

Another cause is lighting fixtures, both caused by the light bulb or by items near the light fixture. One thing that causes light bulb fires is when you install the wrong light bulb or watt size. The other cause is when putting materials such as fabrics or cloth near a lamp causing overheating.

Space heaters

As we roll into winter, many people have a space heater they use in their Rhode Island home. Be conscious of where you place your space heater and watch its surroundings, also make sure the cord isn't plugged into a cord strip as well.

We work with your insurance company  - AMICA - Chubb - Hartford - NLC New London County - Nationwide - Allstate...If your commercial building suffers a fire damage and you need disaster clean up we are here for you and will clean with care and can be your single source for all your fire disaster cleanup needs

Call 24/7 401-949-9955

Providence - Cranston - East Providence 

Warwick - East Greenwich - North Kingstown - South Kingstown

Warwick Why choose SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island.

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

We offer 24-hour Emergency Service
SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is a disaster restoration company. We offer 24-hour emergency service just to help you. We clean and restore damage to your home or commercial building from water, fire, or storm damage, as well as do numerous different jobs for cleaning such as mold removal, cleaning carpets, cleaning air ducts, and more.

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we work in many different locations all over Rhode Island, some areas which include; Smithfield RI, Woonsocket RI, Central Falls RI, Lincoln RI, and many more towns.

Why you should act fast and call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island

In many cleaning and restoration situations, the action is needed quickly. Acting quickly to your damage will help ensure the damage doesn’t get any worse than what it already was. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island team will arrive and start the process quickly just for you. If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (401) 949-9955

Cranston Warwick Providence 

East Providence Pawtucket West Warwick 

East Greenwich we are ready  to help you ! 

Why you should clean your carpet, hardwood, walls, and ceiling.

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Clean your carpet, hardwood, walls, and ceiling.

Carpet in the house acts as a filter, over time it will trap dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. Cleaning your carpet will increase the life span of your carpet. At SERVPRO of North Rhode Island, we offer five different types of cleanings for your carpet.

Hardwoods

Many homes have hardwood in their homes, it may look easy to clean hardwoods, however over time they will accumulate soil over time. Don’t worry though because our workers will clean and restore the beauty of your floors.

Wall and Ceiling

Most people never think to clean their walls or ceilings, which is why it should be apart of the cleaning process in your home. The perfect time to clean your walls is right before you plan to paint them. But once a year you should get them clean, to remove any dust, oils, smoke, pet fur that adheres to them over time.

Preventing water damage outside your home | Lincoln, RI

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can be a huge hassle, and no one wants to receive water damage, especially when it is least expected. Although you can get water damage at any time, there are ways you can do to prevent water damage in your outside your home. Here are 3 simple tips and tricks to ensure less water damage.

  • Inspect your roof and chimney.

The roof is the most important part of your house. It is important to check out your roof to make sure you don’t have any damaged, loose, or missing shingles or tiles. Another component on the roof is the chimney. The chimney receives more damage than the roof because it stands taller. Making sure your chimney has no cracks or broken masonry work will help prevent possible leakage.

  • Maintain trees and vegetations.

Having a beautiful lawn with bushes and trees are lovely, but keep in mind that plants and trees can cause damage to your house if not maintained. Make sure to minimize vegetation near utility pipes and making sure roots don’t damage your pipes and water line.

  • Clean gutters and downspouts.

Gutters will help collect all the water from your roof. Over time, your gutters will fill up with leaves, seeds, and other debris causing a blockage. It is important to clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure the water can flow easily.

How to look for signs you have mold in your RI home.

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

If your Rhode Island home recently had water damage, and you didn’t have your water damage issue fixed, it only takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to germinate and grow. When mold is formed it will not only affect your home but may also affect your health. Though you may be wondering how you can tell if you have mold on your walls, ceiling, floor, or wood. Here are a few ways you can figure out if you have mold in your home:

  1. Smelling a mold odor
  2. Condensation
    moisture build-up will be on glass, windows, or pipes.
  3. Health effects
    some types of mold are toxic and cause more serious effects
  4. Spotting and fur on walls
  5. Old water damage/leakage

When to call for mold removal in RI

If the mold has been discovered in your home, call your local SERVPRO. At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, you can view our website for mold removal services.

https://www.SERVPROnorthernrhodeisland.com/mold-remediation

Pawtucket Commercial Office Building has Soot

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

Pawtucket Commercial Office Building has Soot

Soot is small particles of the result of combustion and they are not always always visible to the human eye.

There is are specials method in cleaning of soot and smoke damage. Air scrubbers should be se t up in the affected areas right away to work on reducing the particles in the  air before the cleaning begins and set and operating during the duration of the work. In addition contents and furniture must be properly cleaned.

If you suspect soot in your commercial building call SERVPRO Northern Rhode Island right away. 

We can be your single source for all your disaster cleanup for water damage, fire damage, sewer damage, soot damage and smoke damage. We always try to clean with care and explain everything that needs to be done and get the job scope approved by the insurance company.

East Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Lincoln, Smithfield, North Providence, Cranston, South Kingstown, West Warwick we can help

click and go to: https://www.SERVPROnorthernrhodeisland.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

 Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island

            401-949-9955

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.

We work with insurance companies and direct them for our work such as:

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • Arabella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford
  • Pure Insurance Company  

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!!  

We work with all insurance companies:

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • Arabella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford
  • Pawtucket Mutual

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!! 

Need 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! 

AMICA INSURANCE - Chubb Insurance -Providence Mutual Insurance  - NLC New London Insurance- National Grange Insurance - EMC Insurance - Nationwide Insurance -  American Commerce - Foremost Insurance  - Liberty Mutual - 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)

Cleaning takes experience 

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."

go to page: https://www.SERVPROnorthernrhodeisland.com/sewage-cleanup

Rhode Island Blood Center "Pint for Pint" promotion

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

RI Blood Center pint for pint flyer Donating one pint of blood can help 3 lives!!

According to https://www.ribc.org/news/articles/pint/, the summertime is the time where blood centers struggle to have a steady supply of donations. 

That's why the RI Blood Center is teaming up with 4 local breweries for the month of August to encourage Rhode Islanders to donate more blood! 

Did you know, that a typical blood donation is 1 pint, which can then save up to 3 lives!! 

According to Kara LeBlanc, manager of marketing communications at the RI Blood Center, summer is such a difficult time to get donors because of the wonderful beach days we have, vacations (maybe less in 2020), camping etc. 

While you still can have fun during the summer, it's still a great idea to donate blood! 

Our social media manager here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island says her dad donates every time he can! (Which is every 8 weeks)...that's a lot of lives helped. 

When you donate blood it is used to 

  • Help women and children if there are complications during childbirth 
  • Those undergoing chemo or other cancer treatments 
  • People who have suffered severe injuries 
  • People who suffer from kidney, heart, and sickle cell diseases. 
  • Those who need organ transplants 
  • Those who need blood transfusions, like Kevin!! 

When you donate at RIBC, you are part of providing over 200 units of blood every day!! 

You can donate more than just blood, too! 

  • Red blood cells 
  • Platelets 
  • Marrow

To learn more about ways you can donate, click here

Head on down to your local RIBC to donate a pint, and head home with a free pint from one of your favorite local breweries!! 

Participating breweries include

The Guild and Foolproof in Pawtucket 

Grey Sail Brewing in Westerly 

Whalers in Wakefield 

Proclamation Ale in Warwick 

Linesider Brewing in East Greenwich 

What you should be cleaning regularly in your Cranston, RI home

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Things you might not think about cleaning, but should If cleaning your Cranston home has proven to be too much for you to handle, give us a call at 401-949-9955!

When you go about cleaning your home, it's probably the big stuff. Floors, carpets, counters, bathrooms and bedrooms. But, some of the dirtiest items in your home probably don't come to mind on your cleaning day. 

Remote controls

This goes hand in hand with your cellphone, the remote is touched on a daily basis and germs can be spread through the contact. You should wipe your remotes with a disinfecting wipe at least once a week. (More during flu season, and especially now, during this coronavirus pandemic) 

Doorknobs 

Think for a second, when was the last time you actually cleaned your doorknobs? (In the office we wipe them down every day...but some of us are guilty of forgetting to do so at home...)

Make it a weekly chore to do! (It's recommended twice a week)

Light switches go along with this, too! 

Refrigerator 

Sometimes, we open our fridge and see all those leftovers we swore we'd eat...but now they're growing something fuzzy...oops!! 

No need to worry, we all do it (well, most of us). Once a day, you should wipe any spills or food debris right away to prevent any cross contamination or mold growth. Once a week, go through all those leftovers and have a "trash day" for the fridge. Leaving leftovers for a long period of time, mold will grow, and mold spores can spread to new, fresh food... which you surely don't want! 

At the change of each season, you should deep clean your refrigerator. Take everything out (put anything necessary in a cooler) check all the expiration dates, toss anything expired. Clean all produce drawers and wash the shelves.

Dryer and dryer vent

This is a very crucial part of preventing dryer fires! Dryer lint can (and will!) build up inside the dryer vent and can be ignited very quickly. You should be cleaning your dryer vent at least once a year, depending on your usage. 

Oven 

Food bubbles over, fries fall off of the pan...stuff happens! But, you should get into the habit of cleaning your oven on a regular basis. Just simply turn on the oven's cleaning cycle, and you're good!! (Take out the food crumbs though.)

Toothbrush holder

Toothbrush holders are a hot spot for germs to gather!! This is probably something you don't really think about cleaning often. Most of them are dishwasher safe, so once a week, toss it in with the other dishes and let the dishwasher do all the sanitizing/cleaning! 

These 6 areas and objects around the home, among others, should be cleaned along with your regular list of items/rooms to clean. This'll keep your Cranston, RI home nice, clean, mold free, AND you can prevent fires too! 

If cleaning and disinfecting your home goes beyond what you can handle, give us a call at 401-949-9955, we're here to help!! 

Mitigating Damage After a Storm | Narragansett, RI

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damage mitigation While we may not be there right away, you can start the mitigation process on your own to help aid in preventing secondary damage!

Although Tropical Storm Isaias didn't hang out in Rhode Island for too long, it did leave its mark. Thousands in RI are still without power and tons of trees are down. Typically after a storm like that, some people also experience water/storm damage at their Rhode Island homes and businesses. 

Storm damage restoration experts can help you with the cleanup and restoration! While there are many many homes affected in the Rhode Island area, they might not arrive right away, but there are some steps you can take to help reduce any secondary damage! 

Flooding 

If your home or business was flooded due to the storm, avoid using any electrical devices. The only exception(s) to this may be your air conditioner or if you have any dehumidifiers to begin the drying process on your own. It won't do much if there's a ton of water, but every little bit helps! 

If you can, grab any clothing or other items that you can hang up to dry, outside if you can! If you can access any furniture you can wipe / sop up any excess water on the surfaces. 

Unsanitary water 

Water from outside your home from a storm typically doesn't bring in the cleanest water. Some of it may be contaminated. If you have any doubts about the cleanliness of the water in your home, let the professionals handle it. We wouldn't want you to get sick in any way!! 

Mold

Did you know, mold can begin to form in as little as 24-48 hours with the perfect conditions for growth??

If you notice any signs of mold, you should not handle that on your own. Mold should be handled by trained remediation professionals. 

Do not turn on any fans or air conditioner if there are signs of mold. This can spread the mold spores throughout your home or business. 

Once SERVPRO professionals arrive at your home for cleanup and restoration, you'll be in great hands! We're here in your community, here to help 

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island | 401-949-9955 

Hurricane Isaias | Will it make it to Providence Rhode Island?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Whether or not we do get impacted by Hurricane Isaias, it's a good time to prepare an emergency kit, or go through yours to be sure nothing is spoiled, and ensure all batteries work! 

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The best time to prepare for a hurricane is before hurricane season begins which is June 1. But if you haven't already, you can always do it now! 

Hurricanes

Although we may not experience hurricanes like our southern coastal states do, we typically see the remnants of them. 

Listen for emergency alerts, most smartphones have a system already ready to send alerts. 

Do NOT walk or drive through flooded streets. Just 1 foot of water can push your vehicle away! 

Wind from hurricanes can easily reach 200 MPH and cause damage to buildings and vehicles. 

Emergency Kit 

What should be in your emergency kit:

  • Water (enough for 1 gallon per person (and pet) to last 3 days)
  • Food (enough for each person for 3 days)
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio 
  • Flashlights 
  • First aid kit
  • Garbage bags
  • Can opener
  • Cell phones with backup battery 
  • Prescription medications 
  • Non-prescription medications (pain relievers...)
  • Pet food 
  • Clothing and bedding 
  • Copies of important documents 
  • Feminine supplies and other personal hygiene items 
  • Pen and pads 
  • Books and games for the kids (and you!)

Hurricane Isaias 

Hurricane Isaias became the second Atlantic hurricane of 2020 on the night of July 30th. It has already arrived in Puerto Rico and is on it's way to Florida and the East Coast, expected to reach us mid-week next week. 

According to https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/07/31/hurricane-isaias-east-coast/ 

Winds up to 45 mph are expected along the Florida coast, as well as dangerous rip currents in the ocean, and heavy rainfall. 

As Isaias heads north to the Carolina's, it is expected to remain a hurricane. It's hard to determine now how strong the storm will still be by next week, this depends on the track it follows. It's not yet definitely determined if Hurricane Isaias will make it's way to Rhode Island, but it's a possibility, so it's best for you to prepare now just in case we get heavy rains and strong winds. 

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we're ready for whatever happens, so if you experience any storm, flood, or wind damage, give us a call at 401-949-9955. We're here 24/7 for you!! 

Narragansett   North Kingstown   Quonset

East Greenwich   Charlestown  Warwick  Providence  East Providence  Pawtucket

South Kingstown  North Kingstown

Preventing mold growth at your commercial property | East Providence, RI

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Preventing mold at your East Providence Commercial Property Mold growth can be prevented if you take the proper precautions!

Keeping yourself and your staff safe from everyday work hazards has to be at the top of your list, but do you think about keeping everyone safe from mold?? 

Mold is as common as the front desk having a computer!! 

Mold is a part of the natural environment of your office/commercial space (it exists literally everywhere!) 

Did you know there are about 100,000 species of mold in the world?!!

Outside of your property, mold can be good, but inside... not so much. 

How does mold grow

Mold can grow on basically anything that has moisture, oxygen, and is an organic material (carpets, clothes, building materials...). 

If mold spores land on a damp spot, they will begin to grow into black or green colonies, which are the mold spots we commonly see. 

Most molds don't even need sunlight to grow, unlike plants that we work so hard to grow!! This is why we typically find mold behind/in walls, under carpets, in the basement and attic. It's very important for you as a business owner / property manager to keep a close eye on your property! Make it a weekly or monthly priority to check any areas that could be potential problems, or areas that have been problems in the past! Leaving the tiniest leak can cause a ton of damage!! 

Moisture control 

Moisture control is key to preventing mold growth in your East Providence commercial space!! Any leaks or spills should be cleaned up ASAP, and any major leaks should be properly mitigated and dried by a water damage restoration professional

Check for any (excessive) condensation on windows or doors, and check for water spots on the walls and or ceilings.

Keeping indoor humidity below 60% 

Vent the kitchens!! This is important especially if you have a stove in your break room! Cooking causes a ton of condensation and moisture. 

Keeping an eye on any past problem areas where leaks happened. 

If you notice any signs of mold growth, call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island right away so we can help make it "Like it never even happened."

401-949-9955

What to do when your commercial building is struck by vandals | Pawtucket, RI

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

dealing with vandalism at your Pawtucket commercial property Call us right away at 401-949-9955, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

As a business owner or property manager, you probably try to focus on the positives rather than negatives of owning/running a business or property. 

Hearing or seeing that your commercial building has been covered in graffiti, has broken windows, among other things can be quite devastating. Unfortunately if this isn't taken care of in a timely manner it can have an effect on your business reputation and even put day to day operations on hold for a day or two, and we don't want either of those for you!! That's why, at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we offer vandalism cleanup services! We'll make it "Like it never even happened." 

Leaving buildings or commercial property that have been vandalized open or unsupervised can bring more unwanted visitors in, so it's best to call us right away! 401-949-9955 

When you contact us to clean up after vandals have struck, we will handle 

  • Broken glass 
  • Cleaning and graffiti removal 
  • Odor removal 
  • Removal of any damaged materials
  • Any water fire or mold damage restoration 

We don't just repair the property, we'll clean up too, we can't leave you with restored property and debris everywhere!

Vandalism isn't only graffiti, it can also include 

  • Cutting or pulling up plants or trees
  • Egging
  • Breaking windows
  • Arson 
  • Tagging/spray painting
  • Keying 
  • Ransacking
  • Purposely flooding
  • Among many others, these are the most common 

If you experience any type of vandalism at your Pawtucket commercial space, don't wait to call us! Call 401-949-9955 ASAP and we'll make it "Like it never even happened." 

Keeping your home smelling fresh | Woonsocket, RI

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

MVP of household items baking soda! Baking soda has to be the MVP of household items for cleaning and getting rid of odors!!

Pets, kids, stinky work boots, food. All of these and then some cause your home to have unpleasant smells, no matter how much you scrub, wipe, vacuum, and mop they just don't seem to go away!! 

Getting rid of odors can be easy as pie, using household items such as baking soda and vinegar! 

Quick and easy hacks

One very quick solution can be cutting a lemon in half and placing them in an area out of reach of any animals, your home will be smelling lemony fresh in no time, without using any chemicals. 

We're here to help you, and sometimes we even help ourselves when teaching you!! Today, we learned that you can put a little bit of vanilla (or any other) extract (not essential oils) on a cold lightbulb. When the bulb warms up, the scent will release into the air, making your home smell oh so fresh!! (We might have to test this one out later, we'll update ??. 

An easier, no hassle hack that will easily get rid of some odors and stagnant air... open those windows!! Especially on the nice days that we've been having, it's the perfect time to get some fresh air circulating inside!  

Keeping the kitchen smelling great!

The kitchen is a host for all sorts of smells, whether they be good or bad. Cooking is usually a source of good smells, but sometimes the scraps, trash, and leftovers might not be your favorite air freshener scents LOL!! 

Cleaning your fridge weekly is a very good way to keep odors away. Go through the fridge once a week, get rid of any leftovers that haven't been touched, and wipe down the shelves. Using a solution of baking soda and water will help neutralize odors in the refrigerator. 

Another source for some nasty odors in the kitchen is the garbage disposal. Putting citrus peels, baking soda, or salt down the drain can help freshen it up, and break down any caked on food debris. 

The living room & upholstery 

Upholstery, couches, and carpets are a little tougher to tackle since you don't want to soak them in anything. The most useful household item that helps neutralize odors in upholstery is baking soda!! Sprinkle a bit on the couch, carpet, even inside your car! Let it sit for a while (a few hours) then vacuum it up or shake it out!

If your pet has a little accident on the carpet, blot it up as soon as possible, and spray with a 3:1 solution of water and vinegar. The vinegar smell will be a little strong for a few hours, but it will eventually go away. After all, we would rather smell vinegar than urine for a few hours... how about you?

If any odors and cleaning are too much for you to handle on your own, give us a call at 401-949-9955, we'll take care of them and you won't have to smell those stinky smells anymore! 

What happens when my sump pump fails? | Chepachet, RI

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Sump pump failure Give us a call if your sump pump failed, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

What is a sump pump?

Sump pumps sit at the bottom of a "sump pit" which is usually at the lowest point of your basement or crawl space. 

Sump pumps will help solve most basement flooding issues. The sump pump removes the water from flooding and it goes into the nearest storm drain or detention pond. 

The sump pump will only turn on when the water reaches a specific level. Sump pumps are equipped with floats, like in your cars gas tank, to determine the level of the water. 

What causes sump pump failure?

Power outage: a power outage can cause your sump pump to fail or not work properly. In the very unfortunate circumstance of a bad storm + power outage = flooding and failed sump pump. 

Stuck switch: this happens when the pump moves around inside the sump pit, and the float will get stuck against the inside of the pump, or other debris causing the float not to properly float. 

To fix your float, it's simple, all you need to do is a little bit of cleaning and adjust your pump inside the pit. 

Clogged pipe: if the pipes from your sump pump are clogged, water won't be able to flow through, and it will end up right back in your basement. To prevent clogging, install a grate at the opening of the pipe so it can catch any debris. 

Old: If your sump pump is older, it won't be working up to par. It's recommended to replace your pump every 10 years to keep it working properly. 

Maintenance: Add "clean sump pump" to your seasonal cleaning check list (every season). Keeping up with the maintenance of your sump pump will keep it in working order. According to this plumber (https://www.citywideplumbing.com/resources/common-plumbing-emergencies/) run vinegar through your sump pump, and clean all the vents as well as air holes on the discharge line. 

If your sump pump fails and your basement is covered in water, give us a call at 401-949-9955, we're here to help!! 

As experts in water damage restoration, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety | Manville, RI

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm and lightning safety SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Give us a call at (401) 949-9955 if you experience storm or flood damage at your Manville home or business

Thunderstorm and Lightning safety in Manville, RI 

As we all know, Rhode Island weather can be quite unpredictable. At the end of this week, weather reports have said we can expect some remnants of a tropical storm from the south. That being said, we can expect heavy rains in some areas as well as gusts of wind. You should always be prepared for thunderstorms, any storms, even if they’re not predicted to be severe.

Stay up to date on the weather forecasts. As we know, the weather forecast can change day to day.

Stay in communication with your family. Communicate with them on where to go in the case of an emergency. And discuss an emergency plan.

Prepare your home  keep tree branches trimmed back, take your patio furniture inside or put in the shed so things don’t go flying around.

Help your neighbors and friends! Head over to your next door neighbors house and see if they need any help carrying patio furniture inside or securing anything. A little help will go a long way.

Have a first aid kit

Severe thunderstorm watch vs severe thunderstorm warning

A severe thunderstorm watch means that severe storms are possible in and around the area.

A severe thunderstorm warning means severe weather has already been reported or spotted by radar. Storm warnings also indicate danger.

If you are driving during severe weather, head to the next safest exit or pull over, turn on your hazards and wait until the heavy rains subside.

Lightning safety

It is important for you to remain indoors during thunderstorms.

  • Avoid open areas such as fields, and do not be the tallest in the area. Lightning will strike the taller objects in an area.
  • Stay away from trees, poles, and towers.
  • Stay away from fences.

Getting help if someone is struck

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Begin CPR if you are trained.
  • Move the struck person to a safer area if possible to avoid any other injuries.

“When thunder roars go indoors”

About 30 people are killed each year by lightning strikes. These fatalities can usually be prevented. In 2020, there have been 5 lightning related fatalities. 

When you hear thunder, immediately get indoors or in a covered vehicle. Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes after the storm has subsided. Some of the injuries or fatalities had occurred due to people going outside too soon!

You can be struck while indoors, but it is rare. It can be caused by using wired electrical devices or plumbing (showers or baths)

If your home or business suffers from flood or storm damage, give us a call at (401) 949-9955, we're here to help! 

Fourth of July Firework, cooking, and fire safety - Manville, RI

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fourth Of July firework safety Be sure to always have water or a fire extinguisher near by when you're having a fire, using fireworks, or cooking!

The Fourth of July is this weekend! What do you think of when you hear that? Fireworks, cookout (social distance of course) and gathering around the fire with some s'mores all come to mind for us! 

When fire is involved in any way, it's important for you and everyone around to be safe! 

Grilling safety

You can check out our blog on grilling safety here, but in short:

- Place your grill away from any decks, awnings, and tree branches. 

- NEVER EVER leave your grill unattended while it is lit.

- Keep your grill clean, according to the NFPA, 1 out of every 5 grill fires was a grill that was not clean.

- Be sure there are no children running around the grilling area. You can tell them it's an "adult only zone" 

- NEVER use a grill in the garage, under a canopy, or anywhere enclosed. This can cause a carbon monoxide build up which can be fatal. 

Firework safety

- NEVER light fireworks indoors

- Never use fireworks if you are under the influence of alcohol

- Light them away from any trees, bushes, houses and any other flammable materials

- Never ignite fireworks inside of a container 

- Soak used fireworks in water after using them to prevent any risk of fire 

- Always be sure fireworks are legal in your area!

Fire safety 

- Only build a fire in contained areas

- Clear the area around the fire pit so there are no papers, leaves, or any other flammable materials 

- Never leave a fire unattended

- Keep a fire extinguisher, hose, or bucket of water close by

- When putting out the fire, be sure it is completely out before heading in for the night

- After about 24 hours, the ashed can be dampened, cooled, and put into a metal container just for ashes

We want you to celebrate this summer the safest ways possible! If you need any fire or water damage restoration this summer, give us a call at (401) 949-9955, we're here in your community, here to help!

Be prepared for any disaster!! Central Falls business owners!

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island (401) 949-9955 Give us a call today to set up your Emergency Ready Profile! (401) 949-9955

As a Central Falls business owner, you'll want to be prepared for whatever may come your way! You never know when a pipe could burst, a fire could happen, sewage backup, and more. 

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we offer a FREE Emergency Ready Program

What is an Emergency Ready Profile? 

A SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a preparedness plan for you and your business. Did you know as much as 50% of businesses never reopen following a disaster?? That's what we have the ERP for! 

Being prepared ahead of time can save you and your business from closing. By having a SERVPRO ERP for your business, you'll also minimize business interruptions by already having a plan in place! Knowing what to do, what to expect, and who to call in advance is great at saving you time and stress! 

The SERVPRO ERP is

Free assessment: This means you don't have to go looking for extra $$ to be prepared! 

A concise document that contains critical info in the case of an emergency. ERP's don't take much time at all to complete, our Marketing Representative will just need a walk through of your facility and snap a few photos. Then he'll take the photos back to the office and get started on your ERP folder. 

A guide. Your ERP is there to help you minimize business interruptions and help you get back into your facility ASAP following any disaster. 

Establishes your local SERVPRO as your restoration and mitigation provider. As leaders in the industry, we're here to help you and we're close by, as we are locally owned and operated! 

Identifies the line of command for work authorization. This will save you time and stress so you know exactly who to contact. 

Provides facility details. Including: shut off valves, priority areas, priority contacts and more!! 

Give us a call at (401) 949-9955 today to set up your Emergency Ready Profile!! 

Warwick Rhode Island - Wipes clog pipes!

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

toilet paper vs wipes It's best to stick to flushing only toilet paper to preserve your septic system and city sewage systems!

Wipes

When you go to the store, you might pick up some flushable wipes or baby wipes, while they may say 'flushable', you really shouldn't flush them! Even if something is labelled as flushable, it can cause damage to your pipes, the sewage treatment facilities, and your septic system (especially septic systems).

Recently, more wipes have been flushed down toilets due to the coronavirus. With the lack of toilet paper, people were turning to wipes/baby wipes and flushing them. Even flushing paper towels!

According to nytimes.com, this has resulted in a surge in backed up sewer lines and overflowing toilets...yuck! These clogged sewer lines are not good for the environment either! Sewage is spilling into natural bodies of water and overflowing toilets can be harmful to your health if not taken care of right away! 

While flushable wipes may go down the pipe initially, they don't break down as well as toilet paper is designed to do. 

There are some criteria that wipes need to pass in order to be considered "flushable":

  • Disintegrates quickly 
  • Must not float 
  • Contains biodegradable material, no plastics. 

Remember the 3P's- Pee, Poo and toilet Paper 

The only things that should be flushed!

Wipes and your septic system

Since your septic system receives less waste than the city's system, wipes and sanitary products will cause a little less damage, but it's still not recommended to flush anything except toilet paper and waste through your septic system. Typically the most recurring reason to get your septic pumped more than usual is wipes and sanitary products being flushed. 

If you still prefer to use wipes, you can still use them, but the pros suggest not flushing them, putting them in the trash. Or if you would rather flush, Scott Flushable Wipes broke down the best in a test. 

Let us help you clean up your disaster sewer damages and water damages in your Warwick commercial office building We will clean up with care and can be your single source for all your cleanup needs. If you experience a sewage backup, call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island  right away to get that cleaned up! We're experienced and trained to handle sewage the safe way. Warwick disaster cleanup will be on the way fast.

(401) 949-9955

Small leaks can cause major damage at your North Providence property

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Always call a pro to handle any sewage or spills and leaks that are too much for you to handle! Give us a call at (401) 949-9955, we're here to help!

Even the smallest spills and leaks can lead to major damage! Leaving a water leak as it is or not cleaning up after a spill can cause mold to form, as well as possibly structure damage to your building materials such as floors, walls, even insulation. 

Not every water spill is serious enough to call a professional water cleanup company, but it's important for you to know how to properly take care of any spills or small leaks! If you act fast and understand how to clean up, you can prevent any secondary damage. 

Let's say, for example, your fishtank breaks and a few gallons of water spill onto the floor. 

You'll need just a few things:

- Shop vacuum (wet/dry vac) 

- Towels

- Box fan/s (ceiling fan can work too!)

- Dehumidifier - If you don't have one you can rent from your local tool rental business! It's best to have an industrial strength dehumidifier, but a household one will do the trick too!

The process is almost like what we do here! You can be a SERVPRO Hero of the day at your own home or office! How fun!

Cleaning up the mess right away can prevent any further damage. As soon as you see the spill:

- Stop the source of water 

- Use the shop vacuum to suck up as much water as you can

- Use towels to dry the rest of the water

- Turn on your box fans or ceiling fan 

- Turn on the dehumidifier 

Hopefully you can clean up that spill using this method, but if not, don't hesitate to give us a call at (401) 949-9955, we can handle any size disaster!

If the leak or spill involves any sewage, you should not handle that yourself. Only trained professionals should handle sewage or category 3 water. 

Sun Safety during Narragansett Rhode Island summers

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

UVA & UVB Rays 

Did you know that the sun's ultraviolet rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes? It's important to check the UV index in your area before heading out, you can check for your area by clicking here

So what exactly are UVA and UVB rays?

UVA rays are the most damaging to the skin. UVB rays play the biggest roles in causing skin cancers. 

UVA Rays

  • Higher wavelength
  • Penetrate more skin than UVB rays 
  • Can cause indirect damage to DNA
  • Can penetrate windows and clouds

UVB Rays

  • Shorter wavelengths 
  • Damages the outer layers of the skin
  • Directly causes damage to DNA
  • Can't penetrate windows and can be filtered by clouds 

When are UV rays the strongest?

UV exposure is the highest between 10am and 4pm. According to Healthline.com, during this time, the sun's rays have less distance to cover, making them more powerful. 

It's important to protect yourself from the sun's strong UV rays to prevent any skin damage. You can reduce the risk of skin damage by hanging out in shady, cool areas and applying suncreen before sun exposure. Whenever possible, you should wear long sleeved shirts and long pants. Wearing darker colored clothing may offer more protection than wearing light colored clothing in the sun. If wearing long clothing is impractical for the situation, be sure to have a shirt on or some other sort of covering to limit sun exposure. Wearing a hat that shades your face, ears, and back of the neck is the best extra sun protection you could have. Avoid wearing hats made from straw or any with holes, though. 

Don't forget! Protecting your eyes is JUST as important as protecting your skin from the sun, don't forget your sunglasses! 

For more information on sun safety, visit these following resources:

Before turning on your AC unit this summer in Cranston

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

HVAC contractor doing maintenance on AC unit Photo from: https://www.freepik.com/free-photos-vectors/air-conditioning

As we all know well, the weather in New England can be unpredictable. One day you need a sweater and the next we're in shorts and t-shirts! Although summer isn't officially here in Rhode Island yet, we have been seeing some very warm days! Before you switch your AC unit to "ON" be sure you check the system! 

By checking your system before using it, you can catch any possible problems before they can get worse. Always be sure you are preforming these checks and maintenance with the AC breaker switch "OFF"! 

Check the condenser fan

This is the unit located outside. Remove any tarp or other covering you have on it. 

Remove the grill that covers the fan, then clean the blades with a vacuum attachment or cloth.

Vacuum out the bottom of the condenser box to remove any leaves or other debris.

Be sure nothing is blocking the airflow. Trim away any vines or bushes if they are in the way 

Check the coolant lines 

The lines should be checked for any leaks. Damaged or leaking lines must be replaced by a professional HVAC contractor. 

You should also check for proper insulation surrounding the coolant lines. If any insulation is damaged, you can remove and replace. Coolant pipe insulation can be found at your local hardware stores. 

Electrical 

Check the battery in your thermostat (If it is battery operated)

*Quick tip* Replace the batteries each year at the beginning of the season. This will make a good habit so you don't forget before the batteries have a chance to die. 

It's a good practice to change the filter in your HVAC unit before the AC unit is turned on each year. 

Checking for any imperfections, dings, crimping, or electrical faults before turning your appliances on for the season can save you in extensive repair bills and save you from running a broken appliance! 

If you HVAC system has been running for some time without attention it could be circulating things such as dust, pollen, and other contaminants. At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island we offer air duct and HVAC cleaning services. Call  (401) 949-9955 with any questions today! 

Indoor and Outdoor fireplace safety for Cranston

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

During the summer and fall months, we all love to enjoy a nice fire with our friends and family (socially distanced of course) and some s'mores! While in the winter, some of us enjoy a nice fire in the fireplace inside. However you enjoy your fires, it's important that you are safe! 

Indoor fireplaces/pellet/ wood stoves

Be sure your chimney and stove (if you have one) is inspected and cleaned by a chimney specialist once a year to ensure there is no creosote build up and no other issues. Keep the area around the fireplace clean and clear of any fire hazards. This can include decorations, tripping hazards, and any other flammable materials. 

ALWAYS 

  • Ensure the flue is open before igniting a fire   
  • Use fireplace gloves when adjusting the doors or screens 
  • Close the damper when the fire is completely out
  • Control your fire

Outdoor fires 

While most of us enjoy sitting outside by the fire with friends and family, enjoying a beautiful summer or fall night, it is always important to remember and be aware of safety and any hazards. 

  • Always use a designated fire pit
  • Keep water nearby
  • Never use a flammable liquid to start a fire 
  • Don't wear flowy clothing around a fire, always wear snug fit or short sleeved clothes. 
  • After you've had your fun around the fire, be sure the fire is doused with water and is fully extinguished. 

Whether you're enjoying a campfire outside or warming up by the fire inside, always be sure you're practicing proper safety measures!

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is here to help you with any fire related damage. Our teams are highly trained to help guide you through the entire process. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Cranston clean up...Let us clean up your residential or commercial fire water smoke disasters and we will will clean it up with care and be your single source for your disaster cleanups Give us a call at (401) 949-9955, we're here to help!

Why SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is your #1 choice for cleanup

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

One of our core values is to provide our customers with the best service we can possibly provide. 

We work around our customers schedule, time constraints, and any other requests they (you) may have!! 

When you as a homeowner, business owner, or renter, in Rhode Island contact us, we will handle your call with the most empathy and understanding. This is one of the first steps to building trust and a relationship with our customers. We will gather all the necessary information so we can quickly get to your property. When we say quick, we mean quick! (in 4 hours or less)

We are in constant communication with our customers throughout the process. From the initial call, to 30 minutes before we arrive, and throughout the cleanup! 

We understand that your home, even office, is sort of a haven for you. When you contact us for a cleanup, we will clean with care! We take care of your home and belongings as if they were our own. 

Cranston Warwick West Warrick and more let us be your single source for disaster clean up. If you are a renter, home, or business owner in Rhode Island, you don't have to wonder who you should call for cleanup services while we're around! Give us a call at (401) 949-9955, we'll make anything "Like it never even happened." 

Visit us online at https://www.SERVPROnorthernrhodeisland.com/ for more information! 

Commercial fire damage also means commercial water damage

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage to be one of the most distractive and devastating losses that property owner can experience. 

When you experience a fire at your commercial property it can take a lot to get it back to what it once was, but that's what we're here for!

When you experience a fire at your commercial property, it comes with fire damage of course but also water damage. 

When the fire department comes out they almost always put out fires with water. This typically causes water damage to materials that weren't originally affected by the fire. 

When you call us at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island after a fire at your Pawtucket commercial property, we can take care of both the water and fire damage! 

What are team gets on-site, we will immediately begin extracting the water to eliminate any standing water. Once the water is gone we can then begin the fire restoration process

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we also offer document drying!!

As a business owner, it can be extremely devastating if many important documents are lost due to water damage, that's why we offer the drying! We can help you in almost every aspect to get back to business! 

When you call us, you'll get a team of people who understand and care about your unique situation. We know how important it is to you to get back in business will work as fast as humanly possible to make that happen for you!

If your business or commercial property experiences fire damage in Pawtucket, East Providence, Providence contact us by calling 401-949-9955.

What to do when you experience a sewage backup

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

When you experience a sewage backup in your Johnston home or business it can disrupt your daily routine and it can be stinky, smelly, and just a big huge mess. 

Sewage presents a number of health hazards as well as sanitation issues and may result in property damage as well as health issues. Sewage backups have to be dealt with properly and as soon as possible! 

Depending on how bad the back up is you might be able to limit the damage, save your belongings, or try to handle the problem yourself. At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island we suggest that you contact a professional rather than attempting to clean it yourself.

After any sewage backup situation it is important to evacuate anyone from the home until is restored and safe to reenter

It is a good idea to contact your utility company to shut off your electricity gas and water if the backup is that severe. If it is not that severe and you can turn off the power and water SAFELY yourself, it is okay to do so. 

You can also open some windows to help ventilate the area, and take away any dry, uncontaminated items and put them in a safer area of the home or building.

It is also important that you notify your insurance company that there has been a sewage backup and make sure you document the affected areas and items. (This will be used as proof for your claim)

How SERVPRO handles sewage backups 

  • When you call us at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island we'll respond to your sewage backup situation as soon as possible so you can get back to your daily life / get your business back in working order! 
  • When we arrive at your home or business will begin to remove the contaminated water and any solid waste in a safe and effective manner.
  • Once all the water and waste is gone we will begin to clean and sanitize the affected area or the entire home or building if it is necessary.
  • Once the area is sanitized and cleaned we will then use professional grade dehumidifiers and or air movers to get rid of any excess moisture.
  • Once these processes are done we can begin cleaning any affected items such as furniture and flooring, mitigate any mold if it is necessary.
  • Then begins the restoration process! (If anything needed to be removed) 

When you choose SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, you are getting 

- Water Extraction 

- Odor Removal

- Content Cleaning

- Sanitization 

- and Restoration 

All in one! That's why we're YOUR #1 choice for disaster cleanup and restoration!

(401) 949-9955 

Flooded Woonsocket basement? This is what you should do

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

Going down the stairs to find that your basement now looks like an in-ground pool is something you don't want to see. Having water intrude into your basement can damage appliances, carpet, floors, and even heirlooms. You might not know where to even start... but that's what we're here for! If you do encounter flooding, contact a professional water damage restoration company right away! 

What to do when your basement floods 

Throw on some rain boots / protective gear: Don't walk into the water in your loafers or slippers, the water could be contaminated depending on the source. You won't want to ruin your good shoes walking into that. If the water is way high, you might want to break out those waders. 

Find the source of the water: If the water is from a burst pipe, hot water heater, sewage backup, or other appliance failure, immediately shut off the water! 

Check your sump pump or drain (if you have them): Both of these things can help drain any water from the basement after flooding, but they have to be in working condition. If they're clogged, try to get that clog out so they can begin doing their job! 

-  Remove any valuables: Remove any important documents, family heirlooms, electronics (if safe to do so) and bring them into a safer area. 

If the amount of water is minimal, you can use a wet/dry vacuum, mop, and a bucket. 

If there's more than an inch or two, call (401) 949-9955, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is highly trained in water damage restoration. We regularly monitor and document throughout the extraction and drying process! 

Causes of a basement flood 

- Heavy rains or big storm 

- Clogged floor drain

- Sump pump failure 

- Cracked foundation causing water to leak in 

- Burst pipes

- Failing appliances 

- Sewage backup 

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we know how to handle each and every water damage situation, safely and efficiently! 

Our advanced equipment helps to detect any hidden moisture, remove water quickly, and dry your home and belongings! 

Call us at (401) 949-9955, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Mold Vs. Mildew

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic explaining the differences between mold and mildew. Color, texture symptoms, removal. Photo: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/337207090843922141/

I'm sure you have encountered some type of mold in your home or elsewhere at some point. But did you really see mold? Or was it mildew

Well, 

What's the difference?

HGTV compares mold and mildew like siblings. 

They both love to live in warm moist areas. And they can grow on almost any surface if you give them the chance. Think of them as evil twins. You don't want them anywhere in your house or business. 

On the other hand, mold can appear black or green in color, and can look fuzzy or slimy (yuck!). It can typically be found in attics, crawl spaces, and other dark, damp areas. 

Mildew usually grows flat and looks like a powder. It is typically white or gray in color. Mildew can also affect your plants! 

Both of these can spread very easily throughout your property. If they are left untreated they can begin to cause a lot more damage than you'd like. 

To prevent either of these two 'siblings' from entering your home:

- Keep the home/building dry and free of moisture (or controlled as best you can)

- Humidity must be monitored and controlled if need be. 

- Any leaking water should be taken care of ASAP 

Click here to learn more about our mold remediation and restoration services. We're specially trained to handle all types of mold and fungus you may encounter in your Rhode Island home or business.

Give us a call at (401) 949-9955 

Preventing fires in your Johnston neighborhood

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

As the warmer weather approaches us, we're thinking about or already grilling! Why not? There's nothing like the smell of food on the grill. 

As a matter of fact, click here for a list of yummy looking spring-time grilling recipes! 

While grilling is one of life's simple pleasures, with all things fun, there is always a way for something not-so-fun to sneak it's way in there. 

Using improper cooking/grilling techniques can cause you a whole lot more than charred burgers. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, grills were the cause of over 8,000 home fires per year. 

Whether you prefer a gas powered grill or charcoal, it is important for you to follow safety measures to keep you, your family, home, guests and neighbors safe! 

- Place your grill away from any deck railings, away from any awnings or tree branches. 

- NEVER leave your grill unattended. 

- Be sure you are keeping your grill clean. According to the NFPA, 1 out of every 5 grill fires, the grill was not clean. 

- Be sure children know that anywhere near a grill, open flame, or anywhere food is prepared should be a "kid free zone" 

- Never use a grill in a garage, under a tent, in a shed or anywhere else enclosed. It could cause carbon monoxide build up. 

Gas grills

- Before firing up your gas grill, check the hose for any leaks. You can apply a solution of water and soap on the hose to see if there are any leaks (it will show bubbles)

- If you smell gas while grilling, immediately step away from the grill. Do NOT move the grill on your own. Contact your local fire department if a fire occurs. 

- Never start your grill with the lid closed. This could cause the gas to build up and combust when lit. 

Charcoal grills 

- Charcoal grills can stay hot for hours after you extinguish the flames. Be sure you aren't putting any flammable materials near the grill while it may still be hot. Ensure nothing can be blown into or near the charcoal grill. 

- Be sure there are no holes or rust damage to the bottom or sides of the grill. Hot coals can fall out and cause a fire or injury. 

- Use proper starter fluid. Do not use lighter fluid or another kind that is not meant for charcoal grills. 

- If your flames are too low, try re-ignighting with dry kindling or more charcoal. Avoid using any more fire starting liquid. This could cause serious injury and fire. 

We hope you can fire up that grill and cook up some delicious meals for your family, friends, and neighbors this spring/summer. And always be safe while you're doing it!! 

If your home was damaged by a grill fire, give us a call at (401) 949-9955, we'll make it "Like it never even happened." 

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 Warwick, Cranston, East providence, North Kingstown, Narragansett, Westerly commercial building or 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! 

Hey Rhode Island - 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!

If you suffer a commercial or residential disaster and need clean up call us and we will clean with care and can be your single source for all you clean up needs - Rhode Island

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

SERVPRO Professional Cleaning Services for your

Rhode Island commercial business or home.

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. 

If you suffer a water damage, fire damage, soot/smoke damage or sewer damage and need disaster cleanup we are here to help you.

Providence 02914, East Providence 02915, Warwick 02888, East Greenwich 02818 and more we are ready. We can be your single source for your disaster clean up and will always try to clean with care.

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island

401-949-9955 

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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)

Commercial Flood Damage Can Cause Business Interruption and Expense. We help Cranston Companies Recover Quickly after Flood Events.

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)

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.

The Dangers of DIY Mold Removal - Lincoln

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. 

This week's Homeowner Tip of the Week

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)

COMMON CAUSES OF COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGE in North Kingstown 02852

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, and clean with care so you can get back in business! We wan to be your single source for all your disaster cleanups.

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Homeowner Tip Warwick - 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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Cranston 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 & 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

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is here to help you Pawtucket too if any water damage occurs in your East Providence home or business. Call us at (401) 949-9955

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Homeowner Tip - Daily Habits to Keep Your House Clean

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Chore list Make a chore list for the kids to follow weekly, or daily!

Do you dread the day you put aside to clean your house? You can make it so that you don't have to make a whole day of it by doing some simple things every day to keep it nice and tidy! If you keep yourself in a routing of doing these every day it will get easier, just like brushing your teeth in the morning.

  • Make your bed every morning
    • This will start your day off well, knowing that you have already accomplished something 
  • Do one load of laundry per day
    • This will vary depending on how much laundry you do per week normally, but this will make it so that you don't have to do one big load and fold it all at once!
  • Prioritize 
    • Make a list of what needs to be done NOW
    • And a list of what can be done over the next few days 
  • Get the kids (and/or spouse) involved!
    • They might put up a fight at first, but this will make it easier on you, and they will eventually get into the habit as well. 
  • Do a 20 minute nightly cleaning with the whole family 
    • Have the kids tidy their rooms
    • Vacuum
    • Take the trash out
  • Never leave a room empty handed
    • Do a scan of each room and see if there is anything you can take with you 
      • Dishes
      • Trash
      • Dirty Laundry
      • Clean laundry 
  • De clutter and organize
    • This will cut down on time needed to "actually" clean 
  • Clean as you go 
    • This goes side by side with never leaving a room empty handed
      • Load dishes into the dishwasher right away rather than leaving them on the counter
      • Put your shoes and coat away as soon as you walk in 

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will be posting weekly tips for you at home! Check back every Tuesday for more ?? If you have any suggestions or tips of your own you'd like to see, let us know on TwitterFacebook or send us an email! 

As always, we're here 24/7 for you! Call us at (401) 949-9955 if you experience a fire, water, or storm related disaster at your home or business. 

Fire Damage Restoration East Providence

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Call us at (401) 949-9955 to get the restoration process started right away!

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, our number one priority is to return your damaged home or commercial building back to its preloss conditions. We will do everything we can to make it "Like it never even happened." When a fire happens, you do not want to waste time searching and searching for fire damage restoration companies. You will want a company that responds fast and will walk you through the process.

To save you some research time, here is our emergency fire damage process:

Within one hour

Within one hour of notice of your loss, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will contact you to arrange for service. 

Within four hours

Within four hours of notice of loss, our team will be onsite to start the mitigation services. By responding Faster to Any Size Disaster, we are saving you money by reducing any secondary damage that could've occurred if you had to wait longer. 

Detailed explanation 

One of our highly trained professionals will talk you through the entire process, step-by-step, explaining what you should expect and what the outcome will be. 

Pretesting

Our professional(s) will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the initial source of damage, outwards. 

Within eight hours

Within eight hours of arrival, a verbal briefing of the area will be communicated to the appropriate personnel, usually your adjuster or property manager. 

Cleaning, restoration, and deodorization

Once all the logistics are taken care of, our professionals will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property. With our state-of-the-art techniques and equipment, we will make sure that your property is taken care of right, the FIRST time. 

Final walk-through

Once the work is completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to be sure you are satisfied. 

If you have any questions about our fire damage restoration or the process itself, give us a call at (401) 949-9955, we're here 24/7 for YOU! 

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https://www.SERVPROnorthernrhodeisland.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

Why SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island??

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

When water runs a muck in your home, it sure can cause a lot more damage than it looks on the surface. Without tools to detect the path of the water and hidden water, damage can go unnoticed. Our crews are highly trained to use the correct tools and use all of the equipment to properly get the job done, and prevent any further damage.

Our techs are trained to trace water that lingers behind walls, counter tops etc. They are trained to solve the problems before they can get any worse. 

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, one tool that we use to determine if the water is completely gone and the area is dry are moisture meters. The meters will show the levels of water that is absorbed in materials such as drywall, wood, and more. Using these tools will help our techs determine an effective drying plan for the affected areas. The moisture meters will be used every day until the process is complete, and they read optimal levels. 

The state of the art equipment and training that our techs use are just two answers to: why SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island?? Call us at (401) 949-9955 if your Northern RI home suffers from a water damage. 

24 Hour Emergency Response - Rhode Island

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

We’re faster to any size disaster!

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we’ll be there as fast as possible to your commercial or residential property. We serve communities like North Smithfield, Woonsocket, Cumberland, Central Falls and more!

We are a leader in the disaster and restoration industry, properly trained with the effective protocols when an emergency strikes your North Smithfield home. We understand that storms and fires don’t wait for a convenient time to happen. That’s why we’re here 24/7 365! Our certified team of professionals and top of the line equipment are here to help you and your friends and family!

Sometimes immediate action is needed when it comes to damage to your home or business. At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we are strategically positioned to be faster to any size disaster! We aim to have our response times in minutes, not hours in emergencies!

Call us at (401) 949-9955 if you need emergency services! We’re here to help 24/7

Narraganset -Bio hazardous Materials

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

When you hear bio-hazard you probably think blood… this is an example of a bio hazard, but did you know that sewage is also a bio hazardous material?

Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances that you could come in contact with in your home or business. It could cause you to become very ill. Unfortunately people don’t understand how hazardous sewage really is. Give SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island a call if you suffer from a sewage loss, we’re trained to handle these types of situations and we’re here 24/7 to help you!

  • Sewage contains a variety of bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. These can cause someone to become very sick.
  • Sewage exposure is more dangerous for people with weak immune systems, children under 2 and adults over 60, pregnant women etc.
  • It is absolutely not safe to stay in a building that has been flooded with sewage, unless the area can be completely sealed off.
  • If your carpet, bedding, and paper, or materials that can’t be washed with hot water, have been contaminated by sewage, they need to be contained and disposed of. This can include insulation and drywall as well.
    • There is an extreme health risk if these items are not properly taken care of.
  • Only people that are highly and specifically trained to handle these types of disasters should remediate sewage.

Call us at (401) 949-9955 if you suffer from a sewage loss at your Rhode Island home or commercial business. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

go to:https://www.SERVPROnorthernrhodeisland.com/biohazard-cleaning

What happens after a storm damage to your Riverside home

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

After a storm has ended and damage has occurred to your home, there are some steps to take to begin the restoration restoration and cleanup process. These steps may include

  • An assessment preformed by storm damage restoration experts (SERVPRO)
  • A visit from your insurance adjuster
  • Documentation of damage, this can be provided by your insurance company
  • Water removal process

Restoring your home

There are multiple restoration methods that our teams use after a storm. After the water is removed from the home, our trained technicians will work to mitigate the damage by

  • Drying: using dehumidifiers, air movers, and other equipment.
  • A tear out: removing damaged materials such as drywall etc.
  • Sanitation of the home or area.
  • Restoration or replacement can begin

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we believe in restoring over replacing. Understanding that your home and belongings mean a lot to you! We will treat your home as it was our own.

What happens to your damaged belongings?

Damaged belongings are typically removed from the home after a storm. Rugs, clothing, curtains, and other cloth materials can be cleaned and restored if mold has not grown. Electronics can be more difficult to restore, but if you call us right away, the faster they may get restored. Whether or not any item can be restored, no matter the material, depends on the extent of the damage.

Call us at (401) 949-9955 if you experience storm damage to your home, we’re here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” For more info click here

Winterfest RI - Cumberland

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

Winterfest dates and themes Head to Winterfest in Cumberland this weekend or next!!

If you're looking for something that the kids will love and for a great price, head to 4097 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI for Winterfest! The cover charge is only $5 and that includes all meet and greets and kids train rides! ***This is cash only***

On Saturday December 14th - It's a Disney Takeover! (If it rains, these characters will be there on Sunday)

  • Mickey & Goofy
  • Buzz & Woody
  • Olaf
  • A surprise princess guest!
  • and more! 

Sunday December 15th - Santa!!

Saturday December 21st - Star Wars

Sunday December 22nd - Santa!!

Every night there will be a special surprise guest 

For more information and any weather change updates see event page

Commercial Fire Damage in Rhode Island

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Our teams are experienced in limiting interruption to your business, school, or patients, working after hours and around the clock if needed to isolate and restore the damage.

Some of our commercial clients include:

  • Retail stores
  • Schools
    • We can handle a disaster at a small school, or at a university campus. We will work quickly to restore this situation.
  • Healthcare facilities
    • Our teams are specially trained to handle hazardous waste materials, comply with HIPPA regulations.
  • Restaurants
    • Our teams are trained to comply to health codes, food safety, and environmental concerns.
  • And more

Each type of commercial building is different and unique. At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, our teams are trained to handle all types of fire damage in all types of facilities!

Commercial fire restoration comes with its own unique challenges. We will respond quickly and manage the project throughout the process until the end! We will get your school, restaurant, or nursing home back in business in no time!

Call us today if you are in need of a commercial fire restoration! (401) 949-9955

We are proud to be able to serve our local communities!

  • Woonsocket
  • Smithfield
  • Central Falls
  • Lincoln
  • Chepachet
  • And more!

go to: https://www.SERVPROnorthernrhodeisland.com/commercial-cleaning

Fire Damage - Harmony

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Office room damaged by fire Call us to get the job done right!

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island offers fire damage restoration services. Since each smoke and fire damage situation is unique, each requires a unique solution.

When different materials burn, the soot differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. Here are the steps in our process of a “typical” fire damage restoration.

  1. Emergency contact
  2. Inspection and fire damage assessment
  3. Immediate board-up and roof tarp (if necessary)
  4. Water removal and drying (if needed)
  5. Cleaning and repair
  6. Restoration

After any fire damage to your home or business, the first thing you should focus on is your safety!

Take these into consideration

  • Is it safe to stay inside?
  • Electrical and slip and fall hazards are some of the most common concerns.
  • Wet materials can be very heavy, always use caution when trying to move these materials.

After a fire:

  • Limit the movement in the home to prevent soot from being embedded into carpets and upholstery.
  • If the electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator and prop the doors open.
  • Protect chrome with a light coat of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Change HVAC filter
  • Tape a couple layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT to do after a fire

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or carpets, or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don’t attempt to clean electrical appliances that were damaged by the fire on your own. Contact an authorized repair service.
  • Don’t eat any food that was near the fire or damaged by the fire.
  • Don’t turn on any ceiling fans or lights on, the wiring may be damaged.
  • Don’t send your clothes to an ordinary dry cleaner, find a professional in fire damage cleaning. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor

Call us at (401) 949-9955 if your home or business requires fire damage restoration. We're here to help! 

Preventing Frozen Pipes Lincoln

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Preventing frozen pipes

As the winter is getting closer and closer, frozen pipes become regular occurrences in New England homes. Since water expands in the pipes once it is frozen, the expansion puts pressure on the pipe, this can then cause the pipes to crack and/ or break. This can cause a major problem to your home. To be sure this does not happen to you and your home, once the temperatures drop below freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit) here are some tips:

  • Drain water from all pools and sprinkler supply lines.
  • Remove, drain and store hoses.
    • Be sure to close the inside valves that supply the outdoor hose spouts. Keep the outdoor ones open to allow the remaining water to drain.
  • Know where your water supply lines are located in unheated areas of the home. Make sure they are insulated to ensure they don’t freeze.
    • To insulate pipes consider:
      • Pipe sleeves
      • Heat tape and cable
      • Even using newspaper can help
    • Keep your garage doors closed to prevent more cold air from entering.
    • Keep your thermostat at the same temperature throughout the day and night.
      • If you are away from home for a long time, set the temp in your house to no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit (American Red Cross)

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we want you and your family to be as prepared as possible in case of an emergency, especially when the weather is going to get colder and colder. By taking these tips into consideration, your pipes will hopefully not freeze or burst to cause any damage to your commercial property or home.

If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call at (401) 949-9955 or visit our website

https://www.SERVPROnorthernrhodeisland.com/water-damage-restoration

Wesley United Methodist Church - Lincoln

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Church member rolling pie dough out - SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Phone Number below We're here to serve our community, just like the Wesley United Methodist Church. Photo from the Valley Breeze

The Wesley United Methodist Church in Lincoln, RI made 75 home made pies for a fundraiser on November 11th. Once the pies are filled, they are labeled with the purchaser's name and directions for baking. This year, they sold the pies for $15 each.

The church is also involved in other community organizations. 

Some of the organizations the members of the church volunteer(ed) at include:

  • Community Against Bullying in Schools
  • Habitat for Humanity, West Bay & Northern Rhode Island 
  • Segue Institute for Learning

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we are happy to see people supporting and volunteering with other organizations and donating their time to help others in the community. 

To learn more about the Wesley United Methodist Church, visit their website here.

Water Damage Restoration

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Before we can begin the process of restoration, we will need to check the source of damage, and stop it.

The next step will be to identify the category and classification of the water damage. Depending on the level of contamination and classification of the water will determine the restoration process we will use.

  1. Clean water
  2. Gray Water
  3. Black Water

Clean Water

Clean water (or Category 1 water) is from a clean source such as a broken water supply line or a leaking faucet. If this water isn’t treated it can turn into category 2 or 3 depending on how long it is left untreated.

Gray Water

Gray water (or Category 2 water) can cause illness, an example of this type of water would be from a washing machine, dishwasher overflow, or toilet overflow containing urine.

Black Water

Black water (or category 3 water) is highly contaminated. Examples of black water include: water from beyond the toilet trap, from the toilet bowl containing feces, or standing water that has begun supporting microbial growth.

After identifying the classification of water, we will inspect to determine the extent of the damage and how far the moisture has traveled. Next we will move the furniture and contents and block them off from any moisture and to prevent them from leaving stains on the carpet.

Water Removal

Now begins the water removal. This step removes almost all of the water. We use powerful equipment to remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your home or business.

If your home requires extensive restoration, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island can conduct a move-out to protect your belongings.

Removing most of the water reduces the drying time and also prevents any secondary water damage or microbial growth

Our technicians will inspect the carpet and carpet pad to see if they will need to be removed in order to protect your subfloor.

Drying & Dehumidification

After the water has been removed, the floors and walls mat seem dry, but they may be wet to the touch. Building materials such as wood, drywall and flooring are porous and they will retain water. Retaining water may cause the materials to break down or cause mold damage.

Cleaning & sanitizing

We will clean your furniture, upholstery, structure, and other restorable belongings that may have been affected by the water.

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we specialize in restoring contents damaged by water and mold. We believe that “restoring” rather than “replacing” can ultimately save you money. Learn more about contents restoration here

Our cleaning process includes

  • Dry cleaning
  • Wet cleaning
  • Spray & wipe
  • Foam cleaning
  • Abrasive cleaning
  • Immersion cleaning

Don’t take the risk. When a water backup of any sort occurs in your Cumberland home or business, please contact us. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is here to help! (401) 494-9955 follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!

Lincoln PD sporting facial hair for the first time!

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

The Lincoln, RI police department are sporting facial hair for the first time to support a local charity!

The donations from the officers support the 5th annual Home Base No Shave campaign by the Red Sox Foundation and Mass. General Hospital. This campaign helps veterans and their families impacted by PTSD and other wounds veterans carry from their time serving. 

The officers donated $50, that is matched by the police union Local 435. There is normally a restriction on facial hair for the officers. 

For the female officers, they are allowed to paint their nails or wear their hair in a braid with their $50 donation. 

The facial hair encourages conversation and breaks stigmas associated with the wounds veterans carry home with them. 

On December 4, Lincoln PD and other participating first responders from the New England area will attend a shave-off event at Fenway Park. 

According to the Valley Breeze, Lincoln has raised upwards of $1,300 as of November 13th. 

For more information on the Home Base No Shave campaign click here

We're proud to be a part of a community who cares for others in the community!

Holiday Decorating Safety

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas tree decorated Be sure to keep trees away from areas with heavy foot traffic.

As the holidays approach, trees, lights, and candles, among many other decorations, are holiday traditions that millions of homes across the country use to celebrate. There are certain precautions you should take when setting up these decorations to ensure optimal safety for you and your family.

Here are some useful tips:

Trees

  • If you choose a fake tree, make sure you buy one that is fire resistant.
  • If you buy a real tree, be sure the tree is still growing, not already cut.
    • If you purchase a pre-cut tree: make sure it is still healthy.
    • The needles shouldn't come off too easily, and the limbs should be flexible.
  • Place the tree away from any fireplaces and any other heat sources.
  • Make sure the tree is away from where people walk, this may be a tripping hazard.

Lights

  • Use lights that have been tested.
  • If any wires are broken or have loose connections, throw them away.
  • Make sure outdoor lights are secure
  • Don’t plug in more than 3 sets of lights per extension chord.
  • Keep lights out of the reach of children.

Candles

  • Never light a candle on or near a tree.
  • Use candle holders that are non-flammable.
  • Keep away from other decorations.
  • Don't place them in areas where they can easily be knocked over.

Although holiday decorations are not limited to just these three things, you should ensure that any and all types are set up in the safest way. 

Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we want everyone to have the safest holiday possible. We understand how valuable time spent with friends and family is, and we want everyone to have a happy holiday season!

If you experience any disaster related events over this holiday season, do not hesitate to call us at (401) 949-9955 or visit our website

Keeping elder family members safe during storms - Greenville

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency kit with checklist Make sure your elders have all the supplies they will need in case of an emergency.

Not everyone can be there 24/7 like SERVPRO, but consider your elderly parents, aunts, uncles, or neighbors. They’re just as scared as anyone is during a storm, maybe even worse. That's why it's a good idea to have a plan for them just in case you can't be there. 

Keeping seniors safe during a storm:

  1. Have a strategy1 and make a plan
    • Make sure the person(s) is aware and understands the plan.
  2. Keep emergency supplies accessible.
    • Water bottles
    • Canned goods
    • Can opener
    • Matches or lighter
    • Candles
  3. A supply of canned goods or non perishable items is necessary when preparing for an emergency. This way, they will not go bad. 
  4. Prepare a kit with:
    • Phone numbers
    • Flashlight w/ extra batteries
    • Important papers
    • First aid kit
    • If the senior is on daily medication, be sure there is enough for at least 4 days in the emergency kit.
  5. Appoint someone to check up on the senior(s)
    • Put someone in charge of checking in on the person(s) in case of a storm or emergency.
      • Make phone calls and home visits
    • If they have a cell phone, make sure it is fully charged (if we are aware of an incoming storm), and that they understand how to use it.
      • Program their phone with important phone numbers

SNOW STORMS:

If we are expecting a snow storm, here are some things to keep in mind when thinking about our elderly family members and friends.

  • Refill prescriptions and have extras in case you/ they can’t get out in the snow.
  • Prepare for power outages, again, making sure phones and other electronic devices are fully charged.
    • If your family member uses oxygen or other medical devices requiring electricity, be sure they or someone has a generator they can use for the time being without power.
  • Keep spare blankets and warm clothes in an easily accessible area.

Outdoors:

  • Keep cars at least half a tank of gas, and check the tires for air!
  • Clean debris out of gutters and spouts to allow water to properly drain.
  • Arrange cars and driveways to allow for proper plowing.

Do not wait until the minute the storm hits to prepare yourself and elders!

Take these tips into consideration this winter. Call us at (401) 949-9955 or see our website if there is any damage to your home after a snow or rain storm! SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is a leading disaster restoration and repair company in local communities including: Woonsocket, Chepachet, North Smithfield, and Lincoln. “We’re faster to any size disaster”

  1. https://www.caringseniorservice.com/blog/keeping-seniors-safe-during-storms

Bradley Hospital - Providence, RI

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Bradley Hospital, located at 1011 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Riverside, RI 02915, was the first psychiatric hospital in the country that focused exclusively on children. It was founded in 1931, but today, Bradley provides expert care to children with developmental, behavioral, and psychological problems. They offer inpatient, outpatient, and residential programs. It is also a national research center for child and adolescent psychiatry.

Bradley is a nonprofit hospital, dedicated to providing family-centered mental health care services to children of infant age to young adulthood.

Bradley Hospital is as dedicated to their community as we are!

They offer 

-24-hour emergency services

- Support groups for family members 

- Consulting programs for schools special education departments

- Advocacy for children with public representation

Bradley also hosts events for parents, teachers, and care providers each spring and fall. These events are hosted by child psychologists, child development and behavior specialists, social workers, pediatricians, and many more professionals in pediatric health care.

Upcoming events at Bradley Hospital:

November 18th: Asperger/ autism support groups for adults and parents of adults with Asperger’s/ autism.  

November 21st: RI ADDult Support group: for adults with ADHD and ADD.

December 2nd: Mental Health first aid for adults: teaching skills to help those who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

Visit https://www.bradleyhospital.org/bradley-hospital-events for more event information or

visit https://www.bradleyhospital.org/ for more information about Bradley Hospital. 

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

As Thanksgiving approaches us this month, everyone is thinking about that delicious turkey dinner, and we can't blame you! Although the kitchen is going to be the hub of the home on this day, it is important to keep an eye on what you're cooking and who's around you to ensure you and your families safety. 

According to the National Fire Prevention Association:

"Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires...unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths" 

These facts are just a reminder of how quickly we can get caught up in the joy of the holidays, while forgetting the importance of safety. 

Here are some fire safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Stay home while cooking your turkey
  • Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove while it is being used
  • Keep the floor clear so you won't trip over anything while serving that delicious Thanksgiving dinner or cause any kind of mess. 
  • Always make sure your smoke detectors are working properly. 

While the adults are cooking the Thanksgiving dinner, the children sometimes can get restless, so we suggest finding them some activities they can do together in another room. Some activities include puzzles or board games, maybe they will even set the table!

Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we want you and your family to have a happy and safe safe Thanksgiving! We understand that disaster can strike at any moment, and we are here 24/7 to help you and your family make a disaster "Like it never even happened."

For more information about fire safety and tips, visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information about SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, visit https://www.SERVPROnorthernrhodeisland.com/ or give us a call at (401) 949-9955.

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Thanksgiving

Cranston Commercial Services SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Retail stores in a parking lot with SERVPRO vehicles Keep your ducks in a row with SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island specializes in disaster restoration for your home or business in Northern Rhode Island areas like Smithfield, Woonsocket, Cumberland, Lincoln and surrounding areas. We specialize in performing restoration services for both small and large-sized businesses. 

We have the advanced technology to get the job done for you and your business. Whether it's a nice restaurant or a large retail chain like Walmart, we do it all with our certified crew and industry-leading technology. Our water extractors and dehumidifiers help with the drying of the water and the surrounding air. Our air-scrubbers deodorize the air since moisture causes odor. 

Let us help you cleanup your commercial office building or commercial property in West Warwick, Cranston, East Providence, Coventry in Rhode Island. Watch our commercial to learn more about what we do - https://youtu.be/keBmsNhwAtg

Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at 401-949-9955 and we will cleanup with care and can be your single source for all your disaster cleanup needs.

New Customer Satisfaction for SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO branded logo 401-949-9955

Have you been pleased with our restoration services in your Smithfield community? Do you have something you'd like to say about your water restoration but you wish to remain anonymous? Now is your lucky time because SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island have just launched a brand new customer satisfaction survey.

As our loyal customer, we want to make sure we are fully satisfying you through the duration of our restoration work. Whether its containing an area, informing you of what's going on, or assembling debris from the job, we want to do it right. Our survey will consist of simple questions so we can get an idea of how your experience was with SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island. Don't worry - all information is private, anonymous, and we will use these to better improve our own restoration practices and services. Cranston, Warwick, West Warwick, Coventry, East Greenwich, let us help you clean up from your commercial or residential water or fore damage. We can be your single source for you disaster cleanup needs. We will clean with care and get the rescon done  fast.

Fill out the survey. We want to here from you! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3L5VY68

Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island

401-949-9955

TIPS for a Healthy Autumn in Cranston Rhode Island

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

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Autumn is finally here. The leaves are changing, it's cooler, the days are shorter and the nights are longer. Autumn is a beautiful time of year in Cranston, and you should make the most out of this crisp, fresh season.

SERVPRO Autumn Tips

  • Remind yourself to be motivated - Fall and Winter are staple times for laziness and comfort food. Do activities in your morning routine to get yourself more uplifted and energized for the day
  • Eat healthy food - Fall and Winter is a season chock-full of amazing comfort food. There's apple pie, stuffing, pumpkin muffins, and beef stew to name a few. Research shows that what we put into our body has an affect on not just physical health but emotional health as well.
  • Allergies - With the change of the season comes allergies. There are many treatments for allergies. Read our past post about essential oils. There are many foods which you can eat to boost your immune system as well, like dark green vegetables, onions, turnips, and garlic.
  • Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island for your fire, water, and mold damage. 401-949-9955
  • Essential Oils - Consider using more natural cleaning alternatives. Fall and winter are times where more people are indoors, so it's wise to use safer products for your loved ones so they're not breathing in toxic cleaning chemicals. 

Cranston, Warwick, West Warwick, East Greenwich or Situate and more, if you suffer a commercial or residential fire water smoke disaster call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island 401-949-9955. We can be your single source and rescon for all disaster clean ups and get your property cleaned up fast and we will clean with care.

Flu Clinic - Quonset Business Park, North Kingstown

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with phone number Get your flu shot!

The Quonset Business Association is running a Flu Clinic October 1st 11am-1:30pm. This is for the members and employees of Quonset Business Park. There is no charge if you come with insurances like Blue Cross, United, Medicare Part B, Neighborhood and Tufts. With no insurance it will cost $25 to get your flu shot. Getting the flu shot will ensure you and your loved ones are safe this flu season. Vaccinations have been proven effective for protecting yourself, your children, and loved ones. Germs spread quickly and you never know what could happen. Get your flu shot too, because according to the CDC, it takes about 2 weeks post-vaccination for your body to develop anti-bodies to protect against the virus. They also recommend to get the vaccine by the end of October, but even doing so after could be beneficial.

View this link from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more information - https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/keyfacts.htm 

Integrative Mental Health Conference - Exeter, Rhode Island

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

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This conference, hosted by Healing Arts LLC & DiscoverYou Events LLC, will be taking place November 2nd and 3rd. Mental health and peace are two very important things and are synonymous with each other. It's a great opportunity to unplug from your phones and technology and just be one with nature. Often times we as a community are so fast-paced and stressed that we forget about what really is important - our mental health. There will be like-minded mental health professionals on-site for two days, so you can seek assistance through them. Some awesome keynote speakers will be there, and the following:

  • Vegetarian, organic meals
  • Nature-filled scenery
  • 32 workshops
  • CEU's available
  • Expressive Arts Exhibit

LOCATION - Canonicus Conference Center

Pricing - Students and Seniors $50 with discount code "save50"

Registration is OPEN and will be closed October 15th, so hurry up and register for this awesome opportunity. 

AFF Polo Match This Month - Portsmouth

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island was cordially invited to the exciting Newport Polo Match. 

This event is sponsored by the America's Future Foundation - Rhode Island Chapter (AFF-RI). The match is Saturday, September 28th 2019 3pm-11pm. This event will take place at the Newport International Polo Grounds located at 250 Linden Lane in Portsmouth, RI. Tickets are $30 per person. 

You can find more information regarding this event and future events on Event Brite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aff-rhode-island-liberty-at-the-polo-match-tickets-70860091441

Contact chapter leader Larry Gillheeney @ (401) 573-3096 for questions or concerns pertaining to the event.

Preventing Washing Machine Leaks - Warwick, RI

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Recently we did a restoration job at a popular cosmetics store in Warwick, Rhode Island. The cause of damage were the two washing machines in the back. This information is courtesy of Legacy Plumbing.

Steps to Preventing Water Damage from Washers

- properly inspect the hoses of the washers and make sure they're up-to-par 

- Change water hose every couple of years 

- inspect the washers regularly for leaks and cracks

- Install a machine valve shut off system so that if a leak is sensed the machine shuts off, causing minimal damage to your residence or commercial property

They key is to be prepared and use caution. Some disasters, like storm damage to your home, are unexpected however there are steps to minimize damage in some circumstances. This is one of them. We get countless calls to mitigate damage caused by leaking dish-washing and laundry machines. When you need us, we're here 24/7. Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at 401-949-9955.

Tropical Storm Gabriel & Hurricane Dorian Aftermath - Smithfield, RI

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

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September is hurricane season, and we first say it with Hurricane Dorian as our headliner. Hurricane Dorian made wave in the Bahamas, killing and injuring so many people and animals. The Hurricane was a category 3 hurricane but grew. The National Hurricane Center is also monitoring Hurricane Gabriel, which is said to not be a threat to us or the Atlantic ocean. Hurricane Gabriel is forming in the north-central Atlantic. Meteorologist say it should transition to a smaller, less severe size by this week. There is no threat to the east coast. An area in the Atlantic ocean is experiencing showers and abnormal weather patterns, so this area is being monitored additionally.

Hurricane Dorian's destruction in the Bahamas was very severe and sad. Click here to view the CNN article with photos of its destruction. Thousands and thousands are displaced from their homes. CNN reported about 45 people dead and so many are injured. Hundreds of people are missing. The after math is so sad. 

There is also watch of a potential Tropical Storm Humberto. Remember to call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at 401-949-9955 for your storm remediation. Contact our office manager Lorraine@SERVPROmckendall.com if you need additional assistance as well.

References:

https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2019-09-07-not-just-dorian-other-tropical-systems-atlantic

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/09/world/bahamas-dorian-aftermath-reporters-notebook/index.html

Hurricane Dorian's Effect on Rhode Island this Weekend

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Rhode Island is expected to be hit with rain as a result of Hurricane Dorian traveling up the east coast. This information is courtesy of weather.com

Friday - 90% chance of PM Rain / wind 

Saturday - 70% chance of AM Showers 

Sunday - Mostly Sunny

Monday - Partly Cloudy light winds 

It does not look like the weather will be too precarious, but it's wise to exercise caution and to change your usual routine to accommodate a potential storm and to stay safe. Dangers of flash flooding or at least 2-4 inches of rain are present, so be aware. After all, sometimes the forecast is not accurate so we might even get MORE rain than anticipated - you just never know. 

Check out this article from The Providence Journal regarding the potential impact of surf this week from Hurricane Dorian. 

Also, check out this article from GoLocalProv published just yesterday.

When suffering from storm damage, contact SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island. Our advanced restoration technology and crew will be there within hours after your first call.

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Storm Damage Checklist for Hurricane Dorian

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Image of a storm and SERVPRO branded logo We're here to help in case of storm damage

Hurricane Dorian is making headlines because of how destructive it has been so far in The Bahamas. It is now approaching the Florida coast and is expected to effect states higher up the coast like Georgia and North and South Carolina by Wednesday and Thursday. It is important to use caution and to pay attention to mandatory evacuation orders. The "probable path" of this tropical storm is expected to be up the entire U.S. east coast. 

We are available 24/7 in case of any emergency

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island cares about your well-being and safety and will work fast and efficiently until the structure is habitable and safe. We always put the customer first, and we explain the storm damage restoration process in great detail, since it can be confusing and stressful for the customer.

Remember these #SERVPRO Tips

- Do not touch electrical equipment if you are surrounded by water

- Do not try to move through the water since you may fall and injure yourself

- Establish an evacuation plan for your loved ones or your employees to ensure everyone understands what to do when disaster strikes

- Leave building if it is surrounded by flood waters

- Do not attempt to drive through the water, as nearly half of flood deaths are due to automobiles

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island - (401)-949-9955 or visit our page on Storm Damage

Red Sox Giveaway at Smithfield Plumbing Supply

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

image of text, baseball hat, baseball Red Sox Giveaway

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island not only cares about your disaster, but we also love our community. Baseball is America's pastime and it holds a special place in many people's hearts. This is why we are running another RED SOX GIVEAWAY for the game at Fenway Park September 19th at 1PM

Our marketing team will be at Smithfield Plumbing Supply next Tuesday, September 10th from 8:30AM-12:30PM where you may submit your entry. The lucky winner will receive two tickets and Red Sox merchandise! 

When/Where You May Submit Your Entry To Win - Smithfield Plumbing Supply, 1 Austin Avenue, Greenville, RI

The Red Sox Game is September 19th @ 1PM and we know you will have a great time! Bring a friend and enjoy the game!

National Preparedness Month & Hurricane Dorian

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO branded vehicle with text and phone number National Preparedness Month

Disaster restoration specialists at SERVPRO® of Northern Rhode Island reminds Rhode Island property owners that September is National Preparedness Month. This month comes right during hurricane season, and with Hurricane Dorian happening it is more important than ever to have a plan of action.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepared a week-by-week calendar of recommended actions property owners can take to be ready in case of fires, flooding, or another disaster in your commercial property.

Week 1. Create an emergency plan that includes signing up for emergency alerts and making contingency plans for shelter, evacuation, and family communication.

Week 2. Learn life-saving skills. CPR is a good place to start, but also be certain you know how to turn off the utilities in your home and ensure your smoke and CO detectors are properly installed and working.

Week 3. Check your insurance coverage. Once the emergency is over, appropriate and sufficient insurance will be key.

Week 4. Plan financially for the possibility of a disaster. Gather and organize important home, business, insurance, financial, and personal documents and keep them up-to-date and stored in a secure, water-and-fire proof location.

“There’s a difference between surviving a disaster and recovering from a disaster,” says McKendall. “Families and businesses who take the time to create both a short- and long-term plan to deal with the unexpected are better able to respond quickly if the unexpected happens, which can improve their chances of survival. Having key information at their fingertips in the aftermath of the emergency can set them on the path to recovery more quickly and with less stress.”

We understand that when a disaster happens in your business, a lot is at stake. We encourage business owners to download the SERVPRO READY app for free at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp. The app allows users to store essential contact information, where it can be accessed with a smart phone in seconds. For local business owners who designate SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider, SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of their facility, and help the property owner complete a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP).

For more information on SERVPRO® of Northern Rhode Island, please contact our office at (401) 949-9955

For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program - visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.

Paw Sox BBQ + Paw Sox History - Pawtucket

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Pawtucket Red Sox baseball field Go Paw Sox! Don't miss the BBQ tonight before the big game!

Paw Sox VS. Rail Riders Tonight, August 26th

The Pawtucket Red Sox have been a popular Rhode Island tradition since the 70's. August 26th (tonight) McCoy Stadium will be hosting a BBQ from 5:30 to 7:30 before the game kicks off! 

Key Points in Paw Sox History:

The Paw Sox were originally established as a Double-A Eastern (minor) League in 1970, so they've been around for quite some time! 

1990 - Future All-Star/MVP Mo Vaughn hits 22 home runs

1999 - McCoy Stadium undergoes $17 Million renovation

2014 - Paw Sox win championship

2015 - Larry Lucchino (former President of The Boston Red Sox) purchases the Paw Sox

For more information, view this article detailing the Paw Sox history on The Providence Journal

Getting Rid of Mold in Your Smithfield Business

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

mold products, sporicidin and concrobium along with the SERVPRO-branded logo Mold Remediation from SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island

Mold can destroy any surface its on, so when mold is discovered in your business, proper protocol must take place to properly get it out to ensure the safety of all parties, especially your customers who might rely heavily on your business. Remember that the longer mold has been in your structure, the more severe the damage can be. 

Many Rhode Islanders want to do things themselves, but if mold damage is substantial enough it is best to have a certified professional come in and mitigate the mold. Do not try to hide the mold by caulking the surface. With mold, you have to get to the root of it in order to stop growth. If curiosity kills the cat, or your reluctant to spend any money, at least wear gloves, goggles, and a mask to ensure you're not breathing the mold spores in. However, when working with mold it is best to leave it to us professionals. You do not want to put yourself, your employees, and your customers at risk. 

We use a specialty mold cleaner, Sporicidin and Concrobium - refer to our last blog post on our mold cleaning products. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island also offers commercial cleaning services, like air-duct and HVAC filter cleaning.

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Visit epa.gov for more information and for frequently asked questions

The Great Flood of 2010 - Warwick

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Warwick Mall Floods of 2010

Remember that time almost 10 years ago when Rhode Island was literally under water? The floods of 2010 happened in March and early April, covering all of Warwick and Rhode Island. The Warwick Mall was submerged in 2 feet of water. Interstate 95 in Cranston was blocked off as well as the airport connecting routes, so this caused major issues for Rhode Islanders especially those on the road. So many businesses suffered. Our team of certified technicians were at the scene with other SERVPRO franchises to mitigate the severe damage inside the building. The floods were caused by excessive rainfall.

Key lesson - Flooding can happen anywhere and everywhere, not just in coastal communities like Narragansett or Newport. 

The Pawcutuck River in Westerly didn't see severe flooding like this since 1938. Water levels did not recede in the second week of April. Sadly, a police officer died due to their car hydroplaning. The damage was so severe that Rhode Island communities were included in FEMA's Disaster Program, and $ 79 Million was given to homeowners and business owners to assist in the disaster.

Call us at 401-949-9955 for storm damage and visit our website.

For more information: https://www.warwickri.gov/planning-department/pages/hazard-mitigation-and-flood-map-information

Super Sale Days - Cherry Hill Manor, Johnston

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

There are loads of free events going on at Cherry Hill Manor, a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Johnston, Rhode Island.

Until Rhode Island establishes a tax-free weekend like our neighbor, Massachusetts, we have to take the sales when and where we can get them. Cherry Hill Manor lobby is accepting vendors for the Super Sale Days on Fridays 9AM-4PM from August 16th until September 6th.

Interested vendors and businesses can contact Lisa in activities (401)231-3102 for availability. 

Via the Johnston Sun Rise

8/16 - Kitchen tools and cooking products

8/23 - Classic and on-trend jewelry 

8/30 - Terry's Treasures - clothing, jewelry, and accessories all $5 or less

9/6 - Gourmet food products for cooking and hosting a party

Cash and credit cards are accepted. Canned good donations are welcomed as well. Event times are subject to change. 

Cooling Centers Open During Heat Wave

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Cooling centers are located all throughout Rhode Island. Stay Cool

It's about to get really hot! with the recent heat wave approaching, people might worry about their well-being if they don't have air-conditioning in their home or office. The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency has listed numerous locations in all major Rhode Island cities and towns where cooling centers will be running. 

Cooling Center Locations

East Providence: Riverside Library, Weaver Library

Providence

Crossroads RI

Davinci Center for Community Progress

Federal Hill House

Fox Point Library

Mt. Pleasant Library

Olneyville Library

South Kingstown: Kingston Free Library, Neighborhood Guild, Peace Dale Library

Cranston: Arlington Library, Auburn Library, Central Library, Knightsville Library, Oaklawn Library

East Greenwich: Swift Community Center 

Burrillville: Jesse Smith Library

Exeter: Exeter Library  

Block Island (New Shoreham): Island Free Library 

Woonsocket - Woonsocket Harris Public Library

Warwick: Warwick Public Library, West Warwick Public Library, West Warwick Youth & Police Annex 

Westerly: Westerly Public Library

Narragansett: Narragansett Public Library 

Cumberland: Cumberland Public Library

Smithfield: East Smithfield Public Library, Greenville Public Library

Cooling centers are open for several hours most if not all days this week, so please put yourself and your loved ones first and seek habitable and safe temperatures. 

Contact (401) 946-9996 for more information.

And...don't forget to stay hydrated!

For a complete list of Cooling Center locations, please visit this link: http://www.riema.ri.gov/coolingcenters/index.php

Vacuum-Freeze Drying at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

When your Smithfield business documents are wet and hard to read as a result of storm damage from the night before, you need to dry and restore them to get your business running normally. 

Vacuum Freeze Drying

You might ask, how do you go about drying your materials after a water or storm damage? At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island we take care of your belongings because they have value to YOU. We have special drying protocol that has been proven effective.

When you have documents and files that need drying, they are sent to the SERVPRO corporate warehouse. Your items are protected in the warehouse with 24/7 video surveillance monitoring. Anyone who enters the Drying Chamber Facility must sign in and out upon when entering and leaving. At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island guarantees fast and efficient service. We understand that these documents are precious to you.

Vacuum freeze drying is a technique used where the moist documents are frozen then dried with vacuums. The goal is sublimation, which is the conversion of a solid to a gas without hitting the liquid stage. The document is frozen then the vacuum converts the ice into water vapor.

QUESTION ---> What does the SERVPRO Document Restoration Team and the Library of Congress have in common?

Answer ---> We dry books the same exact way to get them restored.

The SERVPRO Drying Team Offers:

  • Cleaning
  • Trimming
  • Refile jacketing
  • Deodorization
  • Gamma irradiation (for document contamination)
  • General drying

Pawtucket Red Sox Upcoming Events - Pawtucket, RI

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

Come down to see the Pawtucket Red Sox (Paw Sox) at McCoy Stadium!

The Pawtucket Red Sox have quite the busy season ahead of them with loads of awesome events for the whole family in addition to the numerous games scheduled at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The Paw Sox are family and fun oriented, with special events and promotions going on for each game. The Paw Sox seem to really care about their audience and the game-goers which is nice to see. It's all about fun and community at McCOy Stadium.

Psst Psst  - TONIGHT (THURSDAY 8/15) they're playing against the Norfolk Tides! Don't miss it! 

Some events include:

Fightin' Quahogs Night

Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival

Country Music Fireworks Night

Click HERE to buy your tickets!

Visit Our Facebook Page to view all events

Smithfield A&W Fundraiser + 100th Anniversary

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

A&W Celebrates 100 Years of Service. This image was retrieved from their official website.

A&W is known for  being the oldest running car-hop in Rhode Island. All you have to do is turn your lights on for service. Relax and enjoy a variety of options. Warning though, it's CASH ONLY so don't come with your credit/debit cards expecting to be fed. They have daily specials, for example on Mondays they offer 99-cent hamburgers with a Root Beer purchase or Thursday where they're offering two cheeseburgers for $3 - wow! On Fridays' the have clam cakes and chowder if you're craving seafood!

A&W is celebrating 100 long years of dedicated and delicious service to the Northern Rhode Island community. Every time you come in to eat, A&W reminds you to mention the monthly drawing so you can be eligible for some awesome prizes!

Cruise Night - Begins August 16th

Bike Night - Begins August 18th

Check out more local events that we've included on our Facebook page. You don't want to miss these!

Washington County Fair Schedule -Richmond, RI

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Washington County Fair this week!

This week is the Washington County Fair held in Richmond, Rhode island. This fair has been a popular New England tradition for 50 years!

There will be loads of animals, delicious food, special events, and concerts. The fair will take place August 14th - 18th. Admission includes all day access to concerts, special events. Gates open at 8am and close at 11pm. This event is perfect for the whole family, especially if you love local crafts, vendors, and cute animals. Happens once a year, so don't miss it!

Check out the cute pigs, horses, cows, and other animals. They also serve the most delicious turkey legs and homemade pie with ice cream!

Tickets and Pricing

Admission is $11 for adults, with kids 10 years of age and younger are free. Tickets do not include rides, so those must be purchase inside the fair.

Water Technology Spotlight ~ Moisture Detectors

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Moisture Meters

Moisture meters are an important part of the SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island restoration process. These are used to measure actual moisture in various materials (wooden and non-wooden). There are two types of moisture meters, ones that penetrate the material and ones that do not. There's a relative scale for measuring moisture in non-wood materials. Moisture of non-wood materials is indicated by numbers on a points scale.

Non-Penetrating Moisture Meters

This product is generally used to measure the moisture content in wood materials. It does not penetrate through any materials to cause surface damage. Rather, it uses radio frequency, capacitance, and conductivity. This product is best for indicating high levels of moisture in materials like plaster and dry wall. The danger from using non-penetrating moisture readers is the accuracy. False readings may occur from time to time, like if air gaps between wet materials are present. Non-penetrating meters can indicate moisture fairly deep within the material.

Penetrating Moisture Meters

These have electrical probes that go inside the material to test for moisture. Results are displayed on the device digitally or through analog. This is measured by method of electrical conductivity. The electrical conductivity of the material that is between the two probes is affected by the presence of water.

Moisture Sensors

This is used to detect moisture in carpets and padding to determine if water has reached the sub-floor – then there’s a problem. The moisture sensors have a probe that penetrate the carpet/padding. This sensor only indicates moisture, but not the amount or severity of it.

Thermo-hydrometers

This device measures the temperature and humidity of the surrounding air. This product gets the reading for 5 areas - air in/out of affected area, air outside of structure, HVAC air, and air coming out of the dehumidifier.

 These are just some of the technological equipment used for water damage restoration. Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island 24/7 for your water damage at 401-365-5058.

Mold Product Spotlight - Concrobium & Sporicidin

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Concrobium + Sporicidin

Mold remediation is a common job we handle here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island. Summer weather can substantiate mold growth, so it is important to know what we use to arrest the mold. We've mitigated mold growth for countless homes and businesses throughout Rhode Island. Always wanted to know what we use to mitigate mold? Read more...

  1. CONCROBIUM® MOLD CONTROL - This product is EPA-registered, odorless, and has a shelf-life of 2 years. This product is cool because once applied to the affected area of microbial growth, it acts as a shield to encapsulate and destroy the spores. This anti-microbial barrier protects surround unaffected areas and effectively arrests mold growth in your home or business. This can be used for mold remediation, odors, pretreatment of lumber and other building materials.
  2. SPORICIDIN® ENZYME MOLD STAIN CLEANER - This citrus-scented product has a shelf life of 4 years. It’s purpose is for pre-treatment, not disinfecting. Sporicidin ingredients consist of protease, amylase, and lipase, all of which are enzymes. Protease is an enzyme which breaks down protein, Amylase breaks down starch into sugar. Sporicidin also includes surfactants, which remove oils and chemicals. These enzymes break down the bacteria and dirt for easier removal. This product works well with smoke, sewage residue, blood/bodily fluid stains, pet stains and odors. This is great because it’s powerful combination easily treats areas without repeatedly scrubbing. Please note this product is not EPA-registered. This product is nonhazardous for the people in your home or employees of your North Smithfield or Woonsocket business. Although the product is not EPA registered, it meets the requirements for EPA’s Safer Choice.

Stay tuned for more Technology and Product Spotlights! We want you to feel informed and safe with our advanced and effective cleaning products. Feel free to get in touch and let us know what you want to read about! If you have any questions, visit our website. Call us at 401-949-9955 for your fire, water, or mold emergency.

Red Sox Giveaway - Rhode Island

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Enter our Red Sox giveaway! Enter our RED SOX Giveaway!

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is excited to announce our #REDSOXGIVEAWAY.

We will be giving away TWO (2) tickets to the Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles game at Fenway Park on Aug. 16th @ 7:10PM. You won't want to miss the food and fun Fenway has to offer!

We posted the giveaway on our Facebook and Instagram pages, so you can enter on either of those pages but not both. One entry per person. Please contact us should you have any questions regarding contest rules or concerns. Good Luck to everyone who enters! 

Deadline to enter is THIS FRIDAY and Winner announced - Friday later afternoon!

Enter via Instagram

OR

Enter via Facebook

Our official website: https://www.SERVPROnorthernrhodeisland.com/

Rhode Island Beaches Close Due to Storm - Narragansett, RI

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Potential closing of 7 Rhode Island Beaches due to high bacterial levels.

Yesterday WJAR reported that The Rhode Island Department of Health has recommended the state close 7 of its beaches to swimming as a result of elevated bacterial levels due to storm run-off.  Make sure you do your research to be sure the beach you want to swim at is not affected with bacteria.

Beaches Subject to No SWIMMING 

Back in 2013, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island helped clean Spring lake Beach in Burrillville, RI. Here's an article as to what exactly happened causing the out poor of bacterial growth: https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/07/shigella-outbreak-blamed-on-rhode-island-lake/

In the past, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island has cleaned beaches like Burrillville when it was ridden with bacteria and 92 afflicted. If you are homeowner or business owner in need of storm damage restoration or commercial cleaning services for your business, call us 401-949-9955. 

Reference: https://turnto10.com/news/local/ridoh-recommends-closings-of-7-rhode-island-beaches

Restoring Your Belongings Post-Water Damage - Lincoln, RI

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island has a method for restoring your wet electronics/ keepsakes after water damage or flooding.

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our “restore” (as opposed to "replace") mentality can help you save money while preserving precious, irreplaceable keepsakes that mean a lot to you. We test your contents to determine which items can be restored and what cannot.

Methods for cleaning your contents:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

Move-Outs

If your home or commercial property requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A standard SERVPRO move-out will ensure the safety and dryness of your property.

Electronics

Electronics and water don't mix. Do not attempt to operate any electrical device that might've been damaged by water. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including tv's, phones, computers, and other electronic devices that are important to YOU.

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. We start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents like photographs, are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island can help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and  level of water damage, we have five options for restoration:

  1. Air Drying
  2. Dehumidification
  3. Freezer Drying
  4. Vacuum Freeze Drying
  5. Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When flooding or other water damages strike, the damage can often feel stressful. After all, this is YOUR home or business we are talking about, and we take that seriously. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. 

Remember, If you are ever experiencing water damage, mold, or fire damage, call us at 401-949-9955 for assistance! We offer 24/7 Emergency Service with advanced technology for ANY-SIZE disaster.

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It's Getting Cooler This Week! - Smithfield, RI

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

This past weekend in Rhode Island was INSANE with the heat wave...temperatures were up to 100 degrees in some places. Thankfully, this week it is supposed to get a lot cooler with some rain. Did you head on down to Narragansett Beach to beat the heat?

Weekly Forecast for Week of 7/22

Monday (Today) - PM Thunderstorms (high of 83 degrees)

Tuesday - Rain (high of 69 degrees)

Wednesday - AM clouds / PM Sun (high of 81 degrees)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday - Mostly Sunny with highs ranging from 83-87 degrees

Winds for all days are less than 9 MPH

Source: https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/North+Smithfield+RI+02896:4:US 

With severe rainfall comes basement flooding and other kinds of water damage to your residence or commercial property. Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island to mitigate any storm damage so your home or business will be back up to its previous, habitable state. A comfortable, clean home is welcoming to guests and hours of operation are vital to a businesses success. 

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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 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.

July 4th Fireworks - Use Caution!

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Fourth of July Fireworks Safety

New Englanders love Fourth of July, and why wouldn’t we? Grilling, burgers, beer, friends, and music? That sounds pretty awesome. July 4th marks America’s anniversary. July 4th festivities usually include parties and fireworks. Fireworks and sparklers are a lot of fun, but it is important to be safe and smart when working with them.

Not-So-Fun Fact: According to the United States Consumer product Safety Commission, firworks account for about 280 emergency room visits during the month of July. That’s a lot of injuries and burns! That’s no fun, so use these tips to avoid the ER.

  • Keep children away from the fireworks
  • Quickly move at least 10 feet away from the fireworks
  • Do not use fireworks if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Have backup water (bucket or hose) ready in case of an unexpected fire
  • If you’ve experienced fire, smoke, and soot damage please call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at 401-949-9955 to repair your home or business
  • Once fireworks are burnt out, pour some water on them to prevent anything from catching on fire in trashes or dumpsters

The following states allow for safe fireworks only (Other states, for example, Alabama and texas have no laws prohibiting firework in general):

Arizona

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Florida

Idaho

Maryland

Minnesota

New York

New Jersey

North Carolina

Oregon

Rhode Island

Virginia

Wisconsin

District of Columbia

 For more information: https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks

8 Tips To Protect Your Commercial Property from Flooding

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Business Safety Tips for Your Commercial Property

Business Owners - This one's for you!

Establishing a North Smithfield business is an exciting venture, but you might not ask yourself, “What if a flood or natural disaster occurs?”. Being prepared for anything in life is so important, especially if a lot of money is on the line. Here are important tips for when your commercial property has encountered flooding or storm damage. These tips will especially come in handy if you have a basement in your Rhode Island business.

8 Flood Prevention + Safety Tips for Your Business: 

  1. Develop a Comprehensive Plan – Establishing a simple, straight-forward protocol for when a flood strikes can benefit yourself and your employees. Substantial communication is the key.
  2. Consider Flood Insurance – Damages from flooding can get very, very expensive. Damages can cost thousands and thousands of dollars. With insurance for your commercial business, you can have some peace of mind in the case of flash flooding or an unexpected storm.
  3. Inspect Area – Inspecting the area for any signs of water damage during severe rain is a good preventative measure. Looks for cracks and darker spots in the walls, ceilings, and flooring.
  4. Sump pump – Installing a sump pump will prevent water from seeping into the foundation.
  5. Waterproof membrane – Apply a waterproof seal around the areas you think water might enter. Filling in any cracks as well can help.
  6. Back-Flow Valve - Installing this in your main sewer pipe will prevent sewage backup.
  7. Anchor Fuel Tanks – Keep your fuel tanks anchored to prevent them from flowing away, falling over and spilling fuel into the area.
  8. Keep Calm and Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at 401-949-9955 24/7 for your commercial or residential property.

Storm's No Stranger in Rhode Island

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

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Remember that storms and hurricanes don't just happen in a tropical oasis, like the Bahamas. They don't just happen in Florida, either. Rhode Island and southern New England have had their fair share of disasters - some of which SERVPRO was there for and some occurred way earlier.

Let's begin the run down, shall we?

The Great Hurricane of 1938 - Providence was literally under water during this disaster, as well as parts of Southern Rhode Island, like Misquamicut Beach in Westerly, RI. There was between 12 and 15 ft of water in many areas. 

Hurricane Carol of 1954 - This catastrophic, Category 3 hurricane demolished the coastal communities in August, hitting Narragansett and going into Westerly.

Hurricane Gloria of 1985 - "Doc! Doc! We need to get back to 1985!" This quote is not something residents would have said during this September hurricane that even killed a Scituate man (cause was a falling tree).

Hurricane Bob of 1991- This August hurricane hit Narragansett hard in the early 1990's. There were a few deaths and by today's standards, there was about $3 million in damages to The State of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations.

Hurricane "Super-storm" Sandy of 2012 - This led to many days off of school for Rhode Islanders and agony due to loss of power. This storm put our WiFi patience to the ultimate test. This storm costed Rhode Island about $11 million in damages. Yikes.

To view actual photos of the damage, visit The Providence Journal

Why SERVPRO is ready for Measles

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

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There has been a 2019 outbreak of Measles in many U.S. states. SERVPRO of the Northern Rhode Island is known as a leading emergency disaster restoration company, but we also specialize in carpet cleaning, air-duct cleaning and disinfecting. So far, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated there were about 839 measles reported cases so far in the United States. According to the CDC, the number of cases is increasing at an accelerating rate.

Now remember, the first signs of the Measles are:

  • high fever, cough, runny nose, & conjunctivitis.

Never fear, though, because SERVPRO® of Northern Rhode Island is here to help you before more measles spread! Rhode Island is the smallest state, so like gossip, measles spreads very quickly. Call SERVPRO® of Northern Rhode Island at 401-949-9955 to disinfect your residence or commercial property in your North Smithfield, Cumberland, Woonsocket, Burrillville, or Central Falls community. No one should get the measles, and our dedicated technicians know how to clean, disinfect, and deodorize your area without damaging your furniture, fabrics, upholstery and other important pieces of property. 

Reminder to wash/sanitize your hands regularly, especially after using public restrooms, water fountains, and touching doorknobs. This greatly decreases the spread of bacteria and viruses. 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html

Flooding During Finals Week - Bryant University

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

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In high school, college, and graduate school, Finals week is the ultimate time for coffee, stress, and anxiety. Students are scurrying to their classes, writing papers, and trying to maintain their sanity. 

To make matters even more stressful, a sprinkler burst occurred in a freshman residence hall of Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode island. Students who don't live close by or have friends/family nearby must find a place to stay until the hall is repaired and habitable. The University is offering to compensate students for money spent on hotel rooms. Water damage did not affect the entire residence hall, nonetheless it was uninhabitable for students. People needed to evacuate so as not to damage their important belongings or get electrocuted from the outlets.

Due to the stress of this situation, University officials are asking professors to accommodate students who are directly affected by the flooding, like rescheduling exams and due dates for final papers and presentations. As of right now, it has not been disclosed exactly when students will be allowed back in the building. According to officials, students will have the opportunity to go back and retrieve anything they left behind in their dorm rooms, but accompanied by Residence staff. The University said they will work with students to replace any damaged electronics.

Here at SERVPRO, we emphasize the importance of protecting your belongings in case of a disaster. It is ALWAYS a good idea to have your personal property, like your phone or wallet, on you at all times.

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is proud to offer 24/7 disaster relief for the following communities:

  • Woonsocket
  • Cumberland
  • Smithfield
  • Lincoln
  • Central Falls
  • Burrillville
  • North Smithfield
  • Chepachet
  • Albion
  • Harrisville

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island specializes in mold removal and water/fire/hurricane/storm damage. Locally owned and operated, we do it all! Call us anytime at 401-949-9955.

More information might come in the future regarding this matter, so we will keep you posted! 

Source: https://www.wpri.com/news/local-news/northwest/sprinkler-break-floods-bryant-university-residence-hall/1990886371 

After Water Damage and Flooding in Warwick We Can Help

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

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After Water Damage and Flooding in Warwick We Can Help

Broken leaking pipes can cause a lot of damage to any commercial building or home. A pipe that is broken and leaking can force a lot of water onto floors, ceilings, and walls. Our crews are trained to get the water out fast and dry the rooms.

There are various types of flooring which all have to be evaluated to see if they can be dried, saved and cleaned.

Walls might have to be ventilated and opened to address and clean the stud pockets and remove any wet insulation.

Our goal here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is to remove the water and clean everything necessary. Our team of certified technicians also complete drying logs to show how the structure was dried. We document the entire process to ensure your satisfaction. 

Natural Cleaning Alternatives

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Harmful ingredients in cleaning/freshening products (like phthalates) can be hazardous to our health. Especially if you have children or pets, you might want to reconsider these natural, organic options the next time you're shopping.

Warning: These oils are very potent, so a little goes a long way!

Tea Tree (Melaleuca) - Derived from the Tea Tree plant, this a natural anti-bacterial disinfectant. This is not harsh on the skin and completely safe for children, pets, and your household. It's also perfect for cuts and scrapes. Put a few drops in your laundry machine to help disinfect the clothes! 

Grapefruit Peel -This is perfect for cleaning that dirty drain while leaving your space smelling AMAZING. It's powerful, citrus scent is perfect for freshening up your space. Side note: we are referring to the oil from the Grapefruit peel (not the seed extract). 

Rosemary - Antibacterial and antiseptic, Rosemary smells amazing and it's not just for cooking! It's perfect for clogged drains!

Peppermint - This oil has a plethora of benefits for the body, mind, and household. Because of it's clean, fresh scent this is a perfect deodorizer. Cleaning with this (perhaps mixing with water or vinegar) will get rid of bacteria. Additionally, it relieves nausea and headaches. 

Eucalyptus - This oil is great for freshening the air due to its amazing smell. It opens up the sinuses and it's a natural air freshener. This is a natural germicide, so don't fear - Eucalytpus oil is here!

Consider these options next time you're looking for wholesome, organic ingredients.

In addition, SERVPRO has the most trusted, certified equipment to handle any size job. 

Clean green and bleed green like we do!

Rhode Island Customer Service Focus Helps SERVPRO Drive Satisfaction

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Rhode Island Customer Service Focus Helps SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Drive Satisfaction

The SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island's desire to help people in their time of need that is the focus. Training in the technical aspects of dealing with the storm, fire and water damage but also to be understanding of what the customer is going thru is the drive we seek every day.

Good customer service is explaining what needs to be done and why then show the customer the "why".

When water damage or fire damage happens and you do not know what do call us so we can help. We have completed many cleanups over the years and have seen situations where the building is completely flooded. 

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SERVPRO is a Golf PGA TOUR partner

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a Golf PGA TOUR partner


SERVPRO joined the PGA TOUR's Official Marketing Partner in 2014.

SERVPRO receives the designation as "Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour." SERVPRO will have the opportunity to have a brand presence at tournaments on both Tours and promote its official affiliation using the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour logos.

SERVPRO will respond to disaster cleanups all over Rhode Island for smoke, fire, water cleanup and restoration services. If you have a disaster in a commercial or residential building we can help you clean up.

PGA stated: "We take great pride in the quality of our sponsors, and SERVPRO is not only recognized as the brand leader in its own industry but also one of the top franchises in the country," said Jay Monahan, PGA TOUR Chief Marketing Officer. "We are extremely pleased to announce our new marketing relationship with SERVPRO and look forward to working together to maximize its sponsorship with the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour."

Commercial Building Water Cleanup - Cranston, RI

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

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Cranston, Rhode Island - Commercial Building Water Cleanup

When the call came in from this commercial building property owner we were on it fast to help extract the excess water and start the drying process. 

Commercial water damage causes different variables to get the job done fast and do it and clean with care. Once on site, our crews need to move fast and evaluate all areas

The first order of business is to remove the water to prevent further areas being affected. The next step is to evaluate the flooring and walls to decide what to do to restore the property to its preloss condition.

The time spent cleaning up is critical to the property owner, and we understand that your time and money are important. This is why we are fast to the job and available any time.

If you suffer water damage or flooding in a commercial building, please call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island @ 401-949-9955

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

Sun Chronicle is Reporting Stop & Shop Strike Over

4/22/2019 (Permalink)



Stop & Shop, workers reach tentative contract agreement | Local News | thesunchronicle.com

BOSTON — Stop & Shop supermarket workers and company officials reached a tentative contract agreement Sunday that includes wage increases for all associates and maintains health coverage, according to news releases from both parties.

The company said the agreement ends employee strikes that started April 11 at 240 Stop & Shop stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

The tentative three-year agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers union is subject to ratification votes by members of each of the unio Stop & Shop, workers reach tentative contract agreement | Local News | thesunchronicle.com

Our associates’ top priority will be restocking our stores so we can return to taking care of our customers and communities and providing them with the service they deserve,” the company said. “We deeply appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers during this time, and we look forward to welcoming them back to Stop & Shop.”



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Our associates’ top priority will be restocking our stores so we can return to taking care of our customers and communities and providing them with the service they deserve,” the company said. “We deeply appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers during this time, and we look forward to welcoming them back to Stop & Shop.”


What is HVAC?

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Heating

Ventilation

Air Conditioning

An acronym, HVAC refers to the different systems and technologies used in enclosed settings such as homes, offices, and transportation systems. Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, our professionals make it a priority to routinely inspect these units, to ensure they are working correctly and do not have any defects.

What are the perks of inspecting?

Keeping these units clean can extend the life of the equipment, as well as create a safer and cleaner environment. Servicing can also:

  • Restore peak energy efficiency
  • Help to eliminate offensive odors
  • Help reduce the potential for mold growth

Although the benefits are clear, duct cleaning is not always necessary. At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we may instead, make recommendations about the best way to address air quality concerns. This can, in turn, save you money and provide you with a more positive mind state regarding the area.

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

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Commercial Restoration in Rhode Island

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island franchise has the training, experience, and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Recently a large water damage in a Providence commercial building was completed. The water was removed quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the water repair restoration project through to its completion and customer satisfaction. We specialize in these areas for commercial and residential disaster clean up:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Applied Structural Drying
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning

A good business disaster recovery plan is needed to get the business up and operating with minimal downtime. Let us be your service pros of cleaning with care. We’ll make it "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955 or feel free to visit our website!

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.  

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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.

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The Mold Remediation Process

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

  1. Emergency Contact (401) 949-9955 The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  3. Mold Containment Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  4. Air Filtration Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other "restorable" items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  7. Restoration Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, sub-floors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

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Experts in Fire Deodorization

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

As experts in fire deodorization, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is 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 shortcuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

We have 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 came into contact with any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.

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Commercial Water Damage in Providence, RI

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Commercial or Residential Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today at (401) 949-9955!

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professionals have the training, experience, and equipment to manage water and fire damage. No matter how big or how small the damage, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

If your building gets hit with a water damage, call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island!

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Water Extraction in Woonsocket, RI

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

After the inspection and damage assessment step, the water extraction process begins. This step removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property.

Move-Out/Pack-Out

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island can conduct an organized, efficient move-out to protect your belongings from further damage.

  • Move-Out Service

Emergency Water Removal

Our highly trained technicians will begin the water removal process almost immediately. Depending on the amount of water, we may use powerful submersible pumps in addition to industrial strength, wet/dry vacuums. Removing most of the water helps reduce drying time and helps prevent secondary water damage and mold and bacterial growth.

  • Remove Excess Water
  • Use Submersible Pumps and Industrial Wet/Dry Vacuums 

Inspect the Carpet Pad and Carpet

We inspect the carpet and pad and determine if they should be removed to protect the subfloor.

  • Inspect Carpet Pad and Remove if Needed
  • Inspect Carpet and Remove if Needed

Water Removal Equipment 

Moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.

  • Infrared cameras may be used to find “hidden” water behind walls and ceilings.
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps are used for continuous pumping of high-level water.
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

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Tips on Cooking-up a Safe Holiday Season!

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Esmond, RI November 19, 2018 -- Holiday party planning begins now for many families, and Don McKendall of SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island offers some important reminders to Esmond residents to help ensure this season glows with the warmth of good food and good friends, and not with the glare of a devastating home fire.

“The holiday season is a time when many families plan big and elaborate meals for large groups of people,” says McKendall. “But all that cooking creates an extraordinary risk of fire. For a safe and festive holiday season, it’s important to understand that risk and take steps to minimize it.”

Cooking Fire Safety

Research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reveals that in 2017, on average, U.S. fire departments responded to a home fire every 88 seconds.1 Cooking equipment was the leading cause2 of home fires and fire injuries, causing 47 percent of home fires. These fires resulted in 20 percent of the home fire deaths and 45 percent of the injuries.

“Esmond families should keep these statistics in mind as the holidays approach. According to the NFPA, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and Christmas Eve2,” says McKendall. “Families should also be aware that frying poses the greatest risk of fire, in fact, the NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.3  This video graphically illustrates the danger these devices can pose.” https://youtu.be/j3rF8F0JQRQ.

McKendall offers these additional cooking safety tips from FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration.4

  1. Keep an eye on what you fry: If you see any smoke or the oil starts to boil, turn the burner off.
  2. Stand by your pan: If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
  3. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so that no one can bump them or pull them over.
  4. Wear short sleeves or pull sleeves up: 18 percent of cooking fire fatalities in 2016 were caused by ignited clothing.2
  5. Keep a pot lid or cookie sheet nearby to cover a pan if it catches on fire.

“Taking common sense precautions like these and keeping kids and pets out of the kitchen during meal prep can help keep your holiday celebrations safe,” says  McKendall. “The precautions you take could help prevent a devastating home fire, a tragic injury, or even the loss of life. While SERVPRO disaster response professionals are fire damage restoration specialists, they know how important it is to keep the focus on fire prevention, because for some types of loss, there is no remediation.”

SERVPRO is an industry leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services. For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, please contact Don McKendall at (401) 949-9955 or via email at don@SERVPROmckendall.com.

Citations

1 https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fire-statistics/Fires-in-the-US

2 https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fact-sheets/CookingFactSheet.ashx?la=en

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Cooking/Turkey-fryers

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html

What is an Ice Dam?

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

The cold season brings snow-packed roofs across the East Coast and with snow melt can come damaging ice dams. Serious damage from ice damming is often subtle and slow to appear. Stained ceilings and walls, peeled paint, damaged plaster are all easily recognized and repairable when weather again permits. But other damage is not as obvious and often goes unchecked until very expensive repairs become urgently necessary. Here is how to avoid these frosty formations, and what you should do if they do appear on your roof or cause damage inside your home:

What Are Ice Dams?

An ice dam is a wall of ice that forms at the edge of the roof, usually at the gutters or soffit. When it forms, the water then backs up behind the ice dam and creates a pool of water. This pool of water can leak into your home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and flooring.

What Causes Ice Dams?

Ice dams are usually caused by heavy snowfall and improper ventilation in the attic. When the roofing system isn’t working right, indoor heat can rise through the ceiling into the attic and warm the roof surface. Snow on the heated part of the roof melts and flows down until it meets the part of the roof that is below freezing. At that point, the water freezes again. This process of thawing and refreezing is what causes an ice dam.

How to Identify Ice Dams

Below freezing temperatures come with warning signs on the exterior of your home. Here are some warning signs:

Exterior Signs

  • Icicles are usually one of the first warning signs of possible ice dams on your roof – especially if they are large, about 2 to 3 inches or more in diameter.
  • Ice buildup at the roof eaves
  • A buckled drip edge
  • Bowed face boards
  • Bowed exterior faucets

Interior Signs

  • Bubbling paint
  • Buckling joint tape
  • Smells/odors of moisture
  • Bowing baseboards
  • Dark stains on hardwood floors
  • Signs of mold, mildew, and air quality
  • Stained ceilings and walls

Preventing Ice Dams

If you think your home may be prone to experiencing an ice dam situation this winter, it’s a good idea to investigate the current condition of your home. Here are a few suggestions for preventing ice dams:

  • Check your roof for air leaks.
  • Ensure your home is well insulated. A well-ventilated attic is a cold attic, and a cold attic will not support the formation of ice dams.
  • Look for signs of inadequate ventilation. If you spot rust spots, rusty nails or a mildew smell these are all signals that moisture has formed on the inside of your roof.
  • Keep gutters clear of leaves and debris. A clogged gutter causes ice and snow to build up.
  • Install snow and ice slides. The slick metal allows snow to slide off the roof before it can melt and spawn an ice dam.
  • Don’t let snow accumulate. Consult a roofing professional to remove snow accumulation from your roof.
  • Inspect your roof regularly for signs of ice dams forming.

If you experience water damage from ice dams and melting snow this winter, call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955 to discuss your options and figure out a plan to keep your home and family safe. Our trained technicians can assess the damage caused by the ice dam and work with your insurance company to get all the problems fixed. Learn more about our water removal and water damage restoration services and contact us to schedule an appointment today! 

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The Right Equipment

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. Our professionals will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment, and trained uniformed personnel. Certainly, the right tool for the job is vital to timely mitigation, but perhaps more important, these water damage professionals thoroughly understand how to dry a structure and personal property effectively.

Psychrometrics

Psychrometry is the study of air and its properties. The properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure and dew point are measured to evaluate air conditions in the structure, enabling a SERVPRO Franchise Professional to create the proper atmosphere for more efficient drying.

Water can damage materials in two ways: first, by absorption through direct contact with water; and second, absorption of moisture from the air. Measuring the moisture content of the air is critical to the drying process.

Restoration professionals must establish an environment favorable for drying. The restoration professional must also understand how to manipulate temperature and humidity levels to produce optimum drying conditions, without causing secondary damages through improper drying processes.

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Rhode Island Weather Alert Information

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

As the last few months have shown, weather in Northern Rhode Island, as well as across the state for that matter, has been all over the place. To better prepare yourself for swift and immediate evacuation in case for an emergency, here are three basic weather terms you should be aware of.

Warning

A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely. A warning means weather conditions pose a threat to life or property. People in the path of the storm need to take protective action.

Watch

A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so. A watch means that hazardous weather is possible. People should have a plan of action in case a storm threatens and they should listen for later information and possible warnings especially when planning travel or outdoor activities.

Advisory

An advisory is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely. Advisories are for less serious conditions than warnings that cause significant inconvenience and if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life or property. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at (401) 949-9955 or visit our website.

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Commercial Fire Damage - Pawtucket, RI

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage is no easy task, but as experts in the restoration field, we are trained and experienced to handle any disaster!

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

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  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Finding the source of the fire typically leads us to determine how to clean and remove soot particles.

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September is National Preparedness Month

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

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Don McKendall
SERVPRO® of Northern Rhode Island
(401) 949-9955
don@SERVPROmckendall.com

(Esmond, RI) September 6, 2018 - Local disaster restoration specialist Don McKendall, owner of SERVPRO® of Northern Rhode Island, reminds Rhode Island property owners that September is National Preparedness Month. This annual event, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides families and businesses with the information and resources they need to plan for, react to, survive, and recover from an emergency, before the emergency happens. (https://www.ready.gov/september)

For National Preparedness Month 2018, themed “Disasters happen, prepare now, learn how,” FEMA has prepared a week-by-week calendar of recommended actions property owners can take to be ready if disaster does strike:

Week 1. Create an emergency plan that includes signing up for emergency alerts and making contingency plans for shelter, evacuation, and family communication.

Week 2. Learn life-saving skills. CPR is a good place to start, but also be certain you know how to turn off the utilities in your home and ensure your smoke and CO detectors are properly installed and working.

Week 3. Check your insurance coverage. Once the emergency is over, appropriate and sufficient insurance will be key to getting your life back to normal, or at least on track.

Week 4. Plan financially for the possibility of a disaster. This goes beyond having a “rainy day fund” for immediate needs. Gather and organize important home, business, insurance, financial, and personal documents and keep them up-to-date and stored in a secure, water-and-fire proof location.

“There’s a difference between surviving a disaster and recovering from a disaster,” says McKendall. “Families and businesses who take the time to create both a short- and long-term plan to deal with the unexpected are better able to respond quickly if the unexpected happens, which can improve their chances of survival. Having key information at their fingertips in the aftermath of the emergency can set them on the path to recovery more quickly and with less stress.”

Because SERVPRO recognizes a fast response is critical in any emergency, McKendall reminds Esmond-area commercial and residential property owners they can download the SERVPRO READY app for free at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp. The app allows users to store essential contact and property information electronically, where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds, right from the scene, if disaster strikes. For local business owners who designate SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider, SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of their facility, help the owner complete a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP), and store that profile in the READY app.

“SERVPRO disaster cleanup and restoration specialists are ready to respond to emergencies big and small,” said McKendall. “From SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, a group of elite large-loss specialists, pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster, to local SERVPRO professionals like SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping make it ‘Like it never even happened’ for both commercial and residential customers.”

For more information on SERVPRO® of Northern Rhode Island, please contact Don McKendall at (401) 949-9955 or don@SERVPROmckendall.com. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team mobilizes from across the country, as needed, to support large storm events. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to large loss and storm events across the country, including: 2018 California Wildfires, 2017 Hurricane Harvey, 2017 Hurricane Irma,  2016 Hurricane Matthew, 2016 Louisiana Flooding, 2016 Houston Flooding, 2015 Siberian Express, 2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding, 2014 Polar Vortex, 2013 Colorado Floods, 2013 Alberta, Canada Floods, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Hurricane Isaac, 2011 Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, 2011 North Dakota Floods, 2010 Tennessee Floods, 2010 New England Floods, 2009 California Wildfires and 2008 Hurricane Ike.

Southern New England Storm Damage

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Why SERVPRO?

Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we specialize in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a representative, please call us today at (401) 949-9955!

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Pawtucket Flood Information

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

According to FloodSmart.gov, “floods are the number one natural disaster in the United States. Flooding causes damage and destruction across regions nationwide, wiping out homes and businesses.” At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, our crews are ready to come and service your home in case of a flood, 24 hours/7 days a week. We make ourselves available for you and your family because we understand that heavy rains can occur anytime throughout the year. One step that is as important as having a SERVPRO Ready Plan in place is understanding your risk in the first place.

Outlined by FloodSmart.gov, there are three significant types of damages that can occur when heavy rainstorms begin. These include:

Flash Floods

“A flash flood is a rapid flooding of low-lying areas in less than six hours.” Flash floods have the ability and strength to take down trees, damage buildings, and even bridges.

Mudflows

“Mudflows are rivers of liquid and flowing mud on the surface of normally dry land, often caused by a combination of brush loss and subsequent heavy rains.” These types of damages are in fact covered by flood insurance, but should be noted as different from landslides and slope failures.

Levees & Dams

Designed to protect against flooding, Leeves and Dams can decay over time, making them an extreme risk when there is extensive rainfall.

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we care about our local community as well as all of those that live in the area. If you have any questions, or would like to contact one of our professionals, please call (401) 949-9955 or visit our website!

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What is Mold Remediation?

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Either traditional methods of remediation could be used to remove mold from the affected areas or modern techniques may be necessary, depending on the type and size of the job.

A mold remediation specialist will likely begin the cleaning process by thoroughly vacuuming the contaminated areas using a HEPA vacuum with a high-efficiency filter to catch mold spores. They will then begin a detailed cleaning process involving mold removal tools such as a HEPA filtered sander, followed by the damp wiping of surfaces with an effective cleaning solution, such as antimicrobial solutions, while continuing to HEPA vacuum simultaneously.

Modern techniques may call for dry ice blasting technology, usually performed on large commercial properties.

Non-Porous Materials - (e.g. glass, metal, hard plastic) that once had mold on them can be used again after they have been completely cleaned. Because the materials are non-porous, there will be no more mold below the surface so cleaning the surface mold will take care of the problem.

In addition, technicians can also clean furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings; and we are trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (401) 949-9955!

Mold Damage - Smithfield, RI

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

It’s the day of a family party, and you remember that all of your chairs, tables, and decorations, are downstairs in the basement. You take one step down the stairs, and are immediately slammed in the face by a foul odor. You’re curious as to what this odor could be, but you choose to ignore it. After a couple of weeks, the smell becomes so strong, you cannot even stand to be in your basement for more than a minute. The cause of this, is most likely mold.

Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Although it is nearly impossible to eradicate all mold from a given area, it is immensely important to contact SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island when you believe your home or workplace has a mold infestation. With the ability to spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours, immediate action can help protect you and your loved ones from the potential health effects of mold.

If you have any questions or are experiencing a similar situation in your home, please call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955 or visit our Facebook page!

IICRC Water Types

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Category 1

This is liquid from a clean and sanitary source, such as faucets, toilet tanks, drinking fountains (bubblers), etc. But, category one can quickly degrade into category two.

Category 2

Gray water contains a significant level of contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if consumed by or exposed to humans. This category of liquid used to be called "gray water," and is described as having a level of contaminates that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Sources include dishwasher or washing machine overflows, flush from sink drains, and toilet overflow with some urine, but not feces. 

Category 3

Black water contains pathogenic agents and is grossly unsanitary. This is the worst classification. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested. It used to be called black water, and sources include sewer backups, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth.

Did you Know

Category 1 & 2 can become Category 3 if the water travels from a clean space to a dirty one. Ground water is classified as Category 3 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Water that is found outside could contain outdoor pollutants and carry them into the living structure.

Water Remediation - Cumberland, RI

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water disaster's never happen when it’s convenient. From flooding to a busted pipe, water damage can happen to anyone. Turn a disaster into nothing but a bad memory by acting quickly!

Professional water damage remediation is the best solution to prevent future problems and make any disaster, "Like it never even happened."

Your First Steps After Flooding

Start by assessing the situation. Is your home safe to stay in? Is it safe to try and remove anything on your own? If your electricity is still on; water around outlets and electric cables could prevent serious hazards. If you don’t feel safe, don’t try to move anything out of the damaged area on your own.

What To Do While You Wait

While you’re waiting for our crew to arrive, there are several things you can do, such as:

  • Wipe water away from loose items and wood furniture
  • Mop away excess water
  • Gather any loose objects, including lamps and pictures on the wall
  • Turn your air conditioning on to aid in the drying process
  • Prop up wet cushions
  • Take up rugs from the floor and hang to dry

All of this speeds up the drying process and prevents any loose objects from being damaged during the restoration process.

SERVPRO’s Water Restoration Process

Our six step process begins when you contact us. We’ll ask questions to initially assess the situation. We’ll then send out a team to test and inspect the area to determine the full extent of the damage.

During the third step, we remove water from the area using powerful vacuums to prevent mold growth. The next step involves fully drying the area and removing water in areas that aren’t as obvious, such as in your walls. During out last two steps, we thoroughly clean and sanitize the area and restore any damaged walls, carpet, floor and more.

Contact Today

The longer you wait to start the cleanup, the more likely it is for mold to grow. Don’t try to clean up after a major flood on your own. Let our professional team and equipment handle all the work for you.

Are you dealing with flood damage? Give us a call at (401) 949-9955 for an emergency water damage restoration team!

Commercial Services - Northern Rhode Island

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we understand how devastating flooding and water damage can be to your business. Maintaining a clean and safe environment, could make all of the difference between completing a business transaction or not. To ensure that your business does not get disrupted upon experiencing a water damage, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need!

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island has the necessary training, experience, and equipment to handle small and large scale flooding and water damage emergencies. Our highly skilled technicians are thoroughly trained in the areas of:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Applied Structural Drying
  • Odor Control
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

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Storm Damage - Lincoln, RI

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

When your business operations are interrupted by fire or water damage, you need professional help to get your property back to business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island provides professional cleaning and emergency restoration services to get your business running smoothly again. We have the training, equipment, and resources to handle any size disaster. Learn more about our commercial services.

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there with the help you need!

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professional's study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

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Port Bond Helps Position Quonset, R.I. for Wind Energy Jobs

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Quonset Business Park is Rhode Island’s leader for job growth and economic development. Home to over 200 companies and nearly 12,000 jobs, its Port of Davisville is one of the Top 10 auto importers in North America.

Last week’s announcements by Massachusetts and Rhode Island about off-shore wind projects, and the jobs they may create all along the southern New England coast, highlight the importance of Gov. Raimondo’s 2016 port bond. The proposal, overwhelmingly approved by the voters, will finance $50 million of a $90 million effort to modernize and expand Pier 2, enhancing its load bearing capacity and creating a third berth for cargo. At 16 acres, Pier 2 is similar in size to the 21 acre New Bedford marine terminal. (Pier 1 provides an additional 7 acres of berthing space.)

“Governor Raimondo‘s port bond positions Quonset, and Rhode Island, for continued growth at the Port of Davisville, and to support the state’s growing wind energy industry,“ said Steven J. King, managing director of the Quonset Development Corporation.

The initial $18 million phase of construction on Pier 2 is expected to begin this summer.

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Rhode Island - Say Farewell to Cigarette Smoke!

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

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Not much is worse than the smell of lingering cigarette smoke in a home or building. If you recently purchased a home that is contaminated by the smell of nicotine, or if you have recently quit smoking and want to free your home from the odors of your past habit for good, there are a few home deodorization tips you need to know. Before you get started, however, there are a few supplies you need to gather:

• Baking soda
• A gallon of vinegar
• Clean towels
• A bucket
• A strainer
• An ozone machine (in extreme cases)

Wash Fabrics With Vinegar

If you’ve ever been to a bonfire or spent even an hour in a smoke-infested environment, you know how badly cigarette smoke can affect fabrics. The first step toward freeing your home of the odors of nicotine is to wash any easily removable fabrics, such as drapes, blankets and bedding, in warm water and vinegar.

While your linens are in the wash, sprinkle generous amounts of baking soda over your home’s carpet and upholstered furniture. The best way to do this is to dump baking soda into a strainer and sprinkle it throughout your home. Let the baking soda sit for 30 to 60 minutes, and then vacuum it up.

Wash the Walls and Hard Surfaces

While you’re waiting for your carpets and upholstery to absorb the baking soda, move on to the next phase of home deodorization: cleaning the hard surfaces. Mix 75 percent vinegar with 25 percent warm water and scrub the solution on all of your home’s hard surfaces. Only file one-third to one-half of your bucket at a time, as the water will get dirty. You don’t need to be meticulous in this step, as even a light layer of vinegar removes the smoke odor.

Though these steps are effective in milder cases, in more severe cases, you may need to call in the professionals. A smoke remediation team can use an ozone machine to rid your home of the worst of the smell, and a local contractor can seal your home deodorization efforts with a fresh coat of paint. 

Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955!

Airborne Smoke Residues - Lincoln, RI

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

A burning fire releases toxic gasses into the air. organic materials produce nitrogen when they burn. Inorganic materials produce sulfur when they burn. Nitrogen and sulfur are hydrocarbons and some hydrocarbons cause cancer. Some of the gasses that make up smoke are quite toxic, such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and hydrogen chloride. Once the fire is extinguished, the smoke residues that remain and the airborne particles coming from residues may still be harmful if technicians inhale them. 

Steps can be taken to allow technicians to work safely in fire damaged structures. Structures should be ventilated with Fireman's Fans. Odors from smoke residues develop as gasses evaporate from the burned debris into the air. Ventilation removes most of the gasses emitted from debris in the building. 

Respirators protect technicians from breathing potentially harmful residues stirred into the air by the work process. Whether a respirator is needed depends on the concentration of residues. A loss site with light smoke residues might be cleaned safely without a respirator. A loss site with heavy, loose residues might cause concentrations of smoke particles to become airborne, thus requiring a respirator. The type of respirator needed (paper filter mask or half-face-piece respirator with HEPA filter) depends on the level of smoke residues. An air scrubber with HEPA filtration will reduce airborne particles concentrations when technicians are cleaning an area with extremely high levels of smoke residues.

Need a smoke or fire clean up call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955!

Mold - Beware!

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we understand the dangers associated with having mold in your East Providence, RI property. 

But do you? 

There are thousands of known mold species. Mold reproduces by producing a large number of small spores, typically containing one nucleus. However, some spores can contain more than one and they are referred to as "multinucleate." 

Heard enough?

Certain mold(s) can even grow on dead organic matter everywhere in nature. Their presence is of course only visible when they begin to form large colonies. Typically, this is when you should give SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island a call. 

In as little as 48 hours from the first spore, mold can feed off of moisture and cluster wherever moisture is present. This is typically why mold is found to be in homeowner's basements.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding mold in your home, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (401) 949-9955!

Hurricane Preparedness - Northern Rhode Island

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Having an emergency plan in the event of a natural disaster will help your business quickly recover. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island has put together these steps to ensure you are ready before a hurricane hits:

Planning Ahead

It’s important to review the properties insurance policy with your insurance agent. Discussing the hazards of a hurricane can make you better prepared. Make sure your policy fully covers you for flooding, damage, and cleanup to prevent costly issues after a storm.

Building Exterior

Don’t wait until after a hurricane passes to deal with the damage. Prevent damage before it happens by following these steps:

  • Clean drains, gutters, and downspouts of the buildings
  • Remove antennas or loose objects from the roof
  • Bring in display racks and other objects usually left outside. Secure all loose objects, such as trash cans, which might cause damage during strong winds.
  • Remove outdoor signs, especially those that swing or are portable
  • If the building has exterior glass frontage, clear out that section of the building as much as possible and use shutters or board up to protect the glass. If you have no shutters or boards, strong masking or duct tape may be used. Tape in an "X" fashion on the inside of the glass to reduce shattering.

Building Interior

  • Secure your vital records and data and be sure all your important information is backed up and accessible should you not have access to your computers or network.
  • Move merchandise, equipment or furniture from windows and glass skylights to protect them from water damage.
  • Relocate files, boxes, computers, office machines, and other equipment to the innermost portion of the building or a safer location.
  • Do not leave boxes or equipment on the ground floor; elevate them by placing items on desk or table tops.
  • Cover merchandise, office machines, specialized equipment, file cabinets, copy machines, computer terminals, etc. with tarpaulins or plastic sheeting and secure with sturdy tape.
  • Close all windows and draw blinds or drapes.

If you experience damage to your business caused by a hurricane or storm you may need professional help. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is a trusted leader in storm damage cleanup and restoration expert.

For more information on steps to take to protect your business visit our website or call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island today at (401) 949-9955.

Commercial Biohazard - Cumberland, RI

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professional's will respond immediately and have the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Their first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professional's can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation.

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professional's remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

SERVPRO realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

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Storm Damage - North Providence, RI

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need a company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO Franchise Professional's have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professional's can handle any size disaster. During storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can handle:

  • Flooding caused by heavy rains
  • Hurricanes and tidal surges
  • Tornadoes and wind damage
  • Ice and snow storms
  • Wildfires

Your property’s walls, floors, and other surfaces will likely need professional cleaning treatments. Besides cleaning your property’s structure, SERVPRO Franchise Professional's will also clean your belongings, furniture, upholstery, clothing, and other restorable personal items that have been damaged by water. Flooding and water damage may require odor removal and deodorization treatments since wet materials often have an unpleasant odor.

SERVPRO Franchise Professional's are highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our Professional's are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the following:

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How to Handle a Storm Damage

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Floods, damaged roofs, and burst pipes could all spell disaster for your business. From one day to the next, you may be looking at severe water damage that only worsens over time.

The extent of the damage doesn’t matter. What matters is how quickly you act to contact a restoration professional. Though it may be tempting to try and do it yourself, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island has the training and tools to ensure that it’s done right so your business can open back up ASAP!

Immediate Response

We understand disaster's strike day and night, so we’re available 24/7. Call us the moment you discover the damage and we’ll send one of our local teams to your aid.

Thorough Inspection

The process for water restoration for commercial businesses starts with a thorough inspection of your property. We use advanced tools to test for water penetration even where you can’t see it, such as behind walls, under flooring and in-between ceiling tiles.

Removal And Drying

The next step involves removing the majority of the water. Professional grade vacuum's and pumps can quickly remove thousands of gallons of water. The quicker the water’s removed, the less chance of additional damage and mold growth.

For less obvious areas, specialized equipment is necessary to finish removing the water. After taking into account your business size, humidity and temperature, professionals set up dehumidifiers and air movers to dry out any remaining water.

Cleaning And Restoring

The final steps are cleaning and restoring your business to its previous glory. From cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing to installing new carpet and drywall, you won’t even realize that any damage has ever occurred.

Professional Services For Faster Restoration

Using a trusted and trained service for your water restoration is key to preventing serious problems in the future, such as mold growth and further damage. At SERVPRO, our professional's receive regular training to provide you with fast, reliable restoration to get your business up and running with as little delay as possible.

Are you dealing with water damage at your commercial business? Don’t let it get any worse.

Contact SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island immediately day or night to get started. Give us a call at (401) 949-9955 or visit our Facebook page!

Storm Damage Cleanup - Pawtucket, RI

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

The cleanup and restoration begins with a phone call. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of damage.

Water Restoration Process

A water damage event can be traumatic and when you call, we understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. Our representative will lead you through a series of questions to better understand your needs.

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island specializes in water damage—in fact, SERVPRO is the premier water damage restoration company in the U.S. 

What to Expect

When you call, a call center representative will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. Armed with the details of your water event, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island will respond immediately.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?   

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Does Your Woonsocket, RI Property Have Mold?

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Call us at (401) 949-9955!

Fire Deodorization - Pawtucket, RI

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

One of the worst things about fires in your Pawtucket, RI home or office - even small fires that do relatively little damage - is the odor they leave behind. No matter how many cans of air freshener you use, no matter how many scented candles you light, the stench always seems to come back.

There's a good reason for the lingering smell. More often than not, the source of the odor hasn't been removed. Imagine finding a dead animal in your office building's storage room or in your home's crawlspace. Would you douse the creature in your favorite scented spray and consider the problem solved? Of course not!

Of course not!

From greasy stove fires to smoke damage caused by outdoor wildfires, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island professionals are trained and certified in fire damage restoration, including advanced deodorization principles.

If you or a customer suffer a fire damage - or some other accident - and require deodorization services, give SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island a call. Whether it's fire, water or mold damage - or even just a stubborn, unpleasant odor that refuses to go away - we'll help make it "Like it never even happened."

Why is that smokey smell so hard to remove?

Smoke odor particles are tiny - in some cases even microscopic in size. They are measured in microns and range in size from .1 (one tenth) of a micron to about 4 microns. Compare a tiny odor particle to a period created by a typewriter (about 150 microns) or to the tip of a human hair (about 75 to 100 microns).

The small size of odor particles allows them to penetrate surfaces easily. Other factors besides size can help smoke odors penetrate materials:

  • Surface Porosity - the more porous a material, the more likely it is to absorb odors.
  • Heavy Concentrations of Residue - the more concentrated the residue, the greater the surface area of materials it can impact.
  • High Exposure Time - the longer a surface is exposed to odor particles, the greater the number of odor particles that will penetrate.
  • Heat - heat causes porous surfaces to expand, allowing odors to penetrate even deeper. When heat is removed, the surfaces contract and trap the odor particles.  

Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955!

Types of Fire Damage, RI

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Different kinds of damage can occur when structure or contents burn. Of course, many materials are destroyed in the fire, being partially or completely consumed in the combustion process. Beyond that, further damage happens as heat and smoke residues impact the materials. Even more damage occurs as firefighters attempt to extinguish the fire. Water and other extinguishing agents used to fight the fire can actually cause more damage to the building. In reality, a fire damage consists of several kinds of damages. Materials suffer burning, charring, heat damage, smoke damage, and even water damage.

Levels of Fire Damages

Not all fires result in the same level of damage. Not all fire damages require the same type of restoration procedures. Any particular loss could involve a range of damages from minor to major. A description of three levels of fire damage - minor, medium, and major - will provide an idea of the restoration services required to address each level of loss. 

Minor Fire Damage 

Smoke residues affect only certain rooms or areas. The amount of smoke residues is light to moderate. Restoration may involve dry cleaning and/or wet cleaning of ceilings, walls, floors, and contents. Few areas need to be repainted, and only minor items require replacement. 

Medium Fire Damage 

The amount of smoke residues is moderate, and more materials require wet cleaning to remove residues. The number of areas requiring repainting and items requiring replacement increase. Floors may need to be refinished. Heat damage to drywall, cabinets, and contents requires more materials to be replaced. Contents might be cleaned at the job site. Smoke odors are noticeable, possibly requiring additional deodorization procedures after cleaning. 

Major Fire Damage

Fire and heat damage is severe near the source of the fire. Structural framing and finishes may be charred, requiring structural repairs. Smoke residues are distributed through a large portion of the building, and smoke odors are strong and possibly pungent. Emergency services are needed, such as boarding up the structure, establishing a source of electricity, winterizing the building in cold weather, and removing smoke-filled and charred debris. Restoration will involve extensive cleaning of the structure and probably require restorers to pack and move out all salvageable contents for off-site cleaning. Multiple methods of deodorization are needed to remove smoke odors.

SERVPRO Extends PGA Tour Sponsorship through 2020

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Esmond, RI January 17th, 2018 - SERVPRO has extended their sponsorship with the PGA Tour through the 2020 season, retaining their designation as the official cleanup and restoration company of both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour according to local entrepreneur Donald McKendall, owner of SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island. SERVPRO's first event of the 2018 PGA Tour season tees up this week with the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course.

"We are proud, both personally and as a part of the SERVPRO family, to be associated with the prestigious and well-respected PGA Tour," said McKendall. "This sponsorship allows us to showcase our capabilities not only to the communities where PGA events are held, but also to the huge television and online audience that follows the Tour. Both individual property owners and commercial facility owners will have the opportunity to learn about SERVPRO and the services offered as they enjoy watching the world's best players compete on the world's most beautiful golf courses."

Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., Chief Executive Officer, reveals that SERVPRO will have a presence at several PGA Tour tournaments in 2018, including The Players Championship and The TOUR Championship. "In addition, we plan to be involved with First Responder events throughout the PGA Tour year," said Steen.

"SERVPRO is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, but each SERVPRO Franchise is a local business, operate by a local business person with ties to the community that he or she serves," says Steen. "The wide and growing audience the PGA Tour commands will learn a SERVPRO professional is available in their local community, ready to respond at a moment's notice if things go wrong at their home or business."

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it "Like it never even happened." for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, please contact Donald McKendall at (401) 949-9955 or Don@SERVPROmckendall.com.

About SERVPRO

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Children & Dog Safety Tips

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Via Alysa Danielson from Abandoned Dogs of RI.

Stop the 77! When thinking of dog bites, most people vision a big scary strange dog, growling and bearing teeth. 77% of the time, dog bites come from a family or friends dog. Since most bites come from dogs that your children know, how do we protect them? How do we keep our dogs and children safe? Education!

The one central theme is respect - teaching kids what dogs really like, what they don't like, and when they just need a break! Although they're amazing at dealing with what a family can throw their way, dogs still need your help. Kids can sometimes be scary to dogs because they are KIDS - more unpredictable, more unruly, more uncoordinated and way more likely to get in a  dog's face than most adults. To keep them safe, it's your job to watch and listen. Dogs use their whole bodies to show you how they're feeling. If families can learn to listen to what their dogs are communicating, we can better understand their wants and needs.

Make sure the dogs around your kids are ALWAYS comfortable. Be a hero and at the first sign that they're not - give them a break! Move your child far enough away so that the dog can relax again. After all, if no one is there to protect dogs, they're left with no choice but to protect themselves - and that's something no one wants!

Child & Dog Safety Tips

  • Dogs don't like kisses and hugs! Instead, have your child pet from collar bone to base of tail.
  • When the pets are eating or sleeping - give them space!
  • Kids should always be the "good guys." Taking things away from a dog is a job for adults.
  • Dogs are not toys. They should never be part of "dress up," ridden like a horse, tugged, or pulled. Respect their bodies and their space.

Keep your pets and family safe! For more info and fun educational videos your kids will love, head over to www.stopthe77.com

American Red Cross

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross continues to help people impacted by Hurricane Harvey while preparing to respond to Florida and the Southeast as powerful Hurricane Irma nears the United States and its territories. Hurricane Irma is the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane on record. People in the potential path of the storm should monitor weather reports and prepare accordingly.

The Red Cross has robust disaster response capabilities, which allow the organization to respond to two significant disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma without compromising assistance to those in need.

Though the rain has stopped falling in Texas and Louisiana, river and bayou flooding continues. Officials estimate as many as 135,000 homes may be impacted with more than 22,000 homes receiving major damage. In some areas, people are just beginning to clean up their flooded homes. The Red Cross is doing everything  it can to get help where it’s needed. Access to many areas remains challenging but the Red Cross is expanding its  reach into more communities every day. The Red Cross is working around the clock to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

More than 16,000 people sought refuge in 90 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas. The Red Cross is also assisting the Louisiana state government with emergency shelters.   Even now, more than 3,100 Red Cross disaster workers have helped:

  • Along with its partners, serve more than 906,000 meals and snacks;
  • Provide care by supporting 26,000 mental health and health services contacts;
  • Distribute more than 194,000 relief items like diapers and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items for people forced from their homes; and
  • Mobilize more than 190 emergency response vehicles to help deliver meals and relief supplies.

The American Red Cross is mounting a massive response as Irma heads to the United States. Red Cross workers are hard at work on many island nations throughout the storm’s path and, with Irma bearing down on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the American Red Cross is already there helping.

Hurricane Irma is currently a Category 5 hurricane with 185 mph winds. The storm has cut access to some islands and others  may face similar  challenges. In Florida, evacuations are underway and the National Guard has been  activated. People are lining up for gas, making arrangements for disaster supplies, and getting their homes ready.

To prepare for Hurricane Irma, the American Red Cross has:

  • Mobilized relief materials through Florida and the mid-Atlantic region.
  • Staged responders in nearby areas so they may respond quickly.
  • Planned to have the resources to shelter more than 120,000 people.
  • Activated 80 emergency response vehicles.
  • Prepositioned 100,000 shelf-stable meals.

Even as The Red Cross continues to operate shelters, serve meals, and provide critical relief supplies in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, some people have returned home and need assistance. The Red Cross will work with individuals and families to help them recover. The Red Cross will help residents start the recovery process by connecting them to needed services and resources. In some cases, the Red Cross may provide financial assistance.

Recovering from a disaster can be a challenging, emotionally draining and complicated process. Each community and each family will have different needs, and will require different support to meet those needs. Red Cross caseworkers connect one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies.

The Red Cross works with government and nonprofit partners to help develop coordinated community recovery plans and strategies. In some situations, the Red Cross may give grants to partner organizations for specialized activities such as mold remediation or building storm shelters. Our recovery support could also include preparedness activities so people and communities are ready for the next emergency.

Prepare Your Home

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Ask SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island about boarding up your home!

Tips from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for preparing your home from a hurricane.

  • Cover all of your home's windows with precut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds.
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down. 
  • Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep doors closed.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water. 

Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955!

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Evaluating Mold

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we care about proper restoration of your structure. In most water damage situations, excessive mold growth is not a problem and our professionals can safely restore your building to preloss condition. The need to address the presence of mold can only be determined by an on-site, indoor environmental inspection. please keep in mind that we do not interpret insurance policies or coverage; you must consult your insurance company to determine the scope of policy coverage.

Health Concerns 

Health concerns may arise when excessive mold grows indoors. Concerns are more likely to arise for "at risk" people, which might include immune suppressed or compromised individuals, young children and individuals with chronic inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma and severe allergies. However, anyone may experience health problems associated with exposure to mold in damp buildings.

Possible health effects include: runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aggravation of asthma, sore throat or inflammation of the sinuses. 

People most at risk include:

  • Infants and children.
  • Pregnant women.
  • The elderly.
  • People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma and allergies.
  • People with weakened immune systems.

Memorial Day Safety Tips

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

United States of America

Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we never want to see anyone in our community ever get hurt. To ensure the well-being and safety during this Memorial Day weekend, be sure to adhere to the following safety tips:

Fire

  1. Never leave a grill unattended.
  2. Have a fire extinguisher handy.
  3. Clean of any excess grease.

Food

  1. Keep the food heated until it is finally served.
  2. Keep cold food on ice or refrigerated.
  3. Cover all dishes to keep insects and over animals away.

Sun

  1. Wear a hat and sunglasses.
  2. Use sunscreen with an appropriate SPF.
  3. Reapply sunscreen when swimming.

Travel

  1. Prepare your car for road trips.
  2. Plan your route ahead of time.
  3. NEVER drive after drinking!

For more safety tips, please visit the American Safety Council. Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we would like to wish everyone a happy, fun, and safe Memorial Day weekend. Remember, this holiday commemorates those that have lost their lives serving this great nation. Be sure to celebrate responsibly and thank those that have and currently are serving!

What is Red Nose Day?

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Red Nose Day

Known as Comic Relief, the charity was founded in 1985 by Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry, in response to famine in Ethiopia. For over thirty-years, the charity has primarily focused on the promotion of comedy to showcase what laughter can do for those that live behind the poverty line. This is all done through Red Nose Day.

In Britain, Red Nose Day is a biennial telethon, typically held in March that raises funds to be donated all over the world. However, for the past two years the holiday has formally become introduced to American society, bringing celebrities and every day citizens together in the fight to end child poverty.

This year, the official date is May 25th, 2017.

We at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island are traveling all over the state of Rhode Island, doing everything we can to show support to this great cause. So, don’t be afraid to put on those noses and help spread the word!

https://rednoseday.org/

SERVPRO Owner's Attend Event

5/11/2017 (Permalink)

Donald & Tina McKendall

On Saturday, May 6th, Donald and Tina McKendall, owner's of SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, attended The Big Night Out at the Enchanted Garden hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. The event was a blast and we would like to take the time out to thank all of companies that sponsored the event!

SERVPRO Expands PGA Sponsorship with PGA Fantasy Golf

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Esmond, RI (Grassroots Newswire) March 22, 2017 - There is an old adage: “It never rains on a golf course.” As the official cleanup and restoration company of the PGA TOUR, SERVPRO® knows this isn’t true, but rain or shine, fans follow their favorite players’ performance at PGA golf tournaments throughout the season. Recognizing the ever-growing popularity of the game, SERVPRO has expanded its relationship with the PGA TOUR by becoming the presenting sponsor of the PGA Fantasy Golf games, available at pgatour.com/fantasy.

“We know people don’t associate SERVPRO with the wide-open spaces and fair weather feeling of a golf course. After all, SERVPRO is the company you turn to when the unexpected, even the unthinkable, happens to your home or business,” says Don McKendall, owner of SERVPRO® of Northern Rhode Island. “But each SERVPRO business is also a local business, there to support the community in good times and bad. Teaming up with the PGA TOUR as the sponsor of their Fantasy Golf Suite helps us build connections within our local community. We want local home and business owners to know that we are there for them ready to respond at a moment’s notice if things go wrong.”

The new “One & Done” games were launched on January 3, 2017*, but the game structure allows players to join in on the fun at any point during the current season. Each week, game players select one player to earn points for them in that week’s tournament. The PGA Tour Fantasy game is based on accumulated FedEx Cup points and the PGA Tour Champions game is based on accumulated Charles Schwab Cup points. A player may select a given golfer for a tournament in each of the One & Done games only once in each season. Since some tournaments earn a pro golfer more points than others, game strategy is based on selecting the right golfers for the right tournaments.

“With the first major tournament of the season—The Masters—just around the corner, now is a great time to start your One & Done game for this year’s tour,” says McKendall. “If you ‘master’ the trick of choosing the right golfers in the right tournaments, you could jump to the top of your Fantasy league.” The top finisher in the PGA TOUR game will win a new set of golf clubs, while the top prize for the PGA TOUR Champions game is a trip for two to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Phoenix Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona, November 6-12.

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, please contact Don McKendall at (401) 949-9955 or don@SERVPROmckendall.com.

*http://www.pgatour.com/company/2017/01/03/pga-tour-fantasy-one-and-done-SERVPRO-debuts.html

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Start Spring With a TPC Boston Membership!

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Then course is now open! As a reminder, TPC Boston is welcoming spring with an early-season membership offer now through April 15th. With a membership at TPC Boston, you can entertain clients, improve your game, spend quality time with your family and friends, or even host business meetings.

Membership Includes:

  • Entertaining at the Highest Level
  • Family Privileges
  • TPC Network Access
  • Full Member Event Schedule

There's a lot to look forward to in 2017 at TPC Boston. The TPC Network is growing in size, with over 100 clubs available to TPC Boston Members. TPC will be unveiling two completely redesigned holes by Golf Course Architect, Gil Hanse and welcoming Dell Technologies as the new Title Sponsor of their PGA Tour playoff event. Their highly-rated Clubhouse is continually adding amenities, all without any assessments to members. Make TPC Boston your home away from home in 2017.

If you have any questions about TPC Boston or the benefits of a membership, please contact darrengarrity@pgatourtpc.com.

Source: https://tpc.com/boston/.

Nine Reasons to use SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

Experience

  1. Critical Response – SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is equipped with 24-hour emergency response, which means you can get help fast!
  2. Trust – Since 1967, SERVPRO has been earning your trust. You know you can trust the results from our franchise.
  3. Trained Professionals – You want competent results on every job. SERVPRO’s dedication to training ensures the results you receive are professional and efficient.
  4. Communication – The first job of our franchise is to address the needs of the homeowner and to ensure the homeowner is pleased with the service.

Expertise

  1. Testing Restorability – You will know what can be restored when you put a SERVPRO professional on the job. The difference is obvious!
  2. Professional Equipment – SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island have access to the proper equipment to handle your loss situation, and know how to use it!
  3. Organization – You need an organized vendor that focuses on the details to make sure the job goes well. That’s SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island.

Exceed Expectations

  1. Customer Satisfaction – It is our top priority to make you satisfied with our services, which is why we aim to handle jobs both professionally and in a timely manner.
  2. Save Time & Money – Restoration saves both time and money. Be sure to call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island to realize the benefits that YOU deserve!

Avoiding Ice Dams

1/9/2017 (Permalink)

If you’ve ever had water pooling on your floors or window sills or even leaking from the ceiling while your roof is covered with snow, you’ve experienced ice dams. They form when snow along the bottom of your roof freezes into one piece with snow packed into your gutter. As the section against the house warms up (from the house’s heat), it melts but is trapped underneath the outer layer of ice exposed to the air. The water then creeps up under the shingles and eventually down inside of the home.

A gutter guard that keeps snow from filling your gutter can also help you avoid ice dams. So can a roof rake; use it to clear away snow in the bottom one to two feet of the roof.

If you already have water leaking, please call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955 to make the disaster, “Like it never even happened.”

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Commercial Cleaning

12/29/2016 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we offer a wide array of commercial services that can turn any rundown office space into a safe, clean, and enjoyable atmosphere no matter what the damage may entail. Whether your business requires professional cleaning to make it shine, or emergency water and fire repair, we have the training and expertise to make any situation, “Like it never even happened.”

These commercial services include, but are not limited to:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

We understand how disruptive any disaster to your company may be. That is why we make our Disaster Recovery Team available 24 hours, 365 days a year.

With Mother Nature, always expect the unexpected. The winter of 2014 can be a testament to just how devastating the cold weather and snow can be in the Northeast of the United States. That is why it is overwhelmingly important that you have an emergency plan in place for this upcoming winter. Not only does having a plan prepare you for the worst, but it makes any disaster restoration situation go as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Our goal is to minimize any disruption to your clients, while delivering superior results that we know YOU deserve. 

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is part of a national network of over 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises that have one purpose and one purpose only; to serve you and your business in a time of need. If you would like to read more about our commercial business services, please visit our website or give us a call at (401) 949-9955. We have the training, the tools, and the drive to make any situation, “Like it never even happened.” 

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Frozen Pipes Prevention

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

As the freezing winter months rapidly approach us, frozen pipes become a regular occurrence throughout New England. Since water stored in these pipes expands once frozen, the expansion places pressure on the containing pipe, including both metal and plastic pipes. This pressure can cause the pipes to crack and break, potentially causing a problem to you and your home. To ensure that this does not happen once the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, here are some basic preventative tips:

  • Drain the water from all pool and sprinkler supply lines.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses that are used outdoors. Also, be sure to close the inside valves supplying the outdoor hose spouts. Keep these open to allow all the water remaining in the pipe to drain.
  • Know where your water supply lines are in unheated areas. Make sure these pipes are insulated, to ensure the security and safety of them.
  • Think about insulating water pipes with materials such as pipe sleeve(s) or heat tape and cable to protect pipes that are exposed. This can serve as an extra barrier for extreme freezing weather.
  • Keep your garage doors closed.
  • Keep your thermostat at the same temperature during the daytime and nighttime. If you are away from your home for an extended period of time, be sure to set the temperature in your home no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit (American Red Cross).

Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we want you and your family to be prepared for the worst, as the weather rapidly drops to freezing temperatures. By ensuring that your pipes are up to the proper safety specifications, you will hopefully survive the winter seasons without having to worry about a broken pipeline.

If you have any questions or concerns, call us at (401) 949-9955 or visit our website.

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Protocol for Cleaning Swine flu & Norovirus Viruses

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Our three franchises have the protocol and product to clean!

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island recommends the following job process for cleaning:

  • Wear PPE consisting of full Tyvek, full face respirator, gloves and foot protection.
  • Mist the immediate area with the EPA registered disinfectant using the #716 MacroMist II ULV Fogger at a rate of ~8 oz per 2,000 sq. ft or 20,000 cu. ft.
  • Allow a 30 minute dwell time.
  • Ventilate and wipe down with a clean towel.

Swine Flu is an airborne virus. Airborne viruses are only viable outside of a human body for a limited period of time. This type of disease is transmitted by sneezing and coughing. Airborne viruses are generally not transmitted by secondary contact as is the case with many bacterial infections. Please advise customers this treatment is not meant to be a 100% defense against the Swine Flu, and you are not assuming any liability for future outbreaks in treated structures. A carrier of the Swine Flu could easily enter the structure post cleaning and cough or sneeze on others and transmit the disease. The current Swine Flu is a new strain. The information presented is based on the current information being offered by the CDC.

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SERVPRO - Biohazard Cleanup Professionals

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

When it comes to cleaning up an area in the aftermath of a traumatic event, it’s likely a task you wouldn’t even know where to begin tackling. More importantly, if blood or other bodily fluids are involved, it creates an unsafe environment for you to be around. This is why Rhode Island property owners and property managers turn to SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island for professional biohazard cleanup.

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island completes many types of disaster clean ups of emergency cleaning services and helps to reduce the risk of health hazards and property damage. Having SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island clean up the scene in a timely and efficient manner benefits clients in the following ways:

Heath Safety: Being exposed to this kind of hazardous condition can result in serious health problems if not handled correctly. Bodily fluids have the potential to pass on a variety of diseases to someone who isn’t trained in their proper disposal. 

Appropriate Materials & Equipment: Professional biohazard cleanup services utilize the right kind of cleaning materials and equipment to make certain the scene is thoroughly decontaminated. It takes higher strength cleaning products to ensure all hazards have been removed.

Relieve The Burden: Biohazard cleanup situations not only pose a threat for physical damages, but there is the emotional aspect to consider as well. Cleaning up after a loved one means reliving the trauma over and over, which no one should have to go through.

Whatever the circumstances that led to the need for biohazard cleanup, it’s imperative that a professional be called to take on the job as quickly as possible.

Contact SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955 or visit this link.

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E-Waste Recycling

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

Quonset Development Corporation, in North Kingstown, hosted an E-Waste Recycling Event to benefit Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island. Did you know? Goodwill Industries of RI has partnered with Dell to become one of their 2,220 “Reconnect” computer recycling sites across the nation. The agency is the only “Reconnect” site in Rhode Island and expects to recycle between 600,000 pounds of e-waste annually and create green jobs locally.

Accepted Donation Items

  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Flat Screen Monitors
  • Peripherals
  • Audio Equipment
  • Video Equipment
  • Electronics
  • Toner/Printer Cartridges
  • File Cabinets
  • Metal Shelving
  • Small Household Appliances
  • Silverware
  • Small Toys
  • All Clothing
  • Bedding, towels, curtains, backpacks, shoes, belts, purses

Items NOT Accepted

  • TV’s
  • Desk Top Printers
  • CRT Monitors
  • Pillows
  • Single Use Alkaline batteries
  • Dishware

Steven King, Managing Director of the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) was honored by the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) for his distinguished career in public service. King was awarded the prestigious Gary S. Sasse Distinguished Public Service Award at RIPEC's 73rd Annual Meeting held at the Rhode Island Convention Center. "Under Steven King's tenure at Quonset, the former Naval facility has undergone an incredible transformation of job growth and economic development," said John C. Simmons, executive director of RIPEC. "Steve has worked tirelessly over the years to make Quonset Business Park the nationally-recognized engine of economic success that it is today and he is one of the most dedicated public servants we have in Rhode Island." The Sasse Award is given in the name of RIPEC's former executive director, a staunch advocate of public service. Several nominees were reviewed by the Selection Committee based on the following qualifications: sustained superior performance in the service of the Rhode Island taxpayer; fiscal responsibility and business acumen; record of integrity and devotion to public service; personal initiative and resourcefulness; and overall diligence and productivity of his career. 

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Rhode Island Food Bank Needs Help

9/1/2016 (Permalink)

Community Resource Volunteer 

The Food Bank is looking for volunteers 18 and older to visit food pantries and meal sites to talk directly with guests, and guide and refer them to the programs and organizations that will best address their additional service needs.

Community Farms - All Summer Long!

Help plant and harvest fresh produce for the Food Bank at one of our community farms. Families and groups are welcome. Last year nearly 60,000 pounds of produce was distributed! 

Volunteer at the Food Bank

Other than the opportunities listed above, all spots for individual volunteers are full thanks to a dedicated bunch of regular volunteers.

We have volunteer opportunities for corporate, civic and school groups to help inspect, sort and pack food for distribution. Volunteers must be able to stand for long periods of time and lift up to 35 pounds. Presently, we are scheduling groups up to three months in advance.

Shifts are available weekdays from 9am-12pm and 12-3pm. Please check back regularly as the schedule may change.

If you are interested in having your group volunteer at the Food Bank, please contact our Volunteer and Special Events Manager, Kelly Seigh. 

Additionally, individual students over the age of 14, in need of community service hours for school may inquire about availability during school breaks by also emailing Kelly.

Volunteers looking to fulfill a court ordered community service requirement should contact Serve Rhode Island.

Volunteer at a Member Agency

The following list of Food Bank member agencies need volunteer support.  If you’re interested in learning more, please contact each agency directly using the contact information provided.

  • Allendale Baptist Church, North Providence: Email Kim or call (401) 231-7669
  • Bristol Good Neighbors, Bristol: Email Ann Wiard or call (401) 254-0726
  • Rhode Island Center Assisting Those in Need (RI CAN), Charlestown: Email Deb Nigrelli or call (401) 364-9412

Baton Rouge Area Foundation

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

How YOU can help those affected by the recent flooding down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is currently providing assistance across South Louisiana where it can. The main goal and objective of the Foundation is to get money quickly to where it is needed the most. One way is the Louisiana Relief Fund. The other are through employee assistance funds, where employees can assist their own employees and receive tax deductions for contributions.

What the Foundation is doing today (Via Braf.org)

  • In teams of two, Foundation employees are visiting each of the shelters, seeing what may be needed and making sure the shelters are able to handle the evacuees.
  • They are assisting companies and state agencies in starting employee assistance funds. Donations to the funds are tax deductible.
  • They are beginning to make grants to nonprofits that are responding to the disaster.

For more information about making a donation, please visit www.braf.org/louisiana-flood-relief/.

Storm Flooding is Dangerous - SERVPRO Can Help!

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Trucks Heading down to Baton Rouge, LA.

Here in Rhode Island- We can help!

Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer 24-hour emergency service 365 days per year.

Every hour spent cleaning is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give our Professionals a call and they’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Storm or Flood Damage? Call us, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, at (401) 949-9955!

Disaster Recovery Team

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable. 

Don't let a disaster get you down we are here to care for you and your property 24/7.

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Medal Count Update

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island has been keenly focused on the recent Olympics taking place in Rio. The past couple of weeks have shown just how dominant our nation can be on the world stage. Whether it’s swimming, gymnastics, basketball, or even track and field, our nation’s athletes are dominating the medal count. As of August 16th, here’s what the standings are:

  1. United States – 27 (G) 24 (S) 26 (B) = 77 total
  2. Great Britain – 16 (G) 17 (S) 8 (B) = 41 total
  3. China – 15 (G) 14 (S) 18 (B) = 47 total
  4. Russia – 11 (G) 12 (S) 13 (B) = 47 total
  5. Germany – 9 (G) 7 (S) 6 (B) = 22 total
  6. Italy – 8 (G) 9 (S) 6 (B) = 23 total
  7. France – 7 (G) 10 (S) 10 (B) = 27 total
  8. Japan – 7 (G) 4 (S) 16 (B) = 27 total
  9. Netherlands – 7 (G) 2 (S) 3 (B) = 12 total
  10. Australia – 6 (G) 7 (S) 9 (B) = 22 total 

With a little less than a week to go, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island would like to wish all of the athletes luck, as they all compete to win the gold!

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Cleaning Carpets & Upholstery

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island has the training and expertise to clean your carpets and upholstery, regardless of the situation.

Did you know? The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration states that 79% of soil in carpets is dry soil. In order to properly care and maintain the quality of your carpet, some preventative maintenance actions include:

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

If soil and dirt have made their way into your carpets, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island offers a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning - a less aggressive method for short piled carpets
  • Hot Water Extraction – a deeper cleaning method for all carpet types
  • Deluxe Precondition & Rinse – Helps restore deeply soiled areas
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning – The most thorough cleaning method in the industry
  • Dry Cleaning – When color-fastness is an issue

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we care about our local community as well as all of those that live in the area. If you have any questions, or would like to contact one of our professionals, please call (401) 949-9955 or visit our website.

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Four General Categories of Biohazardous Waste

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know? According to The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, there are four general categories of biohazardous wastes based on the physical form of the waste. Included are:

Solid Biohazardous Waste (Non-Sharps)

  • In the research lab or field environment, this includes any non-sharp items that is contaminated with human or animal diagnostic specimen material.

Liquid Biohazardous Waste

  • Included are bulk quantities of blood, blood products, and body fluids from human and animal research contaminated culture media.

Biohazardous Sharps

  • Any device that is sharp enough to puncture the skin and that is contaminated with a biological material that is an infectious disease or environmental release risk.

Pathological Waste

  • Included are all unfixed human organs, tissues, and body parts except for teeth.

No matter the form, no singular type should be left untreated and unsecured in areas that are accessible to the public. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island would like YOU and other members of the community to be safe and aware of the consequences surrounding biohazardous waste(s). If you have any questions, or would like to contact a representative with an inquiry regarding biohazardous cleanup, please give us a call at (401) 949-9955 or visit our website.

Content derived from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. For more information, please visit biosafety.utk.edu/waste/.

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SERVPRO Responds to Providence Fire

7/7/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island was recently called to Citizens Bank located at 1880 Mineral Spring Avenue in Providence, Rhode Island, for a soot damage cleanup.

On July 6th, the bank was threatened by a man who announced that he was robbing the bank. Upon doing so, he threatened a number of employees and set a cabinet, along with some paperwork, on fire. Officers responded and quickly put the man into custody, while the fire itself was extinguished immediately.

Although the damage to the building was not devastating, the bank still contained remnants of soot and smelled heavily of smoke, according to bank officials. This forced the officials to close the bank down for the rest of that remaining day.

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island received the call and acted immediately to remediate the situation. We understand that every hour spent restoring back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Our crews are currently on scene, working to get the bank employees back on their feet and make the situation, “Like it never even happened.” 

(Original story found at http://wpri.com/2016/07/06/police-man-set-cabinet-on-fire-at-north-providence-bank/)

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SERVPRO® of Northern Rhode Island Goes “All In” at SERVPRO Convention

7/5/2016 (Permalink)

47th annual event sets another record for attendance

(Grassroots Newswire) - SERVPRO®, an industry leader in disaster cleanup, restoration and remediation services, welcomed a record-breaking group of more than 2800 franchise owners, key staff and corporate representatives, including SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, to their 47th Annual SERVPRO® Convention, held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas from June 26 to 30.

The week of workshops, networking and keynote presentations was based on the theme “All In” and was designed to unite franchise owners, team members, distributors and associates.

“For a small business owner, time is money. But the time spent at this annual event is time well spent,” said Don McKendall, owner of SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island. “The combination of workshops, speakers and networking provides attendees with actionable business insights, an industry overview and practical tips and tricks from others in the same field. In my view, SERVPRO’s convention benefits not only their franchisees but also the communities that their franchisees serve.”

This year’s “All In” convention program featured a keynote address by motivational speaker Connie Podesta (http://conniepodesta.com/), who takes a humorous and dynamic approach to promoting communications, and increasing sales and 28 workshop sessions focused on leadership training and providing resources designed to help each Franchise grow and better serve their community.

“SERVPRO understands running a small business is a challenge,” said Sue Steen, Chief Executive Officer of SERVPRO Industries, Inc. “Our annual convention gives us the opportunity to recognize individual franchisees that have excelled at building their businesses and enhancing SERVPRO’s reputation as an industry leader in disaster cleanup, restoration and remediation services. We offer our sincere congratulations to this year’s award winners and to all of the dedicated professionals who work hard every day to provide world-class service to their customers.”

For more information about SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, please contact Don McKendall at (401) 949-9955 or Don@SERVPROMcKendall.com or visit http://www.SERVPROnorthernrhodeisland.com/.

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Another CVS Charity Classic in the Books

7/5/2016 (Permalink)

(Photo courtesy of http://www.cvshealthcharityclassic.com/)

Did you see us?

Representatives from SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island were present at the CVS Charity Classic last week at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, Rhode Island. The event, hosted by local professionals, Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, featured an array of top golfers in the world on both the women’s and men’s side. The following includes the placement of all those that participated in the tournament with their world ranking included:

F1. Jon Curran (93)/Keegan Bradley (119): -18

F2. Bill Haas (34)/Billy Andrade (N/A): -18

T3. Louis Oosthuizen (14)/Branden Grace (10): -16

T3. Chris Kirk (60)/Steve Stricker (177):  -16

T3. Jason Bohn (97)/Kevin Kisner (29): -16

T6. Paula Creamer (61)/Jason Dufner (54): -13

T6. Lexi Thompson (4)/Bryson DeChambeau (148): -13

T8: Brooke Henderson (2)/Jamie Sadlowski (N/A): -11

T8. Tony Finau (80)/Billy Horschel (61): -11

10. Morgan Pressel (28)/Brad Faxon (N/A): -9

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island would like to thank the CVS Health family for hosting yet again another great event, and Innovex Marketing Solutions for providing our team with admission tickets.

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Fireworks Safety

6/30/2016 (Permalink)

The Fourth of July is a time where we all gather with our families, kick back and relax the beauty of our great nation. When celebrating, we would like each and every one of you to have fun, but to also be careful at the same time. When dealing with fireworks, sparklers, or anything else that has the potential to cause harm if mishandled, the American Red Cross has come up with a few safety guidelines to adhere to so that accidents are at a minimum this holiday.

Where to view fireworks from

The safest way to enjoy fireworks it to attend a public fireworks display put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away. If however, you choose to put on a display of fireworks from your home, here are a few safety steps to follow:

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging
  • Keep a supply of water close by a precaution
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud”
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials
  • Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks

(Tips Courtesy of the American Red Cross)

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Understanding Flood Warnings

6/24/2016 (Permalink)

Flash Floods

Flash flood Statement

(FFS) In hydrologic terms, a statement by the NWS which provides follow-up information on flash flood watches and warnings.

Flash Flood Watch

Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Widespread Flooding

Flood Watch

Flooding is possible. Tune into NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Flood Warning

Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

Flood Potential Outlook

(ESF or AFOS) (FPO for Acronym): In hydrologic terms, An NWS outlook that is issued to alert the public of potentially heavy rainfall that could send area rivers and streams into flood or aggravate on existing flood.

Flood Statement (FLS)

In hydrologic terms, a statement issued by the NWS to inform the public of flooding along major streams in which there is not a serious threat to life or property. It may also follow a flood warning to give later information. 

If you have any questions, please visit our website or give us a call at (401) 949-9955.

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What is a Severe Thunderstorm?

6/22/2016 (Permalink)

A severe thunderstorm is a storm that produces a tornado, reaching winds of at least 58 mph, and or hail at least ¾ inches in diameter. Structural wind damage may imply the occurrence of a severe thunderstorm. A thunderstorm wind equal to or greater than 40 mph and or hail of at least ½ inches is defined as approaching severe.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

This is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. The size of the watch can vary depending on the weather situation. They are usually issued for a duration of 4 to 8 hours. They are normally issued well in advance of the actual occurrence of severe weather. During the watch, people should review safety rules and be prepared to move to a place of safety if threatening weather approaches.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

This is issued when either a severe thunderstorm is indicated by the WSR 88D radar or a spotter reports a thunderstorm producing hail ¾ inch or larger in diameter and or winds equal or exceed 58 miles an hour; therefore, people in the affected area should seek safe shelter immediately. Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes with little or no advance warning. Lightning frequency is not a requirement for issuing a severe thunderstorm warning. They are usually issued for a duration of one hour. They can be issued without a Severe Thunderstorm Watch being already in effect.

If your home suffers any damage from a thunderstorm, do no hesitate to give us a call at (401) 949-9955 or visit our website.

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Congratulations Dustin Johnson!

6/20/2016 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island would like to extend our congratulations to the 2016 U.S. Open Champion, Dustin Johnson. Each member of our SERVPRO family watched anxiously as Johnson overcame a deficit to become the eventual winner by three strokes. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, this major championship marks his first major win in his career since turning professional in 2007.

The Controversy

On the 5th hole of the final round, as Johnson was lining up his putt, his golf ball seemed to rock back and forth, a movement subject to penalty if Johnson was the cause of it. For 7-holes, the United States Golf Association (USGA), did not count this as a penalty against Johnson. On the 12th hole, however, a rules official informed Johnson that he was subject to a video review once the round was over. Since this was a close final round in general, the implications regarding the one-stroke penalty could have been a detriment to his performance. Luckily, Johnson won by enough strokes that when the round was over, the one-stroke penalty did not rob him of his victory.

Well done, Dustin!

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Commercial and Building Services

6/13/2016 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we understand that disasters can occur at any moment. Whether it is a water leak, a building fire, or an emergency shutdown because of an exposure to biological contaminants, WE are ready at all hours of the day to service YOU and your property.

Upon protecting and securing the infected area(s), our professionals can immediately begin the restoration process. From handling the initial damage mitigation to the rebuilding stage, having us as your go-to company can save you both time and money.

Some of the services that we provide, include:

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with us, please call us at (401) 949-9955 or visit our website.

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Storm Damage Cleanup & Restoration

5/31/2016 (Permalink)

Whether you are dealing with a storm, flood, or water damage, immediate action is crucial. Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we understand just how crucial this step is. Our professionals are trained in the highest of standards, making them ready to attack any sized disaster’s, at any given time.

Why should you choose SERVPRO of the Attleboros?

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

  • Floods and storms can occur at the most inconvenient of times. Here at SERVPRO, you can depend on an immediate response from our technicians because they are available 24 hours, seven days a week.

We’re Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

  • We have advanced training & expertise, as well as a large amount of hands-on experience. Want to see our work? Visit our Before & After page or read what our customers have to say about our service.

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we care about our local community as well as all of those that live in the area. If you have any questions, or would like to contact one of our professionals, please call (401) 949-9955 or visit our website.

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SERVPRO is a Sponsor for the Amercian Red Cross

5/23/2016 (Permalink)

We can help!

SERVPRO is a national sponsor for the American Red Cross “Ready Rating” Program. This free, web-based program, is designed to help businesses, organizations, and schools become better prepared for emergencies. The Red Cross Ready Rating Program allows individuals to assess their readiness for a disaster, so they can take all of the necessary steps before disaster strikes to protect their property from damage and loss.

"This partnership just makes perfect sense," said Rick Isaacson, Executive Vice President of SERVPRO Industries, Inc., "and truly completes the readiness equation for businesses and other property owners. The Red Cross Ready Rating Program allows individuals to assess their readiness for a disaster, so they can take all necessary steps before disaster strikes to protect their property from damage and loss. But, when disaster does strike, knowing what to do and who to call saves time – and fast response is key to minimizing damage and downtime. That’s where SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Program can help. Together, these two programs offer maximum peace of mind to businesses and other organizations."

"Through the generosity of SERVPRO, the Red Cross will help empower workplaces to re-open more quickly after natural or man-made disasters such as water main breaks, medical emergencies, power outages, tornadoes, floods and hurricanes, through the Ready Rating Program," said Tom Heneghan, manager of Business Continuity Programs for Red Cross.

"Up to 40% of businesses never re-open their doors after such disasters; SERVPRO’s partnership will enable more businesses, schools, and organizations to become better prepared. We are excited to have SERVPRO join us in community outreach efforts to educate and highlight the importance of community preparedness in neighborhoods across the country."

If you need disaster cleanup & restoration call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955.

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National Weather Service Storm Lighting Myths & Facts

5/12/2016 (Permalink)

Do you know the facts about lightning?

National Weather Service Storm Lighting Myths & Facts

Myth: If you're caught outside during a thunderstorm, you should crouch down to reduce your risk of being struck.

Fact: Crouching doesn't make you any safer outdoors. Run to a substantial building or hard topped vehicle. If you are too far to run to one of these options, you have no good alternative. You are NOT safe anywhere outdoors. See our safety page for tips that may slightly reduce your risk.

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year.

Myth: If it’s not raining or there aren’t clouds overhead, you’re safe from lightning.

Fact: Lightning often strikes more than three miles from the center of the thunderstorm, far outside the rain or thunderstorm cloud. “Bolts from the blue” can strike 10-15 miles from the thunderstorm.

Myth: Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning by insulating you from the ground.

Fact: Most cars are safe from lightning, but it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires. Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open-shelled outdoor recreational vehicles and cars with fiberglass shells offer no protection from lightning. When lightning strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don't lean on doors during a thunderstorm.

Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.

Fact: The human body does not store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid. This is the most chilling of lightning Myths. Imagine if someone died because people were afraid to give CPR!

Myth: If outside in a thunderstorm, you should seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.

Fact: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties. Better to get wet than fried!

Myth: If you are in a house, you are 100% safe from lightning.

Fact: A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity. This means staying off corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors and windows. Windows are hazardous for two reasons: wind generated during a thunderstorm can blow objects into the window, breaking it and causing glass to shatter and second, in older homes, in rare instances, lightning can come in cracks in the sides of windows.

Myth: If thunderstorms threaten while you are outside playing a game, it is okay to finish it before seeking shelter.

Fact: Many lightning casualties occur because people do not seek shelter soon enough. No game is worth death or life-long injuries. Seek proper shelter immediately if you hear thunder. Adults are responsible for the safety of children.

Myth: Structures with metal, or metal on the body (jewelry, cell phones,Mp3 players, watches, etc), attract lightning.

Fact: Height, pointy shape, and isolation are the dominant factors controlling where a lightning bolt will strike. The presence of metal makes absolutely no difference on where lightning strikes. Mountains are made of stone but get struck by lightning many times a year. When lightning threatens, take proper protective action immediately by seeking a safe shelter – don’t waste time removing metal. While metal does not attract lightning, it does conduct it so stay away from metal fences, railing, bleachers, etc.

Myth: If trapped outside and lightning is about to strike, I should lie flat on the ground.

Fact: Lying flat increases your chance of being affected by potentially deadly ground current. If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm, you keep moving toward a safe shelter.

Myth: lightning flashes are 3-4 km apart.

Fact: Old data said successive flashes were on the order of 3-4 km apart. New data shows half the flashes are about 9 km apart. The National Severe Storms Laboratory report concludes: "It appears the safety rules need to be modified to increase the distance from a previous flash which can be considered to be relatively safe, to at least 10 to 13 km (6 to 8 miles). In the past, 3 to 5 km (2-3 miles) was as used in lightning safety education." Source: Separation Between Successive Lightning Flashes in Different Storms Systems: 1998, Lopez & Holle, from Proceedings 1998 Intl Lightning Detection Conference, Tucson AZ, November 1998.

If you need storm disaster clean up call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955 or visit our Facebook page!

For more information, go to the National Weather Services Website!

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Fire Damage Restoration Process

5/5/2016 (Permalink)

After the trucks leave, let us clean it up!

Fire Damage Restoration Process

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage, as well as extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call us today at (401) 949-9955!

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Call Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help dispatch the right amount of required equipment.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Franchsie Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professionals can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We are also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house, but also your belongings. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are the very things that make a house a home.

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Smithfield - Commercial Water Damage Cleanup

4/22/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise provides emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

A Fast Response Is Crucial

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency.

An immediate response helps to minimize the damage, as well as the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professionals arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increases dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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Examples of Cleaning Services

3/31/2016 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, our crew is trained and ready for any sized cleanup, regardless of the severity. Our services include, but are not limited to, the cleaning of:

  • Air Ducts & HVAC
  • Biohazardous Waste
  • Carpet & Upholstery
  • Ceilings, Floors & Walls
  • Drapes & Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage
  • Trauma & Crime Scene
  • Vandalism & Graffiti

Air Ducts & HVAC

Often one of the biggest culprits in poor indoor air quality, a standard HVAC system should look to be inspected/cleaned around once a year. Not only can a routine inspection keep your system clean and prolong the life of the equipment, but it can also provide you and your family with cleaner air to breathe.

Biohazardous Waste

Even the slightest bit of exposure to biological and chemical containments can pose serious health consequences. Any home or business that has experienced any type of trauma, sewage backups, spills, etc., should look to evacuate the area, and contact SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island IMMEDIATELY!

Carpet & Upholstery

According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), “79% of soil in carpets, is dry soil.” Over time, even the highest-quality of carpets and upholstery begin to show soiling over time. The little fibers in many carpets, act as a filter, frequently trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils that have the ability to ruin carpets if left untouched.

Ceilings, Floors & Walls

Whether you know it or not, ceilings and walls are subject to countless amounts of dirt, dust, pet dander, grease from cooking, and other contaminants that invade your home. If not properly taken care of, these containments can cycle through ventilation units, and be distributed throughout the entire property.

Drapes & Blinds

Similar to the ceilings, floors, and walls of your home, draperies and blinds retain whatever smells and odors are circulating throughout your home. A good rule-of-thumb, is to clean drapes and blinds approximately every two years. If you have questions or concerns about the state of your drapes and blinds, do not hesitate to contact us!

Odor Removal

As certified experts, our crew is ready to tackle and remove any and all offensive odors in your home. Although each scent is different, the science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing. In any case, look to take the strain off of yourself, and contact us for any and all questions.

Sewage

Sewer system backups are no joke. The water that spews out is very unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that have the potential to cause serious illnesses. Look to take care of these spills IMMEDIATELY!

Trauma & Crime Scene

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning process is the very next step. Many times, blood and other biohazardous pathogens are present and pose major health concerns for those around. Our technicians are trained to follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform these dangerous environments into clean and safe ones.

Vandalism & Graffiti

Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we act quickly to remove any and all forms of vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. If your home or space requires any type of removal, do not hesitate to contact us!

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Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

3/14/2016 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be very devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, water damage caused by firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you have a fire emergency, call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island.

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, experience, and equipment to manage your commercial fire damage emergency. They will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion—getting your property business-ready. Learn more about SERVPRO Franchise Professional training and certifications.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

If you need help with disaster clean up and restoration, call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955!

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Commercial Clean Up & Restoration Services Rhode Island

3/6/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Clean Up & Restoration Services Rhode Island

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Commercial Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955!

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