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:
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
Buckling joint tape
Smells/odors of moisture
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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:
Employee Certification Training
Initial Franchise Training
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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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
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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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!
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.