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Hurricane Sandy + Tips for Rhode Island Businesses

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Sandy + Tips for Rhode Island Businesses 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)

Storm Damage 8 Great Preparation Tips Before a Storm or Hurricane in Rhode Island 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.

Storm's No Stranger in Rhode Island

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm's No Stranger in Rhode Island Photo made with Canva Photo Editor

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

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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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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Southern New England Storm Damage

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

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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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.

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

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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:

Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955!

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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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Prepare Your Home

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Your Home 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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Storm Flooding is Dangerous - SERVPRO Can Help!

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Flooding is Dangerous - SERVPRO Can Help! 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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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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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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