Recent Storm Damage Posts

Thunderstorm and Lightning Storm Safety

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

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.

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

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 it in the shed so things don’t go flying around.

Help your neighbors and friends! Head over to your next-door neighbor’s 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

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.

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

What do do and not do after a storm flooding.

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

After having a flood on your property, you should learn what to do after a storm flooding and learn what not to do after flooding. Below is a list of 5 things you should and shouldn’t do after a flood.

What to do after 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 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

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.

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.

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 
  • 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

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 

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! 


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 

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!! 

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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! 

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. 


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."

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

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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

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 if you need additional assistance as well.


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

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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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.

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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

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


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. 

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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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!


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.

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

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! 



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.


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.



Southern New England Storm Damage

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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!




We #Clean with #Care

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!

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!



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

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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)?   

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

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!



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.


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.




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.