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Preventing water damage outside your home | Exeter,RI

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Here are 3 simple tips and tricks to ensure less water damage outside your home.

  • 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 vegetation.

Having a beautiful lawn with bushes and trees is 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 make 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.

Preventing water damage in fall 2021.

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

As we move into the fall season, we are almost excited for apple cider, leaves changing, cool air, and sweater weather! Although fall is an amazing season, as homeowners there are some things you should check off your list before this season.

Gutters:

It has already been a pretty rainy summer, with fall around the corner and cooler weather, we are going to see more rain. As the leaves change and slowly fall off, they can clog the gutter and downspout. Remember to keep them clean this season.

Hurricane Season:

Our hurricane season runs from June to November, so we are in the midst of it. We have already been hit with a few hurricanes, so always remembering to prevent your home from damage is important.

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. 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 home looks like just the place for them if there's a way in. 

By taking these simple maintenance tips, you can prevent further damage in your home! If you do experience water damage this fall, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is here to help! 

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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."

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 

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."

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. 

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."

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! 

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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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

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!

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.

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.

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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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.

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. 

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. 

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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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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Information for this blog was taken from FloodSmart.gov. For more information pertaining to this matter, please visit the aforementioned link.

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.

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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!

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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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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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. 

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