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Being Everywhere Has Its Advantages

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Being Everywhere Has Its Advantages SERVPRO of Cranston disaster recovery team, always ready to act

Franchises are Fantastic Business Models

If you want a specific burger from one of the national burger franchises, one is usually nearby. The same applies to doughnuts, flowers, cars and movie theaters. There is also a prominent disaster recovery franchise that:

  • Is faster to any size disaster
  • Provides restoration services for commercial and residential customers
  • Is on the preferred vendor list for many national insurance companies
  • Has over 1,700 local franchises nationwide
  • Offers excellent and affordable franchise opportunities
  • Has distinctive green trucks and other equipment
  • Provides 24-hour emergency services

Faster to Any Size Disaster Is More Than Just Words

Screenwriters are always on the lookout for catchy phrases. They feel that the words make their video productions more authentic. In military pieces, it’s common to hear terms like “boots on the ground” and “eyes on the target.”

With more than 1,700 locations nationwide, that franchise has boots and eyes everywhere. When a local or regional disaster occurs, there is always a franchisee nearby. Someone there can evaluate the situation and report back. Laying the groundwork for the recovery begins immediately. This early response is just as realistic and organized as any military operation.

Disaster Recovery Teams Are Always Ready To Act

Coordinating a regional disaster is beyond the ability of a typical franchisee. Skilled disaster recovery teams fill that role. They activate the mobile command centers and mobilize the heavy and specialized equipment. They coordinate the activities of the redeployed franchisee teams from around the country. They log each insurance claim and assign it to qualified franchisee teams. They track the work, close the claims and keep the insurance companies informed.

The term faster to any size disaster isn’t just about regional disasters. It is also about the fire, water, mold and storm damage to your local business. These local damage restoration specialists with the green trucks are in the Meshanticut, MA, area. They are ready to come to your business and make the damage look “Like it never even happened.”

Bathroom Leak: Inspecting the Shower

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Bathroom Leak: Inspecting the Shower Bathtub leak in Edgewood, MA

Inspecting the Shower

A bathtub leak may not be immediately apparent because the problem is typically hidden in the walls, under flooring or even beneath the subfloor. Therefore, if you suspect a leak because of an off smell, weak water pressure or soft spots in your floor, then you may need to perform an inspection. While an inspection can be performed by yourself, a professional will typically yield better results because they have the acquired knowledge and skill set to perform such a task.

1. Stalactites in the Crawlspace

One of the significant indicators of a bathtub or shower pan leak is the appearance of stalactites in your crawlspace. A stalactite is similar in appearance to an icicle, but it is made up of mineral deposits. If you or a professional inspector look in the crawlspace below your bathroom tub and find these forms, then you likely have a leak.

2. Stains and Loose Tiles

Another indicator of a bathtub leak are stains or loose tiles. If you have noticed dark stains appearing on the base molding in your bathroom, or if you have seen that the tiles around your bathtub are loose or lifting, then you probably have a leak.

3. Cracks and Breaks

Another possible indicator of a tub leak is the appearance of horizontal cracks or breaks in the tile surround of your tub and shower. While this is not a definitive sign, as it could be caused by settling, cracks in the tile surround should be inspected further.

A plumbing specialist in the Edgewood, MA, area is typically better suited to perform inspections of your property. These individuals are likely certified and experienced, meaning that they are aware of how to conduct thorough inspections and resolve potential problems.

A bathtub leak often occurs over time, only providing hints of potential problems. If you suspect a leak, then hire a professional to perform a thorough inspection of your property and plumbing.

Insurance Claims and the IICRC Certification: Why Certified Mold Remediation Experts Are Preferred

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Insurance Claims and the IICRC Certification: Why Certified Mold Remediation Experts Are Preferred SERVPRO of Cranston is certified by the IICRC

Why Certified Mold Remediation Experts Are Preferred

There are instances where a DIY approach to mold may be acceptable, but these moments are few and far between, especially when the problem warrants notifying your insurer. While most insurers limit their liability for mold coverage to instances of perils covered under your policy, almost all insurers covering mold removal will require a certified mold remediation specialist to handle the removal and treatment of the problem.

1. Insurance and Mold Remediation

Again, mold remediation is not often covered unless under the specific peril portion of your homeowner’s policy. However, when it is included, insurers expect a professional to remediate the problem because of the significant safety concerns presented by mold.

2. Certification and Safety

A certified mold remediation expert is trained in the safe handling and disposal of contaminated items. The proper safety guidelines often require full-body protective clothing, masks and gloves. Also, most regulations are likely to require sealing off the infested area to limit exposure. While several certifications may exist, the industry standard is the IICRC.

3. IICRC

The IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. While this certification is all-inclusive of restoration work, it is also the gold standard for mold certification. Remediation specialists with this certification have proven their knowledge and ability in the appropriate management and testing of infested homes.

4. Remediation and Restoration

A certified remediation specialist may also operate under the title of a disaster restoration specialist in the Cranston, MA, area. As long as these individuals and businesses have certification with the IICRC, then they are qualified to handle your potential mold problem.

While there are times when DIY mold removal may be possible, if you are planning on notifying your insurer and making a claim, then you will likely require the assistance of a certified mold remediation expert. Also, with the potential for adverse health risks, a specialist may be the safest course of action.

Commercial and Residential Duct Cleaning

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial and Residential Duct Cleaning Before and after picures of recent Duct Cleaning.

When it comes to fighting dirty indoor air, SERVPRO of Cranston has what it takes to help everyone breathe easier and feel better in the workplace and at home. Our commercial and Residential duct cleaning procedures conform strictly to the high standards of the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA). Our technicians are fully trained in the latest techniques, and equipped with state of the art equipment to perform the most thorough cleaning that will ensure a healthier, more productive, clean air environment for your employees or family members. In addition, our team of technicians will get the job done with minimal disruption to your home, office facilities, employees and work schedules. SERVPRO of Cranston will send out one of our experienced Project Managers to perform a walk through to provide an estimate at no cost to you!

Commercial and Residential Duct Cleaning

Some of the things we check for are:

  • Water infiltration into ductwork.
  • Bird and small animal damage.
  • Blocked outside air intakes.

Essential Steps to Handling Storm Damage

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Essential Steps to Handling Storm Damage Storm Damage in a local home.

Water damage is not fun for anyone when it happens, regardless of whether the water or flood damage has occurred in your home or business. The impact can be catastrophic despite where it occurs. However, when it does happen, there are steps that should be taken as a result. Proactive measures protect your home or business from further damage and ensure the safety of everyone involved. 

Essential Steps to Handling Storm Damage

Safety First

If it hasn't already been done, turn off all water and electrical sources. Even if your power isn't working, it's a good idea to go to your fuse box and shut off the main as well as the fuse connections as a safety measure. This ensures that if and when the power is reactivated you're not in danger of exposing electrical wires to water, which would be extremely dangerous.

Additionally, call your utility company if it appears that there may have been damage to water, sewer, or power lines. Once you've taken the first few safety steps, document the water and/or flood damage with pictures and/or video and call your insurance company. Make sure that you take pictures or video of furniture and other items that may have been damaged by the flood as well.

Additionally, follow any directions that your insurance company gives you regarding how to handle any damage to your home or business. They may require that you wait for an insurance adjuster to come out before making any repairs yourself. Furthermore, take notes and document everything you discuss with your insurance company as well as any information or instructions they give you. As you are inspecting the premises of your home or business, wear protective gloves and or boots.

The water could be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals. Dispose of any food that may have come in contact with water and boil all water before using it. Safety should always be the first priority when dealing with any kind of disaster.

Proceed by looking for obvious signs of water damage. Do you notice evidence of structural damage like warping, cracks in the foundation

that are visible on the exterior of the home, as well as holes and other signs of damage? In short, survey everything. Leave no stone unturned. The goal should be to uncover any and all damage that has occurred as a result of water or flood damage.

Repair & Restoration

Once you've checked off all your safety tasks and been given the go ahead from your insurance company, the first goal should be to remove as much water as possible. Typically, a sump pump or wet vac will get the job done, and you can rent these two tools from a hardware or supply store. In addition to these two tools, manual methods are effective as well. Buckets can also be used to remove water. If possible, open your doors and windows to allow fresh air to circulate while you're removing water.

Furthermore, when moisture is involved there is always a potential for mold growth. Your goal should be to cut down on the growth of mold as much as possible. Regardless of whether you are experiencing water in your home or water in your business, the threat of mold is always there.

This is why mitigation is a very important step. Typically, mold starts to form within 24-48 hours of a flood. This is why time is of the essence when it comes to controlling and eliminating mold. Start removing all your wet items as soon as possible. Remove rugs, furniture and anything else that has been affected by the flood. If you have items that have been wet for less than 48 hours they may be salvageable.

However, some items are generally hard to salvage after a flood. Furniture is one of those items. The damage to the structure of the furniture often weakens it making it resistant to mitigation but also structurally unsound.

Although the furniture is often unsalvageable, rugs can be saved much of the time after they have been thoroughly cleaned. Your countertops and other surfaces can be cleaned and sterilized using cleaning products like bleach or ammonia. However, these two products should never be mixed because they create harmful fumes. Keep in mind that some or all of the clean up may be beyond your scope of repair, requiring professional services if the water in your home or business has resulted in substantial damage. Even the damage from water in your business may make your office uninhabitable without the help of professional services.

Repair & Restoration 

Once you've checked off all your safety tasks and been given the go ahead from your insurance company, the first goal should be to remove as much water as possible. Typically, a sump pump or wet vac will get the job done, and you can rent these two tools from a hardware or supply store. In addition to these two tools, manual methods are effective as well. Buckets can also be used to remove water. If possible, open your doors and windows to allow fresh air to circulate while you're removing water.

Furthermore, when moisture is involved there is always a potential for mold growth. Your goal should be to cut down on the growth of mold as much as possible. Regardless of whether you are experiencing water in your home or water in your business, the threat of mold is always there.

This is why mitigation is a very important step. Typically, mold starts to form within 24-48 hours of a flood. This is why time is of the essence when it comes to controlling and eliminating mold. Start removing all your wet items as soon as possible. Remove rugs, furniture and anything else that has been affected by the flood. If you have items that have been wet for less than 48 hours they may be salvageable.

Key Steps in the Fire Restoration Process

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Key Steps in the Fire Restoration Process Smoke damage in Lippitt, MA

A fire in your home is a scenario you never want to imagine. While there are measures you can take to help prevent this tragedy, disasters can still strike. It’s important to understand the fire restoration process and what you must do following a terrible incident such as this at your Lippitt, MA, house.

The Pros Have a Thorough Process

Fortunately, you can find a highly trained professional company that offers cleanup and rebuilding services. The team will go through the following steps:

  • Inspect the damage
  • Board up and tarp windows, walls, and roof
  • Remove and dry water
  • Remove smoke and soot
  • Clean and sanitize affected area
  • Restore to pre-fire state

Inspection

The first thing the crew will do is inspect and survey the damage the fire left. The team will go from room to room and note all issues—minor, moderate and severe. This will help the company create an effective fire rebuild plan.

Board-up and Tarping

Chances are, the fire will have left some gaping holes in your home, especially at or near windows and the roof. To keep elements and intruders out, and to prevent further damage, the team will board up and tarp these places.

Water Cleanup

Using high-powered equipment, the specialist will suck up any water firefighters left in your home. Then, the team will use dehumidifiers and fans to completely dry the area to discourage mold and mildew growth.

Smoke Removal

Smoke damage can be harmful as well, especially to electronics and furniture. The team will use specialized equipment and techniques to clear your belongings, floors, and walls of smoke and soot.

Clean and Sanitize

In this part of the fire restoration process, a technician will use deodorization methods to get nasty smells out of your home. The team will thoroughly clean every area possible.

Restoration

Lastly, the crews will replace drywall and carpet, if necessary. For every room of your home that needs attention, the team will do its part to make it look as close as possible to its previous condition.

When you have fire restoration needs, call SERVPRO. These professionals have the skills and tools to do the job right.

Unexpected Mold Locations, Where Does Mold Hide?

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Unexpected Mold Locations, Where Does Mold Hide? Mold in a local Downtown Cranston home.

Think your home is pristine? There is no way mold can be infesting your sanctuary, right? You may need to reevaluate your thinking. Mold may be hiding within your residence. Mold problems can occur anywhere if conditions are ideal for growth, and some portions of your home may be home to mold, as well. You may try to maintain a clean environment, constantly dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, organizing, and doing a thorough cleaning of your property, but you may have missed a spot…or a few. There may be some parts of your home you do not consider, and you are not alone in making this mistake.

Where Does Mold Hide?

Kitchen

The kitchen is a location that may have moisture issues which can contribute to mold growth.

  • Check under your sink. A small pipe leak may go unnoticed, letting the moisture and water damage sit untreated. Leaks combined with dark spaces are the perfect environment for mold.
  • The sponge dish may have a mold problem. You use your sponge to wash dishes every day, but when you put it back in its dish, moisture may begin to collect and mold begin to form.
  • Under your fridge isn’t safe either. Yes, even your refrigerator may have moisture issues. The refrigerator can leak without you knowing. There is a drip pan under your refrigerator that can collect excess water, but if left untreated, mold can form.

Laundry Room

Your washing machine may be a hot spot for mold. Check the door of the washing machine, inside the gasket. Dark, warm, moist areas are ideal for mold growth. Make sure to wipe under the door gasket after each wash to prevent mold growth. Also leave the door open to air-out the washing machine.

Bathroom

Your shower or tub may be hiding mold without your knowledge.

  • Check under lids and bottoms of shower products. You may forget to pick these products up and clean underneath. Moisture can become trapped under the lids or under the products and mold can form.
  • Bath toys may be fun for kids, but they may also be housing mold. Water may get inside the toys and be unable to get out. This is a difficult location to discover mold. You may need to open up one of the toys to see if mold is growing inside, and if there is mold, replace all of the toys, as there most-likely will be mold within them as well.

Mold does not discriminate and may develop in any property as long as ideal conditions are met. Mold can cause health issues with excess exposure, so it is important to remove any mold you discover. If you suspect mold may be in your property, contact a professional home inspector. A home inspector will be able to conduct mold tests which will be able to identify moldy areas within your home. Once mold is officially discovered, contact a qualified mold remediation company, such as SERVPRO of Providence, to remediate the mold and restore your home to the haven you work so hard to maintain.

If you have mold issue please contact SERVPRO of Cranston at: (401) 467-4503 to arrange for a mold inspection.

How To Create a Business Continuity Plan

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Create a Business Continuity Plan Roof damaged by storm in Coventry, MA

A continuity plan can help business owners cope with storm damage or flooding at a commercial structure in Coventry, MA. Owners should take the following measures to limit lost revenue due to unexpected setbacks.

Perform a Business Impact Analysis

Any successful plan for continued operation after a storm or disaster calls for accurate operational data. Business owners should make several calculations:

  • Average expenses and revenues
  • Risk assessments for floods, storms and other types of damage
  • Scenarios that could interrupt business
  • The effects of supply shortages or service delays

This analysis can help owners make more informed choices with regard to property insurance policies and interruption riders. A gap analysis is another important component of a complete impact analysis.

Come Up With Continuity Options

Once a business owner has assessed the situation of a business and identified potential problems, the next step is to come up with solutions. A continuity plan may include measures to lower the total of an interruption claim or avoid the necessity of using this coverage:

  • Reducing continued costs during closure
  • Moving to a temporary location
  • Operating out of an undamaged portion of the primary location

If specialized equipment or other issues prevent a business from operating, it is a good idea to file an interruption claim. This commercial policy rider can offset continued expenses such as rent or payroll until a business reopens. Business owners may want to refer to federal guidelines when developing a plan.

Delegate Responsibilities

A plan cannot succeed without trained staff. Business owners should delegate responsibilities and complete training in advance of an interruption. Maintain open lines of communication in the event of a disaster.

These are the major stages of developing and implementing a continuity plan. If a business sustains storm damage or suffers from flooding in Coventry, MA, owners should rely on the expertise of damage mitigation and restoration professionals.

Keep the Ambiance, Ditch the Danger — Alternatives to Traditional Candles

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keep the Ambiance, Ditch the Danger — Alternatives to Traditional Candles Essential oil diffusers are a healthier alternative

Alternatives to Traditional Candles

Whether you live in Hollywood or in Cranston, MA, candles have long been portrayed as the go-to option for setting the mood. But the movie fantasies neglect to mention the dangers of having open flames all over your bathtub, furniture, counters or patio: In a recent five-year period, instances of candle fire were reported 23 times a day and 37 percent of fires began in the bedroom. Add to that the soot and smoke cleanup required for your carpets and you might want to look elsewhere for ambiance. Here are four alternatives you can use every day in your home.

1. Fairy Lights

These twinkling strings of lights that are smaller than traditional holiday tree lights are frequently featured in your favorite social media posts. They are often available with energy-saving LED bulbs, many are battery operated, and some come with a remote control.

2. Flameless Candles

People have been using these electronic candles in offices for years because they provide great aromas without flames. They are a sneaky way to get the appearance of candle fire without the worry.

3. Wax Melters

Sometimes referred to as candle warmers, these electric plug-in devices gently warm candle wax without flames. Bonus: They come in a variety of colors and some have side panels that transform a simple pot into a decorative lamp.

4. Oil Diffusers

Available in nearly every home store, these jars can be filled with rotating scents depending on your mood. Simply replace the reed sticks and pour in a new fragrance oil for worry-free air freshening. The best part about these is you can fall asleep without worry of batteries dying, wax drips, or smoke cleanup.

You don't have to give up the romance of candles because you're trying to avoid a candle fire in your home in Cranston, MA. Simply think beyond the movies and pick a safer alternative.

Two Biggest Mold Removal Costs (& Why They’re Worth It)

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Two Biggest Mold Removal Costs (& Why They’re Worth It) A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting

Mold is a word homeowners, renters and anyone with a property will dread. It’s associated with potential allergies and health implications, not to mention unsightly stains and smells. It also can be a big expense to remove. But why? Here are the top reasons mold removal in Cranston, RI  can come with a big price tag.

Why Remove Mold?

Media has told us black mold removal is critical, but just why does mold need to go? There’s some controversy surrounding all the potential impacts, but a few general problems linked to mold include:

  • Bad odors
  • Property damage
  • Allergies
  • Throat and eye irritation

It’s worthwhile to remove it, though it is rarely cheap.

Hiring a Mold Inspector
If you think you have mold growing in your property, hiring a mold investigator is the first step to getting a handle on the problem. They will spend hours taking air samples and even opening walls to pinpoint your mold problem. Expect to spend up to $600 for a visit that will be pricey but far more accurate than any home kits you might try.

Mold Remediation
Once you’ve confirmed your mold problem, a remediation company can help remove mold and return your property to normal. In general, they’ll work to:

  • Remove water-damaged materials including drywall and carpet that has been damaged beyond repair
  • Dry out, disinfect and deodorize walls, carpets and furniture
  • Vacuum with HEPA filters to remove lingering spores

The price for such services varies widely depending on the size of the property. Expect to spend from $500 to tens of thousands of dollars for a process that will leave your property smell and spore free.
Mold removal can be pricey, but it is worth it in the long run. Find a reputed mold specialist to get the job done right and ensure that your mold problem is quickly a thing of the past.