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What Are the Flood Cleaning Requirements?

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What Are the Flood Cleaning Requirements? Air mover after a flood damage in a Lippitt,RI home

Four Cleaning Requirements

Flood water can be highly contaminated. A thorough flood clean, disinfection, and drying are necessary to restore safe conditions. Find out more about the four general cleaning requirements for dealing with the aftermath of flooding in Lippitt,RI.

1. Eliminating Standing Water

Getting rid of all standing water is the first step toward cleaning up after a flood. The water left behind by flooding is considered black water or Category Three water, as it may contain chemicals, microbes, solid waste. Cleanup professionals often use specialized pumps to extract water and residue in a timely manner to limit damage.

2. Cleaning the Area

Thoroughly cleaning the affected area is the next flood mitigation requirement. In addition to removing all debris and residue, this stage may also involve tearing out porous building materials and contents such as drywall or carpet. Porous materials can absorb contaminated water, and it may be impossible to completely clean these materials in such a way that there is no risk of recontamination or mold growth.

3. Disinfecting the Area

Disinfection is one of the most critical cleaning requirements because flood water may contain infectious microbes or solid waste. A water damage mitigation service may start the treatment by using a specialized pre-treatment during the cleaning process and follow up with a heavy-duty flood disinfectant.

4. Drying the Area

Once the affected area has been cleaned and disinfected, it must be thoroughly dried. Any remaining moisture may increase the risk that mold will develop. An air mover can promote drying and a dehumidifier can lower moisture levels in the air and draw residual moisture out of semi-porous surfaces.

These are the basic cleaning requirements for dealing with Category Three water originating from flooding in Lippitt,RI. Residential storm and water damage professionals can perform a complete flood clean to limit primary damage and the risk of secondary damage.

How To Choose a Smoke Detector

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Choose a Smoke Detector Select the best smoke alarm for a residence in Edgewood,RI

There are many types of smoke detectors. This guide will help you select the best smoke alarm for a residence in Edgewood,RI.

Decide On Detection Technology

Various types of alarms rely on different detection methods.

  • Ionization generates an electric current that gets disrupted by smoke particles. These alarms are best for detecting small particles from quick-igniting fires.
  • Photoelectric detectors contain a strobe light. Large particles from slow, smoldering fires diffract the light. Use this type of detector in the kitchen to prevent false alarms while cooking.
  • Dual-sensor models rely on ionization and photoelectric components
  • Air-sampling models circulate air through pipes and contain a sensitive sensor to detect smoke
  • Combination alarms monitor smoke and carbon monoxide

You can also choose between standard and smart alarms that connect to Wi-Fi to send push notifications to smartphones in the event of an alarm.

Pick a Power Source

A smoke alarm is only effective when a power source is available. Detectors can draw power from

  • Replaceable batteries
  • 10-year long-life lithium batteries
  • Hardwired electricity

Switch out replaceable batteries once or twice a year. Some building codes require that detectors be hardwired.

Provide Complete Protection

Install standard fire alarms in every bedroom, outside of every sleeping area, and on each floor of a home – including the basement. Smart alarms may detect the presence of smoke in a larger area. You can also hardwire alarms together or use a smart listening device to detect the sound of any smoke detector and send a notification.

Maintain Fire Safety

Test each detector once a month. Switch out replaceable batteries every six months or at least once a year. You can also clean detector vents with compressed air while a unit is disconnected.

It is important to use the right smoke alarm for your residence in Edgewood,RI. If your home sustains damage, hire fire mitigation and restoration specialists.

3 Leadership Tips for Inclement Weather

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Leadership Tips for Inclement Weather Be prepared for any type of storm, water or fire damage

When a snow storm hits West Warwick,RI, your business is likely to be affected. Worsening road conditions can cause traffic delays or even accidents. As the leader of the company, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your employees and your building stay as safe as possible.

1. Be Informed

You should always keep track of weather forecasts, particularly during storm season. You cannot plan for something you don't know is coming. Having a general idea of when to expect harsh conditions to arise can help you prepare. You can download a weather app on your phone so that this information is always at your fingertips.

2. Be Prepared

Have emergency supplies at the office just in case the snow storm arrives while people are still at work. Flashlights and extra batteries can be useful if the power goes out. Have a backup generator to tide you over until emergency crews can restore power to your building, and have the generator tested regularly so that you know it works. It's also a good idea to stockpile non-perishable food and water just in case people get stranded in the building.

3. Be Flexible

Have an alternative business plan ready for days when it's too treacherous outside to drive to work. If your employees are fortunate enough to make it home before the worst of the storm arrives, let them stay there and telecommute until dangerous conditions subside. Just because there are no people in the building, though, that doesn't mean you need to turn off the heat. Keeping the heater on low throughout the building can help you avoid having to hire remediation specialists to clean up after a pipe burst when the plumbing freezes. This protection is well worth the extra utility costs.

A snow storm doesn't have to disrupt your business too much. Plan ahead and have flexible, alternative ways to keep employees both safe and productive.

Flooded Crawl Space: The 4 Most Common Causes

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooded Crawl Space: The 4 Most Common Causes Broken water supply line caused water damage to this Cranston,RI home

Several factors can cause a flooded or wet crawl space, and not all the potential issues are expensive to fix. Before going to the expense of calling in specialists, you may want to review the most common causes of crawl space flooding.

1. Incorrect or Inadequate Grading

Incorrect or inadequate grading of landscaping is one of the leading causes of crawlspace floods. If the ground is not appropriately sloped, then groundwater, sinking to the lowest point, may collect under your home. Ideally, you should have a 5 percent grade away from your home.

2. Clogged Downspouts and/or Gutters

Another common cause of a wet crawl space is a clogged downspout or gutter. When either of these items is clogged, they do not adequately direct rainwater away from your home. Instead, the water overflows and runs down walls, collecting in the crawl space. The general rule is that people living near trees should clean their gutters at least five times per year, with the focus on spring, summer and Fall.

3. Overwatered Landscaping

Overwatering your landscaping can be another cause of a crawl space flood, primarily if the lawn is not graded properly. While bushes, shrubs and flowers can be beautiful, they can lead to issues if not properly planted and maintained. Some plants, like certain trees and bushes, can even cause foundational problems, like cracks, which can also lead to the buildup of moisture in the crawlspace.

4. Broken or Leaking Water Lines

Water line damage is not always apparent, especially if there is only a small leak, but one leak can produce thousands of lost gallons in a single year. If you are experiencing persistent flooding in your crawl space, and if grading and routine maintenance are not resolving the issue, then it may be time to call professionals from the Cranston,RI, area.

A wet crawl space can be a frustrating problem, especially if you don’t know the cause. Typically, the cause can trace back to simple issues with grading or gutter maintenance, but if these common causes are not the culprit, seek professional assistance to inspect your water lines.

Water on the Brain: Troubleshooting Your Company’s Irrigation System Water Pressure

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water on the Brain: Troubleshooting Your Company’s Irrigation System Water Pressure Water loss in Edgewood, RI

An irrigation system, especially a large one, can come with a fair share of irrigation problems, water pressure being the most common. If you are looking to troubleshoot typical water pressure issues, then look no further than the list below.

1. Check Backflow Device

While it may seem obvious to some, most water pressure issues stem from a valve that is not entirely in the on position. As valves are located above ground and near the exterior of the building, they can be accidentally or purposefully manipulated. The valve handle on the backflow device should be completely parallel with the pipe.

2. Check for Leaks

If the valve on the backflow device is in the fully on position, then check the zone that is ineffectively watering for signs of leaks. Several signs of a leak, aside from low pressure, are water coming up from the soil, divots or depressions, or saturated areas. Once you locate the approximate area of the leak, you can begin digging down to expose the pipe and repair the damage.

3. Check for Choked or Crushed Pipes

If you cannot locate any visible signs of leaking in your irrigation system, then you may have a choked or crushed pipe. A choked or crushed pipe can occur when roots grow around a line, or heavy machinery has compressed the soil. Search for the last fully functional sprinkler head and begin digging along the line because the damage likely occurred between this head and the malfunctioning head.

4. Call for Help

If you are having difficulty locating the damaged area of your system, or if numerous areas around your property are not working correctly, it may be time to call in an expert from the Edgewood, RI, area, as they may be able to resolve the issue a little faster.

A business depends on an irrigation system to maintain an attractive appearance, but low water pressure can be the difference between a green exterior or an arid one. Luckily, the steps above may be able to help restore your irrigation needs.

Your Options When You Don't Have a Flood Policy

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Your Options When You Don't Have a Flood Policy Flooded warehouse in Warwick, RI

If you don't have flood insurance, and if your home was flooded recently, you be at a loss as to what to do. Flood restoration is costly, not to mention the cost of damage with which you're forced to deal. That said, you may not be entirely without options. Depending on where you live, you may be able to get a government grant or, if not, qualify for a loan. Talk to your Warwick, RI, flood damage restoration team regarding your options. Some viable options may include the following:

  • FEMA Grant
  • SBA Loan
  • Private Loan

Government Grant

The government offers up to $33,000 dollars per household for temporary housing, construction and repair costs for those who live in flood plane areas. These grants are designed to supplement what a flood insurance policy provides, though those without insurance still qualify. Most homeowners use these grants to replace uninsured belongings, make essential repairs and rent temporary housing.

SBA Loan

If you do not qualify for a FEMA grant, or if you need more money than what the grant offers, you can always apply for a small business loan. The money is only for uninsured losses and if damage occurred to your primary place of residence. That said, the amount of the loan is pretty significant and can be as much as $200,000 for your primary place of residency.

Private Loan

If you do not qualify for a government grant and if you cannot obtain an SBA loan, your only option may be to turn to a friend or family member for help. If you have close connections, it is not unthinkable that the people in your life would be willing to help you in your time of need.

If you do not have flood insurance, you are not without options. Talk to your Warwick, RI, flood restoration team regarding additional financing options today.

Don't Wait To Mitigate

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don't Wait To Mitigate Mold damage on a bedroom wall in a Cranston, RI home

A home can flood for many reasons. Perhaps a weak spot in a pipe causes it to leak or burst. Maybe a toilet gets clogged and overflows. Excess rain can seep through cracks in the foundation and cause water damage in the basement. In every one of these instances, swift water mitigation is necessary for mold prevention. Mold occurs when stale air and organic matter and dampness combine to form the perfect environment for its growth. Robbing it of one of these elements significantly reduces the risk of it growing.

Busted Pipes

The tricky thing about having a busted pipe in your home in Cranston, RI, is that the problem is likely hidden from plain view. If a pipe bursts behind a wall, it can cause a lot of damage before you ever know there's an issue:

  • Soggy insulation
  • Compromised drywall
  • Ruined ceiling tiles (if the busted pipe is upstairs)
  • Flooded light fixtures

Look for the signs of leaks that occur behind walls and between the different levels of the house. Mold prevention may still be possible if you call in the experts as soon as you see dark spots on the ceiling or feel weak or mushy spots in the walls.

Overflowed Toilet

If your toilet gets clogged, a single flush can bury your bathroom floor in an inch or two of water. This water wastes no time seeping into the floor. If you simply wipe up the water you can see with a towel, you may be missing all the water that is beneath the surface. Mold growth in the grout on your bathroom floors means the grout will have to be replaced.

Excess Rain

There's nothing you can do to prevent a lot of rain from falling, and there may not be much you can do to keep it out of your basement. If your basement does flood, call mitigation experts at once to keep mold at bay.

Mold prevention is more likely if you call technicians at the first sign of trouble. Don’t make a problem worse by dragging your feet.

Commercial Insurance: What Does It Cover?

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Commercial Insurance: What Does It Cover? Kitchen fire damage in a West Warwick, RI home

If you are a business owner who is looking to take out a commercial insurance policy on your West Warwick, RI, business, you may be wondering what it covers, especially where fire damage is concerned. As it turns out, there are several different categories of coverage that you can discuss purchasing with an agent that will protect you and your property in disasters such as fires. Some of these categories include the equipment inside the building, your building itself and other items inside your building. Educate yourself on all of these categories before making your coverage decision.

Commercial Equipment

If you run a business with standard office gear, either owned or rented, most policies do cover its replacement in the event of a disaster. You will want to discuss specifics and premium price ranges with your insurance agent. Some of these items include:

  • Phones
  • Office furniture (such as desks or chairs)
  • Computers and other technology (including satellite dishes)
  • Building signage, fences and other landscape items

Your Company Building

Most any commercial insurance policy will cover your building’s structural damage, whether or not you rent or own the property. Your insurance provider will consider various safety factors before setting your premium price. In the event of a fire, any damage will be surveyed after your claim to calculate how your coverage will be activated.

Miscellaneous Items

Your policy may cover other numerous items, depending on your business and price range. These could include:

  • Any sales stock that you keep in-house
  • Machinery used for business operations
  • Business documents, such as legal papers or financial records

Ask Before You Buy

Ask your agent as many questions as needed to before deciding what commercial insurance policy is right for you. Many companies will want you to use a specific fire restoration service to clean up from the fire and restore whatever can be salvaged, so you may want to find out what company or companies you can use in the event of fire damage. Understanding your options will allow you to make the best choice for your finances and your business’s security.

Tips for Protecting Your Commercial Property During Storm Season

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips for Protecting Your Commercial Property During Storm Season Roof damaged in a facility by storm in Meshanticut, RI

A winter storm warning in Meshanticut, RI, should be an alert that your storm season plan needs to go into effect. Storm damage can manifest as holes from wind or hail bombarding your building, floodwaters seeping into the foundation, a pipe break from frozen plumbing or a combination of multiple issues. If you take the following precautions, however, you are more likely to avoid some of the problems that can only be fixed by storm restoration experts.

Building Structure

The way your property is built is a good predictor of how well it will outlast a storm. A solid building envelope protects the indoor environment from outdoor forces. By having a sturdy roof, walls, foundation and joints, you can control some of the factors that are likely to cause damage:

  •  Air flow
  • Heat conduction
  •  Water seepage
  • Water evaporation

In addition to good construction, frequent inspections help to ensure that the building maintains its structural integrity. Assess your building envelope periodically, particularly during storm season, to make sure its first line of defense is intact.

Indoor Maintenance

The internal mechanisms of your commercial property can help keep it safe during a winter storm. Check your HVAC system to see if it is getting proper air flow to your whole building. This allows heat to permeate all the spaces that it needs to reach. It's also a good idea to make sure pipes are insulated, particularly those near external walls, to avoid a pipe break.

Outdoor Maintenance

There are also outside factors for storm preparation. Keeping gutters and drain spouts clear of debris lets them function like they're supposed to function, directing excess precipitation away from your building. Landscaping can help, too. Flower beds should be planted on an incline that directs water away from the building's foundation, and you should avoid overwatering your plants, particularly those near the building.

No matter what kind of winter storm comes your way, preparing your building for the season can protect it from at least some storm damage. Maintain indoor and outdoor features to keep your building safe.

3 Causes of Basement Floods

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Causes of Basement Floods Hardwood floor damaged by water in a Cranston, RI home

The basement in your home in Cranston, RI, may be susceptible to flooding from various sources. Several issues from the foundation of your home all the way up to the gutters on the roof can cause a basement flood. Here are some problems to watch for.

Cracks in Home

Water can seep into your basement through any crack that allows it access. There are several areas that could be vulnerable or have weak spots:

  • Shifted or poorly laid foundation
  • Improperly sealed walls and floors
  • Drafty windows

If water has a way to get in, you are leaving yourself open to the possibility of a flooded basement. Make sure you get foundation repair if you notice cracks and that you re-caulk or re-seal any areas that need it.

Improper Drainage

Your basement flood could also be caused by improper drainage. If your gutters aren't cleaned regularly, they can become clogged and lead to flooding. Downspouts that point toward your house rather than away from it can cause water damage to your foundation and ultimately to your crawl space and basement. These floods are preventable with regular maintenance and care.

Sewer Issues

If the city's sewer backs up near your neighborhood, it's possible that sewer water can come back up through the pipes and into your basement. If this happens, you need to hire water remediation specialists not only to dry the area but also to clean it so that you know the microbes from the contaminated water have been eliminated. To prevent these nasty kinds of floods, it is a good idea to purchase devices that block whatever comes back through the pipes during a backup.

Sometimes a basement flood cannot be foreseen or prevented, but most of the time you can have measures in place to keep it from happening. With proper maintenance and emergency measures to thwart outside problems from becoming inside problems, you can protect your basement.