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Being Everywhere Has Its Advantages

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

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.”

Key Steps in the Fire Restoration Process

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Do You Know When To Flush Your Home’s Water Heating System?

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water heater in a West Warwick, MA home

Like most residents of  West Warwick, MA, you use hot water inside your home every day. After all, not only do you enjoy rinsing off in a soothing shower, but you also must keep dishes, clothing and other items clean. To keep your home’s water heating system in tip-top shape, you must occasionally flush your water heater.

Signs of Wear and Tear

When the water heating system in your home is functioning properly, you probably don’t think much about it. If there is a problem, though, the heater can be impossible to ignore. If you notice any of the following, your unit may need some work:

  • Strange noises
  • Leaks
  • Rust
  • Deposit buildup
  • Failure to heat water

A Timetable for Flushing

To keep your water heating system functioning properly, you must occasionally flush it. While every system is different, you must think about usage to know when a water heater flush is appropriate. Use the following timetable as a general guideline:

  • For households with one or two members, flush the system approximately once per year.
  • For households with three to five members, flush the system approximately every eight months.
  • For households with six or more members, flush the system approximately every six months.

Special Considerations

The above guidelines are effective for most homes in West Warwick, MA. Occasionally, however, certain factors require homeowners to inspect and service water heating systems more frequently. If you use well water or have high levels of sedimentation in your water supply, you probably should inspect your home’s water heating system every two or three months to ensure you do not develop a water leak. If you do, you may need to contract with a reputable water restoration service to mitigate damage to your basement and other areas.

With a bit of work, you can decrease your chances of having a problem with your water heater. With regular inspections and flushing, you ensure your home’s water heating system remains in excellent shape.

Why Smelling Mold but Not Seeing It Is Still Cause for Alarm

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Moldy wall in Washington,RI

While you might consider yourself to be fairly vigilant when it comes to maintaining your Washington,RI, commercial property, there are certain signals in the building that may prove otherwise. A common indicator is the arrival of a mold smell. Though this is no reason to panic immediately, taking quick action in the following ways is important for clearing the building of any unwanted mold growth that creates the persistent fungus smell.

Follow the Mildew Smell To Its Closest Source

Although the lingering scent of mold can appear almost anywhere, it’s best to try and follow your nose to the nearest possible location of the growth. This can be easier said than done. It’s important to realize that mold creates its odor as it feeds and reproduces over time, creating the chemical reaction that causes the mold smell. Therefore, the worse the smell is in any given location, the closer you presumably are to the original growth source. Common areas of mold growth in commercial buildings are:

  • Rooms with high humidity, such as laundry rooms and kitchens
  • Dark spaces that receive little daylight like cellars, basements or attics
  • Walls, flooring or ceiling spaces affected by water damage
  • Faulty air ducts or HVAC units that emit too much condensation

Searching in these specific areas of your property first is your best bet for locating any troublesome spots.

Once Your Possible Source Is Located, Use a Thermal Camera for Added Efficiency

If you find yourself close to a potential hotspot but you still can’t seem to visibly see any mold growth, it’s time to use a thermal camera. Infrared thermography can be used to create images that display heat radiation in any given space, pinpointing areas of high moisture that might otherwise go undetected by the human eye. Experienced mold remediation technicians are trained to use such equipment and they can help alleviate any mold problems with accuracy and efficiency.

When an unpleasant mold smell emanates in your Washington,RI, commercial property, taking measures like these to eliminate any sources of mold growth is crucial to maintaining the health and cleanliness of the building.


What Are the Flood Cleaning Requirements?

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Flooded Crawl Space: The 4 Most Common Causes

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

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.

How to Create a Fire Escape Plan

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

How to Create a Fire Escape Plan

Is your family prepared in case of an emergency? Fire can break out at any time and is almost always unexpected. Protect your family by creating a fire escape plan that helps to ensure safety when necessary.

Involve the Entire Family

The entire family should be a part of making your household's escape plan. Go through each room together to determine which exits are viable and which need to be unblocked. If you have young children in the home, consider drawing a floor plan. On the plan, mark at least two exits per room. Use a different color to mark where the smoke detectors are. Hang the plan in each child's bedroom.

Account for Small Children and Pets

Remember, not everybody will be able to get out on their own. If you have toddlers, newborns, elderly or furry family members, account for them in your emergency escape plan. Does the dog usually sleep in the living room? Consider moving him closer to the bedrooms in case of fire in the middle of the night. In your plan, you must also decide who will get children or elderly family members during an emergency.

Designate a Meeting Place

Your fire escape plan should end with a designated meeting place. This meeting place makes it easier for you to count heads and determine if everyone made it out safely as you wait for the fire department. If you live in a neighborhood, use a trusted neighbor's house as the meeting place. If your home is rural, choose a tree or another landmark that is far enough away from the house to be safe but close enough that people won’t get lost trying to find it in the dark.

Once you are finished creating your plan, be sure to practice it. Have your family walk through your fire escape plan in Cranston, RI several times and from several different rooms in the home to ensure everyone knows what they should do in case of a real emergency. Visit http://www.SERVPROcranston.com for more information on fire.