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Winter Worries, Commercial Water Damage to Retail Shops in Westerly, and SERVPRO to the Rescue

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Neon open sign with arches SERVPRO Keeps Your Westerly Retail Store Open during Water and Freeze Loss Recovery

Westerly Water Damage in a Jewelry Store Due to Freeze-Thaw Issues

Temperatures below freezing point followed by a weekend of warm weather led to thawing and rupturing of waterlines affecting many properties in Westerly, including a jewelry store. The damage was extensive necessitating help from a professional restorer such as SERVPRO.

The problem originated from the sprinkler systems. The overhead nature of the commercial Westerly water damage in the jewelry store meant the water had spread all over contents, affecting even high-value items locked inside the counters. The sudden change from a frozen state damages most interior parts of sprinklers leading to sudden leaks, and unless the mains are shut off immediately, significant amounts of water are released, causing widespread damages. Freeze-thaw problems are common in underheated buildings.

Our SERVPRO team had to work fast to remove the water pooling in the building halting further deterioration. We also had to carry out thorough cleaning since the water had spread dust and other soils all over the interior. Before we could start the cleaning, we had to make a full inventory of the items within the store. Our electronic CCIS, Content Claim Inventory Service, helped us record all items. We also confirmed that the owners had secured high-value jewelry items.

After working 15 hours cleaning up and restoring damaged areas, the store regained a semblance of normalcy. However, we still had to keep going to restore it to its preloss state. We applied deodorizers using ULV misters to take care of any bad odor. We then set up two additional dehumidifiers and several air movers to control the drying process.

After confirming that all sections of the property had dried to standard levels through constant monitoring, we returned all the contents that we had moved to pave the way for restoration. The records from the CCIS came in handy for this task. Resources such as handcarts also helped when moving bulky items, allowing us to finish the re-arrangement process fast.

Simple problems such as changes in temperatures can lead to massive losses. Call SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What to Do After Storm Damage Hits Your Westerly Home

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Active Storm Our teams are always available. Give us a call anytime at (401) 315-2337.

It Is Important To Have a Well Thought Out Plan For Your Home In Case Of Any Emergency From a Storm In Westerly

Water loss hits homes in many forms. One of the most severe is flood and storm damage. There are proactive measures homeowners can take, such as directing drainage away from the house, ensuring gutters are in working order and making sure the roof is leak-free.

Storm damage in a Westerly home can be a tree limb breaking a window and allowing rain into the house, leaking roof or flooded basement. The key to limiting the loss to the property is that cleanup efforts begin quickly. 

First Actions 

If water is in light fixtures or near electrical outlets, turn off the electricity to the home. When arranging for SERVPRO to come to your home, inform the technician during the call, there is no available electricity on-site, and the techs can bring generators to power their equipment. 

Move out valuable items and heirlooms if it is safe to do so. If not, tell the lead technician when SERVPRO arrives, and they can retrieve the things for you. Safety for all is a priority, and homeowners should not underestimate the danger of slip and fall accidents on wet floors. 

Restore Rather Than Replace

The technicians use their extensive training to clean up water damage to both the property and contents and save homeowners the cost of replacement whenever possible. For example, the fast extraction of water can make the difference between being able to dry a carpet in place and having to remove and replace it. 

Hardwood Flooring Gets a Recovery Chance

When water loss happens on a hardwood floor, the natural inclination of the wood is to absorb it. The result can be crowning, cupping, or warping in rapid succession. The faster the removal of moisture happens, the less chance of delamination of tile and loss to hardwood flooring. Composite pressed wood boards generally are a loss after prolonged exposure to water and require removal. 

SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337 has the trained technicians that arrive fast to your property and restore it from storm damage to make the loss to your home and contents, "Like it never even happened."

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Fire Damage in Westerly Bedroom from Forgotten Candle

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

A Candle burning. Fire damage in your Westerly home from a candle can be hard to wrap your head around, let us be there.

Let SERVPRO help with your Westerly fire damage.

Candles provide both a pleasing look and aroma to rooms. They are also a source of fire damage in homes when left unattended.

A homeowner in Westerly needed help with fire damage to his daughter's bedroom after she left a candle burning, and a fan blew a piece of paper into the flame. Firefighters extinguished the blaze quickly, but smoke damage covered much of the room. 

Removal of Charred Items

The burned contents of the room around where the candle sat were too damaged for restoration through cleaning and required removal. the techs do not dispose of any items without approval of the homeowner or adjuster; this ensures that property owners know what is going on with their restoration, and no actions taken by SERVPRO are out of the scope of coverage by insurance.

Testing Before Cleaning

In the case of removing smoke residues, it is vital to test them before applying any solutions, so the appropriate agents and methods get used. Depending on the heat of the fire and the objects consumed by flames, the residue can vary, and both dry and wet smoke may be in the same room. 

The techs rely on dry cleaning sponges to gently pick up the dry smoke found frequently on walls and other painted surfaces as a fine, dark particulate. Wet smoke often needs solvents to release its grip on surfaces.

Odor Control for the Bedroom

Removal of charred items goes a long way to reducing the fire odors in the room. However, because hot air expands during a fire, it literally pushes odorous smoke into porous objects. In many cases, the scents have the potential for removal by using odor control methods that work in the same manner, such as thermal fogging. 

Duct Inspection

Even though the fire loss occurred only in the daughter's room, the family used the HVAC, and the potential for soot spreading throughout the home via the ductwork was high. SERVPRO technicians cleaned the ducts, so no residual odors remained.

SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337 restores properties with fire damage to their preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO Offers a Many-Faceted Approach to Water Damage Mitigation for Westerly Homeowners

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

green drying equipment in a flood cut bathroom Broken Water Lines Can Mean Damage in Westerly Homes, Call SERVPRO for Fast Help

What to Expect from Professional Water Damage Restoration in Westerly

A water loss can strike your Westerly residence at any time. Typical causes include leaky pipes, condensation from heating and cooling systems, or appliance breakdowns. Sometimes the issue is obvious, such as when a dishwasher hose breaks and spews water across the kitchen. Other times a slow leak under a sink or a poorly sealed shower stall gradually permits water to infiltrate cabinets, walls, and floors. Any scenario requires expert assessment and a recovery plan that follows industry best practices.

Determining the Extent of the Damage

Mitigating and remediating water damage in Westerly presents challenges because of the tendency of water to migrate from the original incursion. Our managers and technicians receive comprehensive training assisting us in determining the perimeters of the water spread and the extent to which structural components and contents suffer from the destructive effects of absorbed moisture. Expect our team to evaluate your unique water damage scenario both visually and using sensitive moisture detection and measuring devices.

Extraction Precedes Structural Drying

SERVPRO employs scientific-based strategies to rid your home of water. Removal is the first phase after assessment. Research supports aggressive extraction, pumping and suctioning out as much liquid water as possible. Extraction is far more effective than drying alone, significantly reducing the time needed to return to pre-water loss moisture levels in building materials and contents.

Controlled Demolition Is a Viable Option

If the water emergency feels overwhelming already, a recommendation by SERVPRO experts to drill holes or tear out sections of building materials might be distressing. Understanding the purpose underlying controlled demolition helps ease concerns. Water often seeps into building cavities, and we must find ways to access the fluids for removal. Carefully removing baseboards to drill “weep holes” for water release or cutting out sections of drywall several inches above the waterline provides needed access.

Water Removal and Drying Strategies

Hoses connected to extractors attach through the holes to draw out water. Warm, moving air directed in through the holes or flood cuts dries out structural components far faster and more completely than waiting days or weeks for the water to evaporate without facilitation. SERVPRO employees monitor the drying continuously, creating a balance of airflow, temperature, and dehumidification to prevent under or overreaching of scientifically based drying goals for each type of material. We help arrange for repairs and rebuilding after the drying phase, confident that our efforts inhibited progressive deterioration or secondary damage like mold growth.

Trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Washington County to manage your water damage woes. Call (401) 315-2337 day or night to set up an expert assessment and begin planning for a successful recovery.

Water Damage Repair Near Me

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks are lined up and ready to help. Our fleet of vehicles and experienced technicians are prepared to help you this fall.

When you are frantically completing a google search for 'water damage repair near me' you are most likely in a dire situation and require a prepared team of water damage repair technicians to quickly arrive on the scene and manage the situation. This is why SERVPRO of Washington County is the first and ONLY call you need to make. We are available 24/7 and will arrive quickly to stop the damage and restore your home or business as quickly as possible. Furthermore, we provide all phases of construction services. This way, if there is further damage to the home your single search for 'water damage near me' will give you a complete repair experience!

UN's IPCC Report on Climate Change Dire For the Oceans

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

This year's report by the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gives dire warnings about the state of our planets oceans and polar ice caps. The oceans are warming at a much faster rate than the land and the impact could be devastating for marine life and for those of us who live along the coastline. We have recently seen the impacts of these warmer oceans in Hurricane Dorian, Hurricane Harvey & even Hurricane/Tropical Storm Imelda. Hurricane Harvey & Imelda both hit Houston TX hard with heavy rains and flooding the later of which the city and surrounding areas are still in recovery. Here in Rhode Island, we will need to be prepared for the next storm that comes our way. Our experienced team of technicians were part of the recovery in Houston in 2018 and will be ready to help out when the next storm hits.

Back To School, Fire Safety 101

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

This time of year children around the country start college. For many of them, it will be their first time living away from home, for others they will be returning to complete their studies and spend time with college friends. In recent years it has become quite common for colleges to build apartment-style dorm suites that allow a small group of students (normally 4-6) to share an apartment like space with common living spaces and, in some, even a kitchen. While this may be fun for the students it does present the potential for fire. Kitchen fires are the most common cause of residential fires and when so many young people have access to their own kitchen (some for the first time!) their is much more potential something could go wrong affecting everyone in the building! If your child is off to school be sure to remind them of the dangers of fire in the kitchen and that they have a working fire extinguisher nearby. 

Be Caution When Lighting Fireworks

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

The summertime allows us all to have a little more fun. Kids are out of school, days become longer and the warm weather gets us out and about in our communities. Throughout the summer nights, most of us will hear the crash and pop of fireworks off in the distance in neighboring backyards. This display of pyrotechnics is no longer reserved for the 4th of July and is a rather common sight and sound on just about any summer night. This commonality of fireworks is unfortunate because they are still very dangerous and the potential for injury or damage from fireworks is very high. Disregarding precautions when lighting fireworks is the most common cause for an accident, especially when individuals act in haste to light illegal fireworks quickly so they are not to be caught by local authorities. Many times this is when property damage or injury can happen. Remember that if you wish to enjoy fireworks in your yard to take all recommended precautions and to never light fireworks that are illegal in your community. 

Rent Drying Equipment For The Summer

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Do your properties get damp and musty during the summer months? This seasonal humidity is a staple of a New England summer and thanks to one of the rainiest spring seasons on record we can expect this summer to be more humid than most. If you already know that your properties struggle with humidity in July, August and September contact our office and we can help. We can determine the best course of action to rid your properties of damp and moldy odors. We then provide rental equipment to run throughout the summer months ensuring your properties are prepared for humid weather. This will also prevent mold growth saving you thousands of dollars in clean-up costs. Renting our professional drying and air purifying equipment is a smart move because you save on the cost of having to purchase the equipment, avoid the hassle of storing it in the off-season and never have to worry about your equipment breaking down and requiring repair!

Mold Removal Near Me

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

So far 2019 has been one of the wettest years on record! While this is great for the lawn and the garden it is not so great for your home or business. Many times the reason for a mold outbreak is due to damage from excessive rain and storms. Whether it is a flooded basement, or a small leak in the roof without fixing these issues you are always just a little rain away from a mold outbreak. When dealing with mold you should always call a professional. Attempting to clean and remediate a mold outbreak without the proper equipment and training can be futile and potentially dangerous to your health. If you believe your home or business has a mold issue, don't wait, call our office now. The sooner we can contain the event and begin the remediation and drying process the better!