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South Kingstown Residents Can Rent Kayaks for Exploration of the Bay and Ponds this Winter

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

kayaking on water SERVPRO Suggests You take a trip around South Kingston by Kayak. Why NOT?

The Kayak Center of Rhode Island offers South Kingstown Residents the Opportunity to Explore the Surrounding Islands.

One of the advantages of living by the waterfront in South Kingstown is the wealth of tranquil harbors, bays, and waterways. Exploring these inlets by Kayak is a relaxing day trip that suits riders of all skills and abilities. Located in Wickford's quaint township, a short distance from South Kingstown is the Kayak Center of Rhode Island. The shop is open all year round, including December, providing gear and expertise to outdoor enthusiasts. There is a wealth of knowledge from staff if you are looking to buy equipment, although the shop also supports local day rentals charged by the hour. Trips to Cornelius Island or Ninigret Pond are highly recommended.

  • The Kayak Center is situated on Brown Street and opens between 10 pm and 5 pm on weekdays. A later opening time of noon on Weekends.
  • Online booking is intuitive and quick with the signing of necessary waivers and setting up of Kayaks.
  • The company also runs regular tours, classes, and events for the local community.

Extracting large quantities of water from a property requires industrial equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337 now.

What to Look for When You Need to Spot a Ceiling Leak in Your North Kingston Home

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

white wall and ceiling showing signs of water damage/leaking roof Do you have any water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO of Washington County, we will help guide you through the restoration process.

Do you know what to do if you notice the signs of a ceiling leak at your North Kingston home?

No one likes to think about dealing with big home maintenance issues, especially those that involve water issues. But it’s a common occurrence for American homeowners.

Leak claims are among the millions of water damage claims that are filed every year. On average, about one out of 50 American homeowners every year file a water damage claim.

So if you have to file a claim, you’re likely not even the only person in your neighborhood who has. And that can add up to millions of dollars in cumulative property damage.

Take a Closer Look at Your Ceiling

Here’s what to look for when you’re searching for a water leak in your ceiling:

Water spots on your ceiling. These damp spots or stains are signs of water damage. They can indicate the beginnings of water damage or mold issues.

Bubbling paint. You may notice the paint on your ceiling blistering and peeling away from the wall and ceiling. That’s a sign that water damage could be happening.

A distinctive and musty odor in your home. This is one of the first things many people notice before a leak really becomes noticeable. It’s also one of the first signs your home could have mold or mildew damage, which will require prompt and thorough remediation.

Higher than normal water bills. While not all ceiling leaks are associated with plumbing, some are. It’s important to check your water bill and see if it’s higher than you expect. You can monitor this by checking your water bill every month and looking for abnormalities.

If you have water damage in your home due to a sewer backup, a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Take a Day Trip to Martha's Vineyard From North Kingston by Boat

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Martha vineyard lighthouse SERVPRO Says--Why Not take a ferry from North Kingston to Martha's Vineyard?

This December Ferry Runs from North Kingston to Martha's Vineyard Set Off from Narragansett Bay

The Island of Martha's Vineyard is the third-largest on the East Coast of America and makes a popular holiday destination for residents of Rhode Island and North Kingston. The ferry service takes passengers from Rhode Island across to Martha's Vineyard, cutting out much traffic and congestion. Drinks are served onboard. During certain months of the year, passengers can spot whales diving in the surrounding waters- the original popularity of these islands was as stopovers for whalers in the mid-twentieth century. There are numerous public gardens and historic sites suited to the whole family, while day vacations are recommended, with the earliest ferries leaving 6 am.

  • The Fast Ferry has been in service since 2003 and also runs tours of nearby Narragansett Bay.
  • Dockside parking starts at just $10 a day for those riding the fast ferry.
  • Each Rhode Island ferry takes up to 400 passengers and runs throughout December and January.

Fire and smoke can cause extensive soiling to your belongings, walls, carpets, and ceilings. For a speedy recovery, contact SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337.

Westerly Families Can Trust Us After a Fire Emergency l SERVPRO® of Washington County

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

looking through a house window with flames growing from fire If you have fire damage in your home due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of Washington County to help you from start to fini

Rhode Island winters can be a unique challenge for homeowners—and it’s important to be prepared for what can happen during the colder months of the year.

One of the ways homeowners can do that is by having an emergency plan in place. Because fire risks are higher during the winter than during other seasons of the year, experts recommend putting an emergency plan in place so that you’re prepared if something unexpected happens.

It’s smart for families to have a set meeting place outside the home, know the evacuation routes out of the house and have important items (like medications) in easily accessible places so you can take them with you. It’s also a good idea to have a plan in place for any pets, too.

No one likes to think about dealing with the aftermath of a house fire. But if it happens to you and your family, you can rest more easily knowing you have a team of local experts right here in your corner.

In fact, some homeowners like to save our number into their smartphones to get in touch with us if they need our services.

Understanding the SERVPRO Difference

Here’s why Westerly residents trust us to help them deal with the restoration process:

We can help with the entire process. House fires can damage your walls, your furniture’s upholstery and more. Other issues homeowners deal with after a fire include smoke and water damage. You want a restoration company that can cover all types of damage. Our team of experts has the tools needed to do your restoration work the right way.

We’re here 247. Getting started early on restoration efforts can make a difference. That’s why our team is here to help you when you need our services. Because our team is always available for emergencies, we’ll answer your call whenever you need us.

We believe in restoring items before replacing them. By working with you to meet your needs, we can help you find ways to save money on repairs. And in some cases approaching a job from a restoration mindset can help you save money on your homeowners insurance premiums in the future.

We are a local business. Because we’re a SERVPRO location, we combine the training, resources and equipment you would find at a large, growing company with the advantage of choosing a partner located in Washington County.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating, or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home.Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Residents of South Kingstown Use Professional Remediators to Gauge and Correct Mold Infestation

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

two employees in pink cancer shirts in front of servpro vehicle SERVPRO remediates mold infestations and damage in South Kingston commercial properties

SERVPRO is Available for South Kingstown Residents in Need of Professional Mold Remediation.

South Kingstown is a township on Rhode Island in the Washington County District. The spacious township spreads out over 79.8 square miles and neighbors Charlestown, Narragansett, Richmond, and Exeter. The first British Settlements along the Pettaquamscutt River were set up in the seventeenth-century, and Kingstown was the site of a bloody battle during the King Philip's War in 1675. The community enjoys several historical sites that spread across Wakefield, Kingston Village, and Peace Dale. The current population of 30,639 can experience a mixture of athletics, arts, and culture in some of the many tracks, theater houses, and galleries. As an island county, the long stretches of beaches cover nearly ten-miles with various wildlife conservations, treks, fishing, and trails to explore. The proximity to water ensures that local cuisine centers on fresh oysters, seafood, and fish brought in from the bay or the adjacent Rhode Island Sound. 

South Kingstown residents have the Atlantic Ocean to the south, which connects inland via the Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. Since its inception, the location of this part of the United States has been fraught with conflict. In the early modern period, warfare between indigenous tribes, the Wampanoag, and settlers was common. Simultaneously, the desire of royalists to incorporate autonomous colonies like Rhode Island failed with the Glorious Revolution in 1688. During the Revolutionary War, the area was among the first of the New England colonies to renounce the crown and side with George Washington. The proximity of South Kingstown to the ocean made it a vital area, both militarily and economically. The industrial revolution put Rhode Island at the center of the country's growing wealth, while the Gilded Age saw many workers moving into the coastal community leading to rapid urbanization. 

  • The Old Mountain Field is a sixty-acre greenspace that hosts live music, firework displays, and several sporting facilities. Chief among these is the collegiate baseball field that hosts local up-and-comers the Ocean State Waves. The non-profit sports organization promotes some of the top players from collegiate programs across the US. In the past five years, 29 of these junior baseball players have been drafted. 
  • The Oceanside town features some small breweries and distilleries that are open to the public serving unique craft alcohol that you cannot find in other states. These include the Whalers Brewing Company on Kingstown Road, which serves high ABV American Ales until 10 pm, six days a week. Also on Kingstown Road is the Sons of Liberty Distillery. Specializing in award-winning American single malt whiskeys. 
  • The Contemporary Theater Company on Main Street is an all year round playhouse that offers contemporary plays, Shakespeare adaptations, comedy, drama classes, and a summer camp. During the warmer months, an outdoor stage is set up for al fresco shows with special showings for kids and families. The organization relies on local donations to stay afloat, with many community enthusiasts signing up to volunteer, buy a membership, or become a patron of this cultural hub. 

Eating out in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

The opportunities to find delicious, locally-caught seafood and fine-dining on Rhode Island are abundant. In keeping with its long history of immigration, South Kingstown provides a diverse mix of traditional American, Italian, and Japanese cuisines, all of which source local produce from the bay and the nearby Sound. Main street offers a culinary feast while fresh seafood restaurants line the waterfront for those looking to browse before they buy. 

  • While technically in neighboring Wakefield, Trattoria Romana South is well worth the short trip for South Kingstown residents. Serving up classic Italian seafood within a delicate dining setting has proved a popular choice with residents of the area and tourists. The relaxed ambiance coupled with home-made plates of pasta and seasonal menus makes this venue among the top fine dining experiences on the southern shore of Rhode Island. 
  • Matunuck Oyster Bar is a large restaurant overlooking the waterfront of Potter Pond on Succotash Road. The unique raw oyster bar brings people through the doors with a fine selection of shrimp, clams, cherrystones, and many more. Most vegetables are grown organically on the far end of the pond at the oyster bar's plot, while seafood for the raw bar is farmed in Potter Pond itself.
  • Brickley's Ice Cream on Main Street is a seasonal business that serves freshly-made ice-creams to its clamoring customers. Located directly opposite the Contemporary Theater Company, queues can stretch around the block during peak periods. 

South Kingstown Residents Can Rely on SERVPRO to Perform Responsible Mold Remediation

Mold growth can be a worrying issue in your property. While molds, and other microbial organisms, are a natural part of our indoor environment, they can become problematic, causing unpleasant odors and indoor air-quality issues. Fungi are organisms that break down and feed on organic matter. Without intervention, these organisms can begin to breakdown parts of your building material assembly as well as fittings and furnishings. The ability to reproduce quickly in the right conditions allows molds to spread from one area to another rapidly and is often hidden inside wall cavities or subfloors. The core principle of controlling mold is to correct a latent moisture problem that allows them to grow and reproduce. 

  • Our technicians are happy working with indoor environmental specialists and hygienists to deliver a game plan for tackling mold. 
  • In the absence of a scientific professional, we can operate under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC).
  • Our teams have the experience and equipment needed to correct moisture problems, remove or reinstall building assembly, and get rid of mold colonies in your home. 
  • Careful treatment of semi-porous materials in your home using antimicrobial chemicals can help to prevent mold from building up during and after remediation.

If you suspect that mold is becoming an issue in your property, contact SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337.

Safe and Fun Holiday Shopping in South Kingstown

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

close up of stained glass We hope to see you at the Bosgraaf Stained Glass Studio's Holiday Sale.

Come out to Bosgraaf Studio’s 5th Annual Holiday Art Sale in South Kingstown 

The Bosgraaf Stained Glass Studio in South Kingstown invites the public to their fifth annual Holiday Sale. This event is the quintessential way to kick off holiday shopping and find something special for everyone on your gifting list. The sale features a wide selection of original glass creations by thirty student artists, including pieces in the holiday, nature, and humorous themes that make perfect gifts. The artisans will be onsite to answer any questions about their works. Following the latest health protocols, social distancing and masks need to get worn inside the venue. There will be a raffle to assist the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale. 

  • Date: December 5th and 6th, 2020
  • Where: Bosgraaf Stained Glass Studio
  • Time: Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm 

When residents need water removal in South Kingstown, they can count on SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337. The techs are available 24/7 and arrive quickly after the initial call.

Celebrate You and Your Dreams at a Virtual Cabaret Show in North Kingstown

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

Harbor with boats and buildings in background Our community is beautiful and boasts many activities for its residents.

Virtual Event Highlights North Kingstown Up and Coming Stars 

The first week of December will unleash a lot of North Kingstown talent as you join hosts Valerie Remillard of Experiments in Theater and Sophia Nula of East Greenwich High School as they present an evening of songs, hopes, and dreams from local performers. Fifteen local performers will get their chance to debut their skills in front of a live viewing audience at this virtual event. Since this is an online event, rain, storm, or shine, the show goes on. The price to attend is $10 to members and $35 to non-members; tickets may be purchased up to the show's evening.  

  • Scheduled to get broadcast live on Youtube and Facebook Date: December 5th
  • Time: 7 pm EST
  • Location: Links provided in advance of the streaming show

 When local North Kingstown property owners need floodwater cleanup and dry services, they trust SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337 to handle the restoration services and make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Serves the Local South Kingstown Community Providing Fire Damage Restoration Services

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle and restoration equipment inside SERVPRO storage facility We love South Kingstown, and we are ready and prepared to handle fire damage.

Contact SERVPRO at (401) 315-2337 for Assistance with Fire Damage Cleanup for Your South Kingstown Property or Contents 

South Kingstown is an older city in the United States and was established in 1722 when Kings Towne split into two parts, North and South Kingstown. The entire town is 79.8 square miles, and nearly 23 square miles of that number is water. Several villages make up South Kingstown, giving the area a population of 30 826, and it continues to grow. The climate gets rated as mostly comfortable with the high temperatures in the summer hitting the low 80s, and the coldest temperatures usually hit in January at around 18-degrees Fahrenheit. While most of the United States gets 38 inches of rain yearly, South Kingstown receives 52 inches of rain and a little more snow than the rest of the U.S. at 30 inches per year. Locals can expect 206 sunny days per year, great for outdoor activities.  

Change from Town Meetings to City Council

Like many other New England towns, South Kingstown conducted government proceedings through the town hall format; however, once the population passed 30,000 residents, it adopted the council-manager government to provide more order and better support to the community. The setup is as follows:  

  • There are five seats on the town council that are up for election every two years.
  • No term limits are established.
  • After each election, the five council members elect their President and Vice President.
  • The citizen also elects a seven-member school committee that serves four-year terms. 

Civil War Hero Buried Here

Isaac Peace Rodman has a grave in South Kingston. He was the co-owner of a profitable textile mill, a known community leader, and a State Senator. As the Civil War commenced in 1861, he recruited a town militia using many men from his mill and led them into battle. After just a year of fighting with the Union Army, Rodman received the title of brigadier general and participated in the Battle of Antietam in Maryland, often considered the bloodiest single day of fighting in American history. Rodman got shot in the chest and passed away on Sept. 30, 1862. 

Parks and Recreation in South Kingstown

The opportunities for outdoor activities are many in this city, with over ten miles of pristine beaches. The city added a recreation center for use by the public. Other outdoor activities are:

  • Locals report that visiting East Matunuck State Beach in the evenings is best. There is plenty of lots of parking choices and no crowds. If you have a pet, they are only allowed on the beach during the offseason.
  • South Kingstown Town Beach is another famous beach with few stones and excellent wave watching. The facilities on-site feature clean restrooms, showers, and a playground for kids. 
  • Pelagic Expeditions is a must-experience for anyone adventurous under the water. This venue offers scuba diving and snorkeling that lets you swim up close and personal with blue and mako sharks.  

Fun Indoor Activities 

During the rainy or snowy days in South Kingstown, when the beach or outdoor fun is off the books, there are numerous indoor venues to visit and explore, such as the South County Center for the Arts. This art center, located inside an old courthouse made of stone. There are all types of events here, including music and art exhibitions—the $15 price for a ticket fund future art and educational programs. History buffs will look forward to a visit to the World War II Foundation Global Education Center that opened in January 2019 and features thousands of artifacts from WWII, including a library of over 500 books about World War II. Each visitor gets their choice of a free WWII Foundation documentary film of their choice that has a $20 value. Another historic venue in the city is the South County History Center. This history museum located inside the historic Old Washington County Jail has daily tours and research resources available. The jail has stood at its present location since 1792 and could hold five prisoners upstairs behind barred windows while the jailer and his family lived downstairs. In the early 1800s, a cellblock got added behind the structure. The building became home for the jailers and their families until the wood structure was rebuilt by granite in 1858. The building ceased functioning as a jail in 1956. 

Can SERVPRO Handle Large Fire Damage Restoration Jobs?

A small fire can turn into a need for fire damage restoration services in South Kingston properties. SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training and certification to handle both the expected and unexpected when it comes to clean up after a fire in your property.  

When a fire spreads through multiple rooms, it can result in smoke odors throughout the home if the soot gets into the HVAC system. The technicians put up containment when they begin the mitigation on residences to ensure there is no cross-contamination during the cleanup and restoration process. The techs have various methods to remove the visible smoke damage from walls and ceilings through the use of techniques such as: 

  • Dry cleaning sponges 
  • Wet cleaning tactics including solvents 
  • Testing kits for determining smoke types
  • Cleaning agents formulated to lift away protein residues from surfaces 

Washable items with smoke odors only often have good potential for a full restoration. The technicians have access to the Esporta Washing System. This powerful machine can remove even profoundly embedded odors in a single wash cycle and eliminate all fire odor traces.  

The technicians carefully inspect articles from a house one by one to determine if they can get restored through the professional methods used by the techs or if the item can get repaired or it requires disposal. In cases of removal, it gets done with the property owner's approval or adjuster, and the thing gets documented, including photographs for use in the filing of an insurance claim.  

SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337 brings both years of experience and professional equipment to fire damage restoration jobs all over the South Kingston area. The trained, certified technicians work to save property owners the cost of replacement whenever possible.

Is it Possible to Eat Out and Be Safe in South Kingston?

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Seal for South Kingstown, RI on a blue background Enjoy a meal, while SERVPRO completes water removal services in your home.

Fondue Village invites South Kingston Residents for an Unparalleled Culinary Experience

Fall in South Kingston is an invitation to explore all the area has to offer.  The cooler weather and changing of the leaves provide a beautiful landscape to explore and enjoy new experiences.  Many of us have been hesitant to dine out due to health concerns, but Fondue Village is back for a 3rd year to offer a socially distanced culinary experience.  Here is why you should check it out starting November 27th:

  • Fondue Village has been featured in well-known publications such as Forbes and Food & Wine
  • Enjoy a four-course meal accompanied by Veuve Clicquot champagne
  • Sit in your private gondola to relish your delectable food while maintaining a prudent distance from other patrons
  • Feel like you’ve traveled to the Swiss Alps without leaving the state

SERVPRO of Washington County is proud to be part of our community.  As the weather shifts, new problems may arise in your home.  Call us at (401) 315-2337 whenever you need water removal services and let us work until it looks, “Like it never even happened.”

Is There A Need for Other Processes After Extracting Water from an Office?

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

outside view of multi-story office SERVPRO has extensive experience in restoring flooding incidents in offices.

SERVPRO Provides Complete Flood Extraction Solutions in South Kingston Commercial Establishments 

Flooding incidents are significantly inconveniencing since they leave offices inoperable until all the intruding water is extracted. Suppose the flooding at your South Kingstown office involves clean water, such as rainwater from a leaky roof or an improperly sealed window. In that case, you might expect a resumption of operations after extracting all the standing water. 

Which situations can complicate flood extraction in South Kingstown offices? 

  • Water seeping below tiles
  • Water intrusion into wall cavities
  • Absorption of water by porous contents 

Even though the water pooling on surfaces such as floors might appear static, that is rarely the case since moisture migrates continuously. Floors made from non-porous materials such as tiles can mislead you to think that extraction is a sufficient response for commercial flooding in South Kingstown. However, water can seep below the surface through the tile joints. Leaving such water unaddressed can cause significant problems later. 

Our SERVPRO crews use specialized approaches to remove water trapped below tile surfaces. For instance, we use drying mats, which create a vacuum seal with the floor surface allowing an extraction tool to suck the water trapped beneath. 

How often does floodwater reach wall spaces or other cavities? 

Whether you need to remove water from wall cavities after a flooding incident depends on many factors, including: 

  • The period water sits in the property
  • The point of intrusion
  • The amount of water involved 

When water sits in a property for extended periods, it can easily find a way into hidden areas. Our SERVPRO teams try to prevent this by responding to calls within a few hours, the same day of the incident. Sometimes it is inevitable for water to filter into cavities. For instance, an intrusion from an elevated position readily drips water into wall spaces. Our technicians help remove such water faster by drilling weep holes at the bottom of the wall. We also have wall ventilation systems that help dry the wall materials after extracting the water.

SERVPRO of Washington County has the best resources to handle flooding. Call us at (401) 315-2337. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.