What Type of Cleaner Should I Use on Fire Damage in North Kingstown?
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SERVPRO techs know post-fire cleanup in North Kingstown homes require multiple types of equipment and cleaning agents
After a fire in your North Kingstown home, it can be tempting to fill a bucket with your favorite cleaning product and go to work. However, that is one of the worst things you can do because not all smoke residues are the same, and applying liquids to some types can cause marring of surfaces. SERVPRO techs use multiple applications and cleaning solutions to ensure the best outcome throughout the work-site.
How Do I Get Fire Damage Off Wood Furniture?
There are some considerations before diving in to clean up the remnants of fire damage on furniture in your North Kingstown home.
• Is the furniture made from hardwood
• Are the joints swelled or cracked from heat or water exposure?
• Is charring seen on the item?
• Are the residues wet or dry smoke?
If you cannot answer all those questions with a definitive answer, it is best to let SERVPRO techs inspect and clean your furnishings. While furniture with burned areas may not have the potential for reuse, the techs carefully test residues and surfaces to choose the best restoration method. Specific cleaning actions get used for lifting away dry smoke, most often found on walls, but occasionally on furnishings depending on the heat of the fire.
They can also use their moisture detection equipment to ascertain if there is any problem with water inside the furniture that needs to get dried before any restorative efforts. Best of all, they have access to many professional wood soaps, waxes, and sealants to ensure the furniture will not have any reminders of the previous smoke damage.
SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337 serves the local community cleaning up and restoring properties from any size fire damage. The certified techs are available 24/7 to come to your home and return it to its pre-fire condition.
My North Kingston Gift Shop Flooded – What Do I Need to Worry About?
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You open your gift shop Tuesday morning only to discover water spread in the showroom area. A pipe burst earlier, sending gallons of water throughout the building. One of the biggest concerns of secondary damage is mold. You need emergency water mitigation in your North Kingston store.
What is the First Step?
Any time you have water intrusion discovering and stopping the source of the water is vital. Contacting a professional water damage restoration company in North Kingstown, is next. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians scope out the scene and put together a mitigation plan. Immediate water extraction is critical. The longer the moisture stays in place, the higher the chance of mold damage in your North Kingston gift shop.
Time is of the Essence
Mold can spread rapidly. Within 48 hours, mold spores can take hold and develop colonies. Because of this, we work fast to remove as much water as possible from the shop. Our technicians employ:
- Water extraction equipment – truck-mounted pumps, submersible pumps, and battery-operated pumps remove gallons of water fast.
- Drying equipment – industrial air movers, dehumidifiers, moisture sensors, and probes help detect hidden water and thoroughly dry the area and content.
- Cleaning agents – cleaning and sanitizing affected areas.
- Restoration techniques – Controlled demolition to repair things like drywall.
Getting You Back in Business
Water damage restoration means downtime for your business and a loss of revenue. As a business owner, SERVPRO understands what this can mean to your and your family. We are 24/7 and on holidays. Don’t let water and mold damage keep you closed. Let the professionals help. Contact SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337 for more information.
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What Safety Issues Do Flood Emergencies Cause and How Do Professionals Control Them?
Storms can bring floodwater and storm damage. The professionals at SERVPRO are always on call to handle your water damage restoration needs.
Trust the SERVPRO Management and Crews to Evaluate Carefully for Safety Concerns and Put Proper Controls in Place During Flood Damage Cleanup In North Kingstown.
When hurricanes start off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic, it is hard to imagine that a storm with origins thousands of miles away can severely damage your North Kingstown home days or weeks later. Our location adjacent to Narragansett Bay off the Atlantic puts us squarely in the pathway of severe storms moving up the Eastern Seaboard during the hurricane and tropical storm season. Torrential rains, fierce winds, and storm surge all threaten residences with flood damage every year.
What Kinds of Safety Issues Can Summer and Fall Seasonal Storms Create?
The storms contributing to the flood damage North Kingston homes experience create a long list of significant safety issues that must be discovered, documented, and controlled during the overall restoration project. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the safety concerns we anticipate could be present in your home post-flood damage:
Slip, trip, and fall
Electric shock or electrocution risks
- Structural Wind and Water Issues
Damage to roofs, windows, siding, and more
Migration from exterior damage, causing caches of water to collect in building cavities, threatening the collapse of structures and injury to occupants and workers
- Overland Flooding and Seepage Issues
Water contaminated with a broad range of dirt, chemicals, and infectious agents, creating a risk of illness or worse to occupants and workers. Contaminants can include:
Industrial yard, roadway, and landscaping chemicals, including pesticides
Dirt, oils, gravel, mud, muck, and organic materials, including dead animals and insects
Sewage from overwhelmed curbside drainage systems or a backup of your own waste line
Previously contained materials such as asbestos and lead and newly discovered mold damage all have significant health hazards attached if the substances are breathed in, absorbed through skin contact, or ingested.
Water containing high levels of salts and other minerals creates short and long term risks for wood, metals, and concrete used as building materials, weakening them substantially and interfering with their load-bearing abilities.
Saltwater also exacerbates the risk of immediate and longer-term electrical shock risks because of heightened conductivity.
- Why Put Such a Focus on Safety? Why Not Just “Dig In” and Get Rid of the Sludge and Water?
SERVPRO knows that dealing with the safety concerns must be “job one” because the injuries and health effects of uncontrolled hazards can be deadly or quality of life-altering. The structural concerns emphasize that the risk assessment must be complete and the interventions planned carefully for human health and structural integrity. It is impossible to dig out the muck and extract water if the surfaces buckle with the weight of equipment and operators become injured or ill on the job.
How Do Professionals Control Safety Risks?
- Simple Water-Related Safety
Setting aside contaminants, we manage the slip, trip, and fall issues with barriers, signage, and fast extraction. Electrical concerns fade when the power temporarily goes off the grid, utilizing our onboard generators or gas for fuel.
Our crew can board up, tarp, and barricade dangers due to storm damage. Keeping additional rainwater out is a key mitigation strategy.
- Contamination and Biohazards
We control the environment within which these dangerous substances exist with many exclusion and containment strategies.
- Until the contaminants are eradicated, we recommended you and your family evacuate from affected areas.
- Our trained and certified technicians wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) while managing the dangerous substances.
- Restoration industry best practices and state, local, and federal laws and regulations mandate and guide how our technicians contain work areas, often with heavy-duty plastic-wrapped partitions and air scrubbing equipment.
- The contaminants -- whether solid debris or fluids -- are contained according to applicable rules and disposed of as hazardous waste
- The Special Safety Constraints of Salt Water
Salt water in a structure poses risks two ways -- first, electrical shock and increased fire possibility, as the salt increases the conductivity of electric currents. This increased conductivity can continue even after the materials dry out as the salt residues remain on wires and connections. Second, the salt load causes wood cells to break down, metal to corrode, and concrete to disintegrate, albeit over a long term. We flush the salt from the structural materials with fresh water to halt the accelerated damage, extracting more water during mitigation, but ensuring the stability of the structure.
Every step SERVPRO of Washington County takes to investigate and evaluate the particular circumstances of flood damage in your home is aimed at making it “Like it never even happened.” Call us round the clock at (401) 315-2337 for an in-depth evaluation of your needs and our ability to meet them.
How Do I Remove Fire Debris From My Kingstown Home?
Your whole home does not need to be redone after a fire, some things might just need to be restored or cleaned. Call SERVPRO for fire damage services.
SERVPRO Provides Debris Removal And Fire Damage Cleaning Services
A fire in your North Kingstown home can quickly spiral out of control resulting in extensive damages. The charred materials in your house typically cannot be saved and must be removed and replaced promptly.
Can SERVPRO Remove Debris From My Home?
Trained professionals from SERVPRO have experience with fire debris removal in North Kingstown. Our technicians can carefully inspect the damage in your home to determine what needs to be hauled. We make sure to lay down protective plastic sheets in your house to avoid further spreading fire residues and soot.
How Do You Determine What Fire Damage Is Cleanable?
In order to assess the cleanability of your home, our teams will employ a checklist of factors to consider:
- Type of Surface
- Age of Surface
- Amount of Moisture
- Type of Material
- Air Pressure
- Temperature Change
This checklist allows SERVPRO technicians to gauge the difficulties of cleaning residues from the surfaces in your home. Based on these factors, we can determine which items in your home can be saved.
What Is The Cleaning Process?
When a fire has damaged many of your items, SERVPRO can perform a move-out to efficiently clean and return cleanable items. The move-out consists of six steps:
- Conducting initial scope and estimate to determine the logistics of the move-out and to give the insurance adjustor projected insurance costs.
- Packing, tagging, and inventorying your items so they can be moved to a storage area.
- Sorting clean and claim items
- Moving the cleanable items to the storage area
- Cleaning and deodorizing your items before repacking them.
- Moving your items back to your property.
Our teams do their best to complete this process as smoothly as possible to help you get your life back on track.
When you need fire debris to be removed from your home, call SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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Do I Need to Replace My South Kingstown Hardwood Floor After a Water Leak?
SERVPRO can help bring your South Kingstown hardwood floors back from water damage.
SERVPRO can assess your hardwood flooring needs and advise what the first steps should be after water damage.
When a pipe bursts or water overflows from a plugged drain, it can spread very quickly across floors to adjacent rooms. Water can quickly soak into carpeting and penetrate to the subfloor. It can also flow between joints in hardwood floors and underneath baseboards to the subfloor and penetrate the drywall of your walls.
Homeowners should respond quickly when it comes to South Kingstown water damage and take the following action:
- Shut off the source of the water
- Call SERVPRO for immediate assistance in South Kingstown
- Begin soaking up as much water as possible
- Use towels, mops, even blankets to remove as much of the surplus water as possible.
Quick action can reduce the possibility of replacing hardwood flooring, avoid damage to subfloors, drywall, and baseboards.
How do I Remove Water from the Joints Between Hardwood Planks?
Once all of the water has been removed from the floor's surface, there is still a great deal of moisture between the planks of the hardwood floor. If the wood absorbs this moisture, the planks can swell, causing an uneven floor and cracking of the hardwood. Drywall can also swell and may be permanently damaged if the moisture is not immediately reduced. Our SERVPRO team has the knowledge and the equipment to remove excess moisture in wood floors before they are damaged.
SERVPRO can respond in less than four hours on a 24 hour 7 day a week basis. We use:
- Drying mats attached to large vacuums to withdraw the excess water from the joints in the hardwood flooring,
- Air movers to help absorb moisture and
- Dehumidifiers to lower the humidity to appropriate levels
Our fast response can prevent permanent damage to the flooring saving the homeowner thousands of dollars in repairs. Even the damage to drywall, which is very susceptible to water damage, can be minimized if the water is removed and moisture levels returned to normal levels quickly enough.
Call SERVPRO of Washington Country (401) 315-2337 to deal with your emergency water removal needs.
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Which Extraction Tool is Best for Flooding in My South Kingstown Home?
Our storm damage technicians have the equipment and experience to restore your home back to pre-damage condition.
Our SERVPRO professionals have a broad inventory of water removal tools suited for every flood situation.
Flooding can leave a lot of standing water throughout your South Kingston property. Without fast action to remove this surface water threat, conditions can worsen, such as saturation and structural deterioration. The quicker that action can get taken by restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team, the better your chances of restoring your property fully in a faster time frame. To accomplish this, our professionals must assess the situation to determine the best equipment and products to use to achieve this goal.
Much like every other facet of flood removal for South Kingston homes and businesses, there is no single right way to accomplish the restoration and recovery of the structure. With elements like extraction, there are often dozens of tools used from one site to the next. The choice in which equipment gets used over others gets primarily based on the severity of the situation, the depth of the standing water, and the materials affected by this floodwater. While multiple tools arrive with our technicians when mitigation begins, some of the most common of these include:
- Electric Submersible Pumps
- Trash Pumps
- Truck-Mount Pumps
- Wet Vacuums
- Specialty Extractors
When are Submersible Pumps the Best?
Many of the flooding situations that impact area homes and businesses come from damage to structural elements like the roof. While these can be as debilitating as natural flooding situations, they rarely come with the threat of contamination or present debris. Submersible pumps can help in this regard when the standing water is at the appropriate depth. These tools are ideal for the first response to pooling water until the suitable conditions exist to use more lightweight and versatile equipment such as the wet vacuums. Electric submersible pumps are for:
- Depth more than 2 inches
- No solids present
- Accessible damaged areas
When Are Trash Pumps Best?
Much like submersible pumps, and trash pumps run a continual removal of standing water as well. The differences between electric submersible pumps and the trash pumps that our team can use are the horsepower force and intake/discharge hose size. When solids or debris are present or likely in the standing water to get removed, electric pumps do not typically have the capacities or size to move this threat. Additionally, gas-powered trash pumps do not require trailered power from generators or the property.
What Is the Strongest Water Extractor Used?
Every flooding situation does not require the most powerful and forceful extraction unit in our fleet of vehicles, but there are many situations where this is necessary. Truck-mount extractors are capable machines for widespread standing water and flooding scenarios where the depth can exceed more than a couple feet. By extracting water at 300 PSI, this unit can work quickly to get the house to a point where other removal tools can be more productive. This extraction unit rolls out with the rest of the SERVPRO Green Fleet from our warehouse when responding to a flood situation.
Are Wet Vacuums Helpful?
Wet vacuums are one of the fundamental tools of successful extraction in a flooded residence. Because of its versatility in many situations like hard-to-reach areas of the home, these vacuum units are a staple of water extraction and flood recovery. One of the advantages of choosing wet vacuums is the portability of these units when multiple areas of the house have become damaged by migrating flood loss effects. Our professionals utilize these tools for:
- Depth less than two inches
- Ideal for inaccessible areas
- Can run numerous accessories and attachments
What Specialty Drying Equipment Gets Used?
Multiple specialty drying tools can get used for specific materials affected by migrating flood loss effects. Many of these focus on removing water trapped inside of porous flooring such as carpeting. This material can quickly absorb floodwater and requires unique removal approaches such as weighted extractors, carpet wands, and other methods to eliminate successfully. Wood flooring can also require specific water removal and drying tools to reduce the need for tear-out and reconstruction. The floor mat drying system can continuously draw out water from wood plank flooring until the acceptable moisture parameters have been reached.
Recovering a flooded home can feel like an insurmountable task when property owners first see the damage to their residence. Our SERVPRO of Washington County team can help with efficient water removal, drying, and cleaning, to make all flood losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (401) 315-2337.
How Can Smoke Damage My Kingstown Home After a Fire?
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Smoke and Fire Damage Should Be Addressed by Skilled Technicians to Restore Your Kingstown Home
Nobody wants to see their belongings destroyed in a fire, but the damage goes well beyond the flames. After a fire is extinguished, the leftover smoke and soot residue keeps on damaging all surfaces if not treated. SERVPRO has the methods and EPA-registered cleaning products that can power away stubborn soot residue and smoke particles left after a fire in your Kingstown residence.
We feature IICRC-certified technicians capable of handling smoke and fire damage in Kingstown to bring your home back to preloss condition. With our broad range of fire restoration services, we have you covered for smoke, soot, and odor removal.
After a fire, the damage goes further than just burnt or charred items:
• Smoke and ash continue to cause corrosion and damage to various materials within the home
• Smoke odors can linger long after the fire if not appropriately addressed with deodorization methods
• Discoloration begins on walls and other surfaces
• Kitchen appliance finishes start to yellow and discolor
• Smoke can tarnish metal and cause etching on glass surfaces
A common mistake that many homeowners make is trying to deal with fire damaged materials on their own. The toxic residue left after a fire can cause health issues, so it must get handled with care. Expert restoration efforts include the removal of charred debris, the cleanup of remaining moisture from extinguishing the flames, and deodorization to remove foul odors. Some potential hazards from DIY methods include:
• Transfer of soils onto woodwork, walls, and upholstery
• Incorrect cleaning of walls that may compound the soot residue
• Further damage to your carpets or upholstered furnishings
• Injury from using an electrical appliance or electrical outlets in or near the fire-loss zone
• Dangers from using ceiling fixtures, especially if there is moisture from extinguishing the fire
Let SERVPRO of Washington County handle your fire damage restoration needs. Call us when you need us at (401) 315-2337.
How Do I Return My Narragansett Home To Its Original Condition After A Fire?
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Bring in SERVPRO to Professionally Repair and Restore Your Narragansett Residence
Residential fires usually start in the kitchen or garage since they contain a higher amount of tinder and accelerants than elsewhere in the Narragansett home. A faulty outlet or an old, frayed extension cord in the den can also be the source of thousands of dollars in damages, however.
Is There A Difference in The Damage to My Home?
In a situation like this, fire damage in Narragansett homes can be more physical. SERVPRO restoration technicians often need to remove and replace affected property, rather than clean and restore surfaces covered in residues left by the smoke as the fire cools off and dies.
How Do Technicians get Started?
Our team members inspect the damage to determine what needs to be disposed of immediately and the quickest method of doing so. They cover the floors with plastic sheeting to prevent tracking debris and soot residues to other parts of your home and to protect carpets, linoleum, and other floorings.
Next, technicians trained in demolition pull out everything touched by the heat and flames. Our team members break down items and either bag or wrap them in plastic before removal to avoid spreading the mess. Since they are breaking through walls and sometimes floors, the team leader makes certain to turn off your utilities to avoid any electrical or plumbing problems.
Can SERVPRO put everything Back Together, and How can I Help?
In most homes, the answer is yes. Our SERVPRO technicians carefully follow your instructions to return your home to its original appearance. To assist in doing this, we gladly look at the pictures and even videos of your home before the fire before getting started on the rebuild.
To begin repairs in your home here or in South Kingstown, call SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337 today.
How Do I Remove Water After a Pipe Breaks in the Wall of My Westerly House?
Don’t panic when a broken pipe causes water damage in your home. Contact Team SERVPRO for services.
Finding and Removing Trapped Water Is a SERVPRO Specialty, Meeting a Common Need in the Westerly Community
Whether you are coping with aging clay pipes in a historic Westerly home, or burst polyvinyl chloride (PVC) conduit in newer construction, when a supply line breaks, water damage issues remain even after plumbing repair. Water spewing from the pipe can collect between walls and in other cavities, soaking into and damaging building materials and threatening injury to you and your family from ceiling or wall collapse.
What Direction Can I Expect the Water to Migrate?
Locating water for removal in your Westerly’s home’s hidden building cavities requires professional assessment. It is nearly impossible to predict the pathway the water might follow after the leak or pipe break. Yet, it is essential to determine where the water moved and if it collected, absorbed into structural components, or both. Standing water can pool behind baseboards, under the top layers of hardwood floors, and over ceilings, among many other places. You might find that the damage was more long-standing than you believed. A burst pipe can be the culmination of a persistent slow leak, with unmistakable water loss, compounding the harm done by seepage now discovered but unknown earlier.
How Can the Water’s Path be Discovered and Traced?
SERVPRO’s managers and technicians master techniques to find and follow the water’s wanderings during coursework taken at the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Among the vast catalog of water damage restoration best practices, our employees focus on learning both the theory and application of water tracking. Specifically, the training introduces our technicians to the following sensitive and useful devices:
A moisture sensor uses sharp probes to detect moisture in soft materials. When the sensor encounters wetness, it alerts the operator with a flashing or steady light and a beeping sound. The sensor is essential to begin creating a “map” of the moisture the broken or cracked pipe caused to escape into building materials, cavities, and fixtures.
Once the moisture sensor locates the wet areas and materials in Westerly, our Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) switches to a metering tool that measures the moisture content of the affected structural components or fixtures. Our team must gather data on the moisture levels of damaged areas to give us a baseline against which to compare changing moisture levels during drying efforts. Moisture meters need to be calibrated for the materials tested. When used to monitor drying activity, they also might require an average of multiple readings from different areas for the most accurate result.
Penetrating Moisture Meters
Designed to use integrated probes to test inside building cavities and under the strips or planks of hardwood flooring. This type of meter can also test individual layers of building materials.
Non-Penetrating Moisture Meters
These meters use sensors to confirm moisture readings when held against surfaces. The mechanism used to reach a determination is how conducive the material is, which can result in skewed readings when metal materials are adjacent to the tool, such as steel framing, screws, nails, and foil-backed insulation. This tendency is another reason why several readings need to be taken by a trained and experienced technician.
Note: We recommend that the same individual perform the testing throughout the project to obtain as much consistency as possible.
How Is Trapped Water Removed After Location and Measurement?
Once the professional detection and metering tools have directed our employees to the spaces where water collected and materials absorbed moisture, the team gets busy. We remove standing water with submersible pumps and extractors, the latter both truck-mounted and portable. Water that is hard to suction out even with extractor wand extenders needs help with release. After extraction, our drying equipment also requires access to wet cavities. We use controlled demolition to meet both challenges, opening areas that otherwise would hold moisture, reasoning that drywall and ceiling tiles are reasonably inexpensive and straightforward to replace. The methods we employ include:
- Flood cuts in walls, from floor level to several inches above the waterline, completely opening the space for drying
- Prying off baseboards and drilling holes to drain water and permit warm, moving air to direct inside during the drying phase
- Drilling holes in mortar joints in cinder block and other masonry construction for fluid release and drying
SERVPRO of Washington County has the trained technicians, moisture detection tools, and extraction equipment required for rapid water removal. Call (401) 315-2337 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
How Can I Safeguard My Charleston House After A Storm?
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SERVPRO Provides Resources Useful in Protecting the Valuables in Your Charleston Home after Floor Damage
Apart from filling your home with gallons of filthy water, storms can also cause other damages. Forces such as high winds, downdrafts, microbursts and gust fronts pushing against the house or driving flying debris can rip open walls or roofs in your Charlestown home.
Are Safeguards Necessary after Flood Damage Happens in Charleston Properties?
Although there is little you can do to stop a storm from damaging your Charleston property, you need to protect your home against secondary damages. Actions that our SERVPRO technicians take to help in protecting the structure and the valuables within include:
• Sealing wall or roof openings
• Moving contents
• Spraying wet areas with antimicrobials and disinfectants
• Covering items with plastic sheets
How much do such steps help?
The main aim of the safeguards is to stop any damage yet to happen or slow down some forms of deterioration in areas already damaged. Boarding up wall openings or installing roof tarps protects the interior of the house from further damage by rain or other weather elements. Spraying antimicrobial chemicals directly into the standing water in the house before starting cleaning processes helps delay or stop microbial growth limiting chances of mold infestation.
Moving contents helps protect them from direct exposure to water or humidity. Although the floodwater may only pool on the ground, evaporation and condensation can transfer damages to other sections of the property. Such moisture transfer mostly affects:
• Internal components of electronics
• Items made of hygroscopic materials
Do safeguards work in every case?
Sometimes, it might not be possible to protect valuables in the damaged structure. The common reasons might be severe damage or if other factors delay the restoration process. In such a case, content move-outs help save your valuables. We can move the undamaged items to safe storage away from the structure. Our SERVPRO technicians can also restore damaged items more effectively at an offsite facility.
You should not give up after your property floods. Call SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337 to help you protect your valuables. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.