Recent Commercial Posts

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.

My North Kingston Gift Shop Flooded – What Do I Need to Worry About?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

"Come in we're open" We understand the need for continuing business as usual during restoration efforts. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

Our Technicians Do a Scope of the Premises and Discuss Necessary Mitigation.

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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How Can I Reopen My Motel After A Fire?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged motel Don't let your Westerly business miss any work because of the fire. Call SERVPRO to mitigate the problem.

Call SERVPRO to Quickly and Safely Reopen Your Westerly Business

With counties starting to reopen, every Westerly business is essential once again. Families can begin to take vacations, with many of them still staying close to home for a while yet.

It’s a Large Motel, how far can One Fire reach?

Single story motels share an overhead crawlspace, so fire damage to Westerly individual units spreads quickly along with the airflow, especially smoke and soot particles as the fire burns and then cools. SERVPRO specialists can follow this same airflow to clean out the residues left as the particles settle. They can clean surfaces by hand or generate a cloud of cleaning particles that neutralize odors and render the residues inert and reduce the risk of later mold growth.

Can SERVPRO do something about the Water and other Property Damage Left by the Fire Department?

Absolutely. We have specialists trained specifically on water and debris removal. They carefully demolish the unrepairable property for disposal and then use extractors to draw water off the carpets and floors. Finally, they apply special cleaning agents with shampoo machines to remove any remaining residues.

For any amount of fire damage to your business, contact SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337. We are here for you.

Can Demolition Be Avoided After Water Losses in My Westerly Shop?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

reconstruction in motion Not only can SERVPRO mitigate your water damaged business in Westerly, but it also can do the controlled demolition and restoration.

Controlled demolition depends on the severity of the loss effects in your business, and our SERVPRO team can work quickly to minimize this step. 

While terms like demolition might seem alarming in your Westerly shop, this mitigation step is often one of the pinnacle actions that ultimately save time and money on restoration. This decision is not one that gets made lightly, however. 

It is always the objective of our SERVPRO team to restore before replacement when it is cost-efficient, which can mean alternative water cleanup for Westerly businesses when possible. Controlled demolition is done meticulously, however, only removing the portions of materials too severely impacted to restore. 

What Materials Are Most Sensitive to Water Exposure? 

While much of your stock and inventory can be damaged by standing or spreading water, many of your shop's structural elements can also remain threatened by saturation. Some of the most sensitive materials in the boutique include: 

  • Drywall
  • Wood Flooring
  • Shelving
  • Clothing
  • Ceiling Tiles 
  • Carpets

No matter how threatening that water losses might be to your shop, or when controlled demolition might be necessary, our SERVPRO of Washington County team can help. We have a full-service approach from restoration to reconstruction. Call us today at (401) 315-2337.

Can I Wait to Fix a Leak?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

leak in the bank of computer terminals Water leak in your Westerly Office? Call SERVPRO to take care of your problem.

A Small Leak in your Westerly Business can Cause Big Damage

Commercial property owners in Westerly need to be vigilant of their spaces and resolve maintenance issues as soon as possible. Sometimes we are unaware that water is leaking, but others we fail to give the leak the importance it deserves. We leave repairs to the last minute, and a simple situation becomes a disaster.

Water damage in a commercial building in Westerly can use our help.

 As SERVPRO technicians in Westerly can determine water damage. We prepare to serve all of our community by learning from industry experts and keeping up to date with the latest practices and technology. Call our 24/7 hotline as soon as you detect the water event and let us gain time by starting the restoration process as soon as it is safe to do so.

What steps should I take to restore water damage in my business?

As a business owner, there are several steps you can take to reopen your doors and get back to your clients. Our SERVPRO crew is here to assist you and to enhance your efforts with industry-specific equipment that can speed up some tasks. Some of the basic steps to counteract water damage include the following-

  • Use industrial pumps to extract water.
  • Use air circulators to dry your space.
  • Apply cleaning solutions to kill microorganisms.

SERVPRO of Washington County is at your service. Call us at (401) 315-2337 and let us be partners in leaving your business "Like it never even happened."

Where Can I Find Reliable Help Removing Water from My Business?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

cleaning lunch room Do you have a water damage issue in your Westerly Business? Call SERVPRO mitigate your water damaged loses.

Help Is on the Way Fast When You Call SERVPRO for Westerly Commercial Water Removal

Although the stories in the media focus on dramatic water emergencies like overland flooding and Westerly municipal water line breaks, the more common reasons for water loss are the same in both residences and businesses. Neglected leaks in pipes; condensation from cooling, freezing, and refrigerator systems; malfunctioning water-using appliances; and accidental overflows or spills cause the majority of water damage. Regardless of the source, water filling recesses, and spaces, spreading down and across surfaces very swiftly creates significant problems for the structure and contents in your commercial building.

Can You Find and Fix Water Damage We Did Not Notice Until Later?

Never fear. Unnoticed long-term damage is familiar to our team, and we seek for it persistently when we arrive to assess your Westerly business’s water removal needs. Every water loss call includes a thorough evaluation of both obvious evidence of the loss as well as a research-based inspection to detect the migration path or paths of the water. We use sensitive devices both to find puddled or trapped water and also to measure moisture levels of structural components. This data helps us determine the perimeter of the water incursion and gives us a baseline upon which to design a drying plan and goals.

How Do You Take Care of the Hidden Water in Building Cavities?

SERVPRO’s trained and certified team knows water is incredibly corrosive, tarnishing metals and causing wood and cellulose products like drywall and subflooring progressively to deteriorate, swell, weaken, and warp. We gain access to and remove the water and moisture through a variety of strategies:

- Controlled demolition to create access points to wet materials
- Negative or positive air pressure systems like Injectidry
- Carefully positioned and heated air movers, partnered with high-efficiency dehumidifiers

Can you count on SERVPRO of Washington County to free your commercial property of damaging water and moisture? Be confident that your call to (401) 315-2337 will result in a professional and successful response to any water loss.

How Can I Remove Water Quickly from Westerly Restaurant Kitchens?

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

"Come in we're open" Let SERVPRO Help get you back to business as usual. We are always available.

SERVPRO Can Help with Fast Extraction and Drying for Westerly Businesses.  

When a pipe bursts or some other clean water emergency occurs in your Westerly restaurant that leaves your staff contending with several inches or more of standing water, you do not have time to lose. Water has likely already begun migrating to dining areas and other rooms of your restaurant, so containment and mitigation are vital services that business owners look to our SERVPRO team to provide.

With the tile flooring in your kitchen area, we can often utilize our squeegee wands on extractors to begin water cleanup in your Westerly restaurant. Many of the surfaces in the kitchen area have low-permeance, making it faster to remove standing water and reduce migration into more challenging drying areas like the dining space with carpeting and wood fixtures.

What is necessary for effective containment of water damage? 

  • Air movers
  • Plastic sheeting containment barriers
  • Air scrubbers
  • Extractors
  • Dehumidifiers

It is our business to get you back in business – give our SERVPRO of Washington County team a call today at (401) 315-2337.

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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.

Growing Our Commercial Division

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Disaster relief is no easy job. It takes a team of dedicated individuals willing to go the extra mile at a moments notice. 

Our commercial division is a segment of our team dedicated to large loss recovery. Many times when these types of losses occur we know we will be on the job for weeks or even months and so our chain of command needs to be prepared and ready to dedicate themselves solely to the job for the duration.

This is what sets us apart from the competition, we have cultivated a workplace atmosphere and energy that inspires our team to always give their best effort. We are consistently training and learning from our experiences and passing this knowledge onto our new team members and to other recovery teams that we may work with when a large-loss is on the line.

In a large-loss nothing is more important than the client and the job at hand, we are here to lead the way to recovery.

Schedule A Facility Cleaning Today!

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

We were out early on a Sunday morning visiting a commercial client for a monthly facility cleaning. This particular client requires we clean the premises outside of their regular business hours when they are closed and there are no employees in the building. Did you even know SERVPRO provides scheduled cleaning services? Most people are not aware of this service and assume we only handle disaster restoration clean-up after a flood, storm or fire. But our general cleaning services are second to none. Our technicians are professionally trained and have access to a vast array of SERVPRO equipment, cleaning solutions and techniques. If your business is in need of a weekly, monthly, annually or even one-time cleaning services we can help! Our professionally trained cleaning technicians can handle any industry, such as commercial, industrial, service businesses, warehouses, government buildings and more. Schedule your cleaning today!

Parking Lot Clean-Up, Repainting, Repair & More

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Now that the winter is over it is likely you and your client's parking lots need to be cleaned and possibly repainted. We can help. We are your #1 call for any and all types of cleaning and repair and are on the scene shortly after of your call. If you need parking lot cleaning, repainting, repair, or lightbulb replacement contact our office now and we can send out a crew for a one-time cleaning and damage inspection or schedule regular clean-up inspection times to ensure your property always looks great. We make the process simple, SERVPRO of Washington County, offers one-stop shopping when it comes to property clean-up, maintenance, construction and restoration. Our team of highly skilled technicians, contractors, and craftsmen make us the #1 choice for large corporations looking for a full-time, fully-capable maintenance team that is available at a moments notice. Call us today!

Artists' Cooperative Gallery in the Westerly Train Station

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

The Artists' Cooperative Gallery is moving into the Westerly train station and we were called upon to help prepare the new location for what is sure to be a great move for the Co-Op. Jobs like these are one of our favorites because we get to share in the growth and progress of a local business and help to improve another building in our beautiful hometown. For this particular job, our clean-up crew worked top to bottom because for the past four years the station's ticket terminal moved to only online sales. Removing cobwebs and years of dirt and debris from the ceiling and walls and finally restoring the original flooring to a 'like new' lustrous shine. We wish the best of to the Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly in there new home!

Proudly Serving the Communities in Washington County

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® is often recognized as a nation-wide leader in disaster restoration services but, it is important to note that SERVPRO® of Washington County and all SERVPRO® locations are locally owned and operated. As a local business, we enjoy getting involved in our community; getting to know each other, engaging in community events, and of course, working with other business owners in our area when needed. We know that working locally means our reputation is always on the line and for each and every job it is of the utmost importance for our team to maintain our great reputation, especially with our neighbors!

In addition to our restoration services, we can also provide our neighbors cleaning services. We provide carpet and upholstery cleaning and ductwork cleaning, contact our office today!

Hotel Lobby Flood

10/30/2017 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes a business or commercial property SERVPRO of Washington County has scored high ranks with our clients, we understand the importance of ensuring a business or commercial is in operation as soon as possible. In many cases we are able to isolate the area where the disaster has struck and the business can remain in operation. Recently we were called to a disaster at a hotel where water from persistent rains flooded the lobby. Upon arrival our first goal was to clean and restore as much of the lobby as possible. We knew that by doing so we could allow the hotel to operate and service their customers as we continued to mitigate and dry the public areas of the business. Our team built temporary barriers to block the view of the equipment and the crew as the mitigation work was underway, 24/7 until the lobby was 100% recovered.

Serving Westerly, RI

10/30/2017 (Permalink)

Some of the most rewarding work we do is directly in our community. When we are called to a disaster in our hometown of Westerly, RI we know that our every-step is on display to individuals we may end up seeing around the community many times over afterward and we must step-up our performance. A few years ago we had been called to a summer home on Atlantic Ave which had flooded after a winter storm. We were on the scene within the hour and began the process of mitigating and repairing the home. Little did we know the owner of the home was also a local business owner and his boatyard also suffered damage after the storm. Thanks to our crew and their professional approach in the beach home we were called into work on and mitigate the water damaged suffered in the warehouse and office building of the yard.

Damage Estimating

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial damage and restoration projects can be difficult for Insurance Adjusters to project and estimate. Our executive team recently held a class offering an opportunity to meet with area adjusters and help them to understand commercial disaster applications and how to better cost analyze these specific types of projects. Insurance adjusters from several different companies attended the class and were each able to take away helpful tools and tips for several different types of restoration jobs such as water and fire damage, mold remediation and more.

SERVPRO of Washington County is happy to arrange these types of seminars for insurance agents and adjusters who would like to better understand how to estimate and price services in a disaster situation. Contact our office today and we will provide you details for your companies private seminar.

Restoring Your Newport and Bristol Counties Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

4/29/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at SERPVRO of Newport and Bristol Counties commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Newport and Bristol Counties

SERVPRO of Newport and Bristol Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.