Recent Storm Damage Posts

Trust SERVPRO During Hurricane Season | SERVPRO® of Washington County

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Washington County is your local restoration expert. a large satellite image of a storm cell heading for landfall

Many kinds of natural disasters happen year-round, and there’s no particular “season” for them—wildfires, thunderstorms, hail and wind all occur naturally throughout the year. But there’s a particular season for those of us on the Atlantic Coast where we have to be even more weather-aware than usual.

Right before the writing of this article, researchers doubled down on what they expect to be a heightened period of activity during 2021’s hurricane season, which was already expected to be above average for the sixth consecutive year.

All that to say, hurricanes and other disasters of a natural or even accidental nature can be anything from a nuisance to a major life event, and when they come along you need someone you can trust to help you recover, cleanup, and restore whatever’s possible.

Here’s why that someone should be your local SERVPRO team.

We Get to Work Quickly

We proudly proclaim that we’re “Faster to Any Size Disaster,” because we mean it. We’ve got a local team right here in Washington County on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency assistance. Whether it’s Hurricane Elsa in July causing heavy rain and flooding, or a grease fire that broke out on the grill and burned up your deck, we’re geared up and ready to go at all times.

A Powerhouse Combination

When you trust SERVPRO of Washington County with your recovery, you’re dealing with a local business that knows the needs and specificities of the Gold Coast, as well as a nationwide network of resources. That means whatever the challenge, we’re up for it and we can handle it exactly as Rhode Islanders need it handled.

Innovation and Experience

We’ve spent more than a half century developing the most effective methods for dealing with water and fire damage, mold remediation and even hospital-grade cleaning solutions for businesses. We wouldn’t have made it this long if we hadn’t figured out how to execute the job to the satisfaction of millions of customers, all while continuing to drive innovation to keep up with changing needs.

When disaster of any kind strikes, just know we’re ready to take on the tough job of cleanup, restoration and recovery. Call us today to learn how we plan to make your disaster area look "Like it never even happened."

Hurricane Season May Be Getting Longer | SERVPRO® of Washington County

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

satellite image of a large hurricane cell over ocean If a hurricane or tropical storm threaten your home or business, SERVPRO of Washington County is here to help restore property damage.

It’s OK to say it—life on the coast is pretty good. Here in Rhode Island, traveling along Route 1 can unlock a lifetime’s worth of beachfront exploration and beauty.

With some 40 miles of coastline, Rhode Island’s coastal appeal is nearly off the charts, whether you’re surfing in Narragansett or spending a day with the family at Newport Beach.

But this time of year, we do have to worry about the occasional weather threat, including the dreaded H-word. And that threat isn’t going anywhere soon; in fact, it’s increasing.

The last 10 years have seen an increase in the number of Atlantic cyclonic storm activity, with 2020 setting a record of 30 storms, so many that the we ran through the alphabet and started using Greek letters to name them.

Now scientists are debating whether hurricane season should officially be lengthened. Rising ocean temperatures are bringing us more hurricanes, and increasing the length of active potential time for hurricanes to form.

Whether because of climate change or some other reason, the NOAA has been forced to consider extending the official hurricane season, used to bring awareness and extra monitoring of the Atlantic storms, adding two weeks to the front of it, making the new start May 15 instead of June 1.

Though this year’s season will begin at the usual time, the NOAA did begin providing its normal Tropical Weather Outlooks sooner.

The cause for the potential change is simple—storms are coming sooner. In the last decade, there have been 10 official storms in the Atlantic that have formed prior to the traditional start date of hurricane season, and eight of them occurred since 2015.

Whether or not hurricane season is extended, the bottom line for Rhode Islanders is that we should always be watchful in the warmer months, and be fully prepared for storms to come, as it’s clear the frequency and intensity of storms are not decreasing.

When hurricanes and tropical storms threaten your home or business, SERVPRO is here to help restore property damage. Click or call today to get the peace of mind that comes with having the best team in the industry on your side.

Hail Damage and Your Washington County Business | SERVPRO® of Washington County

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

large pieces of hail melting on dark roof shingles If your business should encounter damage from hail or thunderstorms, SERVPRO of Washington County is here to help you manage the damage.

When it comes to natural disasters and storm protection, hail is often an afterthought. Maybe it’s because it’s so random, and quite frankly so interesting and quirky, that we often think of hailstorms with a certain fascination rather than a healthy respect.

In point of fact, however, hail is one of the most damaging natural disasters, and far more common across the country than the appearance of hurricanes or tornadoes. There were 4,611 major hailstorms in 2020 alone, and the damage from hailstorms averages between eight and 14 billion dollars a year over the last two decades.

And though we call certain parts of the country “hail alley,” it’s truly not just a midwest problem. Hail storms can occur anywhere, at anytime, given the right atmospheric conditions, and the U.S. elevation and climate is more suited to them than perhaps anywhere else in the world.

So what can you do to protect your business from hail damage, and how can you assess it when it may occur?

Look after your roof. Your roof needs inspection annually, or after any major hail event. Look for broken shingles, replace any worn-out sections or damaged flashing, and clear gutters and rooftops from debris and built-up blockages. Also, don’t wait when it’s time to replace your roof! When it’s time, it’s time, and waiting makes you prone to water damage from rain and atmospheric moisture.

Minimize window breakage. Given Rhode Island’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, installing impact-resistant windows may help prevent damage from both hail storms and hurricanes, so you might want to consider it for your business. These kinds of preventive steps may even bring down your insurance costs.

Cover the important stuff. Keeping valuable assets indoors or under cover is a smart way to prevent potential hail damage. Company vehicles should be moved to garages or carports if available, and anything that can be protected by moving it indoors should be moved. Indoor assets should be kept away from windows as well. And your most important assets, your employees, should take cover when severe storms come. Hail is natural output of thunderstorms, so regular thunderstorm precautions should be taken as well.

If your business should encounter damage from hail or thunderstorms, we’ll be there fast to manage the damage. Click or call SERVPRO today to get help from the pros.

What are the Options for North Kingstown Residents in Need of Basement Flooding Cleanup?

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician consulting with customer When storm damage impacts your property, call on our skilled experts at SERVPRO for assistance.

SERVPRO is a Dedicated, North Kingstown Restoration Service for Residents with Flood Damage

North Kingstown is a township on Rhode Island that is famous for studying marine life and the former US navy base at Quonsat Point. The original settlements established on Rhode Island date back to the seventeenth century. However, since that time, the township has split into northern and southern districts. North Kingstown is home to Narragansett Bay, an abundant oyster and shellfish fishery for residents and tradespeople. Rhode Island, where North Kingstown is based, is itself a part of the wider Washington County. The collection of rural cottages, hamlets, and townships found around North Kingstown prove a satisfying historic tapestry for those interested in the early life of North America's first settlers. As such, the area has numerous preserved landmark sites and wetlands for wildlife. These include taverns, mills, and ports that allowed the region to develop into an agricultural point of interest in the United States.

The National Register of Historic Places has several listings of North Kingstown. Among the earliest structures is the Palmer-Northrup House which was originally constructed in 1680. Plenty of properties represent the eighteenth century, including the Old Narragansett Cemetery and accompanying chapel, both built-in 1707. Modern tourist attractions include a trip to Martha's Vineyard via the Rhode Island Fast Ferry and the aquatic educational centers. The bays of Rhode Island are rich in sea life which has prompted vast investment into research centers to study marine life. Some of these centers are open to the public alongside their more traditional aquariums. 

Biomes Marine Biology Center is one of the research centers that open for educational programs and tours. The species contained in the attached aquarium are those commonly found in the North Atlantic and Narragansett Bay. Situated on Post Road, the center opens from midday until 5 pm every day.

Wickford Village is a quaint and charming destination on Rhode Island originally owned by some of North Kingstown's founding members Roger Williams and Richard Smith. The picturesque cottages of Wickford are surrounded by the Wickford Harbor, which supplies the local delicacy, shellfish, to restaurants and markets.

Seabee Museum and Memorial Park pay tribute to the Construction Battalion of the US Navy. The museum covers the Seabees' role in various military conflicts both at home and abroad, with a particular focus on the local Narragansett naval base. The Seabee Museum was organized and funded by Seabee servicemen and women.

SERVPRO of North Kingstown Can Help in a Flood Damage Emergency

Adverse weather events can cause havoc to your personal property. The impact of high winds, heavy rainfall, and flooding can severely impact residents' lives. SERVPRO is here to help the recovery process with:

  • Ceiling leaks
  • Flood restoration
  • Basement flooding cleanup 

The flooring of your North Kingstown home is most likely to suffer damage from water intrusion. When large amounts of water are involved, water migration can be a critical factor that has a damaging impact on your floor's assembly. We can resolve upper fittings on flooring, padding, and subfloor after floodwater intrusion. The contamination level dictates if these floor coverings can be salvaged. 

  • In-place drying can be more time-efficient than clearing a room and is conducted using automated, mobile water extraction units.
  • Carpet floating using a flex-hose adapted air mover or fan can help to dry the underside of carpets reducing damage.
  • Flat drying carpets temporarily detach the carpet, dry the subfloor, replace the pad, and then return the rug and reattach.

Controlling losses relies on fast action in a time of emergency. Contact SERVPRO of Washington County for flood damage at (401) 315-2337.

Pumping Standing Water from a South Kingstown Basement

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

flooded basement Flooding from a storm can catch you off guard, call SERVPRO of Washington County today.

With several extraction units, basement flooding cleanup is possible in South Kingstown.

When basements become flooded by a burst pipe or storm damages, specific water removal tools are required. As an underground level in most households, this drop in distance requires a greater force for discharging standing water like a high-pressure pump. Likewise, powerful extractors are necessary when solids and debris are anticipated in the standing floodwater. Truck-mounted pumps and trash pumps have appropriately-sized discharge hoses for this reason. This helps with:

  • Basement flooding cleanup
  • Flood restoration
  • Water removal services
  • Sewage cleanup

What Preventative Measures Protect the Property After Drying?

Once water removal services address much of the flood damage in South Kingstown properties, it is necessary to provide preventative measures to ward off destructive secondary effects like mold and microbial colonies. Post-flooding recovery can leave areas moist for several days while air movers and dehumidifiers continue regulating humidity. Mold inhibiting products sprayed on surfaces can prevent microbial threats from developing while flood damage is still being restored.


Addressing standing water and storm damage in your home involves a fast response and powerful tools. Our SERVPRO of Washington County is ready to help when you call (401) 315-2337.

What Tools Work for Flood Restoration in North Kingstown?

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Water damage restoration in your home is no laughing matter. Call SERVPRO for the help you need to get your home back to preloss condition.

Extractors play a significant role in water damage remediation for North Kingstown homes after a flood. 

Mitigation is one of the most critical phases of any water restoration effort, and our fast response ensures that competent SERVPRO technicians start these actions as soon as possible. Emergency services water damage can include many steps, including:

What Extractors Are Best for Flood Water Removal in North Kingstown? 

Despite how quickly flood damage in North Kingstown can get out of control, mitigation can play a substantial role in protecting the property and its contents in the earliest stages. Extraction can involve multiple tools and machines in our recovery inventory, ranging from the versatile wet vacuums with attachments to submersible pumps. For flood water with solids and debris, trash pumps have a larger intake and discharge to more efficiently move these particulates with the extraction.

Flood emergencies can worsen quickly, but our SERVPRO of Washington County team can start vital mitigation quickly when you need it. Give us a call today at (401) 315-2337.

How Can Property Owners Get a Storm Flood-Damaged Home to its Original State?

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with items floating everywhere Flooded home? Quick response can save your further flood damage. Contact our certified team immediately after flooding.

They Can Hire a Certified Restorer Like SERVPRO to Handle the Storm Flood Damage in their North Kingstown Homes

Flood water can cause severe destruction to your home and affect your health. The longer flood water remains in your property, the more damage it can cause. When flood damage occurs, contact SERVPRO technicians immediately to make the flooding incident seem, “Like it never even happened.”

When we get to your flood damaged property in North Kingstown, we can assess the damage to determine the best way to approach the situation. We can use our hi-tech equipment to extract flood water within the shortest time possible. Since floodwater is highly contaminated, we can use various professional products to deal with contamination. They include:

  • Sterilizers – They destroy all microorganisms.
  • Fungi stats and mildew stats – They slow down fungi' growth on organic materials like paper, textiles, and leather.
  • Biocides – They are chemical agents that kill or destroy living organisms.
  • Sporicides – They are disinfectants that control fungal or bacterial spores.

Our technicians can dispose of the items that are damaged beyond repair. If the floodwater damaged your carpet, we could use a knee Kicker, razor knife, and power stretcher to remove your carpet. We can also use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home and valuable items thoroughly. Before we let you and your family back to the property, we can conduct a thorough inspection to determine if the restoration process was effective.

Do not allow storm flood damage to disrupt your way of life. Contact SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337 for an excellent restoration within a brief period.

Efficient Restoration After Storm Flood Damage in South Kingstown

2/21/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with items floating everywhere Excess water and flooding? Contact our certified SERVPRO team right away for effective flood damage remediation services.

SERVPRO Can Handle the Storm Flood Damage in Your South Kingstown Residence

South Kingstown is a town in Rhode Island and a county seat of Washington County in the U.S. According to the census held in 2010, the town had a population of 30,639. It is home to two scenic beaches in South County, historic landmarks, and tranquil farmlands.

South Kingstown Geography

The town extends north of Block Island Sound and lies west of Point Judith Pond. The United States Census Bureau reports that the town covers a total area of 79.8 square miles. 22.7 square miles of the township’s land is water.

The township includes villages such as Kingston, Wakefield, Green Hill, Middlebridge, among several others. Middlebridge is on the west side of Narrow River and the most populated area in the town.

Home of Arts and Culture

The town has venues such as the University of Rhode Island’s Ryan Center for music, among other entertainment. The CCA and Lily Pads are among the smaller entertainment venues for both residents and tourists.

The town also offers its residents and tourists arts and culture education through community centers such as the Senior Center and The Guild in Wakefield. Also, the villages of Peace Dale, Kingston, and Matunuck each host a public library. 

To enjoy athletics in South Kingstown, Old Mountain Field hosts the town’s baseball team called the Ocean State Waves for home matches.

South Kingstown is also home to the South County History Center museum in Kingston village. The museum is in a former jail building and preserves and interprets the Early American material culture of the town through the study of archival and artificial collections.

Hannah Robinson Tower is also one attraction that the town boasts of. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the 40 feet tall tower in 1938 using wood. In 1988, the tower was rebuilt using the same pillars. 

The town is also home to a calm, family-friendly beach called South Kingstown Town Beach in Matunuck. The beach offers residents and tourists 1,300 feet of beautiful beach and facilities such as:

  • A communal volleyball court
  • Playground
  • Boardwalk
  • Picnic area

The beach is just a short walk to local pizza, ice cream, and deli restaurants. South Kingstown has bike lanes, bike routes, and bike paths for residents and visitors to use. Over 25 miles of bike paths are under design, and over 60 miles of paved bike paths are already completed.

SERVPRO restorers do not keep property owners waiting after reporting flood damage in South Kingstown

Our team is available around the clock and responds to our customers’ calls within a brief period since we understand the dangers of flood damage. We use advanced equipment as well as unique but approved products for an effective restoration.

To minimize damage, we use hi-tech equipment to dry a property fast. Since floodwater may contain debris and sand, we can use a self-priming trash pump to extract the excess water. We also take time to examine the affected areas to locate moisture using thermography. The benefits of using thermography include:

  • No damage to the building – Penetrating moisture meters enable us to test for moisture underneath wood flooring and inside walls.
  • The ability to inspect difficult areas – We can point infrared cameras up to hard to reach areas such as ceilings while standing on the floor.
  • The ability to inspect more areas quickly – We can point thermal imaging cameras at large property areas to see where the moisture is located.

After the unfortunate event of storm flood damage to your property, contact SERVPRO of Washington County for fast and effective restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our emergency helpline is (401) 315-2337. 

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."

What Safety Issues Do Flood Emergencies Cause and How Do Professionals Control Them?

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning strike/ Storm 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:

  • Water on Surfaces Issues

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

  • Biohazard Exposure

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.

  • Salt Water Surge

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. 

  • Exterior Damage Issues

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.

Which Extraction Tool is Best for Flooding in My South Kingstown Home?

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team and equipment 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
  • Portable

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 I Safeguard My Charleston House After A Storm?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Living room and Dining Room Flooded Call SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337 to help you protect your valuables.

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
    •    Fabrics

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.

Is It Realistic to Hope My Family and I Can Return to Live in Our Flood Damaged Charlestown Home Again?

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in luxurious kitchen interior. SERVPRO of Washington County commits itself to rapid professional recovery from flooding and other catastrophes for the members of our community.

Call in the Experts -- Your Local SERVPRO Is Well-Trained and Equipped to Restore Flood Damage in Your Charlestown Residence

The key to returning to your Charlestown home after a disaster like a flood is to engage the services of a reputable recovery company, skilled and certified in multiple mitigation and remediation specialties. The path back to your normal life might have some twists and turns, and you need a restoration firm that has broad experience, top-notch training, and cutting-edge equipment, as well as a successful track record.

What Are the Boxes You Need to Tick When Choosing a Flooding Response Team?

Charlestown flood damage related to storms can include saltwater involvement, from storm surge or salt ponds within the municipal boundaries. As climate changes, we have seen more frequent severe multi-day rainstorms per authorities. Average single day flooding events in the state average 15 and peaked at 22 in 2018. Annual precipitation has increased a foot in the last century. The risks are sobering and increasing. When flooding strikes your home you require:

    •    A local company, with a rapid and scalable response for your current emergency and available in the future for questions or new concerns
    •    Technicians familiar with the complications of a saltwater surge, and the unique dam it can do to wood, concrete, and metals
    •    A one-stop resource for water removal, structural drying, and attention to secondary damage
    •    Help with insurance claims and the precise needs of contents also suffering the effects of flooding.
    •    The opportunity to obtain wrap-around restoration services to repair and rebuild storm damage and address controlled demolition

Can You Get All of the Services Necessary from Our Team?

With more than 15 years in the restoration and construction business, SERVPRO checks out on all you require. Our managers and technicians earn multiple certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the international restoration standards-setting organization. We lead as restoration experts by example, all in for events such as the  Rhode Island and Massachusetts Floods (2010), Hurricane Irene (2011), Hurricane Sandy (2012),  and Hurricane Irma (2017). Our team answered the call for help in other natural disasters across the nation, helping out our nationwide disaster recovery affiliates on dozens of occasions.

What Do We Offer Residential Victims of Flood Damage?

Our service vehicles arrive stocked with water removal, cleaning, disinfecting, and drying essentials and more, ready to scope out the damage specific to your situation. Although similarities abound among flood damage projects, our project manager must inspect and assess your home, ensuring we craft a recovery plan that is as unique as your circumstances. Once safety considerations are noted and accommodations made, we begin the water removal phase:

    •    We shovel silt and debris to ease the load of solid contaminants on the extraction equipment.
    •    If the flood fluids contain saltwater, we consider the need for fresh water flushing to prevent the delignification of wood building materials, save concrete from long-term damage, and avoid corrosion of metals.
    •    Water deeper than two inches pumps out, with submersible units set up and repositioned as needed.
    •    Truck-mounted extractors then take over, pulling water from flat surfaces -- extension attachments and portable extractors can access water in recesses and other confined spaces.
    •    Cleaning and disinfecting with EPA-registered products ready the surfaces and space for drying.
    •    Moisture detection and measurement provide data for drying goals and a baseline against which to gauge the drying progress.

What Can You Expect During Structural Drying?

    •    Our trained technicians calculate the number of air movers needed for circulation, placing them at appropriate angles.
    •    The temperature of the space must be established and then monitored -- warm air can accept more of the water evaporated from wet structures.
    •    We position dehumidifiers to absorb the water vapor best and use the exhaust of warm, dry air to facilitate the work of the air movers and heaters.
    •    Water contained in the dehumidifier is discarded.

What About Damaged Contents?

In some cases, we pack-out furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions before water removal. We might stage the items in a dry, secure place within your property. Our production facility also can be a place where we evaluate, clean, dry, disinfect, and deodorize items, storing them until the house is ready to move in. We track the contents using our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), using a combination of lists, digital photos, and barcoding to keep your property safe and prepared for pack-back.

When disaster strikes, who will you rely upon for help? SERVPRO of Washington County commits itself to rapid professional recovery from flooding and other catastrophes for the members of our community. Call us at (401) 315-2337 for a speedy assessment and efficient and effective restoration plan.

What Can I Do to Drain Water from My Westerly Basement?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

flood in basement Who are you going to call if you have a flood in your Westerly home basement? Call SERVPRO the team experienced in flood water extraction.

Our SERVPRO team has multiple extraction options that can remove standing water from your basement and start the drying process. 

Flooding in the lower levels of your Westerly home can be disastrous for your residence. From the struggles of extracting standing water to the obstacles involved with drying out concrete flooring and masonry units, our SERVPRO team can help.

Extracting water is one of the first steps that must happen when addressing flood damage to Westerly homes. Standing water is one of the biggest threats to the house, from promoting microbial growth to deteriorating exposed materials. Trash pumps and truck-mounted pumps are often the best choices for these situations to remove water with solids and debris.

How Can My Basement Get Dry After a Flood? 

Drying out the basement area after extraction is another set of concerns. We can begin to evaporate trapped water in concrete and blockwork through the use of several traditional and specialty drying tools. Some of these tools include:

  • Air movers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Floor mat drying systems 
  • Positive pressure systems

Flooding in the basement can be challenging, but our SERVPRO of Washington County team can help with a full-service approach, including both mitigation and reconstruction. Give us a call anytime you need us at (401) 315-2337.

Will Water Damage in Westerly Harm My Engineered Hardwood Floor?

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment inside of storage facility Take a peek in side our warehouse and see just some of the equipment available to restore your home.

SERVPRO can give your Westerly home's hardwood flooring the attention it needs to avoid loss from floodwater damage 

Flooding in Westerly happens unexpectedly, fast, and most often, the flooring gets the brunt of it. The key to any water spill in a home is removing the water as quickly as possible, which may involve actions such as mopping, blotting. If there is any inkling water seeped under the floorboards or behind baseboards, you need professional assistance to extract the water and dry the boards. 

What Does Water Damage Do to Engineered Hardwood Flooring? 

Several factors affect the outcome of water damage in Westerly homes to engineered hardwood boards. First, the construction of this type of flooring differs from a conventional hardwood floorboard and tends to with water loss better. Second, the length of the exposure the boards had with the water.

If your engineered boards meet the following criteria, there is the potential for restoration through rapid action for extraction and drying:  

  • Your floorboards have hardwood or plywood materials
  • The top layer veneer is not thin
  • The sealant on each board is intact
  • Your floorboards do not have fiberboard centers 

Necessary Actions to Save Different Types of Wood Flooring from Water Loss 

Hardwood floorboards are absorbant, and, to some extent that assists in saving the boards in a water loss event even though they may cup and buckle; most boards return to their original shape with little to no sanding necessary. However, the longer the high moisture conditions exist, the less chance of full restoration as the sealant and top veneer layer can only hold up so long against water. Avoid contact with the water, mainly if it is groundwater, and put down towels or rags as needed. Additionally, if it is safe to do so, move furnishings and small items out of any room experiencing flooding as a precautionary measure. If the water has a foul odor or has known chemicals in it, avoid all contact and await the arrival of the SERVPRO technicians.  

Engineered floorboards are a more complex product that gets created in layers. The inner layers are plywood or hardwood, and the outer layers are veneer (a thin slice of wood) of whatever tree species you desire, such as oak or cherry. Because of the way the boards get constructed in layers with a sealant, it can’t swell or warp.  

The type of wood-look flooring with the least amount of restorable potential is wood laminate flooring, which is essentially a high-density fiberboard with an image of wood on top. While it is less expensive than solid or engineered hardwood flooring, it also fares the worst after a water loss event due to the fiberboard core, which reacts poorly to moisture exposure and tends to deteriorate when it comes into prolonged contact with water. 

Extraction and Drying Methods for Engineered Hardwood Flooring 

The goal of SERVPRO is to use their advanced equipment and cleaning methods to save property owners from replacing their floorboards with flood damage in Westerly. Our methods include:  

  • The use of powerful water extraction equipment
  • Doing several "dry" passes to ensure the maximum amount of moisture gets removed
  • Removal of baseboards for water removal and drying

Situations When Removal of the Flooring is Necessary 

The seal on the boards is usually enough to halt the penetration of moisture into the flooring; however, that may not stop seepage under the boards into the subfloor or substrate underneath. When the techs' moisture detection equipment shows the subfloor needs drying, the boards are carefully removed in the area and set aside for reinstallation.  

Drying Tactics for Engineered Hardwood Flooring 

The use of air movers is standard when drying this type of floorboard. However, the techs often rely on individual add-on devices such as drying mats. These mats lay flat on the boards and deliver a steady stream of warm, dry air directly into the boards, which causes any embedded moisture to rise and assists in drying the wood from the inside out.  

Dehumidification equipment is a vital part of the restoration process. As the drying equipment runs, it causes moisture to rise. The dehumidifiers capture that water vapor and port it away, which creates a steady cycle of progressively drier air and works to lower the interior humidity levels quickly. 

Contact SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337 when you need help with water damage on engineered hardwood flooring. The technicians have the experience and equipment to extract the water and, in many cases, restore your flooring to its pre-water loss condition.

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."

Learn more about Westerly.

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.

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!

Despite a mild December; Winter is Coming

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Sure we will have to wait until April for 'Winter to Come' in the world of Westeros, but here in New England, despite the mild December, winter is finally here. Below freezing temperatures have been consistent the last few weeks and it feels like snow will be on the ground any day now. Are you prepared? And more importantly is your home or commercial property prepared for the extended freezing cold weather? Here are some things you can do to make sure your home is ready for winter.

  • Check attic and basement eves - If you live in an older New England home chances are you have a vented attic if this is the case double check to make sure attic insulation is still in place and working and that there are no drafts in the attic or basement. If you have any exposed water pipes you should insulate them and if necessary install an electric pipe heating cable that will monitor the pipes and keep them warm enough to keep water flowing.
  • Make sure water to outside water faucets is shut off - Leaving water on can cause the faucet to freeze and leak, this slow leak will allow ice to form around your hose bib and your foundation with the potential to cause structure and water damage to the property.
  • Monitor the temperature in your garage - If you have an attached garage there is a chance there are water pipes within the ceiling or walls adjacent to the garage, monitor the temperature of your attached garage and, if needed, install an emergency heat source to kick on when the temperature is low. This can save you thousands in water damage in the case a pipe were to burst! 

Storm Damage Repair & Dry Out

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Heavy rains from Hurricane Florence and other weather systems have soaked the east coast of the United States over the last couple of weeks. Our team of Disaster Restoration techs have been working around the clock restoring and drying out homes and businesses up and down the eastern seaboard, but we're not done yet! In fact, we have only just begun what we consider to be one of our busiest times of the year. There are of course major events, like hurricanes, that when they occur require several teams of restoration experts to band together. And there is also the change of seasons that will bring with it the cold weather that will inevitably cause pipes to burst, ice dam and snowmelt flooding. We recommend to all of our neighbors to take this time of year to prepare for the winter and other potential weather-related events that could cause damage to your property. Being prepared is the first step to a successful restoration.

Hurricane Report: 2017

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Needless to say, it has been a busy hurricane season in the United States. SERVPRO of Washington County has been busy serving the affected communities while also leaving an experienced crew behind ready to serve Rhode Island in case emergency restoration services have been needed. 

During the last few months, we have provided equipment, manpower, and management in the hurricane-affected areas of Texas, Florida, Louisana, Mississippi & Alabama. It has been difficult work and hard to witness the damage first hand but it has also been uplifting to see the resolve of the people who want to get back to normal and have pitched in to help their community.

We would like to send our continued prayers to the communities surrounding the hurricane zones of Houston & Florida, SERVPRO of Washington County is available if you need us!

Hurricane Season 2017: What to Expect.

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

As we begin the summer months it is important to note the start of the 2017 hurricane season is also underway. Meteorologist and scientist around the world believe this year we could see an increased number of Atlantic Ocean hurricanes due to a weak to non-existent El Nino effect.  SERVPRO of Washington County offers experienced leadership and crew members when it comes to hurricane damage and flooding mitigation.

Experienced team members play a crucial role in reducing the damage caused by severe weather, especially in coastal communities. SERVPRO of Washington County managers and crew members have participated in mitigating floods across the country including floods caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2014.

Please take a minute to note this phone number, 401-315-2337, our office is available 24-7 and ready to send a prepared crew to your emergency situation in a moment's notice. We offer several mitigation services that can drastically reduce the overall damage caused by weather.