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A Pipe Broke - Now What?

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage A Pipe Broke - Now What? Water mitigation equipment in Warwick,RI

Four Steps to Protect Your Property from Bursting Pipes

If you are facing destruction or flooding related to one or more bursting pipes in your Warwick, RI, home, you might be feeling lost and anxious. What can you do to keep water damage to a minimum? Read on for four steps that you can take to protect your property and valuables from the burst.

1. Turn Off Water Sources

Leaving water run when there is already a moisture problem can make matters worse. Turn off all water sources at or near any affected areas as soon as possible. This helps prevent a larger flooding issue and minimizes the risk for mold growth.

2. Fix the Broken Pipe or Pipes

If you can, repair the pipe or pipes yourself or call in professional help to do so. The more time bursting pipes go without being replaced, the longer you will have moisture-related concerns to deal with.

3. Call a Remediation Service

A water damage restoration company can typically survey any existing wreckage and restore your property to the best of the team’s ability. In some cases, even broken valuables and wet papers can be salvaged. Talk to the technicians about what their restoration plan is after they have surveyed the damage.

4. Keep Records

If you have a homeowner's insurance policy on your property, keep track of all destruction and repairs that occur. Snapping photos, saving receipts and taking other actions to record the restoration process from start to finish will help you when you go to file an insurance claim in the future. Talk to your agent if you have specific questions about your coverage.

Calling Warwick, RI, cleanup services is your best bet when facing bursting pipes. Professionals can help minimize the risk of mold growth as well as secondary damage. Water emergencies are no joke, but taking action to protect your investments can lead to a happy ending.

Commercial and Residential Duct Cleaning

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial and Residential Duct Cleaning The SERVPRO difference of HVAC Cleaning

When it comes to fighting dirty indoor air, SERVPRO of Providence has what it takes to help everyone breathe easier and feel better in the workplace and at home. Our commercial and Residential duct cleaning procedures conform strictly to the high standards of the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA).

Our technicians are fully trained in the latest techniques, and equipped with state of the art equipment to perform the most thorough cleaning that will ensure a healthier, more productive, clean air environment for your employees or family members. In addition, our team of technicians will get the job done with minimal disruption to your home, office facilities, employees and work schedules.

SERVPRO of Providence will send out one of our experienced Project Managers to perform a walk through to provide an estimate at no cost to you! 

Some of the things we check for are: 

  • Water infiltration into ductwork.
  • Bird and small animal damage.
  • Blocked outside air intakes.

 Frozen Pipes: Prevention and Treatment 

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage  Frozen Pipes: Prevention and Treatment  Flooding after a pipe had frozen in this commercial building in Providence, RI

With the colder weather officially upon us, now is an excellent time to learn more about how to avoid frozen pipes, and the subsequent water damage that can occur if those pipes expand and burst. Though frozen pipes are a common occurrence, they are highly preventable. 

SERVPRO offers the following tips for preventing frozen pipes and mitigating potential damage that they can cause. 

  • Insulate all the exposed pipes in your home. Especially where they may be unheated, such as the basement, attic, garage, crawl space, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. 
  • Keep the temperature the same during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower temperatures in the evening, you can prevent a costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst. 
  • Close any inside values that supply water outdoors and open the outside value to properly drain excess water that may be in the pipes. 
  • In drastically cold temperatures, let your faucet trickle. While you may be concerned about wasting water, running water is less likely to freeze. 
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Keep outside valves open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing it to break. 
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F. 

Found a Frozen Pipe? Thaw It Out:  

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a few drips come out, suspect a frozen pipe. Typically, frozen pipes are found along exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation. 
  • Make sure the faucet remains on while treating the pipes, as the flowing water will help to melt the ice within the pipe. 
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or other open flame device. 
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too.  

Should you experience a loss resulting from water damage, turn off the water supply as soon as possible, and call SERVPRO of Providence immediately. The longer you wait to call, the greater the chance of mold growth and unrecoverable property. SERVPRO of Providence professionals have the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects that water damage can have. 

3 Signs That Your Leaky Roof Could Lead to Mold

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 3 Signs That Your Leaky Roof Could Lead to Mold Mold on roof in Warwick,RI

Three Signs That Can Signal Mold Growth

Owning a business in Warwick, RI, comes with many ups and downs, and sometimes that means dealing with a leaky roof. Unfortunately, the potential for black mold to grow and spread becomes a high probability following a bad roof leak, as well. If you’re unsure about the state of your property’s roof and you’re worried you may have a leak, here are three signs that can signal not only water damage but the possibility of mold growth.

There are colored spots, or discolorations, on your ceiling. Finding condensation spots on the ceiling in your property’s bathroom or kitchen is common, especially when the use of hot water is consistently present. However, if you start to notice discolorations on the ceiling that appear to grow in size or change colors, it could be a sign that water damage and/or mold growth is occurring from above due to a persistent leak.

2. There are shingles curling and/or buckling on top of the roof. This might be harder to spot if the top of your building isn’t easily accessible or clearly visible from the street, but having a trained commercial building restoration service physically inspect the state of your roof’s shingles is important for verifying a leak. Haphazard shingles that curl upwards or buckle in on themselves could indicate constant dampness or moisture in that specific area, which could end up becoming a ceiling leak or even a source for black mold.

3. There are emerging areas of wood rot in your ceiling or attic space. A repeated flow of water targeting the same spots in your ceiling or dripping down the inner walls can lead to damp, rotting wood or even bubbling, peeling paint. This not only looks unpleasant, but it can lead to bigger problems if they’re left untreated.

Whatever the Cause, It’s Important to React Quickly

If any of these common signs of a leaky roof have become a problem in your Warwick, RI, building, it’s best to act fast. Black mold is known to form as quickly as 24-48 hours after heavy moisture sets in, so a quick response time can mean a world of difference to your business.

Estimating Damage After a Commercial Fire

11/22/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Estimating Damage After a Commercial Fire Commercial fire loss in East Natick,RI

Insurance Adjusters: Use Four Step Process To Quantify Damage

Whether they are small or large, commercial fires have a way of affecting all parts of a East Natick, RI, business. Because you are diligent business owner, you carry insurance to protect your organization from damage caused by fires and other disasters. Getting the damage estimate right is critical to recovering from any commercial fire. While all fires are unique, insurance adjusters typically use a four-step process to quantify damage.

1. Analyze the Extent of Damage

The first step in estimating the cost of fire damage is to look at the extent of the damage. While adjusters may walk through your facility, they also may ask engineers, architects, business insiders and fire experts to help them determine the severity of the damage.

2. Consider Containment Methods

When thinking about a fire inside your business, you may focus on flames and smoke. While these can cause extensive damage, they are only part of the equation. Often, businesses suffer extensive damage during fire containment. For a realistic estimate, adjusters must evaluate the techniques firefighters used to extinguish the blaze.

3. Evaluate Restoration Expenses

Many commercial fires in East Natick,RI, do not completely destroy business facilities. With the right tools, experience and skill, fire-restoration specialists often return businesses to their pre-fire condition. When estimating fire damage, adjusters must consider restoration expenses. In doing so, they often account for repairing damaged infrastructure, cleaning affected items, removing smoke contamination and other procedures.

4. Calculate the Cost of Upgrades

After a fire, many business owners often choose to upgrade structures to include the latest fire-suppression equipment. They may also have to modify buildings to comply with new building codes. As such, adjusters often build in the cost of necessary upgrades into their estimates.

Any business fire is potentially heartbreaking. After all, no entrepreneur wants to watch hard work go up in smoke. To fully recover from a fire, you must be certain your insurance adjuster gets the estimate right.

Should You Clean Under a House After a Flood?

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Should You Clean Under a House After a Flood? Water mitigation with air mover in a Corner,RI home

Most homeowners do not frequently access the crawlspaces under their homes. If water is still standing in this space after a home flood, damage mitigation measures will be necessary. A restoration company that specializes in storm damage can eliminate standing water, thoroughly dry this area, and take measures to prevent flooding from reoccurring.

Eliminate Standing Water

A restoration service may use one of the following types of pumps to remove water from a crawlspace:

  • Portable submersible sump pump
  • Hydraulic submersible pump
  • Dry-priming automatic pump

Professionals may finish the job with a wet vac. All of this equipment can get rid of standing water after a home flood. Water that remains in a crawlspace for an extended period of time can damage the foundation of a home, rot beams or joists, or promote mold growth.

Get Rid of Remaining Moisture

It is also necessary to completely dry out the crawlspace to mitigate damage. Mitigation experts may rely on commercial or industrial equipment, such as:

  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Fans

Any fiberglass insulation exposed to moisture should be torn out and replaced. Once the area is dry, it will pose less of a mold risk.

Mitigate Future Flooding

Residents of flood zones may want to install sump pumps in crawlspaces. A contractor will remove the vapor barrier before digging a trench around the interior foundation and laying perforated pipe. An electrician should install a ground fault circuit interrupter or GFCI outlet. A sump pump that drains to the exterior can then be installed at the lowest end of the trench. The final step is to put in a new vapor barrier.

If the area under a home frequently floods, the homeowner should take measures to limit the ability of water to collect in the crawlspace. After a home flood, consult with a residential water and storm damage restoration company located in Corner, RI.

The Top 3 Grill Cleaning Tips

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Top 3 Grill Cleaning Tips Grill maintenance measures can reduce the risk of a grease fire in Hillsgrove,RI

A few simple grill maintenance measures can significantly reduce the risk of a grease fire. Follow these three grill cleaning steps to safely enjoy food cooked over fire.

1. Clean Up After Every Session

Start by burning off any remaining food or grease while the fire is still on. Maintain a fire for long enough to eliminate any residue on the grates and then turn off the grill. Use a grill brush to scrape fat or food off the grates.

2. Remove Grates for Deep Cleaning

Wait until the grill is cool before removing the grates. Clean grates with water and a brush or sponge. Depending on the material, you may also be able to use grease-cutting soap. Make sure it is safe to expose the grates to water or soap. If you use a gas grill, turn off and disconnect the propane tank prior to grill cleaning. You can cover the heating elements with foil to keep these parts protected while cleaning the hood cover and inside walls.

3. Dump the Drip Pan

Be sure to regularly dump the contents of the drip pan on your grill into the trash. This component collects grease and other food residue that can be likely to ignite if exposed to fire.

In addition to following these grill cleaning steps, you should maintain basic fire safety standards while grilling. Never grill on a covered porch or patio, use the grill at a safe distance from structures, and do not leave the grill unattended. You should also avoid storing a portable grill while it is still hot, as this can increase the risk of fire. Keep a Type K fire extinguisher on hand in case a grease fire starts and contact the fire department. If you need to clean up and repair fire damage, hire a mitigation and restoration service located in Hillsgrove, RI.

The Benefits of Interruption Insurance

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Benefits of Interruption Insurance Commercial drying equipment in Greenwich, RI

Your commercial insurance package should include everything that is necessary to protect your business. It can contain property insurance, flood insurance, liability policies, and workers' compensation. It should also include a business interruption policy. If your building in East Greenwich,RI, is damaged by a storm, you may have to rethink your business plan while you rebuild. Interruption insurance can help you manage the costs of doing so.

Protects You

Your property insurance covers the remediation of the physical damage done by a storm. Your interruption insurance, on the other hand, compensates you for the fallout of the closed business. It typically covers basic expenses:

  • Temporary relocation costs
  • Profits lost during closure
  • Operating expenses
  • Training costs for new machinery
  • Civil authority ingress and egress

Helps You Stay in Business

There are other consequences of closing your doors while you rebuild other than profit losses. You may lose faithful clients who have to look elsewhere for the services you provide while you are shut down. You may also lose out on new clients whom you are not able to reach while your business isn't functional. Business interruption insurance can give you the support you need to keep your business open so that you can retain old clients and possibly even gain new ones.

Can Be Adjusted To Fit Your Needs

All interruption insurance policies are not exactly the same. You may decide to adjust the waiting period for your benefits to save money, or you may decide it's worth the extra cost to have the payout come in as early as possible. The main factor in determining the cost of the policy is the specific expenses it needs to cover to get you up and running again. Your agent or broker can help guide you to a policy that fits your needs and budget.

When you need to rebuild the location of your business, an interruption policy comes in handy. It can compensate you for losses while you're closed as well as the expenses associated with opening again.

Small Drain Auger 101: How to Properly Snake a Clogged Pipe

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Small Drain Auger 101: How to Properly Snake a Clogged Pipe Pipe break in a Warwick,Ri basement

A clogged drain can be a nuisance. If left unresolved, clogs can lead to a buildup of pressure which may lead to a pipe break, costing hundreds or thousands in repairs. A tool called an auger, commonly referred to as a snake, can help you resolve many common blockages and is simple to use. Follow the steps below for guidance.

1. Insert Auger Head into Drain

Grab the head of the auger, slowly pulling a length of the cable from the housing. With smooth and even pressure, insert the head of the auger into the stopped-up drain. Continue feeding the auger into the pipe, gently navigating curves with back and forth motion until you reach the clog.

2. Crank Auger Handle and Apply Even Pressure

You will know when you have reached the cause of the clogged pipe when the auger cannot move forward. Once the auger reaches the blockage, you engage the auger’s action by cranking the housing handle clockwise, which will rotate the auger head, digging the head into the obstruction.

3. Move Through the Clog

While applying pressure and moving the auger forward, continue rotating the auger handle. Continue this process until you feel the auger push through the clog and move freely through the pipe. The free movement of the auger means that the clog has either been broken up or tangled in the auger head.

4. Retract the Auger and Flush the Drain

With slow and even pressure, remove the auger from the drain. Do not rush because rushing may cause the clog to break free, reclogging the pipe. Once the auger is free of the drain, run hot water for several minutes to ensure the entire clog has been cleared. If there is still an issue with the drain, it may be time to call a professional from the Warwick, RI, area for assistance.

A clogged pipe does not have to be a significant issue. If you take your time and use the right tools, you may be able to resolve most common drain blockages without going to any substantial expense. An auger can be a real drain superhero and should be in everyone’s toolbox.

Avoiding Sprinkler Floods: Why Sprinkler Inspections Matter to Your Business

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avoiding Sprinkler Floods: Why Sprinkler Inspections Matter to Your Business Air mover on a water damage in a Hillsgrove, RI home

Sprinkler flooding can cost a business thousands, and if it happens to your business, the best option may be to look in the local Hillsgrove, RI, area for restoration specialists. However, you may be able to prevent the hassle by performing routine irrigation maintenance and avoiding the following irrigation pitfalls:

1. Avoid Broken or Misaligned Heads

One common cause of sprinkler flooding is a broken sprinkler head; however, the head does not have to be entirely wrecked to cause damage, it can merely be misaligned. Sprinklers end up broken and misaligned in any number of ways, lawn mowers being the most common, but one way to avoid this damage is to install sprinklers on a swing pipe so that they are suspended in the soil.

2. Avoid Costs of Leaky Seals

Another common cause of flooding occurs because of leaky seals. Wiper seals are not made to last forever, and after years of exposure to debris and possible collisions with lawn equipment, these seals wear away or fail. Left unchecked by irregular Irrigation maintenance, these seals can continue to drip costing businesses possibly thousands in wasted water.

3. Avoid Costs of Damaged Pipes

In addition to leaky seals, businesses should be aware of the potential costs from damaged pipes. As pipes are located underground, business owners should inspect the property for any pooling of water or unusual divots because these can be signs of leaks and damage in the lines. If not addressed, this can also cost the business thousands in water alone.

4. Avoid Clogs

While the costs associated with leaks may not be concern enough for businesses to begin biannual inspections of their irrigation systems, they shouldn’t underestimate the risks related to simple clogs. Left unchecked, a clog or blockage in the line can create a buildup of water pressure, possibly resulting in burst pipes and even complete system failure.

Irrigation maintenance is vital to the functionality of your sprinkler system because routine maintenance helps you avoid the common issues above while potentially saving you thousands in costly repairs later.