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Atlantic Hurricane Season 2022 Update

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

National Hurricane Center hurricane tracking image showing 3 storm systems that are being tracked in the Atlantic Ocean. SERVPRO Team Luzzi's water damage restoration experts are available when natural disasters damage your property. Call us 24/7.

Unpredictably, the Atlantic storm season of 2022 has been quiet. There were no named storms in the August for the first time since 1997. On September 1, Tropical Storm Danielle was named. It is the fourth Atlantic tropical depression to develop this year. Danielle will be at sea, and is not a danger to land. Two other storm systems are being monitored by meteorologists. However, conditions in the Atlantic Ocean remain too dry for tropical depression formation. The Atlantic's warm waters are ideal for generating hurricane activity, but the air is still dry and dusty, which reduces the likelihood of tropical storm formation. It is possible that the first disturbance in the image will be the fifth named storm of this season, Earl. Although it is too early to predict the storm system's path, it is moving slowly west to northwest and appears to be passing north of the Caribbean islands. There is a possibility that parts of the east coast could become affected if the storm moves along its current path. We will keep an eye on the storm to ensure we are ready for anything.

It is well-known that the most recent tropical storm systems have caused more water damage and have been wetter than the storms of the past. Although there are many causes for this destruction, most scientists point out that man-made climate change is the main catalyst. This includes the increase in rainfall and storm surge seen in nearly all major storms of 21st century.

We are water damage restoration specialists and will be ready for any type of severe weather. We can provide a preliminary assessment of your property prior to a storm and even offer preventative measures to reduce damage.

Store Damage Preparation and Restoration

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Waves crash on a waterfront walk way. SERVPRO of Washington County is prepared for the next major storm. Call us 24/7.

SERVPRO's Storm Response Team was established to provide assistance in coordinating a larger chain command in the event that a storm strikes. This is a testament to our dedication in these unpredictable situations. Our team has to brave dangerous and horrible messes in order help communities recover. It is not surprising that our ability to quickly grow our workforce, equipment stockpile, and mobilize has enabled us to become the most recognizable restoration restoration company in the USA.

Our team is available to mobilize thousands of miles and transport equipment when and as needed. Some of the most experienced storm restoration project managers and technicians are part of our ranks. 

We remain steadfast and foresighted in the event of major storms. We will mobilize our teams to assist those who will be most affected. We offer pre-storm services such as board-up services and pump and sandbag placing... and we offer restoration services to residential and commercial properties that are in dire need of repair after a storm.

We will keep an eye on all major hurricanes and will be prepared to respond in case of emergency. Call us today if you suspect that your building may be at risk. A project manager will help you to map your property and can also assist with restoration in case of a major storm.

Smoke & Soot Damage Repair

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

Forest fire picture taken from space. SERVPRO fire damage restoration includes clean up and removal of soot and smoke odors.

The heat waves of the summer of 2022 have broken temperature records around the globe. In Spain meteorologist have decided to start naming these events, like hurricanes, has the destruction and death brought on by prolonged heat has warranted such a designation. Forest fires in Europe and across the US have forced thousands of people to leave their homes in search of a safer locations and the summer is only at the midway point. 

Residential and commercial properties in the way of an out-of-control forest fire stand little to no chance of survival... but even properties miles away from the blaze can be subject to fire, smoke, and soot damage. SERVPRO is available to help properties recover from smoke and soot damage, as well as the clean-up and repair of buildings directly affected by fire. 

Our team is trained to manage and resolve issues resulting from smoke and soot damage including:

  • Clean-up and sanitation of all surfaces
  • Removal of all visible soot
  • HVAC & Ductwork Cleaning
  • Removal of odors
  • Cleaning of textiles (clothing, rugs, curtains, etc)
  • Restoration of furniture
  • Restoration of electronics
  • Reconstruction

SERVPRO is the #1 choice for fire damage restoration because we offer a complete start-to-finish product that saves you time and money. If your property, commercial or residential, is damaged by property call us immediately. Our team is available 24/7 and will begin work right away in order to help save and restore as much of your damaged property as possible.

SERVPRO's Storm Team is Prepared to Help In Floods & Storms

7/8/2022 (Permalink)

Two houses are partially under water after a flood. SERVPRO of Washington County is Rhode Island's #1 Storm Restoration & Construction Team.

The country's June 2022 record for highest temperatures was broken in several states this year. Experts believe that this is just the beginning of a hot summer. Record breaking days with nighttime temperatures above 90 degrees are happening in cities throughout the south. There is no relief from heat, even at night. These areas are vulnerable to flooding if it rains. The reason is that the dry, hardened ground won't be able absorb water fast enough in case of a tropical storm or large rainfall. These areas often see heavy rains during hurricane season. These are the types of storms that cause the most damage to commercial and residential properties and homes in the United States. People can't do much to prepare for these storms except to listen to local authorities and be prepared to evacuate commercial properties or homes that are in the path or floods. We will also be there to assist in the event of any damage. If needed, our team of disaster restoration and storm management experts are ready to assist in any storm that strikes New England, New York or elsewhere in the country.

Disaster Restoration Clean Up Near Me

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

A commercial property has been left neglected after a fire. SERVPRO of Washington County can manage restoration projects of all sizes. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

When you are in the unfortunate situation of having to contact a disaster restoration company emotions are running high. You want a restoration company that is ready to react as urgently as your situation dictates and anything less is unsatisfactory. That is why calling SERVPRO is the best option every time your property is damaged by water, fire, mold, storm, or other disasters that require difficult clean up. Our team is trained to react to the situation based on the needs of the client and if immediate action needs to be taken, we will be there.

Our team is prepared for any type of disaster. We can be there to pump out and dry out a structure after flooding and storms, we can restore a building that has experienced a fire, we can renovate a neglected home or commercial property that is in a state of disrepair, or even provide sanitation clean up when the safety and health of others are at risk. We can do it all when it comes to disaster clean up, management and restoration.

Furthermore, we are ready to begin construction services immediately, helping you to speed up the recovery process after a disaster has caused structural damage to your properties. We make the process easy by transitioning from restoration to repair and provide all services needed to completely restore your property.

Hopefully, you are not in need of our services any time in the near future. But, if you are in the unfortunate position of needing a disaster restoration company, we should be your number one call. We will respond to your needs quickly and provide an upfront and transparent restoration process.

Fire Damage Repair From Westerly to Wakefield

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees cleaning the seats of an auditorium. SERVPRO of Washington County is available when fire damages residential or commercial properties in Rhode Island. Call us 24/7!

SERVPRO of Washington County provides fire damage restoration and repair services to our home community of Westerly, RI and all of Washington County/Southern Rhode Island. We started here in Westerly close to 20 years ago and now provide these same reliable restoration services to communities in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

When a fire damages a home or a commercial property the first few hours of response are crucial. SERVPRO of Washington County is ready and waiting for the call. As soon as it is safe to enter the property our team will begin to remove undamaged property for cleaning and restoration. If the fire has occurred in a residential property we will work closely with the homeowners to determine what items are most important to them have right away. This could be anything, for example, electronics like a computer might be vital to a homeowner to have up and running very quickly. We can expedite the cleaning of those items and if they are not damaged beyond repair we will prioritize their restoration so you can have them back within the first 24-48 hours. We will also work closely with the homeowners insurance company providing daily communication throughout the entire restoration process.

If the fire has occurred on a commercial property we will work with all parties that need our restoration services. For example, we may work with the property manager, the property owner and one or more business owners in helping to restore the building and the property of the business owners inside. We have the capability of scaling up our services to manage large commercial properties and several clients simultaneously. Our team will provide complete restoration, clean-up and odor removal services. If construction and repair services are needed we can provide that too!

So if your property is damaged by fire, puff back/HVAC issues, or any other type of smoke/soot damage call us immediately. We are ready to help!

Prepared For Flooding? We Are!

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

A car drives through a water covered road in a rain storm. SERVPRO of Washington County is Prepared To Help In The Event of Flooding

Flooding from storm surge during a hurricane is a real threat. When we are preparing for a hurricane one of the numbers meteorologist will use to determine the damage that might occur is storm surge, the number of feet they predict the tide will be above what is considered a normal high tide. We have seen the effects of the damage from storm surge first hand in Staten Island & New York City, in coastal Rhode Island and the surrounding areas.

But more recently we have noticed an increase in damage from flooding by slow moving storms that drop an extraordinary amount of rain. These storms can cause millions of dollars in damage and in recent years have been responsible for more property damage than that of storm surge. This is because the slow moving storms can cover larger areas of the country with torrential downpours. In some cases an area might see more rainfall in a 48 hour period than they do in an entire month! This extreme rainfall causes rivers, storm drains and low-lying areas to flood and cause property damage.

SERVPRO is prepared for extreme weather events. We work tirelessly to understand the best methods for response in the immediate aftermath of and event, and to provide full remediation including any necessary construction.

Rhode Island Fire Damage Restoration and Repair

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke is rising from a commercial building that is on fire. SERVPRO of Washington County RI is available when fire damages your commercial or residential property.

When a fire damages your property you will most likely have to choose a disaster restoration company to help with the clean-up and repair of the building.This crucial decision can be the difference between a fast and successful recovery or a long and expensive restoration process.

That is why so many residential and commercial property owners call SERVPRO after a fire has caused property damage. Our fire damage clean up team is second to none because of years of proven training & developed techniques. We use the latest technology in clean-up and odor removal equipment and cleaning products and are trusted by insurance companies nationwide.

Upon first arrival to a residential property our team will work with the homeowners and insurance companies directly. Our team will make sure to prioritize the contents that matter to the homeowners the most. We can have items such as furniture, electronics, clothing and toys itemized and removed from the property for cleaning and returned quickly if they are required by the homeowner, for business or comfort!

 In a commercial property we will look to remove and restore items like documents, computers and other equipment to make sure that when these locations reopen for business things are ready to go! In many commercial projects we may work in multiple shifts to ensure downtime is minimized. Our team is prepared for difficult restoration projects, including large facilities with high ceilings and large pieces of equipment. 

If there is structural damage to the property we can help as well. After we complete the restoration and clean up of your property we can move right into the construction and repair phase. This keeps the process moving and avoids the delay of switching contractors and looking for sub contractors, we are on demand! 

Call our offices 24/7/365, we are your local fire damage restoration experts!

Professional Mold Removal & Sanitation Team Serving Rhode Island

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO techs are cleaning up water and mold from a wet basement SERVPRO of Washington County offers professional mold remediation services. Call us today to learn more and for a free estimate.

It is not surprising that many homes in the area are affected by mold growth in damp areas, such as the basement, due to the humid climate South County, RI neighborhoods face throughout the year. These concerns should be addressed as soon as possible to reduce the potential for harmful volatile organic compounds.

Often, the process begins with identifying where and how much mold is present on your property. Some property owners may need to be careful when identifying mold colonies in their homes. These are some warning signs or obvious signs that mold growth is occurring:

  • Spotting –Irregular spotting on organic matter such as drywall or clothing can indicate where mold is developing and what actions are required.
  • Damp surfaces -Moist surface like ceilings or wall panels can indicate greater water damage than the surface. Secondary effects such as mold can be caused by persistent moisture problems.
  • Musty, Harsh Odor -A musty odor is another sign that you may be experiencing mold colonization. This smell is indicative of mold development. It is likely that mold is growing or is already existing nearby.
  • Visible Colonization- Mold is often visible because it has completely engulfed organic materials such as drywall.

What are the Remediation Strategies?

To understand the differences in mold remediation, it is important to distinguish between remediating and removing the mold. While mold removal is impossible, remediation can be used to prevent active colonization of the affected structures.

  • Surface Cleaning- Our SERVPRO team can apply antimicrobial products to light damaged surfaces to prevent mold growth and eliminate spotting.
  • Abrasive Techniques -Sanding or soda blasting are two options to use aggressive actions to eliminate the entire hyphae from the microbial growth, without affecting the substrate.
  • Controlled demolition - While it's not always the best way to eliminate mold colonies, it can save you money in certain situations.

How can you protect your contents?

Professional remediation is different from DIY cleaning in that it protects your personal belongings. Because we understand how valuable and important your possessions are, professional remediation is not delayed in stopping the spread of mold to the property and completing a comprehensive assessment of the extent of damage your home and contents have sustained since the colonies began to form. Here are some strategies to manage your belongings:

  • On-Site Cleaning Our technicians and remediators will do their best to offer on-site cleaning, drying and deodorization as often as possible. This can help you save time and money when cleaning more complicated areas.
  • Removal - In many cases, removing items from the path to migrating microbes can be sufficient to protect them against any potential harms that they may have suffered during remediation.
  • Damage Assessment- We carefully inspect every item in your home that may have been affected by the colonization or spread of spores.
  • Offsite Restoration - We offer a variety of off-site recovery options at our SERVPRO facility. These are some of the most sophisticated methods for cleaning and deodorizing personal possessions. We can assist with everything from surface cleaning strategies to remove musty odors from entire possessions, to ozone chambers that neutralize musty smells.

What happens when contents are returned?

Moving back takes almost the same amount of care as packing to get rid of these contents. When you reach your property, your personal belongings are placed in groups in the climate-controlled storage area. Each item is thoroughly inspected to make sure there are no lingering odors or damage. These items can be returned to their original places once the remediation is complete.

You can see the benefits of enlisting the quick response of our SERVPRO Washington County technicians to minimize the damage mold can cause to your home and contents. Call (401) 315-2337 to have mold damage repaired in your home.

Water Damage Repair Rhode Island

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

An office building has been emptied because of water leaking from the ceiling SERVPRO of Washington County is available 24/7 when water damages your property. Call us now 401-315-2337

Commercial Water Damage and Restoration services are available 24/7 in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York & New Jersey because our team covers territories in all these states. This means if your commercial or multi-family residential building is damaged by water and requires a large-scale approach to restoration we can help. We have the labor, equipment and resources to mobilize our team and scale up production to meet the moment anywhere in our territories and beyond.

* This means if a major storm causes damage in a shopping mall covering multiple floors, we can help.

* If a pipe burst on the 8th floor of a multi-family property causing water damage from the 8th floor down, we can help.

* If a music venue has water damage in an area of the building where electrical and musical equipment can be damaged, we are the ones they trust to fix the problem and stop damage before it gets a worse.

Basically we are water damage professionals and can manage, restore and reconstruct your commercial property after a water damage event. We have been part of restoration efforts after most of the major storms on the east coast and in the gulf over the last decade and are called in when project management, labor and equipment are in high demand.

We also offer storm preparation services. So if your commercial property is prone to flooding call us today. We can help you prepare for the next major storm and help you to avoid costly damage.