Celebrate Summer Safety
Summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors, but it is also important to keep safety in mind. Consider the following tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association to keep you and your family safe all summer long.
- When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
- When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
- Always build a campfire downwind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your fire. Extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite.
- Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
Your local SERVPRO® of Newport & Bristol Counties wishes you a safe and happy summer!
Professional Carpet Cleaning
Choosing the right carpet cleaning company has never been easier. SERVPRO of Long Island City's professional cleaning crew is available for carpet cleaning work of any size. Our experience and powerful cleaning equipment can handle large commercial and residential cleaning jobs such as hotels, lobbies, and common hallways. Or small jobs such as residential homes and small business retail locations. As the country's leader in disaster restoration SERVPRO employees have become accustomed to clean-up work that appears to be beyond repair. Yet time and time again their training and determination prove otherwise thus earning a reliable reputation for disaster clean-up. Carpet cleaning, although smaller in scale visually, is not much different than a full on disaster. It requires the technician carefully evaluates the situation and determines the course of action to produce the best results.
Hurricane Season 2017: What to Expect.
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 Newport & Bristol Counties 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 and island communities. SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties 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, 401-817-8145, our office is available 24-7 and ready to send a prepared crew to your emergency situation in a moments notice. We offer several mitigation services that can drastically reduce the overall damage caused by weather.
2017 Mold Report & Preparation
Nationwide 2017 has been a unique year for weather. Across the country cities and towns have been stressed by the weather extremes from snowfall accumulating in 48 of 50 states to almost non-stop rain storms and flooding throughout the spring in some areas. The next battle will be the warm summer months and mold will be a new challenge as a result of the spring weather. SERVPRO technicians everywhere are getting prepared for what they believe will be an above average year for mold contamination in homes and commercial properties everywhere.
In New England states like Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts many homes and commercial properties will have mold issues, especially in basements and lower levels. These areas tend to get very little light and remain damp even when the temperature rises creating the perfect environment for mold to thrive.
If you believe your home, office or commercial building could be experiencing mold issues call us today!(401) 847-8145
Spring Time Cleaning Tips
Considering Spring Cleaning?
Springtime cleaning in the oceanside communities of Connecticut, Rhode Island & Massachusetts usually means the typical top-to-bottom refreshing of a home or place of business that is needed after a long winter. Most commercial and residential property owners take on these tasks in-house incurring the cost and time of the task. While this may seem cost effective, SERVPRO Professionals know the ins and outs of spring cleaning and can help you accomplish a new level of clean.
Initially we evaluate a commercial or residential space is to identify the type of heating source used throughout the winter; homes or businesses using duct work to provide heat should begin by cleaning ducts ensuring the dust a debris collected after a full season heating is removed. SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties provides duct cleaning services throughout Rhode Island and the surrounding area; so even if you prefer to do the bulk of spring cleaning in your home we can help to clean your duct work to ensure clean air when it is time to turn on the air conditioning.
For commercial spaces duct work cleaning is imperative as larger buildings will accumulate more dust and debris and in turn the accumulation reduces airflow and air purity for the entire property. SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties is an experienced commercial duct cleaning provider and can offer you a no obligation evaluation of your property. Clean ducts can not only help to provide cleaner air into your facility but drastically reduces cooling and heating cost and can prevent the likelihood of fire do to a heating system malfunction.
Contact a SERVPRO professional from SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties today. We specialize in spring cleaning of any size from duct and carpet cleaning, to hoarder clean-outs and disaster restoration we are a team you can trust!
Fire Pit Safety Tips
Fire pits are a great way to accessorize your yard and they are perfect for gatherings! When you use your fire pit, make sure you are keeping you and your property safe by following these safety tips!
Make sure you keep your fire pit AT LEAST 10 feet away from any structures. This may help prevent sparks from hitting your home and excessive smoke from entering your or your neighbor’s home.
Do NOT put your fire pit under tree branches or on a covered deck. Make sure your fire pit is in a location where the flames and sparks will not hit any objects.
Under the Pit
If your fire pit is not built into the ground, make sure you have stone, brick, gravel, or concrete under the pit. This will help prevent the area below the pit from burning. You should NEVER place your pit over dry grass or over a wooden deck. This is because the heat from the base of it pit may spark a fire to the ground below it.
Do not use your fire pit if it is windy. The wind may push sparks from the fire to an area that is flammable.
When you are using your fire pit, you should notice the direction the breeze is blowing. You should move any object out of the way of where the breeze is blowing to help prevent a fire from occurring.
Lighting the Pit
When lighting your fire pit, use a commercial fire starter pack. Do NOT use lighter fluid or gasoline to light the pit or to relight fires. You should always keep water nearby just in case the fire inside of the pit spreads.
Before you use your fire pit, you should check your town’s laws on fire pits. Some towns require a permit and an inspection. If the unfortunate happens, call the experts at SERVPRO. We will restore your property and make it look “Like it never even happened.”
Should you Clean your Air Ducts?
It’s that time of year where everyone wonders if they should get their air ducts cleaned. Dirty air ducts usually spread dust, dirt, and mold around your property. This can lead to poor indoor air quality.
While it is normal to have some dust and pollen in your air ducts, you might want to consider getting your ducts cleaned if the following is true:
1. There is mold growing inside of the air ducts
It is not always easy to see if mold is present. If your service provider says that mold is growing, ask him to show you where it is. If you do have mold in your air ducts, please note that it is impossible to completely get rid of mold.
2. Your ducts are infested with vermin
Do you have unwanted guests living in your air ducts? If so, you should call an expert to get them out as quickly as possible in order to prevent the problem from getting worse.
3. Your ducts are clogged with debris and dust
If your air ducts are clogged, you should call a professional to clean out your ducts. A clog can contribute to poor air quality.
If you have experienced any of the above issues, make sure you find out what caused the issue because it is likely that it will happen again.
If you believe your ventilation system falls into one of these three categories, call SERVPRO! The experts at SERVPRO will inspect your ductwork and HVAC system, give recommendations about the best way to address poor air quality, and fix your problem.
How to Prevent Mold
Mold can grow everywhere, from your carpet to your window seals, and even inside of your walls! Sometimes it is easy to detect mold, and other times it’s more difficult. While it is impossible to completely eliminate mold, here are some tips on how to prevent mold from growing.
Dry Wet Areas
Mold needs moisture to grow. You can help prevent mold from growing by wiping away condensation and by not leaving wet items around. Always make sure you wipe down the bathroom after you shower and hang wet towels in a room with good air circulation to dry.
Poor ventilation allows water to stay in the area and may help mold grow. If you are doing an activity that produces a lot of moisture, like cooking, make sure you are using the exhaust fan. You can always open up a window in addition to using an exhaust fan.
The EPA recommends indoor air humidity should be between 30 and 60 percent. You can keep an eye on humidity levels in your home with a moisture meter which can be picked up at your local hardware store.
If your home has high humidity levels, you may want to get a dehumidifier. This will help keep humidity levels down.
Direct Moisture Away from your Home
If your property constantly is flooded, you may want to develop a way to prevent water from getting inside of your home. This will help prevent water damage and it may help prevent mold from growing inside of your home. This can be done in a few ways.
- Create a barrier
- Dig a trench
- Build a dry well
If you suspect that you have mold growing in your home, call SERVPRO. The experts at SERVPRO will inspect and assess your property with our specialized training and equipment. We will make your property look “Like it never even happened”.
Types of Fire Damage
According to the NFPA, the number of fires your household can expect in an average lifetime is five. Any fire regardless of size will cause damage to your property. Fire damage is classified into six different classes and the type of fire damage can be classified in two ways.
Six Types of Fire Damage
Fires are classified into six different classes. These classes are Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, Class E, and Class F.
- Class A: Involves flammable solids, plastics, paper, rubber, cloth, and wood
- Class B: Damage is caused by flammable solids that became liquids and by liquids. Examples of these types of substance are gasoline, petrol, oil, plastics and, paints. Cooking oils and fats are excluded from this class
- Class C: Involves flammable gasses such as hydrogen, natural gas, butane, and propane
- Class D: Damage is caused by combustible gasses such as potassium, sodium, and magnesium
- Class E: This class is a combination of Class A and Class B but, it involves electrical elements
- Class F: Damage is caused by cooking oils and fats. Cooking oils and fats are in their own class because the fire is usually hotter and more damage is caused.
Fire extinguishers are not a one size fits all. Make sure you read the label on your fire extinguisher to see what types of fires it can put out. Some fire extinguishers are water based which would not be safe to use on a Class E fire. Also, check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher to make sure it is still good to use in case of an emergency.
Types of Fire Damage
Most insurance companies use two classifications for fire damage. These categories are primary damage and secondary damage.
- Primary Damage: Damage is caused by direct flames to the structure or to objects inside of the structure
- Secondary Damage: Damage is caused by corrosive substances, smoke, and water from putting the fire out
Secondary damage typically causes the most damage to the structure. This is because soot and smoke can work its way throughout the structure.
If you experience a fire in your home, the first step you should take is to call the fire department. Your second step should be to reach out to your insurance agent. Your final step should be calling SERVPRO. All SERVPRO franchises are available 24/7 with highly trained restoration technicians. SERVPRO specializes in fire and water damage and will get your property looking “Like it never even happened”.
5 Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring has officially sprung and that means it is time for spring cleaning! If you think the only way to clean your home is with harsh chemicals, think again! You can clean almost every surface in your home with distilled white vinegar. Get every room in your home looking clean and smelling fresh by following these spring cleaning tips.
Over the course of the winter, your carpet may have developed an odor and it may have sand, salt, and dirt trapped inside of it. Help eliminate the odor and remove anything trapped inside of the carpet by mixing essential oils and distilled white vinegar. Before applying this mixture, test it out on a small area of your carpet because some fabrics are sensitive and it may cause damage.
Over time, windows get dirty or develop smudges. You can make your windows look crystal clear by mixing one part hot water and one part distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Simply spray the solution on the window and wipe away to clean.
Follow these three steps to make your windows truly shine.
- Clean from the top down.
- Do NOT clean your windows in direct sunlight. This will cause streaking.
- Avoid damage to your window frames by drying immediately.
Dust mites and odors are inevitable when it comes to mattresses. You can help eliminate them by doing the following steps.
- Remove all sheets and blankets from the bed.
- Spray mattress with distilled white vinegar.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the white vinegar and let it bubble.
- Place a towel over mattress for 1-2 hours or until dry.
- Vacuum up any residue from the baking soda.
You probably want to avoid using harsh chemicals where you store your food. Follow these steps to get your refrigerator looking like new!
- Remove all contents from the refrigerator.
- Wash shelves and the sides of the refrigerator with one part hot water and one part distilled white vinegar.
- Dry all areas of the refrigerator
- Wipe down jars before putting them back in the refrigerator.
Over the course of time, your tub can build up with grime and soap residue. You can eliminate the buildup with ease by doing the following.
- Fill a spray bottle with one part hot water and one part distilled white vinegar
- Spray mixture in the tub and let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Wipe clean with a sponge or a towel
- Rise tub with water and wipe again
These cleaning tips should make your home look and smell great. Remember, you can always call SERVPRO to do your spring cleaning for you. SERVPRO offers “green” cleaning products and we are available 24/7!