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Water Removal in North Kingston

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Why is my Basement Drying so Slowly After Water Removal in North Kingston?

North Kingston, formerly Kings Towne, was founded in 1674 and is part of the Providence metropolitan area. Approximately 27,000 people are living in North Kingston. The Providence metro area includes almost all of Rhode Island, including eight counties in two states, and has about 1.6 million people living in the area. North Kingston is in Washington County, Rhode Island.

There are several interesting activities for locals and tourists in and around North Kingston. We have included a few of them and provided more details about several.

  • Casey Farms
  • Davis Memorial Wildlife Refuge
  • Historic Wickford
  • Wilson Park
  • Smith's Castle
  • Biomes Marine Biology Center
  • Gilbert Stuart Museum

Casey Farms

Dating from the eighteenth century, the Casey farm produces organically grown produce sold at a local farmer's market and produce from six other area farms. There are online tours available and events organized throughout the year. Casey Farms is one of the oldest operating farms in the New England region.

Davis Memorial Wildlife Refuge

The Davis Memorial Wildlife Refuge offers hiking above the Hunt River through wooded areas and wetlands. There are also points to launch canoes and kayaks to explore the wetlands. The refuge does not allow motorized boats in the wetlands. 

Visitors can watch for otters, beaver, turtles, muskrat, and foxes while hiking. Many bird species inhabit the area. 

Historic Wickford

The village of Wickford is one of the oldest colonial towns in the country. Visitors can enjoy viewing historic homes and public buildings while learning about the village's maritime past and the area. There are several interesting walking tours available to help visitors learn about the houses and the village's development.

Wilson Park

Wilson Park in North Kingston covers 49 acres. The park is a multi-use recreational park offering playgrounds, many sports activities, including baseball and tennis. 

There are boat ramps and free trailer parking. 

There are also short-cycling, skating, and hiking trails within the park.

Gilbert Stuart Museum

The Gilbert Stuart Museum in nearby Saunderstown features an authentically furnished and restored home built-in 1750. There is also a working gristmill, woodland trails, gardens, and art displays from the period. The museum is situated on 23 acres of woodlands. 

The museum depends on membership support and appreciates the generosity of visitors.

Basements Take More Time to Dry Than the Rest of the House

Many of our North Kingston clients express concerns about why it takes longer to dry their basements than the rest of the house after a water leak. All of the excess water has been removed. Only moisture in the air, moisture in the structure, and moisture in the contents remain.

SERVPRO trains our water removal technicians in Psychometrics, which is the management of three conditions –

  • Humidity,
  • Airflow and
  • Temperature.

Warmer temperatures can hold more water than cooler air typically found in basements. Evaporation of moisture in cooler conditions takes longer in colder air. Drying the contents, including flooring materials and structures in basements, is less efficient than other rooms in the home at lower temperatures.

Contact SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties for water removal services in Kingston and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (401) 847-8145.

What is the Difference Between Mold Remediation and Removal?

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO offers an honest mold remediation service

If you notice signs of mold in your home, it is essential to call for help before the fungus spreads any further.

When you need mold remediation in North Kingstown, it is vital to choose a company that is honest about the results it can achieve. SERVPRO offers mold remediation rather than mold removal. This is because complete mold removal is not possible:

  • Mold spores quickly spread and start new colonies no matter how careful you are.
  • The fungus is present in nature, and therefore no one can prevent it from re-entering your home.
  • Mold can grow in hidden places if the conditions are correct.

Although complete mold removal is not possible, a good remediation service can deal with the current mold growth and reduce the risk of it coming back.

As well as cleaning up mold, SERVPRO technicians monitor moisture levels in your home and dry it thoroughly. Removing moisture in this way reduces the risk of mold resurgence. We also apply industry-standard anti-fungal treatments when needed. Typically, after mold remediation, the indoor air quality is improved, whether you notice it or not.

For mold remediation, call SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties at (401) 847-8145.

Choosing the Correct Water Removal Equipment for Your Business

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

flood damage property. When a flood disturbs business you need the help. of a professional. SERVPRO has the trained technicians and equipment for any size disaster.

SERVPRO helps with water removal in North Kingstown

When your business is flooded, either by bad weather or a plumbing problem, water removal is key to a successful restoration.

SERVPRO is on hand to help with water removal in your North Kingstown business. The more water we can remove, the easier it is to dry your property and restore your premises “Like it never even happened.”

The choice between a portable or a truck-mounted extractor is an important one:

  • Portable extractors are more flexible because we can take them into most parts of the building.
  • Portable extractors need an electricity supply.
  • Truck-mounted extractors are more powerful in the case of severe flooding.
  • Truck-mounted extractors use the work vehicle’s fuel.

If possible, it is better to use portable units for high rise buildings because of their hose length and flexibility. Truck-mounted units are noisier and less flexible but can provide extra suction power. We train our teams to assess the situation and pick the best tool for the job.

For water removal in your business, call SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties at (401) 847-8145.

SERVPRO Helps Newport Residents with Flood Damage

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Flood damager is no easy task. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for fast and immediate work.

Newport is a beautiful coastal city worth exploring.

If you are looking for a seaside getaway, look no further than Newport. This elegant coastal city on Rhode Island has long been a popular destination for people wanting to enjoy the sea air.

Newport was founded in 1639. By the mid-nineteenth century, it was a popular spot with wealthy people who wanted to build homes by the sea. During this Gilded Age, moneyed families built many stunning colonial houses by the coast. Wealthy families such as the Vanderbilts, Wideners, and Astors constructed "cottages," which in reality bore more resemblance to the grand palaces of Europe. 

The best way to see Newport

The best way to enjoy the beauty of Newport is by taking a stroll along the Cliff Walk. This public path stretches for 3.5 miles along the coast and is one of the city's most famous tourist attractions. You can walk the whole thing in two or three hours, or pick some of the best spots to explore:

  • 1st Beach is at the beginning of the Cliff Walk and is one of Newport's most popular beaches. The beach has a carousel and hosts festivals, concerts, and a volleyball tournament during the summer. The beach is quieter and an ideal place for walking or exercising your dog in the fall and winter.
  • Bailey's Beach is the most exclusive in Newport. During the Gilded Age, members of the elite families bathed here, so they did not have to mix with the ordinary people! The beach is still private today, but there are some stunning views nearby. You can also visit Rejects Beach. This is the Northeastern part of Bailey's Beach and is open to the public. Despite the name, it is a lovely place to stop off.
  • Bellevue Avenue sits at the opposite end of Cliff Walk from 1st Beach. Here you can view the famous luxury mansions such as The Elms, Rosewood, and Marble House.

How flooding affects the Cliff Walk

Being so close to the coast means stunning views and fresh sea air, but unfortunately, the Newport climate also means some flooding. Hurricane Sandy hit the area in 2012 and washed away large sections of the Cliff Walk, which had to close. After a $5.2 million restoration project, the Cliff Walk reopened in 2014.

Floods are an ongoing issue in Newport, with rising tides putting historic homes at risk. Properties near the coast often flood, especially as some of the older houses are as little as 4 feet above sea level.

SERVPRO is quick to deal with flood damage

When it comes to flood damage, it is vital to get help as quickly as possible. The longer water sits in your home, the more damage it can cause. Thankfully, SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster. We aim to arrive at your home within four hours of your first call.

The key to swift remediation is:

  • Immediate assessment of the situation – we use moisture monitoring tools for a full picture.
  • Securing the location – we deal with slip and fall hazards, tarp the roof if needed, and ensure a safe electrical supply for our equipment.
  • Creating an effective drying environment.

For quick flood damage remediation, call SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties at (401) 847-8145.

The Discover Newport Page Is Your Source for Curated Self-Guided Tours in Newport and Bristol Counties

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

a map with a bunch of markers on it to pinpoint locations SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing the adventures everyone will have on the self guided tours of Newport and Bristol!

Explore Your Interests and Passions at Your Own Pace with Support from the Official Website of Discover Newport

Do you have a sense of adventure but impatience for constraints on your time and focus when exploring a unique city like Newport or the surrounding areas? Create your own experience with the self-guided tours of the Newport and Bristol County areas found on the Discover Newport website.

Newport offers natural beauty and 400 years of

  • Righteous rebellions
  • Stunning artistry
  • Fascinating history 
  • Intriguing innovation

Design a Newport tour that covers your interests and honors your time.

Dates and times: Ongoing

Find suggestions, maps, and any current restrictions at Discover Newport online.

Meticulous attention to detail and fast response on your timeline, not ours, is why SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties is a leading local water damage property recovery company. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, with stocked service vehicles and work crews on their way as soon as possible after your call to (401) 847-8145.

How Can South Kingstown Gardeners Learn All About the Upcoming "Pests of the Year?" From Home With The Southern New England Vegetable Growers Webinar!

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

a hand with a green thumb It will be exciting to see the community joining together to learn about harvesting after this winter!

The University of Rhode Island Partners with the University of Connecticut and University of Massachusetts Extensions to Deliver the News to Those with Green Thumbs in South Kingstown

Register now for a helpful webinar presented by the Southern New England Vegetable Growers. It is never too early for spring planting season preparation in South Kingstown. Thinking ahead to lush green growth and a plentiful harvest is an excellent antidote during the dreary winter. Thwart the pests and bring on the veggies.

  • Date and time:     Thursday, January 14, 2021

3:30pm to 5:00pm

  • Virtual and Free Event -- sign up at URI Cooperative Extension's Events webpage.

Call the commercial mold damage remediation experts at SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties to abate unmitigated fungal growth. Call (401) 847-8145 for an evaluation and explanation of the EPA mold remediation protocol.

Can North Kingston Survive Fire Damage in Historical Areas of Wickford with Professional Mitigation and Remediation?

12/27/2020 (Permalink)

yellow tape in front of a fire damaged house saying fire line do not cross Fire damage can happen very quickly and unexpectedly. Contact our SERVPRO technicians 24/7 after an emergency.

SERVPRO Commits to Approach Fire Damage in North Kingston with Restoration in Mind, Working Hard to Bring Our Treasured Centuries-Old Structures Back from Destruction

Business and residential areas in North Kingston include neighborhoods and smaller villages within the larger town's footprint. If they now seem like quiet, quaint spaces within a 21st-century city, your perceptions would not be wrong. But you also might not know about the fascinating details in the histories of these subdivisions in North Kingston that relate very impactful events that stretch back far more than three hundred years.

Who Were the Original Inhabitants of Wickford Village?

Before European contact, the lands comprising Wickford were hunted and fished by the indigenous Narragansett people. The Narragansett language died out in the 1800s, so it is difficult to prove the precise meaning of the tribe's name, but many modern members of the tribe believe it means "people of the little points and bays." It is not surprising that their name alludes to a jagged shoreline, as Wickford Village arose around an incredibly protected natural harbor.

Who Developed the Wickford Village Area Post-European Contact?

The Wickford Village portion of North Kingston owes its name to the town of Wickford in Essex, England. Situated on the west side of Narragansett Bay, the current village is just 20 minutes away from Newport, Rhode Island, connected by two bridges. What is now known as Wickford Village was settled in 1637. Roger Williams, a Puritan minister, author, and theologian, established Providence Plantations in the area, eventually known as the Colony of Rhode Island. As part of this plan, he bought land from the Narragansett sachem or chief Canonicus including part of Wickford's location. Williams adhered to an abolitionist viewpoint, studied the Narragansett language, and tried to develop the area consistent with

  • Religious freedom
  • Separation of church and state
  • Fair dealings with indigenous peoples

Williams and another Puritan minister, Richard Smith, originally from Gloucester, England, founded trading posts near the harbor, and residential and business growth followed. Miller purchased Williams's post in 1651.

What Happened During Smith's Control of Wickford Village?

After a stay in Taunton in the Massachusetts Colony, Smith arrived in Wickford Village in 1637, the same year as Williams. Smith constructed a gabled house, which Williams spoke of as the first English-styled residence in the village and the greater North Kingston. Smith fortified his home, resulting in its later moniker as Smith's Castle. Smith obtained more land during his tenure in Wickford, developing what he called Cocumscussoc Plantation. The plantation centered the growing number of  European settlers' church, political, and social life. As unrest with indigenous peoples intensified, a European settler named Joshua Tefft was executed at Smith's Castle in 1676 for fighting on the side of the Narragansetts.

Did Wickford Suffer Damage During King Philip's War?

Homes built under Smith's expansion of the Wickford settlement now contained within North Kingston were targets during the 1675–1678 time frame of King Philip's War, a conflict with the Naragannset and other indigenous peoples. Smith's Castle burned completely, and many other buildings faced destruction. Smith's son Richard Smith Jr. rebuilt in 1678 on the foundation laid nearly 30 years earlier. The second Smith's Castle is still in place, gaining fame as one of the most visited spots in the Wickford Village area. The majority of the village's historic homes and buildings built between King Philip's War and the American Revolution still house residents and provide space for the village's business district. Remarkably, almost all retain their original foundations.

What Role Did Wickford Village in North Kingston's Experience During the Revolutionary War?

On Poplar Point, jutting out into the maze of islands to the east of Wickford Harbor, there is a lighthouse and a plaque. The plaque, dedicated in 1936 by the Pettaquamscutt chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, describes the contribution of the Wickford Gun, a cannon active in skirmishes between the Revolutionary forces and the British. The cannon arrived in March of 1776 from the brand-new State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The Newtown Rangers were a motley group of young boys and older men who determined to strike a blow in the British conflict. They made it their job to learn how to use the cannon. Their use of the Wickford gun featured:

  • Establishment of three fortified locations, as the cannon was portable, including
    • Poplar Point  -- from which the British were driven after a direct hit by the gun
    • Quidnessett 
    • Barber's Heights
  • Persistence, as the cannon needed repair after Tory sabotage:
    • Master blacksmith Samuel Bissell "rode" the cannon making repairs at the rest of the Newton Rangers moved the gun to Judith's Point.
    • The gun fired many rounds at the grounded British ship Syrene, resulting in all 166 men onboard surrendering to the Newtown Rangers.

Is Fire Damage Restoration of Historic Buildings Possible in North Kingston?

Wickford and the surrounding North Kingston's current inhabitants prefer fire damage restoration over teardowns and new construction. Residents honor the history and sacrifice of the early settlers and the 18th-century revolution. Many of the centuries-old buildings are owned by private citizens. They rely on our team's expertise to turn smoke and soot damage around, bringing properties back to their former glory.

How Does SERVPRO Deliver on Promises to Mitigate and Remediate Fire Damage?

Three elements crucial to successful outcomes by a fire damage recovery company are

  • Training
  • Experience
  • Equipment

SERVPRO sends managers and technicians to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) for training in multiple and advanced specialties. The IICRC is an international restoration standard developing and teaching organization. Our workforce shares many years of combined experience in fire damage management. Investment in state-of-the-art equipment supports our trained and talented team in their quest to restore fire-damaged buildings and homes in the North Kingston area.

SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties invests in a highly-trained workforce and innovative equipment to make fire damage "Like it never even happened," for homes of any age and condition. Call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (401) 847-8145.

Hike With Goats In North Kingston This December

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

A goat with a red and white hat on. Hiking with goats has to be fun and interesting, go out and enjoy the scenic tour with furry friends.

Enjoy A Day Out With A Difference In North Kingston

You have most likely thought about what to do to keep the family entertained this December – but have you thought about hiking with goats?

Simmons Farm Organics in nearby Middletown is offering hikes with goats throughout December. Head out of North Kingston and enjoy a day on the farm with an unusual crowd of fellow hikers.

  • Hikes last ninety minutes.
  • Walk with Farmer Karla and her herd of goats.
  • Learn about farming life and the history of farming in New England.

There will be plenty of stops along the way so you can enjoy the views of Narragansett Bay, and the goats can nibble the grass. Join Farmer Karla on December 12, 19, or 27. Hikes cost $10 - $25, and there are various time slots available.

It is always good to get out and about in the colder months. However, it is also a good idea to make sure your home is protected from water damage while you are away. If you are concerned about water damage repair, call SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties at (401) 847-8145.

Pick Up Some Locally Made Artisan Gifts In Newport

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

A Christmas tree in a room. Go out and take a look as well as support your local community, and possibly get your shopping lists completed for the holiday.

Newport’s Local Artists Association Has Something For Everyone

Shopping locally for gifts is very satisfying. You get to support the local community and find one-of-a-kind gifts that your loved ones are sure to remember.

Shoppers in Newport are in luck this year, thanks to Wickford Art Association’s Small Works Art Show & Sale. 

  • Browse works by local artists who are members of the association.
  • Locally-created art pieces at affordable prices.
  • All art is under 14” so it is easier to wrap or post.

New art is arriving daily, and you do not have to pay sales tax! The exhibition runs till December 22, and entry is free. Find the art at Wickford Art Association, Beach Street, North Kingstown.

Drop-in between noon – 3 PM on December 6 for a special meet and greet with the artists.

SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties knows that homes and businesses near the beach are at risk of flooding or damp problems. If you need help with flooding restoration, call us at (401) 847-8145.

Take A Step Back In Time In North Kingston

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

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This Charming North Kingston Town Is Perfect For A Relaxing Getaway

North Kingston is known for its beauty. With picturesque lakes, rolling green hills, and of course the stunning fall foliage, it is no wonder that New England attracts people who are ready for a different pace of life.

If you are coming to North Kingston for a visit, look no further as it is the perfect place to base yourself for your trip. This gorgeous little town is full of old-fashioned New England charm and is overflowing with fascinating historical buildings.

A Cozy Town In The Smallest State

Rhode Island is the smallest state, and as such, its towns tend to be little, quaint, and pretty. Kingston has a population of just 6,974 and is located within the bounds of the larger town of South Kingstown.

Kings Towne (as it was called then) has a long history, being founded in 1674. The town was split into North and South Kingstown in 1722, and then in 1742, the village of Exeter split off from the main town.

Explore History In and Around North Kingston

You are never far away from history in North Kingston. The area is chock a block with fascinating historical sites, which attract many history buffs. To start with, why not check out:

  • Smith's Castle, which is one of the oldest houses in Rhode Island. Smith's Castle was built in 1678, near to the original trading post of Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island. Smith's Castle has a bit of a gruesome history, being the only site on American soil where someone was hung, drawn, and quartered for treason. It has also been a dairy farm and is now a museum.
  • The village of Wakefield, which was first settled in the mid-eighteenth century. Wakefield started with a stagecoach stop and a tavern and quickly became the site of a snuff mill. Wakefield became a regional center of commerce until the mid-twentieth century when shops started moving out of the village. It has biking and walking trails and is a peaceful place to while away some time.
  • Peace Dale, a town from 1793 where you can see a wide range of architectural styles. On a stroll through Peace Dale, you can see Gothic Revival, Colonial Revival, Romanesque, and Greek Revival properties.

Rhode Island – Birthplace Of An Iconic Portrait

If you have ever used a one-dollar bill, then you have seen the well-known portrait of George Washington on it. The painter of that portrait, Gilbert Stuart, was a New England man who showed promise as a painter from a young age. When he was fourteen, he met the renowned Scottish portrait artist Cosmo Alexander, who tutored young Stuart in art.

Throughout his life, Stuart painted more than 1000 portraits, including portraits of six presidents. He wished to paint a portrait of George Washington so that he could support his family financially. He painted a series of portraits, which were so well received that he was kept busy for many years replicating them for clients who were happy to pay top dollar. One of these portraits of Washington graces the dollar bill today. 

Stuart was a bold painter who worked directly on the canvas without first laying down a sketch. This was very unusual for the time. Gilbert Stuart was born in Saunderstown, a village that lies within modern Kingstown. Saunderstown is a tiny, quaint village where you can:

  • Visit the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace to see where the painter was born. The house dates from 1750 and is now a lovely museum. There is a welcome center and art gallery so you can learn more about Gilbert Stuart. There are also relaxing grounds where you can see a millpond, herb garden, and operational grist and snuff mills. Walk the nature trails to discover the historic boat dock, a timber dam, and a Colonial burial ground. On Sundays, junior docents (children and adolescents) dress up in period attire and give house tours. 
  • Stop off at Casey Farm, where Daniel Coggeshall first built a home in 1725. When a local man named Silas Casey married Coggeshall's daughter, he also took ownership of the farm. The farm has remained undivided ever since and belonged to one of Casey's descendants until they gifted it to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. Today, you can visit the farm and enjoy a guided tour of the fields and historic houses. Casey's is still a working farm, which provides organic fruits and vegetables to the surrounding area.
  • Visit the historic district to see the beautiful wood-framed homes, the country store, and the early 20th-century post office.

Local SERVPRO Franchise Understands The Needs Of Historic Buildings

Bad weather, a broken pipe, or a damaged appliance can all cause water damage. SERVPRO is a national franchise company that is locally owned and operated. That means local business owners can rest assured that their local SERVPRO team understands historic buildings' unique needs.

SERVPRO Takes Care Of Water Removal In North Kingston

Whether your business is in a rambling historic property or a modern building, you need a water removal company you can trust. Fast water removal is vital because:

  • The longer water is left, the more damage it can do by seeping into building materials.
  • The risk of mold increases with every passing minute in water damage situations.
  • Fast water removal improves the chance of being able to salvage furniture and soft furnishings.
  • Being closed during cleanup is not good for business and can affect your profits.

We equip our technicians with a range of powerful pumps to swiftly remove water. These include free-standing pumps, truck-mounted pumps, and smaller carpet wands. Our teams also use water extraction equipment to press water from carpets and ensure more thorough water removal.

After water removal, we set about cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing the area, to leave your business, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties is here to assist all local businesses with water removal. We take care of the process from extraction to deodorizing, and we can also provide evidence for your insurance claims. Call us at (401) 847-8145.