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Application of Enzymes in Protein Fire Damage affecting your Bristol Home

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire Let us help you get your Kingston kitchen back in order after a fire incident.

Fire Damage in Kingston Kitchen Calls For Professional Restoration Services

Fire Damage Kingston

Leaving the stove unattended is responsible for over fifty percent of house fires in the US. When cooking with fatty foods like meat products, it is essential to keep an eye on the cooking throughout. Grease from animal fats can ignite rapidly and, because they are oil-based, throwing water at the problem can make things worse. While most cooking fires are brought under control relatively quickly, the area around the kitchen, as well as sometimes in adjacent rooms, can become thick with greasy, odorous soot deposits. 

You may find that restoring grease fire damage in your Kingston kitchen is more of a challenge than dry fires. Water and oil repel each other, which means approaching a protein fire in the same way you would approach living room fire can lead to spreading wet-soots around. SERVPRO technicians can gather valuable intel on the types of equipment and cleaners we may need to restore your home by speaking to you directly or by pre-testing soot deposits, testing pH levels, and distinguishing between wet or dry smoke. 

A challenge facing restorers of a protein fire is that many of the grease stains are insoluble in water. Equally, using powerful solvents in a cooking area may have adverse effects on certain materials, finishes, or odors. To combat this, SERVPRO restorers can use natural organic compounds to break down proteins and make them water-soluble. Enzymes are a living organism that can digest soils and make them easier to wash away without leaving behind odors or risk causing acidic damage to surfaces. 

Since enzymes are living microbes, there must be certain practices put in place to use them effectively. There is a careful balancing act to using enzymes correctly, which involves maintaining average temperature, neutral acidity, and moisture, which allows them to thrive. SERVPRO can achieve this by bringing in portable heaters and repeated dampening the surface. Neutralizing surfaces with acid or alkaline levels can be achieved by applying solutions relative to the needed balance. Overall, enzyme cleaning can be ultra-effective with a short dwell time of just fifteen minutes to one hour. 

Protein damages are exceptionally tough to clear away without the right intel and products. Contact SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties at (401) 847-8145.

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Why Understanding Water Damage Remediation in North Kingston is Critical

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged flooring under couch When you are facing a water damage situation in your home, contact the certified SERVPRO technicians for an assessment and remediation options.

What to Expect from Professional Water Damage Recovery Efforts in North Kingston

For homeowners fortunate enough to avoid a water loss until now, the mitigation and remediation process in your North Kingston home might seem overwhelming. The best answer for your concerns and confusion is a clear and convincing overview of the challenges your home faces and the solutions we are confident will bring back the security and comfort of your home “Like it never even happened.”

Make the Call Immediately

The only thing worse than a plumbing leak or appliance malfunction is a decision to wait before seeking help for water damage in your North Kingston home. We know it is disconcerting to commit to a service provider without gathering bids and taking the time to make a decision. The urgency of the circumstances and our track record in the community mean that contacting our team is the way to guarantee the application of the restoration industry’s best practices to your crisis.

Highly-Qualified and Well-Equipped

SERVPRO sends the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians to your site within hours. In addition to the investment we make in training our workforce, we also maintain an impressive inventory of state-of-the-art equipment and products that enhance our employees’ experience and skills. Expect crew members to start emergency services such as pumping out water and first passes with extraction tools while our crew chief consults with you and completes an overall assessment. 

Fast Response with Research-Based Protocols

Prompt addressing of the water damage is one of the most accurate predictors of a successful outcome. Speed is essential because water is an extremely destructive force, rapidly weakening and crumbling conventional building materials like drywall, insulation, and wood, particularly particleboard and laminates. SERVPRO equips its workers with powerful extractors to suction the water off of surfaces, and even out of multi-layered structures like hardwood floors. We rely not on a visual assessment of our water removal success, but of a scientifically grounded approach that uses moisture detection and measurement devices to provide data. We use initial testing results and regular monitoring to set appropriate drying goals and prove we are achieving the goals. 

Count on professionalism, compassion, and focus when the team from SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties arrives to manage your water damage scenario. Contact us at (401) 847-8145 at any time of the day or night. 

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Salvageable Flooded Hardwood Floors in North Kingston Homes

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Water spots on wood flooring. Having a flood in your North Kingston home can take over let us help with everything including your hardwood flooring.

Flood damage to your North Kingston flooring can be frustrating.

The determination of what materials are salvageable and which must get removed are some of the hundreds of drying and recovery decisions necessary for North Kingston homes after a flood. In situations where contaminations reaching categories 2 and 3 exist, it is customary to remove many of the exposed materials. This approach is unnecessary for category 1 (clean water) concerns. These situations exist from wind-driven rain coming in from missing windows or runoff pouring in through a compromised section of the roof.  

Older homes in our area often feature hardwood flooring, which can be a focal point for our SERVPRO restorers when addressing flood damage in North Kingston properties. Removing the surface water from this material is rarely the extent of the attention wood flooring needs, but implementing effective drying practices quickly can prevent the need for controlled demolition and replacement.

Determining the salvageability of any material in your home involves the application of sophisticated detection devices and cameras. While surface meters can often determine the presence of water beyond the top layer of wood plank, advanced approaches like thermography can help to show cold spots where moisture exists. These readings and results can dictate where drying implements like mats get placed to remove the surface and free water trapped in the plank.

Because hardwoods like oak plank flooring have a lower porosity than other flooring types, there is a more considerable period of salvageability. If this flooring is among the only areas that require drying after flood damages, we can regulate airflow and the steady draw of moisture from the material by tenting in the drying mats and exhausting the moist air to the exterior of the house.

Flooding can impact many of the materials and contents of your home in a destructive way. The faster that you can secure the experienced professionals of our SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties team, the more of the saturated structural elements that we can protect. We can begin our assessment and respond to your emergency within hours of your initial call. You can reach us 24/7 at (401) 847-8145.

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The SERVPRO Science of Fire, Smoke, and Soot Removal and Restoration for Kingston Properties

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

soot soiled wall and ceiling and a wiped down clean area SERVPRO Says--Call Us for Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Kingston

North Kingston Fire Damage Residue Cleanup Basics

After a fire in your North Kingston home, it can be hard to imagine that any efforts can bring the scorched and soot-covered surfaces surrounding you back to preloss condition. The fire insurance industry has confidence that our well-trained and equipped restoration professionals can minimize disruption to you and your family while also saving time and money through efficient and effective cleaning of fire residues. We master the principles and elements of cleaning through the comprehensive Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses.

Cleaning Principles

Our goal is to transform the fire damage in your North Kingston home back to the appearance, function, and comfort you enjoyed before the blaze. Fire residues vary, even within the same dwelling, depending on the materials burned, the temperature and oxygen levels during the fire, the air movement, and the surfaces affected. We hit the marks by applying the following principles to your unique circumstances:

  • Discovery and identification of fire residues through a full-home inspection
  • Evaluation of the characteristics and durability of the soiled surfaces through pre-testing
  • Capture, removal, and disposal of residues through careful matching of techniques and products to the data gathered above

Cleaning Elements

The ultimate purpose of fire cleanup is to dislodge and suspend the residues deposited on surfaces. Once the particulates mix freely with a cleaning solution, they can rinse or wipe away, ready for appropriate disposal. SERVPRO technicians manipulate four specific elements during cleaning, working toward effective interactions that facilitate the loosening of residues in anticipation of removal.


Applying heat increases the speed of chemical reactions set in motion when we introduce cleaning products. We adjust the temperature with care, vigilantly avoiding damage to surfaces and the production of hazardous fumes or other unintended consequences.


Causing movement across the soiled surface dislodges adhered coatings and assures all parts of the surface are in contact with the cleaning solution. Examples of agitation include:

  • Brushing
  • Scrubbing
  • Application of water or air pressure
  • Use of ultrasonic vibration (sound waves) -- submersion in a tank

Chemical Action

Choosing the correct cleaning product causes reactions that loosen the residues. Effective reactions that lift away or remove soiling include:

  • Dissolving
  • Emulsifying
  • Bleaching
  • Oxidizing
  • Altering pH
  • Digesting


Calculating reasonable and appropriate dwell times for cleaning products to work efficiently without harming the soiled surface.

SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties is ready to apply the fire restoration industry's best practices to make it "Like it never even happened." Call (401) 847-8145 for a professional assessment and fire recovery project plan.

Water Damage In A New England Winter

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Cars move slowly on a snow New England highway road. How has your winter been so far? We are here to help when needed!

The end of 2019 has given us a preview into what the early months and the winter of 2020 will be like. Similar to the last few winters we have experienced temperature swings from warm to cold and back again. This type of weather can be difficult to adjust to, many people find they are more prone to getting sick with the flu when temperatures fluctuate in this manner. Homes and commercial properties also have to adjust to these temperature swings and the stress caused on an older structure or older heating system can lead to damage later on down the road. If you experience these issues we can help! Our goal is to provide a complete restoration service and our construction services are second to none. In fact, our experience in disaster restoration makes us the perfect fit for these types of projects.

Water Damage Season Is Here

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO techs and homeowners look over water damage to a home. If you experience water damage this winter call us immediately, we are here to help!

As the northeast braces for the first winter storm of the season, it has been preceded by below-freezing temperatures. When the temperature drops this low many homes and businesses become susceptible to potential water damage.  Many times this comes in the form of a burst pipe. When poorly insulated cooper or pex water pipes are exposed to freezing temperatures the water inside the pipe can freeze and expand causing the pipe to crack and burst. If this burst goes unnoticed for a long enough period of time the potential for water damage to the structure of the building grows exponentially. This is why it is so important to call an experienced restoration company. If you experience water damage from a burst pipe this winter, contact us immediately!

Construction After Water Damage

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO tech is in a crawl space reviewing potential structural damage to a home. SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties is a complete restoration and construction company if you experience water damage call us immediately.

Water damage to a home or business can be measured in a few different levels of severity. There are minor water damage repairs when the source of the water leak is found early and there is no structural damage to the building. There are water damages that require sheetrock replacement and water extraction from floors. Then there are more severe water damages that require construction services to repair permanent damage to flooring and other wood surfaces. Fortunately, in these situations, there is only one call that you need to make, and that is to SERVPRO. We offer restoration and construction services to ensure a complete recovery process.

We help when you search 'water damage repair near me'

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

A fleet of SERVPRO trucks are lined up and prepared to help this fall. Our fleet of vehicles are equipped and our technicians are ready to go. Call us if you need help this fall.

When you are in the upsetting position of having to search 'water damage repair near me' because your home or business has experienced water damage we are there to help. SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties is available 24/7 and is normally the top search result when you search 'water damage repair near me'. Contacting SERVPRO after water damage is essential, we are your one and only call! That is because we offer COMPLETE water damage restoration services. Our team of technicians can repair the damage and complete and additional construction and finish work that may be required to completely restore your property

Beach House Storm Damage Repair

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Sunset behind the Newport, RI bridge. Newport Rhode Island and the surrounding areas are vulnerable to damage from high wind coastal storms.

Last week almost the entire east coast experienced a heavy rain and wind storm that caused power outages up and down the coast. In New England, the most powerful parts of the storm occurred overnight so many were unaware of the power outage until they woke up to flashing clocks in the morning. Furthermore, many coastal homeowners and business owners were unaware (and may still be unaware) about damage caused to their properties during this "flash" wind storm. Along the beaches of Westerly, RI debris such as shingles, aluminum flashing, and lumber could be seen amongst the rock walls and along the beach. This debris was the result of high winds that battered highly vulnerable homes and businesses on the coast. If your home or business was damaged by this most recent storm, call our office today.

Large Loss Restoration & Construction Newport RI

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties is the first call most Rhode Islander’s make when their home or business has been damaged. Why? Peace of mind.

When these events occur, whether from a natural disaster, a fire, or even the wear and tear of time and use, we are prepared to go the extra mile and complete the job at hand. We have the resources and manpower ready if the project scope expands due to unforeseen damage or events that impede our path to completing the project and allowing us to stay on schedule. Our team members are trained to work under duress and to simultaneously mitigate further damage while beginning the restoration process ensuring the best chance at a quick and less-costly recovery.

We take pride in our work and our experience and it is a driving factor in our success. Our managers have assisted in recovery efforts in many of our countries major natural disasters during the last decade. When everything is on the line, go with the most experienced and most reliable disaster restoration & construction team, SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties.