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Take A Step Back In Time In North Kingston

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

A sunset with blue and orange colors. SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties - if you have a water damage disrupt your property, call us today we are ready to help.

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.

Explore the World Around You and Under the Ocean in North Kingston

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

night view of moon and dock on water While you enjoy the area's marine life, SERVPRO can remediate your fire damaged home.

Join the Biomes Center for the Best On-Hand Marine Biology in North Kingston and New England 

The Biome Center in North Kingston is a hands-on aquarium with something for all family members from 5 to 95. As the only private marine education facility in New England, it is an exciting place where visitors can not only see sharks, eels, horseshoe crabs, and tidepool animals but help feed and care for them as well. 

Parties, Groups, and Neighborhood Options 

The Biome Center is available for adult and children’s parties. Businesses and other private groups, like Scout troops and dens, can rent the facility. Outside food can be brought in for each event, and their indoor picnic space is always available. Due to current pandemic rules, all groups are currently restricted to 50 people or less. 

No matter if it is water or fire damage to your North Kingston home, you need professional help for restoration. Contact SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties today at (401) 847-8145 to schedule a service call.

Support Local Artists in North Kingston During the Holidays

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

Wickford Art Association event - image of people walking by tents North Kingston commercial events rely on SERVPRO for storm damage cleanup--the show goes on!

Wickford Art Association Invites the North Kingston Community to Buy Original Small Works from Member Artists for Thoughtful Giving

Complete your holiday list with unique finds from the Wickford Art Association’s Small Works Annual Show and Sale of Artful Gifts. Purchase affordable originals you can be proud to wrap and share with family, friends, and co-workers for memorable, personalized presents.

Show your good taste, and let the beneficiaries of your thoughtful gesture know how important they are in your life with works from talented artists in the North Kingston area. Offerings measure 14 inches or smaller, limited in price to $300 or less.


  • Gallery Address -- 36 Beach Street, North Kingstown, Rhode Island
  • Opening Date -- Friday, November 20, 2020
  • Show Closing -- December 22, 2020
  • Days and Hours --
  • Wednesday - Saturdays, noon to 4:00 pm
  • Sundays noon to 3:00 pm
  • Show Closing -- Special Tuesday showing, December 22, 2020

Businesses large and small partner with SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties when flood damage interferes with operations. Call (401) 847-8145 for a rapid assessment and practical restoration plan.

Are There Viable Ways To Keep Costs Manageable When Dealing with A Fire Damage Incident in North Kingston?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property Call us at (401) 847-8145 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

SERVPRO Combines Simple and Advanced Restoration Techniques to Fix Fire Damage in North Kingston Properties Efficiently

Fires are highly destructive because of the soiling and material deterioration they leave in the properties that they affect. Even a small stove fire can have far reaching effects. Restoration of such damage is not only time consuming but also costly. When you involve SERVPRO in the restoration of your North Kingston property, it is possible to save time and money.

What determines the destructiveness of fire damage incidents in North Kingston?
Every fire incident in North Kingston unfolds differently, so the complexities that develop might vary. From the vast experiences our SERVPRO professionals have, we understand the common issues that influence damages, including:
    •    The time that is taken to respond to the incident
    •    The materials affected by the fire
    •    The processes used to quell the fire

A fire is not just destructive when it is burning but even in the aftermath of the incident. For instance, the residues produced by the combustion process, including soot and tar, have corrosive properties that stain materials or cause deterioration in other forms such as rusting of metallic materials. If you have metallic accessories such as chrome door handles, faucets, or other kinds of trim in the areas where most of the residues accumulate, you might incur high costs making replacements if you delay the response.

Firefighting processes might also cause problems despite being necessary for stopping the damage from flames and heat. Such damage depends on the degree of moisture saturation materials and contents in the house reach. Residues from firefighting chemicals such as foam can also cause some damages.

Are there viable options for reducing the damages that develop?
    •    Starting the restoration process early
    •    Cleaning most of the soiled items
    •    Isolating materials based on the level of damage
    •    Drying wet materials or using other approaches to manage moisture

Unlike damages that develop as the fire burns, the damages that develop later are controllable. Taking action soon after the incident happens is one of the best ways to minimize damages. Our SERVPRO crews can arrive at your property within four hours if you notify us in time. Starting water extraction at such an early stage or setting up dehumidifiers helps manage moisture levels in the building, thus limiting the negative effects it has on the exposed materials. For example, it is possible to stop mold development, which starts within 24 to 48 hours, by eliminating moisture from the building. Applying antimicrobial products at this stage also helps check microbial growth.

A casual look at fire-damaged items or materials rarely reveals the true extent of the problem. For instance, the depth of charring, odor penetration, or the level of staining is not easy to address when everything is covered in soot. It is possible to waste time trying to clean or restore unsalvageable items while overlooking the salvageable ones. Such oversight might exacerbate damages. A straightforward solution our SERVPRO crews use to resolve this issue is grouping the affected items in your house based on the level of damage before starting any restorative steps. We separate items into groups of salvageable, unsalvageable, and questionable items. Since the decision to restore or dispose of the items with questionable damages is not easy to make, we set aside such items for restoration after other issues are addressed.

Which materials may amplify the level of damages you have to deal with after a fire incident?
    •    Synthetic materials
    •    Old materials
    •    Porous materials

When fire burns plastics or synthetic fabrics, the smoke produced has different properties, unlike fire from natural materials like wood or fabrics such as cotton. Synthetic materials tend to produce wet smoke residues which adhere to surfaces requiring specialized cleaning processes to remove the residues. In some cases, the only option to restore such items is to resurface the affected item.

Our SERVPRO professionals evaluate the residues deposited on surfaces to determine the best removal procedures. We can remove residues physically through vacuuming, dusting with absorbent materials, or agitate with air or high water pressure. We can also remove the residues chemically using chemical sponges, detergents, or specially formulated cleaning products.

Why is it challenging to restore old materials affected by fire damage?
Surfaces such as walls or furniture items made from older materials might be harder to restore through cleaning since residues penetrate beyond the surface. Such outcomes develop because aging tends to open up pores in materials or finishes applied on surfaces such as paint. Deeply embedded residues require advanced cleaning techniques to remove.

The issues that determine whether a fire restoration exercise is cost-effective or not might only vary slightly. SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties helps make the distinction, thus choosing the solutions most appropriate for your property. Call us at (401) 847-8145 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Could Recent Flooding in Newport Cause My Roof Problems?

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

Homes in flood waters Regardless of how your property was affected by flood waters, SERVPRO is the effective company for water removal services. Call right away.

Many Structures in Newport Sustain Flood Damage in Unexpected Locations, Including Upper Regions of the Property.

When flooding occurs in our area around Newport, the water forcefully pushes against anything in its path. This includes neighborhood homes and businesses. Additionally, the effects of such intense forces that weaken the structural members are compounded by elevated humidity that can leave a property susceptible to secondary damage.

Property owners might notice cracks in upper story walls or that the roof now leaks in their home after flooding transpires in the Newport area. The flooding may have twisted the frame, and humidity and an abundance of interior flooding often cause issues with fixtures, plaster, drywall, and paneling. These two conditions can intensify each other, making any pre-existing deficits even more pronounced. SERVPRO’s crew is skilled in mitigating the damages to walls and roofing. The integrity of your roof is crucial to the fitness of your house, especially during the winter months. The risk of ice dams developing increases when gaps exist between the outside and your home’s interior.  

SERVPRO performs various types of services on homes damaged by flooding. These include both internal and external repairs.

  •   Opening walls makes framework structures accessible to brace areas, so they no longer move out of alignment.
  •   We repair cracked areas and replace wallpapered or paneled sections. This can include ceilings.
  •   Repairs to the roof can include more than shingles. We may need to dry the attic crawl space with heaters and dehumidifiers or replace insulation before removing the protective tarp. 

SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties knows how to work with you to restore roofing and other structural damage and make everything "Like it never even happened." Ensuring that your home’s structure becomes stable and secure is as important to us as it is to you. Call (401) 847-8145 for an evaluation of your house and expert guidance on your options.

Is it Possible to Dry a Large Commercial Property in Newport Efficiently?

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in property If your property suffers from a flood event, drying it quickly could save you further expense.

Commercial Flood Damage Can Cause Business Interruption and Expense. SERVPRO Helps Newport Companies Recover Quickly after Flood Events.

Why is drying difficult in commercial premises?
When a large-scale water event affects your Newport business, it can be frustrating waiting to return to work. Flood losses to company premises can sometimes be more challenging than residential flooding, but they do not have to take longer. The main difficulty in dealing with water intrusion in larger spaces is an inability to effectively control the indoor atmosphere. Many types of the dehumidifier are designed for smaller, residential spaces. SERVPRO technicians have access to more extensive commercial desiccant units that can be placed outside the premises and ducted into the affected area.

When are desiccant dehumidifiers used for property drying?
    •    Desiccant equipment performs better in cold and dry conditions than refrigerant dehumidifiers.
    •    They are capable of producing the driest air of any dehumidifier.
    •    Commercial dehumidifiers can be fitted with ductwork to ensure doorways remain secure.

How are industrial dehumidifiers set up in a business property?
Usually, a technician dealing with commercial flood damage in your Newport premises performs extraction and air-movement as a priority. Dehumidifiers are used to reduce the humidity and complete the drying process. Often a large dehumidifier is ducted from the outside of the building with smaller portable units placed in wet areas inside. A flood can impact all areas of your business, which is why SERVPRO uses multiple resources to ensure it dries quickly, and you can resume work as soon as possible.

How do commercial desiccant dehumidifiers work?
    •    Air passes over absorbent materials like silica gel to extract moisture.
    •    Heaters evaporate collected moisture, which is then vented outside the premises.
    •    The low level of humidity afforded by desiccants makes them ideal for drying large surface areas of concrete or other framing materials.

If your property suffers from a flood event, drying it quickly could save you further expense. Contact SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties at (401) 847-8145.

How Can A Newport Homeowner Know The Chosen Water Restoration Approach Is Appropriate?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home A single incident of water damage at your North Kingston, South Kingstown, or Bristol home can be resolved differently.

Enhanced Training and Experience Ensures SERVPRO Offers the Best Water Damage Restoration Services in Newport

Once you realize that water has intruded into unwanted areas of your house, causing damages, the next step is to ascertain the means to address those damages. For most people seeking assistance from a professional water restoration company is the preferred approach. However, you may want to progress further and investigate the methods used to fix the damage to ensure you get the best solutions. SERVPRO is one of the premier restoration companies serving Newport residents.

Why should the water Damage restoration method matter to a Newport homeowner?
You might notice wide-ranging damages in your Newport house after a water intrusion incident. The damages might also affect all sorts of materials in furniture, structural materials, and even appliances. What most homeowners fail to realize is that some of the damages can be fixed in different ways, and each alternative solution might present some advantages and disadvantages. SERVPRO chooses the best approaches for the benefit of the homeowner.

What are some examples of different methods used to address the same problem?
    •    Removing items or drying them in place
    •    Restoring wet materials or replacing them
    •    The use of different chemical agents to stop microbial development

After removing the water that intrudes into your property, you have to find a way to deal with the materials that remain wet. You might think of initiating drying procedures in the affected areas as the best solution, but that might not apply in every case. Materials have different levels of porosity and other physical conditions, meaning that although they might all absorb water, some might retain more moisture than others do. Thus, conventional drying with the materials in place might not deliver the expected results. Removing materials for drying purposes can result in unnecessary damages. The decision made must, therefore, strike the correct balance.

Our firm is IICRC certified. We also have technicians qualified in Water Restoration and Applied Structural Drying, which equips us with sufficient knowledge on how to handle different materials when they are affected by water. We also have various equipment to handle both approaches so we can choose in-place drying, if it is practical, or remove the affected materials for offsite drying and thus addressing any problem, “Like it never even happened.”

Is the decision to restore or replace the affected materials optional?
Water affects a wide range of materials in houses, including:
    •    Drywall
    •    Wood
    •    Insulation
    •    Carpets and pad

You may opt to change some of the materials in your house after they are exposed to water and damaged irreversibly. Choosing whether to replace or restore such materials may not seem optional since such a decision is driven by damage. However, you might want to ask what determines that damage to an item or material is irreversible. In some cases, it is the restoration methods available that works or fail to deliver the results you would expect.

Our SERVPRO technicians are highly-trained, allowing them to utilize different restoration techniques to save materials rather than declaring them damaged beyond repair whenever we notice some damage. In some cases, the speed of restoration determines whether materials can be salvaged or disposed of since the damage is beyond repair. For instance, a material such as drywall crumbles when exposed to water over extended periods. Our technicians can prevent such an outcome by evacuating standing water before it causes permanent damage by using high-efficiency water removal equipment, including:
    •    High-speed pumps
    •    Truck-mounted water extractors
    •    Portable water extractors

What choices are necessary when dealing with microbial growth?
Water intrusion in a house can kick-start different microbial development processes, including mold growth. There is a need to address such processes directly, even as you perform other procedures such as drying excess moisture. The restoration company you choose to handle the task can use chemical agents to deal with microbial growth. There are different categories of chemical agents that can be used for this purpose, each working differently. Our SERVPRO technicians study the qualities of different chemical agents, allowing us to make the right choice when the need arises. We use antimicrobial agents if the loss involves clean water, and the goal is to limit or stop microbial growth that leads to mold development. We use disinfectants such as Phenols, Quaternaries, or Alcohol when the idea is to destroy microorganisms, in case we establish that the water is contaminated.

A single incident of water damage at your North Kingston, South Kingstown, or Bristol home can be resolved differently. Call SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties to help you find the best solution. You can reach us at (401) 847-8145 at any time.

A Fire Caused By a Faulty Cooking Appliance Left Me Dealing With Fire Damage in North Kingston. Where Do I Seek Help?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen When we are done, the fire damage can seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO Restorers in North Kingston to Help You With The Fire Damage Restoration Process

When a house fire occurs, homeowners are often left stranded about what to do. The soot and smoke residues spread extensively even to unaffected areas of your North Kingston home. If ignored for an extended period, the residues can begin to discolor surfaces, and odors may continue to become more potent.

Can smoke residues get into my HVAC system?
Fire damage in your North Kingston property can spread even to areas you cannot expect. During the fire incident, your HVAC system may collect and retain moisture, smoke, and gaseous emissions, among other contaminants. This can happen even when your HVAC system is not operating. It can affect the air quality of your property and the operations of the HVAC system.

At SERVPRO, we have certified indoor air professionals who have decades of experience and access to advanced duct cleaning systems equipped with the necessary tools to inspect your HVAC system. The duct-cleaning package includes a strong vacuum and an efficient filtering system. The vacuum pulls contaminants and soils into the filtering system that prevents residues and bacteria from being reintroduced into the indoor environment.

What damage can smoke residues cause?
Even after containing a small fire in your property, some surfaces can suffer staining and discoloration. If the situation is ignored for more than 48 hours, the ash and soot produced by the fire can discolor surfaces such as:

    •    Ceilings
    •    Vinyl
    •    Wood
    •    Walls

Besides, soot can also etch and corrode materials such as metal and glass. The corrosion can affect your home’s structural integrity. Hiring SERVPRO’s professional restorers within 48 hours can reduce the chances of permanent smoke damage occurring.

How can you remove the smoke odor?
Smoke lingers in confined surfaces like furniture, clothes, and upholstery. No matter the size of a fire in your property, the odor can be intense and last for an extended period. Without the right cleaning techniques and deodorization, the smell can infect your valuable items and the structure. That can make it difficult for you and your family to live in the property. If you intend to sell your property in the future, the odor can reduce its value.

Since the fire started in the kitchen, our professionals can use an enzyme digester, which works effectively on protein materials to eliminate the smell. The product breaks down protein molecules into simple, soluble substances that bacteria can absorb. We can also run air scrubbers to improve the air quality in your home.

To prevent additional destruction in your property after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties at (401) 847-8145. When we are done, the fire damage can seem, “Like it never even happened.”

When Should I Remove Mold-Infested Building Materials From Your South Kingstown Home?

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on ceiling If you discover mold in your property, it is essential to begin the remediation procedure as quickly as possible.

Mold Infestations May Require the Removal of Infested Building Materials Once Other Options are Exhausted. SERVPRO of South Kingstown Can Help to Assess and Remediate Mold Damage in your South Kingstown Property.

Is drywall ruined once mold appears?
For many South Kingstown residents, the appearance of microbes and their odors can cause wholesale replacement of building materials in the home. At SERVPRO, we know that wholesale replacement is not always necessary and should be reserved as a last resort. Typically, porous materials are at most risk of a mold infestation as hyphae can bond deep below the surface level. However, in some cases, molds may not penetrate the entirety of a porous material. It can be time-efficient to scrape the surface layers of mold away from the surface, followed by the application of anti-microbial chemicals for denser surfaces and lightly soiled drywalls. When materials so signs of heavy infestation, SERVPRO remediators can remove the affected area and install clean, replacement materials.

How do you restore indoor air-quality after a mold issue?
Homeowners with mold damage in their South Kingstown property may find the air thick or odorous due to the infestation. Removing colonies and infested building materials can mitigate further spores being released into the environment but may not be effective at restoring indoor air quality. Air scrubbers can help remove these particles from your indoor environment, while negative air-pressure machines can keep them from spreading to unaffected areas. Surfaces that are scraped to eliminate mold colonies can often be repainted using an odor and microbial sealing primer to provide a fresh, clean surface for further redecoration.

What causes mold growth in a property?
- Slow leaks or other damp spots that may occur in walls
- Poor insulation which can lead to condensation spots in cavities
- High levels of humidity alongside warm temperature

If you discover mold in your property, it is essential to begin the remediation procedure as quickly as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties at (401) 847-8145.

Do External Factors Interfere with The Restoration of a Flooded Home?

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

heavy rain hitting roof; blurred trees in background Unfortunately, storms often cause flooding. Should your home flood, call SERVPRO for fast remediation.

SERVPRO's Years of Experience Restoring Flood Damage Within Newport Area Gives Us Unique Insights in Handling All Issues  

When your home is inundated with filthy floodwaters, your focus is on removing the water, cleaning the affected areas, and restoring any damaged materials. Therefore, you might consider any action that seems to help you achieve these goals as beneficial. However, some external factors might change the trajectory you have planned for the restoration process. An experienced team of technicians from SERVPRO can help you understand or even anticipate some of the issues, thus running a smooth restoration exercise at your Newport home.  

Which external factors can interfere with flood damage restoration at my Newport home?   

You may expect the decision, whether it is to renovate the house or choose other extreme alternatives such as demolition, to be clear cut once you establish the extent of damages caused by the Newport flooding incident. Issues such as saturation of materials with moisture and soiling of surfaces are easy to address, especially with help from an experienced team like SERVPRO. However, an incident can also involve severe problems such as:  

  • Cracked or collapsed walls due to hydrostatic pressure 
  • Deep contamination of porous and semi-porous materials 
  • Foundation or basement wall cracks  

In case of such issues, renovating the property or the affected section is usually not feasible because of the expenses involved. In some cases, the problems are irresolvable. Sometimes the decision is influenced by external factors such as:  

  • Conditions set by your insurer 
  • Legal implications that demand the house to be torn down 
  • The need for demolition and hazardous material disposal permits  

Regardless of the outcome of a flooding incident, local regulations might require you to comply with requirements such as filling in the basement or raising the house to give it higher ground clearance. Our SERVPRO technicians provide such information before starting any restoration processes to choose an approach that complies with the regulations from the outset.  

Why are demolition permits necessary?  

Flooding incidents in Newark might necessitate complete or partial demolition of sections of the property. Since demolition involves tearing down various materials, it can release harmful substances such as asbestos or chemicals such as lead and mercury. Permits are issued to ensure only qualified people handle the dangerous materials, and that the proper disposal methods are used after removing the contents from your property.  

With help from our SERVPRO technicians, getting the necessary permits is easier since we have the skills required for handling hazardous materials. We are also conversant with regulations governing disposal processes, including finding designated dumping sites for dangerous materials rather than sending them to regular landfills.   

What conditions are insurers likely to set if my home floods?  

  • Site protection 
  • Salvaging materials to save cost  

If you have an insurance cover that caters for flooding incidents, you do not have to worry much about the cost implications loss. However, your insurer may require you to adhere to specific regulations for faster processing of your claim. One essential thing insurance companies mandate is the protection of affected property to halt further deterioration. Deterioration can be caused by:  

  • Rodents and other small animals 
  • Weather elements such as rain 
  • Acts of vandalism  

Our SERVPRO technicians can help protect your damaged property by installing roof tarps and boarding up wall openings. We use sophisticated approaches to ensure sufficient protection. For instance, we use durable tarps when securing roof openings to provide adequate protection should the renovation process takes months to complete. When boarding up the walls, we use materials that create substantial barriers. For example, instead of merely attaching plywood boards on walls to seal openings, we can use the bolt-with-tension approach whereby we bolt the plywood to two-by-four planks so that it is held in place through tension. Since the plywood overlaps the exterior part of the wall, while the planks overlap the interior wall, the solution provides sufficient security without physical damage.  

What materials can be salvaged after flooding?  

Moisture accumulation, which is the main issue during flooding, affects a wide range of materials on the floors, siding, and other sections of the house. Most of the damage occurs on the floor, especially on porous floor covers such as carpets and pad, so there is heavy contamination and accumulating of significant moisture levels within their structure. On the other hand, wall materials such as the wooden frames, doors, and window trims and fittings such as cabinets might accrue fewer damages, and thus it is possible to save them.   

SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties can help you deal with any flooding incident, "Like it never even happened." Call us any time at (401) 847-8145.