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4 Ways to Prevent Bathroom Mold

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

Bathroom vent fan Ventilate your bathroom while you shower

Keep Mold Out Of Your Home

Bathroom mildew and mold are issues that almost every single homeowner has to deal with at some point. Luckily, these problems are also extremely easy to resolve and prevent, as long as you handle the situation correctly. Here are four of the best ways to keep mold out of your Reservoir, RI home's bathroom.

1. Perform Regular Mold Inspections.
How can you know whether you have a mold problem if you don't look for it? Performing regular home inspections can help you catch mold issues while they're still small and easy to fix. Doing so can also help prevent you from randomly stumbling upon a massive mold problem later on down the road.

2. Ventilate Your Bathroom While You Shower.
Long, hot showers might be relaxing, but they also create a perfect environment for bathroom mildew. Properly ventilating your bathroom while you shower can help prevent condensation from building up and causing a humidity problem. You can do this by either cracking a window or door open, or activating your bathroom ventilation system during your shower.

3. Keep Your Shampoo Bottles on a Separate Rack.
Storing your shampoo and conditioner in the shower might be convenient, but moisture can become trapped underneath the bottles, resulting in hidden mold growth. Keeping your shampoo and body wash bottles on a separate bathroom rack, outside the shower, allows the area to dry out more thoroughly.

4. Hang Your Bathmat Up to Dry.
Placing a bathmat on the floor outside your shower is a great way to prevent puddles from forming on your bathroom floor. However, you need to make sure that you also remember to hang your bathmat up to dry after you use it. Otherwise, the moisture that the rug collects just sits on the bathroom floor. Ultimately, it's as if you never had a bathmat to begin with.
Mold growth might be a common bathroom occurrence, but that doesn't mean you can't take the proper steps to help prevent the issue. As always, make sure to contact mold remediation experts if you do discover bathroom mildew growing in your home.

Disinfectant Fogging

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

a man fogging using an electrostatic sprayer SERVPRO of Providence has the equipment and skill to properly disinfect any size facility.

COVID-19, this novel-coronavirus as others call it, has forced everyone to go back to the drawing board, to ask the basic and fundamental question, how do we disinfect?

Questions Abound

In a non-pandemic time, the answer is easy to find, use a List N EPA approved disinfectant, spray and wipe surfaces. In pre-COVID days this answer is typically sufficient, the line of questioning ends here. But COVID has changed that. COVID has forced us to ask other?, more complex questions. 

  • A manpower question: If we’re disinfecting surfaces on a more regular basis, how do we keep this up? 
  • A question of size: What about large spaces like churches, schools and government buildings — how is a large facility disinfected regularly without the Governor declaring a State of Emergency and enlisting the National Guard? 
  • A question on material: What about porous materials that are not so easily sprayed and wiped? 

A Breakthrough

The professional cleaning industry has responded with a break-through technology: disinfectant fogging and the use of Electrostatic Spraying Systems. These technologies are revolutionary, innovative and give incredibly satisfying answers to these questions. 

Electrostatic spraying is able to accomplish something a non-traditional sprayer cannot, positively charged droplets and small droplets. By positively charging the disinfectant cleaner the droplets are then attracted — dare I say pulled — to the negatively charged surfaces. The size of the droplets allows this process to happen. And so an electrostatic sprayer is able to produce droplets that are 900 times smaller and two times more effective at covering surfaces. 

The Implications Are Obvious

Electrostatic spraying changes how we respond to COVID (and other infectious threats to public health). The truth is, the better a chemical is able to be fully dispersed the more efficient its disinfecting ability is. If a professional cleaning team is able to use spraying and fogging, it answers the manpower question, a small skilled crew accomplishes this. It also answers the question of size, somewhat related to manpower, spraying and fogging is effective especially in large spaces. And it also answers the porous material question, this soft material isn’t wiped, it’s sprayed. 

The EPA has realized the value of fogging and electrostatic spraying and is actively working to update its guidance. 


Ask for the experts, understand certifications and training, and know that SERVPRO has the experience to get the job done safely and quickly.

5 Ways to Avoid Water Damage

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning gutters during the summer time. Regularly clean your gutters

Here Are A Few Simple Tips To Get You Started

Water damage can result in a lot of costly repairs for your Providence, RI, home. With a little bit of effort, you can actually avoid suffering losses from this type of damage.

1. Fix Leaks as Soon as You Find Them.
Even the smallest pipe leaks can cause massive amounts of damage. The moisture that accumulates from a dripping pipe can cause mold growth, mildew growth, dry rot and several other unnecessary issues. Avoid these problems by fixing leaky pipes as soon as you discover them.

2. Set an Appropriate Water Pressure.
If your home's water pressure is too high, then you run the risk of inflicting unnecessary damage on your pipes. Broken pipes are one of the biggest home flooding culprits, so you want to make sure you're doing everything possible to keep them functioning properly.

3. Regularly Inspect Your Appliances.
Your pipes aren't the only possible water cleanup culprits. You should regularly inspect household appliances, such as your washing machine, dishwasher, toilet and any other device that uses water. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for each device while doing so.

4. Regularly Clean Your Gutters.
Your home's gutters are designed to collect water that runs off of the roof and divert it away from your property. If these gutters become obstructed, then water begins to pool on the roof and run down the sides of your house, resulting in basement flooding. Avoid unnecessary water damage by scooping debris out of the gutters on a regular basis.

5. Keep a Close Eye on Your Water Bill.
Sometimes, the only way to figure out whether or not there's a leak in your home is by checking your water bill. If you notice an unnecessary spike, then chances are there's a leak somewhere in your home that's wasting water.
Avoiding water damage is significantly easier than cleaning it up. The above steps can help prevent unnecessary damage, but they cannot guarantee complete immunity. Contact water remediation experts if your home has suffered damages.

Does Renter's Insurance Cover Flood Damage?

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Renters insurance form and dollars on the table. Renters will need to purchase a separate flood insurance policy for these types of disasters

If you are renting a house or apartment in Elmwood, RI, you have probably purchased renter's insurance to cover your belongings in the event of a disaster. You might be wondering, though, how far your coverage extends. Renters should be aware that most policies do not protect a tenant's belongings in the event of a flood.

What Is Covered by Insurance for Renters?

A regular policy for renters will cover your items if something happens to your belongings, including water damage from a burst pipe, certain plumbing issues or a broken appliance. However, a basic policy will not cover damage from flooding. Flooding can be caused by:

  • Heavy rain
  • Too much snow
  • Rising water
  • Sewage backup

Renters will need to purchase a separate flood insurance policy for these types of disasters.

Do I Need Flood Insurance?
If you do not live near the coast or in a flood plain, it's easy to dismiss the idea of purchasing flood insurance coverage. However, even a minor flood can be expensive. FEMA estimates that even one inch of water can do thousands of dollars in damage to the contents of a dwelling. Flood insurance will help pay if you need to replace your belongings or use a commercial restoration service. Flooding can happen in any of the 50 states. If you want guidance determining your risk level for flooding, consult FEMA's flood map service to see what zone you live in.

How Can I Purchase Flood Insurance?
The National Flood Insurance Program, or NFIP, is a division of FEMA that provides flood insurance in the United States. The insurance is sold through private companies. Because prices are set by the government, they are consistent no matter what company offers it. Prices will depend on what kind of dwelling you live in and your geographic location. Ask your insurance company if it sells flood insurance.
If you want complete protection for your belongings, make sure your renter's insurance policy is up to date and consider adding flood insurance coverage. You will have peace of mind knowing you're prepared if you need to make a claim.

Local Providence SERVPRO Cleaning Specialist Offers Tips for Staying Healthy as COVID-19 and Flu Season Converge

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

a graphic that says viral pathogen cleaning Cleaning specialists from SERVPRO urges everyone to be extra vigilant about following cleaning and disinfecting protocols this year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged business owners and homeowners alike to find ways to live and work without exposing themselves or others to this highly contagious virus. Now, the approaching flu season is set to complicate that challenge even further. To help control the threat that the one-two punch of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu presents, local professional cleaning specialist from SERVPRO of Providence urges everyone to be extra vigilant about following cleaning and disinfecting protocols this year.

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)1 believe both COVID-19 and the seasonal flu spread primarily by droplets made when infected people cough, sneeze, or talk. While not as frequent, it is also believed adults and children can contract COVID-19 or the flu by touching a surface or an object that has virus particles on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. The CDC continues to recommend a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses, but experts also emphasize the importance of cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily to help mitigate the potential spread from contaminated surfaces. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

To limit exposure and control the spread of these double threats, recommends you wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol, keep your hands away from your face, and wear a mask to protect others. For effective daily, routine cleaning at home or at work, recommends first removing surface grime and dirt with soap and water, then following up with a disinfectant. “It’s easier to feel comfortable about limiting exposure at home where you can control how clean your surroundings are,” said . “It’s more difficult out in public; but this year especially, it’s important to be aware of the space you’re in. You need to learn to recognize spaces where cleaning is – or is not – a priority so you can adjust your behavior accordingly.”

For those home and business owners who have specialized cleaning requirements or who simply want the peace of mind that a professional cleaning service can offer in this stressful time, SERVPRO of Providence can help. “While we remain a leader in disaster cleanup and remediation situations, we also provide that same ‘deeper level of clean’ for everyday residential and commercial cleaning. In addition, SERVPRO offers their ‘Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned’ 2 program, developed for businesses in response to the pandemic. The high level of confidence that a professionally cleaned space provides offers welcome reassurance to patrons as the flu season intersects with COVID-19.”

SERVPRO of Providence specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on the “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned” program, please visit https://www.SERVPROprovidence.com/certified-SERVPRO-cleaned.

How To Salvage Your Electronics After a Commercial Fire

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Burning, blazing computer motherboard, cpu, gpu video card, processor on circuit board with electronic Electronic damaged in an electrical fire

An electrical fire does not have to destroy your important equipment. While a fire can damage various electronics, those items may still be salvageable.

How Fires Harm Electronics

Obviously, electronics can burn or melt during a fire. Water from the sprinkler system may affect computers and printers. You also have to worry about smoke damage. Smoke can actually damage electronics in multiple ways:

1. Magnetic Charge
Smoke includes a magnetic charge. This charge can then mess up the circuits of various electronics, including computers, appliances and televisions.

2. Soot Acidity
The soot that appears after a fire can be damaging, as well. The acidity in this soot can cause your electronics to wear down earlier than expected.

3. Black Film
During a fire, smoke can enter various parts of your electronics. The smoke then leaves behind an insulating black film that causes the electronics to overheat more easily. This, in turn, can reduce the lifespan of the electronics.

How To Salvage Electronics
After an electrical fire, do not attempt to fix the computers or appliances by yourself. You could get injured or make the problem worse. Instead, unplug everything and contact computer cleanup professionals. They will have the proper equipment for repairing the electronics and removing any lingering soot and smoke.
In the meantime, try to find the warranty records for the various damaged items. Your warranties may cover the cost of the restoration. You should also try removing any memory or storage from the computers before the professionals arrive. Transfer everything on the hard drives to other computers that were not harmed in the blaze. This will protect your data while the pros complete their repairs.
Whether your company's electronics were damaged in an electrical fire or a kitchen blaze, cleanup professionals in Olneyville, RI, may repair them. Even if the electronics were harmed by water or smoke, they could still be restored.

Identify These Water Issues Inside Your Commercial Building

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

Unclog a drain from hairs and other stuff. Clogged pipe

Check If You Have The Following Water Failures In Your Building

Water issues such as leaking pipes and clogged toilets can happen to any home in the Fox Point, RI, area. Unfortunately, these incidents also occur to rental units inside commercial property. These issues can escalate because there are multiple people using larger systems, which requires more inspections and maintenance. If you want to become a commercial property owner, expect to see the following water failures.

1. Clogged Pipes
The pipes throughout your building are designed to move enormous amounts of wastewater and resist strong conditions. Unfortunately, they can still become overwhelmed and clogged. Hair, fat, soap and other contents that accumulate over time are the most likely culprits behind clogs or toilet backup. Mineral elements can also gradually build up over wet surfaces to create blockage. If the system is running underground, tree roots can seek the sewer water, eventually clogging up the pipes.

2. Leaking System
Due to the extensive and complex nature of commercial property plumbing, leaking pipes, faucets and toilets are recurring problems. These systems can wear down and create vulnerable spots that leak. Even though the damage seems small, it can deteriorate into larger malfunctions and property damage. Leaks also signal greater plumbing issues that can be stopped early. Call a plumbing technician to fix the issue and an emergency remediation service to deal with the water damage.

3. Damaged Plumbing
Besides untreated leaks, there are other causes of damaged and broken pipes. For example, the higher pressure inside the plumbing system during winter can result in a pipe break. Additionally, tree root growth, improper maintenance and excessive clogging can also result in breaks. If the pipes are too old, they can suffer from corrosion, making them fragile and vulnerable. Schedule proper maintenance and contact professionals if tenants detect leaks and other issues.
Commercial building owners deal with the same issues as those who own singular homes. Broken or leaking pipes, clogs and other issues appear on a larger scale, so it is important for you to get help immediately.

Types of Flood Water Contamination

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Flood water invading a neighborhood Category 3 floods are the most dangerous types of floods

Types Of Water Damage

While all types of floods are capable of inflicting massive amounts of water damage on your property, some are just inherently more dangerous than others. Floods are classified according to one of three categories, depending on which types of contaminants are present in the water. Read on to see which type of water is flooding your home in Federal Hill, RI.

1. Category 1: Clean Water Floods
Much like the name implies, Category 1 floods are characterized by an absence of contaminants. They're often caused when a supply line bursts or a pipe is leaking. It is possible for these types of floods to transform into more dangerous varieties if outside contaminants are introduced to the water.

2. Category 2: Gray Water Floods
Gray water floods are typically caused when a household appliance, such as a dishwasher or a washing machine overflows and floods the home with partially contaminated water. These types of floods do contain mild amounts of contamination, but not enough to be considered a biohazard. If left untreated for 48 hours, a Category 2 flood can quickly become a Category 3.

3. Category 3: Black Water Floods
Category 3 floods are the most dangerous types of floods. They're categorized by the presence of human/animal fecal matter, raw sewage, dangerous chemicals and other types of biohazards. They're usually caused by toilet backflow, sewage main bursts, riverbank overflow and other types of similar disasters. These floods are extremely dangerous and can inflict massive amounts of water damage, so you should never attempt to remediate them on your own. It's best just to contact professional assistance.
It's important to take all types of water damage seriously, but you need to be especially wary of damage caused by black water floods. If not treated properly, the situation will only get worse and worse. It's best to contact flood remediation experts if your property has been affected by Category 3 flooding.

How To Care for Wet Items After You’ve Had Water Damage

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Wet documents Documents damaged by water

When a disaster hits, such as a massive storm or a broken pipe, and there’s water in the home, don’t forget about saving valuables and keepsakes. Mold and mildew start to form in as little as 24 to 48 hours after water exposure. Here are a few suggestions to help you restore your cherished household items.

General Cleaning Tips

Rinse wet items with clean water.
Brush off debris from dry items or use a damp cloth to brush the dirt away.
Dry items indoors as the sun and outdoor heat may be too intense.
Reduce moisture in the air with a dehumidifier or open windows and run fans.
Wear proper safety gear, such as gloves and masks, when dealing with water in the home.

Photographs
Carefully take photos out of paper or plastic envelopes. It may be easier to cut the envelope away from the picture so you don’t risk tearing it. Don’t pull apart wet photos or negatives that are stuck to each other. Submerge them in clean water until they come away from each other. Dry photographs by hanging them or laying them on a flat surface.

Documents
Place the paper in a sturdy container; stack them carefully so they aren’t compressed too much. Put the boxes in a freezer set to the lowest temperature. It may take weeks or months for the papers to dry completely.

Textiles
Water can seriously damage fabric and leather. Allow them to air dry before removing any dirt and debris. Rinse material with clean water and gently blot with towels to remove the excess water. Replace any water-logged stuffing or padding. Take take rugs and window treatments in for dry cleaning as you normally would.
When in doubt, contact a professional water damage restoration company in Blackstone, RI. They know how to repair and restore damage caused by water in the home and have the equipment and training to make the process easier for you.

What To Expect From an Indoor Environmental Tester

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Aspergillus (mold) for Microbiology in Lab Mold sample taken for lab test

Hire an indoor environmental specialist to inspect any residence to which you are considering moving, as doing so could reveal costly complications before they become your debt to bear. Read on to learn how to pick one and what to expect once a professional has been selected.

What Indoor Environmental Testers Reveal

A comprehensive building examination can diagnose the presence of:

  • Allergens
  • Flammables
  • Asbestos
  • Radon
  • Mold

Because of its prevalence and potential for rapid progression, the existence of mold is the most serious discovery an investigator can make. Before signing a lease, hire an expert to clear the home you wish to occupy.

How Indoor Environmental Testers Work
Beware that inspections conducted by an indoor environmental specialist average $400, although more extensive analyses run upwards of $1,000. Larger living quarters will result in heavier fees. Added services, such as testing for specific pollutants, will further increase your bill.
Qualified testers carry certifications acquired from officially approved associations. When interviewing inspectors, request documentation as proof. If doubts persist, contact the claimed institution directly for verification.
Experts remain significantly more accurate than any off-the-shelf mold test. Avoid the risk of accidental misdiagnosis by using a fungal renovation service to definitively determine the existence of mold growth. This is done by taking samples from exposed surfaces using swabs or tape. In certain instances, specially trained detection dogs may become necessary to pinpoint a problem’s origin.
When searching for other harmful substances, equipment such as air quality monitors, moisture meters, and thermal imaging cameras may be utilized. Inspections typically last up to three hours. Once the process is complete, you may have to wait between two and ten days to receive a detailed report.
Use an indoor environmental specialist to identify possible issues inhabiting a prospective dwelling located in or around Hope, RI. Though the initial cash outlay may seem unnecessary, the price will always remain preferential to the expense of extensive remediation.