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Is your Warwick home smelling a little...funky? We can help with that!!

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning takes experience 

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we're experts in odor removal and deodorization! 

Odors can come from a number of sources, inside and outside. At SERVPRO, we're trained to handle any! 

Lets talk about some of the different kinds of odors we can tackle (or help you tackle) here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island 

Pet odors 

Pet odors are most often caused by waste and sometimes their glands will produce more oil during allergy season. Sometimes pet odors are something you just can't seem to get rid of the DIY route. If that's the case, give us a call, we'll make sure your Warwick home is smelling fresh! (We love animals that's a bonus for us.)

Kitchen smells

Your fridge, dishwasher, or garbage disposal can all be sources of that funky smell. When it comes to these 3, it's quite easy to DIY it/ Clean your garbage disposal blades, clean up any spills in the fridge ASAP, and wipe down the inside of your dishwasher once a week! 

Food and debris can be hosts for mold, and your dishwasher holds in moisture, promoting mold and mildew growth. 


When you think of smoke damage you probably think of smoke after a fire, right? Cigarette smoke also causes damage to your home, whether you notice it or not! Smoke, no matter the source, can get ingrained into your clothes, carpets, and walls! Yes.... the walls!! 


If you smell something putrid coming from your bathroom, it's in your best interest to call a plumber before it can get worse. Smells like this can be caused by a clogged pipe or broken sewer pipe. You don't want to deal with a full on sewage loss...that's quite the stinky mess...nevertheless, at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we can take care of getting rid of that smell and cleaning up the mess if needed! 


A musty smell could be a sign of mold or mildew. 

If any odors are too much for you to handle or control on your own, give us a call at 401-949-9955, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

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Keeping your home smelling fresh | Woonsocket, RI

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

MVP of household items baking soda! Baking soda has to be the MVP of household items for cleaning and getting rid of odors!!

Pets, kids, stinky work boots, food. All of these and then some cause your home to have unpleasant smells, no matter how much you scrub, wipe, vacuum, and mop they just don't seem to go away!! 

Getting rid of odors can be easy as pie, using household items such as baking soda and vinegar! 

Quick and easy hacks

One very quick solution can be cutting a lemon in half and placing them in an area out of reach of any animals, your home will be smelling lemony fresh in no time, without using any chemicals. 

We're here to help you, and sometimes we even help ourselves when teaching you!! Today, we learned that you can put a little bit of vanilla (or any other) extract (not essential oils) on a cold lightbulb. When the bulb warms up, the scent will release into the air, making your home smell oh so fresh!! (We might have to test this one out later, we'll update ??. 

An easier, no hassle hack that will easily get rid of some odors and stagnant air... open those windows!! Especially on the nice days that we've been having, it's the perfect time to get some fresh air circulating inside!  

Keeping the kitchen smelling great!

The kitchen is a host for all sorts of smells, whether they be good or bad. Cooking is usually a source of good smells, but sometimes the scraps, trash, and leftovers might not be your favorite air freshener scents LOL!! 

Cleaning your fridge weekly is a very good way to keep odors away. Go through the fridge once a week, get rid of any leftovers that haven't been touched, and wipe down the shelves. Using a solution of baking soda and water will help neutralize odors in the refrigerator. 

Another source for some nasty odors in the kitchen is the garbage disposal. Putting citrus peels, baking soda, or salt down the drain can help freshen it up, and break down any caked on food debris. 

The living room & upholstery 

Upholstery, couches, and carpets are a little tougher to tackle since you don't want to soak them in anything. The most useful household item that helps neutralize odors in upholstery is baking soda!! Sprinkle a bit on the couch, carpet, even inside your car! Let it sit for a while (a few hours) then vacuum it up or shake it out!

If your pet has a little accident on the carpet, blot it up as soon as possible, and spray with a 3:1 solution of water and vinegar. The vinegar smell will be a little strong for a few hours, but it will eventually go away. After all, we would rather smell vinegar than urine for a few hours... how about you?

If any odors and cleaning are too much for you to handle on your own, give us a call at 401-949-9955, we'll take care of them and you won't have to smell those stinky smells anymore! 

What to do when you experience a sewage backup

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

When you experience a sewage backup in your Johnston home or business it can disrupt your daily routine and it can be stinky, smelly, and just a big huge mess. 

Sewage presents a number of health hazards as well as sanitation issues and may result in property damage as well as health issues. Sewage backups have to be dealt with properly and as soon as possible! 

Depending on how bad the back up is you might be able to limit the damage, save your belongings, or try to handle the problem yourself. At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island we suggest that you contact a professional rather than attempting to clean it yourself.

After any sewage backup situation it is important to evacuate anyone from the home until is restored and safe to reenter

It is a good idea to contact your utility company to shut off your electricity gas and water if the backup is that severe. If it is not that severe and you can turn off the power and water SAFELY yourself, it is okay to do so. 

You can also open some windows to help ventilate the area, and take away any dry, uncontaminated items and put them in a safer area of the home or building.

It is also important that you notify your insurance company that there has been a sewage backup and make sure you document the affected areas and items. (This will be used as proof for your claim)

How SERVPRO handles sewage backups 

  • When you call us at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island we'll respond to your sewage backup situation as soon as possible so you can get back to your daily life / get your business back in working order! 
  • When we arrive at your home or business will begin to remove the contaminated water and any solid waste in a safe and effective manner.
  • Once all the water and waste is gone we will begin to clean and sanitize the affected area or the entire home or building if it is necessary.
  • Once the area is sanitized and cleaned we will then use professional grade dehumidifiers and or air movers to get rid of any excess moisture.
  • Once these processes are done we can begin cleaning any affected items such as furniture and flooring, mitigate any mold if it is necessary.
  • Then begins the restoration process! (If anything needed to be removed) 

When you choose SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, you are getting 

- Water Extraction 

- Odor Removal

- Content Cleaning

- Sanitization 

- and Restoration 

All in one! That's why we're YOUR #1 choice for disaster cleanup and restoration!

(401) 949-9955 

Narraganset -Bio hazardous Materials

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

When you hear bio-hazard you probably think blood… this is an example of a bio hazard, but did you know that sewage is also a bio hazardous material?

Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances that you could come in contact with in your home or business. It could cause you to become very ill. Unfortunately people don’t understand how hazardous sewage really is. Give SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island a call if you suffer from a sewage loss, we’re trained to handle these types of situations and we’re here 24/7 to help you!

  • Sewage contains a variety of bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. These can cause someone to become very sick.
  • Sewage exposure is more dangerous for people with weak immune systems, children under 2 and adults over 60, pregnant women etc.
  • It is absolutely not safe to stay in a building that has been flooded with sewage, unless the area can be completely sealed off.
  • If your carpet, bedding, and paper, or materials that can’t be washed with hot water, have been contaminated by sewage, they need to be contained and disposed of. This can include insulation and drywall as well.
    • There is an extreme health risk if these items are not properly taken care of.
  • Only people that are highly and specifically trained to handle these types of disasters should remediate sewage.

Call us at (401) 949-9955 if you suffer from a sewage loss at your Rhode Island home or commercial business. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO - Biohazard Cleanup Professionals

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

When it comes to cleaning up an area in the aftermath of a traumatic event, it’s likely a task you wouldn’t even know where to begin tackling. More importantly, if blood or other bodily fluids are involved, it creates an unsafe environment for you to be around. This is why Rhode Island property owners and property managers turn to SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island for professional biohazard cleanup.

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island completes many types of disaster clean ups of emergency cleaning services and helps to reduce the risk of health hazards and property damage. Having SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island clean up the scene in a timely and efficient manner benefits clients in the following ways:

Heath Safety: Being exposed to this kind of hazardous condition can result in serious health problems if not handled correctly. Bodily fluids have the potential to pass on a variety of diseases to someone who isn’t trained in their proper disposal. 

Appropriate Materials & Equipment: Professional biohazard cleanup services utilize the right kind of cleaning materials and equipment to make certain the scene is thoroughly decontaminated. It takes higher strength cleaning products to ensure all hazards have been removed.

Relieve The Burden: Biohazard cleanup situations not only pose a threat for physical damages, but there is the emotional aspect to consider as well. Cleaning up after a loved one means reliving the trauma over and over, which no one should have to go through.

Whatever the circumstances that led to the need for biohazard cleanup, it’s imperative that a professional be called to take on the job as quickly as possible.

Contact SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955 or visit this link.


Four General Categories of Biohazardous Waste

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know? According to The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, there are four general categories of biohazardous wastes based on the physical form of the waste. Included are:

Solid Biohazardous Waste (Non-Sharps)

  • In the research lab or field environment, this includes any non-sharp items that is contaminated with human or animal diagnostic specimen material.

Liquid Biohazardous Waste

  • Included are bulk quantities of blood, blood products, and body fluids from human and animal research contaminated culture media.

Biohazardous Sharps

  • Any device that is sharp enough to puncture the skin and that is contaminated with a biological material that is an infectious disease or environmental release risk.

Pathological Waste

  • Included are all unfixed human organs, tissues, and body parts except for teeth.

No matter the form, no singular type should be left untreated and unsecured in areas that are accessible to the public. SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island would like YOU and other members of the community to be safe and aware of the consequences surrounding biohazardous waste(s). If you have any questions, or would like to contact a representative with an inquiry regarding biohazardous cleanup, please give us a call at (401) 949-9955 or visit our website.

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