Following last weeks flooding in Rhode Island local rental companies are experiencing a high demand for certain items of rental equipment to help with flood clean up.
Scores of basements, homes, and businesses have been badly damaged by last weeks flooding, flooding that is being said to be the worst flooding the state has seen in over 100 years. Record breaking rain storms caused many rivers to flood their banks, and caused President Barack Obama to declare a state of emergency.
Rhode Island rental companies in the towns hardest hit by the flooding, Cranston, Warwick, and Providence RI, are struggling to meet everyone’s demands for pumps, dehumidifiers, and blowers for drying out affected areas. Local rental companies have been networking with further away rental companies to help meet the demands for more pumps, and more water clean up equipment.
“It’s been gratifying to see so much cooperation around here with our peers. We were calling each other to let everyone know what’s available and what’s run out. The first flood we had was very specific in the areas impacted. We were inundated, but 10 miles away, another rental store had no calls for pumps. We sent our customers to them. One rental store mentioned using the blowers from inflatables to dry things out. Another store about a half-hour away rents moonwalks, so I asked him to give me blowers on consignment and then we’ll split the fee if they rent,” says Steve Reitter, manager for the rental and service division of Robinsons Ace Hardware and Rental, Hudson, Mass., and American Rental Association (ARA) Region One director.
If you need to locate some rental equipment, try using the Rentcharlie.com rental search engine. There are rental listings for all kinds of tools and equipment, locally, and in neighboring states such as Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Find all kinds of pumps to rent including submersible pumps, trash pumps, sump pumps, centrifugal pumps, diaphragm pumps, and other rental equipment to assist with flooding clean up.