The First 48 Hours After A Fire Damage
The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Palm Springs can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. With extreme desert heat in summer, fire damages can happen suddenly and keeping a fire damage emergency kit in a place outside of home with essentials that may be needed is something we should all do.
What You Can Do Until Help Arrives:
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
- Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
- Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
- Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
- Do not clean any electrical equipment.
- Do not sent clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
For any further questions on what to do after a fire damage please contact our SERVPRO of Palm Springs Office at (760)327-7700. Our office staff will gladly answer any questions you may have.
DVBA Christmas Party
Hilton Ballroom for xmas party
For SERVPRO of Palm Springs we love the holidays, it allows us to engage more with our clients on a personal level. A majority of our interactions can be in response to emergency restoration situations, but during the holidays we can actually get together for the more positive reasons.
In this shot we are attending the Desert Valley Builders association annual Christmas party at the Hilton in Palm Springs. The evening’s festivities where capped off by a rousing recital by Dueling pianos, they are as the name implies, Dueling pianos that really get the crowd involved with tons of call and repeat and blasting out the oldies.
We always find that these events can be key to a successful partnership in the coming year, they really increase the personal connection...and they are really fun.
Flooded Tennis Court
Dirt, Clay or... Water Court play?
At SERVPRO of Palm Springs not every water damage loss we encounter is inside. Some of the situations we encounter are areas affected by sprinkler systems, outdoor spigots or broken water mains. While these damages do not affect a structure they still have to be dried out quickly. If the water is not removed it can affect he longevity of the affected areas, if concrete is over saturated the water can become bound at a molecular level. When this occurs the area can undergo spalling in the rebar. Spalling is when the rebar starts to rust and then degrades to the point where it can no longer support the surrounding concrete and it starts to crack and is no longer reliable.
In this picture we see a tennis court that has been flooded by a sprinkler valve that has failed. This will takes push brooms and a sump pump with some hosing and a drainage point to resolve.
Roof Leak in Commercial Facility
Buckets of Fun
SERVPRO of Palm Springs deals with commercial water damages all the time. While they may be larger than there residential counterparts, they still use the same equipment and approach.
In this picture we see a shot of a hallway in a commercial building where the owner has set out some buckets to catch the water that is coming through the ceiling. While the flooring might not require much attention, the ceiling and roof may require significant structural repair.
In these situations the damage may have occurred over time and will require demolition to remove all the affected material. This project may need some rebuild work and involve several vendors to get the structure back to operating status.
We always enjoy working with other vendors to bring a project to completion.
Aspects of a Kitchen Demolition
Propping up countertops
At SERVPRO of Palm Springs are work has many components. We have many things to consider when we arrive on a job site; what type of loss? How affected is the loss site? How long will the project take? These are just some of the questions we have to ask ourselves when we are first starting our work.
In this picture we see a kitchen demolition where the cabinets have been removed and the countertop has been propped up while the new cabinets are waiting to be installed. There are challenges when dealing with marble or stone as it can become very weak in some areas where it has been cut very thin. Any shifting or movement after it has been installed can cause breakage. This something we communicate before we attempt detachment. Typically we try to prop up the counter tops in place with wood and slats, this minimizes the danger of breakage and protects the customer’s home.
Always choose a provider with the knowledge and proven track record to work on your home.
Kitchen/Living room combo
At SERVPRO of Palm Springs we called on to deal with some very interesting projects. We have to deal with what we politely term as a collector’s house. These are projects that not only have a lot of physical work that is required but can also pose emotional problems for the client. We try and maintain a sense of caring and understanding, as well as focus and professionalism.
In this picture we see a shot of a person’s kitchen and living area, a large amount of personal items have been accumulated over the years and have affected access as well present additional work for the project. In this case we had a water damage that could not be mitigated until we cleared out all of the items. The hard part is that a technician does not know what is of value and what can be disposed of. Sometimes the owner has attachment to items that have no apparent value to others but still must be sorted and catalogued.
These jobs are not for the novice providers as they present some of the most challenging work that a vendor can undertake.
Candle left unattended
At SERVPRO of Indian Wells we often encounter fire clean-up during the course of our duties. This type of cleaning can be especially difficult as the flame creates a variety of issues. What burned? How hot? And how long? These three factors greatly contribute to whether or not we can restore the material in question.
This picture acts as a cautionary tale to leaving a candle unattended. The candle flame caught the adjacent material on fire and this spread to a limited area. Luckily. This type of damage is easier to clean as it usually pertains to simple wipe down and deodorization of the structure and contents.
If attempting to clean an area affected by fire do not wipe with anything wet as this can drive the surface residue into the material.
Moldy HVAC closet
Possible mold growth in the HVAC closet
Here at SERVPRO of Palm Springs we are always helping our clients out with mold issues. The clean-up concerns with microbial growth are very real and may present health concern for those with impacted systems. In this picture we see an HVAC unit that has possible mold concerns. Because of the location of the mold, adjacent to a ventilation system, this can pose a major issue to the entire home as mold can be circulated throughout the duct work.
For this situation we first hired an industrial hygienist to determine what we were facing. After they conducted there tests they provided our company with a set protocol to clean the jobsite and reduce the mold concerns.
It’s always important to work with qualified professionals during your restoration project. This ensures that will job we will done right the first time.
Water Damage at the Oral Surgeons office
At SERVPRO of Palm springs we encounter both residential and commercial projects.
The photo that we have provided is of the latter, it is a picture of an oral surgeon’s office that has been affected by a leak behind the walls. This leak usually manifests itself by causing the paint, normally latex based, to separate from the drywall. This creates large patches of bubbles, where the paint actually starts to slough off of the wall.
We were able to locate the source of the leak, stop the water flow and then remove the affected material. This required setting up containment in the exam room and placing drying equipment as well.
Once we had it dried down we then were able to replace any demoed material and get the office space back in to use.
We understand that owners have a business to run and that the sooner they get things back to normal the better.
RV drying equipment setup
At SERVPRO of Palm Springs we can also assist vehicles that have been affected by a water damage, there is also a possibility that the clients insurance can cover the damage as well. See you agent for details about personal details.
In this photo we see the interior of an RV that was affected by a failure in the supply line. Once we performed an extraction to remove the bulk of the water we then placed drying equipment. Just like a structure that has been affected, the interior of the RV must also be dried in the same manner. The size of the area and the amount of moisture are measured and from that information we can place the right amount of equipment.
So whether it is a home, a business or in this case an RV, we can help with your water damage project.