Recent Fire Damage Posts
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.
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.
Fire in The kitchen
Here at SERVPRO of Palm Springs when we are called out to assist with Fire clean-up, we realize that there is a lot more than just a structure and content that has been affected. There are the items in the home and the people attached to them.
In this picture we see a shot of a kitchen fire after it has been put out. Not only is there a physical clean-up of all the burnt material, there is also the odor issue that remains to be dealt with. The process is very involved and can take some time.
We have the ability and knowledge to help our clients overcome the obstacles presented and get them back to normal. Once they have the situation cleaned up they can start to move forward with their lives.
When cold air goes hot
'Power-heat' mode on new A/C?
At SERVPRO of Palm Springs and SERVPRO of Indian Wells we are experts at disaster clean-up.
In this picture we see a shot of an outdoor A/C unit that has experienced a small electrical fire.
While the heat of the fire had little effect on the actual structure, the soot and odor created where very challenging.
When dealing with a fire clean-up, time is of the essence. Fires create a mixture of compounds and the acid/base present can affect other material.
Also, avoid using wet cleaning methods as this can drive some material creating further damage.
Finally, when a fire occurs, the material present will continue to off-gas. The smell can actually be harmful to your health.
Let the fire department put the fire out and let SERVPRO clean it up.
How to get rid of odor issues
Hydroxyl on the Job
At SERVPRO of Palm Springs and SERVPRO of Indian Wells we are ready at a moment’s notice 24/7/365.
In this picture we see a shot of our hydroxyl machine. This device is used to safely eliminate odor issues through the use of a
" ...multi-nanometer optical device that produces a different nanometer frequency simultaneously. " -QCI LLC
This means that the equipment can be setup in a dwelling that is occupied. Traditionally, single frequency devices produce an excess of ozone on one particular range, when this is inhaled overtime it can have dramatic effects with negative consequences.
Over exposure to ozone can also have an effect on plastics, deteriorating the structure of affecting the finish.
Choose a professional that will use the right tools on the job.
Call SERVPRO, "Like it never even happened
Fire at a Gas Station
Commercial Fire Clean-up
We received notice through our corporate channels that the owner of a local Gas Station had there business affacted by an RV fire near the fuel pumps.
Once the vehicle had been cleared from the scene they were left with extensive smoke damage. This required the appropriate protocol and handling to mitigate the issue effectively.
To avoid pro-longed business interruptions, SERVPRO was called out to take care of it.
They used 'dry-cleaning' methods to initially process the affetced material. They used cherry-pickers to reach the over-head areas and power washers to clean all the surfaces. Any liquid captured during the course of service was properly disposed of.
The key to doing it right the first time is to inspect throughout the process and manage the communication, this sets it up for the win.
Call SERVPRO when you need help.