Recent Water Damage Posts

Water Damage Emergency Can Ruin Your Palm Springs Home Ceiling!

4/14/2023 (Permalink)

A picture of water damage in the ceiling We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Palm Springs, Cathedral City and the Coachella Valley

Our team in Palm Springs has been providing water damage restoration services to residents of the Coachella Valley for several years. Water damage can cause severe damage in a short time, and it's crucial to act fast. Below is a timeline of how water can damage your property over time:

Within Minutes Water spreads quickly, saturating walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. Furniture finishes bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets. Photographs, books, and paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24 Drywall begins to swell and break down. Metal surfaces tarnish. Furniture starts to swell and crack. Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread, causing stains. A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week Mold and mildew may grow and spread. Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp. Metal begins to rust and corrode. Furniture warps and shows signs of mold. Paint begins to blister. Wood flooring swells and warps. Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

In Palm Springs, water damage can occur due to various reasons, including pipe breaks, plumbing system failure, and sewer backups. Our team is always Here to Help® in case of water damage emergencies in your commercial or residential property. Please call us today at 760-327-7700 for quick and effective restoration services.

Our franchises are independently owned and operated.

Air Conditioning Unit Causing Water Intrusion in Palm Springs Home?

2/21/2023 (Permalink)

Water leaking from ceiling We respond to water damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Palm Springs.

Have you checked your air conditioner unit for signs of water intrusion? This is an often overlooked area where rain can enter a home and cause damage. Our local team in Palm Springs is on call to respond to water damage emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in Palm Springs. Here are some helpful tips from the Institute of Business and Home Safety for protecting your home from heavy rain:

Check wall air conditioners

Internal Drain

If the air conditioning unit has an internal drain, make sure the pipe size is adequate and water is running and flowing freely in order to handle a high volume of water.

Caulking of Air Conditioning Unit Sleeve: Look for any gaps, cracks, or other damage that indicates improper caulking around the edge of the sleeve to the exterior of the building. This increases vulnerability to water entry.

Orientation: Tilting the air conditioning unit sleeves slightly (two degrees) towards the exterior wall can significantly reduce the water’s entry.

Weather Stripping: Proper weather stripping between the air conditioning unit and the sleeve can reduce the water from entering.

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business in Sleepy Hollow has rain damage, our Palm Springs team is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (760) 327-7700.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Water Damage: What To Do

4/24/2020 (Permalink)



  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is sage from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature



  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

Contact your local SERVPRO of Palm Springs for more information on Water Damage procedures (760)327-7700

Aspects of a Kitchen Demolition

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

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.

RV Dry-down

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

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.

SERVPRO has a Segway?

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's "Segway"

When a water damage affects carpeting, it is important to stabilize the job site and extract as much water as possible.

One of the ways that this is accomplished is to use a weighted extraction unit.

At first glance they can look similar to the popular SEGWAY vehicles that are used for recreation. But on closer inspection they don’t offer the same range.

The weighted extractor, uses the rider’s body weight to assist in the extraction process.

The water travels down the tubes out to the truck mount engine.

Weighted extraction is used when the vendor is attempting to dry the carpet in place. They may also detach the carpet from the tack strip and "float" the carpet by using air movers.

These are both good methods of restoring items rather than replacing.


Tenting wooden flooring to speed up drying

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

Camping in the den

When a water damage occurs on hard wood flooring, it is important to extract the water as quickly as possible.

Wood is porous and will absorb water that it comes into contact with.

When this occurs, based on how the wood is cut, it will "bowl" or "cup".

If this warping is caught in time, we can place equipment that will actually cause the wood to shrink back towards it original shape.

In this picture we see a shot of a wood floor that has been tented. The tent decreases the size of the drying chamber and focuses the process on the affected area. Like a hair dryer as opposed to a drip-dry.

The tenting will speed up the drying process, decrease the cost of the claim and make the right move for all involved.

Slab Leak in the night

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

We found the leak

At SERVPRO of Palm Springs and SERVPRO of Indian Wells we are here to help with any size disaster.

In this photo we see a shot of a slab leak that has affected the interior of the residence.

The loss was actually discovered in the middle of the night. The homeowner moved to get out of bed and was greeted with sevral inches of warm water.

When a slab leak occurs it usually perks up through the concrete and spreads out into the home. If the volume of water and time are left unchecked you can awake to a similar situation.

Slab removals are also frustrating in that they require a re-flood of the site. The resaon behind thr re-flood is to locate the souce of the loss. The pipes in the slab are pressurized with water and then the air leaks out where the break in the line is...Along with any remaining water in the lines.

Luckily we are onsite and ready to etract as soon as it perks up.

SERVPRO, Like it never even happened.