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Helping Schools Provide Clean, Healthy Environments

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Helping Schools Provide Clean, Healthy Environments Back to School season is here!

Educational institutions can depend on their local SERVPRO of Palm Desert for fast, thorough service in the event of fire, water or mold damage.  With 24-hour emergency response, SERVPRO of Palm Desert provides mitigation, cleanup and restoration services to reduce recovery costs and to help ensure minimal interruption to you curriculum.  Your local SERVPRO of Palm Desert also provides expert cleaning for emergencies or special needs exceeding routine janitorial capabilities, including stain removal, upholstery and drapery dry cleaning, indoor air quality and vandalism cleanup.  Our professionals are trained to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants. We are trusted by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide.  We have served the Coachella Valley since 1967.  Call us today for a free estimate.  

Dryer Vent Cleaning

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Dryer Vent Cleaning Check your dryer vent on a regular basis.

Excessive lint build up occurs slowly and gradually. You don't realize it is happening. You think that by cleaning out the lint filter after each use you are doing your job and maintaining the dryer. Not quite!

A full load of wet clothes contains about a half gallon of water. Lint is created from the clothes as water is removed during the drying process. This lint will build up in crevices deep down inside the lint filter trap, and all along the dryer vent hose. At the end of the day, your dryer is the number 1 source of fire in the home.

In 1999 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) developed a report called the “Report on Electric and Gas Clothes Dryers.” In that report, they determined that of the 15,000 fires studied in one year, electric dryers were over 2.5 times more likely to be the cause of the fire than gas dryer. Fires originated most frequently from two places: dryer venting and the lint trap.

What are the warning signs that dangerous lint build-up is occurring in your dryer and venting system? Well, the symptoms may include:

* Clothes take longer and longer to dry

* Clothes don't fully dry

* Clothes are hotter than normal at the end of the drying cycle

* The outside of dryer gets very hot

* The outside exhaust vent flapper does not open very much indicating low exhaust velocity

* Laundry room becomes more humid than it is usually

* Burnt smell is evident in the laundry room

Give us a call at SERVPRO of Palm Desert and we will help you eliminate this fire hazard in your home.

Why Do Carpets Seem to Smell Worse in Hot Weather?

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Why Do Carpets Seem to Smell Worse in Hot Weather? Odors in Carpet Increase in Hot Weather

As the Hot Weather increases so does a little known issue that many SERVPRO carpet cleaners have run into in their daily cleanings. The reason carpets seem to have an odor in hot weather is the volatile compounds, the source of the majority of all odors - become much more easily airborne as the room temperature increases. Bacteria grows quickly as temperatures rise, so a carpet that has no detectable odor before you arrive on the job might soon smell after a hot water extraction.

That's why, for example, an area of carpet soiled by a pet in the winter might not be noticed until it gets warmer in the spring. When a carpet cleaner cleans this hidden urine spot with hot water, the heat and moisture provides food to the bacteria that feeds on urine residues and they start to multiply. Bacteria also feeds on food residues, such as a glass of milk spilled in the winter that was blotted, but not fully cleaned. This kind of soil can smell sour after carpet cleaning. Bacteria multiply very rapidly once activated, thus causing odors to appear quickly.

SERVPRO of Palm Desert technicians have the ability to use their SERVPRO products to deal with these stains and unpleasant odors and clean your carpets "Like it never even happened."

Sound the Alarm, Save A Life

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Community Sound the Alarm, Save A Life Team up with SERVPRO of Palm Desert, The American Red Cross and our local Fire Department

Sound the Alarm, Save a Life!

 

Every day 7 people die in home fires. You can help change that. This fall, the American Red Cross will team up with fire departments, volunteers, and partners to Sound the Alarm with home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events. Volunteers will install 100,000 FREE smoke alarms in more than 100 at-risk communities across the country. The American Red Cross will also mark a major milestone - they will reach the 1-millionth smoke alarm installation since 2014!!

 

Help us in helping The American Red Cross "Sound the Alarm" about fire safety and prevent these needless tragedies.

 

SERVPRO began a National partnership in March of 2013 with the American Red Cross as the largest corporate sponsor for the Ready Rating Program. SERVPRO has renewed our commitment to the Red Cross by supporting the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign aligns with SERVPRO of Palm Desert residential market and is aimed at reducing home fire deaths and injuries across the Coachella Valley.

 

Go to soundthealarm.org to learn how you can make a difference.

2017 Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Community 2017 Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge Ronda Henry, SERVPRO of Palm Desert, giving blood at the Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge

The 2017 Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge is on! Coachella Valley communities are going head-to-head to collect the most LifeStream blood donations to assist local hospital patients.  Our very own, Ronda Henry of SERVPRO of Palm Desert gave her donation this past weekend at the Palm Desert Community Center.

 

Speaking of challenges, summer is the most challenging time of year for hospitals to maintain ample blood supplies for emergency and everyday needs. Your help at this time is especially critical!

Round up the neighbors – donate blood – make your city #1!

 

Those who give the gift of blood are helping everybody. Donating blood is one act in which society prospers. Think about it – there are no specifics from donors when it comes to giving blood, no questions as to their motivation, and no limits on the gratitude of those on the receiving end of this priceless gift. Clearly, blood donation matters.  At SERVPRO of Palm Desert, we care about saving lives in our Coachella Valley.

 

 

Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge Schedule:

PALM DESERT: Saturday, July 8, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Community Center, 43900 San Pablo Ave.

COACHELLA: Thursday, July 13, 12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Senior Center, 1540 7th St.

CATHEDRAL CITY: Friday, July 14, 12 – 6 p.m.
library, 33520 Date Palm Drive

LA QUINTA: Saturday, July 15, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wellness Center, 78450 Avenida la Fonda

PALM SPRINGS: Wednesday, July 19, 12 – 6 p.m.
Palm Springs Teachers’ Association, 180 N. Luring Drive

INDIAN WELLS: Friday, July 21, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Indian Wells Golf Resort, 44500 Indian Wells Lane

RANCHO MIRAGE: Wednesday, July 26, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
library, 71100 Highway 111

INDIO: Thursday, July 27, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Teen Center, 81678 Ave. 46

DESERT HOT SPRINGS: Saturday, July 29, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Health and Wellness Center, 11750 Cholla Drive

 

For more information or to make an appointment to give blood, call 800-879-4484.

Why Duct Cleaning?

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Why Duct Cleaning? Improve the Quality of Your Indoor Air with Duct Cleaning

SERVPRO of Palm Desert is offering Duct Cleaning Services. We have been so successful in our training and implementation of this service. This is a much needed value to our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration jobs, Mold Remediation, Cigarette Smoke, Cigar Smoke and various other related jobs.

 

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business. If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating odors, dust and other contaminates. Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. SERVPRO of Palm Desert will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.

May help to eliminate offensive odors.

Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on duct cleaning contact your SERVPRO of Palm Desert today at 760-346-7270. We are nearby and ready to serve you.

Discovering Sources of Water Damage

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Discovering Sources of Water Damage Broken Supply Line in Back of Toilet

SERVPRO of Palm Desert is a reliable and trusted water damage company with plenty of experience to get the job done quickly and efficiently. We always advise our customers to address the damage issue before it escalates and causes more damage to your property. We are available around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are dedicated professionals that are ready, willing, and able to clean up after any size disaster.

Discovering Sources of Water Damage

If you discover a water leak in your home, the first few minutes are critical.  The top priority is to avoid panic and focus on getting the source of the water stopped.  The most common water leaks in a home can be traced to the kitchen or a bathroom. 

Most all common water supplies in a residence have a cut-off valve nearby and all valves can be turned off with a clockwise turn.  If the source of the leak is your washing machine, the valves to turn off the flow are located behind the machine.  Do not disconnect the hoses.  Instead, turn off the water flow where the hoses are connected in the wall. 

In the kitchen, you will find shut-off values for the faucet under the sink.  This is also where you will most likely find the shut-off valve for an ice maker, if your freezer is equipped with one.  The valve that controls your sink is usually the same valve that provides flow to your dishwasher.  In a bathroom, cutoff valves are below the sink and may be within a sink cabinet if you have one.  The supply line for the toilet is commonly located under and behind the seat. 

A water heater can also be the source of your leak.  If it is a gas tank, turn off the gas supply first then turn off the water.  The water supply valve is usually located near or above the top of the tank.

Stopping the leak at its source as quickly as possible will minimize damage to cabinets, floors, walls and contents.  Within a single minute, several gallons of water can flow into your home and saturate anything in its path, including adjacent rooms. 

Some leaks cannot be stopped with an inside valve so the water supply to your house has to be turned off.  Lines carrying water into your home come from a main line outside that can usually be found close to the street where your water meter is located. 

At SERVPRO of Palm Desert, we are experts at mitigating water damages. Our skilled technicians work quickly and efficiently to extract the water, assess the damage, install drying equipment and dry your property to its preloss condition. SERPVPRO can provide you with the information and services you need to make water damage “Like it never even happened.”  Call us today 760-346-7270. We are here to help! 

ELIMINATE MOLD PROBLEMS

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation ELIMINATE MOLD PROBLEMS Mold Odors in the Laundry Room

SERVPRO's Palm Desert Remediation Can Eliminate Mold Problems


No one wants mold damage anywhere in their home, but the laundry room is a common and frustrating area where it makes itself known. You try to remove the mold yourself without success and finally ask, "what company near me holds the key to complete mold remediation?" The answer is SERVPRO, your local mold management and remediation experts. 
 
It is not surprising that mold damage plagues your Palm Desert laundry room. Plenty of organic material and a wide range of microbial accelerants lie in your laundry room. The area is isolated, in an out of the way corner of your home. The long term leaks on the back of your washer itself is a treasure trove of nooks and crannies that hide mold growth. You sniff the musty odor every time you open the door to the laundry room.  
 
Dealing with persistent mold is not a do it yourself job. All your efforts fail because mold is a tricky problem that requires remediation experts from SERVPRO to conquer. Mold can hide behind cabinet areas in places you may not be able to visibly see. Hoses and other plumbing connections may be examined for leaks and evidence of mold growth. 
 
The washer and dryer themselves are possibly a source of mold contamination. Our Mold Professionals may require a Mold Test by a 3rd party for air quality and spore count. If Hoses and seals are the problems, a referral to an appliance repair specialist makes sense. Proper Containment and Mold Remediation can move your laundry room back to fresh-smelling instead of odor-creating. 
 
If you have concerns and detect odors or see suspect microbial growth, call our friendly staff at SERVPRO of Palm Desert (760) 346-7270 to set up a consultation.

Common Causes of Water Damage

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Common Causes of Water Damage Sudden Water Damage in your home

Water damage in Palm Desert is one of the worst nightmares a homeowner has to face. Not only does it require a tedious cleanup process, it can also cause secondary damage to your property in such as furniture, drapes, and bedding. If that’s not enough, water can also weaken your home’s foundation and eventually cause mold problems when left to sit for too long.


For most Palm Desert homes, water damage can be caused by a number of things. Here are some of the common causes of water damage.


Natural disasters


Rain or microburst and sudden storms can all trigger water build up. While we have no control over natural disasters, you can take some precautionary measures to minimize the damage to your home.


Be sure to keep your gutter and downspouts clean and free of debris in order to successfully direct water away from your home. In case water gets in your home, be sure to act immediately once the storm has passed to prevent further damage to your property.


Plumbing problems


Plumbing problems such as clogged drains, A/C Condensation lines, overflowing toilet and leaks under the kitchen sink are some of the common causes of  Palm Desert water damage in homes.


To keep your Palm Desert plumbing in good working order, please refrain from pouring fat and grease down the drain. Also, avoid throwing anything other than toilet paper down the toilet. You have your trash cans for that.


Burst or leaking pipes


Because the pipes tend to be hidden away, Palm Desert leaking pipes are often left unnoticed. By the time they learn about it, it’s too late. Even small leaks cause an increase in moisture, making your home an ideal environment for mold to grow. Because of this, it is important to have your pipes routinely checked to ensure that they are functioning properly.


Problematic appliances


Water heater and washing machines are the 2 main appliances that can cause water damage in residential homes. As these items get older, their pipes, tubes and other parts begin to wear out.


A hot water tank, for instance, can result in water being spilled. This can cause flooding inside the house, damage the floors and some of your furniture as well. It is important to check the condition of these appliances to ensure that they are in good working order. The damage caused by failed household appliances can be as devastating as natural disasters.


If you or someone you know needs help with water damage cleanup or restoration, please call SERVPRO of Palm Desert in the soonest possible time. Time is of the essence when dealing with water damage, so it is important that you call as soon as you can.

FLOOD DAMAGE CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE TO YOUR PROPERTY

12/22/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage FLOOD DAMAGE CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE TO YOUR PROPERTY Flood Damage Causes destruction to your property

Flood damage can be very destructive to your property.

Flood Damage Restoration

As a homeowner, flood damage can be very destructive, and if you do not take care of it right away, the extra water in your home can cause electrical hazards and expensive damage to your home. It can also lead to the growth of hazardous mold. Therefore, when the worst happens, you need to call our experts at SERVPRO of Palm Desert so that we can come in with our professionals and equipment to dry out your home as quickly as possible.

When your home floods it can be one of the most destructive forms of damage you can experience.

We also understand that it is a very stressful time. That is why our team of caring, trained and professional Water Damage Technicians is here when you need us at any time. We will lead you through the process, step by step, and do all that is needed efficiently and quickly, so we can get your home and life back to normal as soon as possible.  When the unexpected happens, we at SERVPRO of Palm Desert can be to your home quickly to get your home cleaned up. With our rapid response, your walls, floors, and personal property will have a much better chance of being restored to its original state.

Sources from outside or inside the structure can cause water intrusions to your home. Excessive rain can over saturate the ground, which results in hydrostatic pressure. This happens when the moisture outside your home or foundational wall is greater than the pressure inside. Since water naturally seeks out lower pressure, this can result in foundational leaks, and even cracking. We use professional equipment at SERVPRO of Palm Desert to efficiently and quickly remove the water before it begins to cause damage to your structure and other, secondary water problems. We will also bring in dehumidifiers which work to get rid of any moisture and start moving the air to assist in drying out your home. Once the water and moisture are entirely removed, we clean, sanitize and treat with an antimicrobial agent to ensure that you don’t experience any mold growth. We work with you each step of the way and can also work with your insurance company so that your claim gets processed as fast as possible.

When you experience any flood damage, contact us right away at SERVPRO of Palm Desert so that we can quickly come out and restore your property. We have the skilled technicians on hand at all hours to assist you when you call us at 760-346-7270.