Recent Biohazard Posts

Infectious Deseses and Germs from Sewer Backups in Public Restrooms in Coachella Valley?

6/25/2024 (Permalink)

restroom with out of order sign We restore sewage backups 24/7 in Coachella Valley and Riverside County.

SERVPRO of Coachella is a leader in commercial water damage restoration and biohazard cleanup services in the region. When a sewage backup occurs, professional assistance is critical to ensuring the safety of employees and customers. Sewage backups can spread a variety of infectious diseases and germs. Here are some examples:

Bacteria: Sewer backups can introduce harmful bacteria into a public restroom. Common culprits include E. coli and Salmonella, which can cause severe gastrointestinal illnesses.

Viruses: Viruses such as Norovirus and Hepatitis A can thrive in the unsanitary conditions created by a sewer backup. Norovirus, a highly contagious virus, leads to acute gastroenteritis, while Hepatitis A affects the liver and can cause jaundice, fatigue, and nausea.

Parasites: Sewer backups can also spread parasitic infections. Giardia and Cryptosporidium are two parasites commonly found in contaminated water. If not treated promptly, these parasites cause gastrointestinal illnesses that can lead to severe dehydration.

The presence of these pathogens highlights the importance of immediate and thorough biohazard cleanup after a sewer backup. Our technicians wear protective gear and use appropriate disinfectants while ensuring the area is adequately ventilated: critical steps in mitigating the health risks associated with such incidents.

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Avian Feces clean-up

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Birds in the shop

At SERVPRO of Indian Wells we provide a variety of clean-up services to our clients- Water, Fire, Mold, General Cleaning, HVAC, Tree removal and Bio-Hazard. Bio Hazard encompasses a broad spectrum of clean-up work from small blood stains to crime scene clean-up and animal based clean-up.

In this picture we see a commercial property that has experienced a small roof collapse. The roof collapse was minor as the opening was used by birds to then nest at the site. During the nesting the birds left a large volume of feces throughout the building which presented cleaning and heakth concerns. Birds are known to carry certain viruses or pathogens which can cause severe medical issues.

Warning: If you inhale the feces during clean-up you can possibly contract a virus. This is why you should let a trained professional with the appropriate personal protection equipment, namely a full face respirator, handle the clean-up.

Power outage concerns

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

What happens in the 'fridge when the power goes out?

At SERVPRO of Palm Springs and Indian Wells we encounter a variety of clean-up situations.

In this picture we see a shot of a refrigerator at a residence where the power had gone out. Once the organic material comes to room temperature mold and decay set in. You can also experience pest infestation.

This home was a rental property and the incident was not reported until a resident in a neighboring unit complained of odor issues.

If you happen upon this scenario, Do NOT OPEN THE FRIDGE!!!  This will break the seal and release a huge amount of off-gassing.

We typically shrink-wrap the unit, lay down protective covering on the floor, and dolly to a disposal vehicle.

Sometimes these units can be saved, but that service is cost-prohibitive.

Call SERVPRO, "Like it never even happened".

Hospice Cleaning

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Hospice Cleaning

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 residence where a lovd one has moved on.

During the hospice portion of persons life , the home can fall into a state that requires poffessional attention.

It is not uncommon for this process to be an emotional and physical overload for some.

 We are here to help any aspect of the cleaning job. We provide disposal services for any of the contents that are to hard to handle.

We also clean the structure in accordance with the IICRC standards that are set forth for our industry.

SERVPRO, we are here to help with any size...or type...of disaster.

Bio-hazard clean-up at Casino

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

HEPA Filter and Containment

One of our local casinos was affected by a septic issue that created a very foul odor throughout an entire floor of the building.  

When a hospitality facility has a concern which may impact there customer base, they need to know that it will be taken care of quickly and effectively.

SERVPRO was able to setup containment barriers to encapsulate the affected area. We sealed of the venilation to stop further spead of OV particles. We then set up HEPA filters and negative air to improve the air-quality.

Once the area was sealed, cleaned and stabilized: it was ready for the Casino's maintainence staff to alleviate the remaining issue.

We can fix the problem ourselves or work with others to do it as a Team

SERVPRO, "Like it never even happened!"