Recent Fire Damage Posts

How Do I Handle a Fire Damage

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Do I Handle a Fire Damage Fire Damage

How to help reduce damage and increase your chances of a successful restoration continued!

Fire & Smoke Damage

Dos

  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Don’ts

  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor. 

Check back next week when we start the Dos and Dont for water damage!

Cupboards Covered in Soot?

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cupboards Covered in Soot? Kitchen Fire

We are starting off our Blog with the Dos and Don’ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

Fire & Smoke Damage

 Dos

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.

Don’ts

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service. 

Kitchen Smoke Damage

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kitchen Smoke Damage Kitchen fire with smoke damage.

We are starting off our Blog with the Dos and Don’ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

Fire & Smoke Damage

 Dos

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.

Don’ts

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.

What to do and not do in a fire.

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to do and not do in a fire. Fire Damaged Kitchen

How to help reduce damage and increase your chances of a successful restoration continued!

Fire & Smoke Damage

Dos

  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Don’ts

  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor. 

Check back next week when we start the Dos and Dont for water damage!

Your Home Is Your Largest Assert.

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Home Is Your Largest Assert. Fire can take your larges assest.

National fire statistics indicate that a residential fire occurs approximately every 90 seconds somewhere in the United States.  However when you suffer a fire, only one fire matters to you.  Personal belongings are a treasure of life, and a reflection of hard work and achievements.  Photographs, books, and other personal items have a value that cannot be put into words.  A SERVPRO Professional has the ability to help restore your belongings.

Emergency Fire Damage Tips:

  • Limit movements to prevent further damage
  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Southwest Portland
  • Don't attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first contacting SERVPRO of Southwest Portland

SERVPRO of Southwest Portland is proud to serve Multnomah County and other areas of Portland Metro.  Any questions please give us a call at 503.777.9739.

Smoke gets in your eyes.

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke gets in your eyes. Smoke gets in your eyes

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO Professionals can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  We at SERVPRO of Southwest Portland can provide a timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to pre loss condition when possible. "Like it never even happened."  We at SERVPRO of Southwest Portland believe in the 3E's (Experience, Expertise and Equipment) and are proud to serve Multnomah County and other areas of Portland Metro.   Please call us at 503.777.9739 twenty-four hours a day seven days a week. 

Motor Home

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Motor Home Motor Home Fire

Camper caught on fire and cause damage to the side of the house and smoke to one room of the house. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland was on the job within an hour , assuring the customer we would take care of their needs and make it."Like it never even happened."

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring, versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. SERVPRO Professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible. 

Fire on the Barbie

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire on the Barbie Fire caused by Grilling

Summer is the peak season for grill fires and since outdoor grilling is one of the most popular ways to cook food, here are some simple tips to be on your way to safe grilling.

1) Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.

2) The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

3) Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.

4) Never leave your grill unattended.

5) Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it

6) When you are finished grilling on a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

7) Always keep a Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher handy.

SERVPRO of Southwest Portland is proudly serving Multnomah County.  Any questions or grilling recipes please call us at 503-777-9739.

Fire Loss

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Duplex fire loss due to outside grill. Both sides of the duplex were damaged. 

Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into the carpet. 

Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop open to help prevent odor.

Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets , trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.

If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes. 

Wash both sides of leaves on house plants. 

Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until trained professional can check.

What to do until help arrives. Fire Damage

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to do until help arrives. Fire Damage Soot can permanently damage and stain carpets, drapes and furniture if not dealt with properly.

How to help reduce damage and increase your chances of a successful restoration continued!

Fire & Smoke Damage

Dos

  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Don’ts

  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor. 

Check back next week when we start the Dos and Dont for water damage!

Stove Fire

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Stove Fire Stove fire causes thousands of dollars of fire damage.

We are starting off our Blog with the Dos and Don’ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

Fire & Smoke Damage

 Dos

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.

Don’ts

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service. 

Only One Fire Matters To You

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Only One Fire Matters To You This kitchen fire was contained but damaged belongings and surfaces throughout the entire house.

National fire statistics indicate that a residential fire occurs approximately every 90 seconds somewhere in the United States.  However when you suffer a fire, only one fire matters to you.  Personal belongings are a treasure of life, and a reflection of hard work and achievements.  Photographs, books, and other personal items have a value that cannot be put into words.  A SERVPRO Professional has the ability to help restore your belongings.

Emergency Fire Damage Tips:

  • Limit movements to prevent further damage
  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Southwest Portland
  • Don't attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first contacting SERVPRO of Southwest Portland

SERVPRO of Southwest Portland is proud to serve Multnomah County and other areas of Portland Metro.  Any questions please give us a call at 503.777.9739.

Fire Damage

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleaning up after a kitchen fire that is showing the soot damage.

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO Professionals can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  We at SERVPRO of Southwest Portland can provide a timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to pre loss condition when possible. "Like it never even happened."  We at SERVPRO of Southwest Portland believe in the 3E's (Experience, Expertise and Equipment) and are proud to serve Multnomah County and other areas of Portland Metro.   Please call us at 503.777.9739 twenty-four hours a day seven days a week. 

Grilling Safety

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grilling Safety There is nothing like outdoor grilling.

Summer is the peak season for grill fires and since outdoor grilling is one of the most popular ways to cook food, here are some simple tips to be on your way to safe grilling.

1) Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.

2) The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

3) Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.

4) Never leave your grill unattended.

5) Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it

6) When you are finished grilling on a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

7) Always keep a Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher handy.

SERVPRO of Southwest Portland is proudly serving Multnomah County.  Any questions or grilling recipes please call us at 503-777-9739.

Portland Oregon Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Portland Oregon Smoke and Soot Cleanup Portland Oregon soot damage cleaning in progress

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Portland will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today- 503-777-9739