Recent Fire Damage Posts

Keep Your Home Safe From Dryer Fire

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Dryer on fire Don't Dry Unsafely!

An electric or gas clothes dryer is nearly an essential part of life in most homes. In families with children, the laundry can seem a daunting task, going on forever with washing machines and dryers churning and turning away slowly at a never-ending mountain of laundry.

But, all that convenience carries with it the possibility of a deadly hazard -- a dryer fire -- the leading cause of home fires in this country at the rate of about 15,000 every year.

*Don't dry dangerously*

While today's clothes dryer is in itself a safe piece of machinery and a feat of modern technology, it isn't fail-safe and requires regular preventive maintenance to prevent fires that could start in your lint trap or anywhere within your dryer's venting.

When lint traps aren't cleaned as often as they should be, the resulting build-up in the screen or other areas can cause the dryer to perform poorly, operate at elevated temperatures and possibly overheat -- with dangerous consequences. Vent systems must also be checked and cleaned to maintain proper air flow for the same reasons.

Problems may also occur if consumers place improper items in their dryers, such as foam backed rugs or athletic shoes, or vent their appliances with plastic or vinyl exhaust materials. Make sure that whatever you put in your dryer is approved and safe to place in a dryer. When in doubt, check the washing instructions on the tag of the clothing or consult the manufacturers website for more information.


SERVPRO to the Rescue for Fire Damage

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen damaged by fire Unplug appliances when not in use.

When you have a kitchen fire in your home there is more to the cleanup efforts then just replacing some burned cabinets. Many of your belongings will be covered in soot or smell like smoke. It's important not to leave clean up efforts for too long or soot and smoke will stain or ruin the items. We have a specialized crew to clean up the contents of your home after a fire damage. This crew is specialized in content cleanup which is different from structural damage restoration. In the end, both crews are needed to get your home back to preloss conditions. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland has the trained professional technicians to handle the clean-up and restoration in a timely manner. Please call us 245/7/365 at 503-777-9739

Outside Burn Smoked House.

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Soot filled kitchen Cleaning a soot filled kitchen.

Not every fire does an immense amount of damage to homes. In fact many fires don’t require a large amount of demolition and rebuild; especially ones caused by cooking accidents. Grease fires, protein fires, contained fires or outdoor fires can all do a small amount of damage to homes but they can produce a lot more smoke and residue than people realize.

That smoke, soot, and residue will go throughout your home covering all kinds of surfaces like walls, counter-tops, cabinets, contents, and clothes. The smoke damage leaves behind sticky residue, stains surfaces, odors, and can be toxic to breath long term especially for people with respiratory issues. The residue is not always visible either so the testing process is very important.

A home does not need to be severely damaged after a fire for you to call one of our experts for a free inspection of your home. The size and scope of damage after a small fire can be very surprising to many people when we do our inspection and show how far reaching smoke damage can be and what all is affected. In our inspection we use various cleaning tools and chemicals (made by our chemists at SERVPRO) to determine the best way to restore your home to its before fire condition. 

What goes into a Fire Cleaning and Restoration Project?

Projects vary based on a variety of factors such as:

  • Size and scope of the damage
  • Source of the fire
  • Odor level
  • Type of materials affected 

To get a good idea of what is necessary for your particular situation it is best to give us a call and schedule a free inspection and estimate to determine what processes are best suited to restore your home. Typically many of our fire restoration projects include:

  • Board Up
  • Dry cleaning with a sponge or HEPA vacuum
  • Wet cleaning with solutions or enzymes
  • Ozone treatment for odor
  • Thermal for odor
  • Content pack-out for off site cleaning (more severe fire damage situation)
  • Duct cleaning

We deal with fires all year around and we are ready to help you take back your home after fire. Make sure you review these fire damage tips and give us a call today for an inspection today at 503-777-9739

Non-salvage food items

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Non Salvage food displayed Fire damaged foods

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!

Chillin & Grillin

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Grill with large fire Keep an eye on your grill when cooking.

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.

Large Fire Loss

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of hallway damaged by fire SERVPRO ready when you need them.

This is a picture of a Fire/Water Damage we completed a few short moths ago from a cooking incident on the third story of an apartment complex in the Portland Metro area. This is just one of MANY photos taken at this loss, but this shows a little of the damage received from the water used to put out the fire. Approximately the entire complex was affected--27 units, therefore, this is what we call a Large Loss. As for the fire damage, we had to remove a significant amount of insulation, soot had to be cleaned throughout two levels of hallways, stairwells as well as some units. After intense cleaning and mitigation, we ended with giving all affected areas a carpet cleaning and a well needed duct cleaning to make things "Like it never even happened." 

Fire Damage in the kitchen.

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen burned by fire. Be careful when working in the kitchen.

Here we see the aftermath of a kitchen.  A oven mitt was left to close to the stove while a pot of water was left to boil.  The homeowner had walked away thinking they had some time before it would boil.  What they did not notice was the oven mitt they had left to close to the open flame which then ignited. Before they could contain it the fire took over the entire kitchen leaving them with no choice but to evacuate and wait for fire fighters.  After the fire was put out this was the result of the corner of the kitchen where the refrigerator was located. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland was called upon to cleanup the extreme damage the fire left behind.  The entire kitchen was gutted and the whole house needed to be treated for smoke damage.  Once this was completed the restoration process could begin. 

Fire Up Close & Personal

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

Knowing the different types of smoke damage and their particular behavior allows SERVPRO to restore the damaged regions to preloss condition, completing proper damage restoration.

This mishap was an emergency response and occurred in the Hillsboro region of Oregon from an unkown source.

Structure damage, unsalvageable furniture and other contents were packed out during the process to be thoroughly cleaned and restored before being packed back in to the residence. 

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.

Our team carefully inspected and tested adjoining rooms of the property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Please call SERVPRO of Southwest Portland 24/7 503-777-9739 

Don't Be A Statistic

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Large Fire Kitchen Fire

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 & Soot Damage!

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

Soot on the Ceiling Soot covers ceiling after fire 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. 

Wildfires 2020

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Wildfire devastated school Wildfires in Mill city devastated town.

SERVPRO of Southwest Portland has sent crews to rural areas to set air filtration devices and help clean smoke damaged homes and businesses. Neighborhoods were devastated with only a few homes left on the street. The people we met with were very happy to see us and saw us as a hope to return to their homes. To be of service to these hard hit communities is an honor. Debi and I were able to go from home to home to deliver air filtration devices to start cleaning the air, make sketches and sign the documents to get the homes ready to be cleaned and to document with pictures for the Insurance adjusters. It is an honor to be able to serve in these hard hit communities. 

Air Filtration Devices Can Help Remove Soot & Smoke

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

XL Air Filtration Device XL Air Filtration Device supplied by SERVPRO

Portable Air Filtration Devices in your home or at your business can help remove particulates from your indoor air that can affect human health. Some of these pollutants come from outdoors, and others come from indoor sources and activities, such as cooking, cleaning, secondhand smoke, building materials, consumer products, and home furnishings. These indoor air pollutants can be particles or gases, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Common contaminants that can be found indoors include particulate matter (including PM2.5 [fine] and PM10 [coarse]), formaldehyde, mold, and pollen. Since most people spend about 90% of their time indoors, the most effective ways to improve your indoor air are to reduce or remove the sources of pollutants and to ventilate with clean outdoor air. In addition, research shows that filtration can be an effective supplement to source control and ventilation. Using a portable air cleaner can help to improve indoor air quality. Portable air cleaners, also known as air purifiers or air sanitizers, are designed to filter the air in a single room or area. Portable air cleaners can reduce indoor air pollution.

Kitchen Fire

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen burned by fire, soot everywhere Kitchen damaged by fire.

One of our clients was in the process of moving their belongings into an apartment when they had to evacuate the apartment due to flames coming from a neighboring house. The smoke and soot from the house fire was however left on the belonging of the customer. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland removed the belongings to be cleaning and stored until the customer has found a new home then we will bring the belongings to their new home. Farmers Insurance agent has used SERVPRO of Southwest for many of their damages and calls us whenever they have a customer. Linda the agent has told me many times that we are the only company she will refer her clients to. Please call SERVPRO of Southwest Portland for all your fire, water and mold cleanups. 

High Rise Fire

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck in front of high rise High Rise Fire. SERVPRO called to mitigate.

Terwilliger Plaza has trusted SERVPRO of Southwest Portland to meet the needs of their residents when they have fire and water damages. A fire set off the water sprinklers at Terwilliger Plaza and flooded three floors of the building. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland was able to bring in their crews and start mitigating the damages within an hour of being called out. Other than having to remove some of the carpet and a small bit of the drywall we were able to save the building and not have to move the residents out. 

The management of Terwilliger Plaza is great to work with and we are creating an Emergency Ready Plan for them that will show all of the shutoffs for water, gas and electric and will give all of the local emergency numbers. 

Hotel Fire

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Hotel Fire Hotel three room fire

Three rooms in the corner area of this hotel burnt from the inside out a couple weeks ago over a weekend. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland was there within an hour getting pictures of the damage and measuring the scope of the project. The fire marshal was onsite giving us the go ahead for measurements and pictures around the property. The fire spread so quickly that in a short amount of time, three rooms were burnt on the inside with just the majority of the structure still standing. We are able to go in and clean soot damage and do debris cleanup in the affected units as well as the surrounding ones from the pungent smoke smells. Even though some of the structure will need to be demolished and rebuilt, we can help with the areas and items that need to be ozoned. 

Front Porch Fire

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Attic Insulation damage in attic/crawlspace

A car battery charging on this customers front porch combusted and set the structure on fire. The fire went up through the attic that hangs over the porch, into the front room, and kitchen areas. The house needed to be completely gutted due to heavy smoke damage throughout. The debris all over was picked up and the damaged insulation was extracted from the attic and crawlspace. The ceiling eventually was removed to start the rebuild. There was no one home at the time so everyone was safe from the rapid moving flames. We were out to the property within an hour to board up any areas that were at risk for weather and vandalism before we were able to start on the rest of the fire damage cleanup and salvage.

Stove Fire

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Stove Fire Stove fire caused by grease

Grease fires in our kitchens can happen at any time. It is important to keep the stove and surrounding areas clean from any hazardous material. This small kitchen fire happened quickly due to grease under one of the back burners that burst into flames. This customer has to follow the fire cleanup with demolition of the hood vent, a portion of the ceiling, cabinets, and a stove replacement. Since a kitchen grease fire can happen to anyone it is important to know some simple precautions, if you experience one of your own. If cooking with a pot or a pan when the fire occurs, it is safer to leave the pot on the stove, and not try and transport it outside to a different area. Also, remember not to pour water onto a grease fire. It is safer to smother or cover the flames, if they are still manageable.

Small Fire, Not So Small Damage.

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Damage In Apartment Fire and smoke residue in apartment kitchen

What started out as a small fire, quickly spread into other parts and floors in this apartment unit. There was broken glass, smoke damage, and structural damage after the fire department came to put out the flames. The smoke damage was heavier on the kitchen walls and ceiling, but around the house, you could find other soot residues that were in need of cleaning up! The fire started near the kitchen window of the apartment unit and spread across the flooring and ceiling in that room. There was heavy floor damage in front of the stove across from the kitchen window as well as some smoke damage in the attached living room. After the windows, floors, and ceilings were replaced, this unit looked like nothing ever happened!

Outside Fire

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Side Of House Fire A small fire on the outside of a house.

Luckily for this customer, this fire was extinguished before it caused any major structural damage. Taking into consideration the location of the fire, it would have easily moved from different parts of the house, including underneath it. Every job that we are called out to is a new experience is different, no two losses are the same, and a different approach must be made every time. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland was able to catch the fire before any major disaster happened, and we cleaned up the mess surrounding the area. This may look like a small job, but we are always willing to help no matter the size. Before compromising the home from under the deck, the customer was able to put it out. We came in to make sure no further damage was done and had gone unseen. 

Garage Fire

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Front Of Structure This is the front of the house which had a garage fire.

A fire that started in the garage and then came through the house caused extensive damage to this family home. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland worked closely with an electrician on this project due to a lot of damaged wires throughout the garage and the house. We were able to go into the home and get everything that was salvageable packed up and had to clear out the items that were non-salvageable as well. Since the location of the start of the fire was close to basement rooms that were fully furnished, this process was slightly more challenging and time-consuming to go through salvageable and non-salvageable items. Although our customer suffered a tremendous loss, we were there to help with all their needs and we have fully restored their home back to preloss condition.

Local Bar Fire

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Front Of Structure Front of structure for the bar

What started as a small kitchen fire on their flat top grill, this structure quickly went up in flames compromising the majority of the building. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland came to pack out the interior of the bar and began cleaning the structure and anything else that could be salvaged. This historical fixture is slated to reopen soon in the heart of Multnomah Village after an extensive renovation. With the reopening, customers in the area will see a newly updated neighborhood bar and grill featuring their brand new rooftop bar. We take pride in our community and we knew how important this was that we got this local hangout spot back up and running as quickly as we possibly could. Welcome back to the neighborhood Renner's Grill!

MAACO Collision Center Fire

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Cause of Fire Cause of fire in MAACO garage

SERVPRO of Southwest Portland was called out to a fire that tore through a collision shop and destroyed the interior and exterior of the structure, cars, and belongings. As the damage was sorted through, there were a few items that we were able to restore to preloss condition. We went through garages, offices, and hallways, and replaced what we could to get the business up and running smoothly again. Looking back at the pictures of how devastating this fire once was, the after pictures make it look "Like it never even happened." With professional cleaning and a crew of certified fire/smoke individuals, this MAACO suffered a tragic and sudden loss and we were there to help! Please call SERVPRO of Southwest Portland for all your Fire, Water, Mold and Bio-hazard cleanups.

Fire On Front Porch

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Front Of Structure Front of house

We were called out to this fire job from the property management company. They had a fire on the front porch that damaged walls, flooring, the ceiling, and the attic as well as multiple rooms. The most damage occurred in the attic space where our crew had to clean out a lot of insulation and damaged wood in the structure. It is not always apparent what damage has happened due to smoke residues. For this specific loss, we also had to remove carpet pads in multiple rooms because of the fire and smoke damage. Since this was a rental property, it was our main goal to get the job done promptly so the house could be ready for new tenants to move in. Please call us at 503-777-9739

Fire Fire Everywhere

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire exploded in warehouse causing mass distruction The fire consumed most of the warehouse

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 can 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.

The unexpected can happen at any time.

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage from neighbors house burned. House fire.

One of our clients were in the process of moving their belongings into an apartment when they had to evacuate the apartment due to flames coming from a neighboring house. The smoke and soot from the house fire was however left on the belonging of the customer. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland removed the belongings to be cleaning and stored until the customer has found a new home then we will bring the belongings to their new home. Farmers Insurance agent has used SERVPRO of Southwest for many of their damages and calls us whenever they have a customer. Linda the agent has told me many times that we are the only company she will refer her clients to. Please call SERVPRO of Southwest Portland for all your fire, water and mold cleanups. 

Terwilliger Plaza

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Terwilliger Plaza SERVPRO trucks

Terwilliger Plaza has trusted SERVPRO of Southwest Portland to meet the needs of their residents when they have a fire and water damages. A fire set off the water sprinklers at Terwilliger Plaza and flooded three floors of the building. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland was able to bring in their crews and start mitigating the damages within an hour of being called out. Other than having to remove some of the carpet and a small bit of the drywall we were able to save the building and not have to move the residents out. 

The management of Terwilliger Plaza is great to work with and we are creating an Emergency Ready Plan for them that will show all of the shutoffs for water, gas and electric and will give all of the local emergency numbers. 

How Do I Handle a Fire Damage

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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 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!

Smoke gets in your eyes.

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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