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Fire Damaged Hutch

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damaged Hutch FIre Damaged Hutch from Turner, Oregon house fire

When it's not worth cleaning is the topic for this post. How do you know when an item should be cleaned, restored or replaced?

That depends on a number of factors, one of which is the actual value of the item. Another consideration is if the item holds sentimental value for the owner. There are some items that may not have a lot of cash value but the sentiments are irreplaceable.

Items handed down from generations like tools, clothing items, photographs and the like are all examples of items that may not have a high cash value but mean the world to it's owners.

What items do you own that may not have a high monetary value but mean the world to you?

Do you have plan for these items just in case you experience a fire or water damage? 

If you need help with planning feel free to contact SERVPRO of Salem West at (503) 393-9999.

Dryer Vent Fires in Salem, Oregon.

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Home fires involving clothes dryers and washing machines

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If you have any questions, e-mail Nancy Schwartz or call +1 617 984-7450.

Report: NFPA's "Home Fires Involving Clothes Dryers and Washing Machines"
Author: John R. Hall, Jr.
Issued: September 2012

This report is an overview of home structure fires involving clothes dryers and washing machines and includes statistics by factor contributing to ignition, item first ignited and area of origin.

Executive Summary

In 2010, an estimated 16,800 reported U.S. non-confined or confined home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines (including combination washer/dryers) resulted in 51 civilian deaths, 380 civilian injuries, and $236 million in direct property damage.

Washer and dryer fires were mostly level from 1980 to 1998, with only a slight decline in the first years of the period to break the pattern. After some volatility during the transition years as NFIRS Version 5.0 was introduced, the estimates have settled into a new trend with wider year-to-year variations and a trend line slightly lower than the lowest levels of 1980-1998. Civilian injuries have stabilized in a range comparable to that seen in the 1990s. Direct property damage after adjustment for inflation is varying year to year but around a generally higher average then those seen prior to 1999.

In 2010, clothes dryers and washing machines accounted for 4.5% of all reported home structure fires, 1.9% of associated civilian deaths, 2.8% of associated civilian injuries, and 3.1% of associated direct property damage.

Pizza Hut in Salem Oregon

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Pizza Hut in Salem Oregon After Hours Clean-Up in Pizza Hut located in Salem, Oregon.

When Pizza Hut in Salem Oregon wanted a company to come and perform some clean up services, SERVPRO of Salem West was there to help.

SERVPRO of Salem West is a residential and commercial fire, water, mold and bio-hazard cleanup and restoration company. Services are available 24 hour per day everyday of the year. From small clean up projects to large facilities we have the expertise to get to perform the services in the most effective manner possible.

That's why insurance professionals, property managers and building owners contact us. They have confidence in what we do.

We also offer a no-cost Emergency Ready Profile, which is part of a disaster preparedness plan. You can start your by clicking HERE.

When you need us, call us. (503) 393-9999

Commercial Water Damage

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Commercial Building water damage in Salem Oregon

Commercial Water Damages Salem, Oregon.

When your company is ready to go to work and you find that a pipe burst inside your building, what do you do? Call SERVPRO of Salem West at  (503) 393-9999 to get the clean-up process started immediately.

In any water damage their is a process that when followed ensures the most efficient cleanup services and least amount of down time possible. 

Here's the process.

  1. Ensure a safe working environment.
  2. Extract standing and excess water
  3. Place drying equipment in optimal areas for most efficiency.
  4. Provide the owner with a full update and work scope for any remaining services remaining.

The most important thing to remember is to make the call now to start the process. The longer you wait the greater the damage from water migration.

SERVPRO of Salem West is "Always Here To Help" 

Vandalism by Fire Extinguisher in Salem, ORegon

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Vandalism by Fire Extinguisher in Salem, ORegon Salem Oregon Church Suffers Vandalism

Vandals fully discharge a fire extinguisher inside an office.

What do you do when you arrive to work to find that vandals have fully discharged a fire extinguisher inside your office?

After you have contacted the local authorities, you call SERVPRO of Salem West for professional cleaning.

Fire extinguisher powder is great for putting out fires but when they're used to vandalize your office the fear of "What to Do Next may be weighing on your mind. Should you find yourself needing professional cleaning service, contact your local pros to get your office clean again.

Professional cleaning starts with an assessment of what needs to be done and what's the best order.

With the right people in place and the right process in place, cleaning can be performed efficiently and effectively making it, "Like it never even happened."


Office Chair Cleaning in Salem Oregon

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Office Chair Cleaning in Salem Oregon Clean Office Chairs

Clean Those Office Chairs!

A clean working environment including the furniture makes a difference for employees and customers.

That's why this Salem Oregon business contact SERVPRO of Salem West for professional cleaning of their office chairs.

The more and more furniture is used the more the furniture picks up debris, lint and dirt.

Making a good impression for both of your employees and clients is just good business and that's why SERVPRO is always here to help.

We can clean anything, literally anything. Using highly skilled and trained team members plus specially formulated products provides our clients top level service and cleanliness.

SERVPRO is available anytime, day or night at (503) 393-9999

More Equipment in Salem Oregon

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial More Equipment in Salem Oregon More Equipment in Salem Oregon

When you need more equipment and more resources...

Call SERVPRO of Salem West at (503) 393-9999 anytime day or night to get the clean-up and dryout performed sooner than later and faster.

That's what this commercial client of ours did when they found a large amount of water in the commercial office building located in Salem Oregon.

The extent of the water damage is directly related to how quickly you make a call and how much people power and equipment can be delivered to the jobsite.

SERVPRO maintains one of the largest available equipment resources in the Salem Oregon area for quicker response, quicker dry-out and less cost for the building owner.

SERVPRO of Salem West technicians are highly skilled and trained in mitigating water, fire, smoke, mold and bio-hazards. Just remember, "We're always here to help"


Duct Cleaning on NOAA Ships

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Duct Cleaning on NOAA Ships Duct Cleaning on National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Ships

We perform Duct Cleaning on NOAA Ships!

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them.

From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.

Read more about NOAA HERE

SERVPRO of Salem West is disaster clean up and restoration company. We perform water, fire, mold and bio-hazard cleanup for industry and residential homes. We are available 24/7/365. Call us anytime (503) 393-9999

Marion County Emergency Management - Floods

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Community Marion County Emergency Management - Floods Keizer, Oregon aerial photo. Willamette River flooding.


Before a Flood

  • Install check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwaters from backing up in sewer drains, or buy large stoppers to plug sinks, showers, tubs.

  • Obtain sandbags, plastic sheeting, lumber and towels.

  • Fuel vehicles in case evacuation becomes necessary.

  • Monitor rapidly changing weather conditions.

During a Flood

  • If there is time:
    • Disconnect all electrical and gas appliances. Shut off the water main to keep contaminated water from the water heater (a source of emergency drinking water).

    • Bring outdoor possessions inside.

    • Move valuables and essential items to upper floors.

    • Sandbags should be stacked well away from the building to avoid damaging walls. If major flooding is expected, flood the basement with clean water to equalize the water pressure on the outside of basement walls and floors.

    • Round up pets.

  • Evacuation
    • Use travel routes recommended by local authorities.

    • Keep a radio on for news and updates.

    • Watch for flooding at bridges, viaducts, and low areas.

    • Be alert for thunder and lightning that may signify rain and more flooding ahead.

    • Don't drive over flooded roads. It's impossible to tell how deep the water is, or if portions of the roadway have been washed out. Vehicles may be swept away.

    • Never try to cross flowing water above your knees.

    • All passengers should abandon a stalled vehicle immediately and move as a group to higher ground.

After a Flood

  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.

  • If there is major structural damage or there are utility breaks, have qualified specialists inspect your home and make repairs before you reenter.

  • When inspecting your home on your own for the first time, use a flashlight, not a torch or lantern. Sniff for gas leaks. Wear rubber-soled shoes and rubber gloves in case of severed electrical lines. Don't turn on electrical switches. Check electrical circuits only when electricity has been shut off.

  • Don't use flooded electrical appliances until they have been repaired.

  • Don't drink municipal water until the health department has declared it safe.

  • Don't rush to pump out a flooded basement. If the water is removed all at once the walls may cave in because of the sudden pressure change. Pump out about a third of the water a day.

  • Foods that have come into contact with flood water can be a serious health hazard. The only flood-damaged goods entirely safe for salvage are those in sealed containers.

  • The following foods should be discarded if they have come into contact with flood water:

    • Open containers and packages of food

    • Unopened jars with paper seals under the lid (mayonnaise, salad dressing)

    • Spices, seasonings, flavorings, and extracts

    • Food in canisters (flour, salt, sugar)

    • Preserves sealed with paraffin (jam, jelly)

    • Fresh meat, fish and poultry

    • Fresh fruits and vegetables

    • Containers with non-sealed fitted lids (cocoa, baking powder)

    • Food in paper, foil, cellophane, or cardboard containers (cereal, pasta, rice, cookies)

    • Bottled carbonated beverages with encrusted silt in the lid

Commercial Fire Damage - Salem, Oregon

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Commercial Fire Damage - Salem, Oregon Our team working hard to clean up the smoke damage

When a commercial fire hits your building, having a game plan to stay in business during the cleanup process is very important as long as it's safe to do so. This furniture store located in Salem, Oregon experienced a fire that started on the outside of the building. The smoke migrated to the inside, which is a wide open space with tall ceilings. The smoke transfer and soot settled onto walls, flooring and furniture located inside the storage area. Luckily the smoke was mainly contained to the back storage area which meant by properly setting equipment, air filtration and containment barriers, the business would still be operational. 

If you experience a fire in your home or business, call us 24/7/365 and we'll be there to help to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Salem West is locally owned and operated. We can be reached at (503) 393-9999 or by email at