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Restoring Fire Damaged Property - Salem, Oregon

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Severe Fire Damage It does't take long for fire spread.

Let us do the work.

Once the fire department leaves you are left with the cleanup. The cleanup process of soot, smoke and flame may seem easy at first, call in the professionals to take on the job. Leave the worry and process up to SERVPRO of Salem West, our teams are IICRC certified in the proper techniques to bring life back to your property.

Soot damage remediation involves a lot more than scrubbing the floor and walls.

1) You need to inspect and address the damage caused by the fire.

2) You need to inspect your property that is damaged by smoke.

Between the initial fire damage and water damage from the firefighters extinguishing the fire, you may become overwhelmed with the damage. Call in the professionals to quickly and efficiently get the job done.

Smoke damage is not always visible to the eye. Did you know that smoke can seep through drywall impacting the insulation and drywall.

Soot has the ability to migrate into ventilation systems as well as electronics.   

Your local restoration company, SERVPRO of Salem West have highly trained technicians and state-of-the-art equipment to return your home or business to preloss condition.

For more on smoke damage visit us at HERE.

We will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today (503) 393-9999.

The Calm Before The Storm

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

antique photo of Christian Doppler Christian Andreas Doppler

It has been said, there's a calming before the storm rolls in but most times there's early warnings thanks to inventor Christian Doppler.

Christian Andreas Doppler, born Nov. 29, 1803 was an Austrian physicist who invented the Doppler Radar technology which is still in use today. 

Doppler radar is a tool specifically designed to measure direction , speed / velocity of objects such as rain drops in motion towards or away from a detector.

This technology is what allows millions of people across the United States to prepare for major weather events in their local areas. 

In years gone by, citizens would know a storm was brewing by looking up into the sky, now we have early warnings of what is to come and the potential danger level.

Should your property ever be damaged by a storm, feel free to call the teams at SERVPRO of Salem West (503) 393-9999 to help you walk through the cleanup process.

Oregon Fire Season

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

The 2019 fire season in Oregon is in full effect.

When the countryside dries and underlying brush act as fire starter and kindling, it is only time when an unexpected lighting strike, strikes up a fire.

These fires burn fast, hot and spread quickly with minor wind burst while jumping trenches, fire breaks and dirt roads.

in 2018 the cost to battle Oregon wildfires reached 514 million dollars according to an article in the Salem, Oregon Statesman Journal newspaper. Per the SJ the cost were so high because the fires took extended time to battle and conquer.

What can you do if you have a home in the outback, wilderness or near dry public lands?

#1 Think safety first.

#2 Have a pre-planned escape route.

#3 Talk to your insurance agent to ensure proper coverage.

#4 Take inventory of your personal belongings using your smart phone or video camera and back it up to the cloud.

#5 Plan a meeting destination.

Salem Oregon Apartment Building Fire

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

During the week of July 15th, 2019 an apartment buidling in Salem, Oregon suffered from a fire damage that displaced nine tenants.

The two story building which is 20 years old and consisted of three levels, suffered a fire that originated on the third floor. The fire grew quickly and burned extremely hot.

If there was a saving grace, there are two. All the tenants and pets escaped without injury and the interior finsish was drywall over plaster. The third floor took most of the fire damage while the lower leves had water, minimal smoke and cross containmination.

Plaster behind the drywall acted as fire barrier to the wood framing which in this case meant not needing a complete teardown to the foundation. With the plaster in place, demo will only need to be down the studs with odor remediaton and sealing, then rebuild can start.

The property owner maintained an excellent insurance policy which will him the property to be rebuilt to current code while offering a chance to redesign the building and bring it into 2019 for when the tenants return.

SERVPRO of Salem West is pleased to act as the mitigation and repairs contractor for this long time customer.

If need help with cleaning and restoration call us anytime day or night. (503) 393-9999

Infrared Cameras See Into Walls

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Infrared camera technology allows technicians to see what cannot be seen with the bare eye.

According to an article posted online by Flir Systems, Wilsonville - Oregon,

"An infrared camera is a non-contact device that detects infrared energy (heat) and converts it into an electronic signal, which is then processed to produce a thermal image on a video monitor and perform temperature calculations. Heat sensed by an infrared camera can be very precisely quantified, or measured, allowing you to not only monitor thermal performance, but also identify and evaluate the relative severity of heat-related problems."

Now think of the above article and related in to cool temparatrues which is how we see water damage.

You see this is why use the infrared technology on all of our jobs because seeing is not always believing.

When you contact us for any water damage related service, our team will use the best technolopgy we have to ensure your proerty is taking care of.

Call us anytime day or night for help (503) 393-9999

Water Damage and Hardwood Floors

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Can your hardwood floors be saved if you've had a dishwasher leak 50 gallons of water across your flooring?

The answer is, depends on how quickly you respond and start the drying process.

The sooner you respond the greater the likely hood of your floors being saved. This means call right now so the SERVPRO of Salem West team can respond within hours.

Hardwood fooring can be saved from the salvage yard and cause less disruption to your life when drying services are started sooner than later.

The longer you wait, the more cupping you'll have to your flooring which over a few days could damage your flloor beyond salvageability.

When you experience a water damage, call us now ay (503) 393-9999 so we can start the drying process the same day.

Where there's snow, there's potential for ice damage.

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

During winter season there are things homeowners need to do in order to protect their homes from potential damages. 

In this picture of the snow storm that happened in February of 2017, shows what happens when you don't clean out your gutters.

Under all snow is typically ice patches. The heat from your home rises causing the ice to melt. When the ice melts you have trapped water. Where does that water go? You guessed it; it seeps into your roof causing water damage in your ceiling and walls. 

This kind of damage is costly and if it isn't taken care of in a timely manner you run into more potential damages such as mold growth in as little as 48 hours. Save yourself some cost and call the professionals. 

Taking a little time out of your day to clean those gutters can prevent ice dams and save you money. 

SERVPRO of Salem West is 24/7/365. Call at any time for an estimate for all your storm emergencies. (503) 393-9999. 

Flooding in Salem, Oregon is a rare event

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding in Salem, Oregon is a rare event, but when it happens it is a major event.

In an article posted in the local newspaper the Statesman Journal on 4/10/2019 titled Willamette River reaches projected high point, begins dropping, as Salem roads, parks remain closed.

This region isn't necesarily prone to major weather events like other parts of the country but when it happens, you can bet it's all front page news.

While the Willamette Valley's beauty stretches wide with vast agricultural land, close access to beaches and sandy deserts to the East, the Willamette Valley occassionaly gets hit with minor storm events.

Flooding mainly occurs near the waterways and occasionlay spills into neighborhoods and communities. When this happens you can rest assured knowing the SERVPRO of Salem West is here to help, any time, any day anywhere.

Call us when you need us (503) 393-9999

Keizer, Oregon - Commercial Water Loss

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

SERVPRO of Salem West has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications..

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

Call SERVPRO of Salem West at (503) 393-9999 day or night.

Call us anytime, day or night where ever you are.

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Salem West and other franchises will travel to where you are to help you.

From any major type of storm event or naturla disaster we will dispatch a crew fo qualified team members to help you, your family and the community through a touch time.

We have the experience and know-how to service residential and large commercial projects.

From fire, water, mold, bio-hazard and reconstruction, we can take care of your facility cleaning, mitigation and repairs projects.

We are one stop for any storm related damage.

You can call us anytime, day or night at (503) 393-9999.