Recent Fire Damage Posts

To Deep Fry Your Turkey or Not – Salem, Oregon

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage To Deep Fry Your Turkey or Not – Salem, Oregon Think safety!

Holiday seasons bring cheer and warmth when family gathers for good food and memories. Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and so much more fill the table and the air. How do you cook your turkey? The popular way is outdoors using a turkey fryer, but do you know how to operate the fryer properly?

Here are the do’s and don’ts of frying your turkey for the holiday.

Do:

  • ONLY use a turkey that has completely thawed.
  • Make sure the surface you are placing the fryer on is level and at least 10 feet away from any flammable materials, including buildings.
  • Follow the instruction manual when using the fryer, paying close attention to the amount of to use.
  • Frequently use and monitor the oil temperature with the appropriate thermometer.

Don’ts:

  • NEVER use a frozen turkey.
  • Do not overfill the fryer with oil. If the oil spills over and touches the heating element/flame it will combust and can possibly cause serious harm to an individual or the surroundings.
  • NEVER use water to extinguish an oil fire. This will cause the fire to splatter and spread.

We all want to enjoy our holiday time with friends and family, eating amazing food and creating new memories. Safety is very important when you decide how to cook your turkey, whether it be in the over or outdoors in a turkey fryer. No one ever wants an unexpected visit from their local fire department.

In any case of fire when you are left with residual damage to your property SERVPRO® of Salem West is on the job. Any time of day or night, holiday or not we have teams to dispatch in your time of need. Call us at (503) 393-9999.

Professional Clean-Up after a Fire in Dallas, Oregon

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Clean-Up after a Fire in Dallas, Oregon Board up, debris clean-up and safety in mind.

SERVPRO® takes your property from a fire loss and revitalizes it.

In the event of a fire or fire related disaster you will want to contact your insurance company and create a plan with your agent or adjuster. By doing this, you will have an understanding what is covered and not. SERVPRO® of Salem West works with our customers, their agents and adjusters.

SERVPRO® is a fire restoration company that can restore, clean and monitor your property. Our company uses various methods to clean and restore your property and contents.

When you see the green vehicles roll up that means you have put your trust in your local team at SERVPRO® of Salem West. Our top priorities are to access and prevent further damage to the property and contents and to prepare and maintain the safety aspects for our customer(s) and team(s).

Some of the services we provide following a fire are:

  • Inspect and evaluate the loss site by conducting an initial inspection.
  • Secure the property by boarding up any points of access (i.e. windows, doors, etc.).
  • Use proper equipment to dry the remaining water and moisture used to suppress the fire.
  • Set up and possibly use outside resources for emergency electricity use.
  • Remove strong odors from the structure to keep our team(s) safe.
  • Conduct the initial cleaning and packing up contents and moving them to a secure location while our customer(s) find temporary housing.
  • If necessary, conducting pest extermination.

Do’s and Don’ts of self-cleaning

  • Don’t attempt to wash the wall of the structure.
  • Don’t attempt to clean the carpet or upholstered furniture.
  • Do use linens or materials that will not bleed color onto furniture and carpets to decrease further damage.
  • Do limit walking around or moving objects and furniture.
  • Do keep your hands clean. By doing so you will lessen the chances of transferring soot particles to surfaces.
  • Do turn the electricity off. Empty the freezer and fridge while propping the doors open to limit odors.
  • Do carefully clean chrome fixtures in the kitchen and bathrooms with a light coating of lubricant.
  • Don’t send clothing or materials affected by the fire to a dry cleaner.
  • Do wash all sides of plants with water.
  • Do change furnace filters and tape pieces of cheesecloth over air registers. This will allow the HVAC system to run and clean itself without adding further residue inside the structure.

You can find more information regarding SERVPRO®’s fire restoration process HERE.

Day or night, SERVPRO® of Salem West is available to lend a hand after a disaster. Call us at (503) 393-9999 if you have questions or concerns.

Fire Damage & Content Packing Salem, Oregon

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage & Content Packing Salem, Oregon Organized by room

After a fire and before the restoration can begin….

The process of packing up your belongings can be long and tedious. SERVPRO® of Salem West takes that burden from your shoulders. You have enough to tend to, let us help with packing and unpacking.

Our restorer team is extremely detailed and accurate by inventorying each item. When your contents are packed they are then moved to a secure location at our business.

When it is time to begin the move out process you do not have to concern yourself with packing items as we come prepared with the essentials. SERVPRO® supplies sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, shrink wrap and various packing materials. Our team(s) set up packing tables in each room while also identifying each box per room.

Boxed items are small to medium size objects and are packaged accordingly.

Large items that can be disassembled to safely transport will be. If we are unable to disassemble then our team(s) will wrap the times with the necessary material and place moving pads around so other items do not cause damage.

Electronic items are not packed in boxes because they tend to need specialty cleaning, therefore are handled with extreme care and brought back to our location for storage.

Unsalvageable items are items that have sustained severe damage from the fire.

Documenting your contents is a high priority and we do it by hand and digitally. We have a move out checklist that the project lead will go over with you and list items in detail. When the project lead is back at the office, they will then record the information in a spreadsheet along with taking digital photographs and then uploading those to your customer file.

When the time has come that repairs and restoration is complete, we will then preform a move back. By bringing your items back, unload and unpack per room you will notice cleaned and restored items safely returned to their proper spaces.

If you find yourself in need of fire restoration or have question and concerns give us a call at (503) 393-9999 or visit us HERE. SERVPRO® of Salem West operated 24/7/365 with emergency services available.

Garage Fire Damage Stayton, Oregon

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Garage Fire Damage Stayton, Oregon Garage fire in Stayton, Oregon.

This Stayton, Oregon homeowner suffered fire and smoke damage in their garage. An electrical malfunction started the dryer fire. The area of the garage surrounding the dryer became covered in soot and smoke residue. The fire was extinguished quickly with the use of a fire extinguisher, quick thinking on the homeowner’s behalf.

Fire damage leaves behind odors, smoke residue and soot which can be challenging for the homeowner to clean. By calling SERVPRO of Salem West the homeowner was at ease knowing the cleanup was being professional managed.

When you are faced with a fire disaster, remember SERVPRO of Salem West is by your side. We are have technicians that operate 24/7. Call SERVPRO of Salem West in your time of need at (503) 393-9999.

We can make it “Like it Never Even Happened.

When Fire Strikes Your Salem - Oregon Home.

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When Fire Strikes Your Salem - Oregon Home. Salem - Oregon House Fire

Fire damage to your Salem, Oregon home is never an easy experience. The challenges ahead to restore you home can be daunting. ButThe main objective for everyone involved is to be safe.

Please exit your home immediately and dial 9-1-1

Once the fire is put out you must be prepared to take action to restore your life and home. While the trauma is difficult the reality is you are the only one who can make the next move and the decision as to what to do next is yours.

SERVPRO of Salem West has helped thousands of home owners move past fire and water damage to restore their homes and belongings.

When you need professional help and assistance we are only a phone call away at (503) 393-9999. With highly skilled and trained technicians , we can make it, “Like it Never Even Happened.”

Salem - Oregon Kitchen Grease Fire

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Salem, Oregon Kitchen Grease Fire

Cleaning up soot and smoke after a grease fire in your kitchen

A grease fire in your Salem, Oregon home is an unexpected disaster and can create a significant amount of damage. Pouring water onto a fire is an initial reaction, but water mixed with oil creates a splash effect causing the fire to spread. The most effective way to snuff out a grease fire is with a fire extinguisher.

After extinguishing the fire in your Salem, Oregon home it is difficult to clean and restore your kitchen to its original condition. We want you to look to us, SERVPRO of Salem West as your neighborhood fast and friendly team to help turn things around.

Our team here at SERVPRO of Salem West will walk you through the whole restoration process making sure you understand and are comfortable leaving your kitchen in our hands. Communication is key with every job, especially yours. You chose SERVPRO of Salem West to make your kitchen look “Like it never even happened.” You experienced a grease fire disaster in your kitchen and we will be there to fix it the first time.

Life can throw unexpected curves your way and cause disruptions you never thought possible. SERVPRO of Salem West is here to turn that around and give you a reason to smile.

SERVPRO of Salem West is well versed in walking home owners through the process of grease fire recovery, cleaning. You can call us anytime, day or night at (503) 393-9999 with any questions you may have.

Candle Causes Fire in Salem, Oregon Home

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Candle Causes Fire in Salem, Oregon Home Proper cleaning of soot and smoke at Salem, Oregon home

This Salem, Oregon home owner suffered from smoke damage. A lit candle was too close to a curtain which started a home fire.  The room where the fire occurred had heavy soot and smoke.  Because smoke drifts through the air, there was smoke and soot at a lesser degree throughout the entire home.

The odor and soot should be removed and treated as soon as possible. These homeowners called SERVPRO of Salem West, knowing our experience and knowledge would provide the best possible result restoring their home and making it look “Like it never even happened.”

The process of taking care smoke odor is methodical and detailed. First, we treat the walls, floors and ceiling that have been damaged by the smoke with a special spray. The spray limits the amount of smoke molecules that get in the air. It contains penetrants and emulsifiers to slow down or stop the odor evaporation process. If the odor can’t get through, the smell won’t get through either.

Secondly, after the fire there are smoke odors in the air. Our technicians will spray a product to counteract those smells.  The last step in the smoke odor treatment is thermal fogging.  The product used will react with the odor-causing residues and eliminate the odor rather than just mask them.

SERVPRO of Salem West is available 24/7 and can be reached at (503) 393-9999.

Major Fire Damage in Salem, Oregon

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Major Fire Damage in Salem, Oregon House fire in Salem, Oregon.

Sometimes fires can be caught early when they are small and easy to put out, other times they happen when you’re not home or get to out of hand to put out yourself before it destroys most of your home.

In such a devastating time like this, you can look on the bright side of things and know your friendly, reliable team at SERVPRO of Salem West is here to help and is going to turn things around.

Not only are we going to make the damages look “Like it never even happened.” but we are also going to keep you feeling confident and comfortable throughout the whole process, with updates, new findings and the steps we take along the way to get the job done right the first time.  

Life can hits us with unexpected and/or unwanted problems, issues and complications, but in the end there is always something to smile about.

Get a quote and lots of smiles 24/7/365 with SERVPRO by calling (503) 393-9999.

Cooking Related Fires.

10/30/2017 (Permalink)

  • U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 166,100 home cooking-related fires between 2010-2014 resulting in 480 civilian deaths, 5,540 civilian injuries and $1.1 billion in direct damage.
  • Two of every five (43%) home fires started in the kitchen.
  • Unattended cooking was a factor in one-third of reported home cooking fires.
  • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Ranges accounted for three of every five (62%) home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 13%.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of home cooking fires, but these incidents accounted for 18% of the cooking fire deaths.
  • More than half of people injured in home fires involving cooking equipment were hurt while attempting to fight the fire themselves.
  • Frying is the leading activity associated with cooking fires.

Information provided by NFPA. 

When fire strikes call SERVPRO of Salem West at (503) 393-9999.

Fire By The Numbers

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire By The Numbers Commercial building fire in Silverton, Oregon
Fires in the U.S.  

In 2015, there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,280 civilian deaths, 15,700 civilian injuries, and $14.3 billion in property damage.

  • 501,500 were structure fires, causing 2,685 civilian deaths, 13,000 civilian injuries, and $10.3 billion in property damage.
  • 204,500 were vehicle fires, causing 500 civilian fire deaths, 1,875 civilian fire injuries, and $1.8 billion in property damage.
  • 639,500 were outside and other fires, causing 95 civilian fire deaths, 825 civilian fire injuries, and $252 million in property damage.

The 2015 U.S. fire loss clock a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 63 seconds.

  • One home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds.
  • One civilian fire injury was reported every 34 minutes.
  • One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 40 minutes.
  • One outside and other fire was reported every 52 seconds.
  • One highway vehicle fire was reported every 3 minutes 1 seconds.

Full details can be found by clicking the link to NFPA

Fire Damaged Artwork

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

What to do when your artwork has been damaged by soot.

With the investments made in high valuable artwork along with the sentimental value of some family pieces, it is important to come up with a plan to manage the process of protecting the art from additional damages while moving quickly to prevent secondary soot damage. Communication with the owner of the art is of utmost importance due to the nature of inks, paints and substrates.

The makeup of each art piece varies which determines the best methods of cleaning.

SERVPRO of Salem West is well versed in walking home owners through the process of artwork recovery, cleaning. You can call us anytime, day or night at  (503) 393-9999 with any questions you may have.

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 are one of the most preventable fires that, according to the National Fire Protection Association.  From 2010-2014, these fires were responsible for 13 deaths, 440 injuries and $238 million in direct property damages.  The leading cause of these type of fires was failure to clean the appliance. 

For more information:

"Home Fires Involving Clothes Dryers and Washing Machines" report (PDF, 1.4 MB)


"Home Fires Involving Clothes Dryers and Washing Machines" fact sheet (PDF, 452 KB)


"Selected Published Incidents Involving Clothes Dryers" (PDF, 482 KB) 

If you need tips on how to clean your dryer vents visit https://www.consumerreports.org/clothes-dryers/how-to-clean-your-dryer-vent/

An excerpt from the National Fire Protection Associations 2017 report "Home Fires Involving Clothes Dryers and Washing Machines" states

"In 2010-2014, U.S. municipal fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year. These fires resulted in annual losses estimated at 13 civilian deaths, 440 civilian injuries, and $238 million in direct property damage. As a percentage of all home fires and associated losses, fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines accounted for 4% of fires, 1% of civilian deaths, 3% of civilian injuries, and 4% of direct property damage. The estimates presented in this report are based on data from the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System and the National Fire Protection Association’s annual fire department experience survey."

SERVPRO of Salem West has compassionate, knowledgeable and trained employees when you fire, smoke and soot damage.  Call us anytime at (503) 393-9999 to assess the damage and create an action plan.

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 office@SERVPRO8603.com

Dryer Vent Fires Cause $35,000,000

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dryer Vent Fires Cause $35,000,000 Please clean your dryer vents and ducting regularly for safety. You're clothes will also take less time to dry.

In 2010 an estimated 16,800 home fires, involving clothes dryer occurred.

¦ An estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.

¦ Clothes dryer fire incidence in residential buildings was higher in the fall and winter months, peaking in January at 11 percent.

¦ Failure to clean (34 percent) was the leading factor contributing to the ignition of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.

¦ Dust, fiber, and lint (28 percent) and clothing not on a person (27 percent) were, by far, the leading items first ignited in clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.

¦ Fifty-four percent of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings were confined to the object of origin.

For more information click HERE