Recent Fire Damage Posts

Every Second Counts During a Fire

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire experts agree; people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.

In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place.  The American Red Cross suggests that families have a developed and practice a home fire escape plan. Here are a few suggestions to help you and your family to develop an emergency escape plan:

  • Draw a map of each level—Show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure that all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
  • Consider escape ladders—This is something to consider for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
  • Choose an outdoor meeting place—Make sure the meeting place is a safe distance in front of your home, where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  • Teach children—Teach them how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home, with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.
  • Practice makes perfect—Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at nighttime, at least twice a year.

SERVPRO of Gresham has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (503) 665-7752 available 24/7!

Fire Damage Restoration in Your Fairview Home

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Gresham Fire Damage Restoration

A fire can be devastating to any Gresham home, causing severe fire damage, affecting its look and value. The restoration process is complex and requires the services of fire remediation experts like SERVPRO of Gresham.

The Fire Restoration Process

There are several techniques used to restore a home after a fire. The main goals are to remove anything that cannot be salvaged, extract all excess water, thoroughly dry everything and rebuild all damaged areas.

Water and Mold Issues

One of the effects of fire damage is the water left over after the fire is out. Furniture, drywall, floors, and carpets are soaked and provide a prime breeding ground for mold and mildew. SERVPRO utilizes large fans and powerful dehumidifiers to dry out your home in preparation for cleaning and rebuilding.

The Cooling and Heating System

The filter and coils of an HVAC system of a home are often blocked by soot and particulates from a fire. The parts must be replaced, and the cost depends on the amount of damage caused by smoke and heat. The ductwork must also be checked for soot buildup as it will cause problems if not removed.

Rebuilding the Home

A home that is left structurally unsound by fire damage will need to be reinforced and rebuilt. While this can done through independent contractors, the SERVPRO Gresham remediation service team can take care of the rebuilding process, reducing stress and worry for the homeowner.

Removal of Damaged Items

Part of the fire restoration process is the removal of anything that cannot be saved. If smoke-damaged items are allowed to remain, they may contaminate the home. SERVPRO may be able to help with salvageable items or can make recommendations for their repair.

A fire is a sudden, disruptive life event and working with a professional fire remediation service like SERVPRO is the fastest way to clean and restore a home. Our experts will get things back to normal with minimal stress to the homeowner and will often cost less than hiring additional contractors. Most home insurance policies will pay for at least part of the remediation costs.

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As a locally owned and operated business, we work and live in Gresham too. We are close by and ready to respond immediately when you need cleaning or restoration services.

We're Fire and Water Damage Specialists.  Call (503) 665-7752 for 24/7 assistance!

Need Help Restoring Fire-Damaged Home in Wood Village?

7/4/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Gresham to restore firework damage

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Gresham! We can help you restore your home back to original condition. – (503) 665-7752



Fireworks Leave Behind Smoke and Soot Damage in Gresham

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

You Can Count On SERVPRO of Gresham To Help!

Even a small fire can leave behind a significant amount of smoke and soot damage, and even though we try to be safe, sometimes fireworks can lead to fires!

SERVPRO of Gresham and our team of experts have extensive training in fire, smoke, and odor control restoration and are here to help 24/7. We understand this may be a stressful time for you and want to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Not only do we work closely with insurance providers, but we also have a full service team of construction professionals which means we can help from start to finish.

If you are experiencing smoke and soot damage this firework season, call SERVPRO of Gresham at (503) 665-7752. We are available 24/7.

Summer BBQ Fires In Troutdale

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham BBQ Safety Tips For Your Gresham Home

Summer BBQ’s are a great way to enjoy the weather, spend time with family and friends, and eat amazing food. Although a backyard BBQ can be a ton of fun, be sure to know your fire safety tips. These tips can be useful to prevent injuries and damage on your property. If you ever experience fire damage SERVPRO of Gresham can help you restore your home!

  • BBQ grills should be used outside and all times
  • Regularly clean your grill of any grease or buildup
  • Always supervise the grill to prevent injuries or fires
  • Keep your grill at a safe distance from your home

Be sure that the fire is completely out before leaving your grill for an extended period of time. Wind can be a dangerous contributor in starting and spreading a fire. Keep water or an fire extinguisher nearby incase of an unexpected fire.

We understand how devastating a fire can be and we don’t want you to be alone in the process of restoration, so call SERVPRO of Gresham 24/7 at (503) 665-7752!

Get Help For Fire Damage In Troutdale

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham can restore your fire damaged home!

Fire Damage?

No fire damage is too big or too small for SERVPRO of Gresham. Our highly trained Fire Restoration Technicians are available 24/7, which means we are Here to Help when faced with a fire on the Fourth of July. Once the Fire Department has cleared the scene, be sure to give us a call!

Smoke and Soot Damage?

SERVPRO of Gresham has the specialized cleaning equipment and cleaners to get your salvageable personal belongings or merchandise back to pre-fire condition. Our Cleaning and Odor Control Technicians can remove lingering smoke odors once the soot has been cleaned from all surfaces.

If you are faced with damage to your home or business this firework season, call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 655-7735

Firework Safety In Fairview

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent Gresham Home Fires In July

The best way to stay safe this firework season is to go to a firework show put on by professionals. If you can't resist lighting some off at home, here are the recommended safety tips from National Council on Firework Safety:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

From all of us at SERVPRO of Gresham, we wish you a very fun and SAFE Fourth of July! 

If you are faced with fire damage at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Gresham at (503) 665-7752

Gresham Home Damage From Fireworks

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives to your fire damaged home

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first. Here are a few tips to guide you through the process:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Gresham (503) 665-7752






The Behavior of Smoke and How It Affects Your Troutdale Property

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know the different types of smoke?

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior 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. SERVPRO of Gresham professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information can be vital to proper restoration.

We know smoke can penetrate various within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • 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.

Types of Smoke:

  • Wet Smoke (plastic and rubber)
  • Dry Smoke (paper and wood)
  • Protein Fire Residue (produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire)
  • Fuel Spill Soot (furnace puff backs)
  • Other types (tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue)

SERVPRO of Gresham professionals are trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers a fire or smoke damage, call us today at (503) 665-7752!

Do you know how electrical fires can start in your North Gresham home?

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Electrical fires can happen at any time of year but are more prominent in winter months.

The months with the most electrical fires are December and January due to increased use of heating appliances and lights. Most electrical fires start in the bedroom, but the highest number of fatalities occurs with fires located in the living room, family room and den. The most common electrical fires are caused by the following:

  1. Faulty outlets/appliances: Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and old, outdated appliances. Other fires are started by faults in appliance cords, receptacles, and switches.
  2. Light Fixtures: Light fixtures, lamps and light bulbs are another common reason for electrical fires. Installing a bulb with a wattage that is too high for the lamps and light fixtures is a leading cause of electrical fires.
  3. Extension Cords: Misuse of extension cords is another electrical fire cause. Appliances should be plugged directly into an outlet and not plugged into an extension cord for any length of time. Only use extension cords as a temporary measure.
  4. Space Heaters: Many times people put space heaters too close to combustible surfaces such as curtains, beds, clothing, chairs, couches, and rugs. Coil space heaters are especially dangerous in this regard because the coils become so hot they will almost instantaneously ignite any nearby flammable surface.
  5. Wiring: Outdated wiring often causes electrical fires. If a home is over 20 years old, it may not have the wiring capacity to handle the increased amounts of electrical appliances in today’s average home, such as computers, wide-screen televisions, video and gaming players, microwaves and air conditioners.

No matter how a fire gets started in your home, SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help! We are open 24/7, 365 days a year and are faster to any disaster. Call us today at (503) 665-7752!

SERVPRO of Gresham Can Clean Smoke and Odor Damage from Your Home!

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Was your home or business affected by the Eagle Creek Fire?

In the aftermath of the Eagle Creek Fire, multiple homes and businesses were affected by smoke and odor damage. SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help like it “Like it never even happened.” As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business. We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition. We clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques. Our “restore first” mentality reduces interruption and gets you back to your life. Some examples of things SERVPRO is able to clean are:

  • Clothing
  • Drapes
  • Upholstery
  • Walls
  • Carpet
  • Smoke and Soot Cleaning
  • Hard Furniture/Floors
  • Odor Removal

If you have any questions regarding smoke and odor removal, please visit our website or call us at (503) 665-7752

Help! My Troutdale Home Caught On Fire and Damaged My Property!

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Help! My Troutdale Home Caught On Fire and Damaged My Property! Source: https://homefiresprinkler.org

Have You Heard of Home Fire Sprinklers?

We’ve seen them in commercial and industrial properties and public buildings, but did you know you can get fire sprinklers installed inside your home? 85% of all US fire deaths occur inside the home*; installing an automatic fire sprinkler could save your life. There is an 80 percent reduction in the risk of occupants dying in a fire when fire sprinklers are present. Additionally, there is a 70 percent reduction in direct property damage per fire.* On top of reducing fire damages, fire sprinklers are cost effective. A report commissioned by the Fire Protection Research Foundation places the average national cost of installing sprinklers in new homes at $1.35 per square foot, or about one percent of the total construction cost.

*Source NFPA.org and firesprinklerinitiative.org

Barbecue Fire at Your Gresham Home or Business?

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

When your BBQ goes from fun to flames, SERVPRO of Gresham is Here to Help!

If you've been faced with a barbecue fire this summer you are not alone! According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), In 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year. This includes structure fires and outside or unclassified fires on home properties.

When fire and water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, day or night, to your Gresham home or business. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce cost.

BBQ safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

If you experience a barbecue or grill fire, call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752

Or for more information on our Fire Damage Cleanup, Repair and Restoration services, click HERE.

Firework Damage at Your Gresham, Troutdale or Fairview Home or Business?

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

When fireworks cause fire, smoke or soot damage at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Gresham.

Fire Damage?

No fire damage is too big or too small for SERVPRO of Gresham. Our highly trained Fire Restoration Technicians are available 24/7, which means we are Here to Help when faced with a fire on the Fourth of July. Once the Fire Department has cleared the scene, be sure to give us a call!

Smoke and Soot Damage?

SERVPRO of Gresham has the specialized cleaning equipment and cleaners to get your salvageable personal belongings or merchandise back to preloss condition. Our Cleaning and Odor Control Technicians can remove lingering smoke odors once the soot has been cleaned from all surfaces.

Water Damage?

Due to firefighting efforts, your property will likely suffer from water damage as well. SERVPRO of Gresham has the advanced drying equipment and techniques to get the job done right. Our team is IICRC certified so you can be sure your property will be dried quickly and thoroughly.

If you are faced with damage to your home or business this firework season, call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752

Who To Call After a Fire at Your Gresham Home or Business

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

You called 911, they sent the fire department, and they put the fire out... But now what?

Time to call SERVPRO of Gresham, your local Fire and Water Restoration company!

When faced with a fire at your home or business, we understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat you with empathy and your property with great care. We offer 24 hour emergency services and are Faster To Any Size Disaster because we know how important it is to get your home or business up and running once again. We will also work closely with your insurance provider to insure we make things go smoothly as possible. We can even help with with insurance paperwork!

If you are faced with fire damage at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752

For more information on our Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Repair services, click HERE.

Smoke and Soot Cleaning After Firework Damage in Gresham, OR

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

When Fireworks Leave Behind Smoke and Soot Damage This July, You Can Count On SERVPRO of Gresham To Help!

Even a small fire can leave behind significant smoke and soot damage, and even though we try to be safe (Click HERE for Firework Safety Tips), some times fireworks can lead to fires! 

SERVPRO of Gresham and our team of experts have extensive training in fire, smoke and odor control restoration and are here to help 24/7. We understand this may be a stressful time for you and want to make the process go smoothly as possible. Not only do we work closely with insurance providers, but we also have a full service team of construction professionals which means we can help from start to finish.

If you are experiencing smoke and soot damage this firework season, call SERVPRO of Gresham at (503) 665-7752 or for more information on out Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage Restoration services, click HERE.

Firework Safety Tips - SERVPRO of Gresham

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let a Fire Get in The Way of Your Fourth of July Fun!

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks cause an estimated 18,500 fires a year. Many of these fires could have been avoided by taking the proper safety precautions! 

The best way to stay safe this firework season is to go to a firework show put on by professionals. If you can't resist  lighting some off at home, here are the recommended safety tips from National Council on Firework Safety:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

From all of us at SERVPRO of Gresham, we wish you a very fun and SAFE Fourth of July! 

If you are faced with fire damage at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Gresham at (503) 665-7752

Keep Gresham Safe with these Campfire Safety Tips!

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham wants to keep you safe this camping season

It's that time of the year again, camping season! SERVPRO of Gresham wants to keep you and your family safe by providing some tips on how to pick a campfire spot, prepare and build your fire, and extinguish it! 

How to Pick a Campfire Spot

  1. DO NOT build a campfire if the campground, area or event rules prohibit them.
  2. DO NOT build a campfire in hazardous, dry conditions.
  3. Find Out if the campground has an existing fire ring or fire pit.
  4. If there is not an existing fire pit, and pits are allowed, choose a site at least 15 feet from tent walls, shrubs, trees or other flammable objects. Beware of low-hanging branches.
  5. Choose an open, level location away from fuels such as logs, brush or decaying leaves.
  6. Take wind, and its direction, into account when choosing the site. Choose a spot that’s protected from gusts.

How to Prepare your Campfire Pit

  1. Clear a 10-foot-diameter area around the site. Remove any grass, twigs, leaves and firewood.
  2. Dig a pit in the dirt, about a foot deep.
  3. Circle the pit with rocks.
  4. Your campfire pit is built and ready for building a campfire!

How to Build Your Campfire

  1. Make sure you have a source of water, a bucket and shovel nearby at all times.
  2. Gather three types of wood from the ground. Never cut whole trees or branches, dead or alive. Live materials won’t burn, and you’ll be damaging the forest. Dead standing trees often are homes for birds and other wildlife.
    1. Tinder: Small twigs and dry leaves grass and needles.
    2. Kindling: Sticks smaller than 1″ around.
    3. Fuel: Larger pieces of wood. Keep these stacked upwind, away from the fire.
  3. Loosely pile a few handfuls of tinder in the center of the fire pit.
  4. Ignite the tinder with a match or lighter.
  5. Wait until the match is cold, and discard it into the fire.
  6. Add kindling and fuel, the larger firewood, as it grows and to keep it going.
  7. Keep the fire small and under control.

How to Extinguish your Campfire

  1. Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible.
  2. Pour lots of water on the fire. Drown ALL embers, not just the red ones. Pour until hissing sound stops.
  3. If you do not have water, stir dirt or sand into the embers with a shovel to bury the fire.
  4. With your shovel, scrape any remaining sticks and logs to remove any embers. Make sure that no embers are exposed and still smoldering.
  5. Continue adding water, dirt or sand and stirring with a shovel until all material is cool.
  6. Remember: If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave. Pack it in, Pack it out. It is your responsibility to pack out everything that you packed in, including any trash.

Whether it’s giving tips on fire safety or providing 24/7 emergency services, SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help! Call us today at (503) 665-7752

Fire Escape Planning Tips for your Gresham Home

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Tips for a fire escape plan in your Fairview household

The following are several tips that could potentially save your life or the life of a loved one should a fire break out in your home or business:

  • Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home.
  • Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year.
  • Consider installing a 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarm.
  • Practice finding your way out of the house with your eyes closed, crawling or staying low and feeling your way out of the house.
  • Remember to escape first, and then notify the fire department.

 

What you can do until help arrives:

 DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.

 

DO NOT:

  • Wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Clean any electrical equipment.
  • Send clothing to dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

 

For more information on our fire repair and restoration services click HERE, or call today at (503) 655-7725

Camping World Troutdale Fire

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Troutdale fire at Camping World

Gresham Fire Fighters were called to Camping World in Wood Village after a three alarm fire. SERVPRO of Gresham was called and was honored to step-up and take on this large loss. We got to meet the great staff while cleaning the showroom, store, and maintenance department. They really have a great crew; everyone was so nice and helpful!

SERVPRO of Gresham has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration:

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

 

Learn more about the Gresham Fire Department here

If you’re looking for an RV or camping equipment, check out Camping World here

In the event of a large loss at your business learn more about our commercial restoration services here, or call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752.

Fire Safety Tips for Troutdale Home and Business Owners

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire prevention tips for Multnomah County households and offices

Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.

1. Watch your cooking - Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

2. Give space heaters space - Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

3. Smoke outside - If you must smoke inside, have a sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.

4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach - Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

5. Inspect electrical cords - Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.

6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

7. Have a fire escape plan - Make a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.

8. Install smoke alarms - Install alarms on every level of your office or home and inside bedrooms. Interconnect them so they all sound at once.

9. Test smoke alarms - Test alarms once per month. Replace batteries once per year or as needed.

10. Install sprinklers - Sprinklers can help maintain and sometimes even extinguish fires, giving your local fire department a better chance of saving your property.

 

 

Whether its giving tips on fire safety or providing 24/7 emergency services, SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help! For information on fire damage repair and restoration we provide visit here, or call today at (503) 665-7752

 

Stay Safe Gresham! Holiday Fire Safety Tips 2016

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Decorating for the holidays can be a lot of fun, but remember these fire safety tips Gresham!

  • Inspect your holiday lights every year before you put them up.
  • Throw away any light strands that have frayed or pinched wires.
  • A dry tree can catch on fire more easily. Water your Christmas tree every day 
  • Use battery-operated flameless candles, that look, smell and feel like real candles. 
  • Make sure any lit candles are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily
  • Don't overload electrical outlets
  • Stockings are hung with care at least 3 ft above a heat source
  • Turn off decorations when leaving the house, or going to bed
  • Never leave cooking food unattended
  • Have your chimney inspected to see if it needs cleaning
  • Put a screen on your fireplace to avoid any embers falling onto the carpet or floor

 

For information on the Fire Damage Repair and Restoration Services we offer visit www.SERVPROgresham.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration  or Call us at (503) 665-7752

Exhaust Fan Fire- Who would have thought!

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

When speaking to one of our local Property Managers here in Gresham, I was told a so called fact that I was surprised about. She stated that there are two number one causes of fires in apartments. (or at least these are the two that she has come by in her career) One is the dryer vents in your laundry rooms. She stated over the years that she has seen and heard of several fires stemming from vents that had not been cleaned in years. This make sense, we clean the small vent out each time we put a clean load of laundry in the dryer. The second was the exhaust fans in the bathrooms. How many times have you cleaned your bathroom and not looked up to see if the exhaust vent needed dusting. I know I am guilty! SERVPRO of Gresham works with many Property Managers in our area. We hope they read our blogs and if they have already call to get your dryer vents and bathroom exhausts cleaned. We love coming to visit you, but for the safety of everyone living and visiting your apartment complex, get it schedule today!

Visit us at SERVPROgresham.com

Deep Fried Turkey Safety Already- It Is October!

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

Yes, my friends it is that time of the year again. The holidays are right around the corner. Is your mouth watering because you are thinking of the delicious turkey you may be having next month? Well, if you are going to deep fry it, please be careful and follow the manufacturers instructions. Garage fires can spread quickly through your home. If you are going to deep fry your turkey this year, be sure to do it outside of your garage. Also, please make sure you practice other garage safety habits such as storing your flammable substances in a fire safe container. If you spill gasoline, soak it up with sawdust or cat litter. Be sure to put the remains in a safe container after the spill has been absorbed. Do not use anything flammable over a throw rug or cardboard on your garage floor. Be sure to install the proper ceiling if you have an apartment above your garage or if you garage is connected to your house.

If for some reason you need us this upcoming holiday season be sure to call us at 503-665-7752, after all we are the fire damage experts. Visit our website for more information about our company. SERVPROgresham.com

Fire Restoration Steps

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

When you call SERVPRO of Gresham out to your home after a fire, there are a few steps we take in order to get your home looking "Like it never even happened".  First we send our Master Fire Tech to your residence to assess the situation. He will first make sure the home is secure, intruders like to enter homes that have had a fire because the chances of no one being there are high. He makes plans to remove your items. Some items will have to be disposed of while other items can be restored. While they are making plans, another crew will extract water that has remained in the home from putting the fire out. Our crews will be instructed to dry out as much as possible to prevent further damage. When your personal items are moved offsite, our crews will clean them with our state of the art equipment at our warehouse and then store them for you until you are ready to have them delivered back to you. Our Fire Crews will be in your home removing soot and smoke residue from you walls, floors, and ceilings. Once your home is clean, the crew at SERVPRO of Gresham will do their best to make sure everything is back to it's pre-loss condition. Visit our website to learn more about Fire Restoration- SERVPROgresham.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

Home Fires and Children

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

When a home fire happens, it is important to know what to do. Most children don’t know what to do to escape a fire safely. Here are a few things that can help you learn what to do when there is a fire:

Make an escape plan for everyone in your household. Be sure to decide on an outside meeting place for all household members to go after leaving the house. Practice fire drills with children. Practice meeting them at the meeting place.Teach them to not open doors if they see smoke or fire coming from it. If they are trapped in a room, open a window and yell for help. If they have a phone in that room they can call 911 also. Children may have learned "Stop, Drop and Roll" at school. Remind that this is what they do if their clothing or any part of them catches fire.

SERVPRO of Gresham is active in the community. We attend National Night Out's and hand out Fire Safety Booklets to children. We have prizes if they can answer simple questions about what to do in case of a fire in your home. 

Fire safety with children is very important. Be sure to talk to your children and practice everything today. It can save their lives.

SERVPRO of Gresham Specializes In Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

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

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 Gresham 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  503-665-7752

Propane Grills

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a Light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill. If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it. FACTS: July is the peak month for Grill fires – roughly half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns.

Fire Damage Cleanup

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning fire damage requires special skills in everything from taking care of smoke and water damage, to repairing the structural integrity of your property to cleaning personal items. Our fire damage cleanup specialists know how to handle all these tasks.

Our goal is to help restore your life to normal as soon as possible by beginning fire damage repair within three hours of your initial call. They know the importance of starting fire damage cleanup services as soon as possible to limit further damage from the after effects of a fire.

Our technicians will work with you throughout the fire damage cleanup to help you make the best decisions about repair, restoration or replacement of your property. Our fire damage repair starts with a structural evaluation of major components of your residence, such as the roof, walls, flooring and insulation. Removing smoke damage and repairing water damage from putting out the fire are also a key part of cleaning fire damage. Once our experts determine which items are reusable, they know exactly which fire damage repair methods will be the most effective in making the items usable again.

We will also coordinate our fire damage cleanup services with your insurance company, to help reduce stress.

Electrical Fires

11/24/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical Fires Signs to watch for

Electrical problems can be a big factor in home fires. Make sure you take time to notice some of the signs of outdated wiring.