Recent Fire Damage Posts

Our Response to Fire Damage

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you get through this difficult time. Once the fire department has gone, your home may have suffered from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration techniques and equipment that will remove the smoke, soot and odor so that you will never even realize a fire had occurred.  We have many satisfied and amazed customers throughout the Columbia and Greene Counties region who can attest to this.

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. 

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. 

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

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.

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.

Fire and Smoke Damage: DOs and DON'Ts

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire and Smoke Damage: DOs and DON'Ts Black soot stuck in carpet after being walked all over.

These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper action until SERVPRO of Columbia-Greene Professionals arrive.


  • Limit movement in home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop the doors open to help prevent odor. 
  • Keep hands clean; soot on hands can further soil upholstery and carpet traffics areas. 


  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Columbia-Greene.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
  • 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. 

Please follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration during a disaster.