Recent Fire Damage Posts

From Fire to "Like it never even happened."

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage From Fire to "Like it never even happened." Electrical fire in basement moved up wall into first floor.

SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties is committed to getting your home or business back to what it was before any disaster strikes. We are ready for whatever may hit us, no job too small or too large. SERVPRO is equipped with many experienced and knowledgeable people that are ready to help you. With all the right people and equipment to get the job done, we can make it "Like it never even happened." 

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. SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties has all the right tools and products to get your home back to normal. Call SERVPRO today at (518) 943-5005 for your fire damage!

Call SERVPRO After Your Fire

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. 

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.

Fire Damage and Restoration

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage and Restoration Fire damage on second floor in home.

Damage caused by a fire or smoke is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professional staff will always treat you and your family with respect and empathy, and we’ll always handle your home and belongings with the utmost care.  It is within our staff's concern to attempt to salvage and restore as many personal items as we can, and to restore your home to a pre-event condition "Like it never even happened."

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.  Feel free to view our testimonials page for examples.

Fire TIPS

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

What to do after a fire:

  • 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.

What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

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.

DO:

  • 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. 

DON'T

  • 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.