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Seeing your home and precious possessions consumed by fire can be one of the most severe losses that a homeowner can experience. After such a devastating loss, reassurance comes from having clear guidance and support in salvaging as much as possible from fire and smoke damage.

At ServiceMaster of Salem, our technicians are more than just talented professionals; they’re caring people ready to get your home back to normal as quickly as possible while keeping you informed every step of the way. With our comprehensive range of fire damage services, including soot, smoke, and odor removal, ServiceMaster of Salem has got you covered.

Fires are devastating. Our fire restoration company is available to help make the recovery process a bit easier. Call (503) 212-6925 or contact us online to get started!

Common Types of Fires That Could Affect Your Home

Though all fires can be devastating for your home, not all are the same. Each type of fire can result in different kinds of damage, which will require a different kind of solution.

The common types of fires include:

  • Protein Fire: Food from the oven or stove has burned, leaving strong, burned-food odors and smoke residue on contents and surfaces.
  • Complex Fire: Multiple natural and synthetic items inside your home have burned, causing greasy yellow residue on contents and surfaces and synthetic smoke odors. Here, emergency corrosion mitigation is needed to protect at-risk surfaces.
  • Natural Fire: Trees, shrubs, and bushes have burned, and smoke has penetrated the structure from outside, so smoke residue and odor are present.
  • Furnace Malfunction: Heating appliances like oil-fired furnaces have malfunctioned and caused smoke to be distributed throughout the property.

Fire Damage Goes Beyond Burning Items

The walls and roof of your home are only the beginning of what is damaged during, and even after, a fire. Any item inside your house, even if it isn’t all that close to the fire itself, is susceptible to some damage:

  • Ash and smoke can continue to cause damage and corrosion to materials left behind.
  • Odors from smoke will stay in a room or a home long after the fire and continue to cause problems if they are not removed.
  • In a few minutes, walls and other surfaces can become discolored.
  • In a few hours, finishes on kitchen appliances turn yellow.
  • Smoke causes etching in glass after just a short time, and smoke will tarnish metal quickly.

Let our experts help with safe and efficient fire damage clean-up by calling (503) 212-6925 or reach out online today!

Our Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Services are Customized to Your Needs

Since no two properties are the same – and no two fires are either – the restoration process will vary from one home to the next. Our expert team will first assess all your damages before creating a plan of action.

Our thorough fire damage restoration process includes:

  • Identifying the source to determine the type of fire that occurred
  • Evaluating the areas that are wet as a result of firefighting that may need treatment
  • Remediating water damage (if necessary)
  • Evaluating sensitive materials that may be damaged as a result of smoke and soot particles
  • Removing contents—including the collection of immediate items you may need for the next seven days, such as clothing, prescriptions, toys, schoolbooks, business needs, etc.
  • Packing out remaining contents for cleaning and storage
  • Performing structural restoration, including removal of charred contents that may seal in smoke, such as insulation and burned wood
  • Evaluating carpets and floor coverings that may need to be removed
  • Inspecting the framing of the house and subfloors for safety
  • Treating affected surfaces for smoke odors
  • Sealing to prevent odors from leaking back into the house
  • Cleaning, eliminating odors, and deodorizing surfaces to pre-loss condition
  • Returning items to the original location and helping to make your house feel like home again

Don’t Try To Do It Yourself

The residue left behind after a fire can be hazardous and can cause health problems if it is not taken care of correctly and thoroughly. You do not want to attempt to clean up your home on your own after a fire, or you may end up causing more damage. Only experts with the right training and tools can ensure that the job is done properly. ServiceMaster of Salem is the expert of our field, with industry leading techniques and training developed over our 65+ years of experience.

Do’s and Dont’s After a Fire Disaster

Here are some helpful tips on what you should do when you experience fire and smoke damage:

  • If the temperature is above 60 degrees, air out the house to reduce smoke odor.
  • Clean laminate surfaces as well as chrome, porcelain, and aluminum fixtures to prevent permanent tarnishing or etching.
  • Change the air filter on your furnace if it uses forced hot air.
  • Tape damp cheesecloth over returns and supply registers to capture loose soot in the air.
  • Discard any open food packages.
  • If the electricity is off, clean out the refrigerator and leave doors propped open.
  • Send clothing with heavy smoke damage to a qualified restoration dry cleaner.

What not to do:

  • Do not touch anything with your bare hands. Oil from your hands can permeate upholstery, walls, and woodwork, causing additional damage.
  • Do not wash the walls. Incorrect cleaning could compound the soot residue.
  • Do not attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture.
  • Do not use electrical appliances until having them checked.
  • Do not use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.

Disasters like fires can be quite traumatizing. Our restoration experts are always here for you. We offer 24/7 availability and work in a fast, efficient manner that never compromises quality. ServiceMaster of Salem is dedicated to helping you, your family, and your home get back to normal as quickly as possible. ServiceMaster of Salem services Salem, Keizer, McMinnville and all surrounding areas.

Contact us today for professional fire & smoke damage restoration near you by calling (503) 212-6925!

Post-Fire Reconstruction Services


After a destructive fire, reconstruction offers a path to recovery, beginning with structural assessments and culminating in a renewed and revitalized space. These services encompass vital steps, from debris removal to material selection, ensuring a safe and functional final product.

Our post-fire reconstruction process includes:

  1. Structural Assessment: Professionals evaluate the damage to understand the project's scope, including structural stability and safety concerns.
  2. Demolition and Debris Removal: Damaged materials are removed to prepare the site for rebuilding and to eliminate potential hazards.
  3. Design and Planning: Reconstruction often involves architectural design and planning to optimize the property's layout, appearance, and functionality.
  4. Permitting and Compliance: Obtaining necessary permits and adhering to local building codes ensures legal compliance.
  5. Material Selection: Thoughtful material choices enhance durability, energy efficiency, and aesthetics.
  6. Construction and Renovation: Skilled workers undertake the construction, including framing, roofing, electrical work, plumbing, and interior finishes.
  7. Fire-Resistant Design: Fire-resistant design and materials can be incorporated in fire-prone regions to reduce future fire risks.
  8. Belongings Restoration: Salvaging and restoring personal items provide a sense of normalcy and familiarity.
  9. Safety and Quality Checks: Stringent checks and inspections ensure a safe and functional final product.
  10. Final Inspection: Before handing the property back to the owner, a final inspection ensures satisfaction and project completion.

Post-fire reconstruction is about more than just rebuilding structures; it's about rebuilding lives and providing a fresh start.

If you've suffered a fire in your home and are in need of post-fire reconstruction services, don't hesitate to contact ServiceMaster of Salem. Our team is here to help you rebuild your life and your property. Let us guide you through this challenging process and provide you with a renewed space that you can call home.

How long does the residential fire damage restoration process take?

The time required for residential fire damage restoration can range significantly due to numerous variables such as the severity of the damage, the property size, and the specific restoration services needed. For minor fires, which typically involve limited soot and smoke residue with minimal structural harm, the restoration might last from a few days to a week, encompassing surface cleaning, deodorization, and minor repairs.

In cases of moderate fire damage, which include more extensive smoke and soot presence, partial structural repairs, and water damage from firefighting, the process may take several weeks to a month. This level of restoration involves comprehensive cleaning, drying, and repairing affected areas. For substantial fire damage that necessitates significant structural repairs or rebuilding, the timeline can extend to several months. This stage entails extensive demolition, reconstruction, and restoration work to restore the property to its original condition.

Various factors influence the duration of the restoration process. More severe damage naturally requires more time for thorough addressing. The property size is also a factor, as larger homes take longer to clean and repair than smaller ones. The insurance process, including coordination with insurance companies for claims and approvals, can add time as well. Specialized services like content restoration for personal belongings, mold remediation, or hazardous material removal can further extend the timeline. Additionally, delays in acquiring necessary materials or scheduling contractors can impact the overall duration.

A professional fire damage restoration company, such as ServiceMaster of Salem, will provide a more precise estimate of the time required after conducting a thorough assessment of the damage. They will also keep homeowners updated throughout the process, ensuring transparency and setting realistic expectations.

For more information about our post-fire construction solutions in Salem, OR, call (503) 212-6925 or contact us online today.