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We Clean the Soot and Dust that Covers Your Home After a Puffback

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Clean the Soot and Dust that Covers Your Home After a Puffback Puffbacks leave distinctive cobwebs of soot throughout the home.

Many people have never heard of a furnace puffback until they experience one themselves. 

A puffback is an explosion inside the burner chamber of the furnace or boiler. Puff backs can occur due to an oil burner malfunction in which the burner doesn't ignite immediately and oil fumes are allowed to build up before ignition, causing an explosion when the furnace turns on. Puff backs can also be caused by a partially clogged or cracked nozzles, improper nozzle angle, cracked electrodes, poor adjustment of the air-fuel mixture, a defective spark transformer, shorted ignition cables or dirty or low-grade fuel. Regular maintenance can help Hartford County homeowners reduce the risk of a furnace puffback. 

The aftermath of a puffback is the soot and streaks that the explosion blew throughout your home. Often every surface – including carpeting, furniture, walls and drapery - is covered with this black, sticky substance that includes a mixture of oil that is very difficult to remove from any surface. Debris from a puffback can also enter the ventilation system in your home as well as into the cavity behind your walls.

Cleaning up after a puffback is not a do it yourself job- it requires professional cleaning to remove the soot that is spread throughout your home. Do not attempt to clean the soot itself – household cleaners are not effective against soot and may make the problem worse. For example, attempts to wash soot off of a flat-painted wall or ceiling usually leave greasy smears rather than removing the soot. At SERVPRO, we use proprietary tools and cleaners that absorb the soot without spreading it. Fortunately, puffback's are usually covered under your homeowner's insurance.  

If you experience a furnace puffback, call the SERVPRO of Southbury/Torrington office at (203) 267-6262.

 Our smoke and fire damage specialists have the equipment and training to quickly return your home to a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for you and your family. We're faster to any disaster and are dedicated to responding immediately so that you can recover quickly, with less disruption to your life.

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