Different Types of Smoke
Some of the different types of smoke are:
Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace puff backs
Wet Smoke – Plastics and rubbers low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
Dry Smoke – Paper and wood fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore the smoke rises.
Protein – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire. Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.
As we enter into the colder months and turn up our thermostats, one of the common types of smoke is fuel oil soot released from your furnace, called a “puff back.”
A puff back is a different type of smoke, a sudden dispersion of black smoke and soot throughout the house. Another identifier can be the appearance of cobwebs, but are actually “soot webs” which are much darker and has an oil odor present. The oil base soot disperses throughout one’s home affecting walls, ceilings, carpets and furniture to name a few. It is extremely difficult to remove and there may be a foul odor in the affected rooms.
The cause for a puff back may vary from age of boiler, lack of maintenance, failure to make needed repairs and/or a malfunction. All heating systems, especially oil-fired, should be inspected, cleaned and adjusted at least once a year by a qualified professional.
Should the unexpected happen, clean-up should be handled by a professional cleaning company like SERVPRO of Southbury/Torrington.