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I'll Huff and I'll Puff ...

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage I'll Huff and I'll Puff ... Puff Back

A puff back occurs when an oil furnace malfunctions forcing large quantities of soot throughout your home. Forced air systems can send this oily soot hurling through the vents causing smoke damage in every single room.

Because this occurrence is generally caused by varying types of oil leaks in your furnace, the soot can be very greasy and almost impossible for you as the homeowner to clean by yourself. This soot can affect almost everything in your home including the walls, ceilings, furniture, artwork, clothing, and other important valuables. Often times a puff back requires a professional restoration or cleaning service to address the issue.

The good news is that puff backs can be avoided. Regular maintenance coupled with heightened awareness are the tools necessary to help prevent this situation from happening in your home. Some of the signs that your oil furnace may need attention include:

  • Black soot on the furnace
  • Smoke on walls or ceilings
  • Banging sounds
  • Odd smells near the furnace

Being proactive and knowing what signs to look for can help you to avoid a puff back situation in your home.  It can also help to keep your furnace running safely and smoothly all winter long.

But if you do need cleanup, Call SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove to help! 

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