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How to Deal With Puff Back Fire Damage This Winter

February 21, 2020

Fire damage cleanup techniques aren’t exclusive to house fires. During the chilly winter months, when we use our home heating systems regularly, the mess and odor of furnace puff back is not merely a mechanical nuisance. A puff back is a small explosion inside the burner chamber of your home’s oil furnace. The end result is that the oil in your furnace vaporizes and is then expelled, depositing soot throughout your home. In one quick burst, your home is suddenly covered in oily residue and carcinogens. Here are a few tips for how to deal with puff back fire damage in your home this winter. Hydro Clean & Certified Restoration can help you with any fire restoration needs! Give us a call for a free estimate.

Why Would I need Clean Up If I Haven’t Experienced a Fire?

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A puff back is a small explosion inside the burner chamber of your home’s oil furnace.

If you have experienced a puff back, then your home’s interior will be covered with a greasy, sooty, black kind of residue. Your home’s interior, including your walls, doors, lights, appliances, and cabinets, will all have a dingy film. The decorations you lovingly placed out will also be filthy. The air will start to smell like petroleum, and it can lead to physical pain and discomfort. The clothes inside your closet will be discolored, will begin to smell, and you will carry that disgusting odor around with you wherever you go. Your bed, upholstered furniture, and carpets will be blackened and greasy too. Everything you touch will be filthy, if you’ve experienced any of these issues, you’ve had a puff back and will need fire damage restoration assistance.

Can I Clean It Up on My Own or Do I Need Professional Help?

If you choose to try and clean up the puff back all on your own, you’ll be scared to discover that your elbow grease, home remedies, and chemicals you bought will not work. Besides, most of the insurance companies will be reluctant to pay homeowners to clean it up themselves. Professional puff back cleanup has the experience, equipment, and manpower to help deal with your home’s dirty disaster. Hydro Clean will do a quick pre-cleaning of your home, then clean and restore your belongings, and then effectively clean up your home’s upholstery, carpets, and home appliances.

Get Cleaning with Hydro Clean Certified Restoration!

If you need your carpets, furniture, drapery, mattresses, tile & grout, and air ducts cleaned, look no further than Hydro Clean Certified Restoration. We’re located in Arbutus, but we’re happy to serve customers in Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Harford County, and Carroll County. We can also handle emergency fire, smoke, and water damage 24 hours/7 days weekly. Your upholstery, air ducts, and draperies are in good hands with us. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn! You can also call us if you have any questions at – 410-505-7879.

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