Puffbacks - A Messy Furnace Malfunction
A puffback is a messy furnace malfunction that occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home or business. It can happen all at once, covering an interior in grimy soot, or a puffback can leak soot particles more gradually.
Puffback can also be caused by a partly clogged or cracked nozzle, 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.
The aftermath is usually the main problem. Walls, ceilings, carpets, furniture and curtains are coated with a fine film of soot and smoky streaks. As a rule, the damage is worse with a forced-air heating system or central air-conditioning, because the duct work provides a path through the house, even into closets.
Cleaning up the mess is not a job for the amateur, but rather a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Dane County West.
We use special techniques and materials. For example, attempts to wash soot off a flat-painted wall or ceiling usually leave greasy smears. At SERVPRO of Dane County, we use water-less rubber sponges that work like an eraser and absorb the soot without spreading it.
Equipped with the training, tools and experience to quickly and efficiently clean and restore your home or business, SERVPRO of Dane County West will help make your puffback "Like it never even happened."
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