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Understanding Puff Backs and what to do?
A “puff back” occurs when an improperly running heating system misfires spewing out damaging smoke and soot. Most puff backs happen in oil fired boilers and furnaces. When starting the heating appliance, unburned fuel ignites, forcing the soot or smoke through the heater’s exhaust system into the home. This explosion can be large, creating extensive and expensive damage or small, creating minor damage. However, smaller ignitions usually occur several times causing the soot to accumulate throughout the home. If the puff back’s heating flue vent bursts or is dislodged, there is a risk of fire or release of dangerous carbon monoxide. The most damaging puff backs occur in forced air systems as their ductwork allows the soot to travel throughout the entire premise. The heating system itself can be severely damaged when a puff back occurs.

What preventive signs to look for?

  • Look for visible oil stains on the floor.
  • A small bang or puff sound when you start the heater.
  • A strange noise after you shut the heater off.
  • Do you notice a small amount of soot in the furnace room?
  • Is there a gaseous odor in the furnace room?

How to prevent Puff Backs from happening?
One word sums up the best way to prevent puff backs. MAINTENANCE. Have your heating system regularly serviced by a professional technician. Have them clean the soot that naturally builds up during the heating season, change your oil spray nozzle if it is dirty or clogged, check your entire heating system for any sign of potential puff backs.

Puff backs can cause severe physical damage to your home or business. They are also very costly and time consuming to repair.
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Smoke damage looks bad and smells bad too!

smoke-damage-restorationsSmoke damage isn’t just the visible soot on ceilings and walls the real damage is the lingering smell that is trapped in nearly every part of a smoke affected structure. This lingering smoke smell is generated by the smallest of smoke particles, invisible to the naked eye, that can and will penetrate all porous surfaces.

Understanding the composition, travel path, and proper cleaning techniques of smoke  is best left to professionally trained smoke damage cleanup companies. Attempting to provide smoke damage restoration as a layman will exacerbate and frustrate most homeowners. Worst,, all that work will need to be duplicated or more expensive solutions deployed to rectify the lingering smoke smell from a structure.

The best smoke smell removal companies deploy carbon filtered HEPA air scrubbers to filter the air immediately after a fire or profound smoke condition within a structure. They know that microscopic smoke particles will stay airborne for days & days after a fire. Unless these particles are filtered out of the air, they will be breathed in by occupants and will settle down on EVERY surface and be absorbed into textiles (clothes, blankets, towels & linens). Improperly cleaning these items may cause these toxic particles to be further embedded into these porous surfaces, locking in that nasty smoke smell.

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Puff Back Cleanup Specialists Long Island NY

Dealing with a puff back or a severely smoked out structure will require the assistance of an experienced Puff Back Cleanup Specialists who specializes in smoke damage cleanup along with smoke odor removal. This cleanup job requires specialized equipment & techniques and is a likely going to be an insurance claim. True Restorations is a top smoke damage cleaning company on Long Island that you will want to have involved all aspects of this type of project, including insurance claims processing, smoke & soot cleaning, air filtering, odor removal & neutralization, textile cleaning, contents cleaning & deodorizing and odor encapsulation.

A puff back is a smoke condition created by a defective oil fired hot water boiler, this “puff back” can cause thick black smoke to be pumped throughout a structure rendering all surfaces to be covered with a layer of greasy, oily soot. Before any attempt at cleaning & deodorizing of your home you should be aware that improper cleaning techniques can cause smoke particles to be pushed deeper into porous surfaces causing further damages and even more work to effectively deodorize the structure

If you have ever witnessed a house or structure that has sustained a puff backs or a severe smoke condition from a fire, you can attest to the extent of damages that can occur. There will likely be a layer of soot over every surface in the entire house, inside the closets, embedded in carpets & other soft goods, inside the ductwork, cabinetry…. everywhere. Even days after the puff back or fire occurred, spending time inside a smoked-out structure will leave you with a burning sensation in your eyes & throat due to residual microscopic smoke particles. The odor created by this condition will remain until proper cleaning & deodorizing treatments are done. Proper cleaning protocols will likely entail HEPA vacuuming every surface in the home along with a chemical sponge wipe down, followed up with a wet wipe solvent mixed with an odor neutralizing degreaser. This work will be done while simultaneously filtering the air with a HEPA filtered air scrubber coupled with a hydroxyl generator.

If you sustain any kind of smoke condition at your home or business, immediately call True Restorations at 631-757-0212 for a free consultation and assistance with cleanup & processing of any insurance claim.

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Why Hire A Smoke Cleanup Company?

Smoke can be hazardous to your health, worsening asthma and causing respiratory conditions. Don’t underestimate its power and have any smoke-related damage taken care of right away. True Restoration, a smoke damage restoration company, will help you go through a full smoke removal, smoke cleanup & deodorizing procedure in the event of a smoke damage emergency.

If you have ever experienced a small fire or smoke condition in your home or your business, you probably can remember how the smell penetrated everywhere throughout the structure. Perhaps you attempted to provide your own smoke cleanup, a puff back cleanup or soot cleanup from a fire. Maybe you attempted to mask the smell of the smoke by deodorizing on your own. I would be willing to bet that the smell never really went away. There is a very good reason for the lack of success in attempting a smoke cleanup on your own….it’s a tricky & laborious process that requires a lot of knowledge & expertise as well as specialized equipment.

Trained smoke & fire restoration contractors possess specialized equipment & training for cleaning & deodorizing a structure. It would be highly advisable to seek out help from one of these contractors right from the onset of a smoke condition.  These contractors are not only highly trained in cleaning & deodorizing, they also are very familiar with dealing with insurance companies in navigating the insurance claims process. They can be a tremendous asset & advocate in assuring that the proper cleanup is done, as well as securing a proper payout from the insurance company, minimizing or eliminating out of pocket expenses for their clients. Understanding some of the dynamics of a smoke condition can help one understand the level & type of cleaning & deodorizing needed for any particular smoke cleanup project.

What causes smoke?

When a liquid or a solid (oil, wood, plastic, etc) is heated up, it changes states to a gaseous form. As this change of state occurs, this new gas created is also oxidizing (combining with oxygen). You can see this rapid oxidation process, which would be visually represented by a flame. High heat is the byproduct of rapid oxidation, this high heat, in turn, heats up the solid/liquid even more & creates a feedback loop which in turn causes more vaporizing along with more oxidation and so on. The smoke that you see is the gaseous form of that solid/liquid that has not completely oxidized (a.k.a., unoxidized, unburnt fuel). The smoke particles that are within the smoke will vary in size, the size will vary based on the type of material being vaporized & amount of heat generated by the oxidation process. A high heat fire creates very small diameter smoke particles, so miniscule in nature that a lot of them cannot be seen by the naked eye. This vaporizing & oxidizing process also creates highly pressurized conditions within a structure, which causes the penetration of smoke particles to virtually every part of the structure. The size of the particles will affect how deeply they can penetrate into surfaces & materials contained within a structure. Also, the smaller the size, the less visible they are the more likely for them to stay airborne & unsettled. These particles are an extreme inhalation risk for inhabitants and should be collected & scrubbed from the air ASAP.

We all know that heat rises, the same goes for the heated smoke particles. Highly heated, pressurized smoke particles are searching for a way to vent out of the structure. They will go out open windows, or more likely, will travel vertically through a structure and collect at the highest levels and then mushroom out searching for a way out from the highly pressure environment they are in. Understanding the travel path of smoke is the key to knowing where the smoke particles will be potentially trapped and linger & remain as a smelly reminder well after the fire. Getting at these odor causing particles & neutralizing them takes specialized equipment & techniques.

An untrained, unequipped homeowner attempting a smoke restoration or soot cleanup may unwittingly cause more damage to surfaces and finishes during cleanup by driving smoke particles deeper into surfaces during the cleanup process. Not having access to an industrial strength air scrubber with carbon filtering could mean that recently cleaned surfaces can be re-contaminated with smoke particles that can stay airborne for up to 10 days. Also, the unwitting homeowner may not realize that smoke particles have penetrated behind the walls, behind paneling, or have worked their way into the cracks where the trim meets the walls & floors, or realizing that odor causing smoke particles have been trapped in insulation, or have penetrated into the pours of soft framing lumber hidden from view. All this can mean that a deodorization can never be achieved without the use of specialized equipment & techniques that can penetrate & neutralize these trapped odor producing particles. In short, it is unwise for a novice to attempt a smoke or soot cleanup.

If you sustain any kind of smoke condition at your home or business, immediately call True Restorations at 631-757-0212 for a free consultation and assistance with cleanup & processing of any insurance claim.

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