A homeowner in Merrimack, NH experienced soot damage from an oil furnace puff back. The homeowner is devastated that soot has been dispersed throughout his home, leaving smoke and black stains that will linger for months and ruin his belongings. The homeowner immediately called Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services, looking for advice on how to clean up the soot damage.
As the professionals told the homeowner in Merrimack, NH, the soot damage occurs from an oil furnace puff back. A puff back is when the oil or gas in the furnace explodes at start up, caused by the buildup of excess fuel in the combustion chamber. Depending on the severity, the explosion can be both harmful and dangerous, with the possibility of damaging the entire home. At the very least, there will be a loud noise, dust will settle on the furniture and air vents, and black splotches will be all over the walls and vent covers. Additionally, there may be smoke and a burnt odor throughout the house.
No one should take care of soot damage from an oil furnace without the assistance of a trained professional. It’s not safe to expose oneself to the soot damage, and a proper removal requires special equipment and cleaning techniques. If not removed correctly, the soot may not come off the various surfaces and materials may be damaged.
The trained technicians from Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration came to the customer’s house in Merrimack, NH to clean up the soot damage. First, they observed the soot damage before quickly neutralizing and carefully wiping away the oily residue. They assured the customer that they were handling the cleanup and preventing damage to the surfaces where soot had settled.
Over time, black soot will build up inside the combustion chamber due to lack of routine maintenance. The furnace should be checked at least once a year by a professional HVAC technician. Soot should be removed once or twice a year if there’s more than half an inch of material accumulating at any point. When soot builds up in the combustion chamber, heat efficiency is lowered, energy bills are raised, and there is an increased risk of soot damage occurring from within the chamber.
The homeowner in Merrimack, NH appreciated the workmanship and service from Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services. He was thrilled that his house was cleaned and restored, as if the soot damage from the oil furnace puff back never happened. The customer also appreciated that the trained technicians informed him about properly maintaining his oil furnace so that he could prevent future puff backs. If you would like your home restored professionally, please call Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration at (603) 641-6555. Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services offers 24-hour emergency services, fire damage cleaning and restoration, as well as smoke and odor removal. Don’t hesitate to call if you experience soot damage from an oil furnace.
By A. Phelps