What You Need to Know
Although puff backs are primarily caused by oil burners, they are still often perceived as overlooked problems at home. Malfunctions that cause the combustion chamber inside the oil burner to explode are triggered by an oil burner that isn’t functioning properly. Due to the oil vapors which are present inside and the fast ignition of the built-up gases, explosions could be caused. This may seem like a harmful and frightening situation. However, if the fumes made by the malfunctioned gas burners revert back to the vents and air ducts in your home, this becomes even more dangerous. This will lead to poor indoor air quality and can heavily affect the air circulation as well.
Anything that comes into contact with the fumes will be covered in petroleum based particles and soot when that malfunction happens. There is a misconception that puff backs basically mean that dust is being blown back. However, the proper definition is that it is a release of oil-based particles that can do much more damage compared to dust.
When it comes to puff backs, there are primarily two ways they can spread: either they spread rapidly or they can spread gradually. Often times, puff backs manifest themselves as dark circles that appear on your ceilings, walls and furniture. This makes it hard to notice there is actually an on-going problem happening. You might even think that they are just finger prints from dirty fingers. Though it may seem like dirt or dust, when you try removing it, you will realize that it is actually oil-based and cannot be removed easily.
On the other hand, there are also times when puff backs are extremely rapid. In just a short span of time, this may cause severe damage to your property and your house as well. When this happens, you will notice that everything will start to get covered by soot and you should take the necessary precautions since a potential explosion can occur.
How to Handle Puff Back Situations
Keep in mind that you need to act quickly so that you can minimize the damage if you notice any sort of puff back. When it comes to restorations in terms of what has been damaged by puff back residue and soot, the best thing to do is to hire a restoration service professional. However, if you don’t have the means to hire a professional restoration service, there are still a few ways you can handle the situation yourself. Always remember to wear a protective mask and the right disposable clothing so you can prevent direct contact with the toxic soot.
Checking the furnace and the oil burner is the very first thing you should inspect. Testing if these things are working properly should be your priority since this may very well be the primary source of the problem. In the event you don’t know what to do in terms of how to inspect the furnace or oil burner, it is highly recommended that you seek the help of a professional technician. Eliminating the source of the problem before treating its effects should be one of the first things you should do. The malfunctioning oil burner is the main source of the problem and you should be able to distinguish this as you go through the motions. From here, you can take the necessary steps to remedy the problem.
If you have a gas leak inside your house, it can lead to higher levels of carbon dioxide that can be extremely hazardous to your family’s health. This situation may also be considered as a puff back. The carbon dioxide levels must be tested if you are experiencing dizziness or nausea when you are inside your house.
Installing carbon dioxide monitors is advisable so that the carbon dioxide levels can be tested frequently. When you notice carbon dioxide levels increasing slowly, this is a clear indicator of a gradual puff back and this need to be addressed until it worsens. Make sure you take the initiative and inspect if there are any problems with your oil burners or if there are any gas leaks when you start seeing that the levels of carbon dioxide in your house are rising.
Puff Back Restoration Services
Professional puff back restorations offer various services, including specialized vacuuming services. Since ordinary vacuums cannot clean puff backs, professional services use a heavy duty vacuum to remove the soot from the surface and store it instead of allowing it blow out into the air. Another service would be structural cleaning, which restores your house to its original state if the whole house or parts of it is affected by puff backs. The extreme options would be demolition or a complete shut down if the majority of the property is affected.
Upholstered furniture and carpets are prone to soot since it is an oil-based material. Hence, this will make it difficult to remove on your carpets and upholstered furniture. Restoration services should be able to remove the soot using their specialized methods. Moreover, since a smoky odor may be emitted by puff backs as well, puff back restoration services apply odor removal processes to eliminate the odor from the affected areas. If a puff back adheres to your clothes, the best thing to do would be to ask restoration services to wash and dry clean them so they can be restored to their original state. Even if you think you can wash the clothes on your own, you may not have the cleaning agents and the necessary appliances to clean the clothes well.
Preventive Tips on How to Deal with Puff Backs
When it comes to puff backs, the best thing to do is to implement preventive measures. To be able to make sure that you won’t fall victim to puff backs, it is highly advisable to make routine checks on your oil burners and furnace. Acting immediately by getting in touch with a restoration service as soon as possible to minimize the extent of the damage is another important thing to do if you find yourself in a dire puff back situation.
It is highly recommended that you expand your knowledge about puff backs and puff back services even if you already have the basics about them. Since you already know what to look out for and what to do when a puff back situation arises, you should be able to handle the situation effectively and efficiently. Always remember that if you find yourself having a soot or puff back problem, a puff back restoration service is just a phone call away.
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Advanced Restoration Corporation is Proud Participant in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
(Wood Dale, IL, September 9, 2010) – Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., North America's largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that DKI Member Company, Advanced Restoration Corporation of West Babylon, NY, is a proud participant in the popular ABC Series, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, surprising the Lutz family of East Setauket, NY.
Unable to have children of their own, loving couple Grace and John Lutz gave their hearts to 18 adopted kids in all, including seven with Down Syndrome. After the couple passed away, their daughter, Kathleen, gave up her career and gladly came home to take care of six siblings who currently range in age from 20 to 25 years old. Everyone agreed that putting the kids in a group home or institution was not an option. It was a good plan, until Kathleen suddenly and unexpectedly had a grand mal seizure, and was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Her brother, John Jr., was next at bat, sacrificing his successful career as a gymnastics coach to move home and care for his sister and siblings. Kathleen’s health is now stabilized and both brother and sister care for their family as a team.
The crumbling condition of the Lutz’s 40-year-old home has become a concern. The electrical was unsafe, water leaked everywhere and there was mold and rotting wood. Everybody in town loves this charming and special family. Unfortunately, their home is at a point where band-aids are not enough. They need their home to be a safe permanent one, with everything to accommodate their special needs. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition stepped in and worked to replace their house with a brand new home that allows them to finally be together again in a safe environment.
Advanced Restoration Corporation assisted by providing drying and cleaning services, including dehumidification and round-the-clock monitoring and labor, to expedite the drying of the drywall, primer, and paint in the interior and exterior of the home. The project was completed the week of June 20, 2010 in East Setauket, New York.
Advanced Restoration Corporation has been providing insurance restoration services throughout the state of New York since 1990 and has been a Member of DKI since 2009.
DKI is the selected dry down and cleaning vendor for Season 8 of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Founded in 1974, DKI assists insurance carriers, commercial and residential clients with restoring properties damaged by fire, water, wind and mold. The Emmy award winning reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, is now entering its 8th season. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.
About Advanced Restoration Corporation
Advanced Restoration Corporation, a DKI Member Company, is a family-owned and operated full service emergency response property damage and disaster restoration company. Advanced Restoration Corporation has a combined 75 years experience in dealing with fire & smoke damage restoration, building deconstruction & building material reuse, & , and emergency board ups & roof tarping. Advanced Restoration Corporation services Long Island (Nassau County, NY; Suffolk County, NY, the Hamptons & East End) and the New York City areas. For more information about Advanced Restoration, visit their website at www.AdvancedRestoration.com or call the company at (800) 693-6263.
Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., headquartered in Wood Dale, IL, is the largest disaster restoration organization in North America. DKI member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., visit our website at www.disasterkleenup.com or contact Michele Donahue at (630) 741-7262.
About “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now entering its 8th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.
At the halfway point in the August and September season for mosquito-borne diseases, state health officials remind Hoosiers to stay vigilant in protecting themselves from the West Nile virus.
Two human cases of West Nile virus were reported this week -- one each in Allen and Marion counties. In addition, mosquito groups in 31 counties have tested positive for the virus.
"These two cases, along with the recent increase in positive West Nile virus mosquitoes, do cause some concern," said Jennifer House, veterinary epidemiologist at the Indiana State Department of Health.
Mosquito-transmitted diseases commonly occur when mosquitoes are more active because of hot weather, House said.
Northwest Indiana has reported only two batches of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus in Lake County and one each in Porter, LaPorte and Jasper Counties.
"Mosquitoes in Indiana can spread several different diseases, including West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis (one of the deadliest forms), St. Louis encephalitis and La Crosse encephalitis. All have the potential to cause serious illnesses," House said.
According to www.statehealth .in.gov , West Nile virus is transmitted to a human by a mosquito that has first bitten an infected bird. A person who is bitten by an infected mosquito may show symptoms from three to 15 days after the bite.
Culex mosquitoes, which can carry the West Nile virus, breed in places like ditches, open septic systems, discarded tires, unused wading pools and other containers, particularly if they are in the shade.
No bird or equine West Nile infections have been confirmed in Indiana, but two batches of mosquitoes have tested positive for deadly Eastern equine encephalitis in Elkhart County.
The Suffolk County Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification system. Suffolk will use this system to contact Suffolk Residence in the event of an actual or impending emergency, like Hurricane Earl.
The CodeRED emergency notification system is an extremely high speed telephone communication service that can deliver customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to SuffolkCounty homes and business at the proven capacity of millions of calls per day. Code Red also has high speed email and text messaging capability
The CodeRED system incorporates a mapping tool that will allow Suffolk Emergency Managers to send notifications to specific geographic areas by selecting them on a map. In addition with CodeRED we will be able to send notifications to predefined geographic areas such as villages, townships or zip codes.
CodeRED has provided SuffolkCounty with a calling data base that includes the residences and businesses within the county. To further enhance accuracy SuffolkCounty has supplemented this database with the data from our 911 call system. In addition the Suffolk Code Red system allows Suffolk residence to register two phone numbers and one email address to receive notifications. We urge all individuals and businesses to log onto the secure Suffolk County Community Notification Enrolment to add or update their contact information to ensure that they will be included when a message is sent. The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes.
Click the link below to Sign Up to Receive Emergency Notifications from the Suffolk County Code Red Emergency Notifcataion System:
For more information on CODE RED, visit Suffolk County's Emergency Mangement CODE RED page.
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Hurricane Earl, the second major hurricane of 2010, is moving away from the Northern Leeward Islands. Residents along the U.S. East Coast should follow Earl closely to see what impacts the hurricane will bring Thursday and Friday. Long Island may be impacted by Earl and current weather conditions call for a 30-40% chance that Suffolk County will face a Tropical Storm come this Friday, September 3rd.
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- TROPICAL STORM WATCH: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are
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Albany, N.Y. -- Bayville, located on the northernmost tip of Nassau County, escaped storm damage from the March nor’easter because of Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) projects. These were undertaken 12 years ago when a storm drainage system, leaching pits and a retaining wall project were constructed. Hazard mitigation grants, which are administered by New York State, fund projects designed to reduce the likelihood of damage from floods and severe weather.
The north side of Bayville Avenue along the coastal shoreline of Long Island Sound had a history of erosion that if left unchecked could have caused a breach or failure of Bayville Avenue, and eliminated the only road access into the Village of Centre Island.
The grant funded the installation of an 800-foot retaining wall along the shoreline, which stabilized the area and ensured that about 450 residents of the Village of Centre Island would have access to critical facilities and emergency services during severe storms.
HMGP also funded a drainage project in an area of the village bounded on the north by Long Island Sound and on the south by Oyster Bay Harbor, where severe flooding recurred after significant rainfall and coastal storm events. The flood waters, combined with higher than usual tides, caused Long Island Sound to swell and back up along the village’s north shore as there was no outlet for the tidal flood water.
To combat this problem, street drainage structures, leaching pools, overflow and outfall piping equipped with tidal check valves, were installed. These enhancements permitted the water to drain into Oyster Bay. Nick Campagnola, a village resident, stated that “the drainage system definitely helped improve the conditions after a storm” he added, “without the system we would really be in trouble.”
“The benefit this work has provided to residents is significant,” said Douglas G. Watson, mayor of Bayville. “The drainage system was designed to drain water from low-lying streets in the project area, and succeeded in preventing flooding from severe rain events such as last March’s nor’easter. The system left the streets safely free of standing water in a short time. We are very happy with the way it has worked out.”
“These enhancements have withstood severe weather conditions,” Watson added.
An Air Quality Action Day is forecast in our
region for today (Friday, July 16, 2010).
The New York State Department of Transportation has declared that today (Friday, July 16, 2010) is an Air Quality Action
Day in the downstate metro area due to forecasted high levels of
ground-level ozone pollution in parts of the region (please visit
the Clean Air NY Web site for more information
today is still a day when people can go about most of
their normal activities, such as going to work, driving may be
one of the most polluting activities that you do today, and we
encourage everyone to leave their cars at home if possible.
Ground-level ozone is a respiratory irritant that can trigger
asthma attacks and aggravate emphysema, bronchitis and other
respiratory ailments. Children, people with pre-existing
respiratory or heart conditions, people doing strenuous outdoor
work or exercise and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to
the effects of ozone.
Here are several simple steps you can take on Air Quality Action
Days to prevent pollution:
Combine errands into a single trip, rather than separate trips.
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