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Puff Backs and Your Home

Posted on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 @ 01:16 PM

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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TODAY Has Been Declared an Air Quality Action Day!

Posted on Fri, Jun 04, 2010 @ 10:31 AM

URGENT!
An Air Quality Action Day is forecast in our
region for today (Friday, June 4, 2010).

The New York State Department of Transportation has declared that
today (Friday, June 4, 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
http://www.cleanairny.org/LocalAirQuality/Default.aspx). While
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.
This can help save time and reduce the amount of pollution
emitted from your vehicle.

Take the subway, bus or train when possible.

Postpone unnecessary trips.

Avoiding motor vehicle trips on Air Quality Action Days will prevent the formation of air pollution.

Refuel your vehicle in the evening when it's cooler outside.

Avoid letting your vehicle idle, such as at the fast food or bank
teller drive-thru.

Postpone using gas-powered gardening equipment such as lawn
mowers on Air Quality Action Days. Wait for a day when air
quality is better.

Forward this message to your family and friends.

To learn more about improving air quality or if you were
forwarded this message and want us to send updates to your own
e-mail address, visit CleanAirNY.org or call 1-877-ILUVAIR
(1-877-458-8247).

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Puffbacks and Your Heating System

Posted on Tue, Jan 06, 2009 @ 01:17 PM



Ensure Your Heating System is Working Properly!

Winter is here and so is the cold weather, which means your heating system will be working around the clock. Now is the season when you may experience a puffback related to your heating system.

What is a puffback?
Most of us have never heard of a puffback. A puffback occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home or business. It can happen all at once, or more slowly and gradually.

Soot covers all areas of the home or business & may range from light to very heavy. Sometimes the disbursement of soot is so light & fine it appears to be ordinary dust. This "dust" however, can re-appear hours after being cleaned, there is often a strong odor of oil accompanying a puffback.

How can a puffback be prevented?
The best defense against a puffback is to have your oil burner inspected annually & kept in good repair. This is no guarantee against having a puffback, but it greatly reduces your risk.Keep debris, animal hair or anything that could interfere with proper functioning away from your oil burner.

What to do if a puffback occurs?
Notify your insurance agent or company immediately. Have a qualified disaster restoration specialist begin cleaning all affected areas immediately. Soot travels & will re-appear if not completely removed.

If you live in the NY Metro area and experience a puffback in your home or business, please call Advanced Restoration. Our experts will promptly respond to your situation! Our experienced staff is available 24/7 and can be reached at (800) 693-6263, or visit our website at http://www.advancedrrestoration.com/.

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Puffbacks in Your Home

Posted on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 @ 04:31 PM

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Suffolk County, NY had a freeze warning yesterday, which means it's finally time to crank up the heat and ensure your heating system is working properly. As the colder months approach, there is the potential to experience a puffback related to your heating system.

What is a puffback? Most of us have never heard of a puffback. A puffback occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home or business. It can happen all at once, or more slowly and gradually.

Soot covers all areas of the home or business & may range from light to very heavy. Sometimes the disbursement of soot is so light & fine it appears to be ordinary dust. This "dust" however, can re-appear hours after being cleaned, there is often a strong odor of oil accompanying a puffback.

How can a puffback be prevented?
The best defense against a puffback is to have your oil burner inspected annually & kept in good repair. This is no guarantee against having a puffback, but it greatly reduces your risk. Keep debris, animal hair or anything that could interfere with proper functioning away from your oil burner.

What to do if a puffback occurs?
Notify your insurance agent or company immediately. Have a qualified disaster restoration specialist begin cleaning all affected areas immediately. Soot travels & will re-appear if not completely removed.

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