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Soot damage in Jefferson County

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Sooty Ceiling Sometimes you don't notice all of the soot until we start to clean

As much as we don't want to admit it, it's time to turn our furnaces back on. We know all too well that things don't always go as planned. Sometimes furnaces malfunction with what is called a "puffback".

The term "puff back" refers to the sudden expulsion of soot into the dwelling area caused by a malfunction in the heating system. The soot from a puff back is a sticky, greasy, grimy mess that is second to none. It can also present a severe health hazard in the place that's supposed to be your haven- your home.

All of those minuscule, oil based particles embed themselves into curtains, carpets, and clothing while contaminating the air with known carcinogens. Running a vacuum over it only grinds the soot deeper and creates stains that will never come out. Wiping the soot from walls and ceilings creates a place where paint will no longer stick. Unless the soot is quickly and professionally removed, it can cause corrosion of metal on doorknobs, faucets, and even electronic equipment throughout the home. Because every inch of the home is affected, a puff back is an overwhelming job to clean properly.

This is where the SERVPRO team can help - you can trust SERVPRO to clean everything. We're your one stop shop for puff back and smoke damage cleanup in the Jefferson, Lewis and St Lawrence County areas. 

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