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If you rely on an oil furnace or burner to heat your home, you may end up facing the unfortunate consequences of Puffback at some point. If Puffback occurs in your home, your first step should be to call 911 as the fire may still be burning. Your second step is to call us, a premium Puffback Cleanup and Restoration company that can renew your home to its former Puffback-less glory.

What Is Puffback?

The best way to describe a Puffback is to relate it to a backfiring of your car. Your furnace misfires and causes an explosion that sends soot everywhere in your home. If your home uses a forced heating system, that soot will reach every inch of your home the same way your heat normally does.

Puffback usually occurs after buildup of unburned fuel when your oil burner isn’t running properly and does not ignite right away. The buildup causes an explosion that produces unsavory amounts of dangerous soot being blasted through the furnace. This soot is then pulled through the furnace’s exhaust system to coat your home.

Puffback can happen in two different ways: a sudden explosion or an extended instance. Sudden explosions are more common and much louder as the soot is released all at once. Sometimes, though, the explosion can happen over a longer period of time. A great comparison between the two is dumping water out of a bucket versus pouring it through a watering can. One happens much faster and is much more dramatic, but both cause the same amount of soot, debris, and damage in your home in the end.

What Damage Does A Puffback Cause

Puffbacks result in corrosive soot exploding into your home. If not treated by a professional, any material or surface covered by soot will deteriorate over time. Puffback can also damage your furnace, and you may end up needing to replace it.
A puffback also has the potential to start a fire that causes even more damage to your home.
Leaks in the Oil Supply Pipeline
A leak in the oil piping allows air to enter the furnace while the burner is running. Once the furnace or burner shuts off, the air bubbles will expand due to the reduction in pressure and force unburned oil into the combustion chamber through the oil burner nozzle. If this cycle continues without the leak being noticed and repaired, a dramatic Puffback can occur.
Heater Shutdown Issues
When a boiler or furnace shuts off, the flow of oil is expected to cease instantly via a valve inside the appliance. However, when this valve stops working correctly due to sticking or being unable to close fully, oil will leak into the combustion chamber and cause a buildup.
Damaged or Clogged Oil Spray Nozzle
A bad odor in your home can signify greater issues inside your home that can be hazardous for your health. Hiring a professional odor company to come in and conduct an assessment will take the uncertainty out of the matter; they’ll let you know if that gross smell is dangerous for your family or if it is simply an annoyance.
Underlying Installation Problems
A short chimney may not allow adequate draft for optimal heater function. This means that the soot and smoke produced by the burner may clog the ignition more easily. This is the most common cause of small chronic Puffbacks rather than a one-time large explosion. Given enough time, a more severe Puffback can occur since the problem goes untreated and the fuel continues to build up.
Combustion Gas Venting Issues
Combustion gases should be able to consistently vent out of the system during operation. If unable to escape, these gases create an imbalance of fuel and air inside the combustion chamber, leading to a flame roll-out which can damage other parts of the furnace and cause an accumulation of fuel inside the chamber.

Are There Health Dangers Associated With a Puffback

Yes, there are. A Puffback can cause similar health hazards to a fire. Soot and smoke will penetrate your lungs and cause a variety of lung and heart issues if untreated.
Puffbacks result in corrosive soot exploding into your home. If not treated by a professional, any material or surface covered by soot will deteriorate over time. Puffback can also damage your furnace, and you may end up needing to replace it.
A puffback also has the potential to start a fire that causes even more damage to your home.
There are several furnace malfunctions that can cause a Puffback to occur. The most common reasons oil accumulation leads to a Puffback are:
The severity of the Puffback determines how much damage it causes to your home, as well as how dangerous it is for you and your family. The severity of a puffback is determined by the type of heater in your home, what caused the Puffback, and how much fuel is ignited by the combustion chamber. Puffbacks that occur in forced-air heating systems are typically the most damaging since the more extensive ductwork allows the soot to easily travel to every corner of your home.

Reliable Puffback Cleanup and Restoration Services

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Why Choose
Us for Your Puffback Cleanup & Restoration

Immediate Emergency Response

We’ll head out to your home immediately after receiving your call for help. Our experienced team is available any hour of the day, and day of the week, any week of the year.

Latest Equipment and Cleaning Methods

We use only the latest technology, equipment, and restoration processes to ensure we get your home back to normal thoroughly and completely

Efficient Cleaning Processes

We know that damage to your home is a troubling time for any family, so we do our best to be in and out of your home as quickly as possible, without sacrificing quality of course!

Excellent Customer Service

Since you may never have heard of a puffback before it made itself known in the rudest manner possible, we’ll explain everything to you so that you’re aware of what happened, what we will do to fix it, and how you can prevent it going forward.
If you’re looking for a Puffback cleanup and restoration crew that you can trust to clean and purify your home properly, you should give us a call. We can’t wait to help!
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