Maintaining a clean oil heating system is about more than just keeping your system working efficiently. An oil furnace not properly maintained is at risk of a puffback, which is an explosion in the firing chamber that can spread oil and soot through the ducts into every inch of a room.
If you do experience a puffback, don’t worry. ServiceMaster of Baltimore has helped homeowners and property managers handle large cleanup jobs like puffbacks and soot removal for over 60 years. Learn more about what to do if you’re dealing with a large soot cleanup with our tips below.
Who to Call After A Furnace Puffback
Puffbacks can occur as large explosions or as a slow trickle of smoke and soot. Either way, a puffback poses a significant risk of smoke inhalation to the building’s occupants. It also puts the building at risk of fire.
Dealing with a sudden event like a puffback doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Even if soot has exploded through every exhaust vent in your home, you can salvage the space and restore it to its pre-damage state.
Here’s what to do immediately after a puffback:
- Make sure there is no immediate risk of fire
- Contact your insurance company to file a claim
- Separate items you wish to restore from items you intend to throw away
- Contact a professional to address the underlying furnace problem
- Contact ServiceMaster of Baltimore to begin the smoke and soot restoration process
Why Call the Professionals For Puffback Cleanup?
Soot is not easy to clean, and it needs to be thoroughly removed to prevent damage to your respiratory system. While it’s tempting to use retail cleaners or other commercially available products, soot needs to be cleaned professionally.
Do not attempt to clean upholstery or furniture. A puffback needs to be thoroughly and professionally cleaned just like smoke damage to ensure your safety.
Puffback Cleanup and Professional Soot Removal in Baltimore, MD
ServiceMaster of Baltimore proudly serves homeowners, property managers, and business owners in the Baltimore metro region looking for professional cleaning services. Our large storage facility can store your belongings until repairs and cleanup are complete. Contact us 24/7 at 866-780-1700.