Furnace puff backs can be one of the most heavily involved types of jobs that we perform here at SERVPRO. Smoke and soot can find its way into all nooks and a cranny of your home, stain fabrics and painted surfaces, and embeds itself into your carpets and flooring.
One common misconception however is that is reveals the deficiencies in your home cleaning. One of the cardinal features of a puffback is “webs” in the corners of your walls and ceilings and doorways. Customers always feel that they are cobwebs that have been blackened by the soot but they are actually carbon chains formed from the soot. Since a puffback is a sudden burst of soot from your furnace it puts a lot of soot (carbon) into the air in a short time window. This carbon collides with one another and forms chains which just happen to look like cobwebs.
Smoke and soot cleaning should always be done by a professional to minimize the damage and fully remove the smoke and soot. Incorrect cleaning methods could result in smearing, streaking, and having to paint or replace items that may not have needed to be. SERVPRO uses specialized cleaning agents and equipment to get your home back up and running as soon as possible with a minimal disturbance to you.
If you do have a puffback or other smoke/soot issue, call SERVPRO of The Main Line at 610-640-9533.