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Puff Back in Your Waterloo Basement

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

A basement wall with puff back soot A local Waterloo basement showing signs of puff back soot!

We’re not talking about the cute little bird, the black-backed puff back, often found in wooded habitats. We’re talking about the escape of nasty, soot-filled air into your home, causing massive black stains and bad odors. The kind of puff back that mostly occurs from oil-fueled furnaces if they are not properly maintained. 

Why Do They Happen?

Puff backs are small explosions in a furnace that cause soot to be pushed back into the home instead of through the ventilation system. They are usually caused by build-ups of dirt and soot in the ventilation, failing fans, and clogged filters.

How to Prevent Puff Backs

The only ways to prevent puff backs are to replace filters often and have a professional look at your furnace. As previously stated the largest cause of puff backs is lack of maintenance on furnaces. It is good practice to have all of your heavily-used appliances routinely checked.

In this Waterloo, IL basement, a puff back left minor damage on the wall, but this easily could have been much worse. The homeowners were left with only a small amount of soot that our SERVPRO technicians made quick work of. The incident provided an awakening for the residents, and they decided to have their furnace checked often. 
If your home or business suffers from a puff back or other fire/smoke damage, call our 24/7 emergency response service. We can make any disaster “Like it never even happened.” Contact SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties today at (618) 464-0300.

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