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What To Do If You Have A Puffback
Now that we are officially in the winter season, homeowners will be turning to their heating systems more regularly. One messy and potentially dangerous issue that can arise is a puffback.
A puffback happens when fuel vapors build up inside the equipment due to an improper ignition. When ignition finally occurs, the excess fuel in the chamber causes the puffback. Depending on the amount of accumulated fuel, homeowners could see anything from minor soot damage to a more substantial explosion. There are many factors that can lead to this, and vary based upon age of the system, whether it is gas or oil driven, as well as manually resetting the system too often in a short period of time.
When a puffback occurs, professional assistance is almost always a necessity. SERVPRO of Greenwich has the knowledge, experience, and skilled technicians to take care of difficult problems such as this. Since each puffback situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.
In the event of a puffback, or any fire, smoke or water emergency, SERVPRO of Greenwich is here to help. We can be reached 24/7 at (203) 324-1642.
Winter Cleaning Tips
When the temperature drops, we tend to spend more time indoors. Because this occurs, why not take the extra step to make sure you have a home you enjoy spending time in.
Here are a few small cleaning projects that you can undertake during the winter months to ensure that your home is both safe and cozy for the winter months.
Empty dryer vents - Pull the dryer out from the wall and disconnect the hose from the back of the appliance. Use a vacuum to suck any loose lint from the exhaust hose. Not only is this a step to take for safety measures, this will lead to a more efficient dryer performance. This can lower electricity bills a small amount.
Steam carpets and couches - Sometimes vacuuming doesn't get the whole job done. Even if your carpets look clean, carpets should be deep cleaned by a professional to eliminate any harmful and gross materials that a vacuum might miss.
Cleaning Mold from Tiles & Grout
Removing mold from tiles and grout can be a lengthy process, but SERVPRO of Greenwich does our best to get it taken care of in the proper steps.
First, begin by scrubbing the mold off the tiles and grout. You should use a scrubbing brush along with a household cleaning product or mold killing product. There are also commercial tile or grout cleaners you can buy.
After this you'll probably find there is still mold stains left on the grout. You can use bleach to fade these stains away. Before you use the bleach you should spot test it to make sure that it won't discolor your tiles. You should also wear gloves to protect your hands from the bleach.
Apply the bleach to the grout and leave it sit for about 10 minutes. Instead of chlorine bleach you can use hydrogen peroxide if you like. Another alternative is to use baking soda. Mix it with water to create a paste and then use a toothbrush to scrub it onto the grout.
If you find the stain remains on the grout after bleaching then repeat the process. Give it some time and this should fade away the mold stains on the grout.
Tips For Transitioning From Winter to Spring
The time for Spring Cleaning is right around the corner!
Spring often means entertaining, family BBQs, and having guests in your home. Spring also allows you to spend more time outdoors. The last thing most people want to do when the weather gets nice is to stay inside to do their spring cleaning. That's where it can be helpful to hire SERVPRO of Greenwich to do the heavy cleaning for you.
Seasonal Cleaning Services in Greenwich
After spending the cold winter doors inside with the windows shut tight, spring is the ideal time to freshen up the house. However, once you open those windows, you may notice dust and dirt that has gathered throughout the home. Calling in professionals like SERVPRO of Greenwich can ensure that your home is clean, fresh, and ready for spring.
What Can SERVPRO Do for Your Greenwich Home?
During the winter, the home tends to get grimy from mud and dirt tracked in during wet weather. This can often gather on carpets and upholstery which can lead to stains and discoloration. SERVPRO has the equipment and materials needed to clean your carpet and upholstery to make them look clean and smell fresh. They also perform HVAC and air ducts cleaning services. These are especially important after a long winter because of prolonged usage. Cleaning the air ducts helps to remove dirt, allergens, and dust, to keep it from circulating through the home. People also experience issues with water damage during the spring due to frozen and burst pipes if the temperature drops to extreme lows. SERVPRO of Greenwich is also experienced in remediation of water damage to get rid of stains and odors.
Why SERVPRO of Greenwich for Your Seasonal Cleaning?
SERVPRO has professionals who can do a thorough check on your home to provide advice and what cleaning services will be most beneficial. They always use the most up-to-date cleaning equipment and the latest in cleaning materials to ensure the best finished product. SERVPRO of Greenwich has highly trained technicians and they work in a timely manner to get each job done to exceed customer satisfaction.
Simple Water Cleanup Tricks
Dealing with water damage requires seeking the help of a trained professional water restoration expert, such as the experts from SERVPRO of Greenwich. Before they get there, there are a few things you can do to assist in keeping the damages to a minimum. Here are a few tips:
Turn Off the Water
You might be tempted to seek out the source of the leak as your first step. This can be problematic, however, depending on the type of leak or damage. If, for instance is simply an overflowed sink, then you would just turn off the sink. However, what if a pipe that you can’t see has burst?
It’s because of reasons like these that you need to turn off the water supply as soon as possible. It is also recommended that you temporarily turn off electrical power as well. The last thing you want is for the water to mix with electrical wires!
Accelerate the Drying Process
The next step entails doing everything in your power to get your home to dry. Start by opening windows and turning on fans. This will get air flowing through your home, which will help to start drying it and also reduce the buildup of disgusting odors.
If you have a dehumidifier, turn it on immediately. It will extract moisture from the air, thus helping accelerate the drying process. Run it for as long as possible. If you stop early, it could lead to the growing of mold and mildew.
If you don’t have a dehumidifier, then don’t worry, because the water restoration experts will bring one with them. As we said earlier, however, just make sure you contact them right away. They need to get to your home as soon as possible!
Make sure you also remove rugs and other portable carpeting and place them outside to dry. Try to wipe down furniture and personal items (books, chairs, toys) as much as possible.
Pull Out a Wet/Dry Vacuum
Another step that we recommend taking is pulling out a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. We understand that you might not have one. If you do, use it to remove as much water as possible from carpets, upholstered furniture and/or tile and wood floors.
This process can take quite a while, but it’s important to remove as much water as possible. Also, make sure you focus more on wood surfaces than carpeted areas. Due to wood’s porous nature, it’s apt to soak up all the water, which in turn will cause it to become warped and delaminated.
Again, if you don’t have a wet/dry vacuum, don’t worry. The restoration professionals will take care of this for you. Just make sure you contact them immediately!
THINGS NOT TO DO:
Never leave web fabrics and clothing items in place. Try to hang them.
Also avoid leaving books, magazines and other such items on wet floors.
Please refrain from trying to use a regular vacuum cleaner to clean up water.
Avoid using electrical equipment and appliances a like television.
Stay out of rooms that have a wet ceiling.
These might seem obvious, but it’s good to know. Be especially careful with wet ceilings. They could be much weaker than you think, and the last thing we want is for a roof to collapse on you!
The real work won’t start until the restoration company gets there. Professionals, such as SERVPRO, possess the equipment needed to do real water extraction and repair. Part of this process will involve installing certain equipment, be it professional-grade dehumidifiers and whatnot.
For all of your water, fire and mold restoration needs, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Greenwich a call today!
Among the unfortunate occurrences of mishaps such as frozen pipes, air leaks and ice dams during the winter months, there is also the haywire messes caused by puff backs. A puff back is the result of an oil burner’s hinderance of ignition allowing fumes to accumulate and causes an eruption of debris to travel through a furnace’s exhaust system and into your home. This incident can cause soot to damage multiple areas of your home, especially if you have a heating installation that would allow it to travel by the means of air vents. The emission of soot signifies a problem rooted within the heating system. Although, this does not indicate that there is a need to replace the system entirely.
If a puff back has transpired, you may experience large areas of discoloration on walls, cabinets, curtains, bedding, windows and other areas, as well as an evident, strong and smoke like odor. Unfortunately the soot produced is not an easy mess to eradicate because it will withhold oil from the furnace making it diverse from soot’s common powdery form.
Most puff back cleanups are covered by insurance. Don’t attempt to clean up the puffback residue without contacting us here at SERVPRO of Stamford first. We will assess the damage and necessary restoration process. This should be done immediately to ensure the removal of the residue and chemicals is safe and efficient for both you and our staff. A repair company should also be contacted to locate and correct the problem with your furnace.
In terms of preventing puff backs it may be helpful to inspect your furnace every so often to eliminate the buildup of debris and/or contact your heating company if you begin to experience any sign of soot in proximity to your furnace.
If you experience a puffback, call SERVPRO of Stamford 24/7.