Recent Fire Damage Posts

What is a Puff back?

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

When this happens to you give the experts at SERVPRO of Clarion, Jefferson & Forest Counties a call at 814 849-5653.

When you turn on your furnace, did you ever get black particles coming from your vents? That is called a puff back. These can arise when a furnace or oil burner malfunctions....oil is ignited and an "explosion" in the fire box occurs

The aftermath is usually the main problem. Walls, ceilings, carpets, furniture and curtains are coated with a fine film of soot and smoky streaks. As a rule, the damage is worse with a forced-air heating system or central air-conditioning, because the duct work provides a path through the house, even into closets.

What should you do first?  Call your insurance carrier.  Next call SERVPRO of Clarion, Jefferson & Forest Counties at 814 849-5653.

If you’ve had a puff back, you really don’t want to attempt cleanup by yourself. The soot from a puff back is a sticky, greasy, grimy mess second to none. And, it can present a severe health hazard in the place that’s supposed to be a haven – your home.

All those miniscule, oil based particles from a puff back embed themselves in curtains, carpets, and clothing while contaminating the air with dangerous carcinogens.

Cleaning up the mess is not a job for the amateur, but rather a professional cleaning company, like SERVPRO of Clarion, Jefferson & Forest Counties.  We use special techniques and materials. For example, attempts to wash soot off a flat-painted wall or ceiling usually leave greasy smears. SERVPRO of Clarion, Jefferson & Forest Counties uses waterless rubber sponges that work like an eraser and absorb the soot without spreading it.

Cleaning carpets, upholstery or draperies can be trickier. They must be washed or chemically cleaned, depending on the material and how dense the absorbed soot is. In extreme cases it may be impossible to remove stains or odors completely.

Be careful, cautious and call SERVPRO of Clarion, Jefferson & Forest Counties 814 849-5653. We will clean damaged homes, businesses and contents. Contents include furniture, blinds, carpets and more!

           Like it never even happened.

North Central PA Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. 

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smokes “wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Clarion, Jefferson & Forest Couties and SERVPRO of Clearfield County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke  “ Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke “ Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue “ Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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