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Gray Hue on the Walls of Your Wappingers Home? Don’t Try to Clean This Yourself!

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

A man in a jacket and tie holding up a small wooden block with the words "We Can Help" printed on it in black ink. Use the experts in cleaning when it comes to any kind of soot issue in your home or business!

If you have an oil furnace, hot water heater or boiler, pay attention. If you’ve had recent renovations, a clog in your fireplace, or maintenance done to your HVAC system, this info is for you!

Have you ever seen a car backfire and there’s a dark plume of smoke behind it when that happens? When your hot water heater or furnace burners don’t ignite upon start up, this causes excess oil fumes to combust, basically an explosion of un-burned oil.  While this is a malfunction and should be fixed asap, the main problem is that this reaction can produce a large amount of smoke that will cause soot and debris to spread throughout your house, called a Puff Back.

Any kind of renovations inside your home, lots of candles burning in a closed up winter home, maintenance mishaps when the boiler, furnace or hot water heater is serviced plus clogged up duct work makes for all type of particles and debris to go airborne and find any surface to land on. As much as you want to grab a sponge and get to work, most household cleaners can’t remove soot, drywall dust, insulation bits and oil-laden dust particles. If you’ve already tried this, you might notice streaks of black or the natural surface never coming back no matter how many times you’ve tried.

The absolute safest and effective course of action is to contact a professional clean up and restoration company. Some Quick Tips-

-If you’ve had a puff-back, don’t touch the soot and limit movement in the house. Don’t turn on fans or open windows, that will only force the soot to further move around your home. Your HVAC system could start working harder due to all the filters getting clogged up with debris.

-Sheet rock dust is extremely tough to eliminate on your own. A proper restoration company will have all the necessary products, equipment and expertise to take care of any type of cleaning, no matter the source.

-It’s wise to consider duct cleaning in addition to the structure or property. Fresh filters and cleaned out duct work can make a huge difference in proper indoor air quality as well as to help the system keep performing at its peak.

**SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has been handling deep cleaning of homes and businesses locally for 30 years.  Our trained experts will get to work immediately getting your home back to where it should be. We’ll walk you through every step and work directly with your insurance company, if applicable, to help expediate the process. Our team’s knowledge and experience are incomparable and before you know it, we’ll have your property looking and feeling "Like it never even happened."

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