Chimney Puff Back Cleaning
Being startled by a sudden, "bang" followed by a cloud of soot filling your room is a jarring experience. Chimney puff back occurs when a fireplace pushes its smoke back into your interior rooms instead of appropriately exhausting through the flu. There are many causes and degrees of chimney puff backs. Green Restoration of New Haven-Shoreline is experienced in cleaning up after the worst of them and restoring your home to its prior condition.
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The Real Danger of Chimney Puff Back
The most dangerous consequence of puff back of a fireplace or stove isn't the odor and mess that the soot leaves in its wake. An improperly-functioning chimney can cause smoke to be pushed back into your living space, causing a build-up of carbon monoxide in your home. Carbon monoxide can not be seen or smelled. It is often only recognized when you or a loved one experiences symptoms of CO poisoning. If your fireplace, stove or chimney is puffing back, this is a sure sign you need the problem resolved quickly to restore indoor air health. Call (203) 493-3677 today for a quote on chimney puff back cleaning.
Causes of Fireplace Back-Puffing
There are several reasons for a chimney to begin back-puffing. Here are some of the most common issues seen by the restoration crew at Green Restoration of New Haven-Shoreline:
Creosote Build-up in the Chimney
Repeated chimney use leaves a residue behind called creosote. Over time, this creosote will build up and become thicker as it adheres to the sides of the chimney. Creosote is highly flammable, and build-up can eventually ignite when more smoke is generated than can be expelled through the flue. Regularly having your chimney swept will remove this build-up and prevent puff backs and risk of fire.
Inefficient Venting System
Chimney smoke needs a straight path from which to allow smoke to exit the chimney. Any turns in the flue or pipe create resistance to the exiting smoke. If your home’s venting system was built with twists and turns, this impacts your stove or fireplace’s ability to vent. Pipes that are laid horizontally are exceptionally inefficient and can pose serious fire and puff back problems.
Inadequate Home Ventilation
While most homeowners believe that extensive insulation is better to keep homes warm and save in heating expenses, a home that is sealed too tightly can actually “suffocate” your chimney. Fire needs oxygen to burn. Homes without proper ventilation are unable to draw the needed oxygen from the outside. If you experience puffing back after adding new windows or insulation, you can be confident poor ventilation is the problem.
If the chimney is obstructed, air cannot flow out. Instead, smoke will build in the flue pipe until the pressure builds and the smoke is propelled back into your living space. Annual chimney inspections and cleanings will ensure the flue stays clear.
Exceptionally Cold Air in the Chimney
Freezing air temperatures can prevent the smoke in your chimney from being able to escape. If the air can't be released, it will have to move in the opposite direction. After the air in the flue warms, this puff back issue would naturally resolve and in the future, prime your flue to prevent the puff back. But that still leaves you with a big mess! Call the chimney puff back cleaning team at Green Restoration of New Haven-Shoreline to remove all signs of smoke and soot at (203) 493-3677.
The Importance of Cleaning After Back-Puffing
While back puffs are a dirty nuisance, the problem can actually be worse than originally thought. Chimney puff backs can cause real damage to your home. Depending on the severity of the puffing back and the amount of smoke released, many items in your home can be coated with a corrosive film. In addition to the off-putting smoky odor that will linger, particles from the puff back soot can become embedded in carpeting, upholstery, and clothing. Odor and soot are difficult to remove, but Green Restoration of New Haven-Shoreline's uniquely trained and experienced restoration crew has been taking care of puff back cleanups for many years. Call the experts today and breathe easy tomorrow.
Fix Back Puffing Problems Today – Call Green Restoration of New Haven-Shoreline!
The chimney puff back cleaning team at Green Restoration of New Haven-Shoreline will thoroughly inspect your chimney and fireplace to determine the cause of your fireplace back puffing problems. From there, we will clean the residue from smoke and soot and any lingering odors. Your walls, ceiling, flooring, and furniture will be restored to like-new condition. Call today for immediate assistance.
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