What is a Soot Web?
The Aftermath of a Fire
Often times after a fire, homeowners will see what looks like a bunch of dirty cobwebs along the edges and corners of the ceiling. This is one of the most common visible signs that there has been a fire.
What Are They?
These black cobwebs are actually called soot webs or soot tags. They occur when synthetic materials, or objects that contain petroleum burn. When this synthetic type of material burns, it creates soot. Since soot is a product of combustion, the particles are charged or ionized. This means they will stick together in long chains. These soot webs typically cling to corners and the perimeter of the ceiling where it is much cooler during a fire.
What Should You Do?
If your home or business has been affected by a fire, the damages can be overwhelming. If you see soot webs in your home, do not attempt to clean them up yourself. Doing so will only set the soot in and cause permanent damage. Here at SERVPRO of West Erie County, our highly trained restoration specialists have the advanced equipment and chemicals to handle the demands of fire, smoke, and soot. We are prepared to respond 24/7 to any fire emergency. Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (814) 806-1987