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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Fire Soot Webs

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

If you’ve ever experienced a fire in your home, you may have noticed what looks like jet black spider webs appearing after. Fear not, there are no such thing as fire spiders, and you don’t need to include an exterminator in your fire cleanup process. These web looking things are actually called soot tags and occur after almost any fires. As fires burn the hot air rises and carries soot with it. In areas where there is little airflow, like the corners of your walls, these soot particles build up and attach to one another forming chains that look like webs. Many people believe that these soot tags are from soot getting stuck to spider webs that already existed, but these are actually new deposits of soot forming webs on their own!

Getting rid of these webs can involve a few strategies beginning with a vacuum. Just be sure to not touch the hose to the walls or ceilings as you’ll risk smearing the soot leaving even more staining. Once you’ve removed as much of the soot as you can with the vacuum you can use other cleaning methods on your walls and ceilings to get rid of the black stains left behind. You may end up having to repaint the walls if the staining is severe enough.

It may be necessary to have a professional service come and address the soot left behind in your fire damage. SERVPRO of Norfolk West is IICRC certified in fire and smoke damage restoration. Our team is trained in the latest restoration techniques to ensure that we’re able to get your home as clean as possible after a fire. From fire damage, soot deposits, and nasty smoke odors we’re equipped to handle all aspects of your home’s restoration and get your life back to “Like it never even happened.” Time is of the essence when it comes to dealing with fire damage so don’t delay and give us a call and let us know what we can do for you.

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