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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Soot Webs

After a home fire, you’ll probably spend a lot of time looking at the aftermath. One thing in particular that you’ll notice is a bunch of “dirty cobwebs” along the edges and corners of your ceiling. But they aren’t actually indicative of your cleaning skills; these aren’t (usually) cobwebs!

These features, called soot webs, form when ionized (i.e. has an electric charge) soot particles stick together in chains. They tend to gather along the edges between your walls and ceiling because those areas tend to be cooler, which smoke likes to move to.

If you do have soot webs, don’t try to clean them yourself! Any time you try to clean soot without proper chemicals and experience, you’ll likely set the soot in and cause further damage. If you have soot webs, call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall at (800) 455-9453!