For our second entry of the day we are going to be talking about more fine particles, or more specifically: soot. Soot it the fine burned particles that wood and other burned items. Typically we see significant soot damages in fire loss, but what about just from the fireplace in winter? Or having the windows open while the fire pit is blazing?
Soot happens. It does, and anyone who has ever had a fireplace knows this. They gray dust gets everywhere and can be a health problem for people with allergies, asthma, and other breathing complications. The substance can be tricky to get rid of, especially without smudging it, but never fear we know how to help.
One of the best pieces of advice we can give you is to have your chimney regularly cleaned, and invest in a fireplace cover that keeps the soot in for the most part. Another helpful tip is to make sure the wood you are using is meant to be burned inside. Some woods give off more ash and residue than others, which can not only pose an uncontrolled fire hazard, but also fill your home with soot.
If you do experience a soot problem, the best solution is to contact yours truly: Superior Restoration. We know how to handle soot, and can get your home back to a clean, healthy place. No one should breathe in soot, it impairs breathing and in the very young and elderly could cause illness.
Sometimes we can’t even see the soot build up on items, it might take running a white cloth over the surface to even detect it, but consider trying this should your fireplace back up into your home, or an event has taken place where soot and ash has been exposed to your home,
One should never feel like there is no place to turn, because frankly there are plenty of reputable places one can go to properly care for soot damage, however few can boast what we offer. With over 30 years in the industry, and certified in fire and soot damages we can offer not only a clean home, but peace of mind in knowing you’re in capable hands.
Do you have questions about soot? Leave us a message in our ask box, and we’ll be happy to answer.