Ask Our Experts: Dealing with Soot Damage

January 2, 2018 | 8:25 pm
Dealing with soot damage? We're here to help.
Dealing with soot damage? We’re here to help.

Question for Our Experts:

My furnace malfunctioned, and now I have soot damage throughout my home.  What needs to be done?


Our Experts’ Answer:

While soot may resemble smoke residues from a fire, the restoration of soot damage often requires different techniques.  Incorrect action can make restoration more difficult and delay the return to normal.  Here are some quick “Do’s and Don’ts” to get you started on the right foot:

What Should I Do When My Furnace Causes Soot Damage to My Home?

  • Change and save the old furnace filter.
  • Blow off or brush-vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, draperies, and carpeting.
  • Cover upholstery with clean sheets before use.

What Should I Not Do When My Furnace Causes Soot Damage to My Home?

  • Attempt to wash walls, ceilings, or contents without professional assistance.

Hopefully, this is helpful to those looking for some guidance on how to deal with soot damage in your home or office.  If you need professional assistance with soot damage in South Central Pennsylvania, Tuckey Restoration stands ready to serve!  Just give us a call or fill out our online contact form.

Tuckey Restoration provides fire, wind, water, and storm damage restoration services as well as mold remediation and general construction/remodeling services throughout South Central Pennsylvania.  Tuckey (PA HIC # 15828) can be reached at 717-249-7052 or


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