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I have black soot on my walls from my baseboard heaters, is this hazardous or dangerous to my health?

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  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2009

    IF THREMOSTAT ACTED UP CAN OVERHEATING ALUMINUM FINS ON BASEBOARD HEATERS GIVE OFF SOOT. I HAVE RAN THE HEATER ON HI FOR 5 OR 6 HRS STRAIGHT WITHOUT ANY SOOT , HOWEVER I HAVE SOOT DAMAGE ON MY WALLS .TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED.

  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2009

    I have soot marks on the walls abpve my electric basboard heat. Why/

  • tatebeckya Jan 04, 2009

    I have black soot marks above my electric baseboard heat. Why?

  • GerCares Jan 13, 2009

    I am noticing that my bedroom wall high up is turning all black. I have only one baseboard heater close to this area. The condo that I am living in, is over 20 years old, not sure how old the baseboard heater is. Should I just have a new one installed? This is making me nervous.....thanks!

  • kiransmayi Jan 26, 2009

    i have very black marks above my baseboard heater, also my bedroom walls are turning black. what should i do?

  • darcyron Feb 26, 2009

    I have the same problem, right above the baseboards! My mgr of the apts states it's from "burning candles" Then why is it only above the baseboard heaters???

  • snowbell Jan 19, 2012

    I live in an apartment and I see black marks above my heat vents also. I have been trying to get my manager's attention to this but she writes it off everytime saying that it is from candles. I don't burn candles in my apartment on regular basis and when I do, it is only for a little bit. Could it be carbon monoxide ? I have been sick for a while with fatigue and slight flu like symptoms.

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Same issue years ago. these heaters draw air in from the bottom and push it out the top. so any dirty air (candles burning will do it) is pulled through the heater and pushed out the top causing stains on walls.

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Hi,
Soot caused by burning fuels (oil, gas, wood, coal) indicates another great potential health and safety risk of exposure to carbon monoxide. Soot is carbon, and where there are carbon stains then carbon monoxide has also been present. Carbon monoxide exposure can cause flu-like symptoms. Exposure to abrupt high concentrations, or long term low concentrations, can lead to permanent health damage and even result in death.

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Www.cadetco.com/support/ownersguides/1004.pdf

GO TO TOUBLESHOOTING UNDER SOOT

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I have the same problem in my apt. I've been trying to figure out how to or if there is a kind of barrier to put around it to stop leaving burn marks on my walls. I want to redo my walls but I'm afraid that it will ruin them to.
As for the black soot I had to use a water base bleach mixture to use. And then paint over the soot area. Hope this is helpful. :)

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How do you clean the soot of brick?

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