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Can Soot Cause Health Problems? Here’s What You Should Know

Blog Post created by gabby on Jan 5, 2017

The aftereffects of a residential fire can linger for weeks. Smoke damage, layers of soot and heavy odors create an environment that’s very difficult to clean up. It takes the expertise of fire damage restoration specialists to get everything back to normal.

During the recovery process, you might ask yourself, “Can soot cause health problems?”

The answer is, “Yes.” Exposure to house fire soot can lead to a number of health issues. That risk is one of the reasons that fire cleanup companies recommend immediate soot damage removal after any type of residential fire.

House Fires, Soot Damage & Health Problems: 7 Important FAQs

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Worries about breathing soot after a house fire are always a concern. To help you better understand the dangers, we’ve put together this list of FAQs based on our years of experience with residential fire restoration.

1. What Is Smoke Damage?

The smoke that you see during a fire is produced by burning materials that don’t completely ignite and combust. The dark, rolling clouds contain a mix of gases and particulate matter. Even as a fire is contained, the smoke it generates continues to spread through a property.

Smoke damage refers to streaking and stains left on walls and surfaces after a fire is extinguished. It also includes layers of soot that coat interiors and personal belongings as well as unpleasant, lingering odors. Smoke damage often extends well beyond areas of the original blaze.

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