Even after a house fire is put out, smoke lingers and can continue to cause damage within the home. Not only is smoke damage hard on your home but it also can seriously affect your health. Our professionals at FP Property Restoration want you to understand the health hazards associated with smoke damage, so you have a better understanding of how to protect yourself in such an unfortunate situation.
Extended Exposure to Smoke Damage Should Be Avoided
Many people don’t realize that during even the smallest of fires, smoke can spread to every single room in the house, entering ducts, pipelines, and wiring crevices.
Smoke is a harmful combination of particles and gases, including ash, soot, carbons, and tar. Soot is the black residue that you can find throughout your home after a fire. This residue is what remains of all synthetic and non-synthetic items that burned in the fire. Soot particles are extremely small and can easily be inhaled deep into your lungs. They contain acids, metals, chemicals, dust, and other harmful materials.
These particles and gases can remain within your home for a very long time if they are not treated properly. Even the most avid DIYer cannot be sure to fully restore smoke damage. Not properly handling smoke damage is extremely hazardous and can cause numerous health problems.
Health hazards associated with smoke damage include:
- Asthma: This disease makes it difficult to breathe as the inflammation of airways limits air flow to the lungs.
- Emphysema: Those with this disease experience damage to the small air sacs in their lungs. Once enough air sacs have been damaged, their lungs cannot absorb oxygen, making it difficult to breathe.
- Chronic bronchitis: This disease occurs when the lining of the bronchial tubes are inflamed, which causes the tubes to struggle to bring air into and out of the lungs.
- Eye irritation: Itchy, watery, and generally uncomfortable eyes are a common side effect of smoke damage.
- Skin problems: After coming into contact with soot, your skin may become damaged and irritated. Excessively dry skin is a common side effect.
To avoid experiencing health problems associated with smoke damage, we highly recommend removing yourself from your smoke-damaged home and calling in a team of professionals.
You Need Damage Restoration Professionals
Because smoke damage is incredibly difficult to take care, it should only be managed by a team of experts. At FP Property Restoration, we have extensive experience restoring homes following natural disasters. Whether you had a tiny appliance fire or one that was more major, you can count on us to effectively restore your home and take care of all smoke damage. We are sure to thoroughly inspect and restore even the smallest nooks and crannies in every home.
Call FP Property Restoration at (888) 408-2335 or contact us online to learn more.