Whilst the visual damage that a fire causes can itself be unimaginable, the invisible damage and health risks of smoke damage can have far lasting implications. Whilst you may assume that fire restoration and cleaning only focuses on the burnt out remains of the fire, an entire home can be at risk from acidic soot contamination in your home. This is why you should always hire a professional cleaning firm like Balmore to deal with the safe cleaning and restoration of your home after a fire.

Whilst Soot might bring you back to popular sing along songs from Mary Poppins, soot is very harmful. Chiefly composed of carbon produced by an incomplete combustion of fuel material (whatever was burning in your home), soot can consist of acids, chemicals, metals, soils and dust. These tiny particles can easily spread across your home and leave lasting health risks if not dealt with properly. And because of their small particle size, they can also easily travel depp into your lungs where they can do serious damage.

If you are a fan of candles in the home then you will have most likely seen evidence of ‘ghosting’/ The tiny soot particles that cling onto walls and ceilings around a candle. Now imagine the damage and potential impact that the soot from a full blown house fire can achieve.

Breathing the tiny particles of soot in your home that have been left over if not properly dealt with can cause coronary heart disease, asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses.

Whilst it is easy enough to simply say ‘safety first’, dealing with the fire damage of a home truly goes beyond what the eye can see. Always hire a professional cleaning firm to properly and effectively clean and restore your home to a liveable environment again.

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