As 2016 leaves winter behind, thoughts of spring cleaning may start to appear on company agendas in and around metro Pittsburgh. While spring cleaning is an important annual ritual, some cleaning requirements rest more heavily on a company’s shoulders. Western Pennsylvanian businesses can rely on ServiceMaster DSI for cleanup and recovery from large-scale losses. Of our services, our fire damage, restoration and soot removal services in Lakewood, CO are some of the most trusted in the country.
When a building fire is put out, the remainder of the building is saved, but potential damage still remains. Even with bulk debris cleanup and reconstruction, lingering soot poses significant dangers to the health of those exposed to airborne particles.
Soot is the result of materials that did not fully combust—that is, the materials in your building that did not fully burn. Soot is primarily composed of carbon, but it can also contain acids, chemicals, metals, dust, and other substances when a fire burns synthetic building materials. Both carbon and other toxic materials in soot are released into the air as liquids or micro-particles. Both forms easily enter the lungs and the blood stream when a person is exposed to soot in the air.
This exposure can cause a number of health risks including these top three conditions linked to soot exposure:
Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death in the United States. Lung cancer is commonly linked to cigarette smoke, but similar carcinogenic particles found in cigarette smoke are also found in the soot left after building fires. Find more information about lung cancer .
Developmental problems in children are well-recognized dangers of soot exposure. Children and infants exposed to toxic soot can suffer for the rest of their lives from respiratory damage, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and damaged reproductive organs. Learn more and .
Coronary heart disease is another leading cause of death in the U.S., and exposure to the carbon residues and pollutants in soot can only increase the risk of developing heart disease. Learn more about coronary heart disease .
Soot removal after a building fire should never be neglected. Even if restoration seems complete, there may be lingering dangers. Contact ServiceMaster DSI for comprehensive fire damage restoration in Lakewood, CO, or call 303-288-2900 for a service request.