Health Risks from Smoke Damage

Living in a home that has been affected by smoke damage is unpleasant, but it can also cause serious health problems. At LaPointe Construction Board-Up Service, we have been in the Fire Damage Reconstruction industry for over 50 years. We have seen countless families affected by smoke and soot residue. Just because the visible damage is gone doesn’t mean that all of the problems have been cleared away. Knowing the risks that smoke damage can pose can help to recognize symptoms of problems. Hopefully, it will encourage you to make the investment to clean up the affected area.

Respiratory Problems

Many people who live in a home that has been affected by smoke have issues with their breathing. Some common problems include coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and other issues. Some people experience chronic bronchitis. People who already experienced issues with asthma or allergies are often the hardest hit.

Skin Problems

The residues left behind after a fire can be very irritating to the skin. You are likely to experience itching, dry skin, and other symptoms. Common household creams and lotions are not able to solve the problem. A doctor might be able to prescribe something to alleviate symptoms. You should experience improvement after washing all of your clothing, bedding, and window treatments as well has having upholstery and carpeting cleaned. Cleaning the fire-damaged area thoroughly is the only way to get true relief.

Eye Irritation

Itchy, red and watery eyes might be dismissed as common allergy symptoms at first. If you experience eye irritation after a fire, consult your doctor and make sure you have your home professionally cleaned right away. While eye drops and other treatments might help with symptoms, it is a sign that your home still has some contamination.

Call in the Professionals

A fire can have long-lasting effects. Even once the area affected by the fire has been cleaned up, there are often lingering odors and soot residue. These are signs that your air is likely to still be contaminated. A thorough restoration after a fire should include changing air filters and cleaning out air ducts. Contractors without experience in dealing with the aftermath of a fire may not know how to get rid of those long-term effects completely.

After a fire, there can still be hidden damage once the obvious problems have been cleared away. When you hire a contractor without fire damage restoration experience, they might miss some of the less noticeable signs. Like fires, water leaks and flooding can have serious consequences. If not handled well, and quickly, they can lead to mold growth, which can have a major impact on your health.

Experienced professionals like our skilled team at LaPointe have the know-how and equipment to handle your Fire Reconstruction situation. You can rely on our knowledge and rest assured that your home will be safe to inhabit when we are done. Call us at 978-447-5991 and we will help you get your home back in shape as soon as possible.  Learn more about our Fire Damage Reconstruction solutions on our Facebook page by visiting