House fires are devastating for a home, but when the mess a fire leaves is all cleaned up, there might be a danger still lurking in your walls, vents, ceilings, and floors. Soot buildup is sometimes overlooked during fire damage cleanup, and exposure to soot can pose some severe health risks. At ServiceMaster Absolute, we offer comprehensive soot removal services in San Diego, CA as a part of our fire damage restoration plan.

Soot can also be left behind by less obvious means. It can build up in fireplaces, kitchen hoods, and even your oven. If you or your family is continually subjected to the presence of soot, it can lead to these serious health problems.

Lung cancer can be a result of smoke or soot exposure. The carcinogens found in soot are similar to those in cigarette smoke. Soot usually also contains other kind of toxins and air pollutants that contribute to causing lung cancer. Cancer is often deadly, and taking advantage of our soot removal services will help protect you and your family. To learn more, go to cancer.org.

Coronary heart disease has become a widespread problem in the U.S. in the last few decades. In 2012 coronary heart disease was the most common cause of death in the world. Exposure to soot can increase the risk of heart disease because of the carcinogens and toxins in the residue. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more information on coronary heart disease at nhlbi.nih.gov.

Acute vascular dysfunction can also be caused by prolonged soot exposure. There are a number of types of vascular dysfunctions, but they all lead to poorly functioning blood vessels and arteries. Often this disease will go hand in hand with heart disease, and removing the soot residue from your home will decrease the risk of contracting a vascular problem.

Increased thrombus formation has been connected to exposure of carcinogens like soot as well. Essentially, a thrombus is a blood clot, and usually they are a means of healing surface wounds and interior organ problems. However, thrombosis—when thrombus growth obstructs healthy blood flow—is harmful to the body and can increase risk of stroke, heart attack, and pulmonary disease.

To decrease your family’s risk of developing any of these diseases, call ServiceMaster Absolute for our soot removal services in San Diego, Chula Vista, Escondido, and Carlsbad, CA today.