Smoke damage cannot be underestimated. It requires expertise in removing debris, shoring and bracing, board-up, and tarping for safety. Outbreaks can give off harmful carcinogens and chemicals that, though silent and often unseen, can be tremendously dangerous for your staff’s health. This is especially true for people with sensitive breathing systems. Soot, on the other hand, is acidic, a byproduct of incomplete combustion that can contain Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) which is considered carcinogenic and can cause further damage if not removed soon after a fire. Smoke and soot can affect carpets, walls, upholstery, ceilings, even HVAC units, and air ducts which help damage and harmful gases to spread across the entire building. If the central heat and air system was on during the fire or was turned on after the fire, it can carry soot to other parts of the building which did not sustain any physical damage.