IT DOESN’T PLAY WELL WITH YOUR LUNGS
It is extremely well-documented that smoking is absolutely detrimental for your lungs and respiratory system. However, you don’t need to be lighting cigarettes every day to be subject to its damage. Smoke has a nasty habit of embedding itself into the walls, furniture, fabric, and clothing of any home. It won’t have as strong an effect as if you were breathing it in directly, but it’s there nonetheless.
The problem is soot. Soot is made up of fine black carbon particles that are a result of incomplete combustion. It’s primarily what smoke is made of, which gives it its dark, wispy appearance. Even though smoke appears to dissipate in the air, the soot is, in fact, making its way into the environment that surrounds it. That same soot can get into the air you breathe even when you think the smoke is long gone, causing repercussion.
It has been studied that children who live in homes with a smoker suffer the effects of secondhand smoke, and it will be no different to you if you don’t get professional fire and smoke remediation for your living space.
SOOT IRRITATES THE SKIN
If you’re a fan of nice, soft, baby-smooth skin, then you should stay far away from a building that has untreated fire and smoke damage. Soot, over time, can be a major skin irritant that severely dries out your skin. The effect can be so powerful that moisturizing agents such as lotion and cream are powerless to solve the problem. In severe cases, smoke can actually lead to a hospital visit as the skin becomes increasingly incapable of resolving the issue.
It’s easy to assume that smoke wouldn’t be an issue for your skin since it’s relatively easy to wash smoke and soot out of your laundry just by washing them in your machine. Unfortunately, skin is much different than fabric, and even extensive showering and moisturizing won’t help if you’re taking in smoke all day.
IT HURTS YOUR EYES
There’s a reason why people are always trying to move away from the smoke when they’re sitting at a campfire. Aside from the obvious risks it poses for your breathing, smoke also has a way of getting into your eyes and irritating them beyond belief. It’s not uncommon to see red, bloodshot eyes on someone who has been around smoke for a while, and aside from just looking unpleasant, long-term smoke exposure can damage your eyes in the long run.
Like the other points on this list, this is mainly the result of living in a space for a long-term period that has untreated fire and smoke damage.