Fire and smoke air quality testing is essential in the aftermath of a fire event. In fact, fire and smoke damage leaves complex particulates and chemical residues. As a result that can have a significant effect on health and often leave a lingering smoky odor. Hundreds of reaction products are created during and after a fire. For instance modern furnishings, building materials, and insulation material contain toxic properties. These cancer causing chemicals become airborne during a fire and bind with the smoke properties. Therefore the soot, char, and ash that make up the particulate portion of these products are the most noticeable. They are responsible for the visual staining so characteristic of fire. However, there are hundreds of chemical compounds released as well. Some dissipate quickly and are not a long-term contamination concern; other chemicals can linger for weeks, months, or even years, causing concern about chronic effects and uncertainty regarding the efficacy of the cleanup or remediation process.Our clients call us because they are currently experiencing adverse health effects or are concerned that they will in the future based on the fire and smoke damage.