It is imperative that the steps to a safe remediation be followed.
1. Find source of water - water is necessary for mold to grow
2. Correct or Repair the source of water - fix the pipe, or wait for the water table to go down
3. Conduct a preliminary assessment - what is contaminated, and how far is it spread
4. Identify the type of contamination - is it catagory 1, 2, or 3
5. Design the remediation strategy - what do I need to use to kill/stop contamination
6. Set up containment area - contain the area that is affected
7. Suit up and enter containment area - use personal protective equipment
8. Perform the remediation - hepa vacuum and remove the contaminants and use the proper chemical for the contamination and hepa vacuum again
9. Dispose of contaminated debris - contain the contamination in sealed bags
10. Clean up - make sure debris is bagged, and properly cleaned
11. Containment exit protocol - hepa vacuum and wipe all equipment and tools used in remediation, and hepa vac and wipe all things that will exit the contained area
12. Post remediation evaluation - visually inspect and smell for any mold odors prior to conducting clearance testing by a Certified Industrial Hygenist
13. Break down of containment - clean up and return house hold items
14. Document the entire process - report of procedures
Through out this process, it is crucial to communicate with all involved parties. This includes the homeowner, and technicians performing the remediation, as well as the hygenist performing the clearance testing.
The above listed 14 steps are industry standard for proper mold remediations.
Question: Where does the varying types of remediation occur, and what is the difference in techniques?
Answer: Step 8
I have recently heard many varying types of remediation techniques. From high pressure washing with water and chemicals, to sanding and air pressure washing following sanding with out chemicals. This is a wide spectrum of options with varying hourly rates that will be tabulated in a bill format.
Our process involves Chlorine Dioxide. What is this? Where does it come from? Is it safe?
There was an article that I read in the paper recently where some who lack proper education have called it bleach and reffered to it as a scam.
Please follow the link to learn what the epa study has shown : http://www.epa.gov/ogwdw/mdbp/pdf/alter/chapt_4.pdf
The metabolism of microorganisms and consequently their ability to survive and propagate are
influenced by the oxidation reduction potential (ORP) of the medium in which it lives (USEPA,
Chlorine dioxide (ClO2) is a neutral compound of chlorine in the +IV oxidation state. It disinfects by
oxidation; however, it does not chlorinate. It is a relatively small, volatile, and highly energetic
molecule, and a free radical even while in dilute aqueous solutions. At high concentrations, it reacts
violently with reducing agents. However, it is stable in dilute solution in a closed container in the
absence of light (AWWA, 1990). Chlorine dioxide functions as a highly selective oxidant due to its
unique, one-electron transfer mechanism where it is reduced to chlorite (ClO2) (Hoehn et al., 1996)
Our chlorine dioxide generator can be used in the following applications:
- Municipal treatment plants
- Wastewater disinfection
- Water reuse and recycling
- Horticultural irrigation
- Corrugators and paper manufacturers
- Food processing plant sanitation
- Cooling towers
- Bathroom sanitation and odor control
- Septic tank odor control
- Drinking water disinfection
- Fruits & vegetable sanitation
- Oxidizing agent
Typical Properties Include:
- Water Disinfection
- Odor neutralizer
- Taste removal
- pH and viscosity stabilization
- BOD and COD reduction
Common Microorganisms Eliminated:
- E. Coli
- Streptococcus Facalis Bacillus
Damage Control has put a lot of effort into finding a solution that is safe, and effective for use in your home following a flooding catastrophe such as we are experiencing currently. We do use other types of chemicals to kill these types of spores and bacteria, but Chlorine Dioxide has proven to be effective and safe with out leaving a dangerous residue.
Following the chlorine dioxide treatment, we apply a protective coating that has an additional anti microbial agent in it. This product gives a 5 year warranty against re-growth of molds from this flooding in the treated area. This gives peace of mind, and comfort to a job well done. Also aids in resale if your real estate is subject to that.
In mold remediation and decontamination, it is important to use a product that will eliminate the very microorganisms that threaten health and happiness. Be comfortable with the choice you make in hiring someone to clean up after flooding. Make sure they are insured, and certified. Make sure they are experienced and can provide references.
Most importantly, make sure that what they are telling you makes sense...!
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