Fire and water disasters have a few things in common. One is their propensity to introduce contaminants into the air of structures they effect. During any of the California wildfires, you are likely aware of the drop in air quality. If a fire has damaged your home, the air quality will likely be worse since it is enclosed. Similarly, water damaged homes and businesses have more mold and bacteria in their air supply.
What is Air Scrubbing?
In most water damage removal situations, it is necessary to use a portable filtration system to clean or “scrub” the air. When water has been displaced in a residence or facility, there are a great variety of particles that are found in the air. The American Lung Association[i] and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)[ii] have verified the harmful effects of these particles. Air scrubbers—not to be confused with negative air machines—removes noxious particles from the air by drawing them into several filters. Air scrubbers are used in an open air environment while negative air machines are utilized to clean closed environments like air ducts. Some air scrubber can be modified to serve as negative air machines.
Filtered Air Makes All the Difference
Air scrubbers use filters that capture particles that are in the air. All filters are not made the same. We use HEPA filters due to their high effectiveness in removing harmful airborne particles and allergens. HEPA filters can trap 99.7% of particles as small as 0.3 microns.
Having your home restored after a fire or water disaster would be meaningless if the air continually compromised your health. Hence, our restoration services make use of top grade air scrubbers to ensure that air is healthy.
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American Lung Association, Residential Air Cleaning Devices: Types, Effectiveness, and Health Impact, 19 June 2003
United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality – EPA Document #402-K-93-007, 19 June 2003