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The Need for Air Filtration Device’s on Every Job

1/13/2017 (Permalink)

One of the more fascinating aspects about disaster restoration is that no two jobs are alike. That being said, you will most likely run across at least one of the following conditions 100% of the time:

  • Some sort of contamination
  • Where you need to dry carpet in place or by floating
  • Where structural cavities need drying
  • A customer who asks for air filtration
  • Customers that are considered to be "at-risk" due to allergies, asthma, etc.

The common denominator of these conditions is that they're all associated with and/or can adversely affect indoor air quality. That’s the reason why you should have air scrubbers (or AFD’s – Air Filtration Devices) running on every job.

When cleaning up sewage, mold or a fire damage, you can’t help but produce considerable amounts of many airborne hazardous materials due to your cleaning efforts. For instance, smoke and fire residues can be poisonous as a fire will destroy plastics, foam, fabrics, carpets, woods, synthetics, and asbestos-containing materials. And any time you unsettle toxins that may be lurking in wall or ceiling enclosures, there’s a good chance that they’ll float into the occupied areas of the structure.

You even need to be concerned about air quality on clean water losses. Due to the need for high-speed air movers to facilitate efficient drying, a myriad of minute particles that are trapped in carpets and furniture are stirred up and can cause adverse health problems to those who are susceptible.

So what are the benefits of having air scrubbers of every job?

  • They help to reduce the quantity of possibly harmful air particles, decreasing the chance that occupants or technicians will inhale them.
  • You’ll have cleaner equipment with less maintenance.
  • Clean equipment also reduces the chance of cross contaminating the next job.

That's why making air scrubbers available on every jobsite makes good business sense, whether you get paid for them or not. They can keep your employees healthier and create happier customers.

If you would like to get paid for them but keep getting pushback from some insurance adjusters who insist on seeing proof for their need, it might be advisable to purchase a particle counter: a hand-held device that measures the amount of harmful particles per volume of air. After all, it's hard to argue with numbers.

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