On Friday, June 26th we had the opportunity to complete a dry ice blast cleaning job in the suburbs of Boston. Like many other dry ice blasting jobs, this one was dirty. The job site involved a newly acquired house that had undergone some problems last winter. The previous owner was hospitalized and the home ran out of heating oil. As a result, pipes burst leaving water in the basement. As the water evaporated, mold and mildew were left on the rafters in the ceiling of the basement. The photo to the right shows the job before we went into clean. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture taken after our work, but I can assure you that the wood rafters were clean of mold and mildew. After review of the site, it was apparent that dry ice blast cleaning would be an effective way to remove the mold both in time and cost.
Mold remediation requires several steps to be fully effective. The first step involves drying the area that has become moist, allowing the mold to grow. The second step involves removing the mold from the surface that is contaminated. This can be done via sanding, sand blasting, soda blasting, dry ice blasting and by other means. The third step is to use a mold remediation product that will ensure that the offending mold will not rejuvenate. The final step is to monitor the areas that had mold to make sure that the problem does not re-surface.
Here at the Cryogenic Institute of New England, Inc., we offer dry ice blasting for mold as a service. We are more than capable of cleaning mold from various surfaces. However, we do not employ mold remediation products to the surfaces that have been cleaned. The customer has the option to do this themselves or hire a contractor to complete the final steps of mold remediation.
Any person with a potential mold problem should consider the options before taking up the project. Utilizing sand blasting and soda blasting will result in a significantly larger clean up. Not only will the cleaned surfaces have run-off but so will the process. I can’t imagine blasting sand everywhere and then having to clean it all up. Sanding mold off will take a very long time and will be labor intensive. But, dry ice blast cleaning is different. The surfaces cleaned will result in run-off on the floor, but the dry ice will evaporate. Therefore, cleaning is limited to a sweep, vacuum, and mop. In terms of time, the clean-up will be much shorter utilizing dry ice blasting.
Next time you have a mold problem and need a dry ice blasting service, call us at 800-739-7949. We will come to your location and review the problem. Then we will provide you with a quotation for the job. When it comes to mold, you want it gone the first time with as little extra work as needed. Utilizing our dry ice blast cleaning service is a step in the right direction.
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