The impact that forest and structural fires have on indoor air quality can be quite severe. Whether a property is in close proximity to a fire or has been damaged directly by the flames, smoke can negatively impact the air quality within the building. Smoke damage requires specialized equipment and technicians to thoroughly and effectively restore the property back to a healthy and clean environment. Professional fire and smoke remediation experts use negative air machines, air scrubbers, and specialized charcoal filters in order to clean the air as thoroughly as possible.
Dangers of Lingering Smoke Particles
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), smoke is a dangerous collection of gasses and burned particles. When the microscopic particles are inhaled, they can cause lasting health problems.
Poor air quality due to excessive smoke can cause a variety of health concerns that are especially dangerous for people who are very young, elderly, pregnant, have diabetes or have lung/heart conditions. Symptoms can include burning eyes, runny nose, cough, phlegm, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. It is extremely important that proper measures are taken to thoroughly clean the air in order to avoid these dangerous symptoms.
Air scrubbers are specialized devices that professional air quality technicians use in order to remove all traces of dangerous gasses and harmful particles that are left in the air after a fire. They are also used to clean harmful viruses, bacteria, and chemical odors from the air.
Air scrubber machines use specialized filters to catch microscopic particles and droplets and remove them from the air. The contaminated room air is moved through the machine for filtering and then clean air is returned into the room. Typically, air scrubbers are used continuously for 24 to 48 hours in order to effectively clean the air in any given room. Some circumstances may require more or less time. A professional air quality expert is able to recommend the appropriate length of time that an air scrubber should be used.
Negative Air Machines
Negative air machines are similar to air scrubbers, but they are vented outside of the room in order to create negative pressure inside the room. Negative air pressure within a space keeps the contaminated air inside the room and protects the surrounding spaces from contamination. Creating a containment area using negative air machines is especially useful in situations where particles are likely to spread throughout the building, like during mold or asbestos remediation.
Negative air machines and air scrubbers use similar technology. Many models of air scrubbers can be vented outside of the room in order to achieve negative pressure within the room.
Charcoal filters are used in air scrubbers and negative air machines to remove unpleasant odors from the air. When charcoal filters are used in conjunction with HEPA filters in an air scrubber or negative air machine, they can catch up to 99.97% of unwanted and dangerous particles. Using both charcoal filters and HEPA filters ensures that the dangerous particles from burnt objects as well as the bad odors that come with smoke damage are both removed.
Uses for Air Scrubbers and Negative Air Machines
Air scrubbers and negative air machines are not just for smoke remediation but can also help resolve a number of air quality issues. Since air scrubbers are useful for removing particles and droplets from the air, they can be used as part of a virus outbreak sanitization process. Air scrubbers are also effective at removing pollutants, toxins, pet dander, and dust from any space.
Air scrubbers are not just used for toxic air contamination, but they can also be used in a more casual setting. These useful machines are able to remove unwanted odors from any space. They can be useful in maintaining a pleasant environment in smaller spaces like restaurants and at group gathering like parties.
Negative air machines are useful for containing contaminants within a space while cleaning the air. They are often used during mold and asbestos removal in order to ensure that dangerous spores or other particles do not move into other areas of the structure while the problem is being mitigated.
Air scrubbers and negative air machines come in a variety of sizes that are suitable for a variety of rooms. A certified air quality professional is able to recommend the appropriately sized machine for the size of space and level of contamination.
Many indoor air solutions companies, like Alliance Environmental, make their air scrubbers and negative air machines available for short-term rental. This is useful for ensuring the air is clean and odor-free in a variety of situations without having to invest in pricey machines that will only be used sporadically.
Alliance Environmental Invests in Clean Air Solutions
Alliance Environmental is an industry leader in environmental remediation. They use proven technology like air scrubbers and negative air machines in many of their projects. Their teams of highly trained industry professionals take the health and safety of their own team as well as their customers very seriously. Their customers rely on them to provide innovative solutions to a variety of problems including smoke, asbestos, and mold remediation. Alliance Environmental always considers the air quality in each and every one of their projects.
The professional crew members that work for Alliance Environmental are highly trained experts that use cutting-edge technology to get exceptional results.