When cleaning up after a flood, earthquake or other natural disasters, it may be easy to forget about your HVAC systems. HVAC stands for heating, ventilating and air conditioning. These systems will probably not work right away, but when they do they may be contaminated from being submerged in flood waters or exposure to excessive smoke and dust. According to the Centers for Disease Control, HVAC systems can be full of dirt and debris or may contain dangerous microorganisms that could cause problems for residents when the system is working again. Many people do not think about these contaminants because most of the parts of an HVAC system are out of sight.
For proper cleaning of HVAC systems, it is important to enlist the help of a professional cleaning group like J&M Keystone. J&M Keystone can sanitize HVAC and other systems and make them safe for home and business owners after a flood or storm.
Before You Clean . . .
If the building is occupied, the areas in which HVAC systems are to be cleaned should be isolated. Plastic sheeting and vapor barriers are recommended to separate the construction or repair area from other places in a building that may not be affected, such as upper floors.
Cleanup workers should be sure to wear approved safety gear while performing the cleaning to protect against airborne particles and microorganisms. The CDC recommends at least N-95 NIOSH respirators as well as HEPA filters in some cases. The need for approved safety gear is a good reason to turn this type of cleanup over to experts rather than trying to do it yourself.
During HVAC Cleaning . . .
The cleanup crew handling an HVAC cleanup will remove all contaminated insulation and discard it, as well as dirty filter media. All flood-contaminated HVAC components will be vacuumed with a HEPA-filtered unit to remove dirt and debris and all surfaces will also be decontaminated with proper chemicals to kill microorganisms that may be present on any parts of the unit. Cleaning is followed by a clean-water rinse.
After Cleanup . . .
After cleanup, a qualified professional should test the entire system to be sure it works properly.
J&M Keystone can provide professional cleanup experts to assist with the necessary work involved in cleaning and sanitizing an HVAC system properly. For cleanup of all types of systems after a natural disaster, J&M Keystone can supply the knowledge for a successful job.
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