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How Can Negative Pressure Minimize the Spread of Illness?

July 8, 2020

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Depending on the type of attic in your home, it can easily be forgotten. Once roof damage happens, it can quickly become an area of focus. If there is severe water damage and water loss, it results in a complex cleanup process that needs to take into consideration the potential for dealing with mold, pathogens, friable lead, asbestos and other potential pathogens. Ensuring those don’t spread requires sophisticated systems.


Types of Containment


During an attic restoration, a trusted professional will focus on two types of containment:

Source – The cause of the damage. This could be a leaking roof or broken pipe. Stopping the water from entering is the first step.
Area – This involves isolating the area to ensure microscopic particles don’t escape. This is especially important when mold is present, which has spores that can easily float away.

They are a number of innovative methods and barriers systems used to minimize the loss and prevent other issues from arising. One such trusted method is negative pressure, which has been used across the world to prevent the spread of viruses, such as Ebola and coronavirus.


How Negative Pressure Works


This technology captures particles and contaminants in the air and ensures they are safely contained and don’t spread. The basic requirements of this method include:

A physical barrier that separates the affected area from surrounding areas.
HVAC systems are turned off to seal particles in the area.
Air is continuously pulled through a high-tech HEPA filtration device that can contain minute particles not visible to the naked eye.
The filtered air is released back into the area to maintain negative pressure and eliminate any leakage of uncleaned air.

Before diving into a big project or calling a professional to help, understanding the need for containment is an important consideration. Keeping your home clean and fresh can only happen if any potentially harmful microorganisms are properly mitigated.