The services provided by Arcbuild Insurance Restorations are generally specialized services which require the use of specialized equipment to achieve results.
- Moisture Meters
- Dehumidifiers and Air Movers
- Air Scrubbers
- Dry Sponge Cleaning
- Ultra Violet Lights
- Ozone Purification
- Thermal Foggers
- ULV Foggers
Moisture meters are used to detect excess moisture in various materials such as carpet, upholstery, gyprock, timber and even concrete. Some moisture meters will simply indicate whether a material is wet or dry whilst others will measure a specific moisture content (a percentage). This is particulary useful for materials which have a natural moisture content such as timber.
Moisture meters can be penetrating of non-penetrating. A penetrating moisture meter has metal prongs which are inserted into the surface of a material. A non-penetrating moisture meter uses electro-magnetic fields to determine moisture content without penetrating or damaging the surface of the material.
Another moisture meter of sorts is a hygrometer which is used to measure the relative humidity or moisture content of the air in the surrounding environment. The realtive humidity inside a wet building or a building containing wet materials will generally be high and will decrease as the building and/or materials dry out. For this reason the measurement of the relative humidity can provide a good indication on the progress of the drying process.
A dehumidifier is used to dry a water damaged building, carpet, furniture or contents by drawing in moist air, removing water vapour from the air and then pushing out dry air. A water damaged building or a building containing water damaged carpet, furniture or contents will have a high humidity level. A dehumidifier works by reducing the humidity level and creating an ideal drying environment. Combined with the use of specialized fans (known as air movers) to control the movement of wet and dry air, the drying of a building, carpet, furniture or contents can be achieved quickly and effectively.
An air scrubber is used to remove airborne particles from the air and is particularly useful in premises damaged by fire and mould or in premises contaminated by asbestos particles. An air scrubber draws in air from the surrounding environment; the air passes through Hepa quality air filters to remove fine airborne particles such as soot or mould and then the air scrubber pushes out the clean fresh air. The use of an air scrubber can quickly improve the quality of the air in a contaminated environment.
Dry Sponge Cleaning
A dry cleaning sponge is designed to remove soot from surfaces without smearing. The sponge is made of a rubberized formula with tiny porous holes which collect and remove soot. Dry cleaning sponges are particularly effective for cleaning flat painted surfaces such as ceilings without the need for re-painting. They can also be used to remove soot particles from fabric and upholstery.
The use of ultraviolet lights is common practice on TV shows such as CSI. An ultraviolet light can be used to detect or highlight the presence of blood or urine which is not always visible to the naked eye. The use of ultraviolet light detection can result in a more thorough and efficient clean.
Ozone is a germicide which occurs naturally in the earth’s atmosphere. Ozone has the ability to oxidize or destroy contaminants without leaving chemical residue. Ozone can be used to sterilize the air and destroy odours, bacteria, fungus, mould and mildew. Ozone is formed naturally in the atmosphere by combining UV light and oxygen. It can also be produced through the use of ozone generating equipment. Ozone purification systems are used in the restoration industry to destroy odours and sterilize the air. Ozone is particularly useful to remove odours from fire and death scenes. It can also be used to remove odours from premises affected by rotten meat after a fridge failure or burnt meant after a cooking accident.
A thermal fogger distributing a quality fragrance odour counteractant can be used to neutralize unpleasant odours. A thermal fogger heats an odour counteractant and creates a fine airborne fog which can penetrate and deodorize small crevices and areas with limited access. Thermal foggers are useful for neutralizing odours in fire damaged premises, at death scenes, or in premises which have been affected by rotten meat after a fridge failure or burnt meat after a cooking accident.
An Ultra Low Volume (ULV) fogger can provide effective deodorization, disinfecting or sealing of confined spaces. A ULV fogger can be used to treat areas such as ceiling cavities, under floor spaces or behind built in cupboards. Arcbuild Insurance Restorations uses this equipment to apply soot sealant to ceiling cavities and air conditioning ducts. A ULV fogger can also be used to apply antimicrobial disinfectant to contaminated floor areas.