When your home suffers from any kind of water damage, either due to natural disasters or plumbing problems, the risk for bacteria, lasting odor, and molds increases. This is why the whole restorative process also addresses air contamination and deodorizing. This step would typically require the use of industrial equipment such as foggers.
By definition, fog consists of small particles of water. In water damage restoration, fog is used to penetrate hard to reach areas and eliminate odor-causing mold spores. There are different types of foggers, varying according to the size of droplets dispersed by the machine. They are used for specific applications so depending on your water damage situation, technicians at Rare Restoration & Cleaning will employ specific types of fogging equipment.
The most common types of foggers are:
1. Pressure / compression sprayers
Pressure sprayers disperse droplets the size of hundreds of microns (1 micron = 1/1000mm). This type of equipment allows for greater control of where to direct the spray. Ideal for coating surfaces, it’s easier for water damage restoration professionals to apply to areas where there is physical deposit of odor. Pressure / compression sprayers come in either pump type, electric-run, or airless paint spray.
2. Wet foggers
Wet foggers are mechanical equipment that use air pressure and specially designed nozzles to turn liquid into droplets. Droplet sizes range from 25 microns to 100 microns. With the droplets being relatively larger, wet foggers don’t normally penetrate as effectively as other types of fogging equipment like ULV foggers. However, they come at a lower cost.
3. ULV Foggers
ULV foggers are a type of wet foggers, with the difference being this type produces much, much smaller droplets. One advantage of ULV foggers is that particle sizes can be adjusted within a range of 8-15 microns. Droplets this size can stay suspended in the air for up to six hours, making it great for applying to forced-air ventilation systems and crawlspaces. Over-wetting is also highly avoided.
4. Thermal foggers
Thermal fogging devices use heat to convert liquid into tiny micron-sized droplets that condense when introduced onto a low-temperature environment. Where ULV foggers disperse aerosol, thermal foggers produce a sort of dry / damp fog, which allow for better permeation and penetration. These devices use mostly petroleum-based formulations but some thermal foggers may also be used to apply water-based formulations. Thermal foggers may be gasoline or electric-powered.
Our trained professionals may use any or a combination of these tools to effectively deodorize your water-damaged property. We consider training and experience in the use and application of foggers as highly important in ensuring that the job is done as fast and as effectively as possible.
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