Building Decontamination

 

Fighting Mold, Microbiological and Physico-chemical pollutants and Allergens in Indoor Environments

  • Microbiological and physico-chemical assessment of indoor environments (residential, commercial and industrial),
  • Decontamination of mold-contaminated buildings,
  • Decontamination of allergenic insect-contaminated buildings,
  • Physicochemical building decontamination of allergens and other chemical products.
Melting snow, abundant rains and ground water leaks are often the major causes of floods, sewage reversal and, consequently, of the microbiological and chemical contamination of residential houses and commercial or industrial buildings. The water infiltrates from the outside submerging the building floors or ceiling and can contain or favour the proliferation of a significant number of microorganisms. These microorganisms are transported and dispersed in the interior of the affected building by the air velocity. The microorganisms, such as bacteria, molds and viruses, coming from contaminated environments may be introduced into the human body by ingestion, inhalation or direct contact. Exposure to these harmful microorganisms can result in a variety of health problems such as allergic reactions, respiratory disorders (asthma), acute infections and chronic diseases. Children, the elderly and individuals with compromised immune systems are particularly at risk. Floods occur very often in Montenegro and can also contribute to microbiological contamination of human dwellings. In the absence of building decontamination measures, microorganisms will continue to proliferate and contaminate the interior environment causing health problems for sensitive people exposed to them. When water comes in contact with walls, it infiltrates and spreads within porous construction materials such as wood, gyprock, and wool insulation. Fast drying of these materials will prevent the further diffusion of water. However, it will not eliminate microorganisms and/or bad odours. If the soaked floor or wall structures are not removed and surfaces not decontaminated, microorganisms will always be present in the interior. When environmental conditions are favorable, these micro-organisms will proliferate, bad odours will become more readily perceptible and health problems of those exposed will intensify. Our Environmental Building Laboratory offers a complete range of services for the decontamination of industrial, commercial and residential buildings. These services guarantee effective microbial and chemical decontamination, elimination of bad odours, resulting in a pleasant and healthy environment. Our technical team also ensures microbiological and chemical decontamination services for HVAC systems, furniture, appliances, equipment and goods inside buildings. After the building decontamination procedures have been conducted, our experts ensure their efficacy by carrying out appropriate verification analyses. At the end of the process, the client receives a Certificate of Environmental Conformity for building decontamination. The general building decontamination procedures involve:
  • Evaluation of the environmental situation of the site (without charge),
  • Decontamination action plan including a detailed description of the work to be done and its cost (without charge),
  • Microbiological and physicochemical assessments of indoor environments (residential, commercial and industrial),
  • Preliminary building decontamination is carried out in order to render the ambient air inoffensive for the health of the users and the technicians involved in the decontamination procedure,
  • Final building decontamination of the contaminating microbial flora, allergenic insects, chemical allergens and other toxic products
  • The effectiveness of these procedures is evaluated by appropriate sampling and analyses, and
  • Issuance of a Certificate of Environmental Conformity for the building.
All work is carried out by our team of experts (environmental technicians, microbiologists, biochemists, industrial hygienists, engineers and doctors) and the accuracy of the decontamination analyses are measured in our state-of-the-art laboratories. Moreover, our experts are members of ASHRAE, of AMQ, of OCQ and other professional organizations. Their professionalism has earned them the trust and respect of insurance companies, governments at all levels, school boards, hospital boards, commercial and office building administrators, Indian reserves and detention building administrators. Our experts also conduct analyses of private residences and other categories of buildings.

Sampling process in air duct

 

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