Whether you’re tackling a moldy mess or cleaning up after a flood, an air scrubber is an essential piece of equipment you’ll want in your metaphorical — and literal — tool kit. Let’s take a closer look at what air scrubbers do, how to use them on restoration sites and, most importantly, how to pick the perfect one for your crew.
What’s an Air Scrubber, Anyway?
Alright, let’s break it down in simple terms. An air scrubber is a piece of industrial equipment used on jobs where you’re dealing with water damage, mold growth or even fire-related odors.
They suck in dirty, contaminated air, run it through a built-in filter — designed to capture tiny particles, mold spores and unwanted odors — and then cycle out fresh, clean air. This process essentially “scrubs” the air of unwanted or harmful particulates.
How Do You Use an Industrial Air Scrubber in Restoration?
Now that we’ve covered the basics and you’re ready to put your air scrubber to use, let’s get into the nitty-gritty details. Here’s how you make the most of this tool:
Placement is Key
Think of your air scrubber as a strategic player. Set it up in the heart of the action, where the contaminants are most concentrated. For water damage restoration, that could be near the source of the damage or in a central area where moisture is most prevalent.
Seal the Deal
Make sure the area you’re treating is sealed as tightly as possible. This prevents clean air from escaping and ensures that the air scrubber does its job effectively.
Let It Breathe
Air scrubbers work best in closed environments. So, if you’re working in a larger space, consider creating containment zones to make the most of your machine’s air-cleaning capabilities.
Filter It Out
An air scrubber is only as good as its filter. Check your scrubber’s filters regularly to ensure they are working properly. Clean or replace them as needed to maintain peak performance.
And last but absolutely not least, focus on safety. Remember, these machines are pulling in contaminated air, so ensure your crew is geared up with the right personal protective equipment like masks and gloves.
Choosing the Right Industrial Air Scrubber for Your Crew
Now, let’s talk business. Picking the right air scrubber can be a game-changer for your restoration team. Here’s how to select the right one for the job:
Don’t just go for the biggest and baddest. Assess your job sites and consider the volume of air you need to clean. Smaller units might be perfect for tighter spaces, while larger ones may be better suited for more spread-out sites.
Different jobs call for different filters. You’ll want to tailor your choice to your specific needs on each site. Look for air scrubbers with HEPA filters for mold and allergen removal — or activated carbon filters for odor control and elimination.
Flexibility and adaptability are critical on restoration jobs. Portable units not only allow for easy transport and set up, but they also help reduce strain on your crew. Opting for ergonomic designs will also help reduce the stress on your team.
And, there you have it — an overview on how air scrubbers play a critical role in the restoration process. These tools are available in a range of makes and models. To find the right one for your specific crew’s needs, explore our online catalog or reach out to us. Our team is here to help you make the best strategic choice.