Mold Removal: Wickens Dry Ice Blasting – Large-scale mould remediation project a success

Posted On August 24, 2016

Home and business owners dread finding mould in their properties. Mould is a serious problem that can deteriorate surfaces and send toxins into the air, leading to health issues. Unfortunately, it spreads quickly - once a mould spore attaches to a surface, it can grow and begin to colonize within 24 hours – and it’s hard to destroy.

Home and business owners dread finding mould in their properties. Mould is a serious problem that can deteriorate surfaces and send toxins into the air, leading to health issues. Unfortunately, it spreads quickly - once a mould spore attaches to a surface, it can grow and begin to colonize within 24 hours – and it’s hard to destroy. 

An Ontario municipality faced a nightmare situation when mould was found in the attics of 90 residential townhouses. 

Upon investigation, it was discovered that the bathroom vents were not piped to the outside, as they should have been; instead they were blowing the air into the attics. The damage was extensive. The damp and humid air from the bathrooms had caused the decking on the roofs to deteriorate to such an extent that they all had to be replaced. The remaining structures, including the wood trusses and joists, were contaminated with mould, and likely had been for some time. 

The municipality quickly organized an independent environmental agency to inspect each house and create a protocol for the clean up and repair works, which was then sent out for tender. Due to extensive experience handling large-scale projects as well as demonstrated success with mould remediation, Wickens Dry Ice Blasting ultimately won the bid.

Dry ice blasting is one of the most effective mould remediation solutions. It’s a non-abrasive cleaning process that works by propelling dry ice pellets at high speeds. Upon surface impact, the pellets sublimate to a vapour-like consistency. Mould spores, when blasted with C02, immediately detach, leaving the surface clean. 

Other cleaning methods can be used to combat mould but processes like soda blasting are messy, requiring extensive clean up, and sand blasting tends to be harsh on surfaces and disruptive to building occupants. Dry ice blasting, on the other hand, is a completely dry process, making it safe for cleaning around wiring, plumbing and other delicate areas, as well as around people. It’s also environmentally friendly, with little to no secondary waste, and it can be carried out in hard to reach or tight spaces. Perfect for attics or crawl spaces. 

Thanks to thorough pre-planning, a trusted process and a professional mould remediation crew, Wickens brought the three-month project in on time, under budget and with very little disruption to the tenants. Success was further confirmed by post-remediation testing carried out by the independent environmental agency. The tests revealed that all 90 townhouse attics were completely free of mould.

If you have a mould problem, we can help.  Contact us for more information or a free no obligation demo.

The ceilings of factories and commercial properties are often overlooked in the cleaning process
– but ceilings need some attention too. Dry ice blasting is a particularly effective method for 
cleaning commercial and industrial ceilings that have corrugated steal decking and trusses.  
Blasting can be done as part of a regular cleaning routine, after a fire or in instances where paint 
is flaking off and falling into your production and process areas. It is also a great method for 
cleaning up production residue, such as grease, oil, and dirt.  
Here are three things you should know about commercial and industrial high level cleaning:
Sediment Accumulation Can Turn into a Health Issues
Accumulating dust and sediment on ceilings is more than just an aesthetic problem (though it 
can make locations look worn out and dull). The dirt and grime can also lead to health issues for 
your employees.  Dry ice blasting removes the buildup of grease, dirt, and even paint, to keep 
your facility as safe - and as clean - as possible.  Furthermore, falling dirt and debris can affect 
machinery and disrupt production lines, ultimately impacting product quality.  Therefore, 
regular cleanings can ensure a more productive workplace, and we can repaint your ceilings 
after cleaning to further improve the look of your space. 
High level cleaning can be performed with limited downtime
The biggest barrier to commercial and industrial high level cleaning is usually finding the time to 
get the job done.  Businesses understandably hesitate to interrupt production, but we are able 
to minimize your factory downtimes. Dry ice blasting is a completely dry method that is able to 
get into all of the hard to reach nooks and crevices of ceiling decking and trusses. It also 
produces no secondary waste, other than the residue removed, so the disruption to your 
business’ production is limited. We also offer the flexibility to schedule the cleaning around your 
requirements so as to make the cleaning process as efficient as possible.
Only work with professionals
Cleaning at high levels can be dangerous.  Therefore, it’s important to ensure that the company 
carrying out the cleaning has had its employees complete a “working at heights” training 
program, delivered by a certified training provider, to meet government requirements.  With 
decades of industrial cleaning experience, we pride ourselves on creating safe work 
environments for our customers and employees.  
If your ceilings could use some TLC, contact Wickens to learn more about high level cleaning and 
how we can provide this service in your facility.The ceilings of factories and commercial properties are often overlooked in the cleaning process – but ceilings need some attention too. Dry ice blasting is a particularly effective method for cleaning commercial and industrial ceilings that have corrugated steal decking and trusses.  Blasting can be done as part of a regular cleaning routine, after a fire or in instances where paint is flaking off and falling into your production and process areas. It is also a great method for cleaning up production residue, such as grease, oil, and dirt.  

Here are three things you should know about commercial and industrial high level cleaning:

 

Sediment Accumulation Can Turn into a Health Issues

Accumulating dust and sediment on ceilings is more than just an aesthetic problem (though it can make locations look worn out and dull). The dirt and grime can also lead to health issues for your employees.  Dry ice blasting removes the buildup of grease, dirt, and even paint, to keep your facility as safe - and as clean - as possible.  Furthermore, falling dirt and debris can affect machinery and disrupt production lines, ultimately impacting product quality.  Therefore, regular cleanings can ensure a more productive workplace, and we can repaint your ceilings after cleaning to further improve the look of your space.

 

High level cleaning can be performed with limited downtime 

The biggest barrier to commercial and industrial high level cleaning is usually finding the time to get the job done.  Businesses understandably hesitate to interrupt production, but we are able to minimize your factory downtimes. Dry ice blasting is a completely dry method that is able to get into all of the hard to reach nooks and crevices of ceiling decking and trusses. It also produces no secondary waste, other than the residue removed, so the disruption to your business’ production is limited. We also offer the flexibility to schedule the cleaning around your requirements so as to make the cleaning process as efficient as possible.

 

Only work with professionals

Cleaning at high levels can be dangerous.  Therefore, it’s important to ensure that the company carrying out the cleaning has had its employees complete a “working at heights” training program, delivered by a certified training provider, to meet government requirements.  With decades of industrial cleaning experience, we pride ourselves on creating safe work environments for our customers and employees.  

If your ceilings could use some TLC, contact Wickens to learn more about high level cleaning and how we can provide this service in your facility.