Dry Ice Blasting For Mould Removal
Dry ice blasting is the most effective mould removal solution, reducing remediation time by as much as 80% per project. When blasted with CO2, the mould is immediately removed upon contact, causing it to shrink and detach itself from the surface. In addition, dry ice blasting draws out moisture from wood surfaces to prevent future mould growth. With high-pressure blasting at -78ºC freezing temperatures, restoration is successful for residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.
Our Mould Remediation Process
Mould is typically identified visually or by smell. Its presence is then confirmed through quantitative testing.
An industrial hygienist will conduct surface tests and capture air samples inside the building, and then compare these samples to the concentration of spores outside.
Lab testing can also identify the types of spores and how many are present.
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As professional remediators, Wickens follows a thorough procedure to ensure the mould is safely and effectively removed:
- The first step is containment. We use physical barriers as well as negative air pressure to ensure that nothing can escape the contaminated area.
- Soft contaminated materials are removed from the area, including insulation, carpet, and dry wall.
- Dry ice blasting is used to remove mould spores from all affected surfaces.
- HEPA vacuums filter microscopic mould spores out of the air during the remediation process.
- We apply an anti-microbial solution to affected surfaces to deter the mould from returning in the future.
- HEPA vacuums are used again to catch any remaining mould spores in the air.
- The industrial hygienist will return to conduct a post-test to confirm that the mould has been removed. If all is clear, then we encapsulate the area.
- Finally, we remove all containment and take debris to the landfill for disposal.
Your First-Choice Mould Remediation Subcontractor
We work closely with restoration companies as a subcontractor to provide the most thorough cleaning in the quickest turnaround time. Wickens Dry Ice Blasting is committed to providing remediation services that exceed industry standards. We’re certified by ISNetworld and Avetta, so you can be confident in your decision to work with us.
The Hazards of Mould
Mould and bacteria can cause a great amount of health issues when found in everyday living and working spaces. Common causes and habitats for mould growth include floods, leaks, plumbing problems, elevated humidity and inefficient cleaning. Allergies are on the rise, fungal infections have become common, and contamination has become a risk in production facilities, restaurant kitchens, and product and food storage facilities. Mould requires proper, direct treatment in order to remove existing spores and inhibit future growth by removing any matter that can support growth.
Watch Dry Ice Blasting Remove Mould with Ease
Check out this short video to see how our technicians remove mould from wood safely, quickly, and effectively using dry ice blasting.
The Benefits of Using Dry Ice Blasting for Mould Removal
Mould remediators across North America are using Dry Ice Blasting to reduce their remediation time by as much as 60 to 80% per project. Dry Ice Blasting cleans even the hardest to reach areas, getting into areas where scraping and sanding cannot, removing all contaminated wood while preserving its structural integrity.
- Eliminates the toughest challenge: getting into hard-to-reach places and tight spots where scraping, grinding, and sanding cannot.
- Ensures complete removal around wiring, plumbing, and other delicate areas without any damage.
- Fast, safe, and efficient leaving behind no secondary waste. This increase in productivity leads to a powerful ROI.
- Thorough mould spore removal: dry ice blasting kills organic contaminants.
- Surface left completely dry, contaminant-free. and structurally intact.
- Less manpower required: 2 people can complete a job in 1-3 days.
- Reduces high current power-tool usage.
Save Money by Restoring Structures Instead of Replacing Them
Instead of facing the high costs of replacing roofing and flooring caused by a large amount of mould growth, Wickens Dry Ice Blasting can restore structures without any teardown necessary. Dry ice blasting ensures thorough cleaning and a quick recovery, no matter how big or small the job.
Case Study: Attic Mould Removal in Townhouse Complex
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Case Study: Grafton Historic Building Restoration
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Case Study: DOFF Cleaning for External Wood Panelling on Estate Property
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Case Study: Paint Removal for Warehouse in Downtown Toronto
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Case Study: Lead Paint Removal in Ontario Brewery
Wickens Dry Ice Blasting assisted in the removal and disposal of lead paint in an Ontario brewery, keeping the establishment and its employees safe.
Case Study: Log Cabin Restoration
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Case Study: Dry Ice Blasting Used for a Fire Restoration Project
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Case Study: Fire Restoration of 10-Storey Office Building
Wickens Dry Ice Blasting worked on a fire restoration project on a 10-storey office building for a client in Ontario. This project required the use of vapour blasting which is an environmentally friendly dustless fire restoration method.
Case Study: DOFF and Dry Ice Blasting Used for Fire Restoration Project
Fires quickly spread from one part of the house to another and require non-destructive cleaning methods that are safe for the environment and effective on a wide variety of surface substrates.
Case Study: Lead Paint Removal for Major Food Processor
Many older industrial and commercial buildings have lead-based paint hazards. These hazards are a major issue, as employees in these buildings are susceptible to exposure to this toxic substance and may be at risk for progressive health problems if the lead paint is not removed safely.
Case Study: Using Dry Ice Blasting to Clean Economizer Piping
Economizers are prone to dirt and deposit buildup, which hinders them from accomplishing the very tasks they’re installed to do. That’s why an S.A.G.D. industry leader located in Alberta called the professionals at Wickens Dry Ice Blasting.
Case Study: Toronto Condominium Fire Restoration
Condo fire damage quickly spreads to nearby units as well as the building exterior, displacing residents from their homes until the building can be safely restored.
Case Study: Historical Restoration and Preservation of the Kissing Bridge
Many tourists from different parts of the world come to visit Waterloo to experience the scenic beauty of the Covered Bridge. The professionals at Wickens were called in to perform dry Ice blasting, ensuring the bridge retains its pleasing interior. Thanks to dry ice blasting, cleaning this historical structure no longer carries the threat of damage it once did.
Case Study: Fire Restoration in a Subway Restaurant
When a fire leaves a business unable to function, it’s crucial to call in the experts to restore the damaged areas and get back to serving customers as quickly as possible. That’s why a restoration company called the professionals at Wickens after a Subway restaurant in Burlington experienced serious fire damage.
Case Study: Via Rail Fire Restoration & Prevention
Via Rail connects Canada from coast to coast—so it’s crucial to keep trains running safely and efficiently. After an incident involving an exhaust vent that caught fire, Via Rail called in the professionals at Wickens Dry Ice Blasting to restore the area and provide preventive cleaning to avoid similar issues in the future.
Case Study: Mould Removal from Hamilton Townhouses
The Municipality of Hamilton, Ontario faced a nightmare situation when mould was found in the attics of 90 residential townhouses. Wickens completed the three-month mould remediation project on time, under budget, and with very little disruption to the tenants.
Case Study: Using Dry Ice Blasting to Clean the Canadian Plaza Canopy in Niagara
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Case Study: Mould Remediation at a St. Catharines Ice Arena
Managers of an ice arena in St. Catharine’s, Ontario discovered significant mould growth on the ceiling of the building. Wickens Dry Ice Blasting was able to clean the mould residue and mould spores from the ceiling and support structures within two weeks.
Case Study: Removing Lead Paint from a Historic Lighthouse in Niagara
Marking the entrance to the Niagara River is a lighthouse that once guided boats and ships arriving via Lake Ontario. Recently, Fisheries and Oceans Canada decided it was necessary to refurbish the lighthouse and remove the lead paint that had been applied years ago before federal regulations came into effect.
Case Study: Saving a Building Project from Mould
For builders in Northern Ontario, winter came all too quickly while constructing a luxury condo building. With snow and wet conditions, mould developed on the building materials and spread throughout the building. Wickens quickly mobilized a team of trained technicians to begin the mould remediation process.
Case Study: Removing Asbestos from an Office Building
A three-story office building in South Western Ontario had areas of exposed brick on all levels that had been painted with asbestos-containing paint. With extensive experience, specialized processes, and trained technicians, Wickens Dry Ice Blasting was able to safely and quickly remove the asbestos.
Your process using dry ice to blast clean our extruder worked extremely well. We saved on downtime allowing us to get up and running in a fraction of the time it normally takes after cleaning. Thanks to your crew; they did a great job!
My wife and I want to send our sincere thanks for the great service. We really enjoyed meeting you and we appreciate the fact that you made it happen as quickly as you did, especially with our renovation in progress. Your team was amazing and they did a superb job. David and his crew were fantastic. They were polite, courteous, and they left the house spotless. Class “A” all the way. I would recommend Wickens to anyone that we know. Thanks again for everything.
David and Philip did an amazing job with the last cleaning work. They accomplished a lot and it was very noticeable.
I just wanted you to know how impressed I was with the service and quality of work provided by Kevin. Kevin went above and beyond. He and his partner removed the asbestos, taking pictures of the completed work that I was able to share with our customer. I was so impressed by his courteous manner, his professionalism, and his quality of work.