What is a Containment Zone?
In the cleanup and restoration business, we sometimes have to be very careful with how our work is affecting other areas. Mold remediation, for example, will stir up mold spores and cause them to move to other areas, sometimes where mold growth was not initially a problem. To ensure that we keep contaminants away from unaffected areas, we have to set up a containment zone.
Creating a Containment Zone
There are essentially two main components of a containment zone: transparent polyethylene and negative pressure.
The transparent polyethylene is used to create the structure of the containment zone. It will be draped from ceiling to floor around the perimeter of the affected area and taped down so air cannot enter or escape. We will then strategically cut holes to create a zippable entrance/exit and to mount HEPA-filtered air filtration devices.
We will then apply negative pressure (essentially a vacuum) to the containment zone. This is achieved by running an air scrubber that simultaneously sucks in and removes contaminants from the air. Creating this negative pressure is a vital step because it keeps the contaminants contained even when a person enters or exits the zone.
More than Just Mold
Although we at SERVPRO of Burke County typically use containment zones for mold remediation, they have other uses as well! For example, if we conduct cleanings in medical facilities, we have to be careful not to spread contaminants, so we use a containment zone.
If you have mold or require special, localized cleaning, you can call SERVPRO of Burke County today at 828-874-0966!