Mold Remediation and Your Blasting Options

When you need restoration services in your home often the first concern is what chemical will be used in your home however, mold restoration specialists can use media blasting and eliminate the use of chemicals.  Media blasting is a service where the surface is blasted with the media of choice, the media of choice will blast away the top layer of the surface leaving behind a clean undamaged area. Today we will discuss the five most common types of media used in blasting and what situation they work best in.

Sponge/Sponge Jet

Sponge jet blasting is best used on sensitive surfaces, such as historical buildings affected by weather conditions. According to sponge media is for “general corrosion projects, production-orientation facilities, unique substrates or challenging safety environments.” Often sponge media is a top choice of recovery projects because it can help to reduce over 98% of the dust produced during other blasting methods.

Dry Ice

Dry ice is quickly becoming a new favorite for both media blasters and project managers. Dry ice is of the most efficient and environmentally friendly blasting methods on the market. The solid form carbon dioxide, dry ice turn into gas upon impact, leaving behind no additional residues after the blasting. The best part is because the dry ice is dry, it works best on mold remediation projects. Remediation specialists often choose dry ice because the dry ice can clean more in-depth into a surface without harming the surface. Dry ice is also safer to use on job sites, you can have multiple crews working in the same area with out the fear of having reduced visibility that some methods cause.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is super effective in removing post-fire residues, soot, and carbon from many surfaces without causing any additional damage. Baking soda acts as a deodorizer and can help to remove the smell that a fire or any mold damage has left behind. It is often used to help engineers identify if there has been any structural damage to the home and what might need replacement.

Walnut Shell

Walnut shells are a bio-degradable completely chemical free media that is not hazardous to the environment or the worker using the product. They are typically used to clean wood or metals that you do not want to potentially cause warping on.

Corn Cob

Like the walnut shells corn cobs are great for the environment and they are the most common product used to clean log cabins. They are one of the few products that can restore a log cabin to its original condition without any dry time. This means that the logs can be sealed immediately without having any down time.

Each project is different, and your project manager might recommend a different method however, these are the top five blast media used by recovery specialists. Other options for cleaning can include black beauty coal slag, glass beads, and many more but each site and job needs to be individually evaluated by a professional.