Crawl spaces and attics can often incur some of the worst messes: from water damage to mold to organic contamination. They can even present confined space hazards, posing a danger to your family or employees. COIT’s crawl space decontamination services can get your crawl space back to its original clean slate.
Hazard and Damage Removal
When decontaminating a crawl space or attic, we first check for any safety hazards, following OSHA and COIT rules for confined space entry. We then extract standing water using our truck-mounted extraction equipment. If your insulation has been affected, we will remove the damaged insulation, bag it up, and safely dispose of it. We will also check vapor barriers (a sheet or coating that prevents water vapor from permeating walls) and remove them if they have been damaged.
For Water Damage: Drying and Deodorization
After cleaning any affected areas, industrial grade drying equipment will be set up to dry your structure. If you live in a colder climate, we may need to use supplemental heat to aid in drying. We may also need to apply negative pressure to prevent odors from escaping into your living space. Our techs will monitor and document the equipment and structural materials daily until Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) has been reached.
For Smoke and Fire Damage: Vacuuming
Technicians will use HEPA vacuums to remove fine particulates from the area, as well as set up appropriate equipment to scrub the air and remove odors. Soot stains will be treated using methods appropriate to the contaminated surface.
Once the crawl space decontamination process is complete and the space is dry, and the drying equipment has been removed, we will replace your insulation and vapor barrier.