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Cheaper, Quicker, And More Effective Than Sanding Or Wire-Brushing Mold.
Have a lot of mold on the wood in your attic, crawl space, or basement? Sanding and wire-brushing aren’t going to cut it.
Soda blasting is the quickest, most thorough, and most affordable way to eliminate mold from wood—especially in large areas with tight spaces.
Why Soda Blasting Wins… Hands Down.
If you have mold across your entire basement, crawl space, or attic, then sanding or wire-brushing won’t fix your problem. These spaces have too many hard-to-reach areas, rendering normal HEPA sanding ineffective.
Not only that, but sanding that much wood will cost tens of thousands of dollars in labor and take weeks to complete!
Soda blasting involves spraying sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda) at high pressure onto a surface. This strips off the mold… without damaging the wood, surface, water pipes, or electrical lines.
Soda is hyper-effective at removing substantial amounts of wood from even the smallest crevices. It’s THE go-to service for removing mold from wood quickly, efficiently, and affordably.
Soda blasting removes 99.6% of mold from crawl spaces, attics, and wood. It reaches into spaces that sanding and wire-brushing cannot.
Soda blasting is 80% faster than sanding at removing mold from wood and tight spaces.
Because it’s quicker and less labor-intensive, soda blasting typically costs just 25% of what sanding does!
Not at all. Soda blasting uses the baking soda just like you buy at the store. The only difference is that we use a mixture that’s been treated to resist moisture. Since it’s humid nine months of the year in the mid-Atlantic region, this is a necessity. Otherwise, the baking soda would get moist and clog up our blasters every few hours.
Baking soda a friable substance, which means it easily breaks into small pieces. As a result, blasting soda will “explode away” the mold on impact without damaging the underlying structure.
Blasting soda has such a delicate touch with the surface area that it’s used on everything from cars to masonry to the Statue Of Liberty.
To the right is a recent soda-blasting job we performed on an antique sewing machine from the early 1900s. As you can see, soda blasting makes the antique look brand new, while removing all the dirt and mold.
When you’re dealing with a lot of moldy wood and hard-to-reach areas. Crawl spaces, attics, and overhead floor joists in unfinished basements for instance.
Example: Plywood on the ceiling is a common area for mold growth in an attic. Attic plywood has literally thousands of shingle nails and many tight spaces to work around.
With standard mold remediation, we’d have to go around every single nail with a sander (time-consuming and labor-intensive) and try our best to clean in the tight spaces (potentially missing spots in the process).
But with soda blasting, we can spray right over the nails and into every crevice—with zero damage to the wood. This allows for quicker, better, and less-costly results.
Some companies use dry ice blasting because it doesn’t require as much cleanup after the job. We, however, prefer soda blasting to dry ice blasting because it’s safer.
Dry ice is literally a solid form of carbon dioxide. Blast it for too long in a small space, and the carbon dioxide will push the oxygen from the room. People have actually died from oxygen deprivation due to prolonged dry ice blasting. OSHA requires a safety person to sit on the job and monitor the oxygen levels… and call the fire department if the blasting tech faints.
Dry ice also has a temperature of -109.3° Fahrenheit. Touching it for just seconds can cause frostbite. Many of our clients have young children, and let’s face it: Kids think dry ice is neat. We never let our clients near our work area or equipment, but we care about you and your people too much to take ANY chances.
The other problem is logistics and cost. Dry ice comes in 500lb bins. It has to be carried, bucket by bucket, from the bin to the blasting machine (usually somewhere inside the house). Also, the dry ice sublimates (meaning it goes from a solid to a gas) naturally. So after three days, an entire 500lb bin of ice will disappear. There also aren’t many manufacturers that make the dry ice pellets needed for blasting or in the quantity needed (2+ tons).
Most mold problems in homes are relatively small and don’t need all of the equipment used for soda blasting. The setup and cleanup of the soda blasting process are too cumbersome and time-consuming to use in these small areas.
Cleanup after soda blasting also takes a lot longer. The cleaning phase after “normal” mold remediation (HEPA-sanding or wire-brushing the wood) in a 10×10 room would take us several hours; cleanup after soda blasting a 10×10 room would take us the entire day. In fact, cleanup alone for a soda-blasting job in a typical attic takes three days.
This is why we utilize “normal” mold remediation on most jobs and reserve soda blasting for specific situations.
We remove mold the right way… and it would be an honor to hear from you.
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