Cold Jet Dry Ice Blast Cleaning Systems Rid Mold From Bermuda Wellness Center
Dry Ice Blast Cleaning Helps to Restore Center's 100-Year-Old Mold-Infested Cedar to Like-New Condition, Killing More Than 99.9 Percent of Mold Spores
CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwire - July 15, 2008) - As the only psychiatric facility in Bermuda,
the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Center is the place people turn to for
comprehensive mental health care and services across all areas of
psychiatry. When its facility became infested with mold and threatened the
health of its patients and staff, the Wellness Center turned to Cold Jet
and Best Restorations, Inc., a mold removal company and Cold Jet in Delray
Beach, Fla., that exclusively uses Cold Jet's dry ice blast cleaning
systems for mold remediation projects.
As a result of problems caused by a shoddy HVAC system installed years
earlier, Mid-Atlantic staff members began to notice dark mold stains on the
walls and ceilings, as well as its distinct mold smell, in several areas of
the center. During the initial mold inspection, Best Restoration found mold
on the underside of the ceiling tiles, on the untreated dry wall and all
over the cedar used throughout the ceiling frame.
"The mold was everywhere, and if not removed, would have continued to grow
and infest other areas of the hospital," said Harold Ettinger, vice
president of operations at Best Restoration, Inc. "Previous cleaning crews
tried to remove the mold with sandpaper and grinders, but that proved
ineffective and actually damaged the cedar joists and beams in the ceiling.
The manual process of completely removing the mold from the attic and
ceiling would have taken a large cleaning crew working under difficult
conditions several weeks to complete just the mold remediation process.
With Cold Jet's dry ice blast cleaning system we were able to clean and
restore the building in considerably less time."
Dry ice blast cleaning uses compressed air to accelerate
soft recycled CO2 pellets at supersonic speeds. When the dry ice
hits the surface, it creates mini-explosions and sublimates. The
combination of blasting the dry ice at high-speeds and the temperature of
the ice helps to kill more than 99.9 percent of mold spores. Dry ice blast
cleaning is a non-abrasive process, meaning it will not damage the surface
being cleaned. The process does not create secondary waste and the only
thing left to clean up is the contaminant blasted from the surface. Best
Restoration was able to use dry ice blasting to clean even the hard to
reach areas between the beams and into roof sheathing, which allowed the
crew to completely eradicate the mold while eliminating the need to
manually apply toxic biocides.
"For Mid-Atlantic, we were able to eliminate a problem that could have
ultimately impacted the health of staff and patients," said Gene Cooke,
president and CEO of Cold Jet, LLC. "Once mold starts to grow, it has to be
removed quickly. In the Midwest, where communities experienced the worst
flooding in 15 years, cleaning efforts and mold remediation will be of the
upmost importance to help victims return to their homes. As evident in the
Mid-Atlantic Wellness Center mold remediation project, as well as following
Hurricane Katrina, Cold Jet's dry ice blast cleaning solutions provide an
effective, time-saving and environmentally
responsible cleaning method that removes mold."
About Best Restorations, Inc.
Best Restorations is a licensed General Contractor specializing in mold
remediation, water and fire damage mitigation and insurance restoration.
The company uses proven processes and technologies to help businesses and
homeowners restore buildings and rebuild lives damaged by water, fire or
mold. Best Restorations is based out of Delray Beach, Fla. with a branch
office in Hobe Sound, Fla. For more information on Best Restorations, call
561.819.5550 or visit www.bestrestorations.net.
About Cold Jet
Cold Jet, LLC is the world's leading manufacturer of dry ice blasting and
production solutions. For more than two decades, Cold Jet has been
developing innovative cleaning solutions from fully automated systems and
handheld devices to high-volume dry ice
production equipment and customized
engineered solutions that solve a variety of cleaning challenges around
the world. Cold Jet offers the largest selection of environmentally
responsible dry ice blasting machines, including the award-winning Aero
Series and the i3 family of systems, which features the company's patented
shaved ice and feeder technologies. The company's CO2
Pelletizers are used by every major gas company worldwide to produce
the highest density extruded dry ice available. Cold Jet is a private
company with headquarters in Loveland, Ohio and international operations in
Belgium, Canada, China, Germany and Mexico. For more information, visit
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