1. How can my commercial and residential clients benefit from bio-sanitation and odor elimination?
The buildup of fats, oils and grease can create problems in commercial kitchens ranging from floor drain and sewage backup to slip-and-fall cases and the increased threat of fire. Foul odors caused by feces, urine, dead animals and scum buildup in drains, garbage disposals, dumpsters and recycling containers can be prevented and eliminated with the recurring use of bio-sanitation products.
2. How do bio-sanitation products work?
The beneficial microbial spores found in bio-sanitation products are microscopic living organisms in a dormant form. Once they are applied to a favorable environment (moist areas with organic debris), they begin to reproduce rapidly. These activated microbes continuously produce enzymes to digest and consume the organic debris, which eliminates the source of the problem and prevents odors.
3. What are the benefits of bio-sanitation in the pest management industry?
Inspection and identification of conducive conditions is a fundamental process of IPM. The unique blend of microbes found in bio-sanitation products are optimized for daily challenges commonly encountered by PMPs. Bio-sanitation products are not pesticides. They are a unique class of “green” bio-cleaners that specialize in reducing organic debris, eliminating odors and counteracting negative sanitation practices that are key to providing a safe and clean environment.
4. My commercial kitchen clients refuse to clean. Will bioremediation products help with this challenge?
The integrated strategies of cleaning and bio-sanitation are critical components of success. Eliminate odor and organic buildup at the source when clients refuse to clean. Bio-sanitation products continue to work around the clock to digest and remove organic matter. Commercial kitchens will benefit from regular use of these products in any areas where chronic moisture, scum buildup and organic waste are a frequent problem.
5. How can I increase my revenue by adding bio-sanitation products to my initial service calls?
Introduce your clients to the effectiveness of bio-sanitation products. In residential settings, bio-sanitation products can be added to the initial service to set your business apart from the competition. In commercial kitchens, emphasize that your services will help to alleviate the buildup of FOG in floors, sinks and drains. Bio-sanitation services will help to reduce accumulated organic matter and eliminate odors in countless areas.
1. Should I duct my unit? In what situations would I duct a unit?
Ducting is usually not necessary but is sometimes needed when air flow is restricted. For example, additions, L-shaped areas, separate “rooms” or very uneven levels may restrict air flow. Ducting can be added later if monitoring indicates a problem. It is recommended to always duct on the supply side of the dehumidifier with flex-duct, then duct into the remote area, or split the duct and push air into multiple areas. Monitor with a thermo-hygrometer so you can adjust as needed.
2. Where should my unit be placed in the crawlspace?
There’s no universal answer because every crawlspace is different. In general, a central location is obviously best, and even though the units are quiet, avoid placing them under bedrooms. Available drainage is a factor, as is a power source — no extension cords, please!
3. How/where do I drain the water?
Again, this can vary quite a bit, but the idea is to find the best exit area to get the water out of the crawlspace and safely away from the foundation. Drain to:
- Positive drain
- Gravity to the exterior
- Condensate pump
- Sump pump
- Use existing systems (HVAC condensate line)
4. Do I need to hang the unit or can I just put it on the ground?
The unit should perform well either way. If you hang a unit, it gives you more elevation for a gravity drain and you can place a condensate pump underneath if needed. In lower crawlspaces, placing the unit on the ground may be necessary. Just make sure it’s not directly on the ground by using risers, and make sure it’s level. Our individual risers make this a lot easier to do.
5. What size unit do I need for my crawlspace?
There’s probably a threshold of about 3,000 square feet for most 70- to 75-pint dehumidifiers. For crawlspaces of unusual size and/or unusual moisture problems, larger or multiple units may be needed. Always monitor your space and shoot for a relative humidity that’s in the range of 50-60%. You don’t want it too dry because that can shrink wood joists or flooring. Too wet, and the possibility for mold and wood decay fungus increases. Keep in mind a properly closed crawlspace has very little moisture exposure. Our studies show less than 3 pints per day per 1,000 square feet.