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Preparing Your Home or Business for Covid-19 Heat Treatments

As the United States continues to experience growing concern over the coronavirus (Covid-19), the importance of disinfecting one’s home and workspace could not be more critical. At the time of this writing, hundreds of Americans have fallen ill from the virus. Dozens have died from it. And while public health officials scramble to create vaccinations and cures for the virus, the real strength in our ability to combat the pandemic comes down to what we all do, as a populace.

Preventing a Viral Infection from Spreading

Preventing a viral infection such as the one rapidly spreading across the United States is far more desirable than treating the virus once people become afflicted with it. That's why every homeowner and business owner must take additional precautions and careful steps towards maintaining a clean, disinfected, sanitized home and workplace.

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What Occurs During a Visit from Heat Treatment Experts?

High HeatKilling viruses with heat is a very precise technology. It requires specialized equipment and trained, certified technicians. And while such treatments can be performed on any interior space, the approach will vary from space to space. For example, treating a house for viruses will follow a slightly different pattern than treating an office or department store. But let's say you have hired a decontamination crew to come to your home. Their battle plan will be to use industrial-grade heaters to bring each room in the home up to a range between 160°F to 185°F. What will it take to accomplish that? What will the actual performance of a heat treatment look like?

Much like other pest removal projects that require you and your family and pets to vacate the premises of your home for a period of time, treating a house with heat also requires you to vacate for a period of eight to twelve hours. But unlike with liquid viricides or foggers, which make you vacate for health reasons, heat treatments require an empty home simply because the temperatures involved are so high that living creatures (from tiny viruses all the way up to humans and pets!) cannot survive for long.

When the Decontamination Experts Arrive

When your treatment experts arrive on scene, they will unpack their heaters and set them in place at the entrances and exits of your home. They will inspect your home to make sure that furniture has been moved away from the walls, and that all the interior doors are open and all exterior doors and windows are closed. The goal is to maximize the amount of heat circulation through the home but to minimize the amount of heat escaping from the home. Remember, the goal is to heat the home to 160°F to 185°F and to hold that temperature in order to kill any harmful viruses or bacteria that may be living in the home.

Once the technicians have set up their equipment, they will ask you and your family to leave the home for the day. Then they will begin the treatment, which consists of using Green Tech Heat Solutions heaters to blow super-heated air into the home for several hours. Once the treatment is completed, the technicians will pack up their equipment and depart. At this point it is safe for you and your family to return.

Items to Remove Before Beginning Heat Treatments for Viruses

The rule of thumb in preparing a home or business for high heat treatments is to remove anything from the treatment space that could be damaged by high heat. Remember, technicians heat the interior space to a temperature range of 160°F to 185°F. Then the technicians hold that temperature in place for several hours, utilizing thermal imaging technology to see into the heated space to ensure that every nook and cranny of the space has been heated to the appropriate temperature.

Coronavirus (and most pathogens, bacteria, and viruses for that matter) cannot survive for long in temperatures exceeding 131°F. A maintained, indoor temperature of 160°F to 185°F can eliminate any strains of coronaviridae that may be floating through the air or resting on surfaces. However, temperatures of 160°F to 185°F can also damage certain objects that many people have in their homes and businesses. When preparing to welcome heat treatment specialists into one’s home or business, it’s essential to remove the following objects:

  • Food that would be damaged by heat (fruit, vegetables, or other perishables that are not protected in a refrigerator or freezer).
  • Fine art, such as oil paintings.
  • Medicines.
  • Candles.
  • Smoke detectors, fire suppressants, and sprinkler systems. Make sure these are either removed or disabled.
  • All batteries should be removed from the space.
  • Any explosives must also be removed, including ammunition, fireworks, lighters, matches, gasoline, etc.
  • Vinyl items that could melt easily.
  • Living creatures, including fish aquariums, pets, humans, etc.

Just remember, the stable datum is that anything which would be damaged by temperatures of 160°F to 185°F should be removed from any building or interior space that is about to receive treatment.

Creating a Safe, Pathogen-Free Workspace or Living Space

Heat TreatmentB.D.D.S. encourages home owners and business owners to utilize heat treatments in their buildings and houses. And while B.D.D.S. can service homes and businesses in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, it is essential that all homeowners and business owners across the nation get their homes and businesses treated.

B.D.D.S. can service any interior space. As long as it is a confined space (not open to the air), B.D.D.S. can treat it. Here are some of the environments that B.B.D.S. can service:

  • Houses and private businesses.
  • Retail stores.
  • Strip malls.
  • Gas stations/convenience stores.
  • Grocery stores and indoor markets.
  • Public buildings and offices.
  • Hospitals and other medical facilities (essential that these get treated).
  • Big box stores (department stores, chain stores, etc.)
  • Pharmacies, bank buildings, and other medium-box stores.
  • Schools, daycare centers, colleges, student housing, etc.
  • Apartment buildings, assisted living centers, rehabilitation centers, etc.
  • Hotels, motels, and resorts.
  • Airports, train stations, bus stations, subways, and other public transportation centers.
  • Public bathrooms, libraries, museums, parks, auditoriums, theaters, etc.
  • Ambulances, taxi cabs, rental car fleets, aircraft, boats, trains, buses, etc.

If you are concerned about the possibility of your family members, loved ones, friends, employees, or roommates contracting the coronavirus, please reach out to B.D.D.S. A virus-free home or business is just a phone call away. Please call 1-800-704-4654 today.

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