Because the insulation in the
crawl space was contaminated by exposure to mold—while
the mold was growing, whenever the HVAC system or air pressure
caused a disturbance under the house, and well as when the
ground was raked in preparation for the installation of the
CleanSpace System—the insulation had to be removed.
My chiropractor, Dr. Carl Botefuhr,
has become very interested in mold and decided to suit himself
up to perform this task. Like me, he has a passion
for research so he embarked on this adventure well prepared.
||This is the proper
attire for doing mold remediation work. These Tyvek
suits can be purchased online for just a few dollars. They
should be thrown away after each use. Some suits
have foot coverings as well. Carl preferred those
and used them on subsequent journeys into the crawl space.
||Close up of the respirator. This
is a more expensive but essential part of the protection
needed for safe remediation.
Trust me that Carl looks a
lot better without his space suit, but this gear is critical
to safe remediation. Small areas of mold can be removed
by someone with limited special skills and training, but
safety is important. In addition to the suit, respirator,
and gloves, attention should be given to adequate fluid intake
and breaks during which the person(s) performing the work
inhale fresh air. These breaks are necessary every
3 October 2006
P.S. This page elicited
quite a bit of feedback from visitors. Those who have
dealt with severe mold issues noted that Carl did not tape
the sleeves of his Tyvek suit to his gloves. Inexperienced
people may say there needs to be a limit to the pickiness,
but the commentators were absolutely correct.
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