Why on earth would home owners want a roof vacuum? We don’t live in our roofs whats the point? In fact, our roofs contain the most harmful dust and chemicals. Many home owners would question how the roof dust can be harmful.
Lets look at how the roof space contains hazardous dust.
Airborne roof dust comes in many forms. Lets have a look at a few.
- Road traffic causes airborne lead poison from petrol emissions. Particularly harmful to pregnant woman and young children.
- Asbestos roof dust especially in older homes.
- Factory emissions travel miles and settle on any roof.
- Roof rats and rodents nesting in the roof space including dead birds etc.
- Just a tip of the iceberg as we all know.
Read more on these dangers lower down the page.
Dangers Of Roof Dust In The Average Home
All airborne dust whether from building cement motor vehicle emissions or factory emissions are not ideal for us to breathe. As a result over a number of years these contaminated fine dust particles find their way into our homes.
In particular our roof space is the last thing we keep clean. Consequentially this dust build up of “lead poison” or “Asbestos dust” and many other harmful airborne contaminates. Especially homes built before 1970 and 2002 should have a Roof Vacuum.
Other Dangers in The Roof Space
On many occasions we do a roof vacuum that some of the roofs that have down lights will often find that this debris is lying across the down lights. It is critical to remember that old dry leaves can ignite very easily and destroy your home as it goes up in flames. Homes surrounded by trees can have large parts of the roof space covered with dried leaves.
Down lights in a roof can reach temperatures of 270deg up to 350deg and one must bear in mind that down lights are open and exposed in the ceiling area.
A clean ceiling means a healthy home so even if you don’t have allergies it is advisable to have a dusty roof vacuum and stay healthy. Find out more about our dust free roof insulation products.
Lead Poison In Roof Dust
Historically, lead has been used extensively because it was cheap. In fact the properties in lead enhanced certain products. A we discovered years later exposure to lead has been linked to harmful effects on many organs and bodily functions. As a result people of all ages are at risk. However pregnant women, infants and children are far more at risk.
As a rule older homes have more potential for lead poison in the roof dust. Particularly in homes with higher traffic congestion in close proximity to busy roads or industrial areas. Especially in South Africa were our homes are not built to have sealed roofs as in many parts of the world. As a result our roofs will end up with dust settling in the roof space over years.
Considering that only in recent years motor vehicle manufacturers have had to make vehicles that give of less lead emissions. Furthermore factory emissions before 1970 would have lead poison in the emissions. As a result legislation to stop these emissions came into effect in 1970.
Dangers Of Lead Poison To Your Family
Lead poison in roof dust can come from various sources:
- Exhaust emissions from petrol driven motor vehicles.
- Wood or coal fallout
- Alteration from older homes in the area were roofs are removed.
- Removal of lead based paints in the area.
- industrial debris from power stations, incinerators, and other sources
As you may know, even small concentrations of lead can be dangerous. Consequently lead poison is especially harmful to young children and pregnant woman.
So what should you do about possible lead dust in your ceiling?
When is Asbestos Dangerous?
Asbestos Health Effects
Importantly asbestos fibers are hard to destroy. As a result our bodies cannot break down or remove these fibers once lodged in the lung or body tissue. They remain in place where they can cause disease.
There are three primary diseases associated with asbestos exposure:
- Lung Cancer
The importance of a Roof Vacuum in homes with potential for asbestos dust cannot be discounted.
With all the roof dust and leaves etc that has built up in the roof space over years. Rats will in no time decide to make this their home. In addition all the diseases associated with these rodents will be expected. In fact, in many homes roof rats have become a huge problem especially with old paper insulation. The roof rats burrow into the paper insulation and make cozy nests for their family. The rats breed so fast it is a nightmare in some homes.
Our Ceiling vacuum machine will suck them out with the nests. This is a huge vacuum machine it stands outside the home and the pipe goes through the roof.
Cellulose Paper Insulation Removal or Pumped in Insulation Removal
What is the point of removing old pumped in insulation like cellulose fiber? The answer is paper absorbs water.
If your roof has a leak and you have blown in cellulose insulation the fine paper dust will absorb water.
This in turn will end up in a ceiling collapse with massive financial damage at times. Remember finely shredded paper is like a dust in the roof space.
All roll form insulation products will not absorb water as the water will generally flow through the insulation.In this way you will know that you have a roof leak as you will see water leaking from the ceiling.
Our industrial vacuum machine will remove this unwanted paper insulation and dump this at the HAZCHEM DUMP SITE in Fissershok.
Why Ceiling Vacuum is Important
Ceiling dust contains lead, poly cyclic hydrocarbons, pesticide residues, fungal spores, and often asbestos. If your home is pre 1970 you need to assume that you have lead dust in the roof.
Lead in the dust is as a result of coal burning, factory pollution, the burning of old crop fields. The Lead poison is especially dangerous for young children and pregnant woman.
Lead poisoning can cause learning and attention problems as well as growth problems. In adults low levels of lead poison can cause blood pressure, higher levels of lead poisoning can cause memory loss, nerve problems, and very high levels can cause fits.
Can Roof Vacuum Be Done As a DIY Job?
A Roof vacuum is not the kind of operation you do as a DIY project. The roof dust while doing the roof vacuum is generally very agitated and if you are not wearing the correct protective gear while doing a roof vacuum it could be very harmful to your health.
Standard vacuum machines are not able to do a roof vacuum. In fact Industrial machines with big nozzles need to be used for roof vacuum.
The correct dust masks are essential when a roof vacuum is taking place.