What is the point of getting a roof vacuum? When one considers the number of harmful substances in the roof space, harmful roof dust must be removed as a matter of urgency. One must consider that roof dust is airborne. In many cases, dust from building sites miles away can be carried into your roof space.
That’s just dust, or is it harmful? Building dust contains fine silica particles from grinding bricks and concrete. Silica dust is harmful to everyone in the family.
Where does the lead poison come from? Lead poison can be found in most roof spaces. In fact, lead poison is part of our vehicle exhaust emissions. All motor manufacturers have produced vehicles with lower lead emissions in particular over the last few years. As we know, lead poison affects pregnant mothers and younger children.
We remove all types of roof dust, including blown insulation. Removal of roof dust is not as simple as a quick vacuum. Furthermore, the roof vacuum machine is not the type of machine used in the home. Roof dust is fine, and the dust will destroy even what is regarded as industrial vacuum machines. For this reason, we have imported machines, especially for removing roof dust and blown-in insulation.
Our Roof Vacuum Services Includes
- On completion of any roof vacuum, we spray high quality sanitise spray in the roof space.
- Standard roof vacuum and removal of roof dust in the ceiling.
- Removal of blown paper insulation.
- All our ceiling vacuum options include roof or ceiling space sanitizing.
- Removal and dumping of all old ceiling insulation materials.
- Roof space cleaning for removal of beach sand in the roof space.
- Installing or replacing old damaged roof insulation.
Roof Vacuum of Roof Dust and Cellulose Insulation.
Why on earth would homeowners want a roof vacuum? We don’t live on our roofs. What’s the point of removing all the roof dust? Our roofs contain the most harmful dirt and chemicals. Many homeowners would question how roof dust can be detrimental to their health.
Airborne roof dust comes in many forms. Let’s have a look at a few.
- Road traffic causes airborne Lead poison from petrol emissions. Particularly harmful to a pregnant woman and young children.
- Asbestos roof dust primarily found 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 of roof dust lower down the page.
Lead Poison From Exhaust Fumes as Well As Asbestos Dust In Older HomesDangers Of Roof Dust In The Average Home
Whether from building cement motor vehicle emissions or factory emissions, airborne dust is not ideal for us to breathe. As a result, over several 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 builds up of “lead poison” or “Asbestos dust” and many other harmful airborne contaminants. 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 downlights will often find that this debris is lying across the downlights. 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.
Downlights in a roof can reach temperatures of 270deg up to 350deg, and one must bear in mind that downlights 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 cleaned. Please 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 the lead enhanced certain products. However, 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 near busy roads or industrial areas. Especially in South Africa, where 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 the years.
When one considers that only in recent years motor vehicle manufacturers have had to make sure vehicles give fewer lead emissions, factory emissions before 1970 would lead to poisoning in the emissions. As a result of 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
- The alteration from older homes in the area where the roofing is 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 women.
So what should you do about possible lead dust in your ceiling?
When is Asbestos Dangerous?
Commonly Asbestos enters the body through breathing. Especially when asbestos is being cut, at this point, the fine dust particles are airborne.
Asbestos is most hazardous when it is friable. The term “friable” means that the asbestos is easily crumbled by hand, releasing fibres into the air. For example, sprayed-on asbestos insulation is highly friable.
Asbestos Health Effects
Importantly asbestos fibres are hard to destroy. As a result, our bodies cannot break down or remove these fibres once lodged in the lung or body tissue. As a result, they remain in a 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 the potential for asbestos dust cannot be discounted.
With all the roof dust and leaves, etc., built up in the roof space over the years. Rats will in no time decide to make this their home. Also, all the diseases associated with these rodents will be expected. In fact, roof rats have become a huge problem in many homes, especially old paper insulation. The roof rats burrow into the paper insulation and make cosy 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 vast 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 fibre? 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 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, polycyclic 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 results from coal burning, factory pollution, the burning of old crop fields. Lead poison is hazardous for young children and pregnant women.
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. Therefore, industrial roof vacuum machines with long hoses need to be used for roof vacuum.
The correct dust masks are essential when a roof vacuum is taking place.