Heat Can Help in Hurricane Aftermath
by Marissa Henderson
August 31, 2019
Hurricane Dorian is barreling toward Florida with the looks of being a major threat to the state. Hurricanes leave catastrophic and costly damage behind them. In the aftermath of the storm, GreenTech Heat offers a solution that can save the structural integrity of a home by drying it out and killing wood destroying organisms and—often most importantly!—other microbes.
In 2017, there were 16 separate billion-dollar or greater climate events, including hurricanes Maria, Harvey, and Irma, with water damage from rains and flooding being a major cause of the destruction. Even if a home is left intact post hurricane, structural damage from the effects of water will eventually destroy a property if left untreated.
According to the EPA, along side the damage to your home, flood waters can also affect your health. If your property remains wet for more than two days, mold can flourish causing adverse health effects, including allergic reactions. Flood water typically also contain other potentially harmful microorganisms, such as bacteria or chemicals.
GreenTech Heat offers a solution that could save the health and property of those left in the hurricane’s wake. The GreenTech Heat Titan 800 is a powerful, portable, propane heater that convects the air and increases the temperature throughout the structure, removing moisture from the structure as the air exits the building. The Titan 800 generates more airflow than any other portable propane heater available.
Disinfection is an added benefit of drying a structure with a Titan 800. Whereas submerged contents of a structure may be a total loss, treating the frame and subflooring of a building with heat will kill bacteria, mold, and other dangerous organic contaminants. Structural drying with GreenTech Heat equipment may kill most organisms living in the interior spaces we inhabit. In the laboratory, Stachybotrys chartarum, also known as toxic mold, is killed in 30 minutes of 140°F (Domsch, 1993, pg. 745). E. coli rarely survive beyond 10 minutes of 150°F (Padhye and Doyle, 1992). Hantavirus is rendered inactive with exposures of 30 minutes of 140°F (Manual of Hemorrhagic Fever and Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. WHO. p. 196).
If you are in the business of disaster relief, are in an area prone to repeated flooding, or own mutli-unit structures in a flood zone, owning your own GreenTech structural drying equipment might be the right move. Call us at 888-699-3944 to find out more how we can help you serve your town in the aftermath of a hurricane or flood. If you are a homeowner in need of help drying out and disinfecting after a flood, let us help you find a company in your area that uses GreenTech equipment.