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Preparation and Information on COVID 19

Newman Restoration is ready to take on the decontamination for confirmed cases as well as precautionary cleaning measures.

Firstly, controlling the situation is the best form of prevention. Employees and visitors should be asked to wash hands regularly. The virus is spread by contact and has an extended viability rating on stainless steel and plastic surfaces. These areas should be disinfected immediately with specialty products. A simple “fogging” with an antimicrobial agent is not a recommended mitigation technique. All areas of contamination need to be physically cleaned using the standards set forth by ABRA (American Bio Recovery Association) and ICRA (Infection Control Risk Assessment).

At Newman Restoration, we strive to be educated and ready to tackle all disaster situations. In order to properly mitigate the threat of COVID-19, a decontamination would include specialty-built pressure fit containments for the areas of concern. These areas should be placed under negative air pressure using air filtration devices that supply 4 air exchanges per hour to the affected areas. A minimum of negative 5 pascals or 1.2 column inches of water should be maintained to avoid potential cross contamination.

Air filtration devices, including but not limited to negative air machines, air purification devices or any other variation of the device should be used in accordance with manufacturing recommendations. This includes a daily change out of pleated and mat pre-filters. The banked HEPA filtration filters should be replaced every 500 hours of runtime.

Specialty units including the Scientific Air Management Systems, (SAMS) unit have been testing for a kill rate on the virus. We have these specialty units that include a banked HEPA filter, UV-C bulb tunnel as well as a final filtering through a MERV 8 filter before the air is returned back to the environment. You can see these studies at https://scientificairmanagement.com/.

While the use of this equipment will help with contagion control, these recommendations only work when used together. All areas of contamination must be contained, disinfected and filtered with air purification techniques. Currently, effective clearance testing can only be completed once protocols have been put in place to end the current pandemic state. Clearance testing would be recommended for all areas that have been decontaminated.

All hard surfaces that are prone to touching should be disinfected and cleaned. These surfaces include stainless steel, countertops, door knobs, kiosk terminals, touch button displays, credit card machines, etc. For the removal of the virus from carpeted areas, carpets must be disinfected using means of hot water extraction and specialty disinfectants.

We have a team of dedicated professionals that are always on-call. We respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.