Our Fire, Flood & Disaster Services Dictionary

Truck Mounted Desiccant Dehumidifier

A large, mobile machine that rapidly takes in moist air, dries it, and returns it throughout the structure to efficiently dry large buildings or heavy floods. It is essentially an extremely powerful dehumidifier with a much higher air exchange rate.

Truck Mounted Water Extractor

A large, mobile unit that extends into any area to powerfully extract standing water or water from saturated materials and expel it outside the building.

Wall-Cavity Injection Dryer

An air mover that has multiple tubes that can be inserted into walls, ceilings, cabinets, etc. to dry behind them without having to remove them.

Wall-Cavity Injection Dryer

An air mover that has multiple tubes that can be inserted into walls, ceilings, cabinets, etc. to dry behind them without having to remove them.

The Ozone Treatment

The use of a machine that breaks apart diatomic oxygen molecules (O2) in the air to create the unstable ozone molecule (O3). The extra oxygen molecule breaks apart and bonds to odor particles, neutrilizing them. Think of it as bleaching the air, without the bleach. This treatment also deodorizes the objects in the room.

Air Scrubber

TheĀ machine that filters harmful particles out of the air at a much powerful rate and much smaller diameter than household HVAC units or air purifiers.

Soda Blasting

Technically, this is powerfully blasting granular material at hard and porous surfaces; the size of the granular material allows it to penetrate cracks and crevices to thoroughly remove surface stains and lodged particles. This technique is commonly used on wood framing, brick, and stone surfaces to remove fire or mold damage.

Ultrasonic Machine

A machine that uses sound waves to agitate and dislodge harmful particles without manually cleaning objects. This is commonly used on delicate, intricate, or valuable items.

Thermal Fogging

This technique involves releasing a vapor with minuscule particle sizes that can penetrate the same surfaces, cracks, etc. as smoke particles to thoroughly neutralize odors. This method basically mimics the way smoke has been distributed in the first place, therefore making it an effective method of odor control.