COVID-19 SURFACE TESTING
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, UES is expanding it’s services. In addition to our normal air quality and water damage assessments we are now offering post cleaning verification testing, air probiotics, and UV PCO air purification systems.
As people are staying in their homes right now, problems with air quality may become more noticeable and a bigger concern. If you are caring for a loved one who is at increased risk, or you yourself are at a higher risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, you may be looking for ways to minimize your risk of exposure. Or if you are an essential business or health care center, you may be worried about the risk to your employees and customers, and looking for new ways to clean and disinfect your building. UES is here to help you find the best solutions to these concerns.
Post Cleaning Verification
In order to ensure procedures used for sanitizing surfaces are effective, UES is offering a microbial analysis to confirm that cleaning methods were successful. UES offers PCR analysis for validation of cleaning procedures after COVID-19 decontamination cleaning. This sampling uses a swab to look for COVID-19 RNA fragments on surfaces. RNA is used for protein synthesis and is necessary for viruses to remain active and to replicate. Because of the hardy structure of the COVID-19 virus, the positive presence of RNA would be indicative that the virus is still present on the sampled surface. If PCR tested surfaces have a negative result, it can be assumed that cleaning measures were successful and that the surfaces are free of COVID-19 at the time of testing.
Traditional air purifiers use either filters or indiscriminate kill technology. Both are limited by their inability to treat the pollutants at their source, plus they blindly kill both good and bad bacteria. The biggest drawback is these products only treat the air, leaving surfaces and objects overrun with allergens and pathogens. UES will assist you in determining the right cleaning protocol for your environment. Our team will develop a sampling and cleaning plan that is best suited for your home or business. We also offer cleaning products, Probiotics and filtration upgrades to kill viruses and filter particulates. Call today for more information or to schedule your appointment.
UV PCO Air Purifiers
HEPA air purifiers have been on the market for a while, but there have also been some recent advances made in air purification technologies. Many air purifier manufacturers are now utilizing Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO) technology as a way of removing toxins from the air. For years, PCO has been FDA approved for reducing bacteria in meat processing plants, and it's even used to cleanse pesticides from the fruits and vegetables we eat. ability to eliminate particles as small as 0.001 microns, including the tiny penetrating particles that can absorb into your lungs and cause damage (HEPA filters are only able to filter out particles as small as 0.3 microns). Studies have also shown that in addition to VOCs, toxic gases, and chemicals, photocatalytic units can also render gases like carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide harmless -- these are pollutants which can often escape standard units utilizing HEPA or ionic technology alone.