We held a Facebook Live event for our customers and those in the community to ask us their top COVID-19 Clean up and Disinfection questions and thought we'd share those Q & As. 

If interested in watching the recorded Facebook live video, click here. Otherwise, please feel free to pass this useful information on to your clients, customers, or friends! 

1.  Is PRH ready to enter a water damaged space of a home with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

Short answer, yes we are. The first thing we would do is completely clean the space before applying a disinfectant. Following that, we would start the restorative drying process.

2.  What steps would PRH take to prevent cross contamination of areas?

We would not immediately begin the drying process in a contaminated area.  What we would do first is clean the area, and then apply a disinfectant before we start the restorative drying process. 
Because COVID-19 has not been found in fresh water supplies, our response to a CATEGORY 1 flood or a flood from a clean water supply (ex: sink, tub or clean toilet water overflow) is not affected at this time, and we will assume normal water damage response procedures.

3.  Can you reuse an N-95 Respirator and how long do they last?

In short, yes. While Premier uses reusable respirators, the link below is what 3M says about their N95 Masks. No one will state a specific lifetime because it depends on how dirty the respirator gets. In short, under normal environments they should last quite a while with proper care. The way that a respirator works is that it traps particles from entering your body. The more particles that are trapped, the more efficient it is from preventing you from breathing stuff in that would affect your respiratory system. The concern is making sure the respirator is clean enough that it doesn’t tax your respiratory system. For this reason, length of time is dependent on how dirty the respirator gets.


4.  Any suggestions on disinfectant recipes?

Bleach Based Recipe – 1/3 Cup of Bleach to 1 Gallon of Water OR 2 Tablespoons of Bleach to 1 Quart of water
Alcohol Based Recipe – 12 Fluid Ounces of 90% Isopropyl Alcohol, 1 Tablespoon of Hydrogen Peroxide, and 3 Ounces Distilled/Boiled Water.

5.  Does Premier Restoration Hawaii use disinfectant products specific to COVID-19? 

We use a number of disinfectants; this is usually predicated on what is available in our inventory more than relying on any specific product. Most disinfectants are effective against COVID-19. The manufacturer’s label should be consulted for this purpose.

6.  What is the procedure for disinfecting common areas of a condo if the building has a confirmed case of COVID19? 

Clean high touch surfaces first, then perform a complete cleaning of every surface, backed up by an application of disinfectant.

7.  Is hot water a good option to disinfect? 

While the use of hot water as a disinfectant is unconfirmed, using a quaternary disinfectant is most important when disinfecting.  Coronavirus is assumedly no more heartier than a normal virus, so what you’ve been using to disinfect for other viruses should work to remove COVID-19.

8.  Do Clorox and Lysol wipes and sprays work against COVID-19?

They work on all other viruses, so the assumption at this time is that they will work on disinfecting the novel COVID-19 virus as well.

9.  Are PRH Technicians using PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to avoid cross contamination between jobs? Yes, the same as we use on every project. During sewage remediation, viruses are present, so our procedures always require the use of PPE.

10.  If our business/AOAO has a confirmed case of COVID-19, what are PRH procedures for disinfection to ensure we are safe?
The main practice is to make sure all surfaces are cleaned first before applying an EPA registered disinfectant.

11.  Is it safe to keep a pool and hot tub open in a condo with limits to number of people during this time?

According to the CDC "There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19." Link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html

12.  Has Premier had any jobs that required sanitizing a space exposed to a person positive with COVID-19? If so, after your treatment, is everything in the space (furniture, bedding, clothing, etc.) then clear of COVID-19? 

Yes, we have worked in commercial spaces compromised by exposure to COVID-19. Once surfaces have been cleaned and applied with disinfectant, everything in the space is presumed clear of COVID-19. However, since there are no testing methodologies available at this time, we are not able to confirm with absolute certainty.

13.  I've ordered EPA approved disinfectant but it’s all on back order. Any suggestions? 

We have noticed bleach is readily available at grocery stores.  See the bleach recipe above in question 4.