Roof Vacuum

Roof Vacuum Dust Removal Cape Town.

Roof Vacuum for removal of unhealthy unwanted dust. Dust is a health hazard especially in some of the older areas in Cape Town. Some homes that have been built many years ago contain all types of dust including lead poisoning in all homes before 1970. Read more on Harmful dust

Many factories before 1970 were allowed to give off lead poison in their emissions.

Another dust issue is asbestos dust from many older homes from the roof as well as asbestos ceilings. In many older homes dust mites and bird nest leaves and dead rats as well as bats.

The Dangers of Roof Dust

Ever thought of cleaning your roof of dust when you do spring cleaning? You could be missing out on a vital area. Attic or roof spaces are often forgotten when homeowners attempt to make their home environment clean and hygienic.

You may not know it, but your roof space could already be at its limit in terms of neglect. It may already be infested with dust mites, bat droppings, and rat droppings. It could be littered with accumulated debris, sand, waste from bird nests and filled with toxins. All of these factors play a huge role when it comes to your family’s health and well-being. Roof dust concerns must be immediately addressed to avoid its adverse effects.

Roof Dust Pre 1970 Lead Poison

If your building or home is built in the 70s, chances are that you’ll need a good roof dust cleaning. The ceiling dust may have already amassed harmful minerals such as asbestos, etc. Telltale signs such as black dust near cornices and cracks are evidence that the ceiling seals have already deteriorated. Additional damages such as water damage can force your ceilings to collapse and the roof to cave in. Your roof health is in danger if the ceilings and cornices are in a state of utter deterioration. It presents a possible health risk that can invade and contaminate your workspace or living space.

Lead Poison in the Roof Space

Ceiling dust may contain harmful contaminants such as fungal spores, pesticide residues, and asbestos. In years it can absorb lead and polycyclic hydrocarbons in the cavity walls and in the attic area. Older homes and buildings will most likely have these chemicals present in dangerous amounts.

Lead poison can get into our bodies in many ways:

– We breathe it in, along with the fumes, dust, and lead in the air.

– We drink water or eat food which contains dangerous levels of lead.

– The accumulation of lead, and even very small amounts, can cause various health problems.

Other Roof Dust Dangers to Health

The concentration of dust found in roof space can also pose a myriad of serious health risks and issues. Lead dust can be inhaled by small children. It can stunt their developmental growth and their ability to learn. It can hold back their growth and cause attention and concentration-related behavior.

Lead absorption in adults can cause high blood pressure. As time goes on, it can cause greater problems such as nerve issues, memory loss, and fits. Pregnant women are more at risk because their placenta is not protected from the harmful lead. Dust ceiling can trigger respiratory health problems such as asthma attacks, etc.

What Type of Roof Vacuum Machine is Used?

  • We have an imported Roof Vacuum machine mostly for the removal of Cellulose fiber Insulation.
  • The Roof Vacuum machine will stand outside the home. And the 70mtr Hose will either go through the roof or through the trap-door.
  • This application is dust free for the homeowner as the machine is designed for removing heavy dust. Therefore Roof Dust is a cinch.
  • In fact, the Roof Vacuum hose is 100mm in diameter so it will remove most dead birds and nests as well as leaves with ease.
  • The Roof Vacuum machine has 3 motors and is a single Phase machine. Designed to comfortably remove Cellulose Insulation ( Blown Paper Insulation)
  • Because Cellulose has a composition of about 25% by volume chemical composition.The product must be dumped at a Hazardous Chemical dump site. This unfortunately because of this is a cost site for dumping.
  • Paper unfortunately by the nature of the product will absorb water if there is a roof leak. And this can become quite expensive for the homeowner if there is a ceiling collapse which is mostly inevitable should there be a leak as the paper will absorb water until the collapse.
Roof Vacuum and Cellulose removal
Roof Vacuum and Cellulose removal

Ceiling Vacuum Cape Town

For all Ceiling Vacuum or Roof Vacuum of unhealthy dust and Cellulose Insulation ( Blown In Paper Insulation), removal of dust as well as Cellulose Insulation and very old Aerolite Insulation leaving your ceiling (Roof Area) We insulate homes with roll form Insulation.

Ceiling vacuum of an average 3 bedroom home will take about 3 hours as our teams are well-trained.

Cellulose fibre removal service
Cellulose fibre removal service

Dangers of Roof Rats

Roof rats are brown color rodents that initially originated in South East Asia. Roof rats prefer warm temperature and therefore, they are dominant in coastal areas of USA.

It doesn’t matter if you love these little rodents or not, you would need to get rid of them as soon as possible. Roof rats are a nuisance as they pose health hazards and a major threat for roof damage. Roof rats are omnivorous, but they generally thrive on grains and fruits. Roof rats prefer hiding in dark places and are found in attics, ceilings, trees, and burrows. They are good climbers and therefore, their nesting sites are found above the ground.

Associated health risks to the family

The dangers of roof rats are many. Roof rats pose significant health hazards for a family. Roof rats can spread diseases by rat bites, contamination of food with urine and feces, and infection through flies.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is caused by roof rat’s urine, saliva or droppings. When we breathe, the virus suspended in the air enters our body and becomes the cause of this deadly disease. Murine Typhus, for instance, is caused by rat fleas. Here is a look at some of the other health risks that you would be prone to if you do not deal with the problem of roof rats.

Dealing With Murine Typhus

Bacteria Rickettsia Typhi is the cause of Murine Typhus. Rats populate the area and can transmit this disease to the people in the vicinity.

The dreaded Rat Bite Fever

Another major disease caused by roof rats is Rat Bite Fever. As the name suggests, it is caused when a rat bite or a person comes in contact with a rat.

Streptobacillus Moniliformis

Contamination of food with rat feces or urine also causes Streptobacillus Moniliformis Bacillus to enter the human body and cause Rat Bite Fever.

Salmonella Infections

This is a common disease that spreads from infected rats. Symptoms vary from vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and cramps. Immuno-deficient humans are more susceptible to Salmonella infections. Proper, timely treatment is necessary. Otherwise, it can prove fatal.


This is a most common disease caused by animal infection, is caused by the bacteria Leptospira. High fever, headache, rashes, vomiting, and diarrhea are the most common symptoms of Leptospirosis. If untreated it can worsen and lead to kidney failure, respiratory and live problems.

Other Diseases

Eosinophilic Meningitis is another disease caused by rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis. In meningitis, there is swelling of the cell membrane around the brain and spinal cord. Rickettsialpox is a disease caused indirectly by mites. These mites derive their nutrition from the rats.

When these mites bite humans, bacteria Rickettsia Akari is transmitted in the human body that causes an irresistible rash on the whole body.

Breeding habits of Roof Rats

Roof rats prefer dark hiding places and that too, at a certain height above the ground. This prevents their litter from predators. Roof rat becomes sexually active in two months. February-March and May-June are the peak production seasons for roof rats. The gestation period is about 21 days. There are 5-8 pups in a litter and roof rat produces 4-6 litter per year.

They generally like vegetables though they are omnivorous. Since they are prey to birds, they would probably live in gnawing holes in roofs. If you aren’t careful, these rodents can even damage the foundations of the buildings.

If you notice any roof rats, you have to take measures to get rid of them. Start off by ensuring that there are no leftover food items that these rodents can access. Another great way to get rid of these roof rats is to remove clutters and cardboards that are easy hiding places for them. The dangers of roof rats are many and you would want to get rid of them as soon as possible.


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