Mask up?


#1

How many of you guys mask up for house washing?

Not to concerned with the skin contact of the house wash, but what about the lungs?

I was sick a couple weeks ago then lost my voice.

Im better now, but my voice is still hoarse and cant ignore the chems that are being used.

Anyone ever have any health issues (throat, lungs) from house mix?

Better safe then sorry.


#2

We’ve been wearing these for about a year and a half. http://m.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/PPE_Mobile/Home/Catalog/~/3M-Particulate-Respirator-8576-P95-with-Nuisance-Level-Acid-Gas-Relief-80-Case?N=4294931123+5011378&&Nr=AND(hrcy_id%3AGS91JXSSDHgs_BFMN916DH3_N2RL3FHWVK_GPD0K8BC31gv)&rt=md
Cost us about $35.00 in boxes of 10. They work very well. Charcoal lined/made specifically for nuisance gasses from acids and bleach use.

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#3

That link didn’t work very well. Just google 3m 8576 respirator.

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#4

How long does one mask last you Jason?


#5

3-4 days. We do a lot of roof cleaning.

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#6

They look like the perfect fit for us. Thanks for sharing that.


#7

Chems also get absorbed through the skin as well…


#8

Thanks for the replies. I never wore masks while house washing but it may be time. Minimal cost for an important aspect.

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#9

I just started to wear a mask when the 9-11 attacks happened here. People were paranoid and rightfully so when that happened so I stopped wearing a mask when bleaching up a house. Because I always used a strong batch of SH for house wash even before guys here were using any chemicals because they just blasted everything…I did pay a price.

I get shortness of breath around chlorine. I use to get throat ailments alot when I did the work.

If your goal is to be in this business long term and your going to be spraying SH for alot of those years then mask up and save your lungs.
The Facts About Chlorine


#10

Right on John. Agree.

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#11

No problem, Mike. Glad to help!

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#12

Someone posted this link a couple days ago. Its the same mask you mentioned earlier, for much cheaper.

3M Particulate Respirator 8576, P95, With Nuisance Level Acid Gas Relief*, Disposable, Description P95 | IDGsupply.com


#13

That’s an incredible deal! Thanks. I’ll give them a call Monday.

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#14

absolutely I do, mandatory for roof washing, Highly recomended for house washing… heres what we use
3M Organic Vapor/Acid Gas Cartridge/Filter 60923, P100 Respiratory Protection (Pack of 2): Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific


#15

The main damage comes from breathing hypochlorite-laden mist. We don’t immediately feel what it does to our lungs.

After ten years you will, trust me.

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#16

I really hate to like this post…but it’s so true. I smoked for 20yrs(quit right before I turned 40 & never went back) and we all know smoking kills…but I can say this… I had more “immediate” lung problems due to SH then smoking. Today I still get shortness of breath & wheezing when I’m around SH spray.

Take care of your health because it rules over money in the long run.


#17

This may be a stupid question, but in regards to that half mask, how do you guys know what size?


#18

Never thought ab this and havent boticed anythig YET. I have mild asthma, do most guys were some type respiratory protection while aprayin SH or other common chems???


#19

I dont smoke and wear resp protection anytime i should in my day job, grandpa had emphazima. Never even crossed my mind other than skin protection…like to gain some knowledge on this topic great post imo


#20

I always wear a mask while spraying the soap.