InterDry Thailand introduces: Ecopack Clay Desiccant

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Ecopack Clay Desiccant

 

We are very excited to announce our new product: “Ecopack Clay Desiccant”. Ecopack consists of highly absorbent natural claymixed with CaCl2 (Calcium Chloride).

Ecopack is typically used for the protection of goods in containers over long distances and through various climate zones. Ecopack is ideal for goods shipped in jute bags, cardboard cartons, wooden cases or crates or unpacked goods.

Ecopack can absorb over 70% of its own weight and provide moisture protection for over 45 days.

It is very safe in use especially at saturation as the beads remain hard and maintain moisture. Ecopack does not leak.

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Ecopack vs. competition:

Ecopack activated clay desiccant is the perfect material to replace silica gel.

Its price is competitive, it absorbs more than silica and it fulfils REACH regulation requirements  (DMF and Cobalt Chloride free).
Unlike silica gel, Ecopack is environment friendly, non toxic and can be disposed of as normal waste.
For those clients requesting a high quality desiccant with superior absorption rate, slightly more expensive CaCl based desiccants are still the best choice.

Come and check it out at: http://www.interdrythailand.com/products/clay_desiccant.htm

 

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Desiccant use at home, warehouse or boat.

Advice on solving humidity problems

Excess humidity at home can cause the appearance of mould, mildew, fungus and all kinds of nastiness that endangers your and your family’s health.

In order to solve the humidity problems in a room, bathroom, store room, etc. first of all you need to find out the cause of the excess humidity:

If the humidity comes from outside, caused by a leak or by defective insulation, our products will help to reduce the level of ambient humidity, but will not solve the problem for good. The best thing to do is to consult an insulation specialist so as to solve the root of the problem.

If the problem is due to excess ambient humidity in the room because of poor ventilation or condensation, our product can solve your problems.

How does it work?

Put the product anywhere in the room and leave it to work. The desiccant will activate automatically, absorbing the excess humidity. Once the desiccant has stopped absorbing, put in a refill. How long the product lasts depends on the temperature and level of humidity in the room.

It works without electricity or batteries.

Nordic Power Desiccant regulates the level of ambient humidity to bring it down to the recommended optimum level of 45-50%, without drying out the atmosphere, absorbing only the excess humidity.

Is it toxic? Can I use it in a child’s bedroom?

All Nordic products are non-toxic. They can be used without any problem in any room in the house, whether inside a wardrobe, in bathrooms or in store rooms – even in bedrooms. They are also very popular for use on a boat or yacht.

The desiccant contained in the product is calcium chloride, hygroscopic salts which are non-toxic and environmentally friendly.

Finding and Identifying Basement Mold

From: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/finding-and-identifying-basement-mold

Basement mould is a term refers to the types of fungus that grow in basements under certain conditions. Basement mould is harmless in small quantities, but as it grow, it becomes more and more of a health hazard. Some will cause certain types of allergic reactions while others are outright poisonous. If left untreated, the basement mould will keep growing, eventually spreading through the entire building. This is why you must find the mold before the problem gets out of hand. Once you find it, you will need to be able to identify it—otherwise, you won’t be able to figure out how to get rid of it.

Finding Basement Mould

One of the easiest ways to identify the mould is by it’s stench. However, this is only true for some types of basement mould, others may not start to smell until their growth reaches a certain stage. That is why you may want to take a more proactive approach and check the spots where the mould is most likely to emerge. That way, you will have a better chance of spotting it while it is still at manageable size.

Basement mould needs a wet environment in order to grow. It will grow near the pipes and along the walls. The mould feeds on common household materials such as plywood, drywall, furring strips and carpet padding, as well as dust and cellulose in carpets themselves. Try to check any parts of the basement that are hospitable to mould at least once every week. Be sure to bring a flashlight with you—you may not be able to get adequate illumination without it.

If your basement suffers any sort of flooding, the walls will become infested with mould spores, which will remain dormant until they come in contact with water. The spores can remain dormant for a long time. Just because the mould didn’t develop after the flood doesn’t mean it won’t become an issue several years down the line.

Mould Safety

If you find a patch of mould, try not to inhale too deeply and don’t touch the mould with any part of your body. If it gets on your clothing or your tools, wash it immediately. You can identify the mould by sight, so there is no reason why you should be touching the mould in the first place.

Identifying Basement Moulds

Basement mould can be identified based on a number of factors. First, there is colour. Basement mould comes in a variety of colours that range from light gray to black. They may have  green, blue and/or brown tinges. If the mould is closer to black, it is either the Stachybotrys or Cladosporium molds. If it’s closer to light grey, it is either Aspergillus or Fusarium moulds.

To figure out which type of dark mould and you have, look at the texture. If the basement mould looks slimy, it is probably Strachybotrys. Otherwise, it’s Cladosporium.

To figure out what kind of light coloured mould you have, look at the growth pattern. If the mold grows in disjoint circular patches, it is most likely to be Aspergillus. Otherwise, it’s Fusarium.

The Next Step

If possible, try to get the mould tested in a lab. While the factors described above are usually fairly good indicators, only the professional analysis will be able to tell for sure. If the mold patches are small, you may be able to remove it yourself. However, if the patches are fairly large, you will need professional help.

From: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/finding-and-identifying-basement-mold

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Moisture Damage can be Prevented

Sea Containers are an economical and safe way of shipping almost any kind of cargo. But putting a cargo into a closed strong box also entails a constant risk of moisture damage for every kind of cargo on every voyage.

  • Metals corrode, discolour and loose their shine
  • Cargo and packaging get mouldy, soft, crumbled and discoloured.
  • Bad smell
  • Physical damage from water, ice, things gluing together, caking etc

Such damage may result in substantial losses and costs. Yet obviously not every shipment suffers moisture damage, and most of those that do, suffer only limited damage. In fact, lots of moisture damage remains unrecognized, because it is considered “normal”. Very few shippers have a good system of feedback from the receivers of their goods. There may be lots of things they don’t know.

The pattern of moisture damage may seem random. The moisture processes are examples of strongly non-linear physics. That means that very small differences in the cargo and voyage conditions can have a huge effect of the outcome. That is why you may have 4 perfectly safe shipments and the 5th may be a disaster. This means that there is always a risk of moisture damage in the next shipment, even if the last one was ok.

Moisture Damage can be Prevented

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Water damage in a container

All containers contain moisture from the time of loading and in the cargo. No container is airtight. Moisture will move in and out of the container during the course of the voyage – “Container Breathing”.

The objective of a moisture protection program is to prevent the build up of moisture in the air to levels where it may cause damage. This is done by reducing the amount of the moisture entering the container and by using “Absorbers” to remove moisture from the air.

We like to present the Nordic Power Desiccant moisture protection program as a kind of checklist of things that should be arranged as well as possible. And it is to be noted that many of the items on the list can be influenced only to a degree. Yet even small changes can result in big improvements. In some cases a few tens of grams of water in the wrong place is enough to cause significant damage.

Storing pallets inside or outside is often enough to make the difference between no
damage and “disaster”. Simply adjusting the temperature of the cargo at loading can prevent damage. Thus it is well worth to make what improvements are at all practical, and the balance will then have to be taken up by the packaging and the absorbers.

Is the Container Tight?

A minimum requirement is of course that the container is watertight against rain and spray. That is usually the case, but especially the bottom side and the doors are vulnerable to damage that may not be noticed.

Check the seals. Certainly no container is airtight, but a container in good condition
allows air (and moisture) to move in and out of the container only slowly, over hours
perhaps. That significantly reduces the amount of moisture moving into the container under common circumstances. (Container Breathing)

Tape the vent holes if you are shipping a dry cargo. For a moist cargo, such as
agricultural commodities, it is usually better to leave the vent holes open.

Is the Container Dry?

A container that has been washed before loading, brought in from outside into a warm loading area or stored in a humid place, may contain lots of water. In particular, attention must be paid to the container floor. The humidity of the wood should not be above 18%.

All pallets and other wooden dunnage must be dry. Preferably the moisture content
should not above 18% and certainly not above 20%. It is easy to check the humidity with a small handheld device commonly used in the construction industry and costing a couple of hundred Euros.

For more information check us out at http://www.interdrythailand.com

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