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Old 09-28-2005, 08:53 PM  
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I am beginning to finish my basement and I have noticed that there is a slightly red film with a coppery odor in my basement. Can this be hazardous or is it an accumulation of dirt and etc over the years that we have never even entered into the basement?



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Old 10-05-2005, 07:15 PM  
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If there is an odor to the dust/dirt then I would honestly call someone to have that checked out. It may be residual dust but you wouldn't want to take that risk.

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Old 10-05-2005, 09:33 PM  
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Is it a concrete foundation or what? No type of dust can be called good for you, but some are worse than others. Wet-cleaning is probably safer than vacuum, but if you have a lot of micro-filter bags, the dust will be contained, more or less. Contaminants on the dust (like hanta-virus) could well be blown airborne though..

A bleach and water spray is not a bad plan if you want to kill micro organisms. THat won't stop an intrinsically toxic dust from being toxic though, and if your dust is (let's take a worst case scenario) from tailings at the mine or something, then you don't want to handle it yourself.

What colour is the dirt around your house?

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