Broken Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Cleanup (CFL)

If you break a "CFL" Compact Fluorescent light bulb and attempt to clean it up yourself, there is absolutely no way to know that you have removed the mercury unless you screen the area with a mercury vapor monitor, if you view the mercury vapor video you can see that mercury vapor is easily spread throughout a room and without t he proper equipment you will never be able to locate where the mercury came to rest.

To protect your family and employees against dangerous mercury exposure, Mercury Instruments USA provides clean up, decontamination and screening in the case of a broken mercury containing light bulb. All of our cleaning services are backed by screening the area with the Mercury Tracker 3000 mercury detector.broken CFL

CFL's contain dangerous levels mercury

  1. If you break a compact fluorescent light - CFL
    1. Immediately turn off heating or air conditioning units
    2. Call us at 303-972-3740 or after normal business hours at 720-203-5224
    3. Open windows for ventilation
    4. Leave the contaminated area immediately, unless there is a chance that some of the broken light bulb got on your clothing, then stay put until we get there or you may risk contaminating other areas!
  2. Things Not to Do!
    1. Do Not Use Vacuum Cleaner
    2. Do not walk through broken glass

Mercury Diseases and Effects

Diseases and Effects caused by Mercury toxicity may be summarized (simplified) as follows:

  • disruption of the nervous system:
  • damage to brain functions - degradation of learning abilities, personality changes, tremors, vision changes, deafness, muscle in coordination and memory loss ;
  • DNA and chromosomal damage - chromosomal damage is known to cause mongolism;
  • allergic reactions resulting in skin rashes, tiredness and headaches;
  • disrupting reproductive functions such as sperm damage, birth defects and miscarriages

Mercury Toxicity

Mercury has no known essential functions to the body. Mercury probably affects the protein structure that in turn may interfere with functions relating to protein production. Mercury has a strong affinity for sulfhydryl, amine, phosphoryl, and carboxyl groups. It affects a wide range of enzyme systems which can cause injury to cell membranes. However, none of mercury's specific body interactions are clearly defined, though the main problems seem to result from its attack on the nervous system. Mercury may also interfere with some functions of selenium, and can be an immunosuppressant.

Mercury Toxicity Symptoms

There are many processes and symptoms of mercury toxicity. Poisoning can come from four categories of mercury:
  • metallic or elemental mercury - this is relatively mild. Inorganic mercury, such as mercury chlorides primarily affect the kidneys. Organo-mercurials, such as mercury salts in diuretics or fungicides convert to inorganic mercury and short chain alkyl mercury compounds, of which methyl mercury is the most toxic, more so than ethyl or diethyl mercury.
  • Acute symptoms are caused mainly by mercuric chloride or methyl mercury exposure. Chronic, lower level exposure may lead to specific acute symptoms or to subtle renal and nervous system problems. Inhaled mercury has a different effect from ingested mercury, for which most symptoms are related to the gastrointestinal tract and the nervous system. Inhaling high levels of metallic mercury (in an industrial setting or a dentist's office) can cause acute symptoms, such as fever, chills, coughing, and chest pain. With low, long-term exposure, more subtle symptoms such as fatigue, headache, insomnia, nervousness, impaired judgment and coordination, emotional liability, and loss of sex drive, may be experienced. Ingested mercury may cause stomatitis and gastrointestinal inflammation, with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and bloody diarrhea, progressing to neurological problems. These symptoms, which are often confused with psychogenic causes, are referred to as "micromercurialism."
  • Mild or early symptoms of mercury intoxication include fatigue, insomnia, irritability, anorexia, loss of sex drive, headache, and forgetfulness or poor memory. This may lead to other nervous system symptoms, such as dizziness, tremors, in coordination, and depression. It then progress to numbness and tingling, most commonly of the hands, feet, or lips; and to further weakness, worse memory and coordination, reduced hearing and speech, paralysis, and psychosis. Mercury toxicity may be a factor in multiple sclerosis. Other problems of severe mercury intoxication are kidney and brain damage, as well as birth defects in pregnant women. The subtle and nervous system symptoms from low-level chronic exposure may be more common than we realize.


Protect you family against dangerous mercury exposure

With the huge increase in the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs, mercury has now become more than ever a house hold item. The only way to be sure that your property is "mercury free" is to have a us perform mercury vapor screening.

Guard your business against law suits

Research is confirming that mercury is one of the main factors leading to ADD and other learning disabilities. Make sure you have the data to support your company in the case of a law suit. All of our data is defendable in the court of law.

Update your facility and remove old mercury containing devices

Older houses and buildings are full of mercury containing devices that could potentially be releasing dangerous levels of mercury.

If you have a mercury spill, break a thermometer, CFL or other mercury containing devise

Our "strictly confidential" services can help you to avoid negative press and inflated cleanup up costs.

Provide your family, employees and students with a short course about the dangerous of mercury

Knowing what to do in the case of a broken mercury containing device could save you thousands and in some cases hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Rest assured that we will remove the mercury contamination

With proven removal techniques and state of the art scientific equipment you can rest assured that upon completion of our confidential mercury decontamination service you will be returning to a safe "mercury free" environment.