Don’t Let Hurricane and Flood Damage Leave Nasty Odors Behind

It seems like severe weather has been dominating the news cycle as of late. Hurricanes Harvey,  Irma and Maria have caused unprecedented damage in the Caribbean, Texas, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.  Unfortunately, the road to recovery will be a long one for those hit the hardest.

 

The type of property damage that occurs during weather disasters obviously varies. However, we can say one thing with a high degree of confidence. Storm related property damage often causes putrid odors that overtake homes and businesses.

 

Using an ozone generator or air purifier to remove odors and help with flood damage cleanup is a valuable option. The odor that occurs after water damage can happen as soon as a day or two after the flood damage.  The smell that you have to deal with will likely be mildew and/or mold.

Of course improving the air quality after severe weather is too tough a job for cans of aerosol spray. There are far too many odors and airborne particulate matter that may develop as a result of storm damage. Thus, it is best to attack them all naturally so no additional, potentially offensive items are introduced into the environment.

An ozone generator is a device that can get rid of the particulates that have been placed in the air.  They are specifically designed to remove odors associated with mold, mildew, bacteria, sewage and all of the other nastiness that washes into properties during flooding situations. However, they come in a variety of sizes. So it’s vital to choose one that is compatible with the size of the flood damaged area.

To learn more about dealing with flood damage related odors, please visit our website at http://ozoneexperts.com or contact us toll-free at (866) 676-9663.

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Ozone Generators Effectively Eliminate Odors from Homes and Businesses

Today many people want to eliminate the odors in their homes that result from tobacco, pets, cooking, mold and more. Using sprays other types of air fresheners only masks the sent and do not eliminate them. In order to successfully remove odors from their homes many people use an ozone generator. It doesn’t mask these odors and actually destroys them.

According to an article in Ozone Journal, “Ozone removes odors by destroying the molecules, bacteria, and spores that cause unpleasant smells…Ozone is very quick to chemically react with particles that it comes into contact with in the air and on surfaces…extra oxygen atom in the ozone attaches itself to other molecules, chemically changing their structure to create non-offensive molecules – eliminating the smell”

Eliminates Strong Odors

An ozone generator can be used to eliminate the strongest smells from any enclosed area. They are designed to continuously find odor particle and eliminate them by turning them into carbon dioxide and oxygen. They can be used for rooms with plants, one that has suffered smoke damage and more.

Business

There are a variety of ways an ozone generator are used by businesses. Painters will use them to eliminate the smell of paint and primer from an area close to where people can be affected by the smell. Carpet installers will use them to remove the smell and unhealthy elements that come from new carpets. They are also used by building managers for a variety of purposes. Any professional who restores buildings after a flood, fire or other disaster will utilize an ozone generator.

Home

People who are moving into an apartment may want to have an ozone generator to eliminate any odors left by a previous tenant. People will want to use them for removing garbage or dumpster odors, bathroom odors and more. Any place in a building where there is undesirable odor is a place an ozone generator can eliminate it.

If you would like to know more about the benefits of using an ozone generator we can help. Contact us today and learn more.

Attention Realtors – Reliable Odor Removal When Showing Your Home for Sale to Potential Buyers

Selling a home is best accomplished when everything is firing on all cylinders, which means you want to avoid having any aspect of your home that could negatively impact your home selling experience. Poor odors throughout your home is a major problem that you want to eliminate in its entirety. Unfortunately, when you want to open the windows to improve your home’s overall feel, but have to combat with outside odors that creep into your home, you need to invest in reliable odor removal.

Prevent Outside Odors from Causing Problems

Although a potential buyer may understand that exterior odors are not actually coming from your home, they may feel reluctant to purchase your home as they may worry about keeping the odors outside. For instance, a future homeowner may intend on opening the windows on a daily basis, and you need to show them that this will not be a problem by using an odor neutralizer to maintain a neutral-smelling home.

Neutralize Your Home’s Natural Odors

It is only natural for your home to develop its own odors, which can come from various things, such as pets, furniture, and decorations. Although these odors are not always bad, you are better off to neutralize them because you do not want to cater to a particular preference. It is best to fill your home up with scents that are generally well-received to maximize your chance of impressing buyers.  The Rainbowair line of  ozone generators is a great choice for property management and Realtors.

Showcase a More Attractive Home

When you do not have to worry about odors throughout your home, you can showcase a more attractive home. It is just one feature that will not be put down as a con for those who visit your home, and in some cases, you might be able to better your chances with the new scents that you are able to incorporate.

If you have any questions about removing odors from your home, contact us today.

Using Ozone Technology to Permanently Remove Mold and Mildew

Ozone technology is the only way to eliminate odors associated with mold and mildew.

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Many people all over the world suffer from problems with mold and mildew odor in their homes, and are often in search of a way to rid the house of this unforgiving and difficult problem. When you get mold in different areas of the house, this then leads to mildew, which can leave a nasty odor in the area.  Mold is essentially a fungus and is found in areas where there is little ventilation and a warm, damp surrounding. Mildew is basically mold which has attached itself to some kind of material, mainly fabric and is usually found on carpets, rugs, clothes, towels and linens.

Mold and mildew odors are a problem in many households and is difficult to get rid of completely. As well as mold and mildew odor being unpleasant to our senses, it can also be dangerous to people with allergies as it contains irritants and toxins which can be harmful. In most cases of mold and mildew odor, traditional deodorizers and cleaning equipment doesn’t get rid of it completely, it is important to make sure that all of the molecules and bacteria are removed; the best way to achieve this is by using ozone technology to eliminate mold and mildew completely.

Ozone is created through a device which naturally creates ozone molecules from the air and then pushes them out into the area of the offending mold and mildew odor. The ozone molecule which is made up of three oxygen molecules will then separate and attach itself to the mold molecules and neutralize them. Once the oxygen atom has attached, the mold molecule is stripped of its personal odor characteristics and is dispersed as a neutral atom. Ozone is a very efficient air cleaner, as well as being proficient in odor control, as it is able to purify the air around it in a green and natural way, without releasing strong odors and chemicals into the air instead. The equipment that generates ozone is becoming more widely available and is a great investment as it takes care of the mold and mildew odor forever rather than just masking it for the immediate future.

The technology also has major health benefits as it works as a brilliant air purifier. This is why ozone is often referred to as the world’s natural air filter, which makes the air cleaner and healthier for people who suffer from allergies and irritations in their lives.

For more information, click here to visit our website to select the right ozone generator for your needs.

 

What is Smog: Ozone is Good and Natural

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Ozone has recieved a bad rep recently, mainly due to the summer-time smog issues primarily in California.  In actuality, smog is a combination of hydrocarbons  and VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) which inundate areas with larger amounts of pollution.  Ozone IS NOT smog; it is, in fact, naturally ocurring.   Ozone is present in smog, but the process that creates this pollution also creates smog.  The more pollution you have, the more smog is created.  Ozone is present to help clean the pollution, and without it we would not be able to life safely in our cities.  Unfortunately, Ozone has been getting a bad rep when in fact it is the hydrocarbons and VOC's, along with the many other toxic and harmful particulates in the air.  

For more information on what Ozone is and how it is actually GOOD for us to have around, read this article Ozone is Good and Natural.

 

Five Tips For Getting More From Your Ozone Generator

5 tips to keep your ozone machine running smoothly.

Important-tips

Just like a vehicle, ozone generators need to be maintained in order to run smoothly.  You wouldn't buy a new car and never bring it in to get an oil changed or new tires, would you? 

The same could be said for ozone generators.

So-here are a few tips to keep your RainbowAir/QueenAire ozone generator running longer:

1.  Keep your ozone generator up off the floor, preferably on a table or chair.  Ozone is heavier than oxygen, so by placing the unit higher up, you will achieve better deodorization results.

2.  Use a fan or air mover.  By displacing the air and forcing it to move around, the ozone will be able to reach the walls, ceilings, inside of closets, etc. instead of just stagnating.  The more air movement, the better the deodorization in your space.

3.  Clean your ceramic plates every 3-6 months.  Inside of the unit, the ceramic plates get dirty with frequent use, due to natural particulate forming.  Electricity naturally arcs to the areas that contain the particulate, which sometimes will result in tiny pin holes burnt into the plates.  When this happens, your fuse will blow, and you'll need brand new plates.  So-keep those plates clean, and this wont happen.  Clean plates=longer ozone generator usage.

4.  Eliminate as much moisture as possible.  If you are running the machine, you should run a de-humidifier prior to shock treating the area.  Too much moisture in the air will cause your fuses to blow to help protect the transformer-so make sure ahead of time you lessen the moisture/humidity. 

5.  Don't run your unit for days on end. A lot of people think that if they run the unit for days and days, it will do a better job.  This isn't necessarily true.  Usage varies due to the size of the space you will be shock treating; it's really a test of trial and error on your part.  There is no written script or plan, because each situation is different, and each space is equally as unique.

Also, make sure that while you run the ozone generator, you stay out of that area.  General rule of thumb is that you should stay out of the room for as long as you have been running the machine.  So, for example, if you've been ozonating for for 2 hours, you should stay out of the room for two hours.  It won't kill you if you happen to breathe some in, but it is an irritant and it's best to stay clear of the ozone until it has converted back into oxygen.

 

~Monique

 

How To Prevent Mold Growth and Eliminating the Odors It Comes With

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Many people as of late are dealing with mold and mildew after affects  accociated with the recent flooding that has occured in the Northeast due to Hurricane Irene.

So, what’s a good way to prevent the mold in the first place? 

Obviously, that has to do with water.  Without water, mold growth cannot start, multiply, or spead from one place to another.  The easiest and best way to control mold growth from gaining a foothold is to control dampness.  Keeping your home clean and dry is the first step.  Did you know that if you have water standing for even 24 hours common molds can begin to grow?  All in all, keeping humidity levels below 60% and venting moisture from showers are a few ways you can prevent the conditions that lead to mold growth.

Other tips:

  • Don’t carpet bathrooms and basements.  These areas are highly moist, which can harvest lots of hidden molds underneath
  • Clean up wet areas as soon as you can-within 24 hrs
  • Use a dehumidifier to get rid of excess humidity-this is great for basements

The recommended humidity level for controlling mold growth and dust mites is 50%-Dust mites are microscopic animals related to spiders, ticks and other mites. Dust mites eat mold and dead human or animal skin scales (flakes) and leave allergenic proteins. Dust mites reduce allergen production at these lower humidity levels.

If you have experienced water damage, the best way to ensure it’s cleaned up is to treat the area with ozone after it dries.   Click here for more information about mold/mild odors and how to eliminate them naturally and effectively.

Resources:

http://www.doh.state.fl.us

http://www.cdc.gov/