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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Eliminate Skunk Odor Under Your House or in a Shed

As the weather heats up, animal control companies get more calls about skunks living under the house or in a shed. The animals have wintered at your property and now spring sets into motion the mating cycle. Skunk odor is usually the way most homeowners learn about the unwelcome guests in the first place. Although an animal control specialist can remove the skunks from your property, eliminating the skunk smell is another matter.

Understanding the Makeup of Skunk Smell

Unlike other scents, the spray of a skunk is difficult to remove because it contains sulfur. Combined with hydrogen, the chemical makeup of the scent further involves the presence of a CH2 complex. This combination puts it in the same league as the thiols used to add odor to natural gas or propane. If you have ever smelled these products, you know that masking the scents with sprays or other methods is impossible.

Safe Odor Removal with Ozone

Rather than trying the old wives’ tales involving tomato juice and stale beer, give ozone a try. Because the generator technology splits the O2 molecule that allows for the recombination into O3 ozone, the highly volatile molecule now reacts with the sulfur-containing skunk smell on a molecular level. Breaking up the structure of the smell itself, ozone does not mask the scent or super-impose an even smellier odor, but it eliminates the molecules that cause it.

Depending on the size of your crawlspace or shed, you may be able to use the Rainbowair 500 Series II, which treats rooms measuring between 500 square feet and 1,500 square feet. This product has been created for the hotel industry, is portable and provides you with an ozone output of up to 500mg per hour.

Contact us for more information on skunk odor removal with ozone or to find out about the other ozone generators we have in stock.

How Ozone Can Kill Bacteria and Remove Odors in the Process

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The three oxygen atoms that make up ozone occur naturally. In fact, approximately 20 percent of the planet’s breathable air is made up of ozone. Yet there is more to this highly unstable molecule than meets the eye. Did you know that ozone will kill bacteria and do away with offensive odors in the process?
  • Ozone reacts with the cell walls of bacteria. Ohio State University experts recognize ozone as “a potent antimicrobial agent” that not only kills bacteria but also eradicates fungi, viruses and even parasites. Researchers discovered that the oxidative burst, which occurs when the ozone molecule reacts with bacterial cell walls, paves the way to further destruction of the undesired organism’s cellular components. This refers to bacterial genetic material, a wide variety of enzymes contained within the cell wall and the lipids that make up parts of the cell wall itself. Microorganisms cannot withstand this onslaught and die.
  • A destruction of bacteria results in odor removal. Offensive odors are usually the result of bacterial activity. For example, in the case of a smelly shoe closet, the bacteria that ingest sweat subsequently excrete acids that are exceedingly pungent. Thus, by destroying the odor-causing bacteria in the first place, any offensive odor you may notice in a home or business also gets removed.
  • Ozone may be created artificially. It is possible to artificially create ozone in the business or home environment. Newaire is a recognized leader in the plug-in technology field.Rainbowair makes units that serve the hotel industry as well as the manufacturing sector. Queenaire offers a wide variety of compact units, some of which are designed to continuously treat areas of up to 10,000 cubic feet. No matter what type of setting you envision, there is an ozone generator that is a perfect fit.

Unlike with antibiotics and chemical-based bacterial cleaners, it is not possible for the targeted microbes to develop a form of immunity to the oxidative burst. This knowledge is now being harness by physicians who have long been concerned over the increasing levels of hospital-acquired infections. Gizmag reports on Canada’s Queen’s University that is now experimenting with the use of ozone to kill difficult-to-eradiate and highly infectious bacteria.

At Ozone Experts, we understand that you do not want to use harsh and potentially dangerous chemicals to kill bacteria. Contact us today to discuss the types of ozone-generating products that would be perfect for your home or business. Losing offensive odors in the process is a welcome fringe benefit.

5 Quick Tips to Improve Air Quality In Your Home

Queenaire-ozone-generators-family-outside-800Have you noticed a consistent dip in the air quality within your home? Although it might not always seem so, we actually have a huge effect on the air quality within our living spaces. If you notice strange odors, a stale or stagnant feel to the air, or a stuffiness within your home, you may want to take steps to improve the air quality. There are a number of simple steps to ensure that you enjoy great air quality within your home.

1. Keep Floors Cleaned

Many of the air quality problems that manifest in homes are from dirty floors. Dust can gather on the floor quickly, so make sure that you clean, sweep and vacuum your home regularly. Remember to seek out hard-to-reach areas to ensure that you aren’t leaving large amounts of dust under furniture or in corners.

2. Reduce Humidity

Humidity makes it easy for molds and bacteria to thrive within your home, which reduces air quality and can lead to other serious problems. Make sure that your home has optimal levels of humidity throughout the day.

3. Add Indoor Plants

Indoor plants help to freshen the air throughout the home. By placing an indoor plant in each room you will be able to help keep the air quality at an acceptable level.

4. Take Your Shoes Off

Dragging dirt into your home will only make your air quality problems worse. Make sure that you are taking your shoes off at the door and are never dragging in dirt and debris from outside. As plant matter and dirt breaks down, it releases chemical compounds into the air that reduces the air quality.

5. Use Air Purifiers

Air purifiers are a great way to improve the air quality within your home. For a small investment, you can help to keep the air within your home clean and healthy.

If you would like to know more about how to improve air quality within your home, feel free to contact us and chat about the tools you can use that lead to a clean, healthy, breathable air.

Property Managers Secrets for Dealing with Real Estate Odors

what-is-ozoneWhen you consider all the ways that homes become “odorous” it is easy to imagine that a property manager has come across smells that bewilder the average person. Pet smells, mold and mildew, old dirty diapers and all sorts of stuff to offend the nose are common when folks move out of a property. Before the home can be shown and re-rented it is important to make it look and smell like new.

The first step a property manager must take is to clean the home, everything from the windows and walls to the ceiling fans and blinds need to be washed with a disinfectant and antibacterial cleanser. Opening the windows and shampooing the carpets will go a long way toward letting the home air out and smell a bit better, sadly this is a first step to dealing with real estate odors but not necessarily enough.

Some property managers choose to place bowls of vinegar or lemon juice in the property overnight. Lemon leaves behind a fresh fruity scent but doesn’t really eliminate the bad odors and vinegar does neutralized odors and the vinegar smell fades quickly leaving what appears to be fresh clean air.

But the next time the manager visits, to show the property there is likely still a lingering bad odor. This can be completely remedied by installing ozone producing machines. Ozone generators create ozone which is also known as activated oxygen. The ozone produces is a natural way to eliminate odors completely instead of just covering them up.

While these machines are similar to air purifiers or air filters the difference is that the machine creates ions which go forth and destroy odorous molecules while air purifiers have to cycle the air through the machine to clean it. Contact us to learn more about how ozone generators could be the answer to your bad odors.

Successful property managers get empty units filled quickly, in order to make this happen they have to know a bit about removing real estate odors, cleaning, and covering up scents only works to freshen the home temporarily, the only way to make sure the smells don’t reappear after a few days is to completely purify the air molecules with an ozone generator.

Stale Home Odor Control Calls for the Rainbowair 500 Series II

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A common misconception suggests that stale house odors occur in the room that holds the laundry hamper or the areas where teens hang out. In fact, it is common to walk into your home and be greeted by air that simply lacks freshness. Although there is not necessarily a bad smell, breathing in the air is unpleasant, and you feel self-conscious about inviting others into your home.

You may have attempted odor control in the form of scented sprays, candles or plug-ins. While these deodorizers briefly added a very distinct smell to your home, they failed to remove the stale smell that permeates your space. In an effort to combat the staleness in other ways, you probably cleaned the home, washed fabrics, removed uneaten foods and dusted everything.

Yet short of opening your windows every day for the time that you are home, you cannot keep the staleness at bay. In the winter, opening the windows is probably not a good option. Depending on where you are located in the country, it may also not be a good idea in the summer. Investing in Rainbowair 500 Series II machine for odor control can turn around the problem that you are experiencing.

This unit is a favorite of the hotel industry. It easily treats spaces of up to 5,000 square feet. Weighing only 12 pounds and providing you with a five-year warranty, this is the type of machine you can easily move and store as needed. With an output of 30 mg/hr to 500 mg/hr, you control whether you want the air to undergo cleansing during your absence or while at home.

The success of the machine’s method is due to the use of ozone. Whereas deodorizes simply add a scent to an already unpleasant smell in an effort to briefly overpower it, the Rainbowair 500 Series II destroys the gases causing the stale smell at the root. Whether the odor-causing elements hide in the ceiling material, the carpeting or the inside of cabinets, ozone bonds with the odor-causing molecules and destroys them.

The result of this odor control measure is the removal of stale air, not its cover up. In fact, breathing in after the machine has done its job will feel as though you had spent the entire day airing out the home – without opening even one window. Contact us today for more information on this and other units that control stale odors in your home or work environment.

Rainbowair Activator Technology Eliminates Odors and Purifies Air

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The Rainbowair Activator comes in a broad range of models. Ideal for use in residential and commercial settings, the technology has the power to eliminate odors at the source and purify the air that you breathe on a daily basis. What are your options?

Rainbowair Activator 250 or 500

These units are ideal for smaller settings. The model 250 treats rooms up to 2,500 square feet in size. Its output is up to 250mg of ozone per hour. This small machine lets you set a 60-minute timer that allows you to repurpose a smoking lounge for a non-smoking purpose. The model 500 doubles the treatment size and ozone output. It, too, comes with a 60-minute timer. This is an ideal unit for a whole-house treatment and tackles everything from body odors to cooking smells and tobacco smoke. This model is also a favorite of the hotel trade, for which it is designed.

Rainbowair Activator 1000 Series II and Auto Models

Both models treat spaces up to 10,000 square feet. Ozone output ranges from 60mg per hour to 1,000mg per hour. A 24-hour timer as well as a continuous operations mode put you in control of the machine’s functionality. This model is geared toward commercial applications such as flood restoration work and car detailing outfits. The auto model features a hose kit for concentrating the ozone into the problem area. A 2000 series is also available for facilities and comes with the optional auto hose kit. Treatment capacities double.

Advantages of Ozone Treatments

In the home, you find copious quantities of dust mites, pet dander and pollutants that you may have tracked in from other homes or just from the outside. Within the workplace, a broad range of fragrances, cooking smells and harsh cleaners make it difficult for some employees to breathe with ease. The Rainbowair Activator product series freshen the air naturally and eliminate odors. Additionally, the technology leads to a reduction of allergens. Contact us today to find out more about this technology.

Permanently Remove “Used Car” Odors

remove-odors-from-1-vehicleAre you ready to bring your used car to the dealership for a trade in estimate or simply to sell it outright? Are the smells coming from your vehicle lowering your chances of getting a good payout? When there is a used car odor that does not clean up with a good wiping down of the surfaces, there is an option.

Start with a Good Cleaning

Look under the seats for forgotten fast food wrappers. These are the most common culprits when it comes to creating an unpleasant odor in your vehicle. Other common sources include forgotten socks, shoes or blankets used by animals. Next, vacuum the vehicle to remove animal hair and dust that may have trapped odor particles.

Elbow Grease Only Goes so Far

No amount of vacuuming will remove the stale cigarette smoke that has built up in the upholstery. Deodorizing sprays only mask it for a brief period of time. The same is true for the hot chocolate or baby bottle that your child spilled in the backseat. The smell of sour milk is next to impossible to mask.

In these situations, you need to eliminate the odor-causing molecules at the source. Ozone is the chemical-free option that does not leave behind any telltale smells of your attempts. The Rainbowair Activator Ozone Generator 1000 Series II with Auto Kit works well for this purpose. This ozone generator will work in any room, but with the auto kit accessory, you can ensure all of your vehicles and RV’s are always smelling their best and maintaining the most value possible

Contact us today to learn more about the elimination of a used car odor without the need for spray cleaners and chemicals.

Top 5 Must-know Ozone Generator Facts for Homeowners

The investment in an ozone generator is the beginning of a practice to eliminate odor naturally.

queenaire-ozone-generators-family-croppedThe investment in an ozone generator is the beginning of a practice to eliminate odor naturally. For homeowners who do not want to release noxious chemicals and heavily scented droplets into the air they breathe, this technology is the right choice. How do you know that this form of stink removal is a good option for you?
  1. Ozone removes odors at the molecular level. Unlike sprays that seek to combat one smell with another, ozone succeeds at getting rid of the contaminants that cause the smells. Ozone reacts with the molecules that cause a variety of odors and destroys them.
  2. Generators curtail dust. The typical ozone generator not only produces ozone but also ions that cause the particles making up dust in your home to clump together. Now heavier than air, the dust falls to the ground. Enjoy breathing cleaner air while simply vacuuming up the dust.
  3. Ozone is safe. The Food and Drug Administration agrees that typical ozone found in your home qualifies for the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) rating. In large quantities, this rating does not apply. If you can smell it, it is probably too much.
  4. You can adjust ozone levels. Maintaining a fresh air smell with ozone requires very low quantities. When you need to eliminate odor from today’s cooking experiment, the mold smell in the basement and the stink from the forgotten garbage in the garage, you probably need to increase the ozone level there. For particularly bad stinks, simply increase the ozone and leave the area for a bit.
  5. Broad range of products. You have options when shopping for an ozone generator. A QT Storm can treat up to 10,000 cubic feet and release between 3 mg of ozone per hour and 300 mg of ozone per hour. A Rainbowair 250 Series II machine treats spaces measuring up to 2,500 square feet and offers an ozone output of up to 250 mg per hour. A Newaire Plugin Series I model stays out of the way and treats rooms up to 500 square feet.

When you are ready to learn more about how to select the right ozone generator for your home, contact us for information on the various models.

Consider Odor Removal for Your Home before You Host a Family Gathering

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Although you might use air fresheners and light candles on a regular basis, these methods will only cover-up bad odor, which still leaves you with a home that has odor issues. Instead of relying on the creation of new smells to get your home ready for hosting a family gathering, you should eliminate the root of the problem by investing in an ozone deodorizer that will remove the odor for good.

Get Ready for an Enjoyable Gathering

It can be tough to enjoy a family gathering when your home does not smell appealing. Since you should be spending a decent amount of time on preparation, you should not pass up making your home a pleasant place to be. It simply comes down to understanding that the odor in your home matters.

Make Sure Your Guests are Happy

While you might be able to handle a not-so-desirable odor in your home, you should not force this odor upon your guests. It is best to get rid of odors when you have family members staying at your home for several days, which will improve the experience for both you and your guests.

Feel Confident in Your Hosting

Taking the time to find a solution for odor removal will give you the confidence you need to host a family gathering with confidence. If you end up loving the responsibility of hosting, your ability to impress your guests and confidence in your hosting can have you hosting more family gatherings in the future.

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