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.

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Fire Damage and Odor Problems Expected to Plague Western Half of U.S.

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This May, as the eastern half of the United States was getting soaked to the bone and flood-damage weary, the western states were being bombarded with smoke and fire damage. So much so that both USA Today and Time magazine were already predicting that this year’s fires could prove to be among the worst ones yet. And the news coming out of the Insurance Information Institute wasn’t any rosier.

Last year, Americans were faced with more than 47,000 wildfires that caused heart-stopping fire damages in the millions. Since the start of this year until now, they’ve already handled 900+ fires, which is more than double the amount of events that occurred between January and April 2013. Thus, it unfortunately looks like Time magazine and USA Today’s predictions may very well come to pass.

Residents on the west coast will undoubtedly have to act fast when it comes to wildfire clean up too. That’s partially because wildfire ash can be extremely alkaline and full of salts. As a result, it has the potential to permanently damage surfaces (i.e. discoloration and etching). That’s not even taking into account the odors and acidic nature of smoke or water damage.

Oftentimes, it is best to have a professional crew come in and clean up both the water and fire damage. During the process, household textiles (e.g. drapes and carpets) may need to be removed or deep cleaned by professionals to remove soot, mildew, mold and fire extinguisher emissions. Other items, like kitchen appliances and electronics may also need to be disposed of too.

Afterward, the lingering fire damage odors may be dispatched with the invaluable assistance of an ozone generator. It also has the potential to help tamp down any airborne particulate problems that may still remain after the initial clean up. To learn more about removing water and fire damage odors after a catastrophic event, please contact us at your convenience.

 

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NIOSH warning: Health hazards of mold and mildew odor

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Office building alert

In a November 2012 alert, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), issued this warning about mold and mildew odor:

“Occupants within damp office buildings, schools, and other nonindustrial buildings may develop respiratory symptoms and disease.”

What causes the health hazard

Mold, bacteria and the breakdown of building materials have been associated with a host of respiratory ailments like asthma, bronchitis, infections, etc. Anyone exposed who is already suffering from respiratory problems runs the risk of having their condition worsened or even raised to the next more severe level.

Faulty design or maintenance can be factors

Often dampness in buildings is the result of poor design, construction or certification before people occupy the premises. According to NIOSH, “These problems and associated health effects can be prevented by making dampness prevention a goal (during the planning phase).”

Once the structure is built, however, dampness can occur through lack of good maintenance and preventative measures before and during bad weather. You don’t need to be a biologist with a mold spore measurement instrument. Just look for leaks, damp areas, water dangers and signs of mold. The telltale musty odor and overall clammy feeling you experience around indoor damp areas
are commonsense detection measures that are your call to action. What building owners and employers need to do:

  • Actively and aggressively respond when anyone reports environmental or health concerns associated with environmental dampness.
  • Inspect building areas exposed to the weather or subject to dampness (cellars, crawls spaces,
    attics, etc.) and do what is necessary to dry, repair and seal them.
  • Keep the indoor humidity down by using dehumidifiers for your climate control systems.
  • Within 48 hours after porous building materials become wet or damp, take steps to repair or replace damp-infested areas.
  • Tell your employees about the dangers of exposure to dampness. Write up your plans for response to  complaints or evidence of human exposure to hazardous mold and bacteria.
  • Publish and distribute your plans and keep them ready and updated as necessary.

How employees can get into the picture

The NIOSH alert recommends that workers and building occupants:

  • Report signs of dampness or musty smells and moldy odors. Tell employers about any associated health problems that may be occuring as a possible result of workplace dampness.
  • Talk to a physician who is qualified in occupational medicine. Tell the employer what the physician discovered.
  • If the employer has an indoor environmental quality program or team, get involved and participate. If the team is not established or active, encourage management to get one     going.

Letting in the fresh air

When you have uncovered the cause and taken the steps to combat mold and mildew, it’s time to deodorize and let in the fresh air. Contact us and check out our ozone generating equipment. Satisfaction guaranteed!

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Using Ozone Technology to Permanently Remove 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.

 

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/