How Does Ozone Work?

First of all, ozone is just a different formulation of normal oxygen.  O2 is the normal configuration of two ozone atoms.  Through a simple process, an ozone generation breaks the bonds of O2 to cause a temporary bonding of three oxygen atoms.  The extra oxygen atom is very loose and will easily disconnect and adhere to other compounds.  By adding an oxygen atom at the molecular level, the result is something called oxidation.

Because oxidation happens at the molecular level, a new compound is formed.  The easiest example is steel that oxidizes into rust.  It still has the character of steel in some way, like it is attracted by a magnet.  Rust is not steel it has been oxidized.  Oxides are usually less volatile or a threat than the original compound.  So, if we use ozone in a facility, we change many kinds of threats into non-threats.  

When it comes to bacteria and viruses, the oxidation burns microscopic holes in the out membrane causing them to die.  Mold and mildew are also killed by ozone depending on the type of application.  But, when treating mold, there is more to a proper mold treatment than running an ozone generator.

Ozone has multiple applications, but it is not as simple as running an ozone generator.  Ozone is often part of a more comprehensive treatment.  When considering using ozone, you need to understand the type of problem, the extra work that is required, and whether there are multiple steps to the full remediation process.