The War on Ozone Abuse
We have decided it is time to start a warlike campaign against ozone abuse. That may sound radical, but we have seen a geological shift in the landscape of ozone treatments.
Every month the offices of the National Ozone Association receives customer calls from anxious customers of various service providers that have over-treated with ozone. To understand why this is happening requires a little history. A decade ago, ozone generators were 2000, 4,000, and 6,000 milligrams per hour (mg/hr). The treatments ran ozone generators for 12, 24, 48, 72, and 96 hours in duration depending on the size of building and size of the problem. Today, ozone generators are ten times as powerful. We see 40,000, 60,000 and 100,000 mg/hr generators commonly in use. In other cases, we hear of services placing 7 to 10 ozone generators sized at 14,000 mg/hr in that run for 12 to 36 hours.
The Avoidable Problem of Over-Treatment
Here's what is happening! Over-treatment by powerful ozone generators will embed the ozone odor so the ozone smell will be ever-present for months after the treatment. You may have gotten rid of the doggie or smoke odor that is replaced with the ozone smell. Better, but now there is a replacement annoying scent.
Prolonged exposure to high ozone levels will do more than destroy the ambient odors. It will also convert the VOCs, TICs, and chemical compounds found in every home. Several types of VOCs are not destroyed, just changed in the process. VOCs, TICs, and chemical residue are resident in the home. So, the new combination of ozone converted VOCs will cause the embedded ozone odor to stay in the house or building. This can literally last for months after the treatment and there is no way to go backwards. We suggest a mixture of citrus-based essential oil misting to help the process, but let's address the real issue.
The National Ozone Association has published the "Best Practice for Ozone Remediation" that says in #208 that no ozone treatment should last any longer than eight hours. In fact, most ozone treatments should last only about two to four hours.
No Ozone Treatment should exceed Eight Hours in Duration!
The problem is that ozone is mostly topical and does not reach down into carpet, furniture, or drapes well. Their solution of the less-informed is to "Bake the Smells Out" by running the generators for an extended period. The folly is that ozone service providers are singularly-minded that ozone is the sole solution. Well, not so! The basic power of ozone is that it is an "Oxidizing Agent" using extra oxygen atoms to do the job. That much is good, but did you know that there are other oxidizing agents that can actually improve the overall success of any remediation treatment? There are other oxidizers out there that may be added to the mix. Not all oxidizers are eco-friendly or safe for common use, but some are.
Hydrogen peroxide is one of their friendly oxidizers. If we could find an effective version of this oxidizing product, we would shorten the ozone treatment to 1-2 hours limiting any negative effect from the treatment. Then, follow with a product like Decon 5 using a ULV fogger to treat all areas in the building. As an aqueous solution applied in a light mist to walls, carpet, furniture, and everywhere; the combination is amazingly powerful.
Straight hydrogen is not enough as it does not penetrate and destroy biofilms that also hold odors and contaminants. Like so many things in life, a combination of great ideas is better than one good idea. When hydrogen peroxide is properly formulated with surfactants, it can penetrate and destroy films, gunk, and biofilm. But, there is more....
Hydrogen peroxide can be the activating agent for other eco-safe ingredients to produce an astoundingly effective broad spectrum treament with no toxic residue.
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