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Mold Inspection services in Grand Rapids

Mold Inspection-Grand Rapids

Mold Testing

Do you need a Mold Inspection? The first thing to understand about mold is that there is a little mold everywhere – indoors and outdoors. It’s in the air and can be found on plants, foods, dry leaves, and other organic materials.

It’s very common to find molds in homes and buildings. After all, molds grow naturally indoors and outdoors. Mold spores can enter the home through doorways, windows, and heating and air conditioning systems. Spores also enter the home on animals, clothing, shoes, bags and people.

When mold spores drop where there is excessive moisture in your home, they will grow. Common problem sites include humidifiers, leaky roofs and pipes, overflowing sinks, bath tubs and plant pots, steam from cooking, bathroom exhaust fans vented improperly, or where there has been flooding.

Many of the building materials for homes provide suitable nutrients for mold, helping it to grow. Such materials include paper and paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood and wood products, dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation materials, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.

The Importance of Mold in the Real Estate Market Today

For homeowners, a mold inspection will either put your mind at rest or make you aware of any problems that could cause delays or deal breakers in the sale of your home. A professional mold inspection by EcoVive will give you a signed report before you put the home up for sale. Imagine being able to show a “clean bill of health” to potential buyers that express concerns – they’ll be impressed by your thoroughness and commitment to your home.

For buyers, getting a mold inspection will ensure that you’re not surprised by costly clean up and the potential health hazards of mold. If any mold is found to be present and active in the home, the mold inspection will allow you to ask the seller to do the clean up prior to buying the home

Can My Home Be Tested For Mold?

Yes. We offer thorough mold inspections that involve visual examinations of the most likely areas to harbor mold. We also take air samples indoors and out to determine whether the number of spores inside your home is significantly higher. If the indoor level is higher, it could mean that mold is growing inside your home.

It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your Grand Rapids home or business. Then, mold can spread quickly through the property in as little as 48 hours. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects. If you suspect your home or business has a mold problem, call EcoVive today for a Mold Inspection. 616-401-9176

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Protect your office against the Flu

Ready your office for Flu season

Protection against the flu

Each fall, nearly 111 million workdays are lost due to the flu. That equals approximately $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity.  The actual cost of an infectious disease can be far more than the cost of an infection control treatment.  Our highly-effective treatment also kills virus, bacteria, germs and fungi in offices, or the workplace.  The best cleaning service or sanitizing spray cannot match our infection control program.  And, there are no harsh chemicals used or residue left behind.

When cold, flu, or any infectious illness shows up, call us in to stop the spread of disease before it takes over.  Some infections are simply deadly.  Immediate treatment of the facility can be a major defense against the spread of dangerous diseases.  Stop infections before they spread through the whole office.  And, our infection prevention treatment lasts for three months or more.

To find out more about our treatment program, give us a call today. 616-401-9176

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Disinfection services Schools and offices.

Disinfection Services

EcoVive Disinfection services understands that an outbreak of disease can occur in a variety of environments, including schools, daycare centers, offices, gyms and other places of work.  Anytime people come together in close quarters or large groups there is an increased risk of catching a virus. Typically, the viruses that are passed around between people are minor. For example, the common cold or flu bug that seems to spread around an office once or twice a year. However, when more serious diseases contaminate a location, you may need professional help to fully disinfect the property. That’s where EcoVive can help.

Bacterial infections, once confined to hospitals, are becoming a problem of epidemic proportions in the public sector today. Disinfectants which have traditionally maintained safety are increasingly ineffective as the organisms have developed a tolerance to their toxic effects. Our disinfection service guarantees that micro-organisms cannot develop a resistance. The technology in the green product we use is combined with a surfactant package to create a powerful cleaning and disinfecting agent proven to destroy infection causing organisms and reduce infection rates.

EcoVive has the experience and resources required to alleviate serious diseases like bird flu, HTV, HIV, H1N1, MRSA, and other pandemic outbreaks. Thanks to a breakthrough in environmental science technology, we are able to offer a green cleaner that has the power of an industrial strength disinfectant without the harmful effects.

Locations We Provide Disinfection Services

Public Schools: Schools are the ideal environment for diseases to spread. With so many students coming from a variety of homes makes for a nearly limitless opportunities for exposure.

Businesses: Similar to schools, workplaces like offices or industrial facilities can also becoming breeding grounds for viruses. While there are preventative measures each employee of a business can take such as thoroughly washing before eating and disinfecting personal areas this is not always enough.

Contact Us

If you’re in need of Disinfection services in Grand Rapids, or throughout Western Michigan, please call us at 616-401-9176. We are able to respond to emergency situations 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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School Bus Disinfection

Eliminating Germs from School Buses

With school starting up again, thousands of children in the Grand Rapids area are climbing onto the school bus. And by late afternoon, children will be returning home with more than filled backpacks and homework School Bus Germs– from a busy day at school and the bus ride home, there is ample opportunity for the transmission of germs.

Every year some 480,000 school buses carry 25 million children — more than half of America’s schoolchildren — each day, making the school bus industry the largest form of mass transit in the United States. Unfortunately, school bus conditions are mostly overlooked as a breeding ground for environmental contamination, and pathogenic microorganisms such as MRSA, Staph, Salmonella, and E. Coli.

While children are on the school bus, ample opportunities for exposure to and transmission of germs exist. Children transfer germs from runny noses and non-hygienic things they touch from the support rail going into the bus; to arm rests, chair backs, windows and the seats.

The challenge for many schools is how to make sure that the school buses are being not only cleaned properly, but they are being disinfected also. And this is where most school systems fail. This regularly results in many children becoming too sick to attend classes and more importantly come to school with a contagious infection which can spread to other students, via common or high touch surfaces.

Did you know?

  • National Institute of Health states that up to 80% of diseasesare transmitted through surface contamination with increasingly dangerous bacteria and viruses, e.g. MRSA and Norovirus
  • Traditional cleaning methods leave 50% of surfacesuntouched and still harboring growth of bacteria, viruses, molds and mildews
  • Current disinfectants do not leave surfaces clean for long enough

 

The CDC recommends a sanitizing and disinfecting regiment that includes school class rooms, bathrooms, common areas, locker rooms, and other critical areas to prevent, reduce and mitigate transference. School busses are also high on the list of suggested areas to be properly disinfected on a regular routine to prevent and reduce infections from spreading.

Non-Toxic, safe way to treat school buses against germs

EcoVive has the perfect solution to many of these ongoing challenges. We use a broad spectrum biocide hospital grade disinfectant, rated Class IV, 100% non-toxic by the EPA. This is a revolutionary and proprietary formula that targets harmful contaminants while causing no harm to you or the environment and eliminates odors. It is ideal to use around children, the elderly and those with allergies, asthma or immune deficiencies and does not emit or produce volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). It is non-corrosive, non-flammable, non-chlorinating, phosphate free, hypo-allergenic and a true biodegradable product. It will provide immediate disinfection as well as residual protection. It is non-corrosive so it does not need to be wiped off of a surface to prevent damage.

This biocide has been tested effective as a sporicide, germicide, bactericide, fungicide and biocide. Its proprietary formulation makes it a unique disinfection system targeting the most harmful virus, bacteria, fungi, and spores while remaining safe and eco-friendly.

After the application of the broad spectrum biocide, we then apply a Micro-biostatic coating to the interior of the bus, taking special care to target the high touch areas. The Micro-biostatic Antimicrobial Coating forms a protective surface protectant by forming a nano-size bed of spikes that disrupts the microorganism’s membrane resulting in the loss of energy in the microbe and its demise.  This new technology provides a perfect approach to inhibiting microorganisms without the use of unsafe heavy metals or poisons.  Because we accomplish all of this without the use of poisons or metals and do not create microbial resistant strains, we are the ‘Green’ solution to inhibit microbial growth.

To find out more about our treatments for school buses, visit our website at: www.eco-vive.com

Or, give us a call today. 616-401-9176

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cigarette Odor Removal

Cigarette smoke creates an odor that is infamous for its ability to saturate living spaces in a home and persist long after its source is gone. Realtors may be asked by clients who recently purchased a smoke-infused home, or by sellers before their house goes on the market, about how to remedy the situation.

Some facts About Cigarette Smoke and its Residuecigarette odor removal

  • Smoke particles can be as small as .001% of the width of a human hair, which allows them to penetrate almost any part of a house. Cigarette smoke can easily circulate through a building’s ventilation system.
  • It is not clear whether cigarette smoke odor is dangerous or if it is merely a nuisance. While tobacco smoke is a known carcinogen, little is known about the health effects of the particles that are left in the air after you can no longer see the smoke. The American Cancer Society states of cigarette odors, “Though unknown, the cancer-causing effects would likely be very small compared with direct secondhand smoke exposure, such as living in a household that has a smoker.”

Some things that can be done to help remove cigarette odor from a home.

Removal Strategies for Cigarette Odor

  • Open all windows and turn on fans. Ventilation is probably the best way to remove any odor.
  • Clean light bulbs. Just as some scent-diffusers rely on heat from light bulbs to disperse the aroma of the scented oil, it’s possible that the oily residue from nicotine and other cigarette byproducts is dispersed throughout the living area the same way.  Anecdotal reports suggest that light bulbs attract smoke residue.
  • Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces, preferably with cleaners that contain ammonia or vinegar, although woodwork requires cleaners that are not as acidic.
  • Remove carpeting, as it is nearly impossible to remove smoke particles from carpet. Thoroughly scrub the flooring beneath before installing new carpet. If the carpet cannot be replaced, have it professionally cleaned.

If, after trying to get rid of the odor yourself, and it is still there, give us a call. EcoVive is a professional Odor Removal company that uses Ozone to remove cigarette odor. Ozone, as it has three oxygen atoms, is highly unstable and will oxidize easily. When it is introduced into an area with cigarette odor, ozone attaches itself to the odor molecules and oxidizes them into their basic elements–carbon dioxide and hydrogen, which have no odor. Our Ozone machines are professional units which require that all people pets and plants are removed from the building during the treatment.

One of the biggest mistakes home owners make when trying to get rid of cigarette odor is to paint the walls. This should not be done until the home is treated with ozone to kill the odor. Paint will trap the odor on the wall, and when the paint dries, it becomes porous, and will allow the odor to escape.

Before you put your home up for sale, or buy a home, give us a call to find out more about our cigarette odor removal.  616-401-9176

 

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Odor Removal

Odor Removal for Rental Homes

Odor Removal services

When owning rental homes, many times when the tenant moves out the owner has to do repairs to get it ready to rent out again. One of the things left behind is Odors. Sometimes these are easy to get rid of by a good cleaning. But, when a serious odor is present a professional is needed. EcoVive offers Odor Removal services that utilizes chemical free applications. With the use of Ozone and essential oils, we can eliminate foul odors. Trying to cover up smells in a rental home with candles and sprays only lasts for a short time, and leads to calls from the renters after they have moved in.  Depending on how bad the odors are, Odor Removal can be completed in 4-12 hours.  Not only do our Ozone treatments remove odors, it also will rid the home of bacteria, viruses, dust mites and other nasty little things. Leaving the home in great shape.

Essential Oil

A few of the calls we get are to “freshen” up a rental home or a house that is for sale. They don’t have bad odors, just a funky smell. While this does not require a complete Odor Removal treatment, it can benefit from our exclusive essential oil odor removal blend. This will remove the smells, and leave a very pleasant smell in the home.

No longer do you have to try and hide a smell from prospective renters. You can have them eliminated.

Call EcoVive today to schedule an Odor Removal service.  616-401-9176

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Tips for selling a home that smells

Don’t try selling a home that smells

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Are you thinking of selling your home? If your home has smells, either from cooking, pets, mold or mildew, or cigarette smoke, you may have a hard time getting people to be interested in buying it.

Many people are sensitive to smells, and will be turned off as soon as they walk into a home that has odors. Many sellers focus on the visual aspect of staging their home, but do not put much thought into how their house smells.

Here are a few things about smells, and what can be done to make your home odor neutral.

  1. You can’t hide smells — you need to eliminate them. Buyers who don’t smoke and never have will be able to detect the smell of cigarettes, pets and their messes, and even intense home cooking smells, often from their first step into the home. So it’s essential to approach your challenge as it really is: to remove or eliminate the odors, versus simply spraying something on top of them.

To someone who is sensitive or allergic to cigarette smoke, the only thing worse than the smell of smoke is the saccharine-sweet, fake floral scents someone has sprayed right on top of cigarette smoke odors.

  1. Take odor-specific steps to vanquishing smells. What you must do to truly eliminate an odor depends on the odor itself. With pets, often a thorough vacuum, carpet cleaning and washing any upholstery, curtains, blankets or other textiles in the home can go a long way, but to truly eliminate the odors an Ozone treatment of the home will be needed. If a pet has repeatedly had accidents on a particular spot of floor or carpet, it might require replacing or refinishing.

 

Cooking odors are similar, and can often be vanquished with a good scrubbing down of kitchen walls and floors, ceilings, and even range hoods and vent fans/filters; painting the kitchen walls and ceilings is not overkill.

But smoking is the big daddy of all odors, because (a) it is typically done chronically, for years, and (b) by its nature, smoke can get into every crack and crevice. To get rid of the smell from cigarettes will require a good scrubbing of all surfaces, and a professional ozone treatment of the home.  Ozone is a natural oxidizer that destroys odors.

When you decide to sell your home you want to get the best price for it that you can. Cleaning the home, making the outside look nice are things that need to be done, but having a professional Odor elimination company treat the inside of the home is another step that should be considered. Most people cannot smell the odors in their own home because they have lived with them for years. Have someone you know check your home for odors. If they do not live in the home, they will be able to pick up any odors that are there.

EcoVive of Grand Rapids

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Aqueous Ozone Cleaning

Chemical free cleaning with aqueous ozone

Unlike chemical cleaners, aqueous ozone reverts back to simple water and oxygen with no harmful residues or vapors after its job is done, which can then be poured down a drain safely without any harmful effects on the environment. The use of ozone as a cleaning and sanitizing agent is not new. Its cleaning and disinfecting properties were discovered, and have been used by scientists since 1886. Ozone naturally occurs in the atmosphere when sunlight or lightning adds an extra oxygen atom to the oxygen molecules in the air. Some of this ozone becomes infused with rain drops during a storm, resulting in aqueous ozone.

XytoBlast aqueous ozoneLiquid Ozone

EcoVive carries the Xytoblast liquid ozone system, that converts normal water into an oxygen-rich solution.  As you might already know, oxygen is a fantastic oxidizer that will eat away almost any pollution or contaminant.  The process is faster than chlorine products like bleach.  While the EPA recommends 8-10 minutes of Dwell Time for cleaning products like bleach, our system kills pathogens 300 times better and 3000 times faster than bleach.  Kill the worst pathogens in just 10 seconds, not 8-10 minutes required by the sanitizers you now use.

 The Xytoblast liquid ozone system is the new way to clean and sanitize. It is a non-chemical sanitizing system that can eliminate e coli, salmonella, and other bacteria from your facility. Our innovative system is FDA approved for food service areas, but versatile enough to treat nearly any cleaning and sanitizing problem.  Our systems destroys the biofilm, pierces the outer membrane of bacteria, virus, and fungi; producing a remarkable level of sanitizing.

Aqueous ozone has many industrial applications, but is primarily used to clean, sanitize, deodorize, and neutralize pollutants.  Aqueous ozone is a broad application tool that is considered  environmentally-friendly because it is made from oxygen and returns to oxygen once the job is done.  FDA has determined that ozone is safe for food preparation areas, which means it is safe nearly everywhere.  OSHA considers ozone to be GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe).

Veterinary hospitals, dog kennels, dog daycare centers, pet shops and zoos can all benefit from the use of aqueous ozone. Since liquid ozone acts as a fungicide, virucide, disinfectant and sanitizer, eliminating odors so well that the presence of animals is hardly noticeable. And the best part is liquid ozone is completely safe to use around, or even on animals.

Contact us today so we can help you clean and sanitize the cost efficient, green way. 616-401-9176

 

 

 

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Crime scene Odor Removal

Odor removal is an important aspect of crime scene cleanup, particularly when it comes to the odors caused by a body in a state of decay.
The decomposition process that occurs after death emits odors that infiltrate rooms and everything in them, including walls and furniture, leaving an ever-present reminder of death. To eliminate the source of the odor, especially with soft goods like upholstered furniture, the items must be removed and a shock treatment performed.

We don’t use air fresheners to mask the smell. We remove the odors using the most advanced odor removal technology available. Our ozone machines effectively remove lingering acrid smells, whether they’re caused by human decomposition or smoke, or any other scenario that requires odor removal.
How It Works

  • The source of contamination is removed first, and then ozone machines do their job. The ozone neutralizes the air and can take up to 48 hours to finish working. The machines used by EcoVive are extremely effective and can be used for cars, houses and even industrial buildings.
  • EcoVive keeps multiple machines on hand, so it’s possible for them to do more than one odor control job at a time.
  • Odor removal is a process, that can’t be achieved with simple air fresheners. If your odor is emanating from rodent urine you must contact a pest control company first to eliminate the rodent infestation.
  • Then call EcoVive to remove the fecal matter and the odor associated with the rodents.
  • Each situation is different and must be treated accordingly.

 

Whether the odor is caused by decomposition or any other source, EcoVive restores fresh air to the site. Our odor control methods have been effective in every situation we have come across.

EcoVive creates healthy indoor environments by removing offensive odors, bacteria and viruses. Whatever the cause of an odor, EcoVive restores fresh air to your home or business.

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Aqueous Ozone Cleaning and Sanitizing

Aqueous OzoneLiquid Ozone

As a chemical-free cleaner and sanitizer, aqueous Ozone, or as it is sometimes called, liquid Ozone, is the new way to clean and sanitize. Liquid Ozone is a broad range anti-microbial agent that works faster and more effectively than chlorine bleaches against pathogens, and does not produce fumes and toxic residues like dioxins and tri-chloramines. Because of its toxin free sanitizing action, aqueous ozone is considered safe as a direct and indirect food additive by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under its Organic Program. This Naturally occurring substance is one of the strongest oxidizing agents known, second only to fluorine in its speed and effectiveness.
The Xytoblast liquid ozone system is the new way to clean and sanitize. It is a non-chemical sanitizing system that can eliminate e coli, salmonella, and other bacteria from your facility. Our innovative system is FDA approved for food service areas, but versatile enough to treat nearly any cleaning and sanitizing problem. Our systems destroys the biofilm, pierces the outer membrane of bacteria, virus, and fungi; producing a remarkable level of sanitizing.

The Xytoblast liquid ozone system converts normal water into an oxygen-rich solution. As you might already know, oxygen is a fantastic oxidizer that will eat away almost any pollution or contaminant. The process is faster than chlorine products like bleach. While the EPA recommends 8-10 minutes of Dwell Time for cleaning products like bleach, our system kills pathogens 300 times better and 3000 times faster than bleach. Kill the worst pathogens in just 10 seconds, not 8-10 minutes required by the sanitizers you now use.
If you are interested in our Xytoblast liquid ozone system, give us a call. We would be glad to talk with you and give you a demonstration on how well this system works.
EcoVive. 616-401-9176

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