Blog

Musty Basement Smell

Musty Basement Odor Removal

There are many degrees of basement odor & mold problems. The odor we hear the most about is a musty basement. Musty oOdor removal with Ozonedors are caused by mildew and mold, which grows and thrives in damp locations. A musty smell coming from the basement is most often noticed in the spring and fall when the furnace or air conditioning units are not running and windows are closed. A musty smell might be described as earthy, moldy, stale, or dank. Of course not everyone has the same smell descriptors, but I think we can all agree that for the most part, a musty smell is not a good thing. It is an indicator of decay. It is a sign of uncleanliness. It could be unhealthy. The cause of the musty basement odor is usually caused by an excessive amount of moisture coming through the porous concrete surface of your basement, or by a water leak in a pipe. The excessive moisture can soak through to other soft porous surfaces in the basement such as furniture, drapes, clothes and carpet. Spring floods can also bring water into a basement and cause a musty odor after the water recedes.

Sometimes, basements can be completely dry and still have a musty smell. One cause of this odor is what has been described as smelling like an Antique shop. This is caused by degradation of paper products and very old wood. Old waxes and polishes could also contribute to the smell.

Odor removal with Ozone

EcoVive uses professional Ozone generators to remove musty basement odors. The ozone goes directly to the source and will oxidize the stale, unpleasant odors found in basements. Ozone is very effective in removing musty odors often caused by mold and mildew. Ozone deteriorates the cell structure of the microorganisms, eliminating their ability to reproduce. As the entire space fills with ozone, every interior surface including floors, ceilings, closets, furniture and clothing gets sanitized and deodorized. While ozone is not able to pass through solid walls, it goes where normal air can go, even down into cracks and crevices.

EcoVive provides odor removal and mold removal services in the Grand Rapids, MI area, and throughout West Michigan.

 

Posted in: Grand Rapids, Michigan Odor Removal, Odor Removal

Leave a Comment (0) →

Locker room Odor Removal

Locker room Odor

Locker rooms and gym bathrooms are notorious for the odor that is associated with them. They can have a whole range of nasty locker room odors which include a host of body odors and sweat which are not easy to get rid of.

Over time these odors can build up to create problems that normal cleaning cannot take care of. Due to the elements that are present in these facilities such as sweat, showers and steam rooms which all have moisture, humidity and heat associated with them, locker room odors are produced quickly and the microorganisms which help to create locker room odors can multiply quickly and will thrive in these environments. Along with the odor in locker rooms, viruses and bacteria also thrive in these conditions and which cause further harm to our bodies and bodily systems. These locker room odors and viruses are not easy to eliminate and need to be dealt with in a more aggressive way than purely using chemical based cleaners such as bleach and chlorine to cover them up and try to clean them. The telltale locker room odors that indicate there are microorganisms and bacteria in a location are mustiness and a stale odor that seems to be creating a heavy and potent smell in the surrounding air.

Odor Remediation

Our high output ozone generators and liquid ozone machines are able to get rid of these locker room odors for good and they are able to purify and deodorize an entire facility by destroying the sources of locker room odors at the molecular level. Our ozone machines are able to generate massive amounts of ozone molecules in a space and release them into the area so that they can naturally deodorize and purify the air within the facility. While our chemical free Ozone treatment is killing the locker room odors, they also make the air cleaner and healthier for all to breathe in. Ozone is known as nature’s air purifier and it is able to make clean, odor free air in facilities where it is important for people to be breathing in healthy, clean and safe air. Our odor removal technologies are green and environmentally friendly. Instead of being hit by a smell of chlorine, bleach, sweat and other body odors, it is refreshing to be able to walk into a sporting facility which has no locker room odors, just a fresh, clean scent!

Call EcoVive of Grand Rapids today to improve the image of your locker room. 616-401-9176

EcoVive of Grand Rapids provides odor removal services throughout West Michigan.

 

Posted in: Odor Removal, Uncategorized

Leave a Comment (0) →

Chicken Coop Cleaning

Chicken Coop Cleaning

As spring approaches in Grand Rapids, the time is here to do a good cleaning and disinfecting of your chicken coop. This is especially important if you are considering bringing in new birds or replacing your flock. Decontaminating your coop is crucial in order to prevent diseases and other poultry health problems.

The first step to getting the chicken coop ready is to begin by airing the coop out as well as you can and then raking or shoveling out the old bedding. If you are sensitive to smells and chicken fluff, you may benefit from wearing a mask. This is another good reason (second to your flock’s well-being) to tackle chicken coop cleaning before the ammonia smell builds. Once most of the bedding is out, you can sweep the remaining bits out with a broom.

Then you are ready to clean. EcoVive of Grand Rapids provides an all-natural, non-chemical cleaning and sanitizing service for chicken growers in Grand Rapids that will make this job much faster, and more effective.

Using chemicals, like bleach to clean and disinfect your chicken coop can have disastrous effects on a flock. Chickens are very susceptible to respiratory illnesses and cleaning a coop with harsh chemicals can cause problems.

Chicken Coop SanitizingChicken Coop Sanitizing

With the use of our Liquid Ozone machine we can perform a chicken coop cleaning without the use of chemicals. The Liquid Ozone will not only clean, but it disinfects and removes odors at the same time. After the coop has been cleaned and dried, we can run our high output Ozone generators to totally disinfect the coop. With the use of the ozone gas, every nook and cranny in the coop will be disinfected.

If you raise chickens at your home in Grand Rapids and are looking for a better way to clean and disinfect your coop, give us a call today. We would love to help you.

Posted in: Disinfectant, Grand Rapids, Sanitizing

Leave a Comment (0) →

Medical office sanitizing

Protecting medical offices from C.diff

As C. Difficile (C.diff) becomes a serious problem in doctor offices, health clinics and dental offices, now is the time for a better approach to combating these threats.  The normal cleaning taking place in the medical offices is not protecting the patients from C. diff. and other viruses and bacteria.

“C.difficile was responsible for almost half a million infections and was associated with approximately 29,000 deaths in 2011”, as reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Creating Healthy Indoor environments in medical offices should be a top priority for all those involved. Having a cleaning company take care of the day to day cleaning is important, but it is not enough. This is being proven by the increase in C. diff. cases that are showing up outside of hospitals. Employing a company that can provide sanitizing services is the next step in providing a safe place for your customers.

Bio-Sanitizing With Ozone

Sanitizing is the normal and natural duty for ozone.

Nearly 100 years ago, it was discovered that ozone is the second most powerful sterilant in the world.  It is 3000 more effective than chlorine in water.  Ozone is 2.5 times better than bleach as a germicide.  The trouble is it cannot be bottled or sold as a commodity by chemical distributors.

Used as both a gas and liquid, ozone can clean and sanitize medical offices very efficiently.

Ozone attacks bacteria and viruses by destroying the outer membrane.  There is no defense as the gas penetrates throughout the building, and the liquid ozone is used to clean all hard surfaces.  Medical facilities are pleased to know that there is no residue or VOCs created by this process.

In addition to the normal cleaning, concerned organizations will treat their facilities once a month or once a quarter to reduce the growing concerns for infections.

Bacteria cannot mutate to avoid ozone attacks.  It kills germs with the same effect the first time and the hundredth time.EcoVive Sanitizing

Antimicrobial surface treatment

There is a huge need to revisit our sanitizing processes that are not working.  Bleach is not the ultimate solution. It is high in VOC causing later-life health issues, and it does not provide a 24/7 kind of proactive microbial barrier that is desperately needed. Antimicrobial surface treatments are the proactive choice.  If a facility waits for diseases to strike before offering a response, the cost and threat are huge.

BioZone Protectant is one of the leading antimicrobial coatings that allows quick application of an EPA approved antimicrobial surface treatment with the ability to inhibit disease for three to six months.  BioZone Protectant is non-toxic, non-transferable, and non-leaching once dried. It is easily applied to soft or hard surfaces.  It can be applied on smooth or porous surfaces as well.  It does not require light to activate it.  BioZone Protectant works 24/7 to fight pathogenic microbes even though it is a nanotechnology process that is unseen.

Schedule a consultation with our certified odor specialist.  We will map out a program that will provide the triple punch that will keep your facility and your clients safe.

EcoVive of Grand Rapids         616-401-9176

 

Posted in: Antimicrobial surface treatment, Sanitizing

Leave a Comment (0) →

Dangers of cleaning chemicals

Dangers of household cleaners

Cleaning is essential to protecting our health in our homes, schools and places of work. However, cleaning products often include harmful chemicals. Even products that are advertised as “green” or “natural” may contain ingredients that can cause health problems.

When consumers buy cleaning products, we expect them to do one thing: Clean!  We use many different scents, soaps, detergents; bleaching agents and specialized cleaners for bathrooms, kitchens, glass and floors to keep our homes sparkling and sweet smelling. While the chemicals in the cleaners foam, bleach, and disinfect to make our floors, countertops, dishes, bathrooms clean and germ-free, they also contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if touched or inhaled.

Many cleaning products can irritate the eyes or the throat or cause headaches or other health problems. Many products release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs and other chemicals released when using cleaning supplies contribute to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches.

When we use chemicals on a regular basis they become part of our home environment. According to the EPA, indoor air is 2 to 5 times more contaminated than outdoor air. Not only do these chemicals pollute the air that we breathe inside, they leach onto our counter tops, floors, carpets, bathtubs, sinks, and walls. We also absorb them into our bodies when they come in contact with our skin. Without our concern, our homes have become toxic environments. Regularly breathing, smelling, and touching these chemicals puts our own health at risk, not to mention the health of spouses, children, and even pets.

Just because we find these products on the supermarket shelves doesn’t mean they are tested for safety. Many of the ingredients in the cleaners are not listed on the container. Mostly because they are “trade” secrets to that companies cleaners.  After forty years of using chemical cleaners, we are beginning to connect asthma, cancer, nervous system disorders, and other diseases to their household use.

Green cleaning with Liquid Ozone

Because of the advertising, and how easy it is to purchase and use chemical cleaners, most people don’t think twice of the dangers.  Today there are companies that manufacture truly “green” cleaners that are much safer. One of the not so new, but just becoming more and more available for the home is Liquid Ozone.  While liquid Ozone is not the silver bullet for all cleaning needs in a home, it will replace most of the cleaners that are purchased.  Liquid Ozone is no more than oxygen and water. But, it is an amazing cleaner and disinfectant.  There are units for washing machines that will clean clothes, units that can be mounted with a faucet that will allow you to wash fruits, vegetables and meat. You can also fill spray bottles, and mop buckets to use for all your cleaning and disinfecting needs.

When you switch to a truly green cleaning practice in your home, you will eliminate the dangers to your health from the chemicals and help protect the environment at the same time.

 

Posted in: Disinfectant, Ozonated Water Systems, Sanitizing

Leave a Comment (0) →

Liquid Ozone

Eliminate cleaning chemicals from the home

I have been testing a liquid Ozone machine designed for the home. I was interested to see if using liquid ozone could eliminate cleaning chemicals that are now used in most homes.

The technology for liquid Ozone, or as it is also referred to, Aqueous Ozone or Ozonated water,  has existed for more than 75 years. In fact, liquid ozone cleaning has long been used to clean swimming pools used in the Olympics. Many municipalities in the United States and Europe, including the City of Ann Arbor, also use the technology to sanitize drinking water. However, the technology only recently has become practicable for use in smaller applications like cleaning homes and restaurants.

Liquid ozone is created by introducing an extra oxygen atom to an oxygen molecule and water molecules. The instability of the third oxygen atom creates a high-quality cleaning agent in which atoms of oxygen search for something to bond with. As it searches, the oxygen atoms break up dirt bonds and combine with hydrogen and oxygen to create more molecules of water and oxygen while cleaning the surface in the same way as toxic cleaners, but naturally.

While liquid is not a “silver bullet” that can replace every single cleaning chemical, it can replace most. Once surfaces are clean, using liquid ozone in place of the toxic chemicals on a regular basis will eliminate the need for having to use the cleaners every time.

Liquid Ozone in the home

I have used the liquid ozone with just as good and sometimes better results as what a chemical cleaner can do. It has been used to remove pet stains from carpet and furniture, clean kitchens, bathrooms and blinds in the home.  Not only is it cleaning, it is eliminating all the germs and viruses on the surfaces.

With the home liquid ozone unit, not only can it be used for cleaning, it is also a great way to wash fruits and vegetables.  Most of the fresh fruit and veggies that are purchased have dirt, pesticides and other nasties on them. Using liquid ozone to wash them when you get them home will not only remove all these, it will also extend the life of the fresh produce. This happens because it kills the bacteria that are feeding on them.

The cost to purchase a liquid ozone unit for the home is more than offset by the savings you will see in the reduction of cleaning chemicals that you purchase. It is estimated that in 2009 the average family spent $659 annually on cleaning products.

If you would like to know more about liquid ozone, or are interested in purchasing a unit, contact EcoVive at 616-401-9176

Posted in: Ozonated Water Systems

Leave a Comment (0) →

Pet Odor Removal

Pet Odor removal Grand Haven, MI

EcoVive

 

 

At EcoVive we use all- natural methods for getting rid of Pet Odors. No longer are “chemicals” needed for this type of Pet odor removal in Grand Haven. With the use of Ozone and enzymes, pet odors can be removed safely.

If the pet odor is noticed early enough it is a simple job to get rid of the smell. But, what happens most of the time is people get used to the smell, or it’s not until they try to sell the house, or in the case of an apartment, the tenants move out, and then the odor is noticed.  When this happens, the urine has soaked into the carpet and pad, sometimes soaking the subfloor underneath. In severe cases, it may be necessary to pull up the carpet in the effected areas and remove the pad. We can then work on removing the odor from the subfloor. We have had success in getting the smell out of the subfloor without having to replace it.

As a professional pet odor removal company, we can solve your problem and eliminate pet odors from carpeting, rugs, furniture, upholstery, and more. Whether cause by dog urine, cat urine, or animal feces, our deodorization experts can remove all types of pet odors from your home.

Don’t waste your time and money on products that claim to work. Or try to cover up the smell with deodorizers, rely on a team of professionals that know how to remove all manner of pet odors. We help pet owners all over Western Michigan. count on EcoVive to eliminate pet odors in your home.

Tired of your house smelling like your pets? Call our pet odor removal experts at (616) 401-9176 to request a consultation today and start to breathe easy.

Posted in: Grand Haven, Odor Removal, Pet Odor inspection service, Pet odors

Leave a Comment (0) →

Liquid Ozone Cleaning systems-Grand Rapids

XytoBlast Liquid Ozone can solve many of today’s cleaning challenges by harnessing the power of nature and without introducing harsh chemical formulations into the environment.

A top priority in today’s health conscious population is using safe cleaning solutions for everyday needs. As a society, we are moving away from harsh chemical cleaners and are looking at greener, healthier and more ecological friendly ways to clean and eliminate germs faster and more effectively. Phasing out harsh chemical cleaners can begin with by looking at a natural, safe cleaning solution that can be used in their place.

Using Liquid ozone instead of harsh chemical cleaners can help us reduce the use of dangerous chemicals and all the side effects that are being discovered because of the chemicals being used today.

Liquid ozone is more sustainable and safer than chemical cleaning agents because, once used, liquid ozone reverts to water and oxygen molecules, leaving only a bucket of dirty water to be poured down the drain. No dangerous chemicals being introduced into the eco-system. And unlike chemical agents, liquid ozone does not leave a residue on cleaned surfaces. Liquid Ozone has been given the designation of GRAS by the FDA  (generally recognized as safe) by the Food and Drug Administration. Other researchers are quick to point out that it can kill E. coli, salmonella, MRSA, C-Difficile and 99% of odor-causing bacteria as well.

What is “Liquid Ozone”.

Liquid ozone is a water-based ozone cleaner, which makes it a unique alternative.

The XytoBlast liquid ozone generating units create this cleaning solution by filtering oxygen molecules from the air, passing them through an electrical field that turns it into ozone and then infuses the ozone into water. When used as directed, liquid ozone eliminates germs, odors, stains, mold, mildew and other contaminants on any item or surface before changing safely back into water and oxygen. It is environmentally more effective than many alternatives, as it reverts to water and oxygen after cleaning.

This option can be used on all types of surfaces and is considered a multi-purpose cleaner.  Liquid Ozone is a highly effective cleaning agent that breaks down dirt, grease and other contaminants in the same way as toxic cleaners, but naturally. When used as a cleaning solution, liquid ozone is a broad range antimicrobial agent that works faster and more effectively against pathogens than chlorine bleach and hydrogen peroxide — and without fumes and toxic residues like dioxins and tri-chloramines.

Because of its toxin-free sanitizing action, liquid ozone is considered safe and environmentally friendly. Ozone is one of the most powerful cleaners available that can be used in a multitude of ways and in numerous industries.

Ozone is an extremely effective, safe and economical method of reducing common bacteria, fungi, molds, mildew and viruses on a host of surfaces in all types of facilities. Ozone’s powerful oxidizing action quickly reduces trapped chemical residues as well as harmful byproducts.

Some of the benefits of using XytoBlast Liquid ozone to clean and disinfect include:

  • Powerful Antimicrobial properties
  • No chemical residue
  • Scent-free cleaning
  • No need to purchase harmful and expensive chemicals
  • Reduces chemical handling and storage
  • One-time training for staff
  • Safer cleaning option for employees
  • Cost effective.

Liquid Ozone And Our Environment

In addition to being extremely powerful as a cleaning agent, Liquid ozone is a safe and natural solution for everyday cleaning needs.

Many of today’s commercial cleaners are extremely powerful, but are also very toxic and not environmentally friendly. Today, most companies are looking to incorporate sustainability and good environmental stewardship into their work environment and their community. By switching from harsh chemical cleaners to a more natural and safe cleaning solution, they will be one step closer to achieving the highest standards for both their employees and their surroundings.

Harness the power of nature with a XytoBlast Liquid Ozone cleaning system.

Available through EcoVive of Grand Rapids.

 

Posted in: Ozonated Water Systems, Uncategorized

Leave a Comment (0) →

Kennel Disinfection and Sanitizing

Kennel Disinfection and Sanitizing

Pet Odor Removal

Providing the best Disinfection and Sanitizing service for your kennel or Dog Day care is our number one goal. It is extremely important to have a visibly clean and odor-free place where pet owners can leave a family member for a day, a week, or a month without any concerns for their health and well-being. Creating a healthy environment for your guests depends greatly in part on how well you clean and sanitize.

Since kennel owners naturally want their kennels to be clean, disinfected, and odor-free, kennels are subjected to frequent cleanings with a variety of harsh chemicals. 

Prevention and Control of Animal Disease and illness in kennels and dog Day cares can incorporate a number of activities. Vaccination is great way to protect animals from potential infection. The downside to vaccinations is they may not always prevent the animal from contracting the disease it was vaccinated against. Another issue with vaccines is that they are not available for many illnesses which animals may be exposed to. As with human infections in health care settings, the incorporation of multiple prevention measures needs to be implemented in kennels and Dog Day care settings. This would include the addition of an effective disinfection program to go along with the normal cleaning and proper animal handling procedures.

A problem which impacts many animal handling facilities is the fact that many of the buildings are quite large, making disinfection a huge task. Another issue is the limited manpower available to perform needed disinfection, and the danger of using harmful chemicals. Because of the factors mentioned above, ozone technology may prove to be a valuable disinfection tool. Ozone is not only an effective broad spectrum antimicrobial but because it is can be used in gaseous and liquid form it can give a complete coverage of all surfaces.

In veterinary hospitals / clinics, animal labs, pet shops, zoos and kennels, Ozone not only kills parvovirus, it acts as a fungicide, virucide, disinfectant and sanitizer, eliminating odors so well that the presence of animals is hardly even noticeable.

EcoVive provides kennel and Dog Daycare center disinfecting and sanitizing for owners that want to provide the best for their guests.

 

Posted in: Pet odors, Sanitizing

Leave a Comment (0) →

Daycare Disinfection services-Walker, MI

Infection services for daycare

Disinfection Services for Daycares & Preschools

When it comes to preschools and daycares, proper disinfection is imperative. Children don’t always understand the importance of proper hygiene, so germs can spread quickly. Don’t leave your daycare or preschool vulnerable to all types of harmful bacteria, viruses, or germs. EcoVive of Grand Rapids uses a process that provides for whole room disinfection. Our Ozone system will seek out and eradicate pathogens completely from the areas that children and staff work and play. We follow this up with BioZone protectant Antimicrobial surface treatment that can be applied to both porous and non-porous surfaces to provide up to 90 days of protection against pathogens. In one simple treatment you can enjoy a healthier environment that is pathogen free.

Why turn to EcoVive of Grand Rapids for your infection control?

  • Removes Odors along with pathogens
  • Chemical free disinfection. Only water and oxygen left over.
  • Children will be free to touch and explore without passing harmful germs
  • Our service will save your thousands over traditional cleaning

If you are an owner or are in charge in the health and safety of children at a daycare or preschool, contact us at 616-401-9176 to learn more about our economical disinfecting solutions.

 

Posted in: Antimicrobial surface treatment, Disinfectant, Sanitizing

Leave a Comment (0) →
Page 3 of 8 12345...»