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What Causes Indoor Air Quality Problems?

Indoor pollution sources that release particles or gasses into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Not having the proper ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants. Our homes are kept closed up in the summer to keep the heat out, and in the winter to keep the cold out.  Never allowing the home to ventilate completely.

Pollutant Sources

There are many sources of indoor air pollution in any home. These include combustion sources such as heating oil, natural gas,  and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos -containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care products; central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; and outdoor sources such as pesticides, fertilizer and outdoor air pollution.

The relative importance of any single source depends on how much of a given pollutant it emits and how hazardous those emissions are. In some cases, factors such as how old the source is and whether it is properly maintained are significant. For example, an improperly adjusted gas stove can emit significantly more carbon monoxide than one that is properly adjusted.

Some sources, such as building materials, furnishings, and household products like air fresheners, release pollutants more or less continuously. Other sources, related to activities carried out in the home, release pollutants intermittently. These include smoking, the use of solvents in cleaning and hobby activities, the use of paint strippers in redecorating activities, and the use of cleaning products and pesticides in house-keeping. High pollutant concentrations can remain in the air for long periods after some of these activities.

Indoor Air Quality Improvements

There are some things that can be done to improve the indoor air quality in a home. Make sure all gas appliances are running as they should, you may need to have a certified service tech inspect them. Reduce the amount of cleaners used in the home, stay away from aerosols.  According to a recent study published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, “The researchers found that cleaning sprays, especially air fresheners, furniture cleaners and glass-cleaners, had a particularly strong effect [in creating asthma symptoms].” The study continues: “Frequent use of household cleaning sprays may be an important risk factor for adult asthma …The relative risk rates of developing adult asthma in relation to exposure to cleaning products could account for as much as 15 percent, or one in seven of adult asthma cases.”

A great way to have an immediate and lasting effect on the indoor air quality is to have an Ozone treatment done on your home. This will eradicate all the pollutants from the air and surfaces in your home. And it is not a chemical. It is all natural and leaves no residue behind. Nothing is better or faster acting at improving your health in your home.

To find out more about Ozone treatments for your home, visit our website.

 

 

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Flu Home Treatment

Flu Home Treatment

 

Germ Sanitation

 

The sterilizing power of Ozone is the strongest known element to be used against bacteria, micro-organisms, fungus and viruses. If your home or business has been hit by the flu bug, an Ozone treatment from EcoVive will sterilize your building. Once the treatment on your home or business begins our ozone technology will start to generate a cloud of ozone that will spread throughout your home until it eventually fills and saturates the structure many times over. Ozone is nature’s active element, so it will follow and replace oxygen until there is no more oxygen present within the structure. The ozone cloud will even travel through ventilation ducts resulting in a truly ozone filled environment. The cloud of ozone is sanitizing and disinfecting every square inch of surface in the house, leaving it completely free of germs, bacteria, viruses, micro-organisms. H1N1, MRSA, Mold, Toxic Mold, Bacteria, Viruses, Pet Odors, Smoke Odors, Odors, and much, much more.

The ozone cloud is also able to clean deep into carpeting, drapery, furniture cushions, pillows, bed linens, mattresses and clothing! Because the cloud of ozone goes everywhere oxygen is present, even the smallest places, (in between the buttons of the remote control, and between the keys of a computer keyboard) are completely cleaned and disinfected of germs and bacteria.

We have been lead to believe that the only way to truly disinfect a home that has been hit by a virus is to use bleach. This will work, but in order for bleach to work it must remain wet on the surface for an extended period of time. And, with bleach, you cannot sanitize fabrics, floors, bedding, ect. And it is a chemical with side effects.

Ozone will sanitize everything. It is not a chemical, it is a natural occurring compound that reverts back to oxygen.

Ozone (O3) is a powerful oxidizer and disinfectant. It is the most effective oxidizer and disinfectant which can be produced commercially at a reasonable cost. Ozone is a form of oxygen which contains in its molecule 3 atoms of oxygen. The oxygen molecule in the air only contains 2 atoms.

 

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Smelly Apartment Grand Rapids

Smelly Apartment cure

 Removing the smell that former tenants leave behind in apartments is one of the most common challenges property managers face. These smells can range from cigarette smoke, pets, cooking, and garbage. The normal approach is to bring in a carpet cleaning service and then paint the walls.  This will help, but the smell generally returns.

The smoke from cigarettes creates a film on every surface, embeds into furniture, and can even get into cabinets and into the ventilation system.  The best cleaning simply cannot reach all the places that years of smoke will reach.

Paint seems like a good idea; but as it dries, it becomes porous.  The smoke smell is still there, and it will return for years.  Some suggest cleaning the walls with a vinegar solution, which is helpful.  But, all these ideas are partial solutions that address only a part of the real problem.

EcoVive provides a professional ozone treatment that has the ability to truly remove odors of all type, including smoke smell.  Ozone is an oxygen treatment that requires no chemicals and leaves no residue.  It is a gas that reverts back to oxygen in about a half hour.

When properly applied, ozone will treat carpets, walls ceiling, curtains and furniture.  It can also reach into the HVAC system and duct work.  As it works, the oxygen atoms oxides the most foul odors at a molecular level.  Crime scene clean-up crews use ozone as their most effective tool.

An ozone treatment from EcoVive is the best solution for vacant homes and vacant apartments that have a smoke, mold, pet, or cooking odor smell.  In the end, “If it Smells, it Won’t Sell.” Stop throwing money away on the solutions that don’t work.  Ozone will remove the smoke smell from any apartment or home.

Professional ozone services do more than remove odors.  Ozone will sanitize all surfaces, kill mold and mildew, and has been used to kill insects.

To find out more about what we can do for you, visit our website.

 

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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

What Causes Indoor Air Quality Problems?

Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants. Our homes are kept closed up in the summer to keep the heat out, and in the winter to keep the cold out.  Never allowing the dwelling to ventilate completely.

Pollutant Sources

There are many sources of indoor air pollution in any home. These include combustion sources such as oil, natural gas,  and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos -containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care products; central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; and outdoor sources such as pesticides, fertilizer and outdoor air pollution.

The relative importance of any single source depends on how much of a given pollutant it emits and how hazardous those emissions are. In some cases, factors such as how old the source is and whether it is properly maintained are significant. For example, an improperly adjusted gas stove can emit significantly more carbon monoxide than one that is properly adjusted.

Some sources, such as building materials, furnishings, and household products like air fresheners, release pollutants more or less continuously. Other sources, related to activities carried out in the home, release pollutants intermittently. These include smoking, the use of solvents in cleaning and hobby activities, the use of paint strippers in redecorating activities, and the use of cleaning products and pesticides in house-keeping. High pollutant concentrations can remain in the air for long periods after some of these activities.

To find out how we can improve your indoor air quality, visit our website at: eco-vive.com

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Odor Removal Grand Rapids

Odor Removal Grand Rapids

One question that people have about having an ozone treatment is exactly how ozone is able to remove odors from houses, cars, clothing, etc.  Basically ozone works by destroying the molecules, bacteria, and spores that cause unpleasant smells.  Ozone (O3) is a highly reactive molecule and is very quick to chemically react with particles that it comes into contact with in the air and on surfaces.  The extra oxygen atom in the ozone attaches itself to other molecules, chemically changing their structure to create non-offensive molecules – eliminating the smell

When considering bacteria and spores the same process applies, with ozone attacking the outer shell of the cell causing it to break down.  When the outer shell degrades, the cell itself breaks apart and dies.

With this in mind, it makes sense that a situation with stronger odor (and more odor-causing molecules or particles) requires more ozone to remove the smell, there needs to be enough ozone to react with all of the offensive molecules it encounters.  This requires either a longer ozone treatment or higher concentrations of ozone.

The reason that ozone is effective in these situations is because, as a gas, ozone effectively “cleans” any place that air can go.  This includes air, walls, ceilings, ductwork, carpet fibers, gaps between floorboards, cracks in walls, and more.  Ozone is able to penetrate into these areas and destroy odors that it finds there.

So how does ozone get rid of smells?  It chemically breaks down odor-causing molecules in any area where air is allowed to flow.

If you are in need of Odor removal, or would like the have your indoor environment cleared of germs, bacteria, viruses and allergens, give us a call. 616-401-9176

Or fill out our contact form and we will contact you.

 

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