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Indoor Air Pollution

Common Sources of Indoor Air Pollution in your Home or Building

  • People.  70-90% of what you see floating in a ray of sunshine entering your home is dead human skin flakes. And remember, we can only see about 10% of the airborne pollutants. Dead human skin is a staple of the dust mite diet.
  • Dust.  House dust is a mixture of diverse substances that can cause allergies. House dust is composed of a number of natural substances, including dried food particles, mold spores, pollen, fabric fibers, animal dander, and insect parts, especially those of dust mites and cockroaches. However, particles and debris from dust mites are the major source of allergens in dust. As is the case with other allergens, these particles contain proteins that are small enough to become airborne and inhaled.
  • Allergens Pollens, ragweed, and a variety of other allergens find their way into the home from outdoors.
  • Carpet, Plywood, and other Construction Materials. The “new” smell associated with new carpet, newly painted walls, new home, remodeled room, etc. is actually the out-gassing of the chemical solutions used to treat these products. These are known an VOCs.
  • Pillows and Blankets.  Dust mites comprise over 50% of the weight of the average pillow. Dust mite allergy is an allergic reaction to tiny bugs that commonly live in house dust. Signs of dust mite allergy include sneezing and runny nose. Many people with dust mite allergy also experience signs of asthma, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing.
  • HVAC Systems Air ducts serve as a fertile breeding ground for mold spores.
  • Household Cleaners/Aerosols, Insecticides, Pesticides. We literally poison the air we breathe with chemical fumes and toxins when we use these products.
  • Moist things or humid environments. Mold spores, bacteria, and mildew thrive in dampened towels, wash cloths, and moist or humid areas of the home. Children in homes with high mold show persistent, cold-like symptoms – 300% more than average.
  • Pets Airborne animal and/or pet dander (dried spit from the animal that breaks off the end of their hair and floats in air since they are so small) is a common trigger for allergies and asthma. Plus, the feces from your pet emits added contaminates into the air.
  • Insects and other Bugs Insects and bugs feces are a powerful allergen. In a recent extensive study by the New England Journal of Medicine, more than half the homes tested had high levels of cockroaches. Children living in these homes were more than three times as likely to be hospitalized for asthma.
  • Smoking. Smoking in the home or vehicle leaves the air being breathed dense with over 3600 cancer-causing toxins. These toxins also cling to the clothing we wear, and release themselves when we enter other homes and buildings.

Reducing Indoor Air Pollution

EcoVive provides treatments that can remove these threats from your home.  We use a variety of ways to tackle even the worst cases of indoor air pollution in homes. Our Ozone shock treatments are a great way to sanitize your home. We also employ hospitable grade disinfectants, probiotics and enzymes to make homes safe.

 

Do you have a home that is causing sickness, or asthma, give us a call today to discuss what we can do for you.  616-401-9176

 

 

 

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Home allergy Testing

Home Allergy Testing

 

You notice while you are home that you feel lethargic, sneeze moreAllergy Relief Cleaning Services and watery eyes are common for you. This is not always the symptoms of a cold. Sometimes, it is an allergic reaction to something in the air in your home. According to The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), allergic diseases are among the major causes of illness and disability in the United States, affecting as many as 40 to 50 million Americans. Health experts estimate that 35 million Americans suffer from upper respiratory tract symptoms that are allergic reactions to airborne allergens. The respiratory symptoms of asthma, which affect approximately 11 million Americans, are often provoked by airborne allergens.

With our indoor allergen testing, we can determine if high levels of allergens are present in your home or business and help you locate the source and eliminate it.

Allergies are a specific reaction of the body’s immune system to a normally harmless substance, one that does not bother most people. People who have allergies often are sensitive to more than one substance. Our inspectors can test for types of allergens that cause allergic reactions such as:

  • Pollens
  • House Dust Mites
  • Mold Spores
  • Animal Dander

The following signs and symptoms of airborne allergies are familiar to many:

  1. Sneezing, often with a runny or clogged nose.
  2. Coughing and postnasal drip.
  3. Itching eyes, nose, and throat.
  4. Watering Eyes.
  5. Conjunctivitis.

Knowing what is causing allergies is the first step in creating a healthy indoor environment.  Eliminating the allergen triggers can be done through proper cleaning, the use of the proper filters, and indoor air treatments that will eliminate most triggers.

Having your home or business tested for allergens is the first step to feeling better if you suffer from allergic reactions or if you suspect you may have allergies.

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Home Purification Treatments

Home Purification Treatment

Indoor air pollution is recognized as one of the major health concerns facing the nation today causing Allergy Symptoms, Asthma, Headaches, Fatigue, Nausea and many severe and even unknown illnesses. The EPA estimates that the indoor levels of many pollutants are 2-5 times higher, and on occasion, 100 times higher than outdoor levels. Because of this, the EPA ranks indoor air as one of the top five environmental threats to human health. ). Further, the EPA has also stated that today’s homes contain an estimated 1,500 hazardous compounds from approximately 3,000 man-made products. In recent years, comparative risk studies performed by the EPA and its Science Advisory Board (SAB) have consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top 5 environmental risks to public health.

An Ozone Home Purification Treatment, aka, Ozone Shock Therapy, can dramatically improve indoor air quality by destroying mold & mildew, pet odors, tobacco odors, living organisms, germs, viruses, harmful VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) etc., creating a much cleaner, safer atmosphere in your home and work environment. Ozone is a Natural Occurrence in Nature. It is produced by natural occurrences such as thunderstorms, lightning strikes and waterfalls. In fact, the fresh, clean-smelling air you breathe after a storm is a lingering result of ozone. We are pleased to provide this service improving the indoor air quality for you and your family.

Even low levels of pollutants produced by these products can affect human health over a period of months or years. Modern construction, our desire for more efficient homes, the resulting over-insulating and under ventilating of our homes have given rise to an explosion of molds and mildews, as well as other fungi, which are the cause of the swelling epidemic known as Sick Building Syndrome. Is your home or workplace making you sick?

Whether it is an odor problem or sick building syndrome there is now a solution to this modern day problem. We offer one of the safest and most effective procedures for purifying a home, office, vehicle or any indoor space of odors, allergens, airborne mold spores, dust mites and VOC’s that may be polluting your indoor environment.

Our Home Purification Treatment will ensure that the air you breathe is both clean and healthy.

 

 

 

 

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Home Air Quality

EcoVive odor removal and sanitizing

Allergies are an abnormal response of your immune system. Almost anything can trigger an allergic reaction, ranging from mild to severe and life threatening. Some of those threats are pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold, chemicals and fragrances. Our goal is to remove or nullify the threats in the building, and improve the Home Air Quality.

 

  Many people with allergies or Asthma use HEPA filtration in their homes. Use of a HEPA filter is a good idea, but it is a localized solution.  HEPA filters can only treat whatever flows through them. Pollen and other problematical irritants are scattered throughout the building, embedded in the carpet and furniture, in the ductwork, and clinging to the other surfaces.  The vast majority of the threat will never go through the HEPA filter system.

 

When ozone is applied to a vacated building, many of the hard-to-reach pollutants are neutralized.  Ozone will kill off dust mites, neutralize pollutants, destroy pollen, and attack dander.  Additionally, all mold spores will be destroyed.  The occupants will return to a fresh-smelling building, and the triggers of allergies and asthma are greatly reduced.  The concept is very effective.

 

Ozone is an enriched form of oxygen, and nothing else.  It is the extra oxygen atom that makes it   such an excellent oxidizer of contaminants.  Because ozone quickly reverts back to oxygen in about twenty minutes, it must be generated on the spot at a level that an air purifying machine cannot reach.  After a three hour treatment by EcoVive odor removal service, amazing things happen.  It is well-reported that ozone is highly reactive, but not flammable.  It attacks everything in the air and everything that the air touches.  Therefore, everything ozone touches is treated.  Odor will be eliminated at a molecular level and will never return.  Mold spores and pollen are oxidized and rendered non-threatening.  Dust mites are easily killed in all areas.  Toxic gases are neutralized.

 

The ozone reverts back to oxygen leaving a faint smell of rain-fresh air for a few hours.  When the family returns to their home, there is no ozone threat because ozone quickly reverts.  What they will also find is a much more allergy or asthma friendly building with much better home air quality that makes life easier for everyone.  With a routine cycle of treatment, people suffering from allergies and asthma should see a noticeable reduction in symptoms.

 

By addressing the house or building rather than the person, we attack one of the biggest issues for those with breathing problems. The use of Ozone means we are not bringing any chemicals into the building.  There will be no residual chemicals left behind.  Many of the small insects will have been eliminated although this is not a pest service, and mold will die away.  The results for allergy sufferers should be obvious.  With a less hostile environment, reactions are minimized.

 

We do recommend HEPA filtration as part of the larger treatment process as well.  The treatment process should include the more proactive use of ozone on the building.  It is unfortunate that there is no cure for allergies and asthma.  However, there are some helpful processes that can provide relief to those suffering from these conditions.

 

Dave Dykstra

EcoVive

 

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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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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

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