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Remove Odors from Apartments and Real Estate

Building Odor Removal

Apartment Building odor removal

Before you cover the odors with paint, let us permanently remove the odors from your Apartment or Real Estate. Painting over odors only traps the odors, and many times once the paint dries the odor starts to leach out.   To prevent odors, managers will first paint a base coat of Kilz, then paint again with new paint. Instead of painting to get rid of the odors, let us treat the apartment or real Estate with our H202 Decon product. Not only will the odors be gone, mold and mildew will be eliminated, pathogens will be destroyed, and chemical residue it neutralized.  If the past tenants used drugs, this can be a very troubling liability if new tenants experience problems.

Marijuana odor removal

One of the primary functions of flowers is to create terpenes, odoriferous chemicals designed by nature to attract pollinators and ward off predators. These pungent compounds can be one of the best and worst parts of enjoying cannabis. The rich smell of fresh, sticky bud can be fantastic to a marijuana lover, but very objectionable by those who do not smoke pot.

Marijuana use is also routinely associated with other drugs, whether deservedly or not.  It is likely that a marijuana smell in an apartment or real estate for sale, would be one of many illegal substances a forensic analysis would turn up.  This is more than an odor issue.  There could be serious health problems by the next tenants if the problem isn’t fully treated.

Pollutants Removed

EcoVive will solve the environmental threats in one simple, non-toxic treatment.  Our proprietary spray system will destroy every odor in the apartment or house.  It will also decontaminate for pollutants, chemical residue, and drug contamination.  Our treatment will kill mold and mildew on contact, and kill all pathogens.

 

EcoVive will solve the environmental threats in one simple, non-toxic treatment.  Our proprietary spray system will destroy every odor in the apartment or house.  It will also decontaminate for pollutants, chemical residue, and drug contamination.  Our treatment will kill mold and mildew on contact, and kill all pathogens.

This is an EPA registered product, that uses a proprietary form of activated hydrogen peroxide.  We decon apartments, homes, offices, and more with incredible effectiveness.  And, we get the job done in hours, not days.

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Third-hand smoke

 third hand smoke removal

Residual or third-hand smoke on surfaces gets “progressively more toxic” over time and is just as dangerous as smoke directly inhaled into the lungs, according to research by University of California scientists. It is particularly dangerous to children.

 

Third-hand Smoke: Growing Awareness of Health Hazard

 

We know that smoking and secondhand smoke exposure are harmful, but what about “third-hand smoke”? This is a relatively new term used to describe the residual contamination from tobacco smoke that lingers in rooms long after smoking stops and remains on our clothes after we leave a smoky place. It may seem merely like an offensive smell, but it is also indicative of the presence of tobacco toxins.

Third-hand smoke consists of the tobacco residue from cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products that is left behind after smoking and builds up on surfaces and furnishings. Tobacco smoke is composed of numerous types of gasses and particulate matter, including carcinogens and heavy metals, like arsenic, lead, and cyanide. Sticky, highly toxic particulates, like nicotine, can cling to walls and ceilings. Gases can be absorbed into carpets, draperies, and other upholsteries. A 2002 study found that these toxic brews can then reemit back into the air and recombine to form harmful compounds that remain at high levels long after smoking has stopped occurring.

Residual cigarette smoke removal

In order to remove the toxic chemicals left behind from smoking a complete cleaning of the interior needs to be performed.  Using soap and hot water alone to clean will not do a good job.  Many people suggest that in order to remove the third-hand smoke you must remove carpeting, clean and paint the walls (up to 3 coats of paint) remove all drapery, and then it might be good.

EcoVive has a better way.  With the use of “new” technology we can safe home owners a lot of money when dealing with third-hand smoke removal.  We start by cleaning all surfaces with a professional cleaner to remove the tar and then we use Ozone “shock” treatments to kill the odor molecules in the home.

If you would like to find out more about our service, please visit our website or give us a call.

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Cigarette smell removal

Cigarette smell removal

cigarette smell removal

No matter whether you’re a landlord who had a tenant who smoked and you now need to rid the apartment of the smell before you can release it or you’re a homeowner who recently had a smoker in the family or used to smoke yourself, there’s no doubt that cigarette smell removal can be a challenging debacle to undertake. Cigarette smell removal is probably one of the most difficult cleaning tasks, and part of this is because the nicotine in cigarettes tends to seep into everything that it’s exposed to.

A heavy odor in a house can certainly impact the quality of the indoor environment whether that odor is tobacco or animal, such as cat or dog.

Cigarette smoke is not only irritating to those with allergies and asthma, but the smoke fumes and chemical vapors spread into almost every part of a home. They cling to the carpet, upholstery, drapes, clothing and other soft materials. Microscopic smoke residue will remain on the walls, the ceiling, inside closets, cabinets, cracks and crevices, and most other surfaces.

Cigarette smell removal can be a difficult task for a home owner to remove because there are different components to the smoke. The first component of smoking is that cigarettes produce many toxic and irritating gases such as carbon monoxide, phenol, and ammonia gases. The second component of the smoke odor is the high level of tar vapors released into the air as cigarettes are smoked. These smelly tar vapors become sticky when they contact surfaces. They travel everywhere in the facility that smoke or air can flow into, including inside air vents, on walls and ceilings, on furniture, and even inside closets and cabinets. To totally eliminate cigarette smoke odor, you need something that will follow the same path as the tobacco vapors and oxidize the odors away. Our ozone treatments are great at cigarette smell removal.

Ozone Treatment

Ozone is extremely effective on smoke because the ozone (O3) attacks odors at their source. As the O3 is circulated throughout the room or facility, it oxidizes the fumes and the residue adhering to various surfaces. The ozone will go wherever air will flow and follow the same path that cigarette smoke took when contacting those surfaces, and even flows into vents, cracks and crevices to permanently remove cigarette odor

Our certified technicians will remove the worst of smells leaving the home free of odors that will not come back a few weeks later.  They are absolutely gone!

Call us today to start enjoying an Odor Free home.  616-401-9176

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Odor Removal

Odor Removal Services in Grand Rapids, MI

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Having a major disaster event can leave more than just damage in your home or building; they can also leave behind terrible odors. Fire damage can leave the smell of burnt plastic and charred items long after the flames are put out. Water damage events like flooding, burst pipes, and sewage backup can leave a damp, stale odor and harmful bacteria in their wake. When that happens, you’ll want an odor removal company in Grand Rapids, MI that can remove the odor, without introducing harmful chemicals. Call EcoVive for expert odor control and odor removal in Grand Rapids, MI

Removing bad smells should be handled by a professional to ensure that the origin of the odor is completely removed from your building. At EcoVive, we follow the odor removal process below:

1) Identify the odor’s source
2) Select the appropriate Odor removal process
3) Final inspection to guarantee satisfaction

Our work isn’t done until your home or building is completely odor free and unwanted odors in your building are a thing of the past. For immediate odor removal in Grand Rapids, MI  contact EcoVive.

 

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

 

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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.

 

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