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Odor Removal

Odor Removal Services in Grand Rapids, MI

Odor Removal services

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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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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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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Used Car Odor Removal

Vehicle Odor Removal

Used Car Odor Removal

So you’ve got a smelly car on your lot and can’t get the odor out? Prospective buyers open the door and then close it right away? Trying to sell a used car with an Odor problem can be a tough sell.

We’re experts at odor removal!  Our ozone odor removal system is the best in the area!

Ozone is used to restore fire damaged homes. Remove bad odor and germs in hotels. Ozone treatments are the most effective method available for removing car odor including, stale food odors, raunchy cigarette smells, mildew odor, pet odors and more! Even the best hot water carpet extractor cannot permanently kill tough odors that linger even after the cause has been removed. Ozone treatments are not air fresheners! The treatment works by emitting an O3 which is a naturally occurring gas, effectively eliminating air in the car. This gas suffocates organic odors that hide in the fabric of your car and the tough to reach places. Using Ozone is the BEST and most effective way to completely sanitize a vehicle.

Call EcoVive today to help your used cars move faster. 616-401-9176

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Remove Odor From Carpets

Remove Odors from Carpet Naturally!

Odor Removal

Over time, there’s a good chance that your carpets will absorb and retain some unflattering odors. Also, that lush pile carpeting may actually be a source of air pollutants that are negatively affecting your indoor air quality.

Regardless of how frequently you vacuum and clean, completely removing these odors and air pollutants requires professional treatment.

The professionals at EcoVive use a powerful Ozone machine that fights the following common odors:

      Food

      Pet Urine

      Smoke

     Tobacco

How Does Ozone Carpet Treatment Work?

The EcoVive professional utilizes an Ozone machine in the room(s) that require odor remediation. The machine itself produces large amounts of Ozone (O3) – a molecule containing three oxygen atoms. When these molecules come in contact with odor molecules, the extra oxygen atom binds itself to the odor molecule and destroys it. Since O3 is a weak-bonded molecule, it is aggressive at destroying odor-causing molecules.

During treatment, fans are utilized to circulate the Ozone in larger areas. Following Ozone treatment, an Antimicrobial treatment is applied to protect against odors, allergens and viruses.

Since O3 molecules are harmful to your health in large doses, the area must remain free of people, pets and plants during the treatment.

Is an Ozone Treatment the Best Way to Fight Odors?

Quite simply, yes. Ozone Treatment is more effective and produces better results than chemical sanitizers. Since the process exclusively utilizes oxygen molecules, it’s more natural, too. You do not have to worry about harmful chemicals being used in your home.

What’s Included:

An honest, accurate, and prompt quote from our certified Ozone Technicians.

professionally maintained, odor free carpet.

Ready to have those odors removed? Get a free quote  from the experts at EcoVive.

 

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Don’t sell a smelly house in Grand Rapids

Smelly houses don’t sell

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Houses smell.  Yes, even yours. Oh, they don’t all smell bad…but they all carry their own smell.  A smell called the Loss of a Sale if it stinks. Unfortunately, in the rush of preparing a home for sale, house smells are the last things sellers seem to think about. Probably because most people can’t smell their own stinky home.

No matter how diplomatic an agent tries to be when listing a stinky house, telling a seller their home smells bad seems to offend them more than telling them their home is worth less than they thought.  Maybe it’s because when you live in your home you become immune to the smells that “outsiders” definitely notice. Please, don’t shoot the messenger!  Your Realtor is just trying to help you get your house sold and a house that smells is going to be a problem.

Some of the most deadly (yes, they could kill the sale of your home) smells are the obvious ~

  • The worse of the worst…Cigarette or cigar smoke
  • Pets smells and litter boxes
  • Mothballs

Then there are the subtle smells that can also be a turnoff

  • Dirty sheets/laundry
  • Moldy smelling bathrooms
  • Dirty Diapers
  • Weird cooked food smells (by the way never cook fish or cabbage while trying to sell your home)
  • Garbage cans (empty them every day)
  • Over-compensating with too many air fresheners or candles can offend a sensitive nose and make a buyer wonder what you’re covering up.

So..if you’re selling your home, go outside to clear your nasal passages, then step inside and take an impartial whiff or ask someone you trust to do it for you.  Heck, you could even ask your Realtor!

The last thing you want to do is have a potential buyer turned off because of a smelly house. Most of the time a good cleaning will take care of the offending smells, but sometimes professional help is needed. Odors have a way of seeping into everything, carpet, furniture, all the little cracks and crevices in your home.

Our Ozone home treatment will eliminate all the smells in your home, leaving it scent free. Think about it, a buyer walks into your home and the only smell they notice is the fresh bouquet of flowers. They will automatically think the home is well cared for.

Check out our website to find out more: eco-vive.com

Or give us a call today if you want your house sold faster. 616-401-9176

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Apartment odor removal Grand Rapids

Apartment Odor Removal 

Do you have an apartment rental business? You know how hard apartment odor removal can be. Do you dread when the tenants move out, especially if the tenants are smokers or have pets? You know how hard it is to get rid of pet smells in the carpet and the smell from the cigarettes, not to mention the everyday smell of cooking, and who knows what else.  You probably shampoo the carpets, wash everything and paint the walls. In a few days you go back and the carpet and apartment still smells. It seems impossible to get rid of the odors. Worse yet you probably have to tear out the carpets and replace all the carpets when a tenant moves out with pets. You don’t have to do that anymore. There is a way to remove even the worst odor and remove it for good.
How to remove odors in an apartment?

Don’t throw your money away with shampooing your carpets. You don’t even need to have new carpets put in. There is a natural way to rid the terrible odors in your apartments without chemicals and expensive tools. You can have the Natural Odor Removal & Air Purification done by the team of EcoVive. All the odors can be eliminated with our shock treatment ozone. We set up our machines in the apartment and the pet odors, along with any other odor, mildew or bacteria will be eliminated. If you have painted the apartment, then the paint odor will be removed too!

Our apartment odor removal treatment will not only remove all offensive odors that are left in the apartment, but will also kill any bacteria, mold, mildew, viruses and germs and leave the apartment smelling clean and healthy. You will be able to let future tenants know that you have taken this extra step to ensure they will have a healthy apartment when they move in.

Don’t Waste Money-Let EcoVive take care of your odor problems.

Don’t waste any more money trying to cover up the odors with shampoo cleaners, sprays and fragrances. These chemicals will only mask the odors, but not remove them. The pet odors will come back. You don’t want the new tenant to tell you the apartment smells like pets a week later do you?

Call EcoVive for a free consultation on odor removal in your Apartment complex. We cover the Greater Grand Rapids area.         616-401-9176

 

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Pet Odor Inspection Service-Grand Rapids

Pet Odor Inspection Service

Pet Odor Removal

 

Before buying a home with pet odor, you should have the home inspected by a Pet Odor Inspection Service! This would be a company that also offers pet odor remediation service. They will be able to determine the extent of the damage, provide a report and an estimate to remove the odor problem.

Many times buyers rely on the advice of the seller, Realtors, and do-it-yourself pet odor removal techniques prior to closing. Only to discover months later that this is not an easy to fix problem, they weren’t told how bad the problem was, the seller is long gone, and the sellers agent reminds you that on the disclosure it said there was pet odor, your agent say’s the technique worked for the last home he sold….

Some homes will have the carpet cleaned, and fresh paint on the walls that will cover up the smell for a while, making it hard to distinguish what the odor is. But, pet urine odor will come back if it is not removed.

Pet urine odor damage on a 1500 square foot house depending on the severity can start at $1500 and go as high as 10-15k when you  begin replacing carpet, wood floors, tile, linoleum,drywall,cabinets, doors, baseboards or paint.

It’s no joke! Why would you gamble by putting down 25k-100k down on a house and don’t have enough money to get rid of the odor……You’re getting a carpet allowance?

That’s part of the joke…when you pull the old carpet up and see all those years of urine stains, rusted out tack strips, disintegrated pad and really get a whiff of the ammonia coming out of the slab….. that “new carpet allowance” you settled for wasn’t even a fraction the problem!

EcoVice has on staff certified Ozone technicians that can identify the odors, and remove them. Our treatments are chemical free, we use ozone to break down the smell on a molecular level, destroying the bacteria that causes the smell, thereby removing the odors for good.

To contact us for an Odor inspection call us at: 616-401-9176 or fill out our contact form, and we will get in touch with you.

 

 

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Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Getting rid of cat urine smell

There’s an unwanted guest in your home. It welcomes you each time you enter a room; it even greets your guests. No, it’s not your beloved kitty; it’s the odor of her urine. You’re not stuck with this uninvited presence, though. There is a way to get rid of the smell.

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1. Remove as much urine as possible as soon as possible. The sooner you clean up the cat urine, the better the chance of it not being able to soak into the padding or underlayment if your cat has urinated on carpet. The Humane Society of the United States recommends blotting the area with an absorbent paper towel. This won’t get up all of the urine, but it will leave less of it behind for you to have to treat later.

If your cat has urinated on linens, clothing or drapes, wash them or have them dry-cleaned as soon as possible. The longer urine stays on fabric, the more stubborn its odor becomes. Detergents with baking soda or enzymatic additives are best for cleaning items that have urine odor. If the urine is on a wall or other hard surface, wipe it down with a wet rag.

2. Find ways to prevent future accidents. The more urine your cat adds to your home, the harder it’s going to keep the odor at bay. So the best way to fight this stench is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. This may include any number of methods:

  • Retraining your cat to use her litter box
  • Laying down disposable, absorbent pads (like puppy training pads) in an area she continues to mark
  • Having her spayed (or neutered, if a male cat)
  • Taking her to the vet for a check-up to see if she has any kidney or bladder problems
  • Treating her for anxiety, if that’s determined to be the cause of her urinating outside of her litter box
  • Cleaning out her litter box more often
  • Adding extra litter boxes if there is more than one cat in the household

If you have cat urine odors that will not go away, An Ozone treatment by EcoVive will eliminate the smell. We will come in and perform what is called a shock treatment This will completely remove any urine odor, (as long as it has not seeped into the padding or underlayment) or pet odor and improve the indoor air quality. .The ozone molecule binds with the odor molecule and oxidizes it, destroying the odor at its source.

If you have pet odor problems in Michigan, and want to eliminate them, give us a call today. 616-401-9176

Or visit our website to find out more.  eco-vive.com

Companionship with a cat can be rewarding — so can keeping a home. Don’t let urine odor ruin either experience.

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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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