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VOC dangers in your home

VOC testing

You can’t see them, but they’re all around us. They aren’t listed as ingredients on the objects we bring in our home, but they’re often there. They’re volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, a wide range of carbon-based molecules (organic compounds) used in a wide range of products that find their way into our homes.

Under normal conditions, they vaporize, effectively leaving their host and entering the air (that’s the “volatile” part) where they combine with other airborne compounds to form a potentially harmful mixture of chemicals, which isn’t good to breathe.

Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are harmful chemicals emitted by many of the products and materials we have in our homes. VOCs are chemicals that are dispersed as gases from solids or liquids that evaporate into the air at room temperature. Concentrations of these chemicals can be up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors. Thousands of products emit these gases while in use or even when stored. Many of these products are used or being exposed on a daily basis. It is also known that most VOCs cannot be detected by smell.

The risk of health effects from inhaling any chemical depends on how much is in the air, how long and how often a person breathes it in. Breathing low levels of VOCs for long periods of time may increase some people’s risk of health problems. Several studies suggest that exposure to VOCs may make symptoms worse in people who have asthma or are particularly sensitive to chemicals. These are much different exposures than occupational exposures to VOCs.

VOC TESTING

At the present time, there are no national or state standards that are specific for school, office, or home settings. In addition, there are many opinions in the science and medical communities about the degree of risk posed by various amounts of VOCs.

Although much research needs to be performed to establish acceptable exposure levels to mixtures of VOCs that may be present in homes, schools, offices, and commercial buildings; recent European research has provided a good starting point, and provides a basis for the IAQ Index.

In general, the research has found that exposures to typical mixtures of VOCs below 1.0 ppm (1,000 ppb) should not result in health effects or significant occupant complaints, exposures in the range of 1 to 10 ppm should be expected to produce some health effects and complaints, and exposures above 10 ppm may produce more serious health effects.

The one thing that is for sure is that if you are having problems with your health while you are in your home, runny nose, itchy eyes, headaches, coughing, etc. It may be a good idea to have your home or business tested for VOC’s

Call us today. EcoVive provides indoor air quality testing. 616-401-9176

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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Fire and smoke odor removal

      Fire and Smoke damage odor removal

Odor Removal

EcoVive can remove all the odors resulting from Fire and smoke damage. Odor removal requires specialized equipment to ensure success of the process. We use state of the art ozone generators to remove the smoke odor that is left after a fire in homes and businesses.

A fire in a building heats up the air causing the “pores” to open at a molecular level in clothing, carpeting, walls and furniture. With the smoke being hot, it is able to get into these pores. Once the air cools, the smoke is trapped inside. With just a little warmth, the pores open allowing some of the smoke smell to escape. This is why smoke smells never seem to go away.

The solution to totally eliminate the fire and smoke damage odor is with a “ozone shock treatment”. Using ozone generators, we produce enough ozone to seek out and destroy the smoke molecules, leaving only clean, fresh air in the building.

Odor Removal

Ozone is chemical free, non-combustible, and reverts back into oxygen shortly after use. Ozone is active oxygen, nature’s most powerful and purest oxidizing agent. Ozone, like oxygen is natural yet kills contaminants 3000 times faster than chlorine (a corrosive chemical), and is 350 times more powerful. Ozone is FDA and USDA approved, and was certified as organic in 2001. Ozone safely kills, destroys, eliminates, and purifies smoke odors, pet odors, urine odors, strep, staph and H1N1.

Ozone shock treatments provide a safe and cost-effective way to completely rid your home or business of fire and smoke damage odor. Ozone is a “smoke eater” that destroys smoke odors at the molecular level.

Call (616-401-9176) for fire and smoke damage odor removal.

 

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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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Healthy Indoor Air – Cascade

Healthy Indoor Air

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. An Ozone Air Sterilization 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 creating Healthy Indoor Air for the health of you and your family.

The ONLY way to truly sanitize an area contaminated with mold, viruses, bacteria, or serious odors is with very high levels of ozone. Our Ozone generators produce intense Ozone levels creating an environment impossible for any organism to survive thus, ridding your home of these concerns. Our Ozone generators produce enough ozone to purify a 3,000 sq ft home in just a few hours! Leaving behind no toxic chemicals.

Where is Ozone Treatment beneficial?                                                                                                                                                                   Anywhere people reside or work, including Schools, Preschools and Daycare, Gyms, Veterinary Clinics, Kennels, Doctors Offices, Nursing Homes, Dental Offices, Clubs, Bingo Halls, etc.

To reduce sickness and absenteeism in the work or school environment, creating healthy indoor air is important. A bi-weekly or monthly sterilization treatment could be scheduled and performed after work hours.

Our Ozone Air Treatments are performed only when NO people, pets, or plants are present. This is because a high toxic level of ozone is needed to kill the germs, mold, bacteria, odor and viruses present in the treatment area. Within 1 hour after treatment is complete, the environment is safe and refreshed with NO lingering residue to clean up. We are pleased to provide this service improving the health of you and your family.

To schedule a free consultation please visit our website and fill out our contact form. Or, give us a call at: 616-401-9176

 

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Antimicrobial Home Treatment

Antimicrobial Home Treatment

Antimicrobial Home Treatment

Do you have a clean home? We all know that our bathrooms are germ hotbeds, but did you know that many germs that will make you sick are lurking around your home in places you may never have considered?

 

Bacteria, fungus and germs can live in places you would normally consider clean. Our Antimicrobial Home Treatment can eliminate the germs.

 

A CLEAN KITCHEN SINK?

 

If you dropped a grape in your kitchen sink while rinsing it, would you think twice about popping it in your mouth? What if you dropped it in the toilet?

 

Although the thought of retrieving anything from your toilet bowl may be enough to make you sick, your toilet may be cleaner than your kitchen sink, says Eileen Abruzzo, director of infection control at Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn, New York. Food particles from plates left to soak or rinsed from dishes on their way to the dishwasher can serve as a breeding ground for illness-causing bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. They can get on your hands or spread to foods.

 

Although most people take steps to disinfect their toilet bowls, few give their kitchen sink the same consideration.  Many people will rinse their sinks, or wash them with soap and water. While they are clean, they are not sanitized.

 

YOUR SOFA MAY BE A HOTBED OF GERMS

 

A FAMILY sofa harbor’s more nasty bacteria than the average lavatory seat, a new study has found. Chair and sofa arms harbor 19,200 germs per 100 square centimeters – 12 times the amount on a lavatory seat, says the study carried out by Domestos and UNICEF

 

HIDDEN DANGERS IN YOUR BATHTUB

 

The place where you clean yourself is not so clean itself. According to WebMD, A recent study found staphylococcus bacteria in 26% of the tubs tested.

 

THE OBVIOUS PLACES OF GERMS

 

Then there are the obvious places where germs like to live – bathrooms, toilets, floors, door handles and others. These are the places that most people are already trying to keep clean.

 

Unfortunately, when using traditional cleaners, surfaces can get re-contaminated within minutes of being disinfected.

 

YOUR PATH TO A HEALTHIER HOME

 

EcoVive provides an Antimicrobial surface treatment program that is applied on common household surfaces that will inhibit odor causing bacteria, germs, viruses, mold and mildew.

 

Call us today to find out more. 616-401-9176

 

 

 

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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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