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Preventing Kennel cough at dog daycare centers

Kennel Cough is on the rise in West Michigan.

With more than twice as many reports as last year at one animal medical center, kennel cough has become something to worry about at dog daycare centers. You know your dog was vaccinated for kennel cough, but now he’s showing symptoms that look suspiciously like that very infection. Is that possible? In fact, it is possible for your dog to show signs of kennel cough — to even get the illness — despite the vaccination.

PREVENTING KENNEL COUGH HELPS PET CARE FACILITIES AVOID THE NEED FOR ITS TREATMENT

Kennel cough treatment

Dog daycare cleaning

If you are a pet groomer or run a pet boarding kennel or doggy daycare, you can offer your customers the next best thing in protection by ensuring your facility is being treated to control the infection . Fortunately, EcoVive can treat your facility to control the spread of the infection. By using an environmentally friendly product that is non-corrosive, non-flammable, and does not produce harmful chemical fumes with an EPA registered level IV toxicity rating (lowest rating allowed), a facility can be treated with much more freedom and thoroughness to more effectively reduce the spread of infection within these facilities. With the use of Sniper,removes or kills the airborne pathogens that cause kennel cough, including Bordatella, Parainfluenza and Adenovirus.








If you own a kennel, grooming facility or other pet care facility, EcoVive can provide a customized treatment for you facility. This way you can effectively protect every animal in your care against kennel cough and give your customers true peace of mind. Contact us today for a free consultation!

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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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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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Mold Inspection-Grand Rapids

Mold Testing

Ten Things You Should Know About Mold (www.epa.gov/mold)

  • Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.

  • There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.

  • If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.

  • Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.

  • Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease potential growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.

  • Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent growth.

  • Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.

  • Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.

  • In areas where there is a constant moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).

  • Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

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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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Indoor Air Quality-Grand Rapids

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality Grand Rapids

Your family’s health begins at home. Most people consider protecting their health by focusing on diet, exercise and regular medical exams. Too often, we overlook another key factor in good health – having good indoor air quality in the home.

According to a survey conducted by the American Lung Association, 85 percent of Americans don’t realize that the air in their homes may be a health hazard. But, in fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health. It estimates that indoor air levels may be two to five times more polluted, and occasionally, 100 times more polluted, than outdoor air. These levels of indoor pollutants are of particular concern, because it is estimated that most people spend as much as 90 percent of their time indoors.

The American Lung Association reports that indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma. In addition, it can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue. People who already have respiratory diseases are at greater risk.

For many years people have been led to believe that cleaning with chemicals, with bleach being the number one recommended chemical,  was the best way to improve their indoor air quality. with the advancement in Ozone technology and training, Ozone is a better choice for improving indoor air quality.

Ozone kills microorganisms on contact by cellularlysis and cytoplasm dispersion- it directly ruptures the cell walls of the microorganisms, which results in an instantaneous death. By comparison, bleach kills bacteria by diffusing through the cell wall and then oxidizing the enzymes within the cell. In contrast to bleach, ozone disinfection does not produce any harmful residues and is considered as an environmentally friendly disinfectant. This makes it ideal for use in medical applications, for example in hospitals or doctors waiting rooms. The main advantage of ozone compared to other treatment methods for air disinfection is that it is able to efficiently disinfect a large air volume. In contrast to UV radiation and HEPA filter, ozone is a gas that could penetrate to every corners of the room, thus it could disinfect the entire room effectively. Given the advantages of strong oxidizing power, good penetration capacity and no harmful residues left after the treatment, ozone may be recommended to be used in disinfection of contaminated environments. As of June 2001, ozone has gained FDA approval as a sanitizer not only for food contact surfaces but also for direct application on food.

 

 

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Mold and Mildew Odor

Mold and Mildew Odor

Mold and Mildew Odor

Many people suffer from problems with mold and mildew odor in their homes. In their search for a way to rid the house of this unforgiving and difficult problem millions of dollars are spent and countless chemicals are introduced into their homes.  Mold is essentially a fungus and is found in areas where there is little ventilation and a warm, damp surrounding. Mildew is basically mold which has attached itself to some kind of material, mainly fabric and is usually found on carpets, rugs, clothes, towels and linens. Mold and mildew odor is a problem in many households and is difficult to get rid of completely. As well as mold and mildew odor being unpleasant to our senses, it can also be dangerous to people with allergies as it contains irritants and toxins which can be harmful. In most cases of mold and mildew odor, traditional deodorizers and cleaning equipment won’t get rid of it completely, it is important to make sure that all of the molecules and bacteria are removed; the best way to achieve this is by using ozone technology to eliminate mold and mildew completely.  Ozone is normal oxygen (O2) that has an extra oxygen atom (O3), but that extra oxygen atom is just along for the ride.  It is easily detached and then reattaches to any odor, microbe, fungi, or pollution threat.  Oxygen is good at oxidizing (another form of burning) that converts whatever it finds into an oxidized byproduct.

EcoVive is your West Michigan Odor Control specialist that uses Ozone to remove mold and mildew odor.  This is not another chemical being introduced into your home, it is a naturally occurring gas that does the work, leaving behind no harmful chemical residue.

If you have mold and mildew odor that need to be taken care of, give us a call 616-401-9176 or visit our website at: eco-vive.com 

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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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