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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 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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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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Kennel Disinfection and Sanitizing

Kennel Disinfection and Sanitizing

Pet Odor Removal

Providing the best Disinfection and Sanitizing service for your kennel or Dog Day care is our number one goal. It is extremely important to have a visibly clean and odor-free place where pet owners can leave a family member for a day, a week, or a month without any concerns for their health and well-being. Creating a healthy environment for your guests depends greatly in part on how well you clean and sanitize.

Since kennel owners naturally want their kennels to be clean, disinfected, and odor-free, kennels are subjected to frequent cleanings with a variety of harsh chemicals. 

Prevention and Control of Animal Disease and illness in kennels and dog Day cares can incorporate a number of activities. Vaccination is great way to protect animals from potential infection. The downside to vaccinations is they may not always prevent the animal from contracting the disease it was vaccinated against. Another issue with vaccines is that they are not available for many illnesses which animals may be exposed to. As with human infections in health care settings, the incorporation of multiple prevention measures needs to be implemented in kennels and Dog Day care settings. This would include the addition of an effective disinfection program to go along with the normal cleaning and proper animal handling procedures.

A problem which impacts many animal handling facilities is the fact that many of the buildings are quite large, making disinfection a huge task. Another issue is the limited manpower available to perform needed disinfection, and the danger of using harmful chemicals. Because of the factors mentioned above, ozone technology may prove to be a valuable disinfection tool. Ozone is not only an effective broad spectrum antimicrobial but because it is can be used in gaseous and liquid form it can give a complete coverage of all surfaces.

In veterinary hospitals / clinics, animal labs, pet shops, zoos and kennels, Ozone not only kills parvovirus, it acts as a fungicide, virucide, disinfectant and sanitizer, eliminating odors so well that the presence of animals is hardly even noticeable.

EcoVive provides kennel and Dog Daycare center disinfecting and sanitizing for owners that want to provide the best for their guests.

 

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Cigarette odor removal from cars Grand Rapids

Vehicle Odor Removal

Cigarette odor removal from cars.

One of the worst things to smell in a car is the cigarette odor. Most people would never purchase a vehicle that smelled of cigarettes. But many times car dealerships will cover up the smell enough that it is not noticeable when the car is for sale. But give that car a couple of weeks and the smell will return.

Regular methods of cleaning and deodorizing a vehicle are not always enough. Cigarette odors are particularly difficult to remove because smelly chemical compounds can penetrate deep into the upholstery and padding. An ozone shock treatment will send pure ozone (O3) deep into every crevice, destroying these odorous compounds that could not be washed away.

The same as with any ozone treatment, always start here: clean up the source of the smell! If you are dealing with cigarette odors, assess the problem and clean the affected areas with a quality automotive cleaner. It will help in the elimination of the odor if the interior has been completely cleaned. Wipe down all surfaces, seats, dashboard, headliner and carpet. This will remove the film that is left behind by the smoke, but will not get rid of the odor.

Before you spend money on all kinds of chemical treatments, or cover-up scents trying to perform a cigarette odor removal on your own, call EcoVive, we will remove the stink, and most likely save you money in the long run.

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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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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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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

 

Germ Removal

 

What Causes Indoor Air Quality Problems?

Indoor pollution sources that release particles or gasses into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Not having the proper ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants. Our homes are kept closed up in the summer to keep the heat out, and in the winter to keep the cold out.  Never allowing the home to ventilate completely.

Pollutant Sources

There are many sources of indoor air pollution in any home. These include combustion sources such as heating oil, natural gas,  and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos -containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care products; central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; and outdoor sources such as pesticides, fertilizer and outdoor air pollution.

The relative importance of any single source depends on how much of a given pollutant it emits and how hazardous those emissions are. In some cases, factors such as how old the source is and whether it is properly maintained are significant. For example, an improperly adjusted gas stove can emit significantly more carbon monoxide than one that is properly adjusted.

Some sources, such as building materials, furnishings, and household products like air fresheners, release pollutants more or less continuously. Other sources, related to activities carried out in the home, release pollutants intermittently. These include smoking, the use of solvents in cleaning and hobby activities, the use of paint strippers in redecorating activities, and the use of cleaning products and pesticides in house-keeping. High pollutant concentrations can remain in the air for long periods after some of these activities.

Indoor Air Quality Improvements

There are some things that can be done to improve the indoor air quality in a home. Make sure all gas appliances are running as they should, you may need to have a certified service tech inspect them. Reduce the amount of cleaners used in the home, stay away from aerosols.  According to a recent study published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, “The researchers found that cleaning sprays, especially air fresheners, furniture cleaners and glass-cleaners, had a particularly strong effect [in creating asthma symptoms].” The study continues: “Frequent use of household cleaning sprays may be an important risk factor for adult asthma …The relative risk rates of developing adult asthma in relation to exposure to cleaning products could account for as much as 15 percent, or one in seven of adult asthma cases.”

A great way to have an immediate and lasting effect on the indoor air quality is to have an Ozone treatment done on your home. This will eradicate all the pollutants from the air and surfaces in your home. And it is not a chemical. It is all natural and leaves no residue behind. Nothing is better or faster acting at improving your health in your home.

To find out more about Ozone treatments for your home, visit our website.

 

 

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Flu Home Treatment

Flu Home Treatment

 

Germ Sanitation

 

The sterilizing power of Ozone is the strongest known element to be used against bacteria, micro-organisms, fungus and viruses. If your home or business has been hit by the flu bug, an Ozone treatment from EcoVive will sterilize your building. Once the treatment on your home or business begins our ozone technology will start to generate a cloud of ozone that will spread throughout your home until it eventually fills and saturates the structure many times over. Ozone is nature’s active element, so it will follow and replace oxygen until there is no more oxygen present within the structure. The ozone cloud will even travel through ventilation ducts resulting in a truly ozone filled environment. The cloud of ozone is sanitizing and disinfecting every square inch of surface in the house, leaving it completely free of germs, bacteria, viruses, micro-organisms. H1N1, MRSA, Mold, Toxic Mold, Bacteria, Viruses, Pet Odors, Smoke Odors, Odors, and much, much more.

The ozone cloud is also able to clean deep into carpeting, drapery, furniture cushions, pillows, bed linens, mattresses and clothing! Because the cloud of ozone goes everywhere oxygen is present, even the smallest places, (in between the buttons of the remote control, and between the keys of a computer keyboard) are completely cleaned and disinfected of germs and bacteria.

We have been lead to believe that the only way to truly disinfect a home that has been hit by a virus is to use bleach. This will work, but in order for bleach to work it must remain wet on the surface for an extended period of time. And, with bleach, you cannot sanitize fabrics, floors, bedding, ect. And it is a chemical with side effects.

Ozone will sanitize everything. It is not a chemical, it is a natural occurring compound that reverts back to oxygen.

Ozone (O3) is a powerful oxidizer and disinfectant. It is the most effective oxidizer and disinfectant which can be produced commercially at a reasonable cost. Ozone is a form of oxygen which contains in its molecule 3 atoms of oxygen. The oxygen molecule in the air only contains 2 atoms.

 

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