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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

 

 

 

Posted in: Allergy Control, Indoor Air Quality, Mold, Odor Removal, Sanitizing

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Infection Control for Kennels

Infection Control

Infections can run through your kennel as quickly as a child’s cold runs through a day-care center. With proper care, these common feline and canine illnesses typically present little or no problems.  But without good management and care, the slightest infection can lead to severe illness, chronic health problems, even fatal pneumonia. Careful preventive health care and sanitation are your best weapons against infections in your shelter. Whether your kennel admits 10 animals per week or 1,000, it’s faced with an ever-changing population. Who knows where all those dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies have been and to what diseases they’ve been exposed? Yours is a daily battle against incoming infectious diseases.  The bad news is that you can’t and won’t win every battle against infections in your shelter. But the good news is that you can win the war. No single pill, vaccine, or procedure will eliminate the problem of infection, but many strategies, implemented together, will achieve the goal of infection control. The two major strategies for controlling infections in the shelter are minimizing exposure to the disease-causing viruses and bacteria and strengthening each animal’s immunity to infection. Each strategy is essential. Implementing these two strategies also provides the added benefit of decreasing the incidence of other infectious diseases in your shelter population.

 Minimizing Exposure to Infectious Agents

Wouldn’t it be great if you could put up an invisible barrier at the entrance to your shelter through which no viruses or bacteria could pass? Unfortunately, this just isn’t possible. It is impossible to completely eliminate all disease in the shelter because nearly every animal who walks through your front door is potentially–and probably—carrying an infectious disease. Even though you can’t shield the animals in your shelter from viruses and bacteria, you can minimize their exposure to infectious disease. One of the best ways to do this is to have a proper sanitation program in place.  Having the proper cleaning protocol is the first line of defense. This would include removing solid waste and urine, washing the area completely, and then disinfecting.  Following the directions of the disinfectant is very important to it working properly.  Are you sure your employees are using the chemicals properly? And then there is the danger of using chemicals. Not just for the animals, but for your employees as well.

Chemical Free and Safe Infection Control.

EcoVive of Grand Rapids offers a better way of Infection Control. With the use of our Ozone water system, and Sniper Biocide, we can safely clean not only your kennels, but the complete building.

Unlike chemical cleaners, aqueous ozone reverts back to simple water and oxygen with no harmful residues or vapors after its job is done which can then be poured down a drain safely. It is USDA and FDA approved. Ozone water kills viruses and bacteria without the use of chemicals.  We also go one step further to provide a layer of protection against the germs that will be introduced by the next animal that comes through your doors. We apply an Antimicrobial treatment to all surfaces that provides a layer of defense. Our Antimicrobial treatment is safe for Humans and Pets, does not leach off, and works through a mechanical process, not a chemical one to kill germs.  This will provide protection for up to 60 days.

 

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School Bus Disinfection

Eliminating Germs from School Buses

With school starting up again, thousands of children in the Grand Rapids area are climbing onto the school bus. And by late afternoon, children will be returning home with more than filled backpacks and homework School Bus Germs– from a busy day at school and the bus ride home, there is ample opportunity for the transmission of germs.

Every year some 480,000 school buses carry 25 million children — more than half of America’s schoolchildren — each day, making the school bus industry the largest form of mass transit in the United States. Unfortunately, school bus conditions are mostly overlooked as a breeding ground for environmental contamination, and pathogenic microorganisms such as MRSA, Staph, Salmonella, and E. Coli.

While children are on the school bus, ample opportunities for exposure to and transmission of germs exist. Children transfer germs from runny noses and non-hygienic things they touch from the support rail going into the bus; to arm rests, chair backs, windows and the seats.

The challenge for many schools is how to make sure that the school buses are being not only cleaned properly, but they are being disinfected also. And this is where most school systems fail. This regularly results in many children becoming too sick to attend classes and more importantly come to school with a contagious infection which can spread to other students, via common or high touch surfaces.

Did you know?

  • National Institute of Health states that up to 80% of diseasesare transmitted through surface contamination with increasingly dangerous bacteria and viruses, e.g. MRSA and Norovirus
  • Traditional cleaning methods leave 50% of surfacesuntouched and still harboring growth of bacteria, viruses, molds and mildews
  • Current disinfectants do not leave surfaces clean for long enough

 

The CDC recommends a sanitizing and disinfecting regiment that includes school class rooms, bathrooms, common areas, locker rooms, and other critical areas to prevent, reduce and mitigate transference. School busses are also high on the list of suggested areas to be properly disinfected on a regular routine to prevent and reduce infections from spreading.

Non-Toxic, safe way to treat school buses against germs

EcoVive has the perfect solution to many of these ongoing challenges. We use a broad spectrum biocide hospital grade disinfectant, rated Class IV, 100% non-toxic by the EPA. This is a revolutionary and proprietary formula that targets harmful contaminants while causing no harm to you or the environment and eliminates odors. It is ideal to use around children, the elderly and those with allergies, asthma or immune deficiencies and does not emit or produce volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). It is non-corrosive, non-flammable, non-chlorinating, phosphate free, hypo-allergenic and a true biodegradable product. It will provide immediate disinfection as well as residual protection. It is non-corrosive so it does not need to be wiped off of a surface to prevent damage.

This biocide has been tested effective as a sporicide, germicide, bactericide, fungicide and biocide. Its proprietary formulation makes it a unique disinfection system targeting the most harmful virus, bacteria, fungi, and spores while remaining safe and eco-friendly.

After the application of the broad spectrum biocide, we then apply a Micro-biostatic coating to the interior of the bus, taking special care to target the high touch areas. The Micro-biostatic Antimicrobial Coating forms a protective surface protectant by forming a nano-size bed of spikes that disrupts the microorganism’s membrane resulting in the loss of energy in the microbe and its demise.  This new technology provides a perfect approach to inhibiting microorganisms without the use of unsafe heavy metals or poisons.  Because we accomplish all of this without the use of poisons or metals and do not create microbial resistant strains, we are the ‘Green’ solution to inhibit microbial growth.

To find out more about our treatments for school buses, visit our website at: www.eco-vive.com

Or, give us a call today. 616-401-9176

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aqueous Ozone Cleaning and Sanitizing

Aqueous OzoneLiquid Ozone

As a chemical-free cleaner and sanitizer, aqueous Ozone, or as it is sometimes called, liquid Ozone, is the new way to clean and sanitize. Liquid Ozone is a broad range anti-microbial agent that works faster and more effectively than chlorine bleaches against pathogens, and does not produce fumes and toxic residues like dioxins and tri-chloramines. Because of its toxin free sanitizing action, aqueous ozone is considered safe as a direct and indirect food additive by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under its Organic Program. This Naturally occurring substance is one of the strongest oxidizing agents known, second only to fluorine in its speed and effectiveness.
The Xytoblast liquid ozone system is the new way to clean and sanitize. It is a non-chemical sanitizing system that can eliminate e coli, salmonella, and other bacteria from your facility. Our innovative system is FDA approved for food service areas, but versatile enough to treat nearly any cleaning and sanitizing problem. Our systems destroys the biofilm, pierces the outer membrane of bacteria, virus, and fungi; producing a remarkable level of sanitizing.

The Xytoblast liquid ozone system converts normal water into an oxygen-rich solution. As you might already know, oxygen is a fantastic oxidizer that will eat away almost any pollution or contaminant. The process is faster than chlorine products like bleach. While the EPA recommends 8-10 minutes of Dwell Time for cleaning products like bleach, our system kills pathogens 300 times better and 3000 times faster than bleach. Kill the worst pathogens in just 10 seconds, not 8-10 minutes required by the sanitizers you now use.
If you are interested in our Xytoblast liquid ozone system, give us a call. We would be glad to talk with you and give you a demonstration on how well this system works.
EcoVive. 616-401-9176

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Chicken Coop Cleaning

Chicken Coop Cleaning

As spring approaches in Grand Rapids, the time is here to do a good cleaning and disinfecting of your chicken coop. This is especially important if you are considering bringing in new birds or replacing your flock. Decontaminating your coop is crucial in order to prevent diseases and other poultry health problems.

The first step to getting the chicken coop ready is to begin by airing the coop out as well as you can and then raking or shoveling out the old bedding. If you are sensitive to smells and chicken fluff, you may benefit from wearing a mask. This is another good reason (second to your flock’s well-being) to tackle chicken coop cleaning before the ammonia smell builds. Once most of the bedding is out, you can sweep the remaining bits out with a broom.

Then you are ready to clean. EcoVive of Grand Rapids provides an all-natural, non-chemical cleaning and sanitizing service for chicken growers in Grand Rapids that will make this job much faster, and more effective.

Using chemicals, like bleach to clean and disinfect your chicken coop can have disastrous effects on a flock. Chickens are very susceptible to respiratory illnesses and cleaning a coop with harsh chemicals can cause problems.

Chicken Coop SanitizingChicken Coop Sanitizing

With the use of our Liquid Ozone machine we can perform a chicken coop cleaning without the use of chemicals. The Liquid Ozone will not only clean, but it disinfects and removes odors at the same time. After the coop has been cleaned and dried, we can run our high output Ozone generators to totally disinfect the coop. With the use of the ozone gas, every nook and cranny in the coop will be disinfected.

If you raise chickens at your home in Grand Rapids and are looking for a better way to clean and disinfect your coop, give us a call today. We would love to help you.

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Medical office sanitizing

Protecting medical offices from C.diff

As C. Difficile (C.diff) becomes a serious problem in doctor offices, health clinics and dental offices, now is the time for a better approach to combating these threats.  The normal cleaning taking place in the medical offices is not protecting the patients from C. diff. and other viruses and bacteria.

“C.difficile was responsible for almost half a million infections and was associated with approximately 29,000 deaths in 2011”, as reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Creating Healthy Indoor environments in medical offices should be a top priority for all those involved. Having a cleaning company take care of the day to day cleaning is important, but it is not enough. This is being proven by the increase in C. diff. cases that are showing up outside of hospitals. Employing a company that can provide sanitizing services is the next step in providing a safe place for your customers.

Bio-Sanitizing With Ozone

Sanitizing is the normal and natural duty for ozone.

Nearly 100 years ago, it was discovered that ozone is the second most powerful sterilant in the world.  It is 3000 more effective than chlorine in water.  Ozone is 2.5 times better than bleach as a germicide.  The trouble is it cannot be bottled or sold as a commodity by chemical distributors.

Used as both a gas and liquid, ozone can clean and sanitize medical offices very efficiently.

Ozone attacks bacteria and viruses by destroying the outer membrane.  There is no defense as the gas penetrates throughout the building, and the liquid ozone is used to clean all hard surfaces.  Medical facilities are pleased to know that there is no residue or VOCs created by this process.

In addition to the normal cleaning, concerned organizations will treat their facilities once a month or once a quarter to reduce the growing concerns for infections.

Bacteria cannot mutate to avoid ozone attacks.  It kills germs with the same effect the first time and the hundredth time.EcoVive Sanitizing

Antimicrobial surface treatment

There is a huge need to revisit our sanitizing processes that are not working.  Bleach is not the ultimate solution. It is high in VOC causing later-life health issues, and it does not provide a 24/7 kind of proactive microbial barrier that is desperately needed. Antimicrobial surface treatments are the proactive choice.  If a facility waits for diseases to strike before offering a response, the cost and threat are huge.

BioZone Protectant is one of the leading antimicrobial coatings that allows quick application of an EPA approved antimicrobial surface treatment with the ability to inhibit disease for three to six months.  BioZone Protectant is non-toxic, non-transferable, and non-leaching once dried. It is easily applied to soft or hard surfaces.  It can be applied on smooth or porous surfaces as well.  It does not require light to activate it.  BioZone Protectant works 24/7 to fight pathogenic microbes even though it is a nanotechnology process that is unseen.

Schedule a consultation with our certified odor specialist.  We will map out a program that will provide the triple punch that will keep your facility and your clients safe.

EcoVive of Grand Rapids         616-401-9176

 

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Flu protection

Flu Protection Cascade, MI

 

The Flu Season is ramping up in West Michigan, and we are heading into the time of year where sanitizing is an important step to preventing disease.

With reports that the Flu virus has mutated, and the flu shot may not protect some people from the virus, many are using store bought “chemicals” to keep their home or office germ and virus free. But, knowing that bacteria can mutate and become immune to many cleaning or sanitizing ingredients, we are fighting a losing battle when we dump more and more cleaning products on the problem.

 EcoVive offers a solution to the germ and virus problem without the use of harmful chemicals. And, the virus and bacteria cannot build up immunity to it. With the use of Ozone we can eliminate bacteria, germs, viruses and odors from all surfaces.

Bacteria CANNOT DEVELOP IMMUNITY to ozone.  Why?  Ozone is just another form of oxygen, and bacteria cannot become immune to oxygen, they need oxygen or they will die.  So, we have those disease monsters just where we want them

Ozone is a fantastic sterilant.  After all the FDA approves ozone for meat and food distributors to kill bacteria and mold.  EPA recognizes ozone as a highly-effective sterilant.  There are more than 1000 water plants using ozone to purify and sanitize there water systems.  Frankly, ozone is heavily used in many industrial applications because of its sterilizing power.  It also leaves no toxic residue, harmful hormones, and is quite affordable.

If you are worried about all the germs and viruses that are attacking us now, and do not want to use harmful chemicals, it’s time to talk with EcoVive. We have a far better solution by applying ozone after people have vacated the building.

While ozone is a great way to sanitize your facility, a secondary Green treatment will allow the germ-killing action to last throughout the whole flu season. After an Ozone treatment to kill the germs and viruses in the home or office, we can apply an Antimicrobial surface treatment.  Reduce the cost and agony of contagious diseases by calling EcoVive today. 616-401-9176

 

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Animal Sanitation Services West Michigan

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Animal Sanitation Services

Maintaining good environmental conditions for animal holding and housing facilities is often a difficult issue to overcome. In most facilities, there is a continuous animal turnover thus resulting in a condition known as disease build-up. Trying to maintain an infection free animal shelter can be nearly impossible considering the dirt and feces that can be present throughout the facility. And trying to accomplish animal sanitation services with employees that are already very busy taking care of the animals, becomes something that is done in a hurry.   It has been well documented that treatment rooms and kennel areas have high levels of viruses and bacteria. In fact, canine infectious tracheobronchitis (also referred to as kennel cough) is one of the most prevalent infectious diseases in dogs. Kennel cough is most commonly associated with a bacterial infection caused by the organism Bordetella bronchiseptica.

EcoVive of Grand Rapids offers a treatment program that will significantly reduce the viral and bacterial infections spreading throughout kennels, play rooms, grooming rooms and waiting rooms, solving a major problem boarding, breeding and veterinary hospital facilities face.

With the use of Ozone in both gaseous and liquid form as Ozonated water, we are able to not only eliminate viruses and bacteria from the facility, we can wash down all hard surface areas to remove any urine stains, smells and any mold, mildew or bacteria present.  Additionally, our treatment program will eliminate unpleasant odors, improving the quality of air for those who work with pets, as well as creating clean, fresh, healthy air to greet your clients when they enter your business.

Disease causing bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasite eggs accumulate in these types of environments and can become immune to improperly applied disinfectants, thus making transmission of disease easier to the animals being housed.

EcoVive uses Ozone Technology that has proven to be a valuable disinfection tool. Ozone is an effective broad spectrum antimicrobial. Ozone is more effective than chlorine and byproducts and can deactivate chlorine-resistant pathogens.

Providing a safer, and more effective Animal Sanitation Service for all animal daycare, boarding houses, and vet clinics throughout wet Michigan.

Give us a call today. 616-401-9176

 

 

 

 

 

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Infection Control

Protecting your Business Reputation and your patrons.

Protecting the Reputation of your business is very important. One of the worst things that can happen is for people to get sick when they visit your business.  This can be caused by bacteria or viruses that have found a way into your business.  They are the unwanted visitors that nobody wants.

Once infections have made people sick, you will be forced to go into “Damage Control” to keep your business from being financially impacted.  As a public facility, word will spread and customers will avoid your facility to avoid disease. The Internet makes negative news into an overnight disaster that is impossible to reverse. In the end, lost revenue, litigation problems, and possible business failure can result from an unwanted illness at your place of business.
EcoVive of Grand Rapids offers infection control for both Businesses and homes.

  • BioZone Protectant is the affordable and effective solution that will break the infection cycle for any facility. It requires a minimal effort to provide the maximum level of infection control for any school, day care center, restaurant, workout center, busses, limousines, any business that relies on the public to make money.
    The BioZone System is a powerful benefit that has value to those who will visit your facility. Reputation is hard to earn and easy to lose. Imagine the impact of a few patrons with food poisoning from a local restaurant in a day of social media in the community. Horrible skin diseases like MRSA overshadow other common illnesses like foot fungus, pink eye, impetigo, and cellulitis. Protect your reputation and the health of those in your care.
    EPA Approved Antimicrobial for Facility Safety
    Extra Benefits:
    •​Powerful odor reduction in facility
    •​Non-toxic and Non-Leaching is also safe for toys, play areas, and food preparation surfaces.
    •​Hospital tested and documented successes
    When it comes to value, BioZone is exceptional for the numerous benefits it brings. This is done in a safer, Greener, and environmentally safe manner that does not complicate your life.
    The non-toxic treatment is safe for food areas, schools, day care, hotels, restaurants, gyms, and spas. There is no extra scent, no allergenic concerns, or fear of reaction.
    When it comes to cost, imagine the cost in manpower and product to do a thorough sanitizing program. Post-infection sanitizing can runs thousands of dollars. Add to that the cost of getting customers to come back. A professional BioZone treatment can be a third of the cost of other forms of post-infection clean up.***For a free demo call:

    Dave Dykstra
    EcoVive of Grand Rapids
    Odor removal and sanitizing
    www.eco-vive.com
    miecovive@gmail.com
    616-401-9176

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School Sanitizing

School Sanitizing

Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68 is going to sweep through our schools and daycare centers like a cruel stalker to make countless children very sick. Dozens of cases have already been confirmed.  While the reaction from school officials to a threat like this is to perform a school sanitizing by wiping every thing down with a bleach cleaner will help, it is not the best method. When school opens the next day the first infected child to touch a surface voids all cleaning efforts. This is because the bleach offers no lasting benefits. School sanitizing needs to go further than just bleach, it needs to offer a long lasting protection of all surfaces against germs and viruses.

We offer a better solution to fighting of these dangerous viruses.  With a treatment of our Biozone protectant, not only will a complete school sanitizing be performed, but also a layer of protection will be in place that is constantly fighting the reinfection of surfaces that have been treated.  Biozone protectant is a 24/7/365 germ fighting program, that can be applied to any surface, hard or soft. It is non-toxic, non-transferring and non-leaching. Once dry, there is no worries of little children putting things in their mouths.

If schools and daycare centers are sanitizing with bleach water they are doing o.k. But they need to be doing more. Bleach works, but it’s like the difference between a match and a blowtorch. A match will burn for a minute, but a blowtorch will burn for hours. If you are fending off a fierce threat, you do not want to use a match if you could be using a blowtorch.

School is in ! The Enterovirus is already spreading and making children seriously ill, and even killing some. EcoVive has an answer that will do the job of protecting our children.

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