Sometimes at Ozone Solutions we get people thanking us, or telling us their story. Some time ago we received the story below from a customer. It is a great read by someone who is a great writer. If your looking for a good laugh today, grab yourself a cup of coffee and read below…
I am the one that had the skunk under the house! I bet you are wondering how that is going? Well…let me fill you in…
We got the machine last Friday afternoon and planned on leaving for the weekend to let it run for a few days. The smell was HORRENDOUS! I seriously did not know how we were ever going to get that smell out. But I trusted your advice, and we ran the machine.
We returned home on Sunday evening (once the machine had quit running for several hours) to assess the situation. UNBELIEVABLE! It smelled a little musty mixed with a bleachy or chlorine smell, but it definitely wasn’t skunk! Of course there were areas in the house that still had a hint of nastiness but we hadn’t been there to move the machine around so I wasn’t really worried about it. At this point, there was hope that my house would soon be livable again.
Keep in mind that the day we received the machine, before we left for the weekend, we searched under the house for a good while in order to see if the skunk was still there. Now everything is 20/20 in hindsight so telling this story makes me feel a little idiotic! But we searched for the skunk pre-dusk (not thinking about the nocturnal factor) and determined that he was no longer under the house and we could close up the area in which he entered. We left for the weekend and returned to our better smelling home Sunday evening.
We decided to stay at the house Sunday night and would set the machine to run each day while we were out but cut off in time for us to return and live for the evening. I put my daughter down for the night and my husband was finishing up some emails at the computer. I decided to jump in the shower and get ready for some much needed rest. After all, this had been an exhausting adventure thus far! That’s when it happened. I smelled that familiar odor that is equivalent to someone shoving the strongest onion available right up your nostrils and into your brain cavity! I just couldn’t believe it. I could hear my husband running through the house so I rinsed the soap out of my eyes, grabbed my furry pink bathrobe and slid my boots on. I’m sure my fashion statement was a sight to see. I got to the living room and could not breathe! I was sure I was suffocating when my husband flew past me and out the front door with a gun. I would like to think I can hold it together in situations like this, but I proved myself to be an out of control crazy person. I may have been yelling “Run for your lives” as I grabbed my 16 month old and darted for fresh air. (If I wasn’t screaming it, I was thinking it!)
You guessed it! We had closed that damn skunk up under the house days before and he was pissed and spraying like a maniac! I found my husband outside holding his breath as the green stink cloud was pouring out from under the house. He was trying to unscrew and open up the siding on the house where we knew the skunk had entered. It happened so fast! Siding off, husband running, skunk darts out and halls butt down the driveway! He was out, but I was back to square one with the smell (twice as bad now) and almost in tears at the thought of this whole mess. The husband closed up the house again.
It was late, we were tired, so we loaded up and headed to the in-laws for the night. We started over with the ozone machine, running it for a couple of days and returned to the house again. The smell was still lingering but again, I was hopeful.
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Tuesday night, we settled back in, planning on running the machine like before (during the day). We are usually done with our evening routine and in bed by 9:30, asleep by 10:00 for sure. For whatever reason, we were still up talking in bed at 11:30. The TV was off and all lights were off, but we were reading up on Whitney Houston’s untimely death (via I phone) when I heard something. I don’t know what I heard exactly, but I knew it wasn’t me and it wasn’t my hubby so naturally I was freaked a little! My husband convinced me that it was the house creaking or adjusting when the heat kicked on. (He later confessed that he heard it too but was too lazy to investigate!) Thirty minutes later there was scratching at our bedroom door! Literally scratching like a dog trying to get in or out. Then all hell broke loose!
We could hear claws running around our hard wood floor, all around the bed. It would be on my husband’s side, then on my side, then at the foot of the bed. Whatever was in our room was on crack for sure! Funny how my husband was curious to investigate now!!
I froze stiff. I was so scared! I’m blind as a bat without my glasses on, and I could not muster up the courage to reach for them on my nightstand. After all, this beast could be of magnificent size and could remove my arm with one bite! My husband stood up on the bed and pulled the chain on the light. I looked over the edge of the bed and went complete sailor mouth! With a few choice words and in a not so calm manner, I explained that it was a skunk! YES a skunk! In our bedroom! I rolled back to the middle of the bed and was going to discuss a plan with my husband when I realized that I had been abandoned. He was no longer in the room. When he heard “skunk” he took one giant leap from the bed to the door and ran! I could hear him in the kitchen, hollering at me, “Danielle! Come on! Get out of there!” Oh sure! He escapes before this nocturnal skunk realizes he is in a well lit bedroom, probably blinded, and starts to do figure eights around the floor, and he is now telling me to make a jump for it??? I had a better plan; I hid under the covers like a 5 year old. That’s right; I pulled the covers over my head, held my breath, and closed my eyes. I was ready for the spray!
When it got quiet and I realized he wasn’t in the bedroom anymore I retrieved my glasses and tried to see what was going on in the living room. I had limited visibility through the bedroom door but I could see the skunk calmly walking around the coffee table and entertainment center. I had no idea where my husband had gone. I didn’t know if he was going to walk back through the living area thinking the skunk still had me held hostage in the bedroom so I whispered loudly, “Babe! He’s in there!” I get the response, “Shhhh! I know!”. So I look further into the room and I see my Big Strong Man standing on the couch. He was literally on his tip toes! Picture the elephant that stands on a stool because there is a mouse near him! That’s what I was witnessing. I can’t blame him though. What was he suppose to do? The goal was to get the skunk out without spraying. Not an easy task.
My husband finally worked up enough courage to get off the couch and open the front door. He headed back to the bedroom to retrieve his gun. In the meantime, I put on my robe and was back in my boots. (This seems to be the war attire against skunks these days). We were scared that he would return to the bedroom so we closed the bedroom door behind us. (Again, hindsight is so clear after the fact). It dawned on us that if the door was closed, we had lost sight of him, and he could end up anywhere! We peeked our heads back in the living area and there was no sight of him. I couldn’t imagine that he just walked out the front door, that would be too easy, but I guess it was possible. Now the question was how the heck did he get in the house? We tip toed around like Elmer Fud with a spot light and a gun (what were we planning on doing with that gun in the house???) We discovered that one of the floor vents was popped off (they weren’t screwed down, they are now!) Clearly he came through the vent and right into our bedroom.
For reasons unknown, this skunk did not spray! The following day we had guys crawl every square inch of the crawl space under the house looking for anything they could find! Damage to the air ducts, baby skunks, big skunks, anything! My husband even had a guy come out with a camera and fed it through the air ducts to see if the skunk had nested in there. Nothing! We now have traps set (I know, I know…would have been a good idea a week ago!) and haven’t seen any evidence that the skunk is still in or under the house but at this rate, nothing would surprise me!
I’m sure our saga isn’t over yet, but I hope we are close to fixing the situation!
I wanted to send you my story so that you could have a good laugh, but to also thank you for your help! I couldn’t get anyone to help me here in Texas and you came through for me from Iowa! I will be keeping the machine a few more days just in case, but your help in greatly appreciated! I don’t know if we have it under control completely, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel. (Could be a train??)
Did you know ozone is even used by hunters to find deer easier? Read this article for details. Using ozone for hunting allows hunters to find more deer, and eliminate odors that may be discovered by the sensitive deer
Squashing the stench to fool a buck’s nose
By Brad Harvey
November 19, 2013
I use an ozone generator that pumps pure ozone into the container holding my hunting clothes. This removes any odors or odor causing bacteria that survived the washing machine and the scent eliminating detergent. Ozone generators can be purchased from outdoors stores, and are inexpensive and easy to use. When I come in from a morning hunt, I remove my hunting clothes, toss them into the container and run a 30-minute cycle that will squash any smells I’ve added to my camo since I put it on that morning.
Ever wear your hunting clothes into the local grill to grab a bite for lunch?
Smells from foods and fryers are some of the easiest to pick up and will saturate your clothes as badly as smoke. Similar mistakes include pumping gas in your camo and even walking into a convenience store since many of these stores offer fried foods such as chicken. It doesn’t take anything more than stepping in the door of such places for a split second to ruin the hunt.
Careful attention should be continued when you arrive on your hunting grounds, whether you’re hunting that day or not. Once you’ve found the perfect spot for your tree stand, it’s important to study the layout of the land to find entry and exit points for specific winds. If even the slightest breeze is going to carry your scent toward the deer’s bedding areas or the food source they’ll be traveling from, you’re wasting your time.
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November 12, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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OZONE TO THE RESCUE FOR HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS
Ozone Generators for odor removal
Hull, IA – Ozone Solutions, Inc., is offering 50% off all Ozone Generator rentals to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Ozone is great for removing any musty or mildew odors that might be present in homes or basements as a result of the recent hurricane.
For over ten years, Ozone Solutions’ has been renting ozone equipment nation-wide for destroying odors. For homes or businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy, Ozone Solutions would like to help you by offering their Ozone Generator rentals at a discounted price. “We are called to take care of our brothers. This is our sincere gesture to help all those that have been effected by this hurricane, our hearts go out to you” states Ozone Solutions’ Sales Representative, Dave Kuiper.
Their rental program is convenient. Ozone Solutions’ will ship the unit to your doorstep and include a return shipping label for easy return. All you have to do is run the Ozone Generator in the affected area for a few days, and then send it back. They guarantee their Ozone Generators will completely destroy any type of odor or your money back (minus shipping costs).
Ozone Solutions has been in business for the past 15 years, providing innovative solutions and reliable ozone equipment.
For more information, please call them at 712-439-6880, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website: http://www.ozonesolutions.com/info/hurricane-sandy-victims.
Waste-water Odor Control
This project was performed by RES (Remediation Equipment & Services) with Ozone Solutions equipment.
Provide Ozone System for Fugitive Odor Control at Wastewater Treatment Facility.
Little Washington Wastewater Company, a Division of Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc.
Baseline Odor Study at Site
In the summer of 2011, RES was approached by Little Washington Wastewater Company (LWWC), the wholly owned wastewater utility subsidiary of AQUA Pennsylvania, about performing a fugitive odor emissions study as part of an ongoing project to satisfy nearby resident concerns regarding periodic odor complaints from a small wastewater treatment facility. RES determined a course of action which included a two week period of nuisance emissions monitoring at three locations within the site. After the initial two week data gathering period, RES, for an additional two week period, encapsulated the suspected source areas of odor emissions. Monitoring these points as well as a point downwind began in order to identify local concentrations of odor causing gasses. The result of this month-long study led
to the recommendation for the utilization of gaseous ozone as an odor controlling agent to mitigate, if not eliminate the nuisance emissions.
Ozone Equipment Installation
The ozone system design included the following hardware: a small air compressor with a drier unit, an oxygen concentrator, a 40 gram per hour Ozone Solutions, Inc. ozone generator and the necessary tubing, fittings, check valves and dispersion equipment. The ozone system as it was designed was installed in early 2012. Based on the design, after ozone is generated by the Ozone Solutions, Inc. generator, it is distributed and injected into three points at the headworks of the facility; the equalization tank (EQT) via existing aeration system piping, both the influent grit screening chamber and the influent flow meter pit have ozone injected through the use of perforated Teflon tubing above the water level where oxidation of gasses occurs. The influent pits, previously exposed to the atmosphere were then covered to provide additional containment of any malodors or stray gas. The installation was successful and completed at a relatively low capital cost and with a minimal impact to LWWC’s ongoing operating costs.
At this time there have been a total of 0 odor complaints from this site. This is a reduction of 100%. Previous odor complaints had been averaging 1/week and peaked at a daily caller to complain. Ozone was a true success at this application!
Learn more about the use of ozone for industrial odor control
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Ozone Solutions continues to improve on our line of ozone scrubbers for ozone removal. Recently we announced the addition of the ODS-1H to our ozone destruct for water treatment line. Today we are announcing an addition to our dry gas ozone scrubber line.
The ODS-1is a completely stainless steel ozone scrubber for use with dry gas streams.
The ODS-1 will filter ozone from dry gas streams up to 30 SCFH with 99.9% efficiency. Due to the stainless steel construction ozone gas concentrations up to 10% by weight can safely be filtered with the ODS-1 ozone scrubber. In the event the destruct media (carulate 200) requires replacement, the ODS-1 offers an easy method for carulite replacement.
The ODS-1 joins our line of great ozone scrubbers for dry gas applications. This scrubber offers a lower cost option to our ODS-2 and ODS-3 ozone scrubbers. The ODS-3 has remained unchanged for 2012, while the ODS-2has seen slight changes that have increased it’s capacity to 60 SCFH.
We also offer a full line of PVC ozone scrubbers for dry ozone gas applications. These are a low cost alternative for low ozone concentration applications.
Common application for the ODS-1 ozone scrubber can be seen in the image below:
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We also have a great informative page on the use of ozone scrubbers, click HERE for information on what ozone scrubber may be right for you!
JBS plant odor complaints drop 25 percent
Full article available at the Times-Republican HERE
Odor complaints at Marshalltown’s JBS plant have dropped 25 percent since 2009, according to Troy Mulgrew, general manager of the meat-packing plant.
Mulgrew, who addressed the city council Monday, said pork producer JBS has made investments to respond to community concern.
“We consider ourselves trying to do the right thing at the plant,” he said. “We’ve improved many things.”
According to city records 206 calls were received in 2009, 179 calls in 2010 and 149 by the end of November this year.
Detailing work with an ozone system installed this year, as well as a room air “scrubber” that functions like a vent on a household stove, he said JBS has done a considerable amount of work to get rid of unwanted odors.
Read the full article HERE
JBS Swift in Marshalltown uses a WS-120 Ozone Injection System to provide ozone for the current scrubbers to reduce odors and keep clean water in these scrubbers.
See our Ozone use in Wet scrubbers page on our website to understand more about how ozone can be used to improve the operation of a wet scrubber.
While wildfires in Texas have destroyed hundreds of homes, many property owners with buildings left standing will suffer from the lingering problem of smoke odor.
Getting rid of smoke smell can be very difficult. However, the application of ozone gas can simply the process and reduce costs.
Ozone Solutions is currently offering a discount to customers in Texas who might be interested in renting an ozone generator for smoke odor removal.
If you are from Texas and would like to rent an ozone generator, click here for more information.
OzoneSolutions.com offers volumes of information on applying ozone to different problems, including smoke odor.
A wet scrubber is used to remove pollutants or odors from process exhaust gases. The purpose of a wet scrubber is to remove pollutants from the air and dissolve them into water for discharge in a waste water stream.
In a wet scrubber, water is sprayed or misted into the air stream to mix with the polluted air. The soluble pollutants in the air will dissolve into the water and be discharged safely in a waste water stream where they can be safely removed or converted to safe compounds.
Water used in a wet scrubber may be mixed with Hydrogen Peroxide, Chlorine Dioxide, or a variety of other chemicals to both improve pollution removal efficiency, and to maintain a clean, efficient wet scrubber. These chemicals may bond to pollutants, or convert the pollutant to a safe alternative using chemical reactions.
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Ozone can also be used in the wet scrubber to improve wet scrubber efficiency, and reduce chemical costs. Ozone can be used in any wet scrubber where the process of oxidation offers synergistic effects with water. Ozone may directly oxidize pollutants in the dirty gas stream, oxidize contamination on the scrubber walls, or help increase the efficiency of water to trap pollution. While the use of ozone in wet scrubbers is fairly new, the rising costs of chemicals ensures ozone use in wet scrubbers has a very bright future.
Ozone reduces costs and increases efficiency:
As chemical costs rise the costs to operate a wet scrubber go up. On going chemical costs can add up to very large operational costs. The use of ozone may reduce, or completely eliminate chemical usage drastically reducing the operational costs of a wets scrubber.
Many chemicals used in a wet scrubber remain in the waste water flowing from the wet scrubber basin. These chemicals may be undesirable, or costly to discharge. Ozone will maintain a clean, efficient wet scrubber and revert back to oxygen in the waste water stream.
Many wet scrubbers were designed to remove odor, however over time improved odor reduction is desired due to population growth, and increased odor complaints. Ozone use in a wet scrubber is a method to reduce a wide variety of odor emissions.
The Ozone Solutions:
Ozone can be dissolved into the makeup water flowing into the wet scrubber. This water should be plumbed directly into, or close to the recirculation water flow in the wet scrubber. This will allow the ozone to be sprayed into the wet scrubber contact area quickly. Make up water flowing to the wet scrubber can be plumbed through an ozone injection system for simple installation. If chemical usage is still necessary, chemicals can be delivered directly into the basin of the wet scrubber to ensure ozone does not negatively react with the chemicals.
Ozone Use in Odor Control Wet Scrubbers
Odor control wet scrubbers are commonly used for H2S removal, and other odorous compounds from rendering plants, fertilizer manufacturers, or other odor causing processes. Ozone is commonly used as a method to remove odor in other applications. Ozone is a great method of removing odor in a wet scrubber as ozone is a great method to remove odor, and ozone with water provides great synergistic effects. Odor control wet scrubbers commonly have bio fouling and slime forming inside the scrubber tower. Ozone slows this growth and removes this biological growth increasing the efficiency of the wet scrubber.
Ozone Use in VOC Wet Scrubbers
VOC wet scrubbers are used to remove Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) or convert VOC’s to CO2. Sometimes VOC scrubbers are refereed to as CO2 scrubbers. A common use of VOC scrubbers is Ethanol plants. Ozone is very effective at converting VOC’s into CO2 by bonding with the carbon atom in the complex VOC molecules. When ozone is used within a wet scrubber ozone and water are used together with great efficiency to oxidize VOC’s and other hazardous gases.
- Lower operating costs due to lower chemical usage
- Improved efficiency of wet scrubber by increasing oxidation
- Lower maintenance due to lower scaling and biological growth
- No chemical storage or transportation
- Ozone offers a safe alternative to chemicals
- Lower waste water discharge costs
The Use of Ozone in a Wet Scrubber
Ozone gas is generated on-site by an ozone generator. Compressed air is supplied to an oxygen concentrator that will provide concentrated oxygen for ozone generation. This oxygen will be passed through an ozone generator cell to convert this oxygen (O2) into ozone (O3). This ozone gas will then be dissolved into water using an ozone injection system. Typically all make-up water will flow through the ozone injection system into the wet scrubber. The goal is to achieve very high dissolved ozone levels into the water flowing to the wet scrubber.
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All excess ozone that is off-gassed in the ozone injection process can be plumbed to the wet scrubber sump and be bubbled into the sump using a bubble diffuser. This ozone gas can help treat the sump water, while off-gassing into the air stream to directly react with the polluted gas flow.
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Odor Control with Ozone
The system Ozone Solutions designed for Glendale Warehouse is a perfect example of an ozone system achieving success in odor abatement and improving a customer’s bottom line.
- Spice Warehouse stores, packages, and distributes spices and other products
- The spice products emanate an extremely offensive odor to the residential and industrial development located up to one block from the facility.
- Warehouse is 230,000 square feet.
- Ventilation of the facility is necessary to keep the indoor air quality acceptable.
- All vented air carries an offensive odor to the local area outside the warehouse.
- The local area is filled with other industries, housing developments, and busy roadways.
- Complaints were coming from the local community about the odor problem.
- The county health department was levying large fines against the warehouse for the odor.
Inside the Warehouse
Ozone Solutions Used
- Ozone gas was used within the building at low levels to maintain an odor free environment.
- Low ozone levels (0.05 – 0.1 PPM) were maintained in the building at all times.
- The building was made up of five individual rooms.
- Ozone was applied to the four main areas. The last area was a sealed cooler and was not a contributor to the odor issues
- The ozonated areas were as follows:
- 33,000 ft2
- 45,000 ft2
- 60,000 ft2
- 80,000 ft2
- Four regulated ozone outputs were used to control the ozone level in each room.
- Four additional ozone outputs were used to inject unregulated ozone flow into the exhaust stacks.
- Any unused ozone flow for the rooms was diverted into the exhaust stacks. The ozone system operated at 100% capacity at all times.
- All ozone equipment, including the air compressor, was placed on one skid for simple operation and installation.
Ozone System Inside the Warehouse
- After the ozone system was implemented the odor directly next to the building was almost completely eliminated.
- The county health department praised the spice warehouse for the amazing difference in odor emissions.
- Due to the improved air quality inside the warehouse, the vent fans could be slowed down to recirculate less air.
- Air quality inside the warehouse improved creating a better work environment for the employees.
- Fines and odor complaints were completely eliminated after installation of the ozone system.
Ozone Gas distribution piping placed along the ceiling of the warehouse
Contact our application engineers today to find out how we can put our experience to work for you!
As reported in Purcell, Oklahoma on Dec.14, a skunk tried to steal Christmas from the children. After getting into a storage shed, the skunk sprayed more than $16,000 worth of toys which might mean no Christmas presents for more than 800 underprivileged children. Is there any hope for saving the Christmas presents? With efforts to rid the presents of this horrible smell, workers attempted to spray them with Febreze with no success.
“When I walked in the fire department, some guys came in and said ‘You better come and look at this.’ And I walked out the door and we were knocked down with the smell of skunk,” said Peggy Christian, an Operation Christmas volunteer. “We found a few pieces that we’ve been able to salvage, but a lot of it we don’t think we have a chance for.”
Then the real contender steps forward. Currently Ozone is being used to treat these Christmas presents and at the end of the day will find that the smell is completely gone. This Christmas will still be a Christmas with plenty of presents and there will still be 800 smiling faces in the city of Purcell, Oklahoma.
News 9 Coverage (Video)
The “Make-You-A-Little-Smarter” Information for Today:
Did you know that after a thunderstorm when you get that nice fresh clean smell, what you are smelling is Ozone? This is nature’s way of cleaning the air and making things fresh and clean!
With any type of odor, ozone can be used to bring back that fresh clean smell whether it is smoke, cooking odors, pet odor, urine, skunk, mold & mildew, or just a stale home smell. Ozone can be used in your house, business or even in your car. Ozone Solutions, Inc. / Rental Units