Treating Harmful Formaldehyde Levels with Ozone:
Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, generally pungent, yet sometimes odorless gas that when present in very small concentrations is not a major concern. However, it is present in public areas such as public buildings and many working environments that we are exposed to everyday that can be harmful. Formaldehyde is inevitably constant at low levels, usually less than 0.03 parts per million (ppm), in both outdoor and indoor air. Naturally occurring in the environment, it is an essential metabolic intermediate in all cells. With an occupational exposure limit value of .94 mg/m3, formaldehyde was considered safe against sensory irritation in the airways. The direct result from automobile exhaust is a major source of this chemical. It is also a component in tobacco smoke and those breathing it in as secondhand smoke are exposed to a higher level. Variables such as temperature, humidity, and air exchange all play a role in that concentration level. This chemical is generally used as a drying or curing agent in materials and thus release VOCs as part of this process. VOCs (volatile organic compounds) pose a health risk to everyone. Why you may ask? VOCs are extremely hazardous by constituting side effects such as eyes, throat, and nose irritation, frequent headaches, nausea, and damaging the central nervous system. This problem may be lurking in your home or office building as you read this. For instance, purchasing pressed-wood shelves, laminate flooring, shampoos, etc all contain some form of formaldehyde. If your product does not say “readily biodegradable” and “nontoxic to humans and aquatic life” then it is likely that the product contains formaldehyde. What is most daunting is that this chemical can be odorless in some forms at low concentrations and a person can experience the off-gassing of formaldehyde and be unaware of it, which can lead to health concerns. Formaldehyde is permeated into the drywall or composite material in the area; therefore it is assumed that VOCs from the formaldehyde will continue to linger for several months to even a year. A crucial alternative to utilize is ozone for this application. Ozone, being a reactive gas, is an effective solution because it pulls electrons to oxidize. The first step is to access the space for the major source of VOCs. Secondly, remove the problematic furnishings, and then lastly, treat the exposed air with ozone. Call us for more details for a healthier environment!
“Formaldehyde Exposure in Homes: A Reference for State …” N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Nov. 2016.
Ozone Air Treatment and Odor Control Generators (10/24/16) Jolene and Jeremy McDermott bought a vacant home that was built in 2006. Upon the decision of purchasing the home, they noticed there was an unpleasant smell remaining after they had repainted and installed new flooring. After some research about how to remove odor from a home, they came across some websites that claimed ozone would help. They had never used an ozone product before and were hesitate; yet, thought, “why not.” They were in need of a solution to remove the odor as fast as possible. They decided to purchase through Ozone Solutions Inc., because of their informative website, customer service, and the 7-day guarantee rental. All those factors sealed the deal. They decided to go with the DR-10 based on the recommendation of Mark Van Voorst.
“Mark- just to let you know, this ozone generator worked like MAGIC! There’s really not much documentation on removing odors from a former marijuana grow house, so we weren’t convinced this is going to help. But it did the trick- we only needed to run it for three days, we let the house air out for the fourth day and there was no need to start the device back up. Odor is GONE. We are beyond thrilled.
Thanks so much for your advice, I passed this information (the success story as well as your company info) along to our realtor in case the “grow house” issue comes up with another client – and this is Colorado, so it very likely could! This was a safe, painless, and inexpensive way to fix the odor issue – plus the ordering, delivery, instructions, and return were all extremely easy and convenient.”
Jeremy and Jolene McDermott
Castle Rock, Colorado
DR-10: High Output Shock Treatment Ozone Generator
For this week’s Wednesday Weekly Product to Watch, we will be taking a look at the bench top model ozone machine called the HP-500.
This product has been recently added to our small ozone machines line up, and we have received a number of good responses from our customers about its welcomed functionality and performance!
Since this model features a digital logic control, it provides you with an incremental timer complete with an “On” or “Timer Bypass” setting. The logic also enables you to adjust the ozone output from 100% down to 40%. The machine has both input and output ports.
The machine features both an inlet and an outlet connection port. The included “Air Drier” can be connected to the inlet port, using the provided flexible tubing. This air dryer not only removes moisture from the air, making the generator suitable for operating in humid environment, but also raises its ozone output. But that is not all!
The machine also comes complete with a built in air pump (2-3 PSI @ a flow rate of 1-2 LPM).
This built in motive force allows you to use this machine for many applications because of its “All built into one” approach!
Since it comes with a built in air pump, it would not be complete without a bubbler diffuser stone. In fact, we provide you two of them in case you want to use each diffuser for different purposes or applications!
Washing foods with ozonated water, Aquarium or Koi ponds, and removing odors from an air space containing a cat litter box, etc.
This model presents a very good value, (I did list most of its built-in capabilities) and is very easy on your pocket book at around $150!
For more complete information or to purchase it, please go to the product link below;
Dealing with many customers daily, banks are high risk for microbial infection. Also, with the amount of people passing through the bank, the air can begin to smell foul. These problems can be solved with the installation of an ozone generator, which be directly integrated with an existing air system.
Ozone destroys odors, creating fresh air for everyone. Because ozone reverts to oxygen, it will stimulate everyone in the building, and reduce feelings of tiredness. This means that ozone will indirectly increases efficiency within the bank.
After installing a system for a bank in Hull, IA, Ozone Solutions inquired as to the effects the generator was having. In response the bank told us that customers often say, “It’s very fresh in here,” and that the employees are, “always happy!” Below is a picture of the system that was installed in the bank.
We receive lots of questions from our customers regarding the amount of ozone needed to remove odor from an object or place. While the details of the odor in your space or object make a difference in the amount of ozone needed, it is generally more successful to use a lower concentration of ozone for a longer duration than a higher concentration for a short amount of time.
For example, I had a canvas tool bag sitting in my garage that a cat had unfortunately urinated on. When I discovered the odor embedded in the tool bag from the urine, I decided to use ozone to eliminate the odor. I began by placing the bag into a plain cardboard box and ran a 40-gram ozone generator at approximately 8 percent and ran the line out. I ran the test for approximately 15 minutes.
I ran another test with the same bag in the same box. I used an ozone generator capable of .25 grams of ozone. This test was run overnight. The results were very interesting. The first test made my whole bag smell like ozone and the urine odor returned shortly after. The second test, on the other hand, was much more successful in eliminating the odor instead of just covering it up.
This is a great example of how it is not always the best solution to use high concentrations of ozone but instead give the ozone the adequate amount of time to penetrate and eliminate the odor. To learn more about using ozone to eliminate odor check out our information page, How Ozone Generators Work.
For this week’s Wednesday | Weekly Product to Watch we are looking at the MZ-950p Ozone Generator.
The MZ-950p is a great household ozone generator! It is commonly used to remove any unwanted odors in your home (eg. musty basement odors, cigarette odors, cooking odors, etc).
It is also commonly used in vehicles, campers, RV’s, and boats. **It comes standard with both a 110volt power cord and also a 12volt DC power cord.
It has a variable output dial so that you can turn it up (or turn it down) to handle any light or strong odor situations that you might come across.
General freshening: On the lower settings you can run this machine safely in an occupied space making for a nice clean fresh living space.
Shock treatment: On the higher settings you can run this machine at “shock treatment” levels to permanently get rid of odors (never to come back again).
Visit our website to learn more about the fascinating world of ozone and the solutions that we provide.
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.
Tired of reading? READ ON! :o)
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
Office: (712) 439-6884 x197
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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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