Ozone Does Not Kill Mold

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Ozone Does Not Kill Mold

Ozone Is Used To Cleanup COVID-19 and Remove Smoke Odors

Ozone is the product most COVID-19 cleanup contractors prefer to use. Does it do a good job? Well, no one knows for sure. Testing for surfaces is certainly available, but it only tests a limited area. This is a limited test because it’s unrealistic to test every surface and if a contagious person enters the area and coughs or sneezes then the area is no longer COVID-19 free. 

One of the major manufacturers of an ozone generator supplies their franchisees their own testing kits for clearance. We prefer neutral, 3rd party EPA approved testing; not something supplied by the manufacturer. The conflict of interest is obvious. This COVID-10 clearance product is used immediately after the COVID cleaning is completed with results onsite. The science of this method of COVID testing is not industry accepted.

 COVID swab sampling is the preferred testing method and widely used today. Getting swab samples accurately (pcr) analyzed for SARS-CoV-2 is a lengthy process; some labs take weeks, others take several days, a few take 2 hours. Lengthy delays in getting testing results back to clients pretty much eliminates contact tracing efforts and the “clearance” is suspect because the area could have become reinfected.

Some labs require the swabs to be shipped with ice. Others don’t.  

Some labs use the ELIZA method to test for SARS-CoV-2 in dust, others combine several surface swab samples and analyze for viruses, not specifically SARS-CoV-2.  

If you are considering this COVID-19 cleanup verification testing, ask a lot of questions.

Ozone Is A Greenhouse Gas

Ozone gas works very well when used to cleanup wildfire smoke, cigarette smoke, and some other particles It must be used in a vacant building.

It is a greenhouse gas. 

It adds to the world’s climate change challenges negatively.

Ozone does not fix the leaks or high humidity that created mold in the first place.

There are some paints or sealers that will encapsulate the smell. Google has a ton of sealers that encapsulate odors. BE SURE TO BUY NO OR LOW VOC ONLY.

There are much better ways. Give us a call and let’s discuss.

Ozone Health Concerns

It’s a lung irritant. At certain levels it can kill you. DO NOT BELIEVE THE AIR PURIFIER’S BOXES THAT WANT TO SELL YOU AN “OZONE GENERATOR”.  

The EPA has come out strongly against home ozone generators saying

“Ozone, a lung irritant, is produced indirectly by ion generators and some other electronic air cleaners and directly by ozone generators. While indirect ozone production is of concern, there is even greater concern with the direct, and purposeful introduction of a lung irritant into indoor air. There is no difference, despite some marketers’ claims, between ozone in smog outdoors and ozone produced by these devices. Under certain use conditions ion generators and other ozone generating air cleaners (see www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/ozone-generators-are-sold-air-cleaners) can produce levels of this lung irritant significantly above levels thought harmful to human health. A small percentage of air cleaners that claim a health benefit may be regulated by FDA as a medical device. The Food and Drug Administration has set a limit of 0.05 parts per million of ozone for medical devices. Although ozone can be used in reducing odors and pollutants in unoccupied spaces (such as removing smoke odors from homes involved in fires) the levels needed to achieve this are above those generally thought to be safe for humans.”

What Are Ionizers And Other Ozone Generating Air Cleaners?

For the health of everyone on this planet please consider a different method of mold cleanup. Call us for Free Mold Cleanup Recommendations.

 

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