What is it?
Ozone is a well-known powerful oxidizer which can kill microorganisms effectively. Some people refer to Ozone as activate oxygen. Ozone’s molecular name is O3. It has one more oxygen atom than oxygen (O2)- the air we breathe.
How Does It Kill Mold, Bacteria, Etc.?
The extra atom of oxygen (in a nutshell) breaks off from the other two atoms and looks for organic or inorganic molecules to “connect” with. This connection destroys the mold, virus, bacteria, odor etc. that it touches. This process is done through oxidation.
We use a powerful ozone generator that produces the ozone needed to decontaminate your ducts while under high pressure. We block off the supply and return registers to be allow high concentrations of ozone to reach all areas of the duct work. This method takes only minutes instead of hours and can be accomplished in conjunction with duct cleaning or prior to duct sealing.
Our Work in Progress
While the ozone generator is in use no people, pets, nor plants can be in the area being decontaminated. HOWEVER, once the process is complete, the ozone generator is shut off and the ozone starts to break down quickly, opening the windows helps to allow the ozone to dissipate and return to a normal balance of O2 (regular oxygen).
Then the treated area is not only safe, but the mold, bacteria, odor, virus, etc. is gone. All that is left is the smell of sunshine. (Do you know the smell on clothes hung outside to dry? That’s ozone. That’s the same smell that will be in your home for several minutes after the ozone treatment).
We prefer performing an inspection prior to any ozone treatment to evaluate if this is the appropriate solution. For example, if there is a musty odor due to a humidity problem, the humidity problem must be addressed first, then the ozone treatment plan can be carried out.