Flood damage can leave a variety of lasting effects on your home. From disrupting your plumbing system to destroying furniture, flood damage can set homeowner’s back in thousands of dollars in damage. There are many methods of cleaning and treatment after a flood.
In this post we will highlight the benefits of ozone treatments, which is one of the services we offer at Industry Elite.
What is Ozone?
Ozone (O3) also called “activated oxygen” contains three atoms of oxygen; the oxygen we breathe only contains two. This is a naturally occurring process and is the second most powerful sterilant in the world. Ozone destroys bacteria, viruses, and odors. Ozone occurs naturally in nature, which is usually when lightning strikes during thunderstorms. In fact that fresh rain scent that our noses seem to love is the result of ozone.
What is Ozone Treatment?
When contaminants such as odors, bacteria or viruses make contact with ozone, they are destroyed completely by oxidation. In so doing, that extra atom of oxygen is consumed and there is nothing left. This naturally occurring effect is accomplished by using an ozone machine.
How Ozone Treatment is Done
To do an ozone treatment the space must be completely vacated, and an ozone machine is placed in the house. The machine is then turned on and a timer is set. 03 will then fill your home and penetrate all surface it comes in contact with thus removing odors at their sources. Treatments can vary, but usually take up to 2-3 hours or as long as 48 hours depending on the severity of the odor.
Once ozone treatment is done there shouldn’t be any lingering odors left in the home.
Why Should I Get Ozone Treatment for Water Damage?
Standing water left behind from a flood can cause mold growth. Items that have the biggest risk of mold growth when wet are furniture upholstery, carpet, and stuffed animals. Ozone treatments are able to remove the odor at its source on contact. DIY methods don’t have the power of ozone and will mask the smell.
Ozone eliminates musty odors and prevents the growth of fungus, mold, and mildew. Ozone treatments are also economically smart to restore a home that has sustained fire or flood damage.
Why Should I Get Ozone Treatment for Smoke and Odor Damage?
Many people think washing your clothes or wiping down surfaces after a fire is an effective way to remove odors. This will not work because the odors are embedded deep into the fibers and fabric. Your standard store-bought laundry detergents or cleaners are not strong enough to penetrate deep enough to remove the odors.
Can I Remove Odors Myself?
Cleaning up flood damage or trying to remove smoke odors can be a daunting task for homeowners. Flood waters often contain sewage and other contaminants. Exposure to these harmful bacterias can make you severely ill.
In addition to exposing yourself to harmful pathogens it’s virtually impossible to remove smoke odor with store bought products. Without proper cleaning DIY treatments mask the odors, but don’t eliminate the source. It may seem like it’s clean, but over time the odor will return; creating a vicious cycle. It also doesn’t give the same results as a professional cleaning does.
Safe Cleaning Tips
It’s recommended to use a professional cleaning service, but if you must clean up flood or smoke damage these are some tips to stay safe:
- To protect yourself from germs in the water cover your body. Wear long sleeves, pants, boots, and gloves.
- Protect your eyes, nose, and lungs.
- Wear goggles and a N-95 mask when working in flooded areas, or cleaning mold.
- Use soap or cleaning products that contain a disinfectant for killing germs. Never mix bleach with other cleaning supplies or in the same bucket.
- Open windows and use fans to pull the fumes from your work area.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after cleaning.
- Areas that stay wet or damp for more than 48 hours can grow mold.