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How Does an Ozone Generator Remove Odors?

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Ozone molecules attacking pollutant in the oxidation process The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.

What is an Ozone Generator?

An ozone generator is an industrial machine that produces ozone. Ozone generators are a common and effective way to oxidize airborne odors, but they can also be used to kill mold, remove smoke and cigarette smells, and even bacteria and viruses.

What is Ozone?

Ozone is a colorless, highly reactive, toxic gas with powerful oxidizing properties. It is comprised of three atoms of oxygen rather than the two atoms of oxygen we breathe. Ozone is naturally occurring as well as man-made. An ozone generator is a man-made way of creating ozone.

Why Would We Want to Create Ozone If It’s Toxic?

Because ozone is very good at removing particles in the air that cause odors. It is the ultimate air purifier, which is why it is used by industrial cleanup companies like SERVPRO of Upper Darby.

How Does Ozone Remove Odors?

When used correctly, ozone is a safe and effective form of odor control. Ozone generators release ozone into the air to oxidize odors or just keep rooms smelling fresh.

When ozone gas is introduced to an environment with bacteria, mold or any other organic material, it readily donates one of the oxygen atoms to oxidize or destroy that material. Ozone is a top choice for odor removal because it eliminates the source of the odor instead of just masking it.

Ozone can also oxidize some inorganic materials like calcium and arsenic and a number of trace metals, such as iron. Once the third oxygen atom is used to oxidize an organic or inorganic contaminant, there is only an oxygen (O2) molecule left. This natural solution leaves no chemical residue behind.

When Should Ozone Be Used?

An ozone generator is recommended for professional use only, due to the dangers of high concentrations of ozone. Ozone generators and ozone are used to remove odors that seem impossible to remove. It is highly effective at removing odors because it can penetrate anything that oxygen and smoke can penetrate.

Due to the toxicity of ozone gas, ozone generators are used only in spaces that are unoccupied and sealed. This means that if they are used in a home or business, the space usually needs to be evacuated while the ozone generator is in use. It is highly recommended that you rely on professionals who are trained on how to safely operate an ozone generator.

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Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

If you are struggling to get rid of strong odors in your home or business, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Upper Darby. They can determine the best actions to take, including whether an ozone generator is needed.

SERVPRO of Upper Darby has the training and equipment to identify and eliminate odors from fires, flooding, mold damage, and other sources.

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