Mar 082010

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Ozone is a natural occurring element of fresh air. It exists in the protective ozone layer created by ultraviolet rays of the sun reacting with the Earth’s upper atmosphere. It can also be created artificially with an ozone generator. The ozone molecule contains O3 atoms rendering it more volatile than the oxygen atom that contains 2. As a stronger acting oxidizer it is more reactive and unstable, however it has a short half-life reverting quickly to oxygen. Ozone is proven to oxidize all bacteria, mould and yeast spores, organic material and viruses.

Ozone was originally recognized as beneficial in industry as far back as the American Aboriginal peoples. Fishing was one of their main industries. They noticed a more successful catch occurred after an electric storm when a strange odor was released by the action of lightning. The Greeks also noticed the odor, they named “ozein”, and they preferred fishing after a storm and still do today.  “The explanation for this natural phenomenon is that after an electric storm the upper layer of water in lakes is enriched with diluted oxygen and therefore naturally ozonated. The positive influence of ozone on the digestive system of different species of fish has been scientifically documented.” (www.ozonelab.com/articles/011.htm) Today fish-farming or aqua-culture is only possible because of ozone’s ability to destroy viruses that are responsible for many diseases in fish culture.

Besides Aqua-culture, ozone water treatment for drinking water has become very popular. Nice, France is known as the birthplace of ozonated water. It is not only used to bottle water but also juice and other beverages like wine. It is also used in the bottling industry to sterilize and clean equipment and barrels. There are hundreds more applications for ozone use and many more are developing. It has been used in agriculture as an alternative to pesticide use and it leaves no chemical residue behind on plants. It is used in cooling towers of nuclear power plants to transfer heat more effectively and reduce chemical usage. The medical and sanitation fields use ozonation to disinfect and sterilize environments, as well as tools and equipment since it is the strongest oxidant known that decomposes to oxygen, leaving no harmful residues. The food industry and farming industry uses ozone to sanitize fruit and vegetables also to aid in the chilling process and disinfect equipment. Besides produce it has also been used in soil remediation and water waste. Water waste may be the most innovative use as in the laundry industry. Ozone application reduces the use of hot water and recycles wash water for reuse resulting in monumental savings for hotels and hospitals, not to mention the lack of consumption, which is always good for a more sustainable environment.

Ozone is used in alternative medical therapies as well. It was first discovered by a homeopath Joseph Lloyd Martin, and 16 years later, in 1856, used for the first time to disinfect operating rooms and sterilize surgical instruments. Doctors used ozone for its bacterial and virus destroying properties applying it to infected wounds in WWI. They also found it had hemo-dynamic and anti-inflammatory properties. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozone_therapy#Methods_of_administration) By the 1990’s the Food and Drug Act approved of ozone use as a disinfectant in food processing industry.

As of July 1, 1998 Health Canada has issued warnings to consumers not to use an ozone generator marked as “air cleaner” or “pollution control device” in their occupied homes. The regular over the counter generators and door to door sales of air purifiers that generate ozone into inhabited environments, seem to be posing respiratory irritations. This warning does not apply to ozone generators used to disinfect air by use of a trained individual, in an unoccupied space.

“Health Canada is concerned about the use of ozone generators in occupied spaces where the public may be exposed to ozone gas. Health Canada’s warning does not apply to ozone generators intended for use in unoccupied spaces by trained individuals who are following appropriate occupational health and safety requirements.” http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/house-domes/electron/cleaners-air-purificateurs-eng.php#a6

One Wikipedia source indicates that ozone will kill bacteria, vermin and mold, however in the case of mold the dead spores that remain can cause respiratory problems.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:High-ozone_shock_treatment. It is always recommended by Iron View Inspections to have a mold remediation expert deal with mold once its discovery is verified.

Our senior Inspector is our ‘Ozonator’ at Iron View Inspections. He has training in Ozonation application for unoccupied buildings and areas within buildings. We ozonate vehicles as well, to help eliminate foul odours caused by bacteria, and other air-bourne additives.  We use a generator that is covered by the FDA (Food and Drug Act) and PCPA (Pest Control Products Act) and passes regulations of the CSA (Canadian Standards Association). It is required that the premises to be treated is evacuated of all persons, animals and living plants, during the process and for some time after the treatment, to allow for ozone to safely revert back to a healthier fresher form of oxygen.

When safely applied, Ozonation is the most natural, non-chemical way of sanitizing your environment, freshening and improving your air quality.

Below is one testimonial of a client who had been complaining about the odours in her car that were aggravating her respiratory conditions every time she got in to drive. She is very thankful to have learned of the process offered by Iron View Inspections.

“ I had never heard of the ozonation process and its benefits before meeting Jim from Iron View Inspections. So…I thought I would try it inside my car. What a difference it made. It was fast and left my car smelling much better having the musty smell removed. I’d recommend anyone who struggles with asthma and allergies like myself to try this out.”         S.K. ( Waterloo Region)

~ Be As Fully Informed As You Can Be~

Sources: InterNACHI, Inspect4U, Ozone Lab, Health Canada, Wikipedia,

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