For those unfamiliar with an ozone generator, you may be wondering how long will an ozone treatment require. There is a lot of flexibility here, but there are some general rules to follow. The length of an ozone application might be:
I just spoke with a home inspector who was interested in odor removal. He obviously is very observant, and said that recently at least 70% of real estate for sale have noticeable odors. Odors are something may seek to ignore when possible. Otherwise, they mask the odors with potpourri or fragrance diffusers. This is unfortunate and a little unfair. How much better to literally get rid of those odors?
No matter how durable your ozone generator may be, using it in rough conditions will be hard on the system. This applies to mold treatments, hoarder homes, flood, homes near salt water, and even a filthy apartment. If there is a lot of junk in the air, it will build up on the ozone plates. So, learning to clean your ozone plates is very important. Use a cotton swab and either rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. The idea is to gently clean off the darker contaminants on the plates.
There is a major division when it comes to ozone generators. Those that were built to be an ozone generator, and those that took the short-cut of converting a blower, fan, or vacuum. The concerns are valid that warranties are voided, parts were not designed for an ozone application, and the system is an after-market add-on. That is why we refer to them as "Hacked" ozone generators.
Should a carpet cleaning service use an ozone generator? Well, if you look at every carpet cleaning service, they almost always talk about removing odors. This is, by the way, a slippery slope because fully removing odors is difficult at best.
Maybe you have been on YouTube to investigate ozone generators. Making one isn't too difficult. If you can generate a spark, ozone will be created. But, creating more than 1000 mg/hr of ozone on a regular basement is not quite as easy.
Recently, we were contacted by the owner of a RV part. With several RVs they owned, rented, and sold; odors were pretty intense. Particularly, because the RV park was in Texas. The question was whether ozone would remove the odors they encounter with regularity. They were smoking odors, cooking odors, pet and urine smells, and a general funk that cam from short term use and period of being closed up.
There are many important elements used in our ozone generators. Ozone is a fairly corrosive gas, and will rust or corrode connections over time. There are many producers using zinc or copper fittings believing that you must replace your equipment anyway. We decided a long time ago to use the most anti-corrosive parts possible. For wire connections, we not only solder, we seal with tape and heat shrink to seal out all air. We apply an anti-corrosive paste to any exposed metal part that comes with a fitting.
If you are in the odor business, there will be the eventual call to step in an remove the "Death Odor" from a house, condo, or apartment. If you take on the task, you should know to wear coveralls, a mask, and gloves depending on how well things have been cleaned prior to you arriving on the job.
When considering an ozone generator for a hotel, motel, or apartment complex; there are some important facts to understand. Ozone is a non-chemical odor removal and sanitizing system; but during operation, high ozone levels are a well-known respiratory irritant. So, basic training requires a carbon filter mask for those entering an ozone-treated area.
You may have heard of shock level ozone or ozone shock. This means you have basically driven the ozone levels to above 6 ppm, which is very powerful for odor removal, sanitizing, or mold kill. By now, everyone should know that pet and people cannot safely enter a shock level ozone environment without a carbon filter mask or air-fed respirator; which would be true of any gas saturation.
There are many important elements used in our ozone generators. Ozone is a fairly corrosive gas, and will rust or corrode connections over time. There are many producers using zinc or copper fittings believing that you must replace your equipment anyway. We decided a long time ago to use the most anti-corrosive parts possible.