Ozone Over-Treatment

We are in a new phase of ozone treatments, and that is good news.  We have seen the ozone generators increase in power and decrease in size.  Ozone is a product of nature that is amazingly sustainable idea since it uses oxygen (O2) to make ozone (O3), then quickly returns to oxygen (O2).  Ozone depletes no natural resources, and it leaves not waste or residue behind.  So, let's give this natural solution the props it deserves as a fantastic tool that destroys odors, kills pathogens, kills mold and mildew, and neutralize many types of pollution.

The improvement of ozone equipment has changed our concerns.  Years ago (more than a decade), small ozone generators ranging in the 2500 to 5000 mg/hr range were the hot idea to destroy odors.  Due to the small output, these machines were run for 12, 24, 36, and 72 hours at a time.  To be fair, the process worked, and odors were knocked down.

However, there were a few rare incidents of rubber and soft plastic deterioration.  So, there question still echos about; but to be clear, this was the odd event rather than a common problem. This issue should no longer exist, but certain ozone generator manufacturers still struggle to promote their low-output systems.

Today, units the size of a toaster (like our 15-30G Pro) produce 15,000 to 30,000 mg/hr of ozone.  That is roughly 10 times more output.  In light of these advancements, ozone treatments are much shorter.  The typical treatment is about 3-4 hours in length.  And, according to the "Best Practices for Ozone Remediation" set by the National Ozone Association, no treatment should be more than eight hours.  The only expectation may be trauma and biohazard applications.

So, when an ill-informed people think it is a good idea to "Blast Ozone for 24 hours".  They then discover that the normal ventilation does not get rid of the ozone smell.  As a rule, if the ozone smell is strong after 24-48 hours, the resident VOCs are holding the oxidation smell.  This is going to be hard to reverse.

When this occurs, there are a few marginally effective remediation options.  The process takes requires a process capable of grabbing and neutralizing VOC and chemical residue.  Fogging with Decon Five is the only solution capable of denaturing the volatile organic compounds after a prolonged ozone treatment.

Remember the water illustration, too little or too much can create unwanted results.  There is an "Optimum Bell Curve" for ozone treatments.  That is 1-3 hours, and never more than 8 hours.  Secondly, do not fall for over-hyped small machines that eventually get to the need of treatments lasting 12 and 24 hours.  

Every cleaning or sanitizing product comes with instructions that you should not violate.  Ozone, as good as it is for the intended purposes, has a few instructions.  Follow them, and you will be pleased with the results.