Prepare For Hurricane Season Early

In the midst of the current worldwide Corona pandemic, it is difficult to think about the fact that hurricane season is two months away. While the season doesn’t begin until June 1st, federal and local officials anticipate the coronavirus will have an impact until then, if not beyond. Unfortunately, for those of us in Florida and other eastern and gulf coastal states, one crisis does not negate the necessity of preparing for the other! The season continues through November 30th.

The early forecast for the 2020 storm season is out and it is projected to be above average. Dr. Philip Klotzbach and researchers from Colorado State University, are predicting 16 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes. With this forecast in mind, amid dealing with the current state of Safer at Home mandates, we really must take time to step back and prepare ourselves, now more than ever.

Preparation is always key for hurricane season, but now we must consider other possibilities for evacuation because of Covid 19. Where will we go? One must consider the possibility of getting sick or making others sick. Get all of your health insurance card and prescriptions ready, in case you have to evacuate. Start planning now!

Most of us are working from home now, due to Covid 19, it’s a great opportunity to get your insurance in order and make sure you have flood insurance. Get the valuables you scramble to put in a safe place organized now! You can begin storing your provisions for hurricane season while maintaing your Safer at Home stockpile.

Get your house in order! Being at home more affords you the time to see what needs to be taken care of around the house. Trim the trees back from the house, clear out gutters and see if repairs are needed, have the roof inspected and/or repaired. Any exterior housekeeping that has been put off, because of lack of time, see to it now. Roofers, tree trimmers and general construction businesses are considered “essential”, so take care of those things and help support your local businesses at the same time.

No one is thinking about purchasing boards to cover windows at this time. This makes it a perfect opportunity to get those purchased and ready to put in place. If you haven’t in past years, go ahead and get your anchors installed around the windows, so boarding up windows will be less stressful when the storm comes. Become a weekend warrior and get outside and prepare your house.

Covid 19 is part of our reality right now, so use the two months of preparation for hurricane season as a distraction. Prepare yourself for the storm season to come, even though there are still so many unknowns in our future.

Got Mold?

There are many areas in a home that can be prone to mold; bathrooms, kitchens or closets that share a wall with a bathroom. You are also at higher risk if your home has experienced a flood or water damage of any nature, whether it be from a plumbing leak or leaky roof.

Mold in your home can pose some serious issues if not dealt with promptly, not the least of which is your health. Being aware of the signs of mold can help you reduce the long term effects that mold could have on your health and the structural integrity of your home if left untended. below are some waring signs that can help you determine what to look for, before mold can cause major damage to your family or home.

Moisture

Mold thrives in wet environments, so if you’ve experienced water damage, your chances of mold growth have increased. Look for spongy floor, bubbling paint and wallpaper or water stains, these all point to signs of water damage and should be inspected and repaired ASAP!

Condensation

Condensation around windows and doors, if left unattended, can lead to mold. Mold loves moisture and will flourish if the moisture build-up isn’t removed. Check the caulk and seals around these areas and repair or replace if there are signs of damage. Add these areas to your regular cleaning routine and adjust the temperature in your home to avoid creating condensation.

Musty Odors

Mold produces a smell that can be reminiscent of smelly feet or a gym bag full of sweaty clothing. This smell is one of the first signs of a possible mold problem, particularly if there are no visible signs of mold or water damage. The smell is created by mold releasing microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOC). These toxins may begin causing irritation to you eyes and respiratory system. So, that strange, musty smell that you can’t quite identify may mean it’s time to look for signs of mold growth.

Never Ending Allergy Symptoms

Mold sickness symptoms

Health issues that are caused by mold create allergy symptoms, because your body may be having an allergic reaction to the toxins you are breathing in. So, if you begin to have allergy symptoms and are not prone to seasonal allergies, it may be a sign that you should investigate for mold. Some of the other symptoms you can experience from mold are headaches, dizziness and difficulty with concentration. Immune suppressed individuals have a greater risk of having allergic reactions to mold.

Common Sense

Keep your eyes open to signs of water damage or increased moisture in your home and take care of it before it becomes a bigger problem. Simple maintenance checks in areas that are prone to issues (plumbing, around sinks or bathtubs and windows) can help stave off water damage or condensation build-up before it leads to mold. However, if you believe you may have a mold problem, always contact a professional to assess and repair the situation. Then you can feel confident knowing your home is safe for you and your family.

Exceptional Mold Remediation – What Do You Look For?

Every year, billions of dollars are spent on allergic rhinitis caused by mold. Research has shown that not only does mold cause allergic rhinitis, but many other respiratory illnesses, such as asthma.

If you have symptoms, which you suspect may be caused by mold in your home or you know you have a mold issue, it is best to get in touch with a professional mold remediation company immediately. Professional restoration companies offer mold testing and remediation. We have compiled some ways to help you choose a qualifies restoration company to suit your needs.

Certification

Anytime you are hiring an individual or company to do work on your home, you should always hire a certified professional. Not only does this give you some peace of mind about the quality of work that will be performed, but it gives you some leverage should damage be incurred, or the work is left unfinished.

Always hire a licensed company. It is best to hire someone who is licensed and certified to do the work you need done, especially when dealing with an issue like mold. Mold needs to be detected and remediated properly to ensure your home is safe.

Experience

Knowledge and experience are crucial for mold remediation. Nothing is more valuable in the restoration profession that hands on experience with all the varieties of mold testing and removal. An experienced company will be able to return you home to its original condition quickly and safely. Tested experience in the field, means a job gets completed correctly the first time which saves you money and stress in the long run.

Up To Date

Restoration companies utilize specialized equipment to detect and remediate mold. Make sure any company you hire uses an approach to mold remediation that is abreast of the most current technology and practices and that their machinery is well maintained.

Speak to several companies (if possible) before making your final decision. Choose the one that you feel communicates the process best to you and that meets the qualifications listed above. Your comfort and satisfaction with the work, should always be the professionals top priority.

The Main Causes of Water Damage – Knowledge & Prevention

According to Travelers Insurance, 51% of all homeowner claims are due to wind, hail and weather related water damage, while 53% of non-weather water damage claims are related to plumbing issues. Almost 90% of those claims may have been prevented by leak detectors or even basic home maintenance checks. With the average cost of a water damage insurance claim being $7000, it’s crucial for homeowners to be knowledgeable and proactive in identifying and repairing a problem that might result in water damage.

Storms & Rain

When large storms or hurricanes pass through, they can bring heavy rains, wind, hail and even storm surge. Sometimes the damage is obvious, but quite often roofs can sustain damage that we may not see until it’s dripping through the ceiling. Don’t wait for this to happen! It is important to have a professional inspect your roof annually to detect and repair damage before it becomes an issue.

Water Heaters

Have a plumber inspect and maintain your water heater on a regular basis; 75% of water heaters will fail before they are 12 years old. Be your own inspector and make a habit of checking your water heater for signs of wear; rust or grime build up on the outside, bulging of the tank or standing water around the base of the tank in the drip pan. All are signs that your water heater may need professional attention.

Appliances

Replace hoses on appliances, like washing machines, dishwashers and icemakers, at any sign of wear. The average age of a failed washing machine supply hose is around 8 years. Hoses are inexpensive, so replace them early and well before the manufacturer’s suggestion. Don’t scrimp on cheap replacements, because you will get what you pay for! Replace with high quality parts, as this will still be less costly than water damage repair. Consider having your appliances serviced occasionally to keep them working their best.

Faucets, Sinks and Toilets

Pay attention to your plumbing systems around & under your sinks. Look for signs of wear, including noisy pipes, signs of moisture on walls or floors, or rust stained water. The same attention should be paid to your toilet. Stay in the room until it finishes refilling. Get your toilets inspected regularly by a plumber. Gaskets and seals can fail, supply hoses and tanks can leak, or parts can break down; easy and inexpensive fixes that when left ignored or unchecked can become costly. A continuously running toilet can waste over 200 gallons of water a day. A faucet leaking one drip per second can waste over 300 gallons year! Both will have a huge impact on your water bill, and the longer you ignore the issue, the more damage from water you may incur.

Ensure that everyone in your household knows where and how to shut off the main water supply to your home. When you notice a leak shut if off at the source fast!

Tips to Prevent Water Leaks and Damage

  1. Watch your water bill for unusually high usage. A large jump from one month to another, that is inconsistent with the previous year, could be a sign that there is a problem.
  2. Turn off your water main and use no water for two hours. Take a reading before this test and then after the two hours has lapsed. If the reading has changed, you likely have a leak. Many water meters have leak detectors as well, a small dial. Once you’ve turned your water main off, if the dial continues moving, that could be an indication of a leak.
  3. Check you toilet by placing several drops of food coloring in the tank. If the color is in the bowl in 15 minutes or less with no flushing, you probably have a leak. (Make sure to flush several times after this process, to prevent staining.)
  4. Fix leaks and drips as soon as you notice them. They are quite often quick and easy repairs that you can do on your own for little cost.
  5. Use inexpensive water leak detectors and automatic shutoff systems to catch leaks early. They are easily found at your local hard ware stores or online.

Sources: Water Damage By the Numbers – waterdamagedefense.com. Statistics image based on Travelers Property Casualty Claim data from 2009-2015 – 2016 The Travelers Indemnity Company.

Thermal Fogging For Home Disinfection

In this unusual time of uncertainty, due to the Covid 19 Crisis, people are looking for ways to make themselves and their homes safer. Cleaning and sanitizing have become a daily task that can’t be overlooked, but are we really getting our spaces as clean and sanitized as we’d like? Probably not!

Methods of biological fogging have been around for years, but the problems in the past with the cold fogging process, have been the dangerous chemicals. Yes, the chemicals kill bacteria and viruses, but they are also harmful to all living things. The chemicals have been shown to be damaging to substances, such as fabric, plastic and metal, causing break down over time. Those dangers make it less than ideal choice for residential or office use. However, there is a new process, called Thermal Fogging, which uses a biocide to kill viruses.

Thermal Fogging produces a smoke-like fog, which can penetrate any porous surface that an air molecule can reach. The thermal fog spreads the biocide in a dry form, making it useful in spaces with electronics, like computers, televisions and all the other modern creature comforts our lives have become dependent on. It is quite often used by restoration professionals to fight odors left behind by fire and smoke damage, as well as mold remediation to produce a microbial free environment, but can also be used to neutralize viruses, bacteria and allergens.

Professional Restoration Services of Tampa Bay, Inc. offers a full range of services, including the Thermal Fogging of interiors. The process only requires the homeowner to be out of the home for 30 minutes or so. Once the fog dissipates, it is safe to return inside. The process leaves behind no film, so there is no need to wipe down the surfaces in your home afterward. Thermal Fogging is not meant to replace the daily cleaning we must remain vigilant about, but as an added precaution for those spaces where tiny particles can penetrate, but not be reached or adequately cleaned by hand.

When Disaster Strikes – Call A Professional Restoration Company

When a storm, fire or water causes damage to your home, it can be difficult to know what action to take firs. Where and how does one begin the cleanup? The best step to take when it comes to reclaiming your home, is contacting a professional restoration service.

Storm Damage

Large storm systems and hurricanes can leave massive damage in their wake. Wind damage – whether from the wind itself or debris tossed about by it’s force can cause roof damage – which can leave your home susceptible to water damage. A leaky roof makes way for water and structural damage.

Fire and Smoke Damage

Professional restoration cleanup is imperative if your home has been damaged by fire and smoke. The affected areas can be treated, removed and remediated. However, smoke can leave minute particles behind that sink into tight spaces, that can cause an unwelcome stench in your home. The ever-present smoke damage also opens you to health risks – because long term exposure can contribute to respiratory issues.

Water Damage

Flooding from storms or water damage from leaky pipes or appliances can cause great damage to the structure of your home. However, there is more than one type of damage that can be left by water. Aside from the obvious damage to the contents of your home, there is the added risk of mold growth later. Time is crucial in water damage remediation. The sooner you get your home cleaned and dried out – the lower the risk of long term damage.

Seek Help Immediately

No matter what type of damage has occurred to your home, don’t wait to begin the cleanup process. The sooner you bring a professional in to help, the sooner your home will be returned to the haven is was before damage was sustained.

Fire Prevention And Safety

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape? Did you also know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 pm and 7 am, when most people are asleep?

The most effective way to protect yourself andyour home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. Almost 60% of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan, that has been practiced regularly, can save lives.

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test smoke alarms one a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.

Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Smoke alarms save lives! If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!

Never disable smoke or carbon dioxide alarms. Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas. If the carbon monixide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.

A few fire safety tips:

  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms one a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home. After escaping from the home, make sure everyone knows where to meet outside in case of fire. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside.

Make sure everyone knows how to call 911. Also, it is important to teach household members to stop, drop and roll if their clothes should catch on fire.

Sources: http://redcross.org/prepare/disaster/home-fire. http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week.

Mediation For Denied Insurance Claims

A new rule has been put in place by the State of Florida, Chief Financial Officer, that expedites the fair and timely handling of residential property insurance claims. The new rule allows you (the insured) the right to take part in a mediation forum with your insurer, to negotiate any dispute you have with your insurer about your claim. The date of notice gives the parties 21 days to work out the issue before arbitration can be scheduled.

Mediation is the practice of a neutral third party helping negotiate an outcome that is amenable to both parties involved. Mediation is non-binding, meaning there is no legal requirement to accept the results. The mediation program was created by the Florida Department of Financial Services (FDFS) to facilitate contested residential property damage claims over $500, precluding the deductible.

A non-partisan mediator, who will be selected by the FDFS, will oversee the meeting. The mediator may be removed at any time, by either party, with good cause. This good cause can be a conflict of interest sited by either party, incompetence in handling the arbitration, or other reasons that could undermine the fairness of the meeting. Mediation takes place in a neutral location determined by the mediator.

For more information regarding Insurance claims handling and mediation:

Department of Financial Services

Mediation Section

Bureau of Education, Advocacy and Research

200 East Gaines Street

Tallahassee, FL 32399-4212

Phone:  (877) 693-5236    Fax:  (850) 488-6372

How To Save Water At Home

A dripping faucet or a pipe with a slow leak may seem harmless, but even small amounts of wasted water can quickly become expensive problems. Save yourself money and head aches by learning how to stop water leaks – and possible damage – before they start.

It flows from faucets, fills washing machines, collects in gutters and runs down drains. When it’s unseen or unwelcome, however, water can turn disastrous. Leaks in American homes waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually. Your home may seem water- tight, but there’s a 1 in 10 chance it hides a leak that spews 90 gallons or more every day. That’s like throwing at least $50 per year down the drain. A small leak left unchecked can turn into a pool that causes serious problems. Excess moisture can destroy furniture, carpeting, walls and more.

According to State Farm records, the average cost of a water damage claim in 2015 was $11,013, and that price tag can skyrocket when the home also experiences structural damage. Undetected water can also pose a health risk by encouraging the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Hiding behind walls, it can exacerbate allergies or asthma and cause respiratory problems in healthy family members.

Luckily, it’s easy to correct most common sources of water seepage. Quickly replacing a worn toilet flapper or fixing a dripping faucet, for example, can save you about 10% on your water bill and could help prevent more serious problems.

Here are some ways to limit wasted water and help ensure your home is ship-shape.

Pipe Dream

Indoor plumbing is one of civilization’s greatest innovations, but it’s not flawless. The pipes that deliver water are common sources of leaks. The risk increases with age, because pipework joints can degrade with time. Homes older than 30 years are three times more likely than new homes to have plumbing problems. Common causes of leaky pipes are:

  • Rust or corrosion of galvanized steel pipes or of the metal joints and connections of newer PVC or copper piping.
  • Too much water pressure; fixtures and appliance hoses can withstand only so much before faltering.
  • cracked or broken pipes and hoses, which can happen with age, pressure or freezing.

To avoid these problems, replace galvanized pipes with plastic if possible and hire a plumber every few years to inspect your pipes for rust. If your home has a water pressure regulator, adjust it or hire a plumber to address pressure problems. Finally, insulate exposed pipes and those in the attic and basement. Once a pipe springs a leak, it’s best to have a professional repair it. One telltale sign of a leak is decreased or inconsistent water pressure. If you notice such problems with your faucets, call a plumber.

Play Detective

When you picture water damage, you may imagine a flooded basement or a waterfall pouring from a toilet. But most problems don’t start with giant splashes; more common is a slow leak that goes unnoticed until the damage is done. early intervention is key. Waiting too long inflates your utility bill and allows water to build to a destructive point that can result in costly restoration expenses. How do you know if your home hides water leaks?

  • Check Your Water Bill: Review usage amounts during the coldest months. A household of four using more than 12,000 gallons per month probably has some serious leaks.
  • Call Your Water Company: Ask whether your utility provider has a leak detection program that alerts homeowners of unusually high water usage. If so, find out how the system works, so you can take appropriate action.
  • Conduct A Meter Check: Record your water meter reading; then turn off all water inside and outside our home. Make sure no one uses anything that requires water for two hours. Record the reading again; if it’s up, it’s likely a leak. These procedures can help identify the presence of leaks, but they don’t tell you their locations. That requires further investigation, starting with examining the most common culprits – pipes, appliances, toilets, faucets and the home’s exterior.

On Alert

As Ben Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Help protect your home from water damage by using water leak alarms in several strategic locations.

These sensors can detect water in hard-to-see areas. An alarm sounds for as little as one-sixteenth of an inch of water. Basic battery-operated detectors typically cost $5 to $10. Other models, for about $35, connect to smart home systems, such as Iris, Wink and SmartThings. Use the alarms under or hear toilets, sinks, refrigerators with icemakers, dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters, sump pump pits, whole-house humidifiers, window AC units and any areas that have leaked previously.

Rise of the Machines

Many appliances and mechanical systems use a lot of water. When they have problems, they can leak and cause costly damage. Routine maintenance can help!

  • Dishwasher: If a hose leaks or bursts, it can quickly flood your kitchen with gallons of water. The problem is most common with rubber hoses; $20 replaces these with sturdier, steel-braided options.
  • Washing Machine: Half of leaks result from burst water supply lines, which can loosen with vibration and degrade over time. Check your hoses frequently for cracks and kinks and replace them every three to five years as part of a proactive maintenance program.
  • Refrigerator: Almost three-fourths of leaks happen because of a failed plastic hose that connects the icemaker to the water line. Check the hose every six months, and replace it if it’s discolored or cracked.
  • Water Heater: Three out of four fail before age 12. Protect yours by flushing the tank every six months. Check annually for corrosion, leaks and a bulging tank. Have a professional check the anode rods for rust every two years.
  • Whole-House Humidifier: If the refill valve in a humidifier fails, water can leak directly into your sewer. Inspect the euipment frequently during the heating season, and turn off its water supply when not in use.

Toilet Troubles

Considering how often we use them, it’s not surprising that toilets are common sources of leaks. In fact, more than a third of all residential toilets have at least small leaks. Even worse, water damage from toilets averaged $14,891 in homeowner claims, according to State Farm records.

Finding most toilet leaks is easy. Ten minutes after flushing, remove the tank cover. If the water level is at the top of the overflow tube, you have a leak.

Another way to check; Put several drops of food coloring in the tank. If the color appears in the bowl within 10 minutes, there’s a leak. If the toilet valve makes a semi-regular or constant hissing or gurgling sound, there’s likely a large leak.

Some toilet leaks are easy to fix, while others require skilled professionals. Before hiring help, try replacing the flapper valve. Often a worn or warped rubber flapper with a bad seal is the source of problems. Swapping out this $5 part is so easy, most homeowners can tackle it themselves. If a new flapper valve doesn’t stop the leak, call a plumber. The problem could be a broken part, such as a refill valve or a loose gasket or bolt.

Most issues can be fixed at little expense. If the problem is a cracked tank or bowl however, the only solution is replacing the entire toilet. When replacement is necessary, consider investing in a WaterSense- labeled model. This third-party certification means the toilet uses 20% less water than the federal standard. For as little as $80, the toilet may save the average family nearly $2,400 in water and waste bills over its lifetime.

Faulty Faucets

The drip-drop of a leaky faucet or showerhead is more than a nuisance. Just one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year. And the average repair bill for water damage from a leaky sink is $7,000, according to State Farm records.

Faucets have many moving parts that can degrade, making leaks commonplace with enough time. There are four basic types of faucets, and each is repaired slightly differently. To stop a slow leak, first replace worn inside fittings (washers, gaskets, O-rings, cartridges and ceramic discs) and make sure they are secured tightly. You can likely find a tutorial online.

It’s also a good idea to remove mineral buildup in the aerator one a year by taking it out and soaking it in vinegar. If those steps don’t resolve the problem, hire a plumber.

Remember also to inspect faucets in your bathtub or shower, on the water heater, in laundry basins and utility sinks, as well as your home’s exterior.

Showerheads can also cause water issues, but fixing a leak is often as simple as using Teflon tape and a wrench to tighten the connection between the pipe stem and the showerhead. Replacing the washer or O-ring inside the showerhead may also do the trick. As with a faucet, it’s also wise to remove the showerhead annually and soak it in vinegar.

Leaks that aren’t resolved by these tricks may be caused by valves or other parts that a licensed plumber should tackle.

Look Outside

Sometimes water seeping in from outside can cause damage inside. When you search for the source of a leak, walk around your home to examine these possible offenders:

  • Water Supply Line: If there’s no rain, but you find wet soil where the water line enters your home, there may be a leak in the ine that runs between the meter and your home. The water utility should inspect the line and determine responsibility.
  • Sewer: Tree roots can invade and block drain lines, causeing problematic ( and smelly) sewer backups. Fluch an enzyme drain treatment down the toilet each month in spring and summer. If this doesn’t help, hire a plumber to video-snake the system to look for problems.
  • Foundation: As your home settles, the shifting foundation can cause pipes to detach from each other and create leaks inside your walls. Check your walls frequently, espcially those in the basement, and call a plumber if you find wet spots or cracks larger than one-sixteenth of an inch.
  • Roof: Water stains in the attic or on the ceiling and upper walls may indicate a roof in need of repair. toof leaks are most common in areas that get frequent hail, freezing temperatures or severe wind. Hire a roofing pro each spring – or after a major storm – to inspect your shingles and make necessary repairs.

Sources: Admin “How To Save water At Home” Web blog post. Simple Insights, State Farm.

Purifying The Air With Hydroxyl Generators

What is a Hydroxyl Generator?

Hydroxyls (-OH) are safe, naturally occurring molecules that are created in our atmosphere when the sun’s ultraviolet rays react with water vapor. They play a critical role in cleaning the earth’s atmosphere and are often referred to as the “detergent” of the atmosphere. In chemistry, they are described as a molecule consisting of an oxygen atom and a hydrogen atom joined by a covalent bond – this means they share a pair of electrons. They are neutral, because they have nine shared bonds, but it is the free electron which makes hydroxyls so highly reactive and they will bond with any odor and neutralize it. Hydroxyl molecules are so tiny that they will penetrate anywhere odors or micro-organisms may be. They are smaller and more effective at eliminating pollutants than liquid chlorine, hydrogen peroxide and ozone. Hydroxyl generators do not use chemicals and leaves no residue behind. Hydroxyls can be used to kill bacteria, viruses and mold. They can also be used to break down volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chemical fumes, gases, vapors and unpleasant odors. Hydroxyl generators are even safe to use on sensitive materials like rubber, leather and electronics.

The Odorox hydroxyl generators, like the one shown in the image above, use a two part treatment process to eliminate odors, decontaminate surfaces and purify the air. The processing chamber purifies the air and creates hydroxyls. The hydroxyl molecules exit the chamber to decontaminate surfaces and contents and to further purify the air.

The processing chamber alone is sufficient to treat the air. As air passes through, it is exposed to multiple wavelengths of UV light. The first segment of the optics produces wavelengths that deodorize the air flow. It will break down chemical vapors, volatile organic compounds and odors as they travel through the chamber. The second segment of the optics produces wavelengths that kill micro-organisms and prevent them from multiplying. It will kill bacteria, viruses and mold as they travel through the chamber. As water vapor (H2O) passes through the chamber, it is broken down into a hydrogen atom (H) and a hydroxyl (-OH). The hydroxyl molecules are the key to the second part of the treatment process. There have been many applications where the Odorox machine is set outside of the contaminated area. clean air is drawn into the processing chamber, hydroxyls are created and then injected into the contaminated area. The hydroxyls will then go to work on the air, structure and contents of that area. The contaminated air does not need to pass through the processing chamber to be cleaned.

Why use an Odorox hydroxyl generator?

  1. Safer than ozone. Ozone causes damage to plants and the mucous and respiratory tissue in humans and animals.
  2. Odorox can be installed immediately, because hydroxyls are safe for people, pets, plants and sensitive materials. This means that while the physical cleaning is being performed, Odorox is deodorizing simultaneously.
  3. Homeowners can stay home and businesses can stay open while Odorox is operating. This reduces or eliminates additional living expenses (ALE) and business interruption costs for the insurance companies.
  4. Hydroxyls are more effective than any other method. This means that many items previously though to be unsalvageable can now be restored, like rubber, leather and electronics.
  5. Odorox reduces the work involved with cleaning drapes, upholstery, carpets, laundry and dry cleaning. Most of this can now be handled on site.
  6. Odorox does not use chemicals and leaves no residue.
  7. Using an Odorox hydroxyl generator for 12 hours has been proven to reduce the presence of E. coli, S. aureus, P. aeruginosa on stainless steel and cotton fabric by 99%.

PRS uses hydroxyl generators to restore our customers homes to a clean, safe environment in a timely manner.

In what instance would a hydroxyl generator be used?

A hydroxyl generator would be used anywhere odors, bacteria, viruses or mold are present. Some instances are shown below:

  • Fire and smoke restoration
  • Water and flood restoration
  • Mold mitigation
  • Sewage backups
  • Trauma scene and biohazard cleanup
  • Odor elimination
  • Contents restoration
  • Eliminate volatile organic compounds