What Is Ozone?
Ozone is a gas produced in nature when ultra violet rays pass through the atmosphere and charges the oxygen molecules. This gas is a strong sterilant, that cleans, purifies and disinfects air and surfaces. It occurs during lightening storms and produces that “clean, spring rain” smell. It is the ozone layer in the Earth’s atmosphere that cleans and protects us from the sun’s ultra-violet rays.
Our Generators produce this Ozone and circulate it into your home, office or pool which disinfects, purifies, and cleans the air, surface or water.
Is Ozone Safe?
When conducted by trained and certified professionals Ozone treatments are very safe. While Ozone is very powerful, it has a very short life-cycle. When contaminates such as odors, bacteria or viruses come in contact with the ozone, the extra atom of oxygen is consumed and there is nothing left. No odor, no bacteria, no extra atom, only oxygen.
How Long Is The Treatment Process?
The length of treatment varies. Vehicle treatments are under a hour. Full home basic treatments are usually 2-5 hours. If we are treating a home that has been fire damaged, has mold, or has had history of pets or smoking odors the treatment may take up to 48 hours. The length of the treatment includes the time for the Ozone to be dispersed and time for the unused Ozone to dissipate before occupants to return.
Will There Be A Leftover Ozone Smell?
There is often a leftover faint smell of Ozone the first week following a treatment. Clients often enjoy this smell and describe it as a clean and fresh smell, similar to the smell after a lightening storm. The Ozone smell will continue to fade over time.
Does Ozone leave Any Residue?
No! Ozone is a gas substance similar to oxygen and there is absolutely no residue during or after an Ozone treatment. Ozone has proven to be as much as 3,500 times more effective in killing bacteria than Chlorine, and leaves no unwanted residue or toxic byproducts. Ozone is popular for treated drinking water because it leaves no taste or toxins. It is also beneficial in pools and spas for the fact that it does not leave any residue which effects your skin, clothing or pipes.
Will Ozone Damage Anything Inside My Home, RV or Vehicle?
Ozone is relatively safe to use, especially if conducted by a trained technician. You need to clear the premises of plants, pets and people during the treatments. Our technicians have a checklist that they perform before each treatment. We have never had an issue during one of our treatments because we take these extra precautions.
What If After A Treatment An Odor Still Remains?
If the odor remains after an Ozone treatment we will re-treat the area at no extra cost. We are not satisfied until you are. Please keep in mind, Ozone will clean and deodorize the air, it will not eliminate the source. ie: it will eliminate cigarette smoke, but not the smoker. It will eliminate pet odors, but not the pet. It will kill mold, but not the source that created the mold.
How Do Ozone Treatments Effect Those With Allergies or Respiratory Issues?
Ozone treatment not only eliminate unwanted odors, they also target airborne allergens and pathogens, which improve the indoor air quality. Those with allergies or respiratory issues will likely benefit from having their air purified. Our technicians are trained to ask if anyone has any respiratory issues so that they will allow for a longer air-out period.
FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW
There are over 200,000 bacteria per sq. inch in your carpet
5000 per sq inch in your sink
500 per sq inch on your computer keyboard
50,000 per sq. inch on your bed mattress
MRSA is found in all houses
MRSA kills 19,000 people a year (more than AIDS)
CA-MRSA ( community acquired MRSA) grew 134% last year
Utah had over 20,000 cases last year
MRSA is getting so bad the State Government is working on a bill to require schools, gyms, hospitals and public places to adopt a disinfection system
90,000 Americans suffer from effects of MRSA
Ozone is the most powerful oxidant you can legally use
Ozone is the only disinfectant guaranteed to kill all bacteria, virus and fungus
Ozone is 3000 times stronger than bleach
Ozone is all natural
Ozone will get in every nook and crack in your house (not just what you wipe down)
Ozone leaves no residue and it is safe for all material
Ozone is safe for food
Ozone should be used by all new community pools to kill germs
Ozone is used by Some bottled water companies to kill the germs in the water before it is bottled and shipped
All produce should be ozinated before it can be sold to the public
Ozone gets deep into fabric to kill all odors and bacteria, not just what is on the surface
Ozone will kill all odors (smoke, urine, skunk, pet, etc.)
Ozone treatments will save you thousands of dollars, on cleaning products and will keep you and your family healthier. It will reduce the costs of having your ducts, carpets, wall, and ceiling cleaned.
Ozone vs. UV
The two key technologies that form the mainstay of the discussion around secondary disinfection are UV and CD ozone. Both options have their associated benefits.
What is Ozone? Ozone is a gas that is dissolved in water to kill microorganisms, destroy organics, and break down chloramines by oxidation. This occurs immediately at the ozone gas injection point, and continues as the side-stream remixes with the main return. A small residual (~0.1 PPM) of dissolved ozone will enter the pool to provide further oxidation of contaminants.
What is UV? UV light inactivates about 20% - 30% of microorganisms and breaks down chloramines with light energy. This happens while the water is in the UV chamber only, and as long as the water has no turbidity. It's also appropriate to note that UV disinfects, whereas ozone will destroy the contaminants completely.
Comparing Ozone and UV- There is sometimes confusion as to the difference between ozone and UV systems. Actually, they are completely different technologies, however the confusion may stem from UV-generated ozone that was popular in residential pools and spas until the late 1990s when breakthrough compact Corona Discharge ozone generators took over that market. UV generated ozone is never used on a public pool since these systems are incapable of producing enough ozone to benefit the pool water. Corona Discharge generated ozone, on the other hand, is extremely safe and effective for pool water sanitation.
Ozone is dissolved in water to kill microorganisms, destroy organics, and break down chloramines by oxidation. In comparison, UV light inactivates microorganisms and breaks down chloramines with light energy. With UV, this chloramine breakdown only happens while the water is in the UV chamber, and as long as the water has no turbidity. With Ozone, oxidation occurs immediately at the ozone injection point and continues as the side-stream remixes with the main return.
While both Ozone and UV provide very effective reduction as documented by third-party testing and validation, there are distinct differences between the two technologies when it comes to other areas of concern for commercial aquatics designers and operators.
Ozone is a Powerful Oxidizer As noted previously, ozone is injected into the water to kill microorganisms, destroy organics that create chloramines, and breaks down existing chloramines by oxidation. This oxidation happens immediately at the ozone gas injection point and continues as the side-stream remixes with the main return. A small residual (~0.1 PPM) of dissolved ozone then enters the pool, providing further oxidation of contaminants. There are no consumables in an ozone system.
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Ozone vs. Salt
Some people enjoy the feel and smell of salty water. However, pool owners are beginning to see that using salt to clean pool water has significantly adverse effects.
• Salt generators replace industrial chlorine with locally made chlorine. All chlorine introduced into the pool, by ANY method, makes hypochlorous acid. The problems with chlorine remain, although at a less intense level.
• One important implication of this is that you must maintain the pool chemistry just as carefully with salt generators as with any other form of chlorine – the chemistry balancing act is just as hard with salt.
• Salt creates a disposal problem.
• Salt is corrosive. It will damage hardscapes, surfaces, and other pool parts and components, which will require repair.
Salt Water Pools Are Old News
The saltwater pool fad began in Australia. When the salt chlorinators are working properly (meaning they are properly sized and installed, and regularly cleaned), they can maintain a low level of chlorine in the pool. As a source of residual chlorine, they can function adequately. However, as the primary sanitizer, they also create the negative side effects which were previously mentioned.
Ozone as the Primary Sanitizer
When a pool ozone generator is used as the primary sanitizer, a salt chlorine generator running at low levels to produce a supplemental chlorine sanitizer can make for an excellent system. The combination of ozone and a low level of background chlorine creates a safe and sanitary pool without the side effects of high salt and chlorine usage.
Ozone vs. Chlorine
Ozone does not completely replace chlorine, but it does reduce chlorine needs by 80-98% in a majority of pool and spa applications. The most effective sanitizer routine you can enact is through the use of a Corona Discharge ozonator as your primary sanitizer coupled with small amounts of chlorine. This ensures there is a residual sanitizer in the pool at all times. The dream of a fully non-chlorine pool is attractive, but no chlorine-free pool sanitizer system is reliable against all possible contaminants. Further, a small amount of chlorine will not create the red eye, itch, or swimmer's asthma that a fully chlorine-based system will. Using an ozone system provides the first line of defense against dangerous contaminants, and chlorine will still be in place as a safety net.
Why Doesn’t the Pool Tech Talk About Ozone?
Chlorine is the traditional way of sanitizing pools in the U.S. Ozone, on the other hand, has been used widely in Europe, USA, Canada, especially in commercial or public pools, for many years. Most pool technicians were trained to use chemicals for pool water maintenance and they tend to rely on what they know. Heavy chemical use under the continuous control of an expert can eliminate most dangers, and pool techs want this security. But now ozone systems are available that are safe, reliable, and effective. There is no reason to use the complicated chlorine-based sanitizer routines that are prone to getting out of balance.
Keep in mind that chlorine has the following significant drawbacks as a stand-alone pool sanitizer.
• Chlorine is hard to maintain at the proper level, whereas ozone is injected automatically with a proper installation.
• Many recreational water illnesses, like red eye and swimmers itch, are actually caused by the by-products of chlorine, which are called chloramines. Ozone destroys these by-products to eliminate concern.
• Over time, chlorine is expensive. Ozone Clean Pro's swimming pool sanitizers will save hundreds of dollars per year in chemical costs for pool users.
• Chlorine reacts with other organics in pool water – like sweat, urine, and other human fluids – and creates dangerous chemicals like nitrogen trichloride and aldehydes. Ozone helps avoid this by replacing a majority of the chlorine, and also by oxidizing the organics so the remaining chlorine can do its job much more safely.