Many people struggle to understand how to get rid of VOC gases, but hydroxyl radicals have been proven to decompose VOCs in the Odorox/Pyure machine itself as well as throughout the treatment space. This has been documented for more than 25 years. Hydroxyl radicals are able to decompose VOCs using a complex series of steps that results in the loss of carbon atoms, forming carbon dioxide. The maker of Odorox/Pyure technology, describes it as being a cascading effect that allows future generations of oxidants to dissociate and decompose VOCs. This occurs because oxygen is introduced into the carbon chains, making it possible to eradicate VOC in your space. Many VOCs are emitted as a gas from liquids and solids, and can include multiple chemicals that may adversely affect your health. It is normal for there to be higher concentrations of VOCs inside rather than outside since they are emitted by thousands of products. Organic chemicals are often present in products like varnishes, wax, and paints, as well as products used for disinfecting, cleaning, and degreasing. Even fuel is
made of up organic chemicals, and they can be released while in use or in storage. The EPA released a study that showed that around twelve common organic pollutants are found in up to five times higher concentration inside a home than outside, no matter where the home is located. This study showed that people using products that have these organic chemicals in them put themselves and others at risk of high pollutant levels, and the VOCs can remain in the air even when the activity is finished, making it important to understand how to stop VOC. Where Do VOCs Come from? There are many household products that can produce VOCs, so it’s important that you understand the risk that you undertake when you use them. Products such asaerosol sprays, wood preservatives, paint, solvents, paint trippers, air fresheners, moth repellents, fuel, and even dry-cleaned clothing and pesticides can all release VOCs into your home.
There are additional products to be careful of, including carbonless copy paper, building materials, office equipment, correction fluid, adhesives, permanent markers, and even glue. How VOCs Can Affect Your Health There are a lot of negative health effects from VOCs, including liver and kidney damage, headaches, and nausea. Other symptoms include discomfort in the throat and nose, skin reactions, dizziness, and fatigue. There are some VOCs that have no known health effects, while others are highly toxic. The time spent exposed to VOCs as well as the number of VOCs that are in your environment will play a huge role in the health problems you may experience. Be on the lookout for the following symptoms: Respiratory and eye irritation Memory impairment Dizziness Visual disorders VOCs in Homes Homes generally have between two and five times more VOCs than are found outside. Certain activities, like stripping paint, can increase this to up to 1,000 times more VOCs.
Ways to Reduce Exposure: Increase ventilation when using VOC-emitting products Heed label precautions Don’t store opened containers inside Remove sources of VOCs Reduce exposure by applying a sealant on exposed surfaces of furniture Rely on integrated pest management techniques Follow manufacturers’ directions Allow fresh air into your home Keep products out of reach of pets and children Don’t mix products Throw away excess product that won’t be used Follow Instructions and Dispose of Excess Product Carefully To reduce Volatile Organic Compounds' impact on indoor air quality, make sure that you follow the label instructions and rid your home of excess products in a safe matter. You may have to take the products to a toxic collection program, and not just throw it away in your household trash. Buy Smaller Amounts Try to only buy the amount of products containing VOCs that you are going to use. Reduce Emission Exposure Try to reduce your time spent around products that contain methylene, as it can cause cancer in animals and mimic symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure. These products include adhesive removers, spray paints, and paint strippers. Also reduce your exposure to benzene, which is a known human carcinogen and found in paint, fuel, and tobacco smoke. Reduce Exposure to Perchloroethylene Emissions Your dry cleaned clothes can emit perchloroethylene, which is known to cause cancer in animals. Don’t accept dry cleaned clothes that have a strong odor, and if you continue to have a problem with strong odors, find a new dry cleaner.
Whilst writing, there has been a development since our telephone conversation that I would like to
share with you.
Sometime ago, I am assuming last week with all this heavy rain, my basement Cold Room/Storm Shelter had flooded out, it was full of contents and they had been sitting in water for some time. That coupled with the lack of air flow and humidity, caused everything to go moldy and there was visible mold on the floor, walls and ceilings.
We emptied this room of its contents and disposed of what was damaged beyond repair. We conducted
a cleanup and installed drying equipment and fans and once dried the mildew smell in this room was
So I took the initiative to use the loaner machine which Hydroxyl Environmental had provided our group. As previously mentioned I set the Boss Generator machine at high and added a couple of air fans to move the hydroxyls around the room. Within 2 days the mildew odor had completely been removed.
I personally am now totally sold on this product and its effectiveness in remediation and odor control.
I have copied our technical staff in on this email advising that my family and I were present throughout the use of this machine with no ill effects.
So to summarize, many thanks for the use of this machine, I am happy to share its success with our
many branches across Canada and help to recommend your product. There is no doubt it looks like
Hydroxyl generators and their effectiveness are the way forward.
Once again many thanks.
Major National Canadian Restoration Firm
Dear Mr. Swon,
My name is Jim Palmieri and I am the General Manager of Allpro Restoration Services in Glens Falls, NY. We are a local company that has been caring for and servicing water, smoke and fire damage customers in Upstate NY for close to 30 years now.
I recently was called by a real estate agent asking me if we had anything that would eliminate pet odors from a house they were trying to sell. They had two prospective buyer back out on this particular house due to the strong pet odors in it. Apparently the previous owners of the house raised Golden Retrievers inside the house complete with indoor kennel and doggie day care business. After the house was completely emptied and professionally cleaned, the odor of dogs was still prominently present.
The real estate company had another company come in the house and install ozone for three days. The odors were diminished but not enough to sell. I told them about the Hydroxyl system and what it can do. The agent agreed to let me install the hydroxyl system. After 24 hours we inspected the home and found no evidence of odor or that a single dog even lived there let alone an entire kennel. The agent was so impressed he asked Allpro to meet with the other agents in his office to explain the system and how it can help real estate agents sell homes quicker. They are now the third real estate company that calls us on a regular basis to deodorize properties before open houses and showings.
We also used the hydroxyl system on a house where an elderly man had lived alone for many years before he died. This gentleman repaired engines in his living room which as you could imagine left a large amount of grease and oil stains on his flooring as well as oil and gas odors throughout his home. After we professionally cleaned his home the only way we could eliminate the gas smell that permeated into the wall cavities was with the Hydroxyl system.
Thanks to Odorox and the Hydroxyl system. We continued to be amazed at it's capabilities and effectiveness.
James Palmieri ? General Manager
Allpro Cleaning & Restoration Services
Odorox hydroxyl technology destroys 99.9% of germs, bacteria, mold, mildew, voc's and viruses in the air and on porous and non-porous surfaces which can cause illness and infections. MDU/RX FDA approved and safe to use in spaces occupied by people, pets, and plants.