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Keeping Your Car Mold Free.

When people think of mold, most of the time their thoughts turn to homes or other buildings. Older homes that are not well-maintained, basements that have flooded as well as buildings that have been through natural disasters all are at risk of having mold. Unfortunately, mold can also be found in many automobiles that are not properly sealed or have had water in them from flooding. Yet, armed with just a few basic items, it’s quite possible to make sure your car does not become one of the many moldy machines on the road.

All mold starts as a stain on fabric or other surfaces, so always be on the lookout. Mold tends to form most often on fabric areas such as seats and door panels, so be especially careful of these areas. One of the best ways to prevent mold is to make sure the weather stripping is properly maintained. A good rule of thumb is to conduct an inspection each time you wash your vehicle. If there are any areas where water is leaking into the interior, the windows will begin to fog up and condensation will form on the glass, letting you know you’ve got a problem. Visiting an auto detailing shop can get this problem fixed quickly, often at a reasonable price.

Use Very Little Water

When cleaning the inside of your vehicle, use as little water as possible. Mix a small bowl of water and dish detergent together until it forms a large amount of suds on top, then scoop off the suds and place them in another bowl. By taking a cleaning cloth and gently rubbing the suds on fabric areas, you’ve cleaned while using practically no water, keeping the area very dry and at little risk of having mold.

It’s All About the Rice

A small bag of rice can work wonders to prevent mold. By placing an open sandwich bag that’s full of rice inside a door panel or other spot where it won’t spill, you can prevent mold from forming inside your motor vehicle. Since rice absorbs moisture, it will help prevent mold. Once or twice a year, discard the old rice and replace it with a fresh bag to stay on top of the situation.

Vacuum with Baking Soda

Baking soda is a great item to help prevent moisture, so sprinkling some on the seats and carpet inside your car will help keep mold at bay. After sprinkling the baking soda, let it work its magic for two hours and then vacuum it up. If you live in an area that’s humid, this is a great trick to use throughout the year.

By spending two or three dollars on some supplies, you can make sure your motor vehicle will pass the mold inspection year-round. A few minutes of preventive measures now and then will allow you to have a vehicle that not only looks good inside and out, but is also free of mold and mildew.

To learn more about taking care of your car, inside and out, go to the Pro View Vehicle Inspections website. They can help you take care of your car, as well as make sure it passes inspections.

 

 

 

BrianReeves. “Mold, Mildew and More: Keeping Your Car Mold-Free.” Web blog post. Mold & Mildew. Mold blogger. 7 July, 2014.

 

Exploring Ozone use in Odor Elimination

We have heard about how the ozone layer in our middle atmosphere protects the earth from harmful ultraviolet rays. Ozone is generated in electrical storms by bolts of lightning — that’s why it smells so fresh during and after a heavy storm. It’s also used in the cleaning and restoration industry. But what exactly is ozone?

Ozone, also known as “heavy oxygen” or “activated oxygen,” is simply a molecule of oxygen consisting of three oxygen atoms (O3) instead of two (O2).

“Normal” oxygen consists of two oxygen atoms bonded together. The bond that holds these two oxygen atoms together is relatively strong, resulting in a stable molecule. However, this bond, although strong, is not unbreakable. When an O2 molecule comes into direct contact with a certain wavelength of ultraviolet (UV) light or an arc of high voltage electricity, its bond is “severed,” rendering the two atoms separate, each of which can be referred to as O1.

Oxidation

Oxidation simply refers to the process of an atom of oxygen attaching itself to a receptive molecule, which changes its structure. Oxidation essentially turns something into something else; oftentimes the change is dramatic. One example of oxidation is the transformation of water into hydrogen peroxide. There is one more oxygen atom in hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) than in water (H2O).

Hydrogen peroxide is a good example for this article, as we are all familiar with its ability to sanitize and disinfect. Its properties are so powerful, in fact, the hydrogen peroxide in bottles at the local pharmacy and grocery store has been diluted to three percent. Even at three percent dilution, H202 is extraordinarily effective at killing bacteria, fungi, viruses and a wide spectrum of germs. By way of comparison, 90 percent hydrogen peroxide can be used as rocket fuel.

 Types of ozone generators

Ultraviolet generators produce ozone in the same way our sun creates and maintains the protective ozone layer between the troposphere and stratosphere. Typically, weaker, and usually less expensive, this type of generator has one or more ultraviolet bulbs mounted inside the unit that emit specific wavelengths of UV light, which separate the atoms of O2 molecules as ambient air is blown past the bulbs by an internal fan. This type of machine normally offers a lower ozone output, and the bulbs weaken over time. They also are prone to breakage, so the bulbs need to be replaced regularly. Corona discharge generators produce ozone with what’s called a “corona discharge tube” or “plate.” Generally offering a stronger and more reliable output than UV generators, corona discharge generators manufacture ozone in the same way lightning does — by ripping the O2 molecules apart with electricity. A high-voltage electrical current is passed through a dielectric material (material that transmits electrical force without conduction) in the form of a tube or plate while ambient air is blown through the tube or over the plate by a fan mounted at the rear of the unit. More powerful, and requiring less or no maintenance, corona discharge generators are typically the choice for restoration companies and those looking to do the job more effectively and in less time.

Proper operation protocol

Proper procedure calls for the operator to be sure the area is evacuated of humans and animals, and if extremely high levels are to be generated over an extended period of time, it is wise to remove plants and cover aquariums.

Signs that read “Do not enter: Ozone treatment area,” marked with the time it is safe to enter, should be posted at all entrances. Ozone degrades (turns back into “normal” oxygen) quickly — in about 30 minutes. For this reason, it has to be generated on site. (It cannot be kept in tanks.) The huge upside to this quick degradation process is that, despite its unparalleled oxidizing/deodorizing/sanitizing capabilities, it leaves absolutely zero residue.

Since the composition of ozone (O3) is merely a third oxygen atom attached to a normal oxygen molecule (O2), the process of reverting back to oxygen is merely a detachment of the third atom from the other two, more strongly bonded atoms. These remaining single oxygen atoms, which don’t join with and alter the molecular composition of odor molecules, rejoin with other single detached oxygen atoms, creating normal O2.

Benefits to offering ozone treatment

If your business offers carpet cleaning, duct cleaning or virtually any cleaning service, ozone treatment can be the best value-added service you offer.

Cigarette, pet, musty, moldy and cooking odors all can be permanently removed quickly and easily with ozone. I’ve found that by simply mentioning the benefits of ozone to customers, a surprising number of people jump at the chance to have their homes, businesses, RVs, cars or other areas treated. It’s easy to get customers interested in ozone. They’re already your clients who look to you for guidance in the realm of cleaning and sanitizing.

Recap the benefits of ozone:

•Ozone is unequalled in its ability to sanitize, disinfect and deodorize.

•When used correctly, ozone can be one of the safest services you offer.

•Ozone is completely non-residual, leaving behind only clean, pure oxygen.

•An ozone generator can generate revenue for you while you’re somewhere else being productive.

 

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House Fire Clean up.

When a disaster like a fire happens you may not know what to do next. Who do I call, where do we go, or what to do now may be some of the thoughts running through your head. Homeowners and business owners may be in shock from the initial devastation.  It is important to try and follow the proper steps to achieve a complete fire restoration.  Service providers that are associated with the Institute will have the following distinctions:  current training, safety and health certifications, vast amounts of experience in restoration projects and the proper licenses and insurance information. 

 The first step in the process is to clean up as much of the existing area as possible. If the area is not immediately cleaned, soot residue and permanent damage can be left behind.  If the homeowner or business owner does the initial cleaning, it is important to follow these steps. When cleaning, always use dust masks and open the area for proper ventilation.  Clean from the ceilings to the floors and vacuum all floors and upholstery.  Wash any items that are able to be laundered.  Clean the outside with a pressure washer if available. 

 If immediate clean-up is not done, it can lead to devastating effects.  Within minutes of fire and smoke damage, appliances and many items will discolor to a yellow hue.  After a few hours, acid will stain bathrooms and many other areas of the home or business.  Within days, walls will discolor permanently and items will begin to rust due to the acid residue.   Finally, after weeks the cost of clean-up will become substantially more expensive. The building and furnishings can be permanently damaged by the acid left behind.  Soot residue will be layered throughout the home or business.  For these reasons, it is vital to contact a professional associated with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification Such as PRS of Tampa Bay to utilize fire restoration techniques in an effort to return the home or business to a pre-loss state. 

Here are some good fire safety tips to prevent future house fires.

  • ·         Stay at least three feet away from heating equipment, such as the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or space heater.
  • ·         Have a three foot “kid-free zone” around open fires
  • ·         Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • ·         Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, and central heating equipment according to local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • ·         Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional as dust, creosote and even small animals tend to block flues.
  • ·         Turn off portable heaters when leaving the room and before going to bed.
  • ·         Use the fuel specified by the manufacturer fir fuel burning space heaters.
  • ·         Make sure wood fire places have a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. These screens also help keep small children a safe distance away.
  • ·         When cleaning your fireplace, make sure the ashes are cool before disposing them into a metal container a safe distance away from your home.
  • ·         As always test your smoke alarms every month. 

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Facts About Asbestos

The word “asbestos” comes from a Greek word that means “inextinguishable“. Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance that has been used extensively because of its heat strength, tensile strength, and insulating properties. Asbestos is a versatile product. Due to its ability to withstand heat, erosion and decay, and for its fire and water resistant properties, asbestos was widely used in building materials for residential premises until it started to be phased out in the 1980s. Despite the use of all forms of asbestos being banned nationally since 31 December 2003, building materials containing asbestos are still prevalent in our community today. The most commonly found building materials that contain asbestos are asbestos cement products.

There are some areas of a building where materials containing asbestos were more commonly used. The most accurate way to detect whether or not asbestos is present is to have a licensed asbestos assessor inspect and test the product or material where necessary. Attempting to sample the material or product yourself can be more hazardous than leaving it alone. If you’re not sure whether a product or material contains asbestos, it’s safest to treat it as though it does and take the necessary precautions.asbestos-removal-2

Repairs and renovations that involve removing, breaking, cleaning, cutting, drilling, filing, grinding, sanding or smashing materials that contain asbestos can potentially release very fine and dangerous asbestos fibres into the air where they can be easily inhaled. The use of high pressure water blasters to clean materials containing asbestos prior to painting can also release asbestos fibres.

It has been used in thousands of products:

  • Automotive Parts: brake pads, clutches, hood liners, gaskets and valves;
  • Tiles: Flooring, ceiling and roofing tiles were commonly made with asbestos. The adhesive used to lay down flooring tiles has also been a source of exposure
  • Cement: Asbestos-containing cement was used in building materials because the fibers provided strength without adding much weight. Its insulating and fire-resistant properties also made the mineral an ideal substance to add to cement;
  • Construction: adhesives, mastics and gunning mix, ductwork connectors, floor backing, drywall taping compounds, and insulation; and
  • Textiles: Asbestos was used in the production of cloths and garments for its resistance to heat and corrosive elements. Some of the most common textiles included blankets, fireman suits and rope.

There are six types of asbestos: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite and actinolite.

Exposure to asbestos is linked to many diseases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma and has been described as a ticking time bomb because the health effects from exposure to asbestos may take 20 or more years to surface.

Asbestos poses health risks when the fibers are airborne and can be breathed in. When asbestos fibers lodge in the lungs they cause scarring that can lead to impaired lung function, asbestosis, and eventually cancer, mesothelioma. The best defense against breathing in asbestos fibers is awareness and understanding.

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Is Mold Making You Sick?

Molds are various types of fungi that grow in filaments and reproduce by forming spores. The term mildew is sometimes used to refer to some kinds of mold, particularly mold in the home with a white or grayish color or mold growing in shower stalls and bathrooms. Mold may grow indoors or outdoors and thrives in damp, warm, and humid environments. Mold can be found in essentially any environment or season. The most common types of household mold that are found indoors includeCladosporiumPenicilliumAlternaria, and AspergillusStachybotryschartarum (also known as Stachybotrys atra and sometimes referred to as “black mold”) is a greenish-black mold that can also be found indoors, although it is less common than the other types of mold found in homes.Stachybotrys grows on household surfaces that have high cellulose content, such as wood, fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust, and lint. There are types of mold that can grow on substances as different as foods and carpet.mold-testing_clip_image001

Molds produce irritating substances that may act as allergy-causing substances (allergens) in sensitive individuals. Furthermore, some molds produce toxic substances known as mycotoxins, but mold itself is not poisonous or toxic. The conditions under which some molds produce toxins are poorly understood, and the presence of mold, even a mold that is capable of producing toxins, does nor always imply that toxins are being produced. Mold may not cause any health effects, or it may lead to symptoms in people, including adults and children, who are sensitive to molds. Allergic reactions to mold are the most common health effects of mold. Allergic reactions may happen immediately or develop after a period of time following exposure. Both growing mold and mold spores may lead to allergic reactions. Allergy symptoms include:fever

  • sneezing,
  • runny nose,
  • coughing,
  • wheezing,
  • watery eyes,
  • redness of the eyes,
  • itchy eyes,
  • skin irritation or rash.

Sometimes, people may develop severe reactions to mold exposure. Symptoms of severe reactions, which are uncommon, include fever and difficulty breathing. People with compromised immune systems or those with chronic lung disease can develop serious infections of the lungs due to molds. It is not possible to predict the degree of severity of the health risks associated with mold in the home. Allergic individuals vary in their degree of susceptibility to mold, and the risk may also depend upon the extent and exact type of mold that is present.download

Studies suggest that chronic sinusitis is caused from exposure to fungus and mold spores.

Chronic sinusitis patients should  try to limit their exposure to mold spores, which can be a challenge when you are outside. Pay attention to the weather, particularly air quality alerts that report high levels of spores and pollen and limit outdoor activities. With respect to your home environment, you have greater control, meaning you want to ensure that your indoor air quality is optimal for long term health, particularly since the likely cause of chronic sinusitis is mold. Here are some tips:

  • Maintain healthy humidity levels, 30% to 50% to minimize moisture and pevent mold growth.
  • If you have mold, ensure that the root cause of the problem, ie. the moisture source is first fixed, and then hire a professional to remove the mold.
  • Ensure that you HVAC system is functioning properly and circulating clean, healthy air. Yearly maintenance and inspections by a professional is highly recommended.

If you suffer from asthma, sinusitis, or other respiratory ailments, call a professional mold inspector to determine if you have a mold problem. If you do, the short term cost to remove the mold will be minor compared to the long term health benefits you will gain.

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Formaldehyde exposure in your home

Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable gas at room temperature and has a strong odor. Exposure to formaldehyde may have adverse effects on your health. The primary way you can be exposed to formaldehyde is by breathing air containing off-gassed formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can be omitted from the following:

  • Resins used in the manufacture of composite wood products such as hard wood plywood, particleboard, and laminate flooring
  • Building materials and insulation
  • Household products such as glues, paints, lacquers, and paper products
  • Preservatives used in some medicines, dish-washing liquids and fabric softeners
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Emissions from un-vented, fuel burning appliances, like gas stoves or kerosene heaters
  • Cigarette smokeformaldehyde

Sometimes, fairly porous products (like sheetrock or carpets) that do not normally contain formaldehyde may absorb it from other sources and release it later. This is more likely to occur if there is a rise in temperature and moisture in the air over a period of time. You can be exposed to formaldehyde by breathing it in the air. Everyone is exposed to formaldehyde at some point. Too much exposure can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat. High levels of exposure can even cause some types of cancer.

There are several steps that you can take to reduce exposure to formaldehyde:

  • Increase ventilation – In some cases, this can be done by opening the windows and doors to provide fresh air from the outside. Simple to complex air exchange units or ventilation systems can be purchased to help with air quality problems.
  • Maintain a moderate temperature inside of the building – Using air conditioning to avoid high temperatures and a dehumidifier to reduce amount of moisture in the air may help. High temperature and high humidity are two factors that can increase the amount of formaldehyde gas from certain types of construction materials, products, and furnishings.
  • Reduce your use of products that contain formaldehyde – Choose replacement or new building materials, products, and furnishings that are low in, or do not contain, formaldehyde. Before buying the product, read the ingredients on the label, or get the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) from the store or company that makes the product.
  • Do careful research before purchasing any “air purifying” or “air cleaning” device – In some cases, the claims of the company that made the product are not supported by scientific or medical research. In addition, the claims may not give complete information about possible side effects of using such equipment.
  • Coat or cover materials that contain formaldehyde with another product to decrease off-gassing – Make sure that the coating product does not contain formaldehyde or other possibly harmful ingredients.
  • Read and follow directions about installation and use of any item containing formaldehyde – For example, if the MSDS or label instructions state, “use…install with adequate ventilation,” then do so. If it is unclear what is meant by “adequate ventilation,” check with the company that makes the product.

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P.R.S. Hydroxyl generator – Tampa Bay Restoration

 

 

 

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. A hydroxyl generators does not use any chemicals and leaves no residue behind. Hydroxyls can be used to kill bacteria, viruses and mold, and to break down volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chemical fumes, gases, vapors and unpleasant odors. It is even safe to use on sensitive materials like rubber, leather and electronics.

hydroxl how it worksThe Odorox hydroxyl generators 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 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 microorganisms and prevent them from multiplying. It will kill bacteria, viruses and mold as they travel through the chamber. As water vapor (H 2O) 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?Lab Results Test Organism Chart

  1.  Because 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 thought 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 any chemicals and leaves no residue.
  7. Using an odorox hydroxyl generator  for 12 hrs. has proven to reduce the presence of  E. coli, S. aureus, P. aeruginosa on stainless steel and cotton fabric by 99%.

Professional Restoration Services of Tampa Bay, Inc uses hydroxyl generators to restore our customers homes to a clean, safe environment in a timely manner.

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When would I need this service?  Anywhere odors, bacteria, viruses or mold are present.

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

 

 

Getting Rid of Odors in Your Home

With the temperature and humidity rising have you noticed new and unpleasant odors in your home?  We have all experienced this problem at one time or another.  However the cause of the problem is just as important as it being taken care of  properly.

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The first step is to determine the original location of the odor.  Sometimes it’s as easy as a leaky trash bag, bad food in the cupboard, or damp towels in the bathroom. Once the odor causing culprit is found removing it from your home then cleaning and disinfecting the area should help resolve the offensive smells. When cleaning you should not leave any areas wet or damp. You should always make sure all surfaces dry as soon as possible.

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Sometimes it’s not always that easy and just masking a persistent odor is not good for you or your home because the real underlying problem could be causing damage in more areas than you know.  Odors caused by damp clothing or possessions that are placed in poorly ventilated areas are prime targets for mold contamination. Mold can start to grow within 24-72 hours. It can get into your clothing, shoes, wallpaper, walls, carpet, furniture and building supports.  It is important to take care of mold promptly and properly to prevent it from spreading.  Mold spores can travel through the air and go throughout your home. The spores can also cause people to have allergic reactions.

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If you have mold in your home  you should contact a professional to get the problem assessed and eliminated.  Professional Restoration Services of Tampa, Inc.  can help you. You can call 727-NO-WATER or visit us on the web at www.PRS24hr.com.  PRS of Tampa Bay, Inc. is licensed and insured to fully eliminate and restore your home from mold damage. PRS can pack-out your clothing, clean, disinfect and restore them as well as remove the mold from your home and surroundings.

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The Esporta Wash System cleans and disinfects soft contents that were impacted with water damage by using hydraulic pressure and eco-friendly, biodegradable detergents. Dry ice blasting is a non-abrasive method that can remove mold from hard structural surfaces without damaging their texture. PRS of Tampa Bay is not only licensed in all aspects of mold  but they are also a licensed building contractor and home inspector. PRS can remove damaged walls and remodel your home from the ground up. PRS is equipped with state of the art technology to properly dry out your home and they can provide proof that all moisture has been removed from interior walls and areas that are not visible to the eye using thermal imaging software.

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Choose to Restore – Don’t Replace

We all have possessions that we consider irreplaceable. If those items are damaged it’s difficult to put a dollar amount on what that item is worth to you. For example, your child’s favorite stuffed animal is covered in toxic soot from a fire that destroyed your home. This is an irreplaceable item to your child and purchasing a new one will not be the same to them. What if you could give that stuffed animal to a company and they were able to restore it to better than pre-loss condition? The Esporta Wash System is capable of restoring a soot covered stuffed animal back to it’s original state physically and will be able to bring that item to food grade clean by removing the toxins and bacteria.

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 How does the Esporta Wash System work?

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The Esporta Wash System is designed to wash and restore items from everyday linens to sewage contaminated items. Originally designed to clean and disinfect hockey equipment, the ES 3300 has a diverse list of items it is able to restore. How does this machine work? The Esporta dispenses detergents in 4 stages through-out the wash cycle. The first detergent the is released is a enzyme based detergent that is designed to attack and break down stains and weaken the bacteria. The second detergent contains surfactants and emulsifiers which break down oils in the water, it essentially balances the water and lifts the bacteria from the contents. A disinfectant is released in stage three in which kills the bacteria on contact. The disinfectant is organic and is completely safe to dispose of, it is primarily made up of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. Lastly fabric softener or fragrance are available as an optional stage. These are not to mask the odor but to simply add a pleasant scent to your clean items.

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The machine utilizes water energy to force detergent water through items and the bacteria out. When you combine the hydraulic actions of this machine with the detergents, the result is restored and decontaminated items. The ES 3300 contains 8 compartments and the machine cleans up to 160 pounds of laundry per wash, removing 99% of the organic and inorganic contaminants.

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 When you restore contaminated items with the Esporta Wash System the items will look clean, smell clean, and the dangerous bacteria and toxins will be removed. ATP testing is used on every item to insure it is safe to return to the customer. A test is taken before the item is washed and after. In the picture below you can see the ATP testing device that shows a reading before a blanket was restored on the left and after it was washed on the right. The Esporta was able to remove bacteria from the item and bring the reading from 625 to only 9. The reading taken after the item is washed must show a number below 30 to be considered disinfected and food grade clean. For more information about ATP testing click here.

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What can be restored and what are the limitations?

 ·         Category 1, 2 and 3 water damaged contents. This includes water damage caused by clean drinking water to sewage waste.

·         Heavy smoke and soot damaged contents.

·         Smoke and water damaged leathers.

·         Mold contaminated contents and bio waste contaminated contents.

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·         Wallets

·         Shoes

·         Purses

·         Household items:

·         Laundry

·         Sleeping bags

·         Comforters

·         Stuffed animals

·         Unique

·         Umbrellas

·         Survival gearBunnies

·         Tents

·         Sporting Goods

·         Football gear

·         Hockey gear

·         Helmets

 Items that could pose a risk:

·         Furs

·         Extra-large items

·         Cardboard and paper products

·         Dry clean only

·         Large rugs

·         Large items: Full size luggage, Golf bags, Area rugs

When risky items such as those above are deemed a total loss we can still give the Esporta Wash System a shot. There are times when the items are restored and do not have to be thrown out. 

 PRS – Esporta Certified Operator

Professional Restoration Services of Tampa Bay, Inc. has recently become one of the 250 companies in North America to own the Esporta Washing Systems – ES 3300. Within the next couple of months it is our goal to begin restoring soft content items for customers. We want to be your one call does it call restoration company. We will be the only company in Pinellas County to provide this service. In the event that your home floods or you have a fire, don’t feel like you lost everything. Give us a call to restore it all.

How to Eliminate Odor from Your Home

Are you embarrassed to invite your friends over because of that unpleasant odor? At first, you thought it would just go away, but after a couple of weeks, the problem progressively got worst. Now you are starting to worry that it will never go away? The truth is, that odors do not go away unless you first find and eliminate the source that is causing the odor and then deal with the odor correctly. There are different ways to eliminate bad odor from your home.

Where do these odors come from?

Before dealing with the odor, it is best to understand its sources. Odors can come from many different things. Odor can come from cooking, spoiled food, rotten fruits and vegetables, pet’s feces and urine, unattended laundry and even dead animals. Your bathroom, for instance, can easily cause unwanted smell, especially if you do not clean it regularly. Unused bathrooms can also be a source of bad smell because p-traps can dry out and allow methane-sulfur gas to escape from the shower drain or sink. Poor housekeeping can deliver unpleasant smells.

Eliminating the odor

Now that you are aware of the potential causes of odor, here are some tips to help you get rid of the smell:

  1. Identify the source of the bad odor in your home. Identifying the source and removing it from your house will greatly improve the smell of your home. It is easy to trace the sources of the bad smell, especially if the odor is concentrated in one area of the house. Once you have identified the source, you can decide if you will deal with it by yourself or will call service to do it. Not everyone is cut out to remove dead rodents from their home. In some cases, you need to contact the plumber because the cause of the odor is the water pipe in your kitchen.
  2. Clean the area. It is not enough that you remove the cause of the odor because some of the bad smell will linger in the house. Depending on what the source was, there could be germs left behind that can affect your health. So make sure that you clean the area thoroughly. Wash it with soap and rinse with water thoroughly. Disinfect the area as well.  After cleaning, wipe or leave it to dry.
  3. There are odors that will not go away after removing the sources. An example would be odors from smoke. This is why you have to open the doors and windows while dealing with the bad smell. Turn the exhaust fan on as well. This will improve ventilation in the house, removing the odorous air and replacing it with fresh air from outside.
  4. There are some causes of odor that are within your control. These include those caused by spoiled or rotten food, odors caused by your pets and the like. To prevent the smell from getting worse, deal with it right away. Regularly check your food container for expiration dates and dispose them when needed.
  5. Improve the smell and quality of air in your home. One way of doing that is by having indoor plants. You can also light scented candles and enjoy its aroma. But the best way to give your home a pleasant smell is to keep it clean and eliminate all potential sources that could leave a bad odor.

Getting rid of the bad smell in your home depends on the source of the odor. There are those you can deal by yourself, but there are also those that require the services of professionals. This is why it is crucial that you determine the cause of the odor first before dealing with it.