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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

 

 

What Is Mold Remediation?

Mold remediation is the process of removal and/or cleanup of mold from an indoor environment. There are several steps to this process.

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humidistatHow do I know if mold is a problem in my home?  Mold is a type of fungus that is present in our natural environment. Mold spores, which are tiny microscopic ‘seeds’, can be found virtually everywhere including inside homes. It takes 24-48 hours for mold to start to grow. Mold only needs something to attach itself to, food and moisture to grow. High humidity levels inside of a home can cause mold. You can check the humidity level inside your home by purchasing an indoor humidity monitor. You can keep humidity levels down by purchasing a humidistat. This will work in place of your thermostat.
The temperature inside of your home has nothing to do with mold growth. Humidity is the culprit. If you cannot see the mold or smell it but you are experiencing worsening allergy-like symptoms you might have mold. Controlling excess moisture is the key to preventing and stopping indoor mold growth. Mold can be on clothing, on or behind furniture, on walls, on the underside of wallpaper and can even get into the building’s support structure. The longer the mold has been present and growing the greater the extent of the damage.

 

Why does my home need mold remediation?
sneezing asian young womanBesides wanting to remove the musty odor caused by mold there are health effects from exposure to mold that can vary greatly depending on the person and the amount of the mold in their home. Improper cleanup can cause the problem to go away temporarily and cause more damage. The type of health symptoms that may occur include coughing, wheezing, nasal and throat conditions. People with asthma or allergies who are sensitive to mold may notice their asthma or allergy symptoms worsen. Individuals who have weak or compromised immune system, like the elderly, small children and those who are already ill are at risk of developing serious fungal respiratory infections if they are exposed to a moldy environment. Mold should be removed by a certified mold remediator that has the proper equipment and skill to get the job done right.

 

PRS logo (2)Who is qualified to do mold remediation? If you are in need of a mold professional you should do your research and verify they are a state certified mold remediator. A certified mold professional has met all state requirements and has completed the proper training to hold a mold remediator license. Professional Restoration Services of Tampa Bay, Inc. is licensed to assess and to perform mold remediations in the state of Florida. PRS is also a licensed building contractor and they are able to perform the job from start to finish.

If you have a mold problem give PRS a call today! 727-NO-WATER

What You Should Know About Water Damage

For many in the Tampa Bay Area, dealing with water damage is a mountainous task. This is further compounded by the fact that not many people can tell the difference between water damage caused by blackwater, greywater or clean water. There is a huge difference between the damage caused by the different kinds of water. It pays to have knowledge about water damage as you may soon find yourself dealing with water damage, especially if you live in the Tampa Bay area.

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Failure to properly clean up a spill in your home will in most cases lead to more water damage and result in mold as well as other-moisture related complications. Bear in mind that water damage could easily extend health issues to you and your family members.  Respiratory issues, itchy eyes and sore throats are some of the health risks related to mold exposure. Water damage to your home needs to be taken seriously.

Various Forms of Water Damage

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Blackwater is very dangerous and you should always use caution when coming in contact with this type of water damage. This type of water is not only unsanitary, but corrosive as well. Blackwater hosts very destructive bacteria, fungi and blood borne pathogens that could cause serious illnesses. Blackwater damage could be the result of a broken sewage pipe, flooded streams as well as stagnant water.

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Second in line is greywater. This type of water damage is also hazardous because it comes with different contaminants, all which could easily damage your property and pose risks to your health. Greywater is common in toilets, washing machines and also from dishwashers.

Finally, we have water damage resulting from clean water. Clean water damage could be the result of a broken water pipe resulting in flooding within the interior areas of your home. Although water damage resulting from clean water is mild compared to blackwater or greywater, it can be costly and could also cause health problems.

Most of the water damaged items in your home will usually comprise of those made from porous material, which will readily absorb water. Such items include: drywall, carpet, wall insulation, rugs, etc. Other factors which further contribute to water damage consist of flaws in the house structure as well as other accidental leaks.

Water Damage Handled by PRS

 

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If you live in the Tampa Bay area and suffer from water damage, you need an able team of professionals that will deal with your problem adequately. Made up of qualified and experienced experts, PRS is a company that will give you peace of mind even during a chaotic flood or water damage to your home. Water damage needs to be dealt with the moment it occurs. In this regard, we provide a fast response the moment you place a call with us. This greatly reduces any further damage as well as limiting health risks to you and your loved ones.

Preventing Mold and Humidity – Don’t Reach For Your Thermostat

It is a common misconception to people that running your air conditioner will prevent mold in your home and keep humidity levels down. Excessive humidity levels can promote mold growth. Humidity levels over 60% is all mold needs to grow. Mold needs water to survive. Humidity is water in a vapor form. If you can maintain humidity levels below 60% you can keep mold from growing. It is important to understand and know the facts especially if you experience water damage. 

 



While an air conditioner does dehumidify a room while it is running, it is only concerned with temperature, not moisture. Once the thermostat reaches the temperature you set it at, it shuts off, regardless of the humidity level in the room. Temperature and humidity have nothing to do with one another. 

 Using A Dehumidistat to Prevent Mold and Humidity 

To prevent moisture and humidity in your home you can purchase a dehumidistat or a thermostat with a built-in dehumidistat that controls humidity. With a dehumidistat you select your desired humidity level. The air conditioner will kick on whenever humidity levels exceed your preset humidity setting. However, this may result in a more expensive energy bill every month. A dehumidistat will cause your AC to run often if you live in a very humid state such as Florida. 

Preventing Mold and Humidity with a Dehumidifier

The other option you have to bring humidity levels down would be to purchase a dehumidifier. These are great for those that are concerned with conserving energy. The dehumidifier does not add cool air to bring down the humidity like the AC does. A dehumidifier is more of a slow and steady approach to reducing humidity in your home unlike the AC unit which is either full on or full off. The result is a comfortable house year round that uses less power. 

 

Be sure to monitor and dump the collection tray often. Once the tray becomes full the built-in float switch will shut the unit off. It will no longer work until emptied. The ideal set up would be to install a drain line off the dehumidifier directly into a sink, outdoor through a wall or hard piped into an existing drain. Then the unit could be left unattended and continue to work as it purges regularly. 

 

Ways to Reduce Humidity  

  • Never leave windows open in high humid environments as this can promote mold growth.
  • Maintain your HVAC system. Change air filters regularly and get professional service once a year to clean the coils.
  • Use bathroom exhaust fans to remove excess humidity after showers.
  • Route exhaust fans (dryer, bathroom ventilation, stove top exhaust, etc.) completely outside of the home, not into any part of the home. 
  • Minimize indoor house plants.
  • Make sure your property is dried properly if you experience a leak or water damage.
  • Seal windows properly to prevent condensation on the glass. Condensation becomes humidity as it evaporates. 

How Can PRS Prevent Mold and Humidity?

If you experience water damage or a leak, time is of the essence. Professional Restoration Services, Inc. is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year to efficiently and properly restore your home to it’s pre-loss condition. With five state licenses, we are the one call does it all company. We have the necessary equipment to ensure your home will be properly dried to prevent mold. In the event you already have mold we are certified to assess and remove the mold as well. We are a certified and reputable company that understands the importance of an immediate response to your loss. 

 

 

Got Mold?

Mold is dangerous to your health and will diminish the value of your home if it goes untreated. Mold is not necessarily always visible, it can grow and live behind walls or even wallpaper. If you have any reason to believe you may have mold, you should have a professional take air samples to determine if you do in fact have a mold issue.

Usually you will smell or see the mold if you have an issue. However, there are times when you do not see or smell the mold. If you or anyone in your home suffers from the common symptoms of mold exposure you should hire a professional immediately to begin assessing your home for mold.

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What Are the Common Symptoms of Mold Exposure?

  1. Runny nose and sneezing
  2. Forms of nasal infection and congestion
  3. Respiratory failures
  4. Skin rashes
  5. Throat irritation/infection
  6. Chest pains
  7. Irritated eyes

Mold does not always affect everyone. These symptoms will be more apparent in the elderly, infants or those who suffer from a mold allergy.

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Mold Assessing and Remediation

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Do a visual check of your home. You will have to go beyond just the visible areas and look in cabinets, below your kitchen sink and under carpets. Check all areas that are conducive for mold formation. If you do not find any mold but still believe you have mold in your home, you should contact a professional company that is able to assess your home for mold. If you have mold in your home the process of remediation needs to take place to bring your home back to a healthy living environment.

Mold assessment and mold remediation come in tandem. Mold assessment is the process of locating and determining the quantity of mold present in a residential or commercial property. Mold remediation is the process of removing the mold from the structure through intricate processes and techniques.

Mold Remediation by PRS

When in or near the Tampa Bay area, you can always trust PRS to provide the right mold remediation. Professional Restoration Services of Tampa Bay, Inc, PRS is duly licensed by the government to perform such activities. Mold Remediation #MRSR102 license is a privilege given to PRS because of the system and technology they are able to provide.

PRS is a one stop service for restoration. Water and structural damage can be taken care of with a simple call. PRS will also help you with your insurance claims, just what you need to have a complete turnaround on your mold problems.

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.

Water Damage and Mold Remediation

Water is essential in our everyday lives, however, it also can be destructive. Water can cause costly repairs for any property owner and can diminish the value of your property. Water damage can originate from a number of sources such as bad weather to a broken pipe. If your property experiences any kind of water damage it is always safe to contact a certified professional water damage restoration specialist. It is also wise to always do your research to make sure the restoration specialist your contacting is actually certified and is able to tackle all of your needs.
Helpful Tips about Water Damage
Water damage is both dangerous and expensive. Water damage can lead to mold and mildew growth. Mold can be undetected at first and can begin to grow as early as 48 hours if water is not removed properly. Below is a list of helpful tips about water damage:
  • Prompt action is vital if unwanted water floods your home.  It will only take minutes for water damage to begin and losses to incur. Contacting a certified water damage restoration specialist would be ideal in this situation.
  • You should always carefully examine your homeowner’s insurance policy to insure that you are covered for flood damage and get the specifics on what they do and do not cover. Please note: Most homeowner’s insurance policies DO NOT cover flood damage.
  1. Water damage coverage and flood damage coverage are two different things.Water Damage: Understanding what types of water damage are covered by your homeowners insurance and how to file a claim are essential when calling Florida your home. Water damage is considered to occur when water damages your home before the water comes in contact with the ground.
  2. Flood Damage: Generally, damage caused by water that has been on the ground at some point before damaging your home is considered to be flood damage.
  • It is important to note that flood insurance and homeowners insurance do not duplicate coverage for water damage. Instead, they complement each other.
  • Should you have any questions contact an attorney or if your claim is being denied
  • Contacting your insurance agent to file a claim, separating damaged property from undamaged property and documenting evidence of the water damage are vital steps to take.

Restoration Services
Hiring a certified restoration specialist that specializes in water damage restoration and mold remediation can save you from health issues and more stress down the road. Attempting to repair a home by yourself that has water damage can result in injury and costly mistakes. Do your homework before hiring anyone to look at your home. The first 24-48 hours are the most crucial in mitigating property losses. Your home needs to be dried properly in an urgent matter to prevent secondary damages from occurring. When water damage or flooding occurs water can be trapped in hard to reach areas of your home. Hiring a restoration specialist that is equipped with proper equipment is essential in assuring that your structure is dried properly.
What is Water Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation?
Both water damage restoration and mold remediation are important processes when it comes to your home and experiencing any kind of unwanted water. Water damage restoration is the process of restoring a property back to pre-loss condition after sustaining any level of water damage. Water damage restoration is needed from a small leak to a flooded road rushing into your home. When your property experiences any kind of water damage mold usually follows right behind the water. Even when you think you have cleaned up all visible water and everything is dry there may still be water invisible to the human eye that leaked into a crack.
Mold growth is a result to an over exposure to moisture. Given the right conditions mold will grow and will grow quickly. Hiring a certified restoration professional that is licensed to assess mold is not only smart for the value of your home but most importantly your health. Once mold is assessed the process of remediation needs to take place. Mold Remediation is the process of solving the source and removing the mold. Again, it is just as important to insure that you are hiring a licensed mold remediation professional as it is for water damage restoration.  Proper equipment and knowledge is key when it comes to treating and removing mold from your home.
Water Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation by PRS
When in or near the Tampa Bay area, you can always trust PRS to provide quick response and efficient handling of all of your water damage needs. Professional Restoration Services of Tampa Bay, Inc.  is duly licensed by the government to perform such activities. We are licensed in Mold Remediation #MRSR102 and Mold Assessor #MRSR236. Mold Remediation license is a privilege given to PRS because of the system and technology they are able to provide.  We are also equipped with the latest technology in thermal imaging. We have the capacity of identifying water sources and areas of trapped moisture that are not visible to the human eye. If a home has water damage a combination of structural drying and thermal imaging is the most efficient way to treat the damage. We are fully equipped to provide both of those services.
We are available 24/7 to assist you when disaster strikes. PRS can automatically bill your insurance company or we do accept a credit card if the loss isn’t covered by insurance. The faster we mitigate and dry your property, the faster things go back to normal.