Important Information About Remediation
Regarding contractors who sell high ozone treatments as a method of mold remediation, the truth is - the amount of ozone it takes to kill mold will kill you too! But even if you check into a hotel for a few days while they fill your house with lethal doses of deadly gas, the best you can hope for in the end is dead mold. But just like high heat treatments, remediation will still be required to remove it.
Ozone is a colorless, toxic gas with a noticeable odor. When inhaled in relatively low amounts, ozone can cause chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath, damage the lungs and irritate the throat.
As for ozone products, manufacturers and resellers of Ozone Generators sold as air purifiers claim that these products help to kill and control mold. However, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA), these products may very well add to indoor air pollution and even make indoor mold conditions worse.
FROM EPA’s WEB SITE:
Q: Are Ozone Generators Effective in Controlling Indoor Air Pollution?
A: Available scientific evidence shows that at concentrations that do not exceed public health standards, ozone has little potential to remove indoor air contaminants. Some manufacturers or vendors suggest that ozone will render almost every chemical contaminant harmless by producing a chemical reaction whose only by-products are carbon dioxide, oxygen and water. This is misleading. The EPA does not certify or endorse any air cleaning devices or recommend air cleaning devices or manufacturers.
For more information from the EPA regarding the use or effectiveness of ozone generators, please visit their web site at: www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/ozonegen.html
Mold Damaged Materials Must Be Removed Not Covered Up, Perfumed, Bleached or any number of other unproven methods. Your Long Term Health Depends on Proper Methods of Remediation. Long Term is the Key Factor, Not a few months or 6 months. Mold must be removed and the area damaged be brought back to the standards as before the Mold.