The Ascent Odor Remediation & Sanitization Process
How It Works
Because every odor problem can be a little different, each job starts with a free onsite quote. Our professional odor remediation specialists will diagnose the issue and provide you with a customized plan to remove any odors present in your property or vehicle. We’re your source for odor removal in Omaha, Neb.!
Dry Vapor Treatment
Ascent Odor Remediation’s unique dry vapor system circulates throughout your home or vehicle, neutralizing odors at the source. Our active ingredient, chlorine dioxide, works by targeting organic odor molecules in the air and on solid surfaces. Once chlorine dioxide attaches to an odor-causing molecule, both are neutralized, leaving behind only a small amount of harmless, biodegradable residue in the form of sodium chloride, or common table salt.
How to Prepare
Before the dry vapor treatment, plan for all family members, pets, and plants to be out of the house for about 24 hours (for vehicles, just a few hours are needed). While the small amount of residue remaining after treatment is completely safe for your family and pets, chlorine dioxide needs this time to dissipate. Our odor remediators wear respirators during the initial application, and you won’t be able to reenter until the process is complete.
Depending on what’s causing the odor, it may be necessary to follow up dry vapor treatment with a secondary fogging treatment. Fogging treatment can also be used on its own for less severe odor problems. Our specialized fogging devices create a moist vapor charged with chlorine dioxide that seeks out and neutralizes odors at the source.
How to Prepare
Similar to our dry vapor treatment, fogging requires all family members, pets, and plants to be out of the house. This treatment only takes about three hours to neutralize odors and eliminate 99.99 percent of odor-causing bacteria and viruses.
Chlorine Dioxide Detergent
For deep-set odors in carpeting and subflooring, Ascent Odor Remediation can treat these areas with a special chlorine dioxide detergent. This can be followed up with dry vapor treatment, fogging, or both, depending on the severity of the odor.
About Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2)
Approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), chlorine dioxide has been used as a disinfectant for several decades, for a broad spectrum of applications, including as a bactericidal, fungicidal, and virucidal agent. Businesses around the world use chlorine dioxide gas as a deodorizer because it is highly effective at removing odors caused by smoke, water damage, wastewater, and numerous other causes. Essentially, chlorine dioxide gas acts as an air freshener that kills odors at the source.
Ascent uses chlorine dioxide products for difficult odor remediation projects. Not to be confused with chlorine or bleach, our chlorine dioxide products are non-carcinogenic with pH neutral properties, making them a safer alternative for use in commercial and residential settings. No harmful residues are generated or left behind. Of particular importance, chlorine dioxide is the chemical option which is least affected by the presence of organic matter, cellulose materials and other absorbents that commonly work to impede the odor removal process.
Chlorine Dioxide Odor Removal Benefits:
- High performance in challenging applications
- Strength can be adjusted for strong odors
- Easily scaled up to treat large projects
- Safe pH neutral, non-carcinogenic with no residue
- EPA registered
Chlorine Dioxide gas molecules are a fraction of the size of ozone molecules, allowing chlorine dioxide to penetrate deeply into any surface to eliminate odors at their source. It attacks microbes such as fungi, bacteria, and viruses by denaturing their proteins via oxidization, that is, chlorine dioxide gas changes the shape of proteins critical to microbes’ structural integrity and function, causing them to decompose.
What Is Ozone?
Ozone is an invisible gas. The oxygen in the air we breathe is made up of two oxygen atoms bonded together; ozone is made up of three. In high concentrations, ozone gas is very toxic to humans. This small difference actually makes a huge difference.
Ozone gas is:
- A known carcinogen
- Extremely caustic (corrosive to organic material)
- Damaging to surfaces and materials if left to sit for long enough
- Considered to be harmful to both public health and the environment
- Ozone is considered to be so toxic to humans and the environment, it’s actually illegal to ship ozone generating machines into some areas of the U.S.
In summary, chlorine dioxide is more effective, works faster, and is far less harmful to people, the environment, and your equipment and spaces.