Dangers of Ozone Machines – Part 2

Other Potential Residential Damage

Environmental ozone causes more damage to plants than all other air pollutants combined. Similarly, ozone generators can damage plants in indoor environments. High levels of ozone will inhibit the ability of plants to open the microscopic pores on their foliage and breathe. Specifically, ozone can cause the following conditions in plants:
  • chlorosis, a condition in which the plant cannot produce sufficient chlorophyll to manufacture carbohydrates;
  • necrosis, or the premature death of living cells, which may lead to the death of the plant as a whole;
  • flecks or small light tan irregular spots;
  • stipples, which are small, darkly pigmented areas; and
  • reddening.

Damage To Building Materials

In addition to human and animal health, excess ozone can damage the following materials:
  • carpets, especially synthetic carpets;
  • carpet padding;
  • foam cushions;
  • other plastic furnishings and furniture covers;
  • rubber pads and padding;
  • electrical wire coatings; and
  • fabrics and art containing certain dyes or pigments.

A lot of remediation contractors are using ozone and most do not know the dangers that ozone can potentially cause.  Some newer contractors are always looking for the quicker method that eliminates the use of employees and also has quite simply, a fancy name to entice potential clients.  There’s always new methods and machines being invented and used every year in mold remediation, but the “old time” use of hand remediation is without question, the safest and best method for mold remediation.

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