Ozone vs. Mold
In Ozone vs. Mold, who wins?
In the war against mold, people have several powerful allies, one of which is the ozone. When the oxygen (O2) around us rises to the upper atmosphere and is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, it naturally turns into ozone (O3). Ozone also commonly occurs as a result of lightning during thunderstorms. The “fresh, spring rain smell that we notice after a storm is ozone.
Because gaseous ozone is highly reactive, it readily oxidizes (breaks down) organic matter. When the ozone encounters an organic compound like mold, an oxygen atom will break away, attach itself to the compound, and oxidize it. Ozone actually breaks down odor-causing compounds, thereby eliminating the smell and changing the ozone back to oxygen (O2). Ozone acts 3000 times faster than chlorine as a bactericide, and it is the strongest oxidant commercially available.
When clearing a home of mold, ozone aids the process by naturally cleaning the spaces that fungicides can’t reach. On a microscopic level your home looks like an English muffin, with all sorts of nooks and crannies. Ozone is about the size of three atoms so it can penetrate even the smallest cavities, and therefore it can kill mold spores you cannot see, in places you cannot see. That’s why using it is a much more foolproof way of eliminating mold than using fungicides alone. A Remediation expert pumps ozone into a room until it reaches a very high concentration. Since ozone breaks back down into oxygen in a very short period of time (15 to 20 minutes), a commercial ozone machine is best used when using this process, as consumer models can’t keep up with the ozone break down to maintain the levels high enough to cleanse the structure–and kill the mold.