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What Is Hydroxyl Generators and how It Take the Odor Out of Fire Damage

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke odor caused by wild fires Fire damage restorers have used specialized equipment for many years to deal with the odor.

Fire damage restorers have used specialized equipment for many years to deal with the odor. It is because, after a domestic fire, lingering smells are one of the biggest frustrations. Fortunately, SERVPRO has access to odor-busting foggers, masking agents, filters, chemicals, and ozone generators.

Our technicians use a combination of these devices and machines to pluck smoke and soot particles from the atmosphere. They are highly effective in restoring fire damage in homes. One of the most sophisticated tools we use is called the hydroxyl generator, and we will tell you a little more about it.

What is Deodorization? While they are different processes, ozone and hydroxyl generators work similarly. They produce particles that have odor-eliminating properties. In the case of hydroxyl, these particles are created all the time naturally. They develop when ultraviolet light reacts with water and oxygen. All that we do is accelerate the process by introducing more UV light.

When created in an atmosphere where odor-causing chemicals are present, hydroxyl particles decompose. They are often referred to as a ‘natural broom’ because they ensure that indoor environments contain minute levels of these chemicals. Hydroxyl is particularly useful when dealing with unpleasant odors due to its speed. It can break down as many as 5,000 chemicals.

Hydroxyl particles break down airborne chemicals around a million times faster than ozone. They are the second most powerful oxidant in existence (after fluorine). Interestingly, using ozone in very high concentrations can cause it to work faster than hydroxyl. The problem is that, in such quantities, it is toxic. If the SERVPRO technicians decide to use ozone in your business, you may have to vacate the premises.

On the other hand, hydroxyl generators are much kinder to the environment. They do not threaten humans or plant life and rarely require containment.

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