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In the process of reacting with chemicals indoors, ozone can produce other chemicals that can be irritating and corrosive. For example, when ozone is mixed with chemicals from a new carpet, the reaction may produce aldehydes. In addition to aldehydes, ozone may also increase indoor concentrations of formic acid. Both of these can irritate the lungs.
Ozone is purported to be able to break down paint, carpeting and pads, plastics, rubber, PVC, and vinyl, into some toxic particles. This also includes synthetic clothing fibers. Ozone mixed with consumer cleaning products can also get broken down into toxic byproducts .
Some people have reported a way to remove ozone byproduct residues successfully. The "bake-out" method is a technique of forced off-gassing. It consists of heating the entire house to 80 degrees for a full 12 hours overnight. The heating should then be alternated with 12 hours of airing out of the house with fans and blowers to bring fresh air inside. This needs to be done for 24 hours, 7 days/week and continued for 3 weeks straight. Obviously you should not go back inside during the forced off-gassing. BTW have someone who is not so susceptible to the fumes do the opening and closing up of the house.
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I am just wondering if when you say PVC if that is plumbing too? How about wiring coated in vinyl? Do appliances survive and what about paper and books do they deteriorate? Since it has been so long when they test for gasses now that they finally have will the readings still be accurate? And in Portland Oregon where can I get a test kit to test for these gasses? And can you reccomend anyone who can do this type of cleanup?
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