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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it is meant to do, January 22, 2010
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This review is from: Sylvan Variable Ozone Generator 5000mg/hr Adjustable Ozone Output (Kitchen)
This is my very first review ever on anything, but the product warranted my input. Asthetically, it is not much to look at. However, it does what it says it does. I live in a row Townhouse condo complex and live next door to smokers. Unfortunately, they smoke in the basement, and the smell travels through the spaces left open by the common pipes that run through each unit, making my laundry room and rec room literally stink as if there were 10 people sitting in the laundry room smoking. After much confrontation, they have ceased smoking, however, the residue of the nicotine stuck on all my possessions in the storage area of my laundry room. I had tried vinegar, bleach, air purifier... anything I could think of to remove/reduce the smell. Our restoration company told us about the industrial ozone generators they use to eradicate smoke smell after a fire. After reviewing many models on-line, I finally broke down and purchased this generator. Got it yesterday and ran it for 1/2 hour (it is two 8x10 rooms) in the evening. It did exactly what it said it would do. The "oxygen" smell is akin to a downpour of rain during a hot summer day... pungent, yet clean. I went down this morning, and the whole laundry room and the rec room smell clean and fresh and no nasty tobacco smell. It was amazing, and a relief to have that nasty smell out of my home. Next, I will try it in my vehicles, and also the bathroom to help control any bacteria. I am very pleased with this item - well worth the money - highly recommend it.
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Initial post: Jan 31, 2010 9:19:53 PM PST
J. Geib says:
Please do some research on ozone generators. They may not be all they're cracked up to be and in fact may be harmful. Ozone is not a healthy thing to breathe when it's in concentrations above what these units put out. They caused health problems with my family, and that's the only reason I'm posting here. Just be careful!

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/ozonegen.html

http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/indoor/ozone.htm
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/asthma/an00443

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2010 9:48:55 AM PST
Tilina says:
Thank you for your response. I did a lot of research on this product prior to purchasing it, and trust me, I understand the harmful effects it can have. That is why when used, all living beings, including my cat, were banned from the basement. As noted in my review, having worked with a restoration company at my complex after a small flood incident (washing machine hose), I spoke to the manager about what I could do to remove the disgusting smell from my basement. He explained that his company uses industrial ozone generators after fires and he explained the ramifications of the same if abused. So, I heard first hand of the complications of using these products while in the same room, most importantly respiratory. My need to get this machine was to just kill the nasty tobacco smell from my basement... nothing else. When I ran the machine, because it was less than 150 sq. feet, I ran it for only 1/2 to 45 mins, with the door closed and all possible openings closed with a towel. Even with that, I could still smell it upstairs. That is why I only ran it for a small period of time. I do not intend to use it continously. I just could not deal with walking into my laundry room and rec room and smell an "ashtray" because of the nicotine that had attached itself to my belongings. Either I blasted the smell or I got rid of each piece of clothing, coats (unless, of course, I chose to pay thousands of dollars in dry cleaning bills), and other belongings and send them to the dump. I chose to keep my belongings, but I tried to be as careful as possible. So, thank you for your concern. I, too, would like to put out there that you MUST BE CAREFUL when using this product.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2010 9:11:02 PM PDT
Music lover says:
Hi. After using the machine as little as possible due to dangers spoken of above, simply try TSP on your walls and anything else that tobacco may adhere to. Works like a charm. Mind you, I'm not against air purification machines. This is just something to help. As far as clothes, I have no ideas.

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 2:35:22 AM PDT
i was wondering if the smoke smell came back because i'm thinking about getting this machine... after trying to treat with vinegar, then bombing the house with chlorine dioxide (room shocker) twice, the eliminated smoke odor returned, though not as potently as before - i'm guessing maybe the cigarette odor was eliminated, but not the actual residue which continues to reside and emit odor.

it's not feasible to clean every single surface/wall/ceiling/items in my house. at this point, i'm even thinking about replacing the entire HVAC system because the vents spit out smoke odor.

anyway, is your basement still free of smoke-odor? am i crazy to attempt blasting ozone into my house where people live? obviously, i'm totally desperate for a solution. it's been months of semi-successful/failed remediation, and i can't believe third-hand smoke continues to exist - you'd think there might be a limit to how much smoke odor can be emitted from the residue, but alas... thanks in advance.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2011 3:16:17 PM PDT
Rick Brenner says:
You give links to government agencies. They are not trustable. So who is?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2012 7:45:34 AM PDT
Tilina says:
I did have to throw out some stuff, which was going to get thrown out anyways, but the smell has gone completely - hope that helps

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2013 6:38:53 AM PDT
It IS true, what you are saying. No one should "hang out" around an ozone generator when it is on, but the results with killing "unkillable" scents such as cigarettes or actually killing mold and mildew in spaces that one can't reach are just wonderful. As long as one is careful around ozone, no health problems (asthma flareups, difficulty breathing, etc) need occur.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 4:52:13 PM PDT
i am going to purchase one i drive a truck that was used to haul cattle with when purchased had that rank manure smell the detailer used one to eliminate the smell as part of there regiment and after a year i have never smelt again

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2015 10:26:07 AM PDT
Jim says:
The Mayo clinic is not trustable? Also not a government agency.
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