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Bactronix Green Technology Key to Curing Sick Building Syndrome
By Vanessa Orr

One of the most frustrating things about having prolonged or even chronic respiratory problems is that it's often very difficult to find out what's causing your symptoms and preventing you from getting better. A lot of people stay indoors, fearing that allergies or some kind of environmental factors are making them sick—when what they really should fear is inside their homes.

Sick Building Syndrome, or SBS, can cause symptoms ranging from headaches, dizziness and nausea, to ear, nose and throat irritation, dry or itchy skin, asthma, breathing and respiratory problems and even equilibrium issues. These conditions may be the result of mold and mold spores in the home that can develop in every room of the house as a result of leaky window seals, inadequate chimney ventilation, mold spores in the HVAC system, delaminated kitchen countertops, older bathroom fixtures and more.

Surprisingly, even new construction can suffer from SBS, as the materials used to put the homes together might have sat uncovered outside for months, developing mold that remains bioactive long after the roof has been put on.

"People think that bleach will kill live organisms like C. Diff, MRSA, salmonella or influenza, but it doesn't do anything if you just spray it on a surface and wipe it up; the surface needs to remain wet for 12 minutes or more, which can be dangerous to children and pets," explained Joseph P. Kleynjans, president and CEO of Bactronix Corp. "Viruses and molds have also gotten much stronger over the past 100 years, and have developed immunities to these toxic chemicals."

So how do you fight these 'superbugs' in the home—or for that fact, in schools, hospitals, assisted living facilities or any other private or public space? After spending years studying the problem, researchers for Bactronix Corp. came up with a non-toxic, long-lasting, scientifically developed antimicrobial solution whose success is backed by empirical evidence.

The company's BactroKill™ is formulated to destroy dangerous biofilm that microbes make to protect themselves from poison-based disinfectants.

"There are a lot of companies out there using a poisoning process to fight contamination, and we very quickly realized that we didn't want to go in that direction," explained Bactronix Corp. Vice President A.J. Powell. "Instead, we used nanotechnology to develop a liquid formula that uses chlorine dioxide gas that only becomes active when it comes in contact with a live organism. This type of technology had never been done before, and the controlled delivery system—creating a physical instead of a chemical kill—makes it highly effective and safe."

Realizing that surfaces needed to not only be made clean, but kept clean, Bactronix took the process a step further by formulating a product that would provide residual antimicrobial value, based on similar technologies used in the textile industry. BactroBlock™ permanently bonds to treated surfaces, inhibiting the growth of mold, mildew, algae and bacteria and providing residual protection to prevent recontamination.

"Depending on the level of contamination that exists, our products can provide residual value from between a month and a year," explained Bactronix Corp. Vice President Vincent J. Valicenti of the nontoxic disinfectant and odor eliminator that kills more than 140 different bacteria and viruses. BactroBlock™ also eliminates bad odors from smoke, urine, vomit, bodily fluids, ammonia and other sources, making it perfect for use in hospitals and nursing home settings, as well as anywhere children, the elderly and individuals with health issues congregate.

While homeowners can take advantage of this technology in spray bottle form, larger institutions need a more efficient way to distribute the product, so Bactronix created an electrostatic spraying process that provides 100 percent coverage on all surfaces, coating difficult and hard-to-reach areas. The company even custom-designed battery-operated sprayers to work where power and accessibility are limited, such as on commercial aircraft.

The Proof
Of course, when you're fighting an invisible enemy, it's hard to know whether you've won the battle. "How do you determine when you're in a sick room; whether you're dealing with a contaminated surface or not?" asked Kleynjans. "What you cannot measure, you cannot manage."

To this end, Bactronix researchers looked to USDA-approved testing methods, and adapted ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate) testing that allows them to swab an area, place the swab in a BacktroMeter, and get a reading of the bio-level that is present. A written report, called a Bionomic Assessment Report (BAR) is then provided to the client to determine the type and extent of treatment needed.

"If the level is under 100, it is considered safe," said Kleynjans. "If it is in excess of 100, it is contaminated. We've gone into homes, offices and medical facilities, and come out with readings of 5,000 or 6,000—that's 50 to 60 times what is considered safe."

"This is not hocus pocus—it's science. We look at homes and facilities from an unbiased perspective, create a report, and treat the site if necessary," said Powell, adding that not all facilities require treatment.

As for where the products should be used, Valicenti believes the answer is obvious. "There isn't a place where they shouldn't be used," he explained. "Our products are safe, nontoxic and help to protect your environment—when we finish and walk out, you can walk right in."

For more information about the Bactronizing Process and products, visit www.bactronix.com or call 412-375-7886. Franchises are also available.

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