Frequently Asked Questions

  • In most instances, we request a site visit before issuing a quotation in order to gain a complete understanding of a client’s needs. Since our business model is built on providing custom tailored services that best fits each client’s unique application, a site visit insures that we accomplish this goal. There is no charge for this service within the Northeastern Ohio area.
  • In emergency situations, or in situations where a site visit is not practical, we can provide services based upon a time & materials agreement, or on a fixed price basis with a plus/minus % price variance.
  • For those clients that experience emergency biological occurrences on a regular, but unplanned basis, we offer discounted service rates based upon an annual commitment. Payments can be spread out on a monthly basis over a budget cycle to avoid expense spikes and to fit spending parameters.
  • Clients on a preventative or scheduled service plan enjoy discounted rates, monitoring between treatments, documented results, free consultation and peace of mind.
We are certified environmental disinfection, biodecontamination and odor removal specialists. This is our only business and not a complimentary service that we only dabble in. When you select Ecosense, you receive:
  • The Industries widest array of treatment technologies. We help you select the best option for your specific situation, and don’t try to make a single treatment option fit where it’s not optimal.
  • An affordable custom tailored treatment plan that matches the appropriate treatment option with the associated risk level. We don’t over-treat or under-treat.
  • The safest and most environmentally friendly treatment options available. We only deviate from this practice when a suitable alternative is not available or viable to use.
  • Validated performance with documented results.
  • Technicians who are certified by nationally recognized organizations in biosafety, biocontainment, environmental disinfection and odor control.
  • Strict operating protocols backed by the proper insurance coverage for performing environmental disinfection services.
  • A local Northeast Ohio based company with the ability to provide nationwide service
Our advanced equipment technologies allow us to get in and out of your facility as quickly as possible with minimal disruption to your schedule. Most of our treatments are performed in one day. The treatment time varies based upon the size of your facility, the amount of items requiring treatment, the condition of the space, and the contamination or disease that we are treating, or looking to prevent. In some cases, we can work during normal business hours without disrupting your business. In other situations, we work during your off hours.
Since we are essentially fighting an “invisible enemy”, we use analytical tools which allow us to objectively measure and document the results of your treatment over time with biological indicators, chemical indicators, ATP Luminometers, gas concentration meters, UV output detectors and air particulate meters. To verify the anti-microbial efficacy of BioStat surface protection, we use a Bromophenol Blue (BPB) solution, insuring that continuous protection is maintained.
Since the antimicrobial is permanently bound to the surface and thermally stable, insoluble, and non-leaching, the treatment can theoretically last for the life of the treated surface in the right conditions. However, the life of the treated surface depends on a number of factors, not the least of which is surface preparation. If you treat a dirty surface, when the dirt comes off, the effectiveness of the antimicrobial will decrease. High surface abrasion (i.e. floor scrubbers, high traffic), or the prolonged use of cleaners with a PH level above 10 (i.e. bleach, ammonia), will also shorten the effective life.

In practice, most of our customers re-treat with BioStat at 6 month or 12 month intervals. We re-test high-touch surfaces at periodic intervals to gauge how your cleaning practices and facility traffic patterns impacts the performance level, and recommend extending or decreasing treatment intervals based upon objective criteria.

No additional steps are required after applying Surface Defense although we recommend using a cleaner/disinfectant with a neutral PH level below 7 to extend the life of the anti-microbial protective layer. By measuring the efficacy performance after applying Surface Defense, many customers find that they can save money by reducing their cleaning requirements and chemical usage.
As certified decontamination, disinfection and odor control specialists, we are one of the few companies in the nation that qualify for, and carry industry specific coverage, including contractor’s pollution liability, general liability, and professional liability coverage in our field of expertise.
Bleach is heavily marketed as a low-cost disinfectant. In practice however, bleach loses its cost advantage and its performance rapidly diminishes over time. In the presence of organic matter (the everyday contamination we deal with), bleach loses its effectiveness and requires an extra pre-cleaning step, unlike today’s one-step cleaners/disinfectants. Its caustic nature often requires a secondary rinse unlike most modern disinfectants. In addition to the extra labor requirements, diluted bleach loses its effectiveness within 24 hours and must be prepared daily. Excess bleach must be discarded each day.

Of particular importance to many of our clients who are exposed to bleach on a daily basis, long-term exposure to bleach has well documented health consequences. And if that’s not enough of a reason to consider switching, prolonged use of bleach rapidly degrades furnishings and equipment, unnecessarily increasing your capital expenditures.

Protecting your organization from harmful contamination requires a significant investment in time and money to adequately reduce your risk level. With the exception of a few organizations with vast resources, it doesn’t make financial sense to invest in expensive equipment, staffing, training and maintenance requirements to properly decontaminate a facility. On the other end of the spectrum, enhanced manual cleaning and the current selection of inexpensive equipment options have shown in repeated studies to have limited value.

Think closely when considering your bio-decontamination options

  • Double down and enhance your current cleaning efforts. While certainly an important step that shouldn’t be discouraged, increased labor and chemical costs don’t necessarily protect you from contamination residing in hidden spaces. You simply can’t reach harmful microorganisms with enhanced manual cleaning despite your best efforts. And if you’re dealing with microorganisms that are easily aerosolized, your job is next to impossible. Your time and money is too valuable to waste with an ineffective method.
  • Purchase inexpensive equipment and attempt to perform decontamination in-house. If it were only that easy, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. While we all want economical options, today’s inexpensive equipment options have limited practical value to achieve anything other than low level disinfection of the least resistant microorganisms residing in the easiest to reach areas. Limited safety procedures, training and efficacy validation procedures expose your employees, clients or patients to undue liabilities. Harsh criticism certainly, but if you must validate high-level disinfection or sterilization efficacy levels in areas where contamination typically resides, your time and money is better spent elsewhere.
  • Purchase expensive equipment with a proven track record and perform decontamination in-house. We wish everyone could purchase the type of equipment we use at Ecosense, but the capital investment, training requirements and maintenance demands associated with this type of equipment only makes financial sense for a few organizations. Unless you have a dedicated staff and use your equipment every day, poor utilization rates and high support costs provide a poor ROI or return on your capital investment. In this day of increased budget scrutiny and intense focus on cost savings, you’re time and money is best spent on your core competencies.

We have a better option:

Outsource your decontamination problems to Ecosense and focus on running your organization:

  • Reduce your exposure to harmful contamination
  • Validate decontamination results
  • Start saving Time and Money

Your employees, clients and accountant will appreciate it!

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