DeepReach Oxidation was founded in Norman, Oklahoma by Walter O. Hardy in 2004
The company was a outgrowth of an idea that was spawned from Mr. Hardy’s experience serving on the 2001-2002 Anthrax Remediation team in Washington D.C. For its first two years of existence, DeepReach was essentially an R & D company, designing and building equipment, commissioning studies, and working projects to support the effort towards an EPA Registration for the process.
After lab data and site data was submitted to the USEPA Registration division, a sixteen month period of evaluation ensued in which every conceivable aspect of the process was evaluated. The final draft had to be reviewed by all the departments within EPA, including the Indoor Environments Division, the group responsible for publishing The EPA Guidelines for Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings (June 2001) -the document the mold remediation industry currently uses as their standard.
DeepReach Oxidation‘s product DRO5000, the precursor for chlorine dioxide generation, was authorized in August of 2006, five years after the “Guidelines” were published. It carries the United States Enviornmental Protection Agency’s official registration -#82484-1. After receiving the State of Oklahoma operating license, DeepReach Oxidation began operations in early 2007. Since this time, DeepReach has over 50 projects under its belt, many are large, high profile projects involving multi-story buildings. The customer base consists of State, City and County governments, Universities and school districts and numerous individual homeowners.
The use of gaseous chlorine dioxide is a perfect example of a mature compound being rediscovered and thereby opening up a whole new universe of applications. The latest research from around the world has revealed these remarkable potential benefits:
- Low dose gaseous ClO2 levels (below permissible exposure levels, 0.1 PPM) have been demonstrate to completely stop the infectivity of both Swine Flu and Bird Flu, two potent viruses that the CDC and others believe could spark the next viral pandemic. This anti-viral activity is not limited to influenza, as many viruses including Norovirus are sensitive to ClO2 gas.
- Low dose gaseous ClO2 has been demonstrated to reduce or destroy 3 different types of allergens, Mold Spore allergen, pollen allergen and dust mite allergen. Not only has this been confirmed in the laboratory environment, but this application has actually been applied successfully by DeepReach Oxidation.
- Low dose gaseous ClO2 has been demonstrated by Penn State University to reduce or completely eliminate human pathogenic bacteria from the surface of fruits and vegetables. This application could drastically reduce food borne illness.
- Gaseous ClO2 has been demonstrated to destroy certain mycotoxin, a metabolite from a number of mold contaminants. This could be beneficial in both health and food related industries.
As a research and technology company, we are eager to work with universities, corporations and others who wish to explore applications for gas phase chlorine dioxide.
For most of the history of use of chlorine dioxide, it has been applied dissolved in water, as a liquid. Great effort had been used to keep the gas entrained within the water during use. Over the past ten or twelve years, however, the unique properties of gas phase chlorine dioxide has been recognized. Research using chlorine dioxide in its natural gaseous state, as a fumigant, rather than as a rinse, spray or fog, has produced an exciting new frontier in ClO2 applications. Gas phase chlorine dioxide has the following benefits:
- It is effective against a wide variety of bacteria, yeasts, viruses, fungi, protozoa, spores, molds, mildews and other microbes. It is particularly effective at killing Giardia, Cryptosporidium and Legionella.
- It exhibits rapid kill of target organisms, often in seconds.
- It specifically targets bonds that are only present in harmful or odorous molecules or species. Hardly any of it is consumed by reactions with harmless substances. This means that it is highly effective as a biocide at very low concentrations.
- Chlorine dioxide is biodegradable. No residue and no trace of the gas is left after treatment.
Most importantly, because a gas will expand from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration, fumigation applications are ideal for disinfection of a wide array of areas when the elimination of bio-contaminates is critical. Using a fumigant rather than a fog or spray is the only application technique that assures total coverage of the active ingredient into every crack and crevice in the treatment space.