There are a few steps homeowners can take to reduce irritants for allergy sufferers in their homes. In this article and the next, we will discuss nine ways you can help reduce allergens and ease symptoms for you and your family.
1) Close Your Windows Often
October and November feature some of the most comfortable weather in the Asheville area; however, open windows are an invitation for dust and pollen to enter your home, especially on windy days. If you cannot seem to shake the sniffles in your home, consider keeping the windows closed at night and when you are away from home.
2) Dust and Vacuum Daily
These chores are not family-favorites; however, dusting and vacuuming daily are key to fighting the presence of indoor allergens. When you dust, make sure to use a damp rag, rather than knocking the dirt and debris around with a feather-duster. Vacuum the high traffic areas of your home, where your family and pets track in pollen and dirt.
3) Examine Your Home for Mold
Mold and mildew can irritate allergy sufferers as bad or worse than pollen and dust. Nevertheless, symptoms of mold allergies are often indistinguishable from other allergens; therefore, homeowners may not even consider examining their homes for mold. Furthermore, mold is often hiding in hard-to-reach areas of your home. Carefully look for mold in areas of your home that have excessive moisture, including:
- Underneath bathroom and kitchen sinks
- The corners around showers
- Windows and window sills
- Around the base and behind of toilets
- Behind kitchen appliances and water heaters
- Inside ductwork
- In basements, crawlspaces, and anywhere there is the potential for leaking pipes
- Any other high-humidity areas of your home
4) Correct the Source of Mold by Making Plumbing Repairs
The causes of excess moisture are often plumbing related. You properly remediate mold without correcting the source of the moisture. If you suspect you have mold, make sure you make proper plumbing repairs, including:
- Repair damaged or leaking pipes underneath your home
- Repair or replace damaged or leaking water heaters
- Repair leaking faucets, toilets, and plumbing appliances
- Restore proper airflow to your bathrooms
- Repair or replace leaking windows
If you have mold, you have a moisture problem that requires plumbing repairs. If you have leaking pipes or other plumbing-related issues, you will likely have a mold problem. Contact Barlow Plumbing early, to avoid larger plumbing issues and reduce the moisture that leads to the development of allergy inducing mold and mildew.