In our previous post, we discussed the first four of nine steps for reducing the presence of allergens in the home.
- Close Your Windows Often
- Dust and Vacuum Daily
- Examine Your Home for Mold
- Correct the Source of Mold by Making Plumbing Repairs
In this article, we will continue our list, with the next five tips. Ultimately, you can make a significant difference for the allergy sufferers in your home by repairing plumbing leaks and eliminating the source of excess moisture.
5) Maintain Your HVAC Systems
Your HVAC system will both filter allergens and reduce the presence of indoor moisture and humidity. Make sure you take steps to properly maintain your heating and air conditioning system:
- Change your air filters
- Clear system of storm debris and leaves
- Maintain two feet of clearance around your system
- Check for leaking refrigerant
6) Mop Behind Kitchen Appliances
Dust, dirt, and allergens can collect behind plumbing and kitchen appliances. During fall and spring, make sure you sweep and mop behind and under these items:
- Dish Washer
- Water Heater
- Washer and Dryer
- Stove and Oven
This will also afford you the opportunity to check these systems for leaks. If you do find your plumbing appliances, or supply lines are leaking, contact a professional plumber as soon as possible.
7) Rake and Bag Fallen Leaves
Fallen leaves provide an environment for the development of outdoor mildew; therefore, you can reduce allergens by raking and bagging leaves, disposing of them elsewhere. In the Asheville area, there are several places to deliver leaves for gardening and recycling purposes.
8) Make Sure Your Property is Draining Properly
If your gutters are clogged, or the drainage around your home's foundation is not properly designed, water could be invading your home. Excess moisture leads to the development of allergy inducing molds. When it rains, make sure your basement or crawlspace is not experiencing moisture collecting on walls, or ponding underneath. Contact Barlow Plumbing, if you suspect you need to address your home's drainage needs.
9) Have Your Home's Exterior Pressure Washed
If your siding and deck are collecting dust, debris, or mildew, you can help ease allergy irritants by having those surfaces pressure washed.
Your home's systems work together to ease the burden of allergies. For plumbing concerns and repairs, contact Barlow Plumbing in Asheville, NC.