You wake up with a stuffy nose, again. You rub your itchy eyes, drag yourself through your morning routine and head out the door. By the time you get to work you feel better and have a great day. You sing along with the radio as you drive home. You walk in the door, put your keys down, and kick off your shoes. As you walk over to look through the mail, you make a quick stop to get a tissue because you feel a sneeze coming on. Your rub your eyes which are beginning to itch again. You wonder: What’s going on? Am I allergic to my house?
That means you need to allergy proof your basement, and you’ll need to know where to start. EverDry Toledo can help! Read this list to learn the steps you can take to reduce your chances developing mold in the basement.
#1. Use a Dehumidifier
Excessive moisture creates the ideal environment for mold in the basement and dust mites. By reducing the moisture levels, you can make it difficult for them to thrive in your basement. When using your dehumidifier, you’ll want to aim for 35-45% relative humidity. Higher humidity is what promotes molds and dust mites, but if the humidity is too low it can promote viruses.
#2. Improve Ventiliation with the E-Z Breathe System
The E-Z- Breathe System can improve your air quality with no regular maintenance required. Once installed, this unit protects your home from poor air quality, as well as molds, toxins, and allergies. Learn more about improving your home’s atmosphere with the E-Z- Breathe System.
#3. Immediately Remove Mold in the Basement
This may seem obvious, but even the tiniest bit of mold needs to be removed as soon as possible. Never let the problem get out of hand and you can save yourself a lot of trouble down the road.
While some people believe musty smells are typical for basements, they’re not – they’re only a strong indicator of mold or mildew. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there! The moment you think you notice the smell of mildew or mold in the basement, identify the source and remove it.
#4. Replace Carpeting
Wall-to-wall carpeting may look nice in your basement, but it can absorb a lot of moisture over time. To prevent allergens, consider basement floor options like cement, slate, or linoleum. There are plenty of ways to keep your floor looking great without the need for carpet – and almost any other option reduces your risk of promoting mold in the basement.
#5. Fix Plumbing Leaks as Soon as Possible
Small leaks can be dealt with on your own with the right DIY knowledge, but sometimes the small problems are indicators of a bigger issue. It’s always best to call a professional to safely deal with any plumbing issues before they become disasters. Take every leak or break seriously, as water can quickly cause damage that requires costly repairs.
#6. Fix Cracks in the Foundation Immediately
It’s critical that you keep the foundation secure. A small crack inside of the foundation often means more cracks on the outside – and these all lead to water seepage that can not only foster basement allergens, but also cause severe damage to your home or property. If you notice cracks, contact us and we may be able to help prevent further leaks with
foundation crack injections
One of the biggest problems during the changing seasons is the exchange of fresh air circulating through your house in the warmer months for stale, polluted air circulating inside the home during the colder months. Based on a report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 90 percent of our time is spent indoors and indoor air quality can be up to 50 times more polluted than outdoor air. Even worse, poor air quality in the home accounts for more than 80 percent of people who are at risk for respiratory conditions.
Common Signs of Toxic House Syndrome
Often times, people associate the colder months with cold and flu season. But did you know that according to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality is one of the top five environmental risks to public health? Shutting the windows and breathing in the same stale air for months at a time can cause a whole host of health issues. Some common signs of poor air quality include:
- Watery eyes
You might think that you have a virus, but it might actually be something much more serious.
Is Your Basement the Culprit?
The area of your home that has the least amount of ventilation is your basement. Basements tend to have the highest levels of humidity in the home and is the perfect breeding ground for mold growth. Many suffer from severe allergic reactions to mold in the home and don’t even realize it. Other allergens that start in your basement include: fungus, bacteria, and dust mites.
Proper ventilation can control indoor humidity and air born contaminants, but most homes have a closed loop ventilation system that simply recirculates the same air in the home over and over again. The recirculation of air causes a buildup of contaminates that will eventually become hazardous and in some cases even deadly.
Team EverDry is here to help!
Don’t wait for your home to become toxic, call EverDry Toledo today and ask about our E-Z Breathe System. It’s a maintenance-free unit that helps protect your home and family from excess moisture, molds, toxins, allergies, and poor air quality. Schedule your free inspection or give us a call at (419) 841-6055 to get started!