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6 Ways to Reduce Springtime Mold Allergies

With apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson: “Spring is a time when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love and many of us to the suffering that allergens cause.” Yes, that allergy-filled season is upon us again in full force. The sneezing, sniffling and watery eyes all detract from the more endearing features of spring and summer. Of course, mold is high up on the list of allergens that are quite active during these warmer months. So, how can allergy sufferers fight back against the increase in allergens that come with spring and summer? Here are some ways you can reduce your mold exposure this season and thus control your allergies.

  • Use a dehumidifier: Keeping the humidity in your home below 45% can go a long way in controlling the growth of mold. Mold does not do particularly well in low humidity climates. Purchase several dehumidifiers, place them strategically throughout the home and empty the water in them on a regular basis.
  • Track the numbers: All throughout the spring and summer, weather forecasters often inform the public of the pollen count. You can even arrange for the National Allergy Bureau to send you email alerts informing you of the outdoor spore levels. If you do have allergies, limit your outdoor activities on days when the pollen count is high.
  • Keep it Clean: Keep a watch out for mold. Clean refrigerator drip pans, door seals, and garbage pails and other places where mold can grow. Even though our mold cleanup in Thousand Oaks can do a more effective job of mold remediation than the average home owner, you still can play a huge role in stopping mold from establishing a foothold in your house.
  • Remove organic debris from your gutters and yard: Dead branches and leaves are breeding grounds for mold. Make sure to clean your gutter and dispose of all organic debris as the season grows warmer.
  • Filter your air: Keep your AC drip pans and drain lines clean. This will prevent mold from growing in them and potentially causing health problems for your family.
  • Call professionals at the first signs of mold: Experts can tell you when mold is spreading in your home. They can even detect it in areas that are not immediately visible. We can even give you more pointers on how to prevent its return.springtime allergies

In short, you can do a lot to control the growth of mold in your home. Even though it is especially important for people who suffer from allergies to control mold, it is also important for the rest of us to do so since mold can trigger serious conditions such as asthma.

6 Ways to Reduce Springtime Mold Allergies

With apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson: “Spring is a time when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love and many of us to the suffering that allergens cause.” Yes, that allergy-filled season is upon us again in full force. The sneezing, sniffling and watery eyes all detract from the more endearing features of spring and summer. Of course, mold is high up on the list of allergens that are quite active during these warmer months. So, how can allergy sufferers fight back against the increase in allergens that come with spring and summer? Here are some ways you can reduce your mold exposure this season and thus control your allergies.

  • Use a dehumidifier: Keeping the humidity in your home below 45% can go a long way in controlling the growth of mold. Mold does not do particularly well in low humidity climates. Purchase several dehumidifiers, place them strategically throughout the home and empty the water in them on a regular basis.
  • Track the numbers: All throughout the spring and summer, weather forecasters often inform the public of the pollen count. You can even arrange for the National Allergy Bureau to send you email alerts informing you of the outdoor spore levels. If you do have allergies, limit your outdoor activities on days when the pollen count is high.
  • Keep it Clean: Keep a watch out for mold. Clean refrigerator drip pans, door seals, and garbage pails and other places where mold can grow. Even though our mold cleanup in Thousand Oaks can do a more effective job of mold remediation than the average home owner, you still can play a huge role in stopping mold from establishing a foothold in your house.
  • Remove organic debris from your gutters and yard: Dead branches and leaves are breeding grounds for mold. Make sure to clean your gutter and dispose of all organic debris as the season grows warmer.
  • Filter your air: Keep your AC drip pans and drain lines clean. This will prevent mold from growing in them and potentially causing health problems for your family.
  • Call professionals at the first signs of mold: Experts can tell you when mold is spreading in your home. They can even detect it in areas that are not immediately visible. We can even give you more pointers on how to prevent its return.springtime allergies

In short, you can do a lot to control the growth of mold in your home. Even though it is especially important for people who suffer from allergies to control mold, it is also important for the rest of us to do so since mold can trigger serious conditions such as asthma.

Tips for Preparing Your Home for Spring and Summer Storms

We are already well into spring and summer is right around the corner. Already, some of us are experiencing one of the few downsides to those two seasons – storms. Sudden torrential rains can not only ruin an otherwise perfect spring or summer day, they can also cause sewers and streams to overflow and wreak general havoc all around. Added to all that, these sudden spring and summer storms can lead to a house flood and all the problems that come with it, e.g., mold, etc. However, homeowners can be proactive and reduce the chances that such a disaster will occur. Follow the tips below to make sure your family and home are ready for a happy, safe spring and summer season.

  • Clean your gutters: Clear your gutters each season of debris such as leaves, mud, twigs, etc. A buildup of debris can actually cause the wood on the side of your home to rot. In addition to hand cleaning your gutter, be sure to remove any leftover gunk with a garden hose.
  • Have your roof and siding inspected. Make sure that you do not have any existing roof or siding problems that could cause leaking during a storm. A licensed contractor can inspect these to be sure that they can hold up to rain and high winds. If you do have loose siding or missing shingles, have them replaced now.
  • Grade your yard: Make sure that if your home has a slope around it that it leads away from your home. (Check with your local lawn company for this service.) Grading your lawn properly will keep rain water from sitting up by your foundation and causing damage. This is especially important if you own a pool.
  • Check foundation vents: A crawl space that is clean and clear of debris helps improve air circulation thus preventing excessive moisture and mold growth. Clean the vents by hand or vacuum to prevent this and to prevent critters from burrowing under or into your home.
  • Check your homeowner’s insurance: By law, some insured lenders require homeowners to have flood insurance in certain high risk areas. However, even properties that are not in high risk flood areas can experience emergencies. Be sure that you have enough coverage in the event that a flood occurs.spring storm

By taking a few precautions you can protect your home and reduce the chances that it will be damaged by the stray spring and/or summer storm. Flooding causes all kinds of damage to property and can require mold removal in some cases. More importantly, floods change lives in undesirable ways. For flood damage restoration in Thousand Oaks, we are unmatched in our ability to help families recover from disasters.

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