Reducing Indoor Allergens: Starting at the Bottom, Part 1

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014


cracks around window on the outside of the home

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, around 50 million Americans suffer from allergies of all types. Chances are, you are one of those 50 million and it seems that there is no cure in sight.

The overall prevalence of allergies has been increasing steadily since the 1980s and is currently the 5th leading chronic disease in the U.S. over all age groups.

The most common allergies experienced can be found in both outdoor and indoor environments and are most commonly attributed to pollen, mold and dust mites.

Exposure can cause sneezing fits, coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes and many other conditions. Fortunately, Tar Heel Basement Systems is here to help you eradicate these common allergens and make your home more comfortable and your summer season more enjoyable.

door leading outside no longer closing correctly

In North Carolina especially, pollen is very difficult to avoid since it is an outdoor allergen. It is a microscopic, powdery substance used by plants, trees, and grass to reproduce. In highly wooded or vegetated areas, pollen will begin covering cars and buildings, flowing through any nook and cranny, eventually finding its way to your nose.

Luckily, your home can be transformed into an airtight, pollen-free living space with our help. Many times, cracks in the home’s foundation and gaps between closed windows and doors can be an easy point of entry for outdoor pollen.

Tar Heel Basement Systems specializes in fixing all of these problems with a number of foundation repair techniques. Some products we use include IntelliJacks, Push Piers and Helical Piers; They will lift and stabilize certain points of the house, closing up any cracks or gaps and acting as a buffer for any future foundation settling.

Closing up crawlspace vents is another possible solution to your in-home pollen problem and can be done with our CrawlSeal airtight crawl space system.

sealed up crawl space vent

Many people feel the crawlspace vent is meant to serve a positive purpose, but it actually only invites unwanted allergens, spores, insects, and rodents into your crawlspace. Sealing it up will also save you energy costs!

If you are tired of experiencing pollen-related allergies inside of your home and want to make it a more comfortable place to be, give us a call for a free, no-obligation estimate.

Our systems design specialists will pay you a visit and put together a personalized plan to solve all of your basement problems!