Reducing Indoor Allergens: Starting at the Bottom, Part 2

Thursday, June 5th, 2014


mold on the couch

As pointed out in Part 1, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that around 50 million Americans suffer from allergies of all types and the overall prevalence of allergies has been increasing steadily since the 1980s.

It is currently the 5th leading chronic disease in the U.S. overall age groups. Tar Heel Basement Systems is here to help you eradicate common allergens and make your home more comfortable and your summer season more enjoyable.

Mold growth and dust mite infestations can be easily prevented through several different methods. The only things mold needs to grow are spores (mold “seeds”), organic material, humidity and a temperature between 32⁰ and 100⁰ F. Now if that doesn’t sound like a basement or crawlspace, I don’t know what does!

 

Dust mites also thrive in highly humid environments and actually feed off of our dead skin cells (yuck!). They like to make their homes in beds and pillows as well as inside carpet fibers.

The easiest and most effective way to prevent the growth of mold and dust mites is to tackle your home’s humidity – one of the key factors to these nasty problems.

Tar Heel Basement Systems specializes in crawlspace encapsulation and basement waterproofing, two services that are meant to drastically lower the amount of water or humidity that exists below the home.

Once the humidity in the basement or crawlspace is lowered, the upper levels will feel the difference. For basements or crawlspaces that are very wet, drainage systems such as our patented BasementGutter system paired with the award-winning SafeDri Triple Sump Pump should be installed.

dehumidifier reducing allergens

After one of our reliable drainage systems is in place, or for areas that are just humid, Tar Heel Basement Systems suggests installing one of our self-draining, energy efficient dehumidifiers, the Tar Heel Dehumidifier.

Our crawlspace encapsulation will also prevent moisture from infiltrating your home from the crawlspace.

If you are ready to rid your home of allergens and create a healthier place to live, call Tar Heel Basement Systems and schedule your free, no obligation in-home estimate. One of our systems design specialists will pay you a visit, customize your experience and leave you happier and healthier inside your home.