Can Air From Your Basement or Crawl Space Be Causing Many of the “Allergies” and “Colds” You and Your Family Experience?
Spring and summer are the time of year when most of us have to head to the pharmacy for the allergy meds. Usually, they’re diagnosed as pollen, dust or simple mold allergies.
But, the truth is, many of the allergy and cold-like symptoms that hit you and your family this time of year might be coming right out of your own basement.
Air Quality and Basements
Basements (and crawl spaces) are often neglected. If they’re not remodeled, finished and turned into living areas, they can often be left to the elements. A place to store things that is wet, musty, and dank.
Even many finished basements have these problems.
And, those problems quickly get into the rest of your home.
That dampness and musty smell is a sign that your crawl space or basement has mold or mildew growth.
Mold, especially black mold, can spread quickly and get into your home’s air supply. Most experts estimate that 60% of the air in your home was recycled through your cellar.
So, that means more than half of the air you breathe in your home came from an area that is effected by mold, dust mite waste, dust, and other allergens.
- Mold grows by making spores that get into the air of your home (these are extremely hazardous to breathe, especially for children and elderly adults)
- Dust Mites in the basement mold, leaving behind their skin and waste (their feces contains a substance called DerP1, a very potent allergen)
How Can You Improve Your Air Quality?
You can make the air in your home healthier by:
- Installing high quality air filters
- Keeping dust and dirt out of the home by vacuuming frequently
- Opening the windows and allowing the home to air out frequently
- Having your air quality tested by a professional
We can test the quality of the air in your home and offer full mold remediation services in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania areas. Click Here for a full list of our service areas.