There are some things in life that just insist upon being repeated. “Look both ways before you cross the street” comes to mind. It didn’t matter how adamant we were on implementing this rule as kids, our parents always offered us this warning when we left the house, didn’t they?
Well, speaking of your house, it’s a location that the DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team consider to be extremely important. Actually, which location in your life could be more important than the place where you sleep every night and spend the majority of your time? The way we see it, it’s vital that we remind you of some easy ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality.
Here are four reminders:
We have a number of full blogs dedicated to this very tip. And with summer on its way, it can’t be reiterated any stronger. You may have had an excuse all winter long to keep your windows shut. We get it – it was cold! But opening the windows during the year’s warmest months will help to air out pollutants and welcome in fresh air.
“Keeping your windows closed traps irritants indoors,” explains HousewifeHowTos.com, “When the temperatures are mild, open windows on opposite sides of your home to create a cross-draft to quickly freshen your indoor air.”
Traditional dusters simply move dust particles around. A microfiber cloth, on the other hand, traps dust and removes it from surfaces. As HousewifeHowTos.com explains, “feather dusters and Swiffer dusters don’t do a good job getting rid of fine particles. Use damp microfiber cloths, instead, and rinse them often. That way, you aren’t just moving the dust around — you’re getting it out of your home.”
Oh, it’s so very Canadian to remove your shoes at the door, isn’t it? But, as Canadians, we find it hard to believe this isn’t a universal rule. Outside surfaces are dirty – let’s just be honest about it. Why would you want to track in the dirt, grass, gum and whatever else is on the ground out there into the house? Nevertheless, many of our south-of-the-border counterparts tell us they keep their shoes on in the house. Trust us on this one – stay Canadian and take off your shoes at the door!
“Who knows what’s on the bottom of your shoes, so be sure everyone removes shoes when coming at the home,” says Rachel Brougham on FamilyHandyman.com, “Use a boot tray or shoe rack to collect dirt, pesticides and other pollutants from making their way into your home.”
At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we provide Radon Services that are designed to determine the precise levels of the colourless and odourless gas in your home and whether or not they are safe. Radon testing can mean the difference between life and death so it is highly recommended that radon tests be conducted at least every two years.
Earlier this week, a colleague of ours informed us of a mould problem he had in his master bedroom’s bathroom a year ago. He explained that his shower cartridge had started leaking, unbeknownst to him. What he did notice was that the carpet in his bedroom’s walk-in closet was wet. After removing everything from the closet, he realized that his baseboards were infested with moult.
Unfortunately, our colleague had to endure several weeks of repairs to both his closet’s walls and the bathroom. After the mould was removed and the leak was repaired, he had to have his shower’s tiles completely replaced as they were all mould-ridden. Our team, here at DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. would have loved to have helped our colleague detect this mould before it had done that damage it did.
Don’t let this happen to you! Contact us today to learn more about our Mould Assessment Services. And while you’re at it, consider these three key ways to eliminate mould growth in your home:
This will be an important job of yours this summer. With the warmth that is commonplace during the season, your home is bound to get hotter. However, as Moldpedia.com points out, if the humidity in your home rises above 55 percent, certain types of mould can begin to grow.
“The best way to keep humidity low in your home is through ventilation,” informs the website, “Open the windows during the day, especially when it’s hot since this is when humidity is usually the lowest outside. Close your windows when it’s raining outside though. It’s especially important to ventilate the rooms where steam and moisture builds up, like the kitchen and bathroom.”
Basements are well-known havens for mould growth because they are so often dark and damp – those are two main ingredients for a mould infestation. This is especially the case in laundry rooms where there is a lot of moisture. In these rooms, water leaks can occur, leading to the presence of mould in cracks and crevices that you may not be paying attention to.
“Identify any problem areas in your basement,” insists Aer Industries, “These areas are commonly laundry rooms, bathrooms, and windows. Since basements are typically cold and damp to begin with, these may not be the only areas to look out for. Be sure to repair and replace any areas with water damage immediately, and mould can grow in these areas, and then spread to areas surrounding the damage.”
This may not be feasible for everyone. However, one of the main causes for mould-inviting moisture issues is wet clothes. Moldpedia.com highly recommends that you dry your clothes immediately after washing them. A wet pile of clothes is a top breeding ground for mould.
“It’s best to dry your clothes outside on a clothes line if you can,” the site recommends, “Hanging them inside on a clothes horse or indoor clothes line will not dry them as quickly and the moisture from your clothes will evaporate into the air, raising the humidity.”
Let’s work together on eliminating mould growth from your home! For more information about our Mould Assessment Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To all asthmatics and allergy sufferers, we hope that you’ve been experiencing a symptom-free spring so far. For many of you, a complete avoidance of any allergy symptoms during the spring is unlikely. And with summer coming up in a little over a month, pollen, dust, ragweed and the like aren’t bound to let up.
As a result, it’s important that you take measures to protect your lungs from the usual suspects. And, believe it or not, this goes double when you’re in the house. You may assume that avoiding nature is a great way to prevent your allergies from acting up, but it’s important to remember that your home is filled with allergens as well.
What can asthmatics and allergy sufferers do to avoid symptom triggers while at home?
If you have asthma or suffer from allergies, you likely stay clear from cigarettes. However, you’re also likely to have friends or family members who smoke. Put them on high alert that under no circumstances is cigarette smoking permitted in your home. Make no mistake about it. Cigarettes are killers. We all know they’re cancer-causing. But for many asthma sufferers, the smoke from cigarettes is so unbearable, it feels like they’re being choked to death!
“Staying smoke and scent free is an easy way to improve the air quality in your home or workplace,” Asthma.ca reminds us, “Cigarette smoke, wood smoke, and scented products like candles, flowers, perfumes, cleaning supplies, and laundry products can all be asthma triggers. You have the power to keep these triggers out of your indoor spaces.”
It sounds like a no-brainer to keep your home clean, but you may be surprised to know how quickly dust accumulates. Missing a week of cleaning is as good as inviting an asthma attack – depending, of course, on how severe your asthma is. As Chin Chin of Dengarden.com points out, when dust accumulates in the home, chemicals and allergens accumulate as well.
“Sweep or use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of dust on the floor and carpets at least two times a week,” she recommends, “Choose a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to make sure that the dust doesn’t get blown back from the exhaust and don’t forget to wash the filter. Mop the floor with plain water afterward to pick up the dust left behind by the vacuum or broom.”
Volatile organic compounds (or VOCs, for short) are found in a lot of consumer products. In addition to cigarettes, they are also found in paints, glues, cleaners, disinfectants, air fresheners and adhesives. You’ll notice that a few of the products mentioned are often used to clean and disinfect your home. In reality, such products – the ones that actually smell pretty nice – are causing more harm than good.
“Chemical fumes from products like paints, cleaners, scented cosmetics, and laundry supplies can all trigger an asthma attack or worsening of symptoms,” informs Asthma.ca, “Look for products with the asthma & allergy friendly™ certification program logo to find products that have been scientifically tested and proven to be more suitable for people with asthma and allergies.”
The DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team is committed to helping you avoid asthma and allergy symptom triggers all year round. For information about our Air Quality Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email email@example.com.
If you’re like most Canadians, you’re counting down the days until summer arrives. By our calculations, we’re looking at about 44 days until the official start of summer on June 21st. You can’t blame Canadians for eagerly wanting the warm and sunny days of summer to return. Our winters are long enough! In addition to the renewed opportunity to enjoy the sun, summer is also a great time of year to freshen up our homes.
Let’s be honest. Most of us keep our homes cooped up all winter long. We keep the windows shut to stay warm – and that makes sense. However, our prevention of air circulating in and out of our windows causes the air in our homes to get stale and stagnant. To improve indoor air quality all year long, it’s important to crack the windows – even it’s just for a few minutes – even on really cold days.
What does that mean for the indoor air quality of our homes? Sure, the air will be fresher since the old and stale air from inside will be able to escape out of the house. However, as many Canadians know, summer is also a season when allergies act up. As explained by Toronto’s SafeAir Environmental Inc., three of the most common causes of summer allergies are pollen, mould and smog.
With our windows open, the opportunities for allergy symptom-inducing pollen to enter our homes significantly increase. It’s the most common summer allergen of all as it emanates from blooming trees, bushes and flowers. It is known to irritate the eyes, nose and throat. Mould can add to this irritation.
“With the warmth and water of spring comes the potential for mould growth inside our homes come summer, which can make for a very unpleasant indoor environment!” says SafeAir, “Any leaks, drips, or musty smells should be thoroughly investigated before they become major infestations, which can seriously harm your health and even the structure of your home.” Their website also alerts people to be on the lookout for smog alerts all summer long.
Having houseplants is a great idea. As we’ve pointed out in numerous blogs before, houseplants are known to neutralize air pollutants. With the summer season approaching, plants will be in a much better position to receive sunlight allowing them to bloom and flourish. Another great idea is cleaning your air conditioner before cranking it up. Keep in mind that its dormant winter-state likely allowed it to accumulate a lot of dust.
“Your air conditioner can be a source of mould and bacteria if improperly maintained,” warns Mississauga’s Applewood Air Conditioning, “The air conditioner coil is continually damp and located in a dark environment. If you have UV lights installed inside of your ductwork, this breeding ground for mould and bacteria will be disrupted. UV rays are also a beneficial for protecting against infectious diseases, as they can damage the physical structure of biological pollutants.”
The DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team is committed to helping you prevent your allergies from acting up this summer. For information about our Air Quality Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.