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Reduce Pollution in Your Home: Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

By Chuck Henrichsen on February 17, 2017

Establishing and maintaining a healthy living environment means keeping a clean house in both the places you can see and those you can’t. Spaces like your attic and crawl space have a huge impact on your indoor air quality. Keeping these areas clean is key to preventing respiratory issues and other health problems caused by poor air quality.

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Unfortunately, this is the kind of cleaning no homeowner wants to do. This is where Clean Crawls comes in - your professional attic and crawl space service providers carry out frequent maintenance that helps you maintain a healthy living environment and extend your house’s lifespan.

Disadvantages of Poor Air Quality

Poor air quality can cause severe health complications, especially to young children. The most common symptoms are:

  • Throat, nose, and eye irritation
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Asthma

Dirty, poorly maintained crawl spaces can become a major source of allergens in your house. These particles can become airborne and travel through cracks and gaps in your floors. Your house draws up approximately 40% of its air from your crawl space, so harboring pests, allergens, or mold can become a huge health hazard.

Sources of Contamination

In order to improve the air quality in your home, you need to reduce the number of allergens in your living spaces. Crawl spaces are often dark, moist areas that create the perfect conditions for several contaminants to thrive. The most common sources of contamination include:

Dust

Common house dust consists of a cocktail of different particles floating around in one particular location: dead insect parts, ashes, soil, pollen, and of course, human skin. Many of these frequently cause allergies, affecting between 10-30% of the population.

Rodents

Rats and mice are known for being destructive, but they also carry allergens that are hazardous to all humans. Their urine and feces release these allergens, which spread around your house through your duct system.

Mold

Different types of mold can grow in your house, and all of them release airborne spores. These can cause anything between mild symptoms to severe allergy attacks and health complications. If you suspect there is mold in your attic or crawl space, contact qualified specialists as soon as possible.

Impacts of Flooring

In order to reduce the number of allergens in your house, you need to maintain a clean living space. Consider different flooring options for your house, as these have a huge impact on air quality as well. Professional crawl space service providers can help you take care of the most difficult areas in your house: your attic and crawl space.

Insulation and Vapor Barriers

When installed properly, vapor barriers and insulation work together to maintain dry crawl spaces and attics. Vapor barriers prevent moisture transfer from the ground to your crawl space. Insulation prevents air transfer from your attic and crawl space, preventing any allergens from spreading.

Keeping a clean, well-maintained attic and crawl space will help improve your indoor air quality while reducing energy costs at the same time. If you feel your attic may need cleaning or maintaining, contact a trusted specialist soon.

Professional Attic and Crawl Space Cleaning

Your attic is often filled with old belongings, insect carcasses, and cobwebs. Cleaning your attic assures that all particles are removed and will not end up in your lungs. Crawl spaces are similar to attics but tend to have higher moisture levels, making them more prone to infestations such as spiders, ants, termites, and rodents. Your crawl space needs to be cleaned out and properly insulated in order to improve your indoor air quality.
If you need professional crawl space cleaning, insulation, or vapor barrier installation, contact our professional team at Clean Crawls. You can contact us at 866-606-2914, or fill out our online contact form now. Get in touch with us today!

Chuck Henrichsen
President and CEO of Clean Crawls, Treasurer of E3 World Wide, proud husband and father.

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