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Can Air Duct Cleaning Help Allergies?

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Man installing clean air filter for HVAC. Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra when you need to ensure your air ducts are clean!

If you’re plagued by allergies, you’re not alone. More than 50 million people in the United States are affected by allergies each year, making it the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the country. Exposure to allergens is not always within your control, since they’re often airborne. Keeping allergens out of your house, though, is a little bit more manageable.

Let’s first look at some common indoor allergens.

  • Dust: Dust mites are in just about every home. They lurk in beds, upholstered furniture, and other fabric, eating the dead skin cells we shed and creating waste that triggers allergies.
  • Mold: Very common in Florida, mold is often found in damp places like bathrooms and crawl spaces.
  • Pet dander: Pets shed skin cells just like people do, and these discarded cells can trigger allergies.
  • Pests: Cockroaches are common in Florida, and their waste, saliva, and discarded skin can trigger allergies. Rodent hair, dander, urine, and feces are all allergens too.
  • Pollen: While you might think of pollen as an outdoor allergen, it travels easily into homes on clothes, shoes, and pets.
  • Air Pollutants: Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are harmful gases given off by household cleaners, building materials, and furniture. Outdoor pollutants like smog can get into your home making indoor air up to five times as polluted as the air outside!

These allergens are common, but there are steps you can take to mitigate the issues they cause. Changing your air filters regularly, vacuuming frequently, eliminating clutter, using a dehumidifier, and taking measures to deter pests can all help. However, one of the best things you can do to help promote healthier indoor air is to have your air ducts professionally cleaned.

Once allergens are in your HVAC system, they can easily circulate through your home and trigger your allergies. Further, allergens aren’t the only contaminant that could be lurking in your ducts. Bacteria can grow and thrive there, and so can viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19.

If you haven’t had professional duct cleaning services in the last five years, it’s time. In addition to improving your air quality and reducing allergens in your home, cleaning your ducts can eliminate odors and make your home easier to clean by lessening the dust in your home. Best of all, clean air ducts lead to greater HVAC energy efficiency. When dust and contaminants clog your air ducts, your home’s HVAC efficiency is reduced. Clean air ducts mean your system doesn’t have to work as hard, so it’s more efficient and will likely have a longer lifespan, which is particularly important here at the Beaches where the warm summer sun causes our HVAC systems to work on overdrive.

When you need air duct cleaning near the beaches around Jacksonville, FL, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra. For 40 years, our locally-owned-and-operated business has served our community, making it “Like it never even happened,” through cleaning and restoration services. Whether you need commercial or residential cleanup, restoration, or mold remediation, call (904) 246-6118 or contact us through our website.

What's That Smell?

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO in Jacksonville Beach Today for a Free Deodorization Quote, 904-246-6118.

Homeowners may be totally unaware that their home has an unpleasant odor.  It can be unrecognizable to them but immediately apparent to visitors on entering their home.

Candles, aerosol cans or cooking good smelling baked goods cannot get rid of the smell. To eliminate the odor, the source of the smell first must be found and then removed.  Once this is done the affected area can be treated to rid the home of the unpleasant odor.

One of the most offensive odors to people looking for a new home is cigarette smoke. Most buyers will not even look at or consider buying a home where smoking is allowed. This odor will penetrate all porous materials in a home; such as carpets, furniture, window treatments, clothing, drywall, cabinets, and doors. 

Although most people love animals and consider them a part of their family, there is still an issue with pet odors. No matter how “trained” an animal is there are always accidents, and as animals age these accidents always tend to be more common. Urine is a bio-hazard and has to be treated as such.  And it just does not absorb into the carpet, but also the padding and sub-floor. Sometimes, the walls and floors have to be clean, sealed and treated before new paint or floor covering can be installed.  Remember!  Urine is a bio-hazard and most over the counter products will not effectively clean a bio-hazard substance. 

SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra has professionally trained technicians that are committed to help you rid your home of offensive odors. Our technicians are IICRC, OSHA, EPA and State Certified in bio-hazard clean-up. Call us at 904-246-6118 for assistance in helping with all of your cleaning and deodorization needs.

How to Remove Cigarette Smoke from Any Home

4/21/2018 (Permalink)

Cigarette smoke residue is a yellowish-brown, gluey substance that sticks to every surface in a home, making it difficult and time-consuming to remove. In order to completely eliminate cigarette smoke odor, you must thoroughly clean the tobacco smoke residue from every surface and every nook and cranny in the home.

First, allow fresh air to enter your home and then start systematically cleaning everything in the home. As a temporary solution, try using baking soda to absorb smells from the carpets and upholstery and place bowls of white vinegar, coffee or activated charcoal around the house.

However, the best way to get rid of tobacco odor is to clean your home:

-Open all windows and doors to let as much fresh air in as possible.

-Clean or replace the air filters, furnace filters and AC filters.

-Clean walls and ceilings using products with ammonia and glycol - two ingredients that neutralize bad odors. Let the walls dry and check if the odor persists.

-If you can still sense cigarette odor after cleaning, repaint the walls and ceilings with latex paint. Use a sealant designed to lock in odors before painting.

-Clean everything in the home: floors, windows, carpets, furniture, upholstery, draperies, blinds and other household surfaces, fixtures and items. Hire a professional cleaning company if the tobacco smoke is too difficult to remove.

If you want inexpensive short-term solutions, try these tips:

-Use an air purifier in your home.

-Sprinkle baking soda on the carpets, leave it overnight to absorb bad smells, and vacuum it the next day.

-Place saucers of white vinegar around the home and leave them overnight to neutralize the smell.

-Get indoor plants which can absorb up to 87% of indoor pollutants.

-Place small bowls of coffee throughout the home.

-Use scented or non-scented candles.

-Leave orange peels around the home.

-Place pineapple slices around the room with all doors and windows closed for 24 hours.

-Place bowls of activated charcoal around the home.

Completely removing cigarette smoke odor from a home is a very time consuming process. If the situation is severe, call the highly trained professionals with SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra, to remove the odor – 904-246-6118.