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    Keeping Your Rockport Home Contaminant-Free

    June 22, 2018

    Few tasks are as important as ensuring you and your family are healthy. And while you can, to some degree, expect there to be pollution outside the comfort of your own home, when the potential harm finds its way into the place you live, it becomes all the more imperative to rid your home of the dangerous pollutants as soon as possible. Here in Rockport, we suffer from a litany of humidity-related problems, which will hit in full force once summer officially rolls around.

    However, there are other potentially dangerous contaminants that can be harmful if left unchecked and untreated. If you ignore them for too long, or if you don’t periodically have your home tested for them, the problems that can arise could cause some serious issues for you and your family. The professionals at Sigwald Service Co. have all the indoor air quality solutions you could want, and we’d be thrilled to help you find the right method of action for you. In the meantime, we’ve got a quick list of some of the more prevalent contaminants and how to get rid of them on your own, keeping your home clean.

    Lead

    Lead has been an issue for American homeowners forever, or so it seems. This metal was used in paint as well as pipes, and it can cause problems to your body if left untreated.

    • Up until 1978, lead-based paint was used when constructing homes. If your home was built before then, there’s a chance the lead paint is still there. If new paint has been layered over it, you’re likely safe, but if it begins cracking then problems could arise.
    • Lead pipes, if they begin to deteriorate, can contaminate the water that flows through them with water as well. In 2014, the Safe Drinking Water Act introduced a requirement that pipes couldn’t be more than .25 percent lead.

    Poisonous Gases

    Certain gases can enter your home and hang around, and in a lot of cases they’re nearly undetectable.

    • Carbon Monoxide is odorless and colorless. A carbon monoxide detector will help you catch any unnaturally high levels of it before the gas levels reach a point that is too high to reverse. Avoid running your car for too long close to your home – the exhaust from it contains carbon monoxide.
    • If you smoke, do it outdoors. Secondhand smoke is extremely dangerous, especially to young children and elderly adults.
    • Radon, a natural gas produced by uranium in the ground, seeps upward and can enter homes regardless of location. It, like carbon monoxide, is nearly undetectable and needs to be put in check early. Radon tests are fairly inexpensive, so calling a professional to take a look is something we’d recommend.

    Airborne Pollutants

    Dust, viruses and other contaminants enter your home through the air circulating through the AC system. They can take root and begin spreading, causing potentially serious health problems for you and your family.

    • Make sure your home his properly ventilated. Double-check the airflow, and if it’s insufficient, using a portable fan or keeping windows open would be prudent.
    • A dehumidifier will remove the moisture that allows harmful organisms like mold to thrive, and it’ll make your home more comfortable overall as well.
    • Some plants are extremely adept at removing airborne contaminants like formaldehyde, and they can soak up excess moisture in the air to boot.

    Don’t let your home become a breeding ground for the things that make it a hazard just to live there. If you’re proactive about reducing the harmful potential of certain contaminants, you’ll be able to sleep soundly – as your household will be much safer. Sigwald Service Co. can help you come up with a comprehensive solution to help your home’s airflow, and we’ll do whatever we can to make you comfortable.

    Give us a call at 361-729-1584 and schedule an appointment today!