Keep Air Free of Rodent Allergens

Keep Air Free of Rodent Allergens

It’s getting cold, and who can blame them for seeking a little comfort? We may all find the little mice in “Frederick” adorable as they winter in the stone wall, their droppings can spread disease and increase allergens.  So we definitely don’t want them in our homes or crawlspaces to contaminate the air. Here are 5 Tips to keep Frederick and his Rodent pals in the stone wall and out of your home.

Airborne Fall Allergens in Northern Oklahoma

Airborne Fall Allergens in Northern Oklahoma

The most common culprit of fall allergies for most people is airborne pollen.  Especially here in northern Oklahoma, Ragweed, Cedars and Nettleweed grow throughout the summer, but as they begin to bloom in the fall, the pollen is blown into the atmosphere, invading your home, carpeting, upholstery, drapes and A/C filters and ducts. Perhaps you’ve seen this video that went viral of someone shaking a cedar, releasing a cloud of pollen, drifting away. What’s most striking is that there is very little wind actually blowing, and yet the pollen drifts and drifts without settling.  This is because plants like ragweed, nettles and cedars are meant to proliferate with their counterparts sometimes miles away.  These plants are designed to produce pollen that is extremely lightweight, and meant to be airborne for miles and miles. For allergy sufferers, this is an obvious nightmare, and the only way to reduce exposure is by keeping indoor air quality high, and free of airborne particulates like ragweed and cedar pollen.  Frequent vacuuming, running the air conditioner, using doormats at all entryways, and changing air filters are good habits for those living with someone with seasonal allergies. Air duct cleaning is important as well.  Despite the high quality of hepa filters, pollen and airborne particulates will still settle in air-ducts, especially floor ducts.  The pollen in duct work can be a source of irritation to allergy and asthma sufferers.  Clean air ducts also promote more efficient air-flow, allowing fresh, filtered air to be continuously circulated throughout your home. If you’re concerned about the air quality in your home, or if you need air duct cleaning...
Structural Drying

Structural Drying

If you’ve experienced a flooding event in your home or office, call in a pro to help ensure the structure is restored to the highest standards for the health and safety of everyone in the home or building. There are four basic steps to structural drying: Extraction Air Flow Dehumidification Temperature Control   Rapid extraction of water is the first step in the process.  Professional truck-mounted and portable equipment is necessary to ensure all we materials are removed for drying or salvage, and the remaining water extracted from permanent surface quickly.  The longer the water remains, the more hazardous it becomes as bacteria, mold and fungus growth begin almost immediately in moisture. Air movers create powerful currents over a large flat area, creating a “vacuum” effect and drawing remaining moisture from horizontal surfaces and preventing mold growth.  Large industrial fans and air scrubbers continue to remove moisture and airborne spores to outside the structure as the extraction process takes place. Dehumidification is the search and removal (over time) for wet spots remaining in drywall, studs, concrete, carpet, wood, or any other surfaces potentially affected by the flooding event.  Dehumidification can take days, and a professional will check on the progress of the job and adjust equipment as necessary in order to ensure the structure is returned to an industry accepted moisture level. Temperature control is a long-term tactic used over several days, and most buildings are equipped with HVAC which does the job.  Maintaining room temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees is ideal as it aids the evaporation process without encouraging mold growth.   If you’ve experienced a flooding...
How do Air Purifiers Work?

How do Air Purifiers Work?

Although air purifiers seem like new technology, people have been seeking ways to reduce the amount of airborne particulates they inhale for hundreds of years.  During harvests, farming or construction, clothing and animal skins were used as masks to help workers breathe fewer particulates.  Thankfully, technology has come a long way since agrarian times, and filters are much more specialized to remove pollutants from the air. Air purifiers basically work in one of three ways.  They either physically capture particulates, attract them electromagnetically, or break down contaminants using ozone.  Some also use a combination of UV light and sieve filtration to remove and kill bacteria.  Air purifiers are also know as air filtration systems, and can range in size and complexity from “personal” (portable and battery operated) to industrial medicinal grade. Filters that are designed to operate like a sieve and capture particulate matter on the medium are the most common, and the best of these is the HEPA.  Most vacuum cleaners and Air Conditioning systems use HEPA filtration because is can capture up to 99.97% of particulates down to .3 microns. These type of filtration systems are effective for capturing airborne contaminants like smoke, pet dander, dust, asbestos, and pollen. Some filtration systems provide an extra level of purification by combining UV technology with the sieve model of physical filtration to kill bacteria in addition to capturing particulate matter.  UV light is cast in front of the filtration medium and kills virus, bacteria and mold spores before they pass into the HEPA or filtration medium, so they are dead in addition to being captured.  This is a good...
Proper Attic Ventilation to Prevent Moisture and Mold

Proper Attic Ventilation to Prevent Moisture and Mold

Did you know that the average home can generate about three gallons of moisture vapor each day? As it rises, it accumulates in the attic or crawlspace which ideally is venting out the baffles. However, if there’s a problem with the airflow in the attic, moisture and mold could be accumulating. Here are some ways you can tell if you may have a moisture problem in your attic or crawlspace. The air feels “close” still and smells of must and mildew. Attics are designed to facilitate air flow, and if the attic doesn’t feel “breezy” it may indicate there’s a problem with ventilation. You notice water dripping from vent fans, smoke detectors, or light fixtures. If moisture is accumulating behind these fixtures, there’s moisture build up in the attic or crawlspace above them. Wet insulation is definitely a bad sign and must be mitigated. Not only is moisture in the insulation a breeding ground for mold spores, but it can diminish the capacity of the insulation to properly maintain heat/cold barrier as designed. If you’re concerned about mold or moisture in your attic, crawlspace or air ducts, call David at Royal Restoration for help. Trusted by insurance agents and our clients, you can be sure of a fair estimate and quality work. 580-324-0919.  David is IICRC Certified in Structural Drying and Mold Mitigation and Odor...