Most Michiganders know there are plenty of things that create a toxic environment inside and outside of their homes. However, according to most commercial duct cleaning services, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), many people don’t realize that some of the things they do every day are actually helping to increase the toxicity of the air in their homes. Therefore, we are going to go over some of the most common things you probably do every day that are adding to the toxicity levels in your home and what you can do to avoid them.
1. Bathroom Floor Mat
If you are like most people, you probably use a mat outside of your bathtub or shower to step onto after you’ve finished bathing or showering. But what you might not know is that your bath mat serves as the perfect environment for mold, mildew and dust mites because it traps the moisture from your shower and creates the perfect environment for them to flourish. Therefore, you should only use a durable bath mat that can withstand frequent hot water washings and you should be washing that mat every week. Additionally, after you’ve finished your shower, take that mat and hang it up to dry in an area that has some air flow, or you can simply leave your bath fan running for a while.
You probably don’t relate cooking to an indoor toxin, and it’s not. However, when you use certain types of cooking methods that create steam, such as boiling pasta, etc, that will result in the steam being released into the air. That airborne steam will then disperse throughout your kitchen and settle in areas you don’t clean very often causing a buildup of mold to occur. But what happens next is even more disturbing. Ask any professional duct cleaning service and they will tell you that all that steam is also being drawn into your HVAC system where it will settle and cause problems there as well. Therefore, when cooking, always use the stove’s exhaust fan to vent the moisture out of your home. Then don’t forget to wash your exhaust fan filters with a solution of bleach and water periodically to remove the potential for mold growth there as well.
3. Washing Machine
Well, here again, you probably haven’t ever thought of your washing machine as contributing to a toxic environment. And it isn’t always, depending on your clothes washing habits. If you are in the habit of allowing wet clothes to sit in your hamper or in your washing machine for more than a couple of hours, you could be allowing mold, mildew and other germs to enter not only your clothes, but the air as well. And once these allergens are released into the air, they will also be drawn into your HVAC system and could be spread throughout your house. Therefore, you should never allow wet or damp laundry sit in your laundry basket or washing machine. You should get into the habit of completing your laundry tasks as soon as the washing machine has stopped. And while we’re talking about laundry habits, we thought we should take a moment to remind you how important it is to hire a dryer duct cleaning service periodically to clean your dryer’s ducts. Dirty dryer ducts are a major cause of house fires. So don’t let that happen to you!
4. Live Indoor Plants
If you have live indoor plants, you need to listen to this. Sometimes when watering your plants, the water can spill and/or splash onto the environment around them. This water will then create mold and/or mildew growth that will then be released into your air where it will enter the air return vents and be dispersed throughout your house. Then you will have to call a Michigan vent cleaning service to remove that residual from your air ducts. Keeping your potted plants on a tile surface and away from your curtains and carpets will cut down on how often you will need to have your air ducts cleaned.
5. Aquarium or Fish Tank
As you probably know, mold grows on the parts of your tank that are outside of the water because due to the nature of a fish tank many of the surrounding areas remain moist or damp. In addition to that, sometimes when you feed your fish, the food is strewn about and gets into and onto parts of the fish tank allowing dust mites to grow and flourish. Then the buildup of mold, mildew and dust mites gets into your air introducing yet another toxic into your environment. Therefore, if you have a fish tank, you should use a dry rag to wipe the above water parts of your tank daily and when you feed your fish, be careful not to allow the fish food to go anywhere but into the water.
What We Recommend
When it comes to air duct cleaning Michigan residents will tell you how important it can be for eliminating toxins in your home which in turn will help keep you healthy. Great, but, do it yourself air duct cleaning is not recommended. Why? Because the toxins and other debris are usually located deep within your ducts and DIY duct cleaning isn’t capable of removing them properly. Additionally, air duct cleaning companies in Michigan have the proper tools and expertise to clean your vents without damaging them.