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Mold in Your Home Is Dangerous

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

Mold is an insidious fungus. It can grow — unseen — in your home for years. You may not notice at first, but over time, you or family members may develop symptoms of living in a mold-infested home. Now is the time to find out whether your lethargy and fogginess is due to mold growth in your home. Call Tahoe Clean Air today and have us come out to test your home for the presence of mold.

Mold grows in dark, humid areas. It needs moisture to thrive, and it dies in the presence of sunlight. That’s why when you think about where you see mold, it’s most often in the basement, bathroom or on the foundation on the shady side of your home. These places are notoriously dark and damp.

Mold Growth at Home

Small amounts of mold can be cleaned away with a bleach solution, gloves and a brush, as when you clean your bathroom. (Although bleach fumes are also toxic, so you must be careful if you use this remedy.) Running an exhaust fan in your bathroom when you shower — and leaving it running for a few minutes after you’re done — can help prevent mold from growing back in your bathroom.

Similarly, if you have a recurring mold problem in your basement, setting up a dehumidifier can help cut down on moisture and mildew growth.

When Mold Gets Out of Control

But once you discover a mold infestation, it may be harder to clean up than you anticipate. For instance, if you see mold or mildew on your walls, you may be able to wipe it away, but the growth may have come through from the outside. This is why is blooms periodically on your walls. This is often the case in homes with no insulation.

If mold has been allowed to reproduce unchecked in your basement for any length of time, the problem my have become widespread. While you may be able to wipe mold off the walls or your washer or dryer, it may also be in or on other items you have in your basement, such as furniture, carpeting, textiles, cardboard boxes and more.

If your home suffered a leak from a broken pipe or a flood after a rainstorm, the damage may be extensive and severe.

Tahoe Clean Air Cleans Up Mold

The bottom line is, if you see mold in your home, your best bet is to call in the professionals for an evaluation. The team at Tahoe Clean Air can test for mold on hard and soft surfaces as well as in the air in your home. If there is mold in your home, we’ll find it, clean it up and talk to you about how to prevent it from coming back again.

Make your home safe from mold and other contaminants with services from Tahoe Clean Air. We provide mold remediation, air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, UV air purifier installation and more. Contact us today.

For Help with Odors, Call Tahoe Clean Air

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Try as you might to keep your home or office clean, your space can sometimes take on an odor that’s hard to get rid of. Homeowners and business owners don’t always know where to look for the source of these odors, but the professionals at Tahoe Clean Air do. Residents and businesses in the Tahoe-Reno area usually think of Tahoe Clean Air when they need air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning and UV air purifier installation services, but we also provide sanitizing and odor removal services.

 

Purging Homes & Offices of Odors

Some odors are more stubborn than others. One of the hardest to get rid of completely is smoke. The smoky odor in your home may have originated from a small fire, such as burned food, your fireplace or a guest who smoked cigarettes indoors.

While a smoky smell that lingers after you burned the toast is annoying, a buildup of creosote in your chimney or cigarette smoke embedded in your furniture, draperies and other textiles is downright unhealthy.

Other common sources of odors in the home are pet urine or feces, garbage, and new items that give off a chemical smell such as flooring or plastic tablecloths. The solution is different for each problem.

For instance, for pet odors, you may need to replace carpeting or furniture. A pervasive smell of rotting food could be coming from your refrigerator, trash can, garbage disposal, outdoors or from another source. Once we determine where it’s coming from, we can solve the problem.

Phew — What’s That Smell?!

Frequently when you encounter an unpleasant smell, you’re familiar with it — but not always. Sometimes you don’t know what is causing the odor or where it is coming from. That’s when you need to call the professionals at Tahoe Clean Air.

We’re the experts in locating the source of odors and getting rid of them once and for all. Whether you have a dead rodent in the attic, a drainage issue or mold, rest assured we will figure it out and take care of it.

How Tahoe Clean Air Can Help

When you call Tahoe Clean Air for help with an odor at your home or office, we locate the source of the smell, then we remove it and clean the area. We use professional cleaning solutions and tools designed to remove the most powerful odors.

Odors are bothersome and unpleasant, but sometimes they are more serious than that, and can cause legitimate health problems. Whether the odor in your Reno/Tahoe-area home or business is annoying or even unsafe, the team at Tahoe Clean Air can take care of it for you.

Call us whenever you need sanitizing and odor removal, air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning UV air purifier installation or any of our clean air services. We help you breathe easier.

Don’t Risk a Fire — Get Dryer Vent Cleaning

Saturday, December 12th, 2020

Our clothes dryers work overtime in the winter. We fill them with bulky knits, blankets, jeans and more. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, most dryer fires happen in fall and winter and peak in January. That’s why now is the perfect time to call Tahoe Clean Air for dryer vent cleaning — before the lint buildup gets out of control and starts a fire in your home.

Why Do Clothes Dryers Produce Lint?

Both gas and electric dryers work about the same way. With both models, electricity powers a belt that turns the drum that tumbles your clothes. An electric dryer also produces the heat that dries your clothes; but with a gas dryer, the gas performs this task.

Tumbling the damp clothes and adding heat creates steam, and unless this steam has an outlet, your clothes will not dry. The vent allows this steam to escape outside.

Washing and drying also cause tiny pieces of fabric to break off your clothes and other textiles. As the clothes dry, this lint comes off and gets sucked into the dryer vent. Because it’s still moist, it tends to stick to the inside of the vent and stay there.

Buildup of Lint Causes Dryer Fires

Some of this lint gets trapped in the lint screen (which you are supposed to clean before every load!). But the screen doesn’t trap all the lint. Much of it goes into the dryer vent where it can build up and even form a clog.

When this happens, your dryer can overheat and catch fire. Dryer lint is so notoriously flammable that it is a recommended method for starting recreational fires. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires per year are caused by lint buildup.

How to Tell When You Need Dryer Vent Cleaning

How can you tell if your dryer vent has reached a crisis point? Two good clues are that it takes much longer to dry an average load than it used to and that your dryer emits a funny burning smell when running.

A dryer fire will not only destroy your appliance, but it can also damage to your home as well and even endanger your family’s lives.

Anatomy of a Dryer Vent

Some dryer vents are made of PVC, but many are still made of aluminum, and the grooves infamously trap lint in a way that is hard for the average consumer to remove. Here at Tahoe Clean Air, we use special brushes to remove the lint from dryer vents — both aluminum and PVC. We also clean other spots lint builds up in, such as inside, underneath and behind the dryer.

Don’t take chances with your safety. Call Tahoe Clean Air today for dryer vent cleaning.

Get a UV Air Purifier for Healthier Air

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

Cold and flu season starts when the weather turns cold and everyone heads indoors where it’s easier to transmit germs. Spending more time in close quarters partially accounts for the recent explosion of COVID-19 cases throughout the U.S. Protect your family by having Tahoe Clean Air install a UV air purifier.

As diligent as we are about wiping down surfaces with disinfectant and washing our hands, these methods do nothing in the face of airborne viruses. Cleaning, however, protects against some cold and flu viruses, as well as salmonella and hand, foot and mouth disease, so it’s definitely worthwhile.

How UV Air Purifiers Work

UV air purifiers use ultraviolet light to kill viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. In fact, they have been used for many years to clean water to make it safe to drink. Today, hospitals and other institutions are using ultraviolet light to sterilize PPE in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Although stand-alone UV air purifiers are available, we believe that the type of UV air purifier that we install in your HVAC system offers superior protection.

Your HVAC system draws air from the outside, warms or cools it, then blows this air throughout your home. One of the reasons Tahoe Clean Air provides air duct cleaning, A/C coil cleaning and blower motor cleaning is to prevent the air in your home from being filled with dust and debris every time your HVAC kicks on.

But as much as our experts brush and clean the components of your HVAC system, this does nothing to remove microscopic harmful pathogens from the air. Only a UV air purifier can do this.

UV Air Purifiers Kill Pathogens

With a UV air purifier installed in your HVAC system, the air comes in from the outside, but its only path into your home is through the purifier. It’s at this point that the ultraviolet light kills the viruses and bacteria, so they never get into your air, and they never get into your lungs.

A UV air purifier does more than this, though. It also kills pollen and mold spores. This can relieve symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, wheezing and more — not just in the spring and summer, but year-round.

Call Tahoe Clean Air

We think about our respiratory health today more than ever. The stronger you are, the better chance you have to fight off illnesses you encounter outside your home. Give your family the fighting chance they deserve. Call Tahoe Clean Air today and set up an appointment for our technicians to install a UV air purifier in your home. It will bring you peace of mind.

Tahoe Clean Air Helps You Keep Fall Allergies at Bay

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

Springtime allergies are notorious for making people sick in Tahoe and across the U.S. Itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, congestion, scratchy throat — all are telltale signs of spring allergies. But did you know that many people get allergy symptoms in the fall as well? The experts at Tahoe Clean Air can tell you why, and what you can do about it.

Spring and Fall Allergies

Most allergies in the spring are triggered by pollen produced by trees, grass, flowers and other plants. The wind picks up the pollen and deposits it in our hair, on our clothes and inside our homes. But plants are dying or entering dormancy in the fall, so why do we get allergy symptoms then?

The symptoms we suffer in the fall are triggered mostly by mold and ragweed.

Trees shed their leaves, which pile up on the ground. When it rains and they get wet, they have little opportunity to dry, due to the shorter days and cooler temperatures, so they stay wet and eventually start to grow mold. In fact, the “smell of fall” is really leaves decomposing.

Further, ragweed continues to produce pollen through October, so we’re still combating this allergen.

You can stay inside to avoid the mold spores and pollen. But is it enough?

Air Duct Cleaning in Tahoe

Unfortunately, frequently it’s not. But Tahoe Clean Air can tell you what you can do to make your home safer against these invading contaminants.

First, check your air filter. If you haven’t changed it in a month or longer, it may be choked with pollen and mold spores, which blow around your home every time the HVAC comes on. If you have asthma, COPD, emphysema or another breathing disorder, you may want to get an electrostatic filter from Tahoe Clean Air. These filters are much better at preventing particles from entering your home than regular filters, and you never need to replace them — only wash them periodically.

Another action you can take to help control allergy symptoms is to schedule air duct cleaning with Tahoe Clean Air. If your air ducts haven’t been cleaned in a year or more, they are full of dust, dirt and other contaminants, all of which get into your home when your heat or A/C comes on.

You can also opt to have a UV air purifier installed. We install these devices right in your HVAC system, and they work to kill pathogens such as mold spores, viruses, bacteria, pollen and more. These help with fall allergies, but they also work to keep you safe year-round.

Depend on Tahoe Clean Air

As the weather cools down, we enter a period in which we all stay indoors more — this year more than ever. Do everything you can to make sure your indoor air is clean and safe. Call Tahoe Air today and schedule a service.

Keep Smoke and Contaminants Out of Your Tahoe Home

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

The wildfires raging throughout the West Coast are devastating. But even the areas that escape the flames are still in danger. Tahoe families are in danger of smoke damage — not only to their property, but also to their health.

The Burn Institute says that half of all fire-related deaths in the U.S. — approximately 6,000 per year — are the result of smoke inhalation. Smoke causes the air passages in your lungs to swell. Minor cases cause mild coughing and transient discomfort, while the worst cases cause death. A University of California, San Francisco, public health news story says that a single extreme case of smoke inhalation can cause lifelong asthma symptoms that flare up with every subsequent exposure.

Smoke Shrouding Tahoe, Reno

At this point, most people have seen photos or footage of the orange skies in cities hundreds of miles from the fires. The smoke hangs so thickly in the air that it blocks out the sun. It’s impacting people across the entire U.S. Outside, all you can do is wear a mask. But the inside of your home should offer more protection.

More modern homes are built tightly and wrapped with protective materials that help keep out cold air, impurities and (hopefully) smoke. Older homes do not have this protective layer.

Regardless of how snugly your home is constructed, contaminated air’s easiest path inside your home is through your HVAC. Whether you are heating or air conditioning your home, the system pulls fresh air from the outside and brings it indoors.

Protect Yourself & Your Family

If you have air filters that are old or low quality, your home may already be contaminated with toxic particles from the fires. You may be able to smell them, but you may not. Your best defense against these contaminants is calling Tahoe Clean Air to schedule air duct cleaning ASAP.

Many homeowners do not remember to get an air duct cleaning until they notice persistent respiratory symptoms. Even in the absence of wildfires, air ducts can collect dust mites, pollen, pet dander, dirt and all manner of microbes and contaminants. Tahoe Clean Air recommends air duct cleaning at least once a year, twice if anyone in the home battles a chronic lung condition.

Air Duct Cleaning in Tahoe

Call on the professional team at Tahoe Clean Air to schedule your air duct cleaning service. We can also perform air conditioner cleaning, dryer vent cleaning and other services during the same visit.

Rest assured all our employees wear masks and gloves throughout their entire visit to your home, and equipment is cleaned and sanitized between visits.

Tahoe Clean Air is here to help you and your family stay healthy.

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