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Home Checklist For Reducing Allergy Symptoms In Illinois

If you or your family members have been suffering from runny noses, sinus congestion, itchy eyes, or sneezing, you are probably suffering from seasonal allergies. The good news for those living in Mundelein, Libertyville, Grayslake, and its surrounding suburbs is that seasonal allergies aren’t prevalent every season of the year. 

The bad news is that they are widespread in three out of the four seasons. Spring, summer, and fall can be miserable for those who are sensitive to allergens. Oh, and one more piece of bad news: allergy sufferers can experience symptoms year-round. Even in the pollen-free winter months, allergies can be triggered by pet dander, dust, mold, and mildew. 

In Beach Park, Evanston, and surrounding northern IL areas, trees pollinate in the spring, grass pollen is in its prime in the summer, and weeds have their heyday (or hay day!) in the autumn. Climate change and warmer temperatures mean that we are seeing longer pollen seasons and higher pollen counts. It makes sense that you would want to escape from the worst of the allergens by relaxing at home. Not so fast – multiple culprits in your home can trigger your family’s sneezes and wheezes as well. Luckily McMahon Services of Hainesville, IL can provide professional help in your home to reduce allergy symptoms. 

Carpet Cleaning:

Does your home have carpeting or rugs? When was the last time you had them professionally cleaned? If you can’t remember – it’s time!  Having your rugs and carpets cleaned by McMahon at least once a year has several benefits, such as prolonging the life of your carpets, freshening and enhancing their appearance, fulfilling the carpet maker’s warranty, and removing spots and stains. However, a professional carpet cleaning can also improve the air quality in your home, which can reduce allergy symptoms. Carpets tend to trap dirt, dust, pollen, dust mites, and other allergens that need to be removed. 

Duct Cleaning: 

Summer is a season for using your air conditioning more – is your system clean and ready to go? 

You’d be amazed at how much dirt, dust, dander, and pollutants can be hiding in your ductwork. The NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) recommends having air ducts inspected at least once a year, but cleanings tend to be necessary every 3 to 5 years. The technicians at McMahon Services clean your HVAC systems thoroughly so that indoor pollutants and contaminants are reduced. 

We can conduct an audit of your home to ensure that the proper amount of air exchanges are happening each hour. Our HVAC professionals will also assess your entire HVAC system and make specific recommendations to improve your indoor air quality (IAQ) based on their findings.

On average, it takes McMahon Services 3-4 hours to clean ductwork. One benefit is that you don’t have to leave your home while our technicians work. We avoid interrupting your daily activities and stay mindful of you and your family – and your pets. 

Mold Remediation

Is there mold in your home that needs to be remediated? You may not realize that some of your family’s allergy symptoms are related to mold, but it is a common trigger, especially for asthmatics. 

Mold spores are invisible to the naked eye because they are so small, and they are everywhere. You don’t have to have suffered through a catastrophic flood to have mold in your house; even a small amount of moisture can prove dangerous.

  • You may have had a small leak at some point, leaving your carpet or the floor beneath your carpet damp. Mold spores are attracted to moisture and can easily start growing. Without proper remediation, they can return and spread over and over again. 
  • You or your family members may have unwittingly tracked-in yard waste or decaying leaves that became a breeding ground for mold. 
  • If there is any dampness and mold in your basement, mold spores may have traveled through the air and your HVAC system to grow somewhere else in your house, such as your walls, ceilings, or carpet. 

If you are concerned about allergy symptoms and indoor air pollution that could be caused by mold, consult McMahon Services. Our technicians will determine the extent and type of mold infestation. They will also determine the cause (leak, moisture, poor ventilation) and fix it. 

Once the source is known and fixed, the crew will work to contain the mold by using negative air chambers. They will also filter the air using air scrubbers and special HEPA filters designed for mold removal. Next comes the process of cleaning and removing mold from surfaces. Special equipment and chemicals are applied to kill all mold spores. Lastly, the company will rebuild and repair any damage that was done to the structure of your home or business.

We Can Help

If the heat and pollen drive you inside this summer, you need to know that your house will be a refuge. Rely on McMahon Services to help you reduce your Illinois allergy symptoms. We offer FREE inspections and estimates to residential and commercial customers in our Arlington Heights, Berwyn, Des Plaines, Evanston, Mount Prospect, Grayslake, Mundelein, Libertyville, Oak Park, Palatine, Wheaton, Naperville, Waukegan, Schaumburg, Skokie, and surrounding IL service areas.

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