Corpus Christi lucked out during Hurricane Harvey, being spared the brunt of the storm, and though damage was sustained, it was not nearly as bad as we feared it might be.
However, homes that may have been damaged by winds, rain and flooding may be at risk for developing mold. So it’s important that residents take measures as soon as possible to get rid of drywall, wood and furnishings that have gotten wet and may be harboring mold.
So what other air quality concerns do local residents need to be aware of in the upcoming fall season?
In general, Corpus Christi has fairly good air quality, ranking 80 on a scale of 100 in Sperling’s Best Places guide. As far as allergies go, it’s a better place to live than many other larger metropolitan areas — particularly in the bay area where there’s a frequent breeze. However, allergy sufferers who have sensitivity to certain types of pollen and mold do experience a fair amount of suffering when they are outdoors here. Mountain cedar generally doesn’t start afflicting Texans until December and January, but in fall, the main allergen we’re bothered by is ragweed.
Indoor Air Quality
As difficult as outdoor pollen and mold spores can be for some allergy sufferers, you are likely to also suffer indoors, as pollution can be much worse in airtight houses. Houses have their own particular allergens, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), pet dander, dust mites and dust — as well as mold and pollen. Often, mold is generated by damp conditions in the home, such as leaking plumbing or ceilings/roofs, a plugged-up condensate drain, lack of ventilation in bathrooms and kitchens or even too many plants. Pollen may be generated by house plants, but can also be brought in on the home’s clothing and on pets.
To combat these allergens, keep the home clean by vacuuming frequently with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Also, fix all leaks promptly and add ventilation to the bathroom and kitchen range.
For more on air quality concerns, contact CCAC of Corpus Christi.
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