When the holidays and the festivities that come with them are over, you are often left with a mess in your home. Glitter or pine needles from trees and decorations may be scattered everywhere. However, these are the smallest cleaning tasks that need to be addressed. There are more serious issues that can lead to home damage or health risks.
Dirty Air Ducts
The air ducts of your home are responsible for circulating the warm air needed to keep your holiday gatherings comfortable. If you have not cleaned them this year or in several years, you and your guests are breathing in an abundance of allergens and spores that can worsen existing health problems or create new ones. Also, dirty air ducts can pipe in unpleasant odors that may not be masked with candles and air fresheners.
If your house is like Grand Central Station during the holidays, your guests may be tracking in too much snow or rainwater on your carpets and rugs. When the saturation goes through to the padding and does not have ample time to dry or is simply covered up with a plastic mat, mold starts growing in the material. It is important to have it properly cleaned and dried to avoid extensive mold growth that requires carpet replacement. Also, some types of mold can be hazardous to your health.
Clogged Dryer Vents
A clogged dryer vent is a fire hazard. Most people do more laundry during the holidays. There are bulkier clothing items to wash when cooler temperatures arrive, and washing guest laundry or holiday linens frequently creates more lint in dryer vents. It is important to have them cleaned thoroughly after the holidays are over to avoid a mid-winter fire or major damage to the dryer itself. Dryers work better and more efficiently when their vents are clear.
Many people take holiday treats to their bedrooms, living rooms or other areas of the home. The crumbs and spilled food attract roaches, ants, mice and other pests. These infestations can be problematic and grow quickly if the food sources are not eliminated. It is important to have the house vacuumed, mopped and sanitized after the holidays to prevent any costly pest infestations.
If you want your home ready for spring after the holidays or just need help cleaning up after a huge holiday party, Hydro Clean can help. Our company also performs smaller restorations. We address all of the issues above as well as many others. Hydro Clean services Baltimore, Carroll, Howard, Montgomery and surrounding locations in Maryland. Please contact us for an estimate on your cleaning or restoration needs.