Written by Brad Crawford
The garage attached to your North Texas home makes access to your home, protecting your car and storing household items more convenient, but it also presents a potential hazard. When pollutants from the attached garage seep into your home, they pose a real risk to your family’s health. Pollutants come from sources such as:
- Vehicles – Letting a vehicle idle in the garage even for less than a minute contaminates the air with fuel combustion gases, benzene fumes and fumes from other fluids.
- Fuel-burning equipment – Equipment such as gas lawnmowers, gas hedge trimmers and gas or propane barbecues are also potential sources of pollutants from the attached garage. Running one of these in the garage for just a few seconds allows hazardous fumes to build up.
- Stored chemicals – Fertilizers, pesticides, paint thinner, pool chemicals, and containers of fuel such as gas and kerosene all emit harmful fumes when not stored properly.
With a few basic steps, you can minimize the risk of garage air contaminants entering your Dallas-Fort Worth area home.
- Control pollutants – Never allow a vehicle or any fuel-burning equipment to idle or run in the garage. Ensure all chemicals are kept in well-sealed containers designed for storing hazardous material.
- Seal pollutant entry points – Pollutants can enter your home through air leaks in the wall between the garage and your home’s interior. Openings for electrical wiring and pipes are common spots for leaks. Seal smaller leaks with caulk and larger holes with expanding foam spray.
- Install an exhaust fan — A garage exhaust fan, such as the type used in bathrooms and kitchens, helps vent contaminated air outdoors. It also increases the likelihood that air flows from the home into the garage, to equalize pressure, rather than the other way around.
These precautions, along with proper home ventilation, can help, but there’s always a small chance dangerous fumes could leak into your home. To stay safe, install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home and the garage. If you heat with a fuel-burning furnace, CO detectors are a must.
For more professional advice on controlling pollutants from the attached garage, sealing air leaks, and otherwise improving your home’s safety and comfort, please contact us at Crawford Services Inc. Throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas, our knowledgable technicians provide service you can rely on.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in North Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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