Caring For Your Home During Pollen Season

Spring is the Cleaning Season, and if you are from the “Lowcountry,” you know that it is also the beginning of the pollen season. While the local media may rate the pollen season from moderate to extreme, it is generally with direct relation to the types of pollen that are known allergens. Most springtime allergens are from shrubs, weeds, mold and ground cover plants, while the bright yellow coat we see every year is mostly tree pollen from Conifers and Oaks.

“How long does the pollen season last?

As with most elements of nature, it varies from year to year. First, what are the factors that cause a heavy or light pollen season? In the Lowcountry, the trigger that causes trees to begin producing pollen is in direct relation to how cold the late winter is and whether or not the area experiences a long period of wide shifts between warm and freezing temperatures. These wide shifts cause the trees to start and stop their pollen producing process which results in a much longer and heavier pollen season. If the late winter/early spring months produce a more gradual increase in temperature with fewer random freezes, the pollen season will be more predictable because it will run its course without interruption. Usually around mid to late April.

“Should I wait until after the pollen season to have my house washed?”

Tree pollen does not affect the softwash process. The primary goal for having your roof, house or building softwashed is to kill the mold. Mold will slowly destroy your home’s paint, exterior and roof if left alone. Pollen is generated in such a way that it utilizes weather, such as wind or rain, for mobility. This is great for your house because when the trees are done producing pollen, the next spring shower does its job and moves the process along by relocating the pollen to the waterways.

“Should I wait until after pollen season to have my windows washed?”

The biological material on windows from bugs, mold and dirt is what makes most windows dirty. This material creates a dynamic surface which pollen and other contaminants easily adhere to, but when the surface is clean, these contaminants have nowhere to hold on. Much like if you were to wax your car prior to the pollen season, you would notice that you spend much less time at the carwash.

“Should I have my windows washed when it’s going to rain in a couple of days?”

Our rain guarantee is – “We guarantee it will rain soon!”
Rainwater is incredibly low in mineral content since it consists of water vapor that has been evaporated, and, unlike tap water which contains many minerals like calcium, magnesium and sodium, rainwater will not leave water spots on your windows. We can even clean your windows while it’s raining! Through the use of our custom built, 4-stage filtration and brush system, we can clean windows through the humidity with no problem, no drips, and no need to reschedule.

Let us make this Spring Cleaning Season a Breeze for you this year! Call now and schedule your home’s cleaning in advance of the pollen.

Jacob Tuttle

Lighthouse owner Jacob Tuttle graduated from Savannah Arts Academy and received a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Armstrong Atlantic State University. Jacob has been in the commercial and residential cleaning business since 2003, and in 2014, moved to Bluffton, South Carolina with his wife, Jessica, and their two children to form Lighthouse Exterior Cleaning Solutions. Jacob is a Certified Lead Technician through the industry’s leading educational resource, Softwash Systems, LLC.

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