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A Quick Guide To Treating The Excess Dust On Your Driveway

by Pamela Hill

If you or someone in your home suffers from asthma, allergies, or similar, having a dusty driveway can be especially challenging. While the city or county in which you live will often take care of road dust control on rural roads, you are probably on your own when making an appropriate decision about doing so for your own home. As a result, you are likely to find the following information to be very helpful.

Only Spray The Driveway Down With Water If You Know You Can Continue To Do So

While it may seem as if water is an obvious and easy solution, the truth is that there are several aspects of it can become problematic. Since water turns dust and dirt into mud, it is best to make sure that the presence of mud or even damp dust does not exacerbate any problems. One example would be that mosquitoes and other unpleasant outdoor creatures will often be attracted to the moisture, so you could be trading one concern for another.

Avoid Oil-based Solutions

If your friend or neighbor has recently suggested a product that works for them, be sure to check the ingredients before using it. Even though oil-based products were popular for many years, it is known know that oil can be an ecological problem due to its dissipation during rain and other precipitation. Specifically, it can enter the grass and surrounding area of the area being treated, which will then allow it to sink into the water supply.

Since that contaminated water will then be unsafe to use, oil-based products are illegal in some areas. Even if it is not illegal where you live now, it is a bad idea and should be avoided.  

Another issue to be aware of before turning the hose on is that the water may dry very quickly. If you are willing to commit to the use of water as a dust treatment, it will be helpful to make sure that someone in the home who is not sensitive to the dust will spray it down several times a day during the summer. Alternatively, you can use a sprinkler system with a timer to accomplish the same results.

In conclusion, dust is a common trigger for many asthma and allergy sufferers, especially when that dust is present in big amounts or when it is moved around on a regular basis. Since the dust present on your driveway often does both of those, it is essential to be aware of the information listed above when you are making the necessary plans to make everything at home as safe as possible.