Road dust comes from roads that are unpaved, and the dust can become a nuisance, with some being dangerous for you and your family. Below is some information about this, as well as how the dust can be kept under control.
Dusty roads can cause many problems for you and your family, including:
- Dust gets into your home causing things like asthma and other respiratory ailments.
- The dust that gets into your home can make things dusty having to work harder to clean.
- Dense dust and dark dust clouds form on the road from dust particles being kicked up limiting your visibility while driving.
- Potholes and other road damage appears over time making it dangerous while driving and costly repairs to your car.
- Stones and abrasive rocks that may be under the dust and when the dust is blown away can cause chipped paint, broken headlights, and cracked windshields on your car.
Paving is the best option to control dust on roads. However, your township or municipality may not have it in their budget to do this. Fortunately, there are other things they can do to take care of this problem. One downside of these options is they are not a permanent solution, and will have to be reapplied frequently. How often this is depends on things like how often the road is driven on and how much dust there is. Some options of controlling road dust include:
Use Calcium Chloride
Calcium chloride is a product that dries up moisture. It works by attracting moisture from the air, such as due to high humidity, and then binds the dust particles together tightly on the road surface. It also dries up moisture on the surface of the road after it rains. This product is available in either flake or liquid form, and it lasts longer than other methods.
Block Out the Dust
While you are waiting for the dust to be controlled, keep your windows and doors closed as much as you can. Pay close attention to this when there is higher road traffic. You can also purchase purification units or indoor air filters to help keep the dust under control inside your home.
Add some Water
Water can be added to the dusty roads to offer a short-term solution. This will only work well if there is a mild dust problem. The company would likely have to water the road every few days or even every day depends on how much it rains.
If you drive slower on the dust road, less dust will be blown into the air. Talk with your local authorities to see if they can reduce the speed on your road at least until the problem is taken care of.
If you have a gravel driveway at your home, follow these tips also. Dust can easily get through the gravel as you and your family drive over it. To lean more, contact a company like GMCO Corporation.