Did you know that at least one out of every five people in the United States suffers from allergies?
There are several causes of allergy symptoms; food allergies (peanuts/dairy), seasonal allergies (pollen, mold) and pet allergies (dander).
- Did you know that a vast number of homes having basements without basement dehumidifiers have moisture problems?
- Did you know that the two biggest causes of allergy and asthma symptoms could be lurking in your damp basement?
That’s right. Humid, damp basements provide the perfect environment for mold and dust mites that could be causing or exacerbating your allergy symptoms. These two irritants cause the vast majority of airborne allergy symptoms. In fact, studies show that nearly all chronic sinus infections are a result of mold. If you suffer from allergies, you know the symptoms: sneezing, congestion, headache, heavy mucus discharge, inflammation of the mucus membrane in the nose and sinus.
For those of you who don’t have allergies, the term refers to the immune systems over-sensitive response to bodily contact with a particular foreign substance (mold, dust mites). The symptoms of mold allergies are similar to those of other allergies.
Basement Mold Contributions to Allergy
Mold spores, like pollens, are airborne allergens that are easily carried by air currents. Mold is a fungi that reproduce by releasing vast numbers of spores into the air. For some individuals, inhaling mold spores can cause an allergic reaction. Even hay fever symptoms can be caused by deposits of mold spores on the lining of the nose. The most dangerous of all basement molds is stachybotrys chartarum, better known as black mold. Black mold is suspected of being a contributing factor in allergies, asthma and even death from respiratory bleeding.
Dust Mite Allergen
The other culprit in making your allergy symptoms even more miserable is the dust mite. Dust mites are microscopic organisms living in the inviting dampness of your basement. These tiny creatures invade your living space and feed off of pet dander and human skin cell flakes. They thrive in moist places like basements without basement dehumidifiers. The dust mite problem is so pervasive that according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology dust mite droppings are the most common trigger of perennial asthma symptoms.
Allergy Solution: Eliminate Moisture
When you combine mold spores, dust mites and allergies you have a prescription for feeling miserable. So, how do you rid your basement of these invasive nuisances? By eliminating their breeding ground with a high quality basement dehumidifier. The excess humidity in your basement allows dust mites to breed and mold to colonize on wet basement walls, floors, carpeting and furniture. These irritants then drift up into your home via natural airflow patterns to compound your allergy symptoms. Unlike room dehumidifiers, basement dehumidifiers, such as the Dri-Basement dehumidifiers are engineered and constructed for realistic basement moisture loads. The 320 CFM fan is more powerful than what is found in common room dehumidifiers and can dehumidify an area up to 3,000 square feet. Ignoring the problem will steadily make your allergy symptoms worse as mold and dust mites continue to multiply. Research dehumidifiers anywhere on the internet and you will find no other product as effective as the Dri-Basement dehumidifier that can dry out your wet basement and improve your health.
October 6th, 2008