What Impact Does Your Plumbing Have On Your Allergies?

Thursday, 20 February 2020 10:09

If you suffer from allergies, you are far from alone. Over 50 million Americans are right there with you, with itchy, red, watery eyes, sneezes, coughs, runny noses, and wheezing. For those who experience allergies related to the seasons, dust, mold and mildew, and pets, indoor air quality is particularly important. How do your plumbing systems affect your allergies - and what can you do to breathe easier?

You can’t control pollen, ragweed, or your pet’s habit of shedding, but you can take steps to keep allergies under control. Some issues to consider:

 

Issues that Can Impact Your Allergies

Humidity Levels

It’s hard to escape humidity when you live in North Carolina! High levels inside your home, though, contribute to the growth of mold and mildew and allow dust mites to thrive. On the other end of the spectrum, low levels dry out your throat and nasal passages, which can make allergies even more difficult to live with. 

As Goldilocks would say, humidity levels need to be just right. You can add a humidifier to your HVAC system or use a standalone unit to get the right balance (40 - 50% in summer and 30% in winter). 

Temperature 

Many allergens love warm temperatures, and if air is not distributed optimally, they can wreak havoc on your allergies. We can check out your air distribution and controls and ensure they’re in good working order. This will allow you to maintain the right temperature. We also recommend adding air conditioning to your home, if you do not already have it. Knocking down heat and humidity can help with allergy symptoms.

Plumbing 

When you have plumbing issues, it can lead to excess moisture - which can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. Make sure to:

  • Fix leaking pipes
  • Repair or replace water heaters that are damaged and/or leaking
  • Repair faucets, toilets, and appliances that are leaking
  • Ensure you have proper airflow to the bathroom 
  • Repair or replace windows that are leaking
  • Repair any areas that have experienced water damage 

There are a few spots in which mold and mildew are most likely to grow. Check:

  • Beneath kitchen and bathroom sinks
  • In and around your shower
  • Windows and sills 
  • The base of your toilet
  • Around and behind your water heater
  • Inside ductwork
  • The basement
  • Crawlspaces 
  • High-humidity areas, such as the kitchen 

If you are experiencing issues with your plumbing and/or HVAC systems, and it’s impacting your allergies, call Action Service today. We can help improve your indoor air quality and tackle tough symptoms.