Having mold and mildew growth inside the home can be detrimental to your health. Mold can cause allergies and a host of other conditions, including asthma, skin and eye irritation as well as upper respiratory irritation. Mold grows to unhealthy levels when tiny airborne spores land in damp or humid areas of the home that never completely dry out. This moisture is usually cause by structural problems with the home that allow water inside, such as a leaking roof, poor ventilation, or plumbing leaks.
Sources of Mold From Plumbing
SinksThe cabinets under sinks are a common place for mold and mildew to take hold. Even a small leak inside a small, enclosed space can lead to unsafe levels of mold. The problem often goes undetected because the cabinets are used to store cleaning supplies and other materials that prevent the mold from being seen. If you notice any mold under your sink, thoroughly clean the area with diluted chlorine bleach and have any leaks from valves, supply lines or drains repaired to prevent water from seeping underneath.
Clogged DrainsClogs in drains can lead to mold growth inside the drain, as well as in the surrounding area when water overflows and is not thoroughly cleaned up.
Standing WaterStanding water in basements can be caused by clogged floor drains, a sump pump that is not working, leaking water heaters and leaking or dripping pipes. Have leaking water heaters and sump pumps repaired or replaced and ensure that any materials that may have been contaminated by mold are safely disposed of.
Bathroom HumidityBecause high humidity and some standing water is unavoidable in bathrooms, the key is proper ventilation and cleaning up excess water on floors. If possible, open windows in bathrooms or have a high capacity ventilation fan installed.
Hidden LeaksLeaks inside walls can go undetected for years. By the time they are noticed , significant mold has grown inside the walls, requiring extensive repairs. The key is to take action when you first notice any sign of trouble. This includes water stains on walls or ceilings, dripping sounds, or unusually high water bill.
If you're concerned about plumbing leaks leading to mold growth in your home, call MR Plumbing. We can inspect your home and repair any problems that could lead to harmful mold growth.