If you’re a homeowner, the last thing you want to think about is mold. Sometimes you might smell a mildew scent coming from the walls or you might notice an unusual growth on a wall. You don’t have to have a house in a swampy or humid area to be concerned about mold. No matter where your home is located, mold can still occur if you have certain common plumbing problems. Here are three problems that can cause this, and what homeowners can do to guard against each.
1. Standing Water
A common issue is standing water, when there is a large backup of water in a certain area or when there is an overly moist area. If you have standing water, contact a plumbing professional to discover what is causing the water to pool rather than drain. There are several plumbing problems that may cause water to drain slowly or to pool. A clogged drain or blocked sewer line are two of the most common. Even one occurrence of an over-flowing toilet may allow water inside your floor where mold may grow unseen. If you have experienced a water leak due to a clogged drain or toilet, contact a plumber to be sure the problem is corrected and any potential damage is repaired before mold is able to grow.
2. Leaks Under an Enclosed Sink
If you’re like most people, you store things under your kitchen and bathroom sinks – cleaning supplies, towels or other items you need to keep handy in your kitchen or bath. These items may hide a leak if one occurs under your kitchen or bathroom sink. Inside a closed, dark cabinet, is the perfect place for mold to grow. It’s important to identify any leaks and have them repaired as soon as possible.
3. Leaky Pipes in the Wall
Sometimes the issue isn’t something homeowners can detect without getting into their walls. Leaky pipes can cause moisture to build up on the insides of walls, where it is dark, musty, and where mold thrives. Making sure that the piping is water-tight is key to preventing potential water damage and mold that may grow behind your walls. If you think you may have this type of mold, homeowners often don’t notice it until it’s visible. By then, it’s too late.
If you think your home may be at undue risk of water damage, contact The Pink Plumber today. The Pink Plumber has the expertise, tools and know-how to identify and prevent future mold issues and give you peace of mind.