Plumbing isn’t a problem… until it is. If you’ve got a plumbing problem, you might have a water problem, and water inevitably leads to mold. 1 Call Plumbing has seen more than one seemingly minor plumbing issue result a big mold situation. Don’t let faulty plumbing lead to mold issues in your home.\n\n
Plumbing isn’t a problem… until it is. If you’ve got a plumbing problem, you might have a
water problem, and water inevitably leads to mold. 1 Call Plumbing has seen more than one
seemingly minor plumbing issue result a bigmold situation. Don’t let faulty plumbing lead to
mold issues in your home.
Standing Water is a Mold Breeding Ground
You already know that standing water is terrible for your building materials, but it’s also one of
the leading precursors to mold. The longer water is allowed to stand, the more it soaks into
drywall, insulation, and framing. The quicker you drain standing water and dry out any residual
moisture, the less likely you are to end up with long-term issues with mold.
Slow Drips Lead to Moist Conditions
There doesn’t have to be a gushing flood for mold to occur. In fact, all that’s needed for mold to
grow is oxygen, water, and warmth. The kind of slow leaks that develop in cracked pipes,
unsealed fittings, and underneath sinks can slowly but surely add moisture to their surroundings.
That, in turn, leads to mold.
Humidity Creates the Perfect Conditions for Mold
Mold spores thrive in humid environments. The most common places to find mold growth when
undergoing a plumbing repair are inside cabinetry, within walls, and in crawlspaces or
basements. When an area isn’t well ventilated (which pertains to almost all plumbing), mold
thrives. That’s why it’s so important to open windows and/or use your bathroom fan when taking
a shower or running hot water.
What are some of the signs you might have a plumbing
problem that’s causing mold growth?
A dank or musty smell in an area that has a lot of plumbing (i.e. bathroom, kitchen,
Dampness of the cabinetry, walls, or any other area that potentially contacts plumbing
Staining or discoloration on concrete or wood surfaces
Peeling paint or flooring/molding that pulls away from its attachment
Certain plumbing problems are common indicators of mold. Polybutylene pipes, for example,
installed in thousands of homes in the 1970s and 80s, can undergo a reaction that weakens their
structural integrity over time. Pooling water near the base of the toilet and suddenly low water
pressure can also be indicators of a problem.
What can you do about mold growth in your home?
First things first: Call an experienced plumber! It’s impossible to remedy a mold problem
before taking care of the root cause. A plumber can help you identify the source of the leak and
stop it from releasing more water. Once the leak has been contained, it’s then possible to
remediate any existing mold growth by removing any moldy materials (drywall, wood, etc.)
and/or treating them with mold inhibitor.