A Slow Pipe Leak Will Eventually Grow Mold
Many people are unaware of the connection with a pipe leak and mold. Most don’t know that it isn’t just severe water damage, like flooding or a visible leak, resulting in mold. A slow pipe leak can also cause damage.
Any leak that isn’t sufficiently fixed can lead mold to grow and fester. Plus, mold can multiply quickly too. Under the right conditions, mold can grow and spread from 24 to 48 hours.
Let’s learn more.
What Is Mold?
Mold is a fungus that spreads by digesting organic matter. Then, it grows by releasing spores to reproduce.
Out in the open nature, mold composes wood, leaves, and other debris. But as mold digests wood, the growth of mold relating to a leaking pipe in a building can lead to damage to the floor and ceiling.
Mold can spread on almost any surface, including wood, wallpaper, and floor carpet. Under the floor carpet, you may spot mold growing like a white layer called mildew. Mold grows best under humid conditions, so leaking pipes often result in its spread.
The spores that grow into the mold are often mistakenly transferred into homes and other buildings as they can attach to people’s clothes, shoes, and pets.
How Do I Spot Mold?
Mold is often easy to spot as it starts to spread. It usually appears in small black or white specks or particles. Sometimes, mold may develop in areas that are harder to spot, such as on ceiling tiles or hidden behind wall coverings.
Often, mold comes with a musty fragrance. So, if you can’t seem mold, you can usually smell it. As mold often grows in areas of high humidity or spots with high water use, mold usually grows in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and basements.
If you’re searching for water leaks in your property, there are a few ways you can check for a damaged pipe. Listen out for noises of dripping, trickling, or rushing water. You can also scan your walls or ceilings for any stains.
Musty or damp fragrances may also suggest a leaking pipe or mold growth. You should also look for any damp or wet areas anywhere inside the property.
If your water bill has suddenly and dramatically increased in price, this may also suggest a leaky pipe.
Don’t forget to inspect any areas of your property that may be located nearby indoor or outdoor pools, or any spots close to water features such as fountains.
Fixing a Pipe Leak
If you discover a pipe leak, it’s recommended to hire a specialist to fix it. It’s also a sensible idea to have your property thoroughly inspected for mold and pipe leaks by an expert.
While anyone can seek out mold and water leaks, only an expert can ensure that the whole property is well inspected to make sure that no mold or water leaks are missed.
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