Mold is a term used to refer to fungi that grows in the form of multicellular thread-like structures called hyphae.
These fungi can be found in damp building materials where they often appear like stains. They can come in a variety of colors and a musty smell can be an early indication of mold growth even when there are no visible signs. If mold is allowed to grow in homes or offices it can contribute to poor indoor air quality. Some molds such as Stachybotrys chartarum, better known as “Toxic Black Mold” can be highly hazardous to your health and has been known to cause cancer, headaches, asthma, dizziness, and joint pain.
Due to these health hazards it is important for everyone to have a good and well-maintained plumbing system. Maintenance steps should be performed as often as possible in order to avoid water leaks and standing water, which ultimately make the home more prone to mold growth. Here are some steps that can be taken to properly maintain the plumbing system of your home to prevent or lessen the possibility of mold growth.
Take Preventative Steps and Perform a Plumbing Audit
Whether you perform this audit yourself or have a licensed plumber do it for you, it is always best to be proactive. Make sure to include the kitchen, bathrooms, appliances, and outside water faucets when performing your plumbing audit.
Replace Any Old Pipes In The Plumbing System
Old iron pipes have a tendency of bursting and leaking, causing parts of a home to be flooded or incur water damage. If you believe that an iron pipe within in your plumbing system has become rusty, you will need to switch off the water main and work on replacing it with a newer one, preferably made of PVC. However, if your plumbing system consists of a broken PVC pipe then make sure to replace it, or wrap the broken portion with plumber’s tape.
Make Sure All Drains Are Unclogged and In Perfect Working Order
Clogged drains cause water to puddle in one area, and as a result, create the ideal environment for mold to grow and live. You can prevent this by installing small grates or screens in your sinks and not pouring down liquefied fat, used oil, and large pieces of food.
Mold prevention is always the best policy. However, if you do find yourself encountering mold somewhere in your home, make sure you read over this infographic to learn everything you need to know before taking action.
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