Five Common Plumbing Problems That Can Lead to Mold

Mold can make a home uninhabitable. The presence of mold gives off a bad smell, is unsightly, damages decor, and inflicts health issues.

Mold spreads quickly in an enabling environment. Water, for instance, provides an ideal condition for mold to form and  grow.  But this doesn’t mean that mold only occurs in humid or wet environments. No matter the location, mold can develop and grow when there are certain plumbing issues. The best way to keep mold at bay is to take care of any plumbing issues quickly.

Below are some of the plumbing problems that can cause mold:

1. Stagnant water in the bathroom

Bathrooms are a common place where mold spreads fast. If you have stagnant water in your bathroom, it serves as a breeding ground. The stagnant water can be on the floor, walls, and under the sink or bathtub.

Slow draining water can also serve as a conducive environment for mold growth. To keep mold away, make sure that your bathroom area doesn’t have stagnant or slow draining water and that your bathroom plumbing is in good condition. 

2. Leaks under enclosed sinks

Underneath a leaky sink is a moist area that may be dark, hidden, and stuffy. This is an ideal area for mold to rapidly grow.  In this condition, mold may not be visible until it is late. Always repair or replace any leaky sinks to prevent mold growth.

3. Clogged drains or blocked sewer lines

Clogged drains result in stagnant or slow draining water, while blocked sewer lines can lead to overflowing toilets and cause damage.

Water damage from these two plumbing issues provides an environment for mold to thrive. When you first notice any of these issues, you need to have it addressed quickly to avoid any mold growth.

4. Leaky pipes in the wall or ceiling

A leaky pipe in a wall or ceiling builds up moisture in your home, allowing mold to grow behind the ceiling or walls. In such situations, the water damage may remain hidden and the source unknown until you get into the wall or ceiling.

This plumbing issue is usually detected late. By that time, there will be tale-tell signs including wall or ceiling discoloration, warped surfaces, high water bills, and the water heater turning on unexpectedly.

If you suspect a leaky pipe might be the cause of mold growth in your home, get a professional plumber to inspect and repair or replace it. Make sure that your plumbing is watertight and in good working condition.  A good preventive measure is to have a professional leak detection service on a regular basis to avoid this plumbing issue.

5. Moisture in the basement

Basements are typically humid, poorly ventilated, and dark, making it a suitable environment for mold growth if there is also a presence of moisture. Basements often have pipes running through and is where the home’s water heater is located. Water leaks in a basement typically result in mold growth. 

Plumbing issues in your basement can be from clogged or faulty drains, debris in the pipes, damaged pipes or from a faulty drainage system. Always get a professional plumber to inspect any standing water in your basement as soon as you notice it.

Summary:

Plumbing issues are the most common cause of water damage that attract mold growth. Below are plumbing problems that can cause mold:

1. Stagnant water in the bathroom

2. Leaks under enclosed sinks

3. Clogged drains or blocked sewer lines

4. Leaky pipes in a wall or ceiling

5. Moisture in the basement

If you notice any plumbing issues, we strongly advise you get in touch with a professional and experienced plumbing company.  Water Savers Atlanta is fully licensed, insured, and equipped with the most advanced equipment to handle any plumbing problems, including slow draining water, leaks, clogged drains, and blocked sewers. 

We also offer Mold Removal and Remediation services. If you have a flooded basement or bathroom, or wet walls or ceilings, contact us at (678) 944-9195 – we will send a рrоfеѕѕiоnаl tеаm mеmbеr as soon as possible. One call to Water Savers Atlanta will solve any plumbing problems!