Mold spores can easily take over your Highland Park, Illinois, home if you’re not careful. Mold can grow on ceiling tiles, drywall, paint, carpet, insulation, and other surfaces. Some people are allergic to mold spores, and some molds produce mycotoxins that can cause skin irritation and flu-like symptoms.
You can stop mold growth and improve your indoor air quality by controlling the moisture in your home. Fixing leaks and clogged drains are also effective ways to prevent mold and mildew problems in your home.
Fix Clogged Drains
Clogged or slow drains cause standing water in sinks and tubs, giving molds ideal places to grow. Install grates or screens on drains and don’t pour oil or grease down the sink. You can use a plunger or a commercial drain cleaner or clog remover to remove clogs.
However, drain cleaners could damage your pipes if you use these products too often. Contact a plumbing professional for frequent clogs, as water could eventually overflow and damage your floors.
Repair Leaks Immediately
Even a small leak or drip can cause mold growth and waste hundreds of gallons of water per year. Fix dripping faucets immediately and clean out the cabinets underneath your kitchen and bathroom sinks so that you can inspect the areas for leaks. If you see dark stains, you may have a mold issue.
Replace Old Pipes
Old pipes are more likely to leak or burst, causing water damage or flooding. Common signs of problems with your pipes include discolored water and low water pressure. You could also notice a musty smell from mold growth, or stains from water damage.
Pipes run throughout homes, and mold can often develop in areas that you can neither see nor access. Replacing old pipes can prevent future problems and increase the value of your home.
Carefree Comfort, Inc. has been providing service to the area for more than 30 years. We can install, maintain, and repair your plumbing and HVAC systems. Call us today at 847-388-0115 to speak with one of our service representatives about your plumbing needs.
Image provided by Shutterstock