Plumbing Leaks Should Be Repaired ASAP:

One of the most commonly neglected plumbing problems leaking pipes and faucets. Not many homeowners pay attention to minor leaks and sometimes cannot even see them!

A minor leakage problem in your plumbing system might not create a huge flood or pose a huge property damage risk, but it can expose you to severe health risks!

Yes, a simple pipe leakage cannot directly impact your health, but unresolved continuous leaks can open doors to some serious health issues.  The escaping water is not the threat, but what it does when unresolved is the real danger.

The leaking water can cause an accumulation of moisture on the walls, roofs, and floor, which is the real problem.  Buildup of moisture in the home can pave the way for mold and mildew growth, which is definitely a threat to your health.

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Understanding Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew are two different forms of fungi that grow in damp conditions. Moisture, temperature between 41 degrees to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and air are the three factors that contribute to the growth of these two types of fungi.

When leaky pipes are left unattended and unaddressed for long, they are most likely to contribute to the growth of mold and mildew.  Everything around your home, including wood, fabric, and wallpaper, can serve as food for this fungi type.

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Mildew is not as dangerous as the mold. It usually appears in grayish-white with a powdery texture.  You are most likely to find this fungus on the surface of materials such as on top of the bathroom tiles.  Moreover, you can kill mildew by rubbing the surface with bleach or vinegar.

Mold can be a significant threat to your health, especially if you are allegic to it.  It grows rapidly, and within 24 to 48 hours of its growth, it begins to produce spores that contain allergens.  Mold appears in a darker shade then mildew and dealing with it is much more problematic as it penetrates through the surfaces.

Not only does mold cause structural damage, but it can have a severe impact on humans (and possibly animals)  that breathes in the presence of this form of fungus.

Effects of Mold and Mildew on Health

Breathing in an atmosphere that has mold or mildew can cause serious allergic reactions and expose your lungs to respiratory problems. Several symptoms indicate that mold or mildew is growing on your property.

The most common symptoms include irritation in nose, throat, and on the skin, itchiness or redness in eyes, severe allergy leading to excessive coughing, rashes, fatigue, and difficulty in breathing. These problems can combine with already existing respiratory conditions and can make the effects of mold much more harmful than normal.

It is better to be safe than sorry.  If you want to assure safety from these dangerous health problems associated with mold growth then you need to address any leaky pipes with in your home that can lead to the creation of a damp areas.  Calling a licensed plumber to perform a thorough plumbing inspection annually will help you with finding leaks before they become a bigger problem!