Prevent Mold By Checking For These 5 Household Leaks
Where water leaks in the home, mold is sure to develop without timely repairs. Here, review some of the most common areas of the home for water to leak and contribute to mold growth. And remember, schedule a mold inspection with your Orange County experts if you suspect an infestation over 10 square feet.
Any roof feature where two or more unlike materials come together can allow mold to develop. If gaps form between the materials, they quickly become wet from rain and snow, resulting in leaks and mold growth. Schedule yearly roof inspections that check the condition of the skylight, chimney, and other features to prevent leaks.
A malfunctioning washing machine can cause anything from minor leaks to a full-scale basement flood. If your appliance is older, consider replacing it with an energy-efficient model to avoid leak, flood, and mold problems. You may also want to install a sump pump that activates upon water contact to control basement flooding and mold development.
Leaking Pipes & Faucets
Whether one or multiple pipes and faucets throughout your home leak, they can contribute to mold growth in addition to wasting water and impacting plumbing functions. Check your home every few months for leaks to have them repaired by a plumber as soon as possible.
Basement Window & Foundation Leaks
Clogged gutters are among the most common causes of basement window and foundation leaks. In addition to allowing rainwater to back up under roofing shingles, water can pool around the perimeter of your home and enter basement windows. Water also works its way into the foundation to promote cracks and wet basements.
Leaking Water Heater
The basement once again faces mold problems if the water heater starts leaking. Like old washing machines, old water heaters can sustain wear and tear that causes leaks. Any surrounding items, such as cardboard boxes, become wet and susceptible to mold without repairing or replacing the appliance.