We hear about mold and the dangers of it all the time, but the question is: do we really know all that we need to know about it? We probably don’t, because if we did, we wouldn’t take any chances with it, inside or around our homes.
Yes, that’s right – it’s that serious. A lot of the time, people aren’t aware of the deep connection mold has with water leaks. Mold doesn’t only occur when there’s extensive water damage, it can happen with the slightest kind of leak there is. Virtually any leak you have, can initiate mold growth. You have to remember that mold can grow quickly and easily, once it’s in the right environment, which is pretty much any humid condition.
So what is mold really? It’s a fungus and it grows by digesting organic matter, like word, leaves and other plant remains. To reproduce, it spreads spores and it can grow just about anywhere – from wood and wallpaper, to carpet and insulation. Mold can get attached to just about anything and enter your home. Your pet can bring them in; your clothes or shoes can bring them in; even your old furniture can bring them in. Then, the mold spores stay there, reproduce and keep nurturing themselves in the humidity. That’s why leaks contribute so much to their growth and reproduction.
It can cause serious problems such as damage to your furniture or building structure. It can even be a hazard to your health. Mold can affect people who have respiratory ailments and allergies. It may also cause issues like nasal congestion, skin rash and eye irritation, among other things. That’s exactly why it needs to be spotted and dealt with urgently. Mold usually looks like small black and white spots, but you may not see it because sometimes it grows in hidden areas like behind wall coverings. Here are some things that can help you figure out if there are mold or water leaks around your home:
- Damp, musty odors
- Sounds of dripping, trickling or rushing water
- Wet or damp areas in your home
- Wall or ceiling stains
- Sudden water pressure changes
- Sudden water bill increase
Check them out now and you’ll see how much stress this can save you in the future. Get your leaks fixed and get rid of your mold right now! Contact the professionals if you have plumbing problems like this and more. We’ve got experienced and affordable plumbers in Ottawa. With just one call, we can help you solve your plumbing needs and offer you emergency plumbing services!