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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Prevent Mold Growth In Your Home: Check Under Sinks For Plumbing Leaks

Mold growth underneath kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room sinks can be caused by a number of factors. Inadequate ventilation, improper air flow, high levels of humidity, and plumbing leaks are all common culprits. While some levels of humidity are pretty much a given in your home, plugging up those plumbing leaks before they do any more damage can save you money on your water bill and keep mold in check.

If you're like most homeowners, you keep an array of household cleaning supplies like carpet sprays, dishwasher detergent, and countertop cleaners underneath your sink. While having quick access to the tools you need is important, it's important to remove all of those items before you check for leaks, as standing water is not always present when you have a plumbing leak. Not only can the cleaning bottles themselves leak onto your under-sink cabinet, potentially causing wood to warp, they can also prevent you from spotting mold growth. Purchase a few inexpensive buckets or under-sink caddies to make storing and removing those cleaning supplies a lot easier, and be sure to regularly look for signs of mold growth.

If mold has already invaded your under-sink area, here are some ways you can send it packing:

  • First, make sure to always wear protective gloves, glasses or goggles, and because mold is a common cause of allergy problems, some sort of mask to prevent inhalation.
  • If possible, identify the type of mold you're dealing with. If you're concerned it could be toxic, get in touch with a professional mold removal company to ensure your family's safety.
  • To remove mold yourself, turn to trusty ol' vinegar. Either by itself or mixed equally in a spray bottle with distilled water, vinegar should do the trick. Just apply and let sit for awhile, up to a few hours, and then wipe or scrub away.
  • Mold spores only grow into mold when moisture is present. So, use air vents if you have them, keep your bathroom door open while you shower (if possible), and keep air flowing freely throughout your home. Doing so can prevent moisture, which in turn can prevent mold and spare you the allergy issues.

If you've just discovered a leak underneath your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room sink, don't wait for that moisture to become bothersome mold. Call a specialist today to repair the plumbing leak.

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