Most homeowners know that mold thrives in damp and dark spaces. As a result, you can find it in your attic, basement, and even inside your walls. However, many people sometimes forget that mold can infest pipes and drains. Unfortunately, this mold is more difficult to deal with because you can’t easily reach the colonies.
Luckily, there are some ways you can stop mold from growing and spreading throughout your home. While these methods can handle early signs of infestations, they are mainly designed for prevention.
How Do I Know if I Have Mold in Pipes and Drains?
As previously mentioned, it’s almost impossible to spot mold in pipes and drains. So, you’ll have to rely on the effects of mold. More specifically, mold exposure can trigger symptoms similar to allergies, such as sneezing, coughing, and skin rashes. If you experience any of those, you’re most likely dealing with mold. Similarly, a strong rancid odor near a kitchen or bathroom sink is also a telltale sign of mold.
Clean Your Pipes and Drains
First, you should clean your pipes and drains to remove existing mold colonies. The easiest way to do that is to boil water and pour it down the drain. Or just let the boiling water run for a couple of minutes. That way, you clean the drains and pipes at the same time.
Another effective method is to mix baking soda and vinegar. Combine a cup of white vinegar together with a quarter cup of baking soda and pour it down the drain. In about 15 minutes, the mixture will remove most of the mold and leave you with a clean pipe.
However, while relying on home remedies like boiled water or baking soda and vinegar is a good idea, you should avoid using household bleach. That’s because it can release fumes that cause health problems. Bleach can also have an abrasive effect on pipes, damaging them over time.
Reduce Humidity and Moisture
Humidity and moisture will promote mold growth. That’s why you should get rid of any excess moisture by opening your doors and windows regularly. If that doesn’t work, you can get a dehumidifier and place it in your bathroom or kitchen. And lastly, keeping the exhaust vent on should help fight humidity while also removing mold spores present in the air.
Although mold can be dangerous, there are many ways you can prevent it. But sometimes, no matter how hard you try, mold will grow and take over parts of your home. When that happens, it’s best to contact a remediation specialist.
By using our proprietary technique, the team at Mold Solutions is able to find and fight all types of mold infestations. Our proprietary process focuses on remediating and preventing mold from reappearing in the future.
So, if you notice any warning signs, make sure to give us a call and allow our experts to help reclaim your home.