Plumbers often come across mold in their work. When diving into a hidden leaky pipe job, the unhappy surprise of mold creeps up, and we need to know how to deal with it.
Purpose: To learn how mold affects your health and how to mitigate it.
Typical health issues associated with mold.
How to identify possible mold.
How to control mold if it is present.
Mold Health Issues
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), mold can cause chronic nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, eye irritation, and/or skin irritation. People who are allergic to mold or immune-compromised can have even more severe reactions such as obstructive lung disease.
Warning Signs of Possible Mold
Home owners, property managers, maintenance managers, and plumbers can identify warning signs of possible mold relatively easily.
According to Contractor Mag, you should look for these 10 warning signs of possible mold.
- Standing Water
- Water Condensation
- Water Staining
- Strange Color on Building Materials
- Growth on Building Materials
- Musty Odor
- Increased Humidity
- Water Drainage Unmitigated
- Confined Spaces
- Health Symptoms (listed above)
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How to Control Mold
The good thing about mold is it can be controlled.
- Get a dehumidifier for areas that have moisture.
- Quickly fix plumbing leaks before they cause mold.
- Thoroughly clean (with bleach) and dry flooded areas.
- Make sure rooms with moisture are well ventilated.
Plumbers, home owners, property managers, and maintenance staff should keep an eye out for signs of mold when they run into a moisture issue. While mold does a great job of breaking down things in nature, it breaks down your health in a building. So, when mold is spotted, mitigate it immediately.