The Major Side Effects of Leaky Pipes
Leaky pipes can happen to the best of us. Seals may corrode, fittings may shake loose, or pipes may erode and form pinholes. You can prevent some of these issues by hiring only the best local plumber in California to perform your repairs and repiping, as well as performing regular inspections to check for problems early.
When you do get leaks, it is important that you act quickly. The sooner you can repair the leak, the less damage you will have. Not so sure? Consider these major side effects of leaky pipes:
Leaky pipes create wet environments that are ideal for the growth of mold. Not only does mold look gross and damage the materials in your home, but it also poses a health threat. The spores that make up the mold can get into the air, and you can breathe them in. Once inside your body, they can cause all kinds of problems, particularly in your respiratory system.
At a minimum, mold can cause irritation in your airway, your nose, and your eyes, leading to sore throat and other symptoms. More seriously, it can cause problems breathing and even respiratory infection. People with asthma will be affected the most by mold, as will those with poor immune systems. You may even have an unknown allergy to mold, which can lead to severe and life-threatening reactions.
It’s important that you pay attention to the symptoms that you and your family experience, as well as the symptoms that your house shows to know if you have a problem with mold (potentially caused by leaky pipes).
Some of the symptoms you and your family may experience include:
- Irritated throat or nose
- Itchy eyes
- Red eyes
- Regular coughing and/or sneezing
- Sinus congestion
- Difficulty breathing
- Frequent respiratory infections
It is important to note that mold can also affect the skin, leading to rashes. If you notice any of the above symptoms, you should talk to a doctor to determine the cause. Discuss the possibility that there may be mold in your home and if the symptoms could be related to that.
You should also pay attention to the signs that there could be mold in your home, even if you are not experiencing symptoms yourself. Some of the signs that mold could be present include:
- A musty odor that you can’t quite place
- Yellow or brownish stains on the ceiling or walls, which could indicate the presence of moisture
- Warped flooring, walls, or other materials
Of course, if you see any mold – even small amounts – that’s a good indication that you have more. You need to talk to a plumber about the source of the mold and to determine how far it has spread.
What to Do
If you confirm that you have mold in your home, the first thing you have to do is remove it. You can’t just get out bleach and a scrub brush and tackle the job yourself. You need to call a professional who has the skills and tools to remove it safely.
Once the mold is removed, you need to figure out the source. Mold needs moisture to grow and survive, so there must be a source of moisture if you have mold. You could have a problem with ventilation, or you could have a plumbing issue that is causing leaks. Have a plumber inspect your space to determine if you have a leak and what needs to be done to fix it. You may need a simple repair, or you may discover that you have an aging system that is going to require repiping. Weigh all the pros and cons to make the best long-term choice for your property.
If you need repiping, Integrity Repipe in California can help. We’ll thoroughly inspect your system to discover the source of any problems, and help you understand the overall condition of your plumbing. You may need only repipe repair, or you may be experiencing a number of problems because of the poor overall condition of your system and may need a whole house repipe. We’ll give you tailored recommendations to help you make the best choice for your property, both to protect your investment and to protect the health of your family. Call us in California to talk to a repiping plumber today.
Published by – Integrity Repipe Inc
Integrity Repipe Inc – Aliso Viejo, CA
27068 La Paz Rd #771
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656