As a new homeowner, I can tell you that things aren't always as simple as they appear. I started thinking about it a few years ago, and I realized that there were some serious problems with our plumbing system. We had issues with drains working correctly and toilets flushing like they should, so I started focusing more heavily on understanding the basics of our plumbing system. Within a few short months the entire system was operating more fluidly because of a few changes that I made, so I wanted to create a blog all about my journey. Check out these articles to learn more about the plumbing basics.
Plumbing leaks are something that seem minor until you find out that they have caused mold growth and serious water damage. To ensure that these things do not cause serious issues with the mold in your home, you want to make sure that plumbing repairs are done in a timely manner and do regular maintenance. Here are some tips that will help prevent minor plumbing problems from causing serious water damage and mold growth:
1. Insulation of Pipes to Protect Against Water Damage
The insulation that covers the water lines protects your home from water damage in a couple of ways. It is there to help prevent condensation from forming on lines due to differences in temperature of water in the pipes and outside air. The condensation is something that often goes unnoticed and can lead to serious water damage and mold problems. Pipe insulation will also help protect your plumbing from burst pipes during cold winter weather.
2. Common Leaks That Damage Materials in Kitchens and Bathrooms
There are some areas of your home that are more prone to leaks, such as bathrooms or the plumbing beneath the kitchen sink. To ensure you do not have problems with water damage and mold growth in these areas of your home, it is a good idea to regular inspect for small leaks, such as a drain trap fitting leaking or the seal of water lines beginning to leak. Keep a repair kit handy to fix these small leaks before they become major problems that lead to water damage and mold.
3. Protecting Vulnerable Materials From Potential Leaks and Water Damage
There are areas of your home that are more vulnerable to plumbing leaks, water damage, and mold growth, such as kitchens and bathrooms. To ensure that your home is protected from potential damage, you can protect materials in kitchens and bathrooms with liners. It is often a good idea to use materials that are less likely to be damaged when there is a leak, such as using tile or vinyl flooring instead of wood or carpet or using synthetic materials for wood trim and other finishes in these areas of your home.
These are some tips to help prevent plumbing issues from causing serious issues with mold growth in your home. If you need help with repairs, contact a plumbing repair contractor, like those at Sparrow & Sons Plumbing and Heating, to help and talk with them about improvements to help prevent future problems.