Why It’s Dangerous To Ignore Minor Plumbing Issues
We don’t generally think about the plumbing in our homes until or unless something happens that draws our very divided attention to it. Although you don’t need to spend your days checking under your sinks for leaks or go to extraordinary lengths to make sure you’re safe, it is definitely a good idea to do a once a month inspection at the very least for leaking pipes in your home; especially those found in areas like the bathroom (where water, steam, and the like can create a very cohesive environment for mold growth and bacteria which tends to stink up the area as well).
Leaky Plumbing Can Cause Black Mold
Black mold is a dangerous health hazard that launches “spores” into the air that you can breathe in over time, and is toxic to the body acting like an anti-bacterial agent in the body. This mold can be prevented if you know what causes it, what to look for, and how to identify it. Here are a few hallmarks of how a leaky faucet unchecked can cause dangerous antibiotic spores.
A leaky faucet that goes unnoticed can damage the wood cabinetry around the plumbing, and worse, if this is happens too long it could develop into an incubation chamber for black mold.
Black mold shows up where there is damp wood or drywall (or any material that can absorb water), usually around sinks that have been soaking due to leaking water.
Warm water especially can speed up the bacterial growth process and eventually the mold starts to form in black clusters.
When this wood or drywall dries, the mold releases spores that become airborne and can cause severe health problems if not fixed. The problem is most people are unaware of the problem until it’s become a health hazard.