Due to the humidity created by showering and handwashing, your bathroom can become a breeding ground for mold. The problem is exacerbated by damp towels and wet bath mats. Mold can grow if you don’t crack windows or use your exhaust fan often.
Mold is most common in the areas around your bathtub and shower. These areas retain water. Mold can grow in any bathroom. However, you can prevent it from growing by ensuring that your plumbing is properly maintained.
This guide will show you how to fix three common plumbing issues that can increase mold risk in your bathroom.
1. Drain Leakage Under the Bathroom Sink
A leak can go unnoticed if there is an enclosed vanity that conceals the drain. A loose connection in your trap can cause a small leak every single time you use the sink.
Water only leaks when it is used to wash dishes. There’s no constant water flow that could cause a large puddle you don’t notice. Instead, water will seep through the floor or vanity and soak into the wood underneath. This can lead to wood rot underneath the sink, and an increase of humidity in the space.
You may not be able to see what is going on if you don’t look at the vanity often or if there are too many laundry detergent jugs or grooming supplies in it. Mold may be growing on the vanity or behind the wall. Although mildew can sometimes be found in bathrooms, it is not uncommon to smell it. If you notice the mold growing frequently, you may suspect that there is something else.
While you might be able fix the problem by tightening your trap connection, if the problem is due to a hole or blockage in the drain, a plumber will be needed to address the problem before extensive mold growth and water damage to the wall and floor occur.
2. Water dripping from a showerhead or faucet
Dripping faucets can cause plumbing problems. They waste water and make noises that can be annoying. Dripping faucets don’t cause any water damage and can be found in the shower or sink. However, they can increase humidity and encourage mold growth.
Mold can grow on walls and ceilings if humidity is high. Mold can grow between walls and ceilings if the shower enclosure is dripping wet from the water. If this happens, professional mold removal and plumbing repairs may be required.
Dripping faucets should be repaired immediately. You can also prevent humidity-loving insects like roaches from entering your bathroom.
3. Water Leakage from the Toilet
It is possible for your toilet to leak. It can happen for many reasons. The wall behind your toilet may start to grow mold. If possible, identify the source of the leak. You could have a leak in your water supply, cracks in your porcelain, or poor toilet seals on the floor.
High humidity can also lead to condensation on the tank’s side. A small crack in the tank could be causing water leaking. In this case, a new toilet will likely be required. Your plumber may suggest that you install a valve on the supply line to allow hot water to mix.
This decreases the temperature difference which can lead to condensation. You should have a plumber inspect the toilet if you see water puddles around it. If your toilet’s floor remains damp, it could mold or rot.
You can avoid major problems like mold, water damage and pests by keeping your bathroom plumbing in top shape. Clog Kings Plumbing can help you with your toilet or faucet repair.
This post was written by Joey Denick. Joey is the Owner and Operator of Clog Kings. At Clog Kings, LLC, we pride ourselves on our dedication and efficiency. We know you don’t have time to waste. That’s why we work fast to get your home or commercial building back up and running in no time. If you are looking for plumbing companies in St. Petersburg FL then look no further because we got you covered!