Plumbers are the type of people who get up close with water every day. They inspect the pipes and waterways of your home, looking for leaks and imperfections to fix. This is why plumbers should also be on the lookout for mold while they are on the job. The reason for this is that mold grows where water is present, and a plumber is usually in the perfect position to find out if mold is growing under sinks and in pipes, where you might forget to look from time to time.
Things plumbers should look out for vary – and it’s more than just leaks. First of all, if you see standing water, that is a big sign that mold could grow within 24-48 hours. That is the short amount of time it takes for mold to grow in standing water. If you see condensation, that is another sign of a brewing problem. Condensation means that a room needs better ventilation, or mold could soon be an issue. Water stains are another bad sign that mean that there was once standing water in place, and that mold could be brewing in the area. These stains are especially troublesome if they are of an odd color, since mold can be in pretty much any color.
It’s also important to talk to the homeowners of the place you are working. If you hear people talking about mysterious illnesses or musty odors, that is a sign that there could be a mold problem in the home. Always take proper safety precautions for yourself whenever you enter a home in which you think that mold could be present. Mold is a problem but a plumber is in the perfect position to catch it before it becomes a harmful health issue for their clients.
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