Salinas Plumber Can Help You Conquer Mold!

Mold is a sneaky enemy; you may not always see it or smell it, but it can threaten your health and the structural integrity of your home. Charlie’s Plumbing can be a valuable ally in the battle against household mold.

What Is Mold?

Molds are plant-like organisms that belong to the fungus family. They can live and grow on many materials inside the home. When mold is present, you may find green or black discoloration on walls, floors, ceilings and other surfaces. Mold may cause a musty, unpleasant odor. It grows best in moist environments, and it’s often difficult to eradicate. The longer mold remains on a surface, the more damage it causes. Since most long-standing mold problems coincide with water damage, vulnerable materials like drywall and wood are often rendered unsalvageable.

Where Mold Hides

When someone mentions mold, floods and leaking roofs are often the first things that come to mind. These events are usually responsible for the rapid spread of mold inside walls, under flooring and in basements or attics. It’s easy to detect visible mold on the surface of walls, but mold may also lurk in unexpected places where its presence isn’t so obvious, such as your heating and air conditioner vents and air ducts. A mold problem in your HVAC system can produce a multitude of mold spores that go directly into the air you breathe.

Leaky plumbing is another common source of mold problems. During service calls, Charlie’s Plumbing often find small leaks that have gone unnoticed; these can produce the perfect environment for mold growth. To help keep your home mold-free, don’t neglect your pipes.

Health Problems Caused by Household Mold

The health effects of mold depend on the type of mold present and the general health of the person who is exposed to it. While many molds are harmless, a mold allergy can cause symptoms like sneezing, congestion, watery or itchy eyes, cough and skin reactions. Molds can also trigger serious and potentially life-threatening asthma attacks in asthmatics. Some molds release toxins that directly irritate the eyes, mucous membranes and lungs. They may cause fungal skin and lung infections in immunocompromised people, children or the elderly.

A specific species of mold known as stachybotrys chartarum, or toxic black mold, is associated with a number of serious health problems such as pulmonary hemorrhage, respiratory distress, muscle pain, stomach pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, memory loss, confusion and flu-like symptoms. People have also reported headaches, poor coordination, rashes, vision problems, nausea and vomiting after mold exposure. If you or your family members are experiencing serious, unexplained health problems, and you suspect mold growth, take action immediately.

Let Us Make Your Home Safer

No one should have to suffer property damage or health problems because of poor air quality or faulty plumbing in their homes; these problems are entirely preventable with routine maintenance and inspection. To check your air vents and plumbing for mold-friendly conditions, call the Salinas plumbers you can trust. Charlie’s Plumbing and Heating has provided efficient and reliable commercial and residential service for Salinas and all of Monterey County since 1995. Our skilled experts can thoroughly inspect and repair air systems and plumbing so Salinas homeowners don’t have to worry about small problems turning into major health issues and expensive home repairs.

Charlies Plumbing and Heating proudly serves the Salinas, Monterey Bay Area 831-442-5750

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