How To Care For A Plumbing Leak That Caused Mold Problems

A plumbing leak that led to a mold growth is tricky to treat, because it's usually a late-stage leak that causes permanent damage to you home's structural materials. Here is the order of steps to treat this problem.

Step 1: Get Rid of the Leak

Your immediate response to a leak should be to call an emergency plumbing services team to handle the leak. You never know when that leak could open up to be more than just a drip. And the mold problem isn't going to go away unless the water flow stops, so this is your first step. 

Step 2: Treat the Mold and its Victims

Likely, if the mold problem is one that has persisted for months, you will now see a rainbow of colors spreading out onto the floor or wall next to the leak. All of these materials should be replaced, ideally. Definitely replace if the materials feel soft under your gentle pressure. Mold can grow to impressive depths in walls and floors, making these materials rotten and unable to support the weight of your home. You can also get mold killing spray for the areas around the mold spot. If you are unsure how far out to go with your replacement materials and do not know what parts were contaminated, you could always take a sample of the material and send it out for mold testing.

Step 3: Figure Out What Caused the Leak

Once you've gotten rid of the mold, you might think you're done. But there is some follow up work to do to ensure this problem won't just happen again. Did your plumber give you any potential reason for the leak? It could be a water pressure issue, bad pipes, poor plumbing fixture maintenance, or something else. The only way you can do plumbing emergency prevention is by taking care of the source of the leak and focusing on that in your upcoming plumbing maintenance.

Step 4: Re-evaluate the Mold Situation

After a couple of months, you will probably want to retest for mold and make sure you did a good job of cleaning up. Remember that mold can grow without being visible to you, and the visible signs of mold are actually some of the later stages of mold infestation. Protect your health by proactively testing for mold and doing a second treatment if your first one wasn't completely successful. Click here for more information.