Health Damage Caused by Plumbing Leaks

Health Damage Caused by Plumbing Leaks

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Water leak repair can prevent health issues caused by water infiltration in your home. Untreated leaks may not seem like a big deal, but damp spots often lead to mold and fungus accumulation, which present dangerous health risks. Learn more about health risks associated with leaks and call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain for fast, effective water leak repair.

Health Risk of Mold and Mildew

Mold can cause allergy flare-ups and irritate your skin. Some people experience sore throats, itchy eyes and cold-like symptoms following exposure to mold. Those with asthma may develop especially severe reactions.

When residential or commercial pipes develop leaks, it’s important to call the plumber for water leak repair straight away. Otherwise, it can cause structural damage to your property and put your health at risk.

Mold and mildew thrive in moist environments and cause a number of respiratory conditions. Although both belong to the fungi family, each has unique characteristics. Mold and mildew need moisture, air and a food source to grow, and these fungi thrive it temperatures from 41 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit.


Mildew is grayish-white or brown and is less severe than mold. It commonly forms on surfaces in damp corners. It has a powdery consistency, and you can kill it with vinegar or bleach.


You have to go to greater extents to get rid of mold, which produces spores within 48 hours or less. Many people have allergic reactions to the spores, and they cause serious health risks if you breathe them in. Mold may be black, bright red or dark green. It has a pungent odor.

If you don’t treat the mold immediately, it can eat away at drywall and wood. Plaster walls are non-porous and help keep out mold, but other materials provide a good environment for it.

Call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain immediately for water leak repair to avoid mold and mildew in your home.

Health Effects and Symptoms

Here are some of the respiratory issues caused by untreated mold and mildew:

  • Throat, nose and skin irritation
  • Sinus congestion
  • Itchy eyes or redness
  • Frequent coughing or sneezing
  • Severe allergies
  • Upper and lower respiratory issues
  • Rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing

Many times, health problems due to mold and mildew result from breathing in fungal spores. Unfortunately, these spores fill the area infected by mold. You can also have allergic reactions due to direct skin contact with these surfaces. For those with respiratory conditions, the condition can even be life-threatening.

Water leak repair can prevent mold and mildew and the associated health risks.

Water Leak Repair

Bluefrog Plumbing + Drain can repair water leaks before mold and mildew take over your home. When you have a sewer line leak, our licensed and insured plumbers can make a cut to remove the damaged section and cement or solder a replacement in place.

Adding additional joints can be tricky and these repairs require experienced plumbers. In fact, old joints exposed to extreme temperatures can become weak when expansion and contraction occur. This may lead to leaks.

Sewer Lines

Sewer lines require particular care since these leaks contain contaminated water that can foul your water line and cause other health risks.

Trenchless Techniques

If you don’t already have trenchless piping to facilitate plumbing repairs, we highly recommend replacing your existing pipes with them. This technique can save you considerable money when your leak involves a connection to the city.

How Can bluefrog Find the Source of Mold?

Tracing the source of moisture for mold leads our plumbers to the responsible leak. External sources are easy to spot. So, fixing a leaky faucet or exposed pipe is relatively easy. However, we will inspect your entire plumbing system to make sure we find any leaks that can lead to additional mold and mildew.

Comprehensive water leak repair includes attention to detail to keep your family safe. Unfortunately, not every leak is easy to find. Minor leaks can continue to cause structural damage and mold in your home. Often, a sick family member serves as the first sign of mold and mildew due to leaking faucets and pipes.

Ask about annual maintenance and inspections that can reveal major and minor leaks or weaknesses in your plumbing system before you or a loved one develop respiratory problems.

How to Deal with Mold Removal

If you notice mold under a leaking sink, shower or pipe, call in mold removal experts to remove the mold in the safest way possible. Only an expert can diagnose whether the mold is dangerous. If you already have someone exhibiting the symptoms above, let our leak detection team go to work and find the problem immediately. Hidden leaks rarely go away on their own. Instead of risking your family’s well-being, call us for water leak repair services right away.

At bluefrog Plumbing + Drain, we tackle plumbing issues of all sizes and varieties. Customers count on our expert workmanship and courteous service to help them handle plumbing emergencies calmly and gracefully. If you think your home has a hidden leak, we’ll come right away to provide water leak repair before mold and mildew make your home their own.

Are You Worried About Water Leak Repair?

Water leak repair is a premier service offered by bluefrog Plumbing + Drain. Don’t wait until a small leak becomes a cascade inside your walls. We can resolve the issue with new piping or other methods, depending on how early we catch the problem.

Our technicians provide free estimates, as well as the guidance and support needed for all your plumbing needs. We answer our phones 24-hours a day to handle emergencies or help you set up an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you.

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