How Water leaks Can Create Serious Health Issues

How Water leaks Can Create Serious Health Issues

Most water leaks in your Melbourne home are easy to notice and fix. It could be a dripping faucet or a worn-out O-ring that needs some attention, but it can be repaired in minutes. And there is little concern for these minor leaks creating severe damage to your home or causing other serious problems. However, when you have hidden leaks in your home that are concealed inside the walls, floors, or ceilings, they could be creating untold amounts of water damage and contributing to some unexplained health issues that you or your loved ones are battling.

What Makes A Water Leak A Health Concern

It is not the leaking water that is the hazard to your health but the mold growth that the leaking water promotes. Mold and mildew require a food source and optimal temperature to survive. Typically both of these can be found in most homes. But the other necessity for mold to survive is moisture. And the average home is not wet enough to promote mold and mildew growth. However, when there is a water leak inside your home, these fungi have all they need to proliferate. And until the source of the moisture is located and eliminated, the mold will continue to flourish inside your home. Even if the mold growth is contained inside the walls and floors, the air will become permeated with the mold and mildew spores to create severe reactions in some humans and domestic pets.

The Health Complications Related To Mold And Mildew

Most of the health issues created by mold and mildew are related to respiratory complications. Every person’s reaction can be a bit different and range from mild irritation to severe problems. Those with a compromised immune system or pre-existing breathing conditions like asthma, allergies, or COPD can suffer life-threatening reactions. The common symptoms of mold exposure include:

  • Irritation of the nose and throat
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Red, itchy, swollen eyes
  • Sinus congestion and pressure
  • Upper and lower respiratory infections
  • Fever fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Skin irritation or rash from direct contact

Your pets can exhibit all of these issues in addition to appearing lethargic, having a loss of appetite, restlessness, and general discomfort.  

Eliminating The Mold Issue

If you and your loved ones have been suffering from any of these issues and your doctor cannot determine the cause, it is time to call your trusted leak detection expert. At Leak1 Leak Detection, our pros use the latest technology, including sound amplification tools, moisture sensors, and thermal imaging, to pinpoint the location of any water leaks hidden inside your home.

Once the leak is located, we provide you with cost-effective options to repair the leak and begin to rid your home of the troublesome mold and mildew. In most cases, cleaning with bleach and other disinfectants will kill the mold. However, in some cases, professional mold remediation is required.

Call (866) 619-7063 to schedule emergency leak detection if you believe that a water leak and mold infestation are the cause of your family’s health issues.