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Early Mould Detection could Save You a Fortune on Plumbing Fees

Few things in domestic life are more troublesome and disconcerting than the presence of mould in your bathroom.

There’s no way you’ll enjoy that nice, relaxing shower, not while that nasty orange slime lingers in the corner of the tile floor. Not only is mould unpleasant to look at, it can create some serious health hazards including skin infections and pneumonia if not properly removed.

The wet, warm, and usually window-free environment of the home bathroom makes it the ideal breeding ground for the stuff as well so, unfortunately, as long as you’re taking showers, there’s always going to be the danger of mould growth in the bathroom.

What’s even worse is when you put in all the effort in cleaning the shower and keeping it mould-free; all that daily maintenance, and yet that mould smell in the shower still persists. It’s enough to make you think you’re going mad.

Leaky Pipes

When this happens, one possibility is that a pipe underneath the bathroom tiles could be leaking. If the smell is worse in a particular area, but the source can’t be located, there’s a good chance that one or more of your bathroom pipes has a leak in it.

To fix this you (or rather, a plumbing professional) may have to rip up the tiles in your bathroom to identify where the leak is coming from, a move that can often be very costly when tallying up all those callout fees.

Seriously, it’s no joke. It’s important to note that, in NSW at least, plumbing fees are per inspection type and NOT per site visit.

This means that if you detect a mouldy smell in your shower and you call out a plumber but after hours of looking he believes the mold is coming from underneath the tiles, it will count as both an internal and external inspection, meaning you will be billed twice for the job

Call the Plumber

A less-invasive and more cost-effective solution to this might be to consider regularly (every 6 months to a year) getting a plumber in to check the taps. The easiest way to tell if a pipe is leaking is if the water flowing from the tap does so irregularly. This method of early detection could save you money, time and effort in locating mould before it becomes a full-blown infestation.

Another similar method might be to hire a professional mould inspector to visit your home. While they lack the trade qualifications of plumbers, they have the necessary equipment and experience to find hidden mould at a minimal impact to your home.

Their moisture meters and borescopes are as equally effective at finding mould behind the shower compared to anything in a plumber’s tool-belt, and more often than not will be a less costly and time-consuming procedure than hiring a plumber for a day job.

No one enjoys having dirty, disgusting mould in the sole place of your house devoted to cleanliness, so early detection in these cases should be practised. Prevention is always better than the cure.