Mold In Your Home: Where is it Coming From?

Places Where Mold May Be Present

What is mold? Mold is a type of fungus that thrives in dark, moist environments. Mold forms when a surface is left damp. As the water sits, air currents carry loose, microscopic spores to the wet surfaces. If conditions are right – with proper temperature, moisture, and nutrients for growth – spores begin to grow into mold that’s visible to the naked eye.  It is estimated that there are over 100,000 different species of mold. When multiplied, it creates spores, which help the mold reproduce and spread. It is an important part of nature, as it helps break down cellular matter and enriches soil. However, mold indoors can pose a dangerous threat and serious health issues if an individual experiences prolonged exposure or has allergies. Learn about the different places in your home where mold may be present as well plumbing issues that can cause mold to grow with Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. 


It is not uncommon to find mold growing in your bathroom. Moisture is caused when people take showers or baths as well as when they use the sink to wash their hands, face, or brush their teeth. In bathrooms, mold most commonly grows on tile, in grout, and on the inside of cabinets. Plumbing issues in the bathroom that can result in mold include water leaks, clogged drains, and broken toilet seals. 


Your kitchen is another place where mold grows. It is common for mold to be found underneath the kitchen sink, as there are drain pipes. Mold can be caused by a leak in your dishwasher, standing water, as well as poor ventilation. 


A home’s attic typically attracts mold as it is a poorly ventilated space. There may be mold present in your attic if you experience one of these issues: your stored items are wet, you have either a furnace or AC unit in your attic, your gutters are leaking, or if you find that your drain is leaking. While you may hardly ever enter your attic, it is important to check it out every once in awhile to ensure there isn’t excess moisture perfect for mold. 


Mold is known for growing in the ducts of HVAC systems, which is why it is important to schedule maintenance services for your heating and cooling systems. Mold can occur as a result of a clogged filter, a leak, and more. 

Contact Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning

If you believe there is a plumbing issue causing the mold in your home, call Stephens right away. Our expert plumbers will assess the situation and determine whether something needs to be repaired or replaced. We also advise scheduling an appointment for your HVAC system annually in order to maintain it and prevent hazardous mold from spreading throughout your home. With over 32 years of experience serving the South Bay and Orange County communities, you can count on us to provide excellent service at an unbeatable price. For emergency plumbing issues, we are available around-the-clock. Schedule an appointment with us today to prevent damage and bring your situation under control.