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For the most part, the plumbing problems facing most Torrance residents are fairly easy to deal with. Whether it’s a clogged toilet, leaky pipe or even a sewer line repair, these issues can be fixed either through simple DIY solutions, or by calling a professional. However, the reality is that certain damaging and potentially deadly problems can occur as a result of your plumbing.

Mold is perhaps the most dangerous water-related plumbing problem your house can possibly face. It’s been known to cause serious health risks, and in extreme cases even cause death among those who become exposed to it. All of this is to say, if you see it in your home, don’t shrug it off. To make sure that you know how to identify it, and what to do if you see it, check out these essential questions every homeowner should ask himself.

What causes it?

Mold spores are caused by the presence of water, i.e. moisture. Outbreaks occur wherever there’s excessive moisture build-up and little ventilation. Fortunately, Los Angeles has fewer cases of mold because of our normally dry climate. But as you may have noticed lately, our Fall and Winter seasons come with heavy winter storms. True, they don’t produce as much rain overall as many other parts of the country, especially in the Pacific Northwest where mold is a common problem, but they can soak our properties and homes enough to cause problems. After several months of accumulated rainfall, it might be a good idea to check your home for mold.

Where is it located?

As we said, mold outbreaks tend to surface in places of heavy moisture with a lack of ventilation. Common areas include bathrooms, attics and garages, but outbreaks can also happen in less obvious places as well. If you have a leaky pipe, the area around may very well be susceptible to mold. A little bit of accrued moisture probably won’t be a problem, but if the pipe has been spewing water for some time, you may want to inspect the surrounding zones (and repair the pipe of course). The identify mold, look for black and gray spotting on the wall. Occasionally mold will even appear brown, but that’s only in more rare cases. If you see clusters of spots in a designated area, you may very well have a mold outbreak on your hands.

What can you do about it?

Torrance homeowners are fortunate enough to have the right tools handy to fight mold should it occur in their homes. From Manhattan Beach to Hermosa, residents can call a plumbing professional to inspect, assess and recommend the right course of action. For these services and more, call the best plumber that Torrance has to offer. Torrance Plumbing Co can quickly show up at your house and identify whether or not you have mold. If you see what looks like mold, don’t try to handle it yourself. Call a professional, and perhaps even consider vacating the premises.