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LizzieWeakley posted a blog entry in Lizzie Weakley's Green BlogMany homeowners are focused on improving home efficiency in various ways. Running an efficient home can ultimately save you money and even maintain or improve property value over time. You may think that you have thoroughly covered all of the bases through your property maintenance projects, but there may be one area that you have overlooked. Your home’s plumbing system impacts efficiency in several ways, and you cannot overlook this component if you want to enjoy a truly efficient, well-maintained home. By exploring the reasons why this is true, you may be able to take steps to further improve your home’s efficiency. Water Waste from Leaking Pipes Pipes can leak in older and newer homes alike. Many leaks are gushers, and you may be immediately alerted to their presence as water streams through your home. Other leaks, however, are smaller and may be more difficult to identify. For example, you may have a small leak in a pipe in your foundation or in your yard. They may be caused by poor workmanship, poor materials, the home settling naturally and more. You can request a plumbing inspection from a company like Highpoint Plumbing, a group of plumbers in Heber City, Utah to learn more about the condition of your pipes. These leaks can result in a tremendous amount of costly wasted water, and repairing them is a great way to keep your water bills as low as possible. High Humidity Levels Impacting the HVAC System When you have even a small leak or a dripping faucet, the humidity level in the home can go up. Your HVAC system is responsible for maintaining the home at an ideal temperature, but humidity can impact this dramatically. If you have a leak that is causing humidity levels to rise in the home, there is a chance that your HVAC system is not working as efficiently as it could be. When your plumber identifies and fixes small leaks in your pipes, you may notice that your HVAC system functions more efficiently. This can decrease HVAC repair needs, lower usage costs and extend the life of your HVAC system. Mold Growth Concerns Any time water and humidity levels are not controlled in the home, the issue of mold becomes a concern. Mold commonly grows in moist, darkened areas that are difficult to find. It can spread considerably in a short period of time, damaging many areas of the home without your knowledge. It also can cause moderate to serious illness or even death in you and your loved ones when exposed to mold spores. If you have been told that you had a water leak or high humidity levels, it is wise to get a professional mold test completed for your home. Mold remediation should begin immediately if you determine mold is growing in your home. The Issue of Water Quality Your home’s water heater plays a direct role in water quality in the home. Sediment and other debris in the hot water heater can enter your home’s water supply. In addition, there are times when the sewage line leaks back into the fresh water supply. Both can cause illness or worse. A plumbing inspection can reveal if this is a problem in your home. You may also spot signs of this through foul-smelling or discolored water. These are signs that plumbing repairs are urgently needed. It is easy to overlook the condition of your plumbing system as long as everything appears to be functioning as needed. However, you can see that hidden issues with your pipes, sewage line and hot water heater can cause serious issues that require urgent attention. These issues can impact your wallet in the form of extra expenses, and they can also affect your health. Consider scheduling a plumbing inspection soon to learn more about the current condition of this vital system and to make repairs as needed. By doing so, you can dramatically improve the efficiency and condition of your home.
Mold is very helpful outdoors as it helps in breaking down fallen leaves and dead trees. However, you wouldn’t really want to have them inside your homes and office buildings, as they can be pretty harmful to human and animal health. And yes, mold can definitely grow indoors, provided the conditions are ideal. So where can you normally find mold indoors? Below are three of the most common locations where mold can usually be found. 1. Bathroom The bathroom or shower obviously has plenty of water and moisture, and it may never really go back to normal humidity levels once you actually start using it. Most bathrooms also don’t have ample ventilation, which means that the humidity that increases when water from the shower floor and walls dries up tends to linger in the bathroom longer. All of these provide a perfect environment for mold to grow. 2. Kitchen Molds in the kitchen can usually be found near the dishwasher, under the sink, or behind the refrigerator - spaces where small leaks often go unnoticed for a longer period of time. If you start to notice a musty odor in the kitchen, you’ll want to search for mold growth, especially in the areas aforementioned. 3. Basement Basements in older homes tend to have mold growth due to the moisture that develops in them. Basement molds can also be found in homes that are poorly sloped, have broken drain tiles and foundation cracks, or are missing waterproof membranes as these conditions add to the moisture in the home. Preventing mold spores from getting indoors can be a pretty impossible task. The important thing is to control its growth inside the home, and this can be done by knowing where it can be found, and keeping the moisture down. Regularly cleaning and replacing of filters (you can find a wide range of filter sizes by FilterBuy) can help ensure cleaner indoor air all around.