How to remove toxic mold and smell in drain pipes

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Keeping your home mould free means keeping it humidity free. Or at least getting rid of most of the humidity in your home. Where there is moisture, dampness, wamth, and darkness, there may be mould. This makes areas like the basement, attic and bathroom places where you'll find mould in your home. Having leaky pipes and a leaky roof will also cause mould to grow on the drywall on the opposite side of the wall and maybe even within the walls of your home too. Also, if you're smelling a musty odour coming from the drains in your home, there may also be mould growing in them too. As time goes on, all of the stuff that goes down your drain will start to build up on the sides of the drain pipes which makes the perfect food for mould or bacteria. This sludge can also end up clogging your drains if you leave it for too long which is why it's so important to clean your drains frequently.

You can also inspect the drain to see if there is any mould growing. Just take off the drain cover and check out the drain pipe and seal. It will be growing around the seams if there is any. The leaks can also drip onto wood and drywall causing mould to grow there too. If it's just mould that's growing, you can use natural cleaners like vinegar and baking soda to clean it up. But if you have a bad seal on your pipe or a crack in it you'll have to repair it, and any water damage the leak has caused. This could mean replacing drywall or wood and patching things up. Then, you will also want to clean out your drains if there is a musty odour coming from them. Don't pour bleach down your drains though, it is very toxic to your health and to the environment. Replace toxic chemicals in your home with natural cleaners which work just as good as the chemical ones, but they won't cause any problems and are completely safe. You can use a mixture of baking soda, white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, and hot water to get rid of the mould or the clog. Just use a half of a cup of baking soda and push it down your drain and leave it overnight. Then, pour 2 cups of white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide down the drain which will cause foaming and fizzing. This will really help to loosen the clog if there is one as well as kill the mould and loosen it from the sides of the drain.

Last, get 5 to 6 cups of very hot water and pour that down the drain nice and slow. This will wash out the mold, along with the other natural cleaners from before. Just don't use boiling water because this can damage your pipes especially if they are PVC pipes. You can do this once a month especially right after the first time. You want to prevent that mould from coming back, so by keeping the pipes and drain clean, mould will have nowhere to grab onto. You can use these cleaning tips in any sink or shower or bathtub in your home to keep all of your drains clog free and mould free. If you have mould growing in your shower, you can also get rid of that with some vinegar too. Just use some plain white vinegar in a spray bottle to spray down the mouldy area, scrub and then rinse and repeat weekly or more often if you can.***

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