Can My Pipe Grow Mold????
I know a lot of people are allergic to mold. So this question can be a matter of life and death. So the quick answer to this question is YES mold can grow in your pipe. But a lot of people would ask, “how long does it take to grow mold in your pipe?”. Under ideal conditions (optimal temperature and level of humidity), it takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to germinate and grow. Those that live in hot, dry climates may be able to get away with waiting as long as one week, but this is not recommended. Keep in mind that different climates may encourage mold and mildew growth. If you let this sit without cleaning, it will lead to a buildup of slimy, green-black mold and resin. This buildup will be very difficult to clean and will make the pipe hard to sanitize. If this happens, you may just have to get a new pipe.
How to know if your pipe has mold in it!!
Moldy water pipes have a pink film which is essentially fungus. This is what you see when you look at the build up inside your water pipe when it's been left for too long without a good cleaning.
How do you clean a moldy pipe??
I know a lot of people don't want to buy another pipe after it gets moldy because well that gets expensive after a while. So here are some ways that you can clean a moldy water pipe. Pour 91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol into the pipe and add some coarse salt, such as Epsom or rock salt, as an abrasive. Shake your piece for about five minutes, then rinse with water and soap. Vinegar and rice will also work, but Navarro and Reyna prefer the former method.