If you’ve got embarrassing and unsightly mold in your bathroom, you’re not alone. In fact, most people develop mold in their bathroom at some point in time. It’s among the most common issues in every household, no matter how clean you are. It looks terrible, and many people are genuinely concerned about the potential dangers to health that it can present.
Mold can be very unsightly, and in some cases, it can be a health hazard. There’s no need to be embarrassed and try to hide it, however. You can get rid of the problem and take steps to keep it from returning. Learn a number of effective ways for removing potentially hazardous mold from your bathroom, and reliable methods for preventing mold from returning.
Why Do I Have Mold?
Mold grows in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements because mold grows best in isolated, damp, and dark spaces. That means your shower, tub, or even your whole bathroom can be a breeding ground for it. After all, where in your home do you run more water on a regular basis than in your bathroom?
This lingering moisture, as well as additional issues from things like leaky sinks, fixtures and toilets, and damp rugs, towels, drywall, fabric, grout, and even paper products, can create conditions that are ripe for mold to grow. They’re also conditions that exist in every bathroom.
I Don’t See Mold; Am I in the Clear?
Just because you don’t see mold, does not mean that you don’t have it. Since mold often grows in isolated, dark spaces, it could flourish under the sink, in the corners, around your exhaust fan, and even in your crawl space or access area behind the tub. You should periodically check hidden spaces for mold.
Getting Rid of Mold
Getting rid of mold requires thorough cleaning. If you have mold growing on your sealant or caulking, strip away the infected material and replace it. Use cleaners like hydrogen peroxide, bleach, or vinegar when cleaning. Just remember never to mix cleaners; this can create dangerous fumes.
When you clean, open your windows and doors to provide plenty of ventilation. You can run your fan as well. The idea is to let fresh air in and remove not just the fumes, but the moisture on which the mold thrives.
Mold Prevention: Keeping it Gone
Mold prevention is a matter of controlling the moisture that allows it to grow. Run your bathroom fan during and at least 30 minutes after a shower or bath. Control your household humidity levels with a dehumidifier. Use mold-resistant shower curtains, wash your curtains and bath mat regularly, and don’t leave your shampoo, bath gel, washcloth or loofah in the shower. Taking these basic steps can help to prevent mold from coming back.
Help with Cleaning and Preventing Mold
If you need help with cleaning, killing and preventing mold from coming back, especially if your problem area is larger than 10 square feet, call in the professionals. At Village Plumbing, LLC, we can help address these and other plumbing issues you might have and leave your bathroom healthy and looking great. Give us a call for more information today!