What You Should Know About Bathroom Mold

bathroom moldBathroom mold is one of the most common problems in any house, even in Richfield. The best way to prevent mold in the home is through the control of moisture. Provided you haven’t let it get out of hand, it’s one of the easiest problems to prevent and cure. If you haven’t experienced bathroom mold, you may not be looking deep enough into the corners of your bathroom.

Although shower stalls and basements are especially prone to mold growth, any moist area in the home can harbor mold. If mold has begun to grow in your bathroom it’s wise to remove it immediately. A sponge, cloth or scrubbing brush will work to remove mold off most bathroom surfaces. An old toothbrush works great for hard to reach places where mold has begun to grow.

What is Mildew?

Molds are various types of fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. The term “mildew” is often used to refer to some kinds of mold, particularly mold growing in shower stalls and bathrooms. It is typically white or grayish in. Mildew flourishes wherever it is damp, warm, poorly lighted. Mildew is also likely to grow in a new house because of moisture in the building materials. It is estimated that between tens of thousands and perhaps up to three hundred thousand species of fungi exist. Bathroom mold is prevalent because mold loves damp, dark, isolated spaces.

Common Causes of Bathroom Mold

  • Damp materials such as rugs, wallpaper, grout, drywall, paper products, wood and fabric.
  • Lingering moisture caused by lack of ventilation.
  • Leaky toilets, sinks, and plumbing pipes.

Finding and Preventing Mold in Your Bathroom

Preventing mold from occurring in your Richfield home in the first place is the best defense. Bathroom mold isn’t always obvious. It’s a good idea to check out hidden areas, such as under sinks, access doors to shower and bath fixtures, around exhaust fans, even in the crawlspace underneath bathrooms. To prevent mold growth, try the following:

  • Maintain household humidity levels below 50%. An air conditioner or dehumidifier can help with this.
  • Use your bathroom ventilation fan when you shower or bathe, and leave it on for 30 minutes following the end of your bath. If you don’t have an exhaust fan, you may want to install one.
  • Avoid keeping bottles of shampoo, shower gel, or toys in the shower. These items provide great places for mold to grow and hide.
  • Utilize a mildew-resistant shower curtain and wash or replace it frequently.
  • Wash your bathroom rugs frequently.

If you find or suspect large areas of mold in your Richfield home requiring professional mold removal, contact Ally1 Disaster Solutions today.