Tips to Keep Mold from Growing in Your Bathroom
For some people, fighting mold and mildew in their bathroom is an ongoing problem. Regardless of the time of year, fighting mold in the bathroom is necessary if you want a clean bathroom as well as preventing damage to the walls, flooring and ceiling. Here are a few tips to keep that mold growth at bay.
Mold spores are everywhere
One misunderstanding most people have about mold is that mold only grows in certain places. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily true. As a matter of fact, microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Consider these facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors, and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and can drift in the air, entering your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems.
- Mold spores flourish on moisture. Mold spores can rapidly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
How to stop mold growth
All bathrooms will have some level of moisture present at all times; it goes with the nature of the room, but by eliminating as much moisture as possible in the bathroom, you can stop mold growth. Maintaining a mold-free bathroom is fairly simple if you follow these tips and remain diligent in your cleaning effort.
Utilize a good exhaust fan
Effective fans are a good defense against mold and moisture in your bathroom. Be sure that all your bathrooms have a well-functioning fan. Make sure the cubic feet per minute count is enough to cover the size of the bathroom (manufacturers will list this on the box). Run the fan during all showers and baths and for at least 30 minutes afterward.
Use a squeegee
Believe it or not, using the squeegee on your tub and shower walls after every shower or bath reduces up to 75 percent of the moisture in the air. That takes care of so much moisture that can lead to the rapid growth of mold in all areas of the bathroom so use one after every use!
Look for and fix all leaks
If you have any leaks within the bathroom, fix it right away, no matter how minor it may seem. Call a plumber and have them check for any hidden leaks within the walls. Going a long period of time with any leaks will ultimately cause mold growth and will make it hard to get rid of later.
What to do if you find mold
No matter how diligent you are, you may still experience mold in your bathroom. If you find mold, have a mold remediation professional take care of it. Mold is resilient and getting rid of it is hard. SERVPRO of Phoenix has trained and certified mold specialists to help you with your mold issues so reach out to them at 480-503-2090 to help you address the mold growth.