Having mold in your home can cause many problems, including allergies and a decrease in air quality. It’s a very common concern, especially in the bathroom. There’s a lot of moisture in that room!
Fortunately, mold is a problem you can easily prevent or get treated as long as it doesn’t get out of control. Mold loves damp, dark areas, and your bathroom has a lot of them.
Do you know how to protect your bathroom from mold, and do you know who to contact if you find it? Here are the tips you need to deal with the problem and keep it from coming back.
When it comes to mold, the most important thing is to understand why it occurs in your bathroom so you can take steps to prevent it from forming at all.
In high-moisture environments like your bathroom, your priority should be keeping the room as dry and protected as possible. Here are a few extra tips for preventing mold from taking root.
Be sure to use your bathroom ventilation fan when you’re showering and leave it on for 30 minutes when you’re done. This will help prevent moisture from building up. Use your air conditioner or a dehumidifier to keep your home humidity below 50%.
Clean your shower curtain often and don’t leave toys, shampoo bottles, or other items in the shower. They provide excellent places for mold to develop and grow.
Finally, use a squeegee after you shower and seal tile grout lines every year to prevent moisture from creating a mold-friendly environment.
Even if you work to prevent mold in your bathroom, it’s still a healthy habit to regularly check your bathroom for possible problem areas. After all, before you can handle your mold issues, you need to find them. Sometimes it’s obvious, like seeing black growth in the grout lines of your tile, while other times it’s harder to locate.
Make sure you look in hidden areas, including under the sink, around the exhaust fan, and near the shower and bath fixtures. You should also check the basement or crawlspaces under the bathroom — sometimes the mold forms on the ceiling or in the insulation below.
If you find a problem, it’s time to take action. The more quickly you remove mold, the safer and healthier your home will be.
While you can spot clean any mold you find, most mold problems are deeper than they seem. Spot cleaning doesn’t remove the root of the mold, and it will likely show up again shortly after. Spot cleaning can even lead to you accidentally spreading the mold to other areas of the bathroom and house.
If you have or suspect you have an extensive mold problem, you don’t want to clean it yourself. To get the help you need, reach out to Integrity Restoration. We are experienced in mold inspection, can safely remove mold from your bathroom, and will give you tips on keeping it from returning.
Don’t let mold compromise your health. Contact us for assistance today!