If you notice mold growth in your bathroom, don’t panic. Bathroom mold is a very common household problem, and fortunately, it is usually easy to prevent and cure.
Mold thrives in bathrooms because of the high moisture levels that accompany bathtub and shower use. If there is not adequate ventilation in the bathroom, mold will find a happy home. Leaky toilets, sinks, or plumbing pipes also contribute to mold growth. So, too, do damp materials in the bathroom, such as wood, paper products, grout, and fabric.
Bathroom mold often lurks in hidden areas. If you check the sinks, access doors to the shower, bath fixtures, exhaust fans, or crawl spaces under the bathroom, you will most likely find mold.
Your best defense is prevention. Follow these steps to keep mold from growing in your bathrooms:
- Wash your bathroom mats and rugs often.
- Turn on the ventilation fan when you shower or bathe, and leave it on for a while. If there is no exhaust fan in your bathroom, install one.
- Keep home humidity below 50 percent with the help of either the air conditioner or a dehumidifier.
- Do not store shampoo or shower gel in the shower area because they provide a convenient place for mold to grow.
If you already have a mold problem in your bathroom, use mold-killing products (hydrogen peroxide, bleach, vinegar, etc.) to clean it thoroughly. You should also open doors and windows to increase air flow and remove and replace the sealant or caulking where mold has grown.
If you have a widespread mold infestation in your bathroom, call the mold remediation experts.