How to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Bathroom
Have you noticed mold in your bathroom? It's a problem you should take care of right away before it puts your health at risk. Here are a few common causes of bathroom mold, how to get rid of it, and how to prevent it in the future.
Common Causes of Mold
The most common cause of mold is definitely moisture. In particular, mold loves to grow in damp, dark, and isolated spaces, meaning your bathroom is a perfect breeding ground.
In particular, some reasons your bathroom might be growing mold include:
- Having a leaky pipe, sink, or toilet
- Not having enough ventilation
- Having continually damp surfaces, such as wallpaper, wood, rugs, drywall, etc.
How to Eliminate Mold in Your Bathroom
Once you've determined that you have mold, your first priority should be to get rid of it.
First, strip your bathroom of all linens and throw them in the wash to kill the mold spores. Then, you'll need to clean your bathroom with mold-resistant chemicals. Specific cleaners like Moldyzme or Concrobium get rid of mold without harsh chemicals while still being eco-friendly. However, you can also use a mixture of 10 percent bleach and 90 percent water for mold-killing power. Scrub all bathroom surfaces and let them dry completely.
If you notice any sealant or caulking that has mold growth, this will need to be replaced. Strip it off and discard it to prevent mold spores from spreading.
Getting air flow into the bathroom is also vital for drying out mold. Open the windows and doors, and maybe even put a fan in the room to create a breeze.
Finally, you've gotten rid of all traces of mold in your bathroom. Now how do you prevent it from coming back?
Step one is to eliminate all sources of moisture. This might mean installing a bath fan to clear humidity out of the air after a shower, squeegeeing off the walls when you're done bathing, and sealing the grout lines in your tile with a special waterproofer.
Additionally, it wouldn't hurt to install a dehumidifier in our home to keep moisture levels below 50 percent. If you have an air conditioner with a dehumidifier, make sure it's working properly.
Finally, take special precautions with your bathroom linens. Switch to a mildew-resistant shower curtain and always wash your towels and rugs frequently to prevent mold spores from taking hold.
Dealing with Plumbing Leaks
Do you need help getting rid of mold in your bathroom? David Gray Plumbing can help. We're experts in patching up slab leaks, pipe leaks and any other issues that are leading to condensation in your bathroom.