There are thousands of different mold strains, and the one commonality is that no one wants any of them in his or her home or business. Not only are the spots of black, green, white, orange, and other hues unsightly and musty smelling, but also a cause of negative side effects.
Mold produces allergens, so individuals who are sensitive may experience hay fever like allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Other side effects can include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and skin rashes. And that’s just from mold strains considered to be nontoxic.
The toxic variety, such as Stachybotrys chartarum, also known as “black mold,” can be quite dangerous. Homes seriously affected by black mold can force homeowners to move out either temporarily or permanently, with some structures in such ill repair the only cure is to tear them down.
Understanding Bathroom Mold
While black mold is the extreme, mold itself is commonplace in most homes. It generates easily with water on a living source, or once-living source like wood, allowing it to to move into your residence and thrive. While not all mold types are cause for concern, they should be addressed promptly to minimize spreading, possible damage, and other negative side effects.
A typical household area for mold to grow in is the bathroom, thanks to it being a room often filled with moisture. While humidity from showers is one source, mold can develop in bathrooms for a variety of reasons, including:
- Drippy faucets: Mold goes where the water is, so a sink, tub, or shower with a leaky faucet can create a constant wet surface.
- Lack of ventilation: Depending on local code, many bathrooms are required to have either an operable exhaust fan or an opening window from which moisture can be vented. However, some older homes may have been built before specific regulations were in place and have neither. Or, maybe your bathroom has one or the other, but the efficiency of your fan is low or you’re just not keen on opening the bathroom window when it’s cold outside. All of these examples can lead to a buildup of moisture, making the perfect breeding ground for mold growth.
- Shower surfaces: The inside of your shower naturally gets caked with soap and body oils following regular use. Combine that with shower water and humidity, and the likelihood of finding mold on your shower grout, ceiling, and surround increases.
- Clogged drains: Dirt, grease, soap, and hair are all culprits leading to a backed up shower drain. The blockage remains wet longer since the water can’t adequately go down, and the composition of the blockage creates an inviting space for mold to grow.
- Leaks behind walls: Sometimes moisture comes from a hidden source, such as a pipe behind the drywall or a crack in the grout allowing water to creep in beneath shower tile. As the dampness increases, the dark, humid area can become a magnet for mold spores. And since you can’t see them until the damage is done, the restoration process is often more costly.
Tips for Mold Removal
A bleach and water solution is often recommended for removing mold, but while it may look and smell as if it is gone, bleach itself does not kill mold. To effectively rid your home of mold contamination, it’s best to call in mold remediation specialists. Experts in mold remediation will assess the type of mold growing and the level of toxicity it contains. After all, some mold may be black in color, but may not qualify as being the toxic risk of actual “black mold.” Following an assessment, the expert can advise you on the best course of action for removing the mold, as well as how to reduce or eliminate the source of the moisture problem.
Contact McMahon for Black Mold Restoration Services
First step to black mold clean up is finding the moisture source. Skipping this step will guarantee that you will have mold growing back and will have to deal with your mold problem once again. Finding the source could mean that you have a leaky pipe behind your shower wall or possibly a leaky roof. Our estimators will find the source so that we can provide you a solution to rid you of your mold situation.
Second step is the mold remediation process. This includes setting up containment to prevent cross-contamination and spreading mold spores to other areas of your home or business, cleaning the mold, setting HEPA air scrubbers to clean the air, HEPA vacuuming, and drying and treating the area.
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