Regardless of how often you clean, chances are, at some point, your bathroom will suffer from some sort of mold problem. While the thought of mold in our homes leads us to immediately think the worst, bathroom mold is a fairly common occurrence, simply because of the room’s use.
Mold thrives in an environment that is wet and humid – and what better place than a bathroom for those conditions? There are times when a mold problem can be quite serious and will require a professional remediation team like those at McMahon Services.
However, for bathroom mold, there are a few things you can do to help keep the outbreak as minimal as possible.
Common Reasons for Bathroom and Shower Mold
Mold absolutely loves humidity and thrives in an environment that is wet, damp, and dark. When you run a shower or fill the bathtub, moisture gathers in the air and clings to walls of your bathroom, causing a high level of humidity. This is normal in a bathroom, and while it is one of the main causes of bathroom mold, it is not the only cause.
Without a proper ventilation system the humidity has nowhere to escape. Think about when you shower. You typically close the door and turn on the hot water, trapping in all the moisture from your hot shower into one small room. Without a fan or an open window, there is no airflow. The moisture from the shower will then gather on your walls, fixtures, floors, and ceilings – creating a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew.
Here’s the thing, though, even with the best ventilation system, you may still experience some minor mold in your bathroom. Aside from the basement, the bathroom is one of the wettest areas in your home. Not only does your shower and tub product humidity, but sinks and toilets, too!
Bath mats and towels can also become small breeding grounds for mold as they can trap moisture easily, and are often forgotten about and left for days without being used.
How to Prevent Mold
Start by identifying the areas where the mold has formed. Areas to check include:
- Shower curtains and liners
- Bath mats and towels
- Bathrobes that are kept in the bathroom for extended periods of time
- Around the sink and toilet (don’t forget to check behind!)
- Ceiling and Walls
To keep the mold away, start by making sure that your bathroom is ventilated properly. Windows or exhaust fans are perfect to help in this area, and small dehumidifiers work wonders in a bathroom!
After each shower, use a squeegee to remove any excess water from the tiles, tub, or shower doors. Don’t forget to dry the grout with a washcloth or towel!
Once a week clean around sinks and toilets. There are specialty cleaners that are created specifically to prevent mold and mold removal – these are great for regular use to keep the mold away!
Call McMahon Services for the Large Problems
If you find that your bathroom, or other rooms in your home, are suffering from mold or mildew problems, it may be more of a problem than just minor bathroom mold. It is important to take all mold cases very seriously and identify the issue before beginning to treat the area yourself.
At McMahon Services, we provide professional mold remediation that will not only rid your home of your mold problem but will find where the issue originated and make sure the mold doesn’t return.
Call us today to schedule an appointment if you suspect your home may have a mold or mildew problem.