Keeping your bathroom mold-free is a must to ensure the safety and health of the people living in your home. Bathrooms often get a rep for being breeding grounds for mold growth. Between the water and moisture, bathrooms offer the perfect environment for fungus to thrive. Humidity is the main culprit for bathroom mold, so the best way to prevent growth is to control the humidity level and ventilation.
Although mold can appear almost anywhere, the most common places for signs of growth are in/on:
- Caulk, grout and tiles
- Shower curtains and bathmats
- Sinks and toilets
- Ceilings, windows and walls
Here are a few tips on how to have a mold-free bathroom:
1. Install an effective fan and run the fan regularly.
All bathrooms in your home should have a ventilation fan that is the right size for your space. A common mistake is turning your fan off immediately after you bathe. You should leave your fan running for at least a half-hour post shower, to ensure leftover moisture in the air is pulled out before it has the chance to attach to the walls and ceiling.
2. Use your squeegee.
After every shower, go over the walls of your shower with a squeegee to remove excess water. This simple task helps to reduce the moisture in the room by up to ¾
3. Clean towels, shower curtains and bathmats regularly.
These items get wet with every use, so it’s no wonder they’re a breeding ground for mold. It’s important to wash your towels every two to three days, and to wash your shower curtain and bathmat once a week.
4. Replace cracking grout.
If you have cracked grout, water and moisture can get behind it and cause mold to grow behind the tile or wood, which is why it’s important to stay on top of sealing it. Remember to thoroughly clean the area before re-sealing.
4. Fix leaks.
Be sure to keep an eye out for leaky pipes and seals attached to toilets and sinks. If you have a leak, it should be fixed right away. Plumbing Experts is always here to repair and leaks, as well as assess any damage.
Overall, the best way to avoid mold is to prevent conditions where mold grows best. Remember to always remove moisture from the air, keep everything clean and avoid water buildup. If you have a plumbing issue that you believe may be causing mold or other issues in your bathroom, give us a call at Palm Beach (561) 279-2460 or Broward (954) 786-0477 or contact us here.