Bathroom Mold: Prevention and Elimination

Mold is a commonly used, unscientific term for the many types of unwanted fungi and has been associated with many possible health risks, including allergies, asthma, and infections. In addition, mold damages the surfaces that it lives on and weakens their structural integrity. Typically, nobody wants to see unwanted, unappealing patches of smelly, discolored, fuzzy growths in their bathrooms, but bathroom mold loves moisture and requires it for active growth. In fact, mold can grow basically anywhere there's moisture whether it's visible like along grout lines or hidden in areas such as behind drywall or under carpets.

Bathrooms provide many opportunities for mold growth, including water leaks, seepage through walls and floors, air conditioners, ducts, dehumidifiers, window condensation, defective plumbing, standing water in drains, and even potted plants.

How Bathroom Mold Grows

That musty odor associated with mold is actually caused by its break-down products, such as volatile organic compounds (VOC's), which can have short or long-term adverse health effects. Additionally, bacteria and dust mites, may also be found in environments colonized with mold.

Bathroom Mold Prevention

Therefore, preventing and eliminating bathroom mold growth is vital, not only due to its unsightly appearance and odor, but for the health of the home's occupants, their quality of life and for the home's structural integrity. Preventing or repairing leaks, removing standing water, proper ventilation using fans, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers especially in humid weather, and immediately drying or removing damp rugs and towels are vital measures. In addition, mold-inhibiting paints can be used.

Bathroom Mold Cleanup

Bathroom mold may be visibly present or can be determined by a reputable inspector. It is important to remove it as quickly as possible to prevent its spread and possible health implications, as well as protecting the structural integrity of the home. Removing bathroom mold from large areas requires the expertise of removal specialists, and special protection is needed for both the removal specialists and the home's occupants.

However, cleaning bathroom mold in small amounts can be done by homeowners. There are available commercial mold and mildew removers, or a simple solution of one cup of bleach added to one gallon of water is an effective means to remove mold on hard surfaces. Care should always be taken when handling any of these products, such as avoiding breathing the fumes, and protecting skin and eyes from splashing chemicals.

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