Do you have an older bathroom where you’re starting to see mold spots pop up? Or maybe you’ve recently remodeled yours and you want to prevent mold from appearing? Bathrooms tend to be the wettest room in the house for a lot of reasons, and where there is wetness, there is almost always the possibility of mold. It is important to know what causes mold growth in order to prevent its spread.
After you’ve taken a shower, is the room filled with steam? More than likely this is because your bathroom lacks good ventilation or you’re not taking advantage of the ventilation you do have. When the room fills with steam, condensation accumulates on the walls, and this regularly moist environment leads to mold growth. If you have a window in your bathroom, open it slightly during those long showers. If not, turn on the exhaust fan or crack the door during and after showering so the moisture can escape. If your bathroom has no ventilation system, consider a remodel to install one.
Sitting Water Issues
Bathrooms have more opportunities than any other room in your house for water to accumulate, simply because there are so many fixtures. Take the time to inspect all of the fixtures each week when you clean them – the sinks, tub, shower, and toilet – for any leaks. Anything that leaks needs to be repaired or possibly replaced. In addition to solving or preventing your mold issues, making improvements to your plumbing can also increase the value of your home. You should also have an absorbent floor mat that you wash regularly and avoid leaving wet towels on the floor.
Grout or Caulk Issues
The grout between tiles, especially in your shower, is constantly exposed to moist air and water, which eventually wears it away. Once it starts to deteriorate, you could find you have both mold growth and damaged tiles. Check every six months to see if your grout is wearing away and replenish it if needed. Similarly, the caulk around your tub or shower surround can split or wear away over time. Removing the old caulk and replacing it with new is a great way to limit mold growth and spruce up the look of your shower.
Get in Touch with Mahon Plumbing
If you’re ready to see how an upgrade can help your home, the experts at Mahon plumbing are here to help. Mahon Plumbing has been serving the Baltimore region’s plumbing needs since 1994. We’re ready to offer quality plumbing services and gas installation for both commercial and residential uses. Our tracks and employees are ready to handle the toughest of jobs.
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