Mold can cause a number of problems, from poor indoor air quality, allergies, and health issues to odors and damage to your home. Don’t overlook the musty smell or mold or mildew growing in your bathroom. Be proactive by dealing with any current problems and cleaning your bathroom regularly so you and your family can breathe freely and live more comfortably (and safely).
Places to Check for Mold
Bathrooms are ideal locations for mold to develop and grow. If not caught soon enough or left too long, it can quickly spiral into a big problem that overruns a portion of your bathroom. Look around your bathroom, particularly in the areas listed below, for mold. There are many different types of mold, and they can appear in several colors—black, orange, green, pink, and white.
Check tile for discolored surface area and staining on grout lines. Also check the caulk in and around your shower or bathtub; these are very common locations for mold to develop. If the mold on caulking isn’t dealt with quickly enough, it can spread, break the seal, and begin growing behind the caulk, potentially reaching your walls and causing extensive damage. If the caulk in your bathroom is growing mold, you’ll need to strip and replace it.
Your shower curtain liner could also be a breeding ground for mold, and you might not even know it! Make sure you wash it frequently and replace it regularly. Consider purchasing a mildew-resistant curtain as well, and wash it often.
Check window tracks, windowsills, and wood surfaces. Condensation can easily form on bathroom windows, and if the moisture isn’t removed quickly enough, mold can begin to form and wood can eventually rot.
Make sure you hang your wet towels up so they can dry before you use them again. Don’t hang more than one towel on a rack, or moisture could get trapped and prevent complete drying. Make sure your rugs are left so they can breathe and dry properly as well. Wash both rugs and towels often.
Leave your ventilation fan on for about 30 minutes after you shower or bathe to get rid of the extra moisture and humidity in the room.
Fix Water Leaks
Check around your toilet and under your bathroom sink for leaks. If water is left sitting in these areas, mold can quickly start to grow and damage floors, walls, and nearby items. Make sure your sink faucets and tub and shower fixtures aren’t leaking, either.
Install Proper Ventilation
Without good ventilation, your bathroom can’t properly release the heat and humidity that builds up when you bathe or shower, which can quickly lead to mold growth. Make sure you have a ventilation system in place that expels hot air and humidity outside, not into your attic or another part of your home. Having a window in your bathroom to encourage airflow will help as well. Strongly consider installing a window and ventilation system in your bathroom if you don't already have them to help keep this room healthy.
Keep your bathroom dry and clean to ward off mold! If you need any heating, cooling, or ventilation services in or around the Ames area, contact Cyclone Contracting. We also provide plumbing and various home improvement services for homeowners.