How To Remove Bathroom Molds?

The growth of molds in bathrooms is quite a common problem. But it is not a serious one if you do not allow it go out of hands. Now, why do molds grow in bathrooms? Molds need two things for life and sustenance, first is an organic substance such as dirt and dust to breed on and moisture. Both of these will be available sufficiently in bathrooms that are not cleaned and aired. According to Larry Vetter of Vetter Environmental Services in Smith town, N.Y- “Bathroom mold occurs primarily because mold loves damp, dark, isolated spaces. Typically, a bathtub, shower, or entire bathroom remains damp enough for mold growth just from showering or bathing.”
What causes molds in bathrooms?

• Leaking pipes is one of the pivotal causes. Often pipes leak within the walls and remain undetected. As a result a colony of molds starts growing on the damp walls.
• Wet shower walls or walls in close proximity to these also foster molds.
• Lack of proper ventilation in the bathroom is also a cause.
• Leaking toilets and sinks also invite molds.
• Damp cellulose materials such as rugs, paper products, wood, grout can also cause molds to breed.
The molds in the bathroom are always not visible. You have to look for it. Take a look into the hidden areas such access doors to showers, areas under the sinks and bathtubs, crawl spaces and basements under the bathroom, around exhaust fans etc. It has also been found in the some houses that the problem starts in the bathroom but builds up in another. Says Matt Cellini, owner/operator of AERC Removals in North Attleboro, Mass., “If you can see it or smell it, you’ve got it.” The molds give out a pungent smell as they grow. Be on alert, if you can sense such smell in your bathroom.

Preventing Mold

Well, there are some easy measures that you can take to prevent molds in your bathroom.

• When you take bath or shower keep your exhaust fans running. After you finish taking bath, let the fan run for another 30 minutes. Squeegee the water off the shower walls. If you do not have exhaust fan already, then get one installed ASAP.

• Regulate the level of humidity in the house. It should be below 50%. The best way to do so is to have a whole-house humidifier.
• These days you get mold-resistant shower curtains. Replace your present one with these.

• The shower is one of the main reason of mold growth in the bathroom. Never leave shampoo or shower gel, toys, or loofahs in the shower wall. These provide the molds space to hide themselves. Removing these elements eliminates at least three-fourths of the moisture that supports mold and mildew growth.

• Wash your bathroom rugs frequently.
• If you find any caulking or sealant in the bathroom infested with mold growth, remove it immediately.

• When cleaning bathrooms, use mold-killing products, such as bleach, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide. However do not make a concoction by mixing these with each other. This can cause toxic reactions.

• If your bathroom is tiled, seal the grout lines once in a year with a standard grout sealer to make them waterproof.

• If the exhaust fan in the bathroom is not removing the moisture then it can be an undersized one. Exhaust fans are rated by the volume (cfm, or cubic feet per minute) of air they move out of the room. You will get the right capacity for fan by multiplying the bathroom square footage with 1.1

• If molds have affected an area greater than 10 square feet then call a professional. Do not try to tear walls as this will contaminate the entire house with mold spores.
  
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