Perhaps just the thought of mold in your bathroom makes your skin crawl. Mold emits an unpleasant odor, is ugly and slimy, and makes your bathroom look dingy. If you have a serious mold problem, it can even lead to health issues. Once mold begins to take hold, it can be extremely difficult to eradicate. While bathrooms have the moisture, warmth, and darkness that mold thrives on, there are steps you can take to help stop mold from growing in the first place and to keep your bathrooms pristine. If you have an existing mold problem, consult with an experienced Coral Springs plumber today.
Have an Appropriately Sized Fan Installed
A bathroom fan helps suck the moisture – that builds up when your shower, bath, or sink is running – out of the air and sends it outside where it can’t do any damage. Most bathrooms have these fans, but they’re often too small to get the job done correctly. Consult with an experienced Coral Springs plumber about whether or not your bathroom fans are powerful enough to protect your bathrooms from mold. Having an appropriately sized fan professionally installed in your bathrooms can go a long way in the fight against mold.
Use Your Bathroom Fan!
Having a bathroom fan isn’t enough; you have to use it. In order to help keep mold at bay, you need to consistently use your bathroom fan. The best plan is to turn your fan on several minutes before you start steaming up your bathroom with a shower or bath and to let it keep running for a good half an hour afterward. This is the most effective and efficient method for removing as much of the moisture from the air as possible – waiting to turn on your fan on once you’re out of the shower is far less effective. Remind everyone in your household to use the bathroom fan every time they hit the shower.
Be on the Lookout for Leaks
Leaks that go unnoticed and untended, can lead to serious mold problems, but they can also cause expensive structural damage. Be on the lookout for telltale signs of leaks in your bathrooms. These include things like dripping faucets, small puddles or damp spots behind toilets, and/or damp spots on your walls or floors. If you spot any of these symptoms, call in a professional Coral Springs plumber. The sooner you nip a leak in the bud, the less extensive the damage is likely to be.
Squeegee Your Bath or Shower Walls
When you get out of the bath or shower, you leave behind wet walls that are like mold magnets. By taking a squeegee to the excess moisture when you’re done bathing, you can help keep the space dry, fresh, and clean. Use a shower hook to hang your squeegee on after you use it to avoid having it attract mold on your shower floor.
Don’t Allow Damp Towels to Collect in Your Bathroom
Allowing damp towels to collect in your bathroom simply invites mold. Wet towels are the perfect breeding ground for mold – their plush texture and deep, dark folds give bacteria plenty of room to grow. Hang damp towels over towel bars to dry after every use, and teach your family not to throw towels in the hamper until after they’ve dried completely. A tangle of damp towels can quickly become a smelly mess.
Use a Mold-Resistant Shower Curtain Liner
If your shower has a shower curtain, you know how difficult they are to keep dry and mold free. Use a mold-resistant shower curtain liner; for a small investment, it can make a big difference.
Keep Your Bathrooms Light and Bright
For mold to flourish, it needs two things – moisture and darkness. We’ve already covered excess moisture in your bathrooms, but you should also give some thought to keeping yours as bright and sunny as possible. If you have windows, keep them open to the sunlight whenever you leave the bathroom. Sunshine can go a long way toward eradicating mold. Also, pay careful attention to the dark corners and recesses of your bathroom when you’re cleaning. Don’t give mold a chance to grow in those places that probably don’t get much of your attention.
If Your Bathroom Has a Mold Problem, Contact an Experienced Coral Springs Plumber Today
Bathrooms are the perfect breeding grounds for mold, and if you’re experiencing a mold problem in one of yours, the dedicated plumbing professionals at Erica’s Plumbing and Restoration in Coral Springs are here to help. For more information, please contact or call us at 561-275-5688 today.
Erica’s Plumbing & Restoration
Phone: (561) 275-5688