If mold could create a dream home, chances are it would be your bathroom. It’s damp, at times. It’s dark. And it’s isolated. Just bathing or showering leaves enough moisture to encourage mold to settle in and make a home of its own. It’s really a mold paradise.
Fortunately, there are some steps to ensure mold doesn’t treat itself to an extended stay in your bathroom. And as you probably guessed, we’re going to share them with you right now:
Add a Fan
If your bathroom isn’t equipped with a vent or fan, it’s time you thought about getting one. They have virtually become the industry standard when renovating. And there’s a good reason why. The cost to put in, replace or repair a vent is far cheaper than the potential costs of repairing mold damage would be. Quick tip: be sure to vent the air to the outside, not into the attic, where the moisture will only generate new problems.
Seems easy enough. Simply opening a window will help remove moisture. It’s not as effective as a vent, but it definitely helps. If this is the route you do take, you will need to do a little tidying to help prevent mold. For starters, wipe everything down after a shower or bath. You can also use a squeegee to wipe down the shower walls and sponge off the shower door or curtain. A variety of sprays will also help kill mildew when you’re cleaning the walls.
Check for Leaks
If the goal is to try and prevent moisture from building up, then you should be keeping an eye on your plumbing. Watch for drips or leaks from your faucets or the shower head. Leaking water can lead to standing water or humidity in the bathroom. Over time, this can lead to mildew or mold in the bathroom. If you’re doing all of this but start to notice a musty smell in the bathroom then you may have a leak underneath your sink or bathtub. Time to call Dauenhauer.
One Last Thing
Make sure to wash your bathroom mat regularly
Don’t leave wet towels or washrags on the floor.
And regularly clean the tiles in the bathtub as well.
If you have any other questions about preventing mold in your bathroom, call your local Louisville Dauenhauer, any hour.