Bathroom mold can easily occur, but isn’t always the easiest to remove. And unfortunately, it’s not always obvious, as it can begin growing beneath plumbing fixtures, surfaces, and walls. Every homeowner should know how to remove any mold they currently have and how to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
What Causes Bathroom Mold?
- Excessive moisture due to lack of proper ventilation
- Leaky plumbing fixtures and pipes
- Constant presence of damp towels, rugs, wallpaper, curtains, etc.
How to Remove Bathroom Mold
- Check all caulking within the bathroom. If you happen to find some with mold growth, completely remove that section and replace it with new caulking.
- Any surfaces with small traces of mold should be cleaned with bleach or hydrogen peroxide.
- Keep windows open during mold removal to help dry out any excess moisture and to provide the bathroom with some fresh air.
- Areas with a large amount of mold should not be handled by the homeowner, as disturbed mold can spread further and be dangerous to inhale. Instead, hire a professional to remove the mold (especially since a lot of mold lies beneath plumbing fixtures and walls).
How to Prevent Bathroom Mold
- Always use the bathroom ventilation fan before turning on the shower or drawing a bath. If your full-sized bathroom doesn’t currently have a ventilation fan, have one installed.
- Open the window or leave the bathroom door cracked when showering to allow excess steam to escape.
- Purchase a mildew-resistant shower curtain and wash it regularly.
- Avoid keeping bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and soap in the shower, as they can cause mold to grow beneath them.
- Wash bathroom towels, rugs, and other fabrics regularly to keep them from being damp.
Bathroom mold isn’t just unsightly, it can be harmful to your bathroom’s surfaces and even your own health.When you need plumbing leaks fixed or new plumbing fixtures installed, contact Len The Plumber. If you’re looking for a reliable plumber, check to see if you live in one of our many service areas!