Mold is a nuisance, potentially a health hazard and arguably gross. If you have mold in your bathroom that keeps growing back, you may have a problem with humidity, but you may also have a poorly ventilated room or a leak somewhere nearby. Instead of simply removing the mold with harsh chemicals, make sure that you aren't providing an environment where mold can grow easily.
Wash Cloths, Towels And Rugs Regularly
Floor rugs, washcloths and towels are porous and easily absorb moisture, and mold loves moisture. Even if mold is growing on any of these things, they can still hold mold spores that can spread later. Make a habit of washing your floor rugs weekly and keeping the number of towels and cloths in the bathroom to a minimum. Whenever possible, remove damp or soaked towels and replace them with dry ones.
Clean Out Mold Spores
Mold is difficult to remove because the spores are often airborne, but you can set up an air purifier during the cleaning process (and for a few days after that) to help reduce the number of spores that can travel and set down anywhere.
Keep Your Bathroom Ventilated
Bathrooms have a lot of water in them, so it's only natural that they will be more humid than other rooms. However, you should still do what you can to prevent that humidity from being locked in.
- Run the ventilator on the ceiling whenever you take a shower or bath, and leave it running for about half an hour after you are done.
- Keep the door open when you are not using the bathroom so the air in your house can circulate through it.
- Make sure the air duct into the bathroom is open and that there is adequate air flow.
Check Walls And Seals For Dampness
If mold is growing in a very particular area, there may be something keeping that area damp. After you clean the mold away, look at what it's growing on and check it for signs of damage. If it's growing on dry wall, is the paint chipped or peeling? If it's growing on sealant, is the sealant worn and cracked?
Old paint can be replaced by moisture-resistant paint, and old and cracked sealant should be reapplied.
Look For Leaks
Leaks are not always obvious, so be thorough when searching your bathroom for leaks. There are a few ways to make sure all your pipes are tight.
- With everything turned off, take a dry paper towel and wrap it around the pipes below your sink, above your showerhead and anywhere else you can find them. The paper towel should remain dry; the outside of the pipes should not be wet for any reason.
- Turn on all the faucets and showerheads and perform the same test. Even with everything running, the paper towel should still be dry. However, some leaks only present themselves when water is running; for example, an old showerhead may spray water back towards the wall if its seal has started to fail.
- Use a moisture detector on your ceiling and walls. Make sure to get low to the ground near the baseboard. If you have rooms above your bathroom and you constantly see mold on the bathroom ceiling, check the rooms above for leaks as well.
Treat Your Walls And Ceiling
After removing the mold you can apply a mixed or diluted solution of a borate-based detergent to your walls or ceiling (or both). Rather than rinse this out, leave it to dry; it will discourage further mold growth for months to come.
To learn more about mold removal, contact a company like Allied 24/7 Restoration.