Bathroom Mold – tips to keep your bathroom from forming mold

Moldy Bathroom Ceiling

Moldy Bathroom Ceiling

Keeping your bathroom as dry as possible is an important method for preventing the growth of mold. Excess water and or humidity in your bathroom will eventually lead to mold growth. The following are a few tips to help you prevent excess water from resulting in mold growth.

Re-caulk your tiles – If you notice the caulking between your bathroom tiles beginning to crumble or fall apart, then you need to re-caulk it as soon as possible. Otherwise, water will seep in behind the tiles, where it will wick up the drywall or greybeard in behind and mold will begin to grow. Don’t just caulk over the old stuff make sure to remove and clean thoroughly prior to applying new caulking.

Dry surfaces – If water pools up on your bathroom counters, be sure to wipe them off before you leave the bathroom. The same goes for any water that may have spilled out onto your floor. If you have linoleum flooring it is somewhat porous and the water will seep through causing the K3 or other sub floor materials to get wet and swell. Linoleum also has paper backing which is cellulose and mold loves cellulose.

Use your fan – The moisture that collects throughout the bathroom after you take a hot shower can lead to the growth of mold. To help eliminate this excess moisture, make sure you turn the fan on after every time you take a shower. It is also great practice to leave the fan run for 10 – 20 minutes after your shower so you don’t end up with this…

bathroom mold

Mold in the bathroom caused from humidity.

No matter where you live, a high moisture level in your bathroom makes mold almost impossible to get rid of, no matter how much you clean. Eliminating bathroom dampness is the key to keeping mold from growing. In order to eliminate the moisture and high humidity, follow these steps:

  • First, after a bath or a shower, squeegee water off the shower walls. That eliminates at least three-fourths of the moisture that supports mold growth or as one might call it mildew.
  • Second, run your bath fans during your bath or shower and for 10 – 20 minutes after to flush out moisture. Adding a timer switch is best as it will make this step automatic.
  • Third, if you have tile, seal the grout lines annually with a standard grout sealer to waterproof them.
    To get rid of the current mold, scrub with detergent and water, then dry the surface completely, or use vinegar diluted with water.

If the fan isn’t clearing out most of the moisture in your bathrooms after five to 10 minutes, your fans may not be moving enough air. Fans are certified by the volume (CFM, or cubic feet per minute) of air “exhausted” out of the room. To find the recommended fan capacity for your bathroom, simply multiply the bathroom square footage by 1.1 (assuming an 8-ft. ceiling; for a 9-ft. ceiling, multiply by 1.5). Be sure to clean the fan from time to time.

Some homes have the bathroom wall kits that are a basic plastic placed over your walls, make sure the edges are sealed properly so that water does not get behind them as this can cause growth on the drywall behind the fibreglass panels. Sometimes you won’t be able to see it until it ends up costing more to repair then just replacing the caulking surrounding the tub. A simple test can give you the answers that you need to know if in fact there is mold growth in your bathroom.

Every home has a little mold and is inevitable to not have it unless you are living in a plastic bubble however, when the mold gets out of control it can cause potential health problems for you, your family or pets.

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Source: Family Handy Man

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