Combating Mold and Mildew in Your Bathroom


Combating Mold and Mildew in Your Bathroom

Mold and mildew growth in your bathroom can be a sign of a serious plumbing issue in your home. The unsightly growths thrive in wet environments and can be detrimental to your health if ignored. Bathrooms with poor ventilation, slow draining showers and enclosed tubs or leaking fixtures are most susceptible to this problem.

What You Can Do

When mold and mildew invade your bathroom area, the first thing you must do to protect yourself is to get rid of it. Although it is a simple process, it will require some old fashioned elbow grease and some household cleaners. After you scrub their presence away, it is time to find the underlying cause of the problem.

Poor Ventilation

Bathrooms lacking a window usually require an exhaust fan for proper ventilation. Without an exhaust fan or when your run an exhaust fan that is in poor condition— steam will build up and affix itself to walls, ceilings, and cabinetry. This will provide an ideal place for mold. This is especially true in bathrooms that experience heavy use due to larger families. Hiring a professional technician to install, inspect, clean and/or replace your existing exhaust fan will help you evacuate the steam faster and more efficiently.

Leaking Fixtures

The "drip" sound that comes from a leaky faucet can drive some folks crazy. In addition, leaky faucets also waste water, drive up utility bills and create a wet environment that allows for mold and mildew growth. Repair or replace leaking fixtures immediately to eliminate risk.

Dripping Sink Drains

One of the most common areas for mold and mildew to set up shop is under your bathroom sink. Because of its obscure location, a dripping sink drain or P-trap often go unnoticed. The damp and dark area underneath a leaking bathroom sink is a paradise for mold and mildew to grow. Have your plumber inspect, tighten and replace worn gaskets before they start leaking to protect your cabinetry and prevent the spread of mold.

Leaking Toilets

A toilet leak that comes as a result of a faulty supply line, shut-off valve or a failing wax ring is something else you should have inspected. A failing wax ring can allow wastewater to seep into the subfloor and, surprise, invite mold growth. Loose toilets or those poorly attached to the floor are prime candidates for leaks. By having your toilet inspected and tuned periodically, you can avoid this problem.

Preventing the Recurrence of Mold and Mildew Growth

Once your bathroom is properly ventilated and your house's leaks and drips have been addressed, you should think about preventive steps. Maintain a clean bathroom and use a squeegee to remove excess water from shower walls and glass enclosures. Use the exhaust fan when bathing and crack the window when applicable to help release steam and moisture.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

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