How to Avoid Mold in Your Bathroom in Spring and Summer
Mold thrives in damp and warm places, places much like your bathroom. During the spring and summer, with extra humid weather abundant in Georgia and Florida, it is important to know how to prevent and clean mold in the bathroom. Mold can have negative effects on your health, causing headaches, respiratory issues, and agitating allergies in some people. It is especially harmful to children and pets. Here are a few ways to manage mold in your home's bathrooms:
Make sure there is good air circulation
If you take showers hot enough to cause condensation to form on mirrors and windows, mold will most likely take this as an invitation if you don't properly ventilate your bathroom. Most bathrooms in the south have air vents for this exact reason so make sure you use it! Every bathroom has a door that can be opened to allow cooler air in. If your bathroom has a window this will also lessen the moisture in the bathroom.
Check your tile grout
Grout is exposed to water almost constantly, and it wears down fairly quickly because of it. If there are cracks in your grout, mold will make a home of it. To avoid this, just make sure you are caring for and regrouting your tile as needed.
Check for pipe leaks
If any faucets or pipes are leaking in your bathroom, water may be pooling causing mold growth. You can spot a leak by any pooling water in the area around the water fixture. If this is the case, call a plumber to repair pipes immediately.
How to Clean Mold in Bathrooms
Cleaning mold can be done yourself by spraying undiluted white vinegar onto the affected area, letting it sit for one hour and then scrubbing with a solution of one teaspoon of baking soda and two cups of water, rinse with warm water and spray once more with vinegar (make sure you wear protective eyewear and gloves). However, if mold is too severe you may want to call a mold removal specialist.
If you suspect your plumbing is causing mold growth anywhere in your home, call The Pink Plumber for a home inspection!