Whether you’re trying to wind down from a stressful day with a bath or get ready for work in the morning, the sight of mold is an unsettling red flag. How did it get there in the first place? If you’re wondering why your bathroom seems prone to this fungal growth and how to handle mold removal, consider the following guide.
An Introduction to Mold Growth in Bathrooms
Why Does It Form?
One of the key ingredients for indoor mold growth is the presence of moisture. Because bathrooms have so many plumbing fixtures—such as the toilet, sink, and shower—there’s no shortage of dampness.
When you use hot water in the sink or shower, some of it evaporates and turns into water vapor before condensing on the cold walls, tiles, and mirror. Without adequate ventilation, the moisture will linger throughout the room, raising the risk of mold growth.
Where Does It Form?
You’ll first find mold growth in areas that receive the least amount of airflow, such as inside enclosed showers, behind faucets, inside drains, and around the base of the toilet. You might also see mold growing along grout lines in the shower or on the floor, as this material is much more porous than slick tiles or porcelain plumbing fixtures.
What Should You Do if You Find It?
If you notice the greenish, gray, or even orange-tinged residue in your bathroom, it’s important to remove it right away. For natural removal, use white vinegar to kill mold spores. To remove the staining caused by mold growth, turn to harsher chemicals like ammonia or bleach.
Use a sponge for mold removal on smooth surfaces, such as along the tub walls, and a hard scrub brush for stubborn spots. For grout lines, use an old, hard-bristled toothbrush to concentrate on moldy areas.
If mold keeps returning, it could be lurking behind tiles or inside the walls of the bathroom. In this case, call PuroClean of Northwest Fort Worth. This Tarrant County, TX, company is proud to offer water damage restoration and mold removal services, and they’ll work quickly to deliver lasting results. To learn more about their skills, including fire damage cleanup, visit the website. Call (817) 953-5151 to schedule an appointment.