For many Florida residents, mold can be a serious concern. Mold loves humidity and thrives in environments that hold a lot of moisture. There are many different kinds of mold, and it can cause a wide variety of health problems. Mold is dangerous and can even be life-threatening for some. Mold can trigger allergies and respiratory diseases. It also comes from flooding during hurricanes or rainstorms. There are many ways to keep mold out of your home, but mold will often find a way inside regardless of how hard you try.
Mold can cause:
- Property damage
- Unpleasant smells or odors
Here are some tips for preventing mold in your bathroom:
Get Rid of Moldy Bathroom Items
If you haven’t utilized an item in six months or more, toss it! Bacteria rarely play nice with organic matter, so cleaning grout and mildew-covered tiles aren’t enough to avoid a full-blown infection. That includes bathmats, towels, sponges, or any other porous surface. If you have doubts about the cleanliness of an object after you clean it, toss it immediately rather than risk contamination.
Use a Mold-Resistant Shower Curtain Liner
There is no need to replace your shower curtain every time it starts to show signs of mildew. Mold-resistant liners are available at any local department store, and make sure you purchase one made out of vinyl or mesh (not cloth). The mesh allows water to pass through freely, limiting the amount of moisture accumulation in the lining, leading to mold growth.
Check for Leaky Pipes
Sometimes you might encounter a leak under the sink, toilet, or damage to drywall that you aren’t aware of right away. So what do you do if you find water leaking out from somewhere? The best course of action is to shut off the main valve and call a Certified Plumbing of Brevard immediately before mold spreads through your entire house.
Check The Grout
Make sure your grout is clean, too. Mold loves to take hold in grout lines! Scrub dirty or mildew-looking grout with a mixture of bleach and water. You can also combine white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and keep it under your sink. Whenever you see any signs of mold, please give it a spritz or two until you can be sure that the mold has disappeared. You may need to scrub it more than once, but this should help keep mold at bay.
Replace Shower Curtains Often
Shower curtains often start to smell mildewy after prolonged exposure to humid conditions in bathrooms like this one. Make sure yours is replaced every six to twelve months to ensure that you are limiting the amount of mold that can grow on it.
Use Bleach Each Week
Mold needs moisture to grow, so wipe down all the surfaces in your bathroom weekly… especially anywhere water might sit for long periods of time (like under the rim of your toilet bowl). Use an all purpose cleaner that includes bleach when wiping down surfaces. If you have tile floors, use wet mopping to reduce how much dirt and grime gets into grout lines where mold can easily take hold!
Mold is not just an unsightly nuisance… It’s also a serious problem in Brevard County homes. Mold will not only grow on walls, floors, carpets and rugs but also inside the wall cavities. So if you want to prevent mold in your home, you may need to do much more than clean up moisture spills or repair leaking roofs and pipes. You will need to hire experts like Certified Plumbing of Brevard who know how to remediate mold in your home. Call us today at 321-676-0812 and we can come help solve any issues you may have!