Bathrooms are one of the moistest rooms in our homes, especially after a hot shower or bath, making them the ideal location for mold and mildew growth. Mold can be an eyesore, cause structural damage to your bathroom, and negatively impact your health after constant exposure. Listed below are four common causes of mold growth in bathrooms.
Leaking Bathroom Fixtures
Although moisture in your bathroom can come from various sources, one of the most common causes of mold growth in bathrooms is leaking bathroom fixtures. A leaking bathtub, faucet, or toilet can create an environment full of moisture, setting ideal conditions for mold and mildew growth. If you notice your bathroom fixture or its connecting pipes and components are leaking, it’s important to have it repaired or replaced immediately, preventing the accumulation of mold, mildew, and future water damage.
Another cause of mold growth in bathrooms is clogged drains. A clogged drain can often be filled with various substances and debris, including soap scum, hair, dirt, and grease preventing water from draining into your tub or sink, keeping your drain wet longer than usual. A combination of excess water and blockage creates the ideal environment for mold to flourish.
After a hot shower or bath, an accumulation of heat and moisture can stick to various surfaces in your bathroom, including the walls, ceiling, sink, toilet, and more. Over time, these moist surfaces can succumb to mold and mildew growth if left untreated. Properly ventilating your bathroom with an exhaust fan is one of the best ways to prevent mold growth in your bathroom. Bathroom exhaust fans help circulate the air in your bathroom, removing excess heat and moisture that can accumulate after a shower or bath. However, if your bathroom doesn’t have an exhaust fan, you can wipe excess water off your bathroom’s surfaces or open a window and leave the bathroom door open, allowing fresh air to circulate and heat and moisture to escape. These methods are key in releasing moisture in your bathroom and preventing mold from accumulating.
Deteriorating grout between your bathroom tiles is another common cause of mold growth. When grout deteriorates, it’s easier for moisture to get trapped between your bathroom tiles, causing mold to flourish quicker than usual. Replacing the grout in your bathroom tile at least once or twice a year is key in keeping your bathroom tiles in good condition and preventing mold growth in your bathroom.
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