Friday, March 24, 2017

How to Prevent Mold in the Bathroom

Mold is Toxic

Mold lives everywhere as it is a living fungus.  Fungus thrives in warm wet areas which is why we all will find black or pink mold in our bathrooms.

If mold is not removed from your bathroom you will end up with not only a toxic mess but you just might end up refinishing your entire bathroom including the walls. Not to mention your family may get sick.

Mold will form around the corners of your bathtub and on the caulking if you do not clean your bathroom continuously and properly.  It will also grow around the base of your toilet if your toilet gasket is leaking.

How to Prevent Mold in the Bathroom

If you follow these simple steps you can get ahead of the mold that lurks in your bathroom.

Shower Curtains and Liners

Once a week wash your shower curtains and plastic liners with bleach in your washing machine. Bleach will kill the mold.

Bathtub Caulking

Spray bleach directly on the moldy caulking and let it sit for about 10 minutes. After the caulking has soaked scrub the caulking with an old toothbrush to remove the killed mold spores. Rinse with water and then try the caulking with a paper towel. If the mold remains repeat the bleach and scrubbing. If the mold is still there you may have to remove the old calking and re-caulk around your bathtub. Sometimes the mold is coming from behind your bathtub as it may be in the walls.

Mold at the base of your Toilet

More than likely, if you have mold growing at the base of your toilet you may have a leaking toilet gasket. These gaskets are made of a thin rubber and they do not last forever so you may have to replace the toilet gasket. This is simple and inexpensive maintenance.

You will want to catch a leaking toilet gasket early as you can so you do not end up with mold under your linoleum and into the sub-flooring. If this happens you will have to replace the entire floor of your bathroom. This can be expensive.

 Again, spray with bleach and let it soak for 10 minutes. Use the old toothbrush to scrub away the mold and dry completely with a paper towel.  If you see that there is water leaking around the base of your toilet you will need to replace your toilet gasket.

Mold under your Bathroom Sink

If you are finding mold growing under your bathroom sink then you more than likely have a leak in the pipes under your sink.  Check to make sure all fittings are tightened. Spray bleach on the pipes and entire sink cabinet. Let it soak for 10 minutes and scrub with a hard bristled brush or old toothbrush. Dry with a paper towel and keep the doors to the cabinet open to ensure complete drying.

Place a little bucket under the "U" trap to see if you do have a water leak and address the leaking pipe immediately.

Preventative Maintenance

After every shower or bath simply wipe down your shower walls and around the entire top of the tub. Keep your shower curtain open to ensure that your shower completely dries. Once a week wash down your entire bathroom with bleach to keep the mold spores away.

Make it a rule in your home that anyone using the shower cleans up after themselves. It only takes a minute to wipe down the walls of the shower.  Be proactive and keep your bathroom clean and mold free.

Note:  Another reason that mold grows in a bathroom is that your bathroom vent may either need to be cleaned or simply is no longer working. Maintenance is the key to keeping healthy.

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