The bathroom is one of the most common places for mold to grow in a house. Because there are several sources of water in the bathroom, moisture can build up in the air and on surfaces. Damp, dark areas are hospitable for mold growth. Mold causes health problems and damage to the materials that your home is made of. Prevent mold in the bathroom by taking these 5 precautions.
Turn on the Ventilation Fan When Showering
One of the easiest ways to reduce moisture in the air and prevent mold growth is by turning on the ventilation fan every time you shower or bathe. The ventilation fan may be built into your light fixture or have a separate switch. If your bathroom does not have a ventilation fan at all, installing one is a worthy investment. Ventilation fans move damp air out of the room and through the roof to the outdoors. In some homes, the ventilation fan deposits exhaust into the attic instead of outside. This poses a risk of mold growing in the attic, so it is best to have a professional extend the vent ductwork to the outdoors. Turn the ventilation fan on at the start of your shower and leave it running for 30 minutes after you are finished.
Check for Leaks Under the Sink
It’s common for leaks to go undetected underneath the sink behind cabinet doors. A loose connection lets water drip from the pipe every time the faucet is turned on. If not regularly inspected, there is no way to know that this is happening. The first sign might be a musty smell coming from the cabinet. Open up the vanity cabinets frequently and feel around for moisture to detect any leaks.
Keep Floors Dry to Prevent Mold in the Bathroom
When stepping out of the shower or bath, water usually drips all over the floor. Protect the floor with a bath mat and dry yourself off before getting out of the tub or shower. If water does splash onto the floors and walls, wipe it off with a towel immediately.
Re-Caulk Around Sinks and Tubs
Mold can grow in the crevices around sinks and tubs if the waterproof caulk that seals the edges is peeling or deteriorating. Occasionally these seals need to be re-caulked to prevent water from seeping into drywall. Keep an eye on the condition of the caulked edge and remove and re-apply caulk that is not adequately waterproofing the seam between the tub, shower surround, or sink.
Prevent Mold in the Bathroom With a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier is useful for reducing moisture and preventing mold in any part of the house but can be particularly helpful in the bathroom where it tends to be damp. A small dehumidifying device can cost as low as $20 and be placed in an inconspicuous part of the bathroom. Keep it running constantly and empty the reservoir when it is full.