While this isn’t, strictly speaking, a plumbing topic, we see a lot of mold and mildew in bathrooms and knew we could help. Bathrooms cook up molds and mildews like no other room in your house because they have the two crucial ingredients readily available: heat and humidity. Hot shower or bath water is the culprit, and if not addressed, mold can spread through walls, ceilings, and floors, wreaking havoc on your health, the aesthetics of your bathroom, and your pocketbook. Rather than quit taking hot showers (or showering altogether), there are 5 easy steps you can take to ensure mold doesn’t evict you from your bathroom.
1) The first and most important step is to pay attention to your bathroom. Simply giving the whole room a once-over from time to time might help you catch the problem before it spreads. Even if you do nothing else to prevent mold or mildew, this can save you time, money, and exasperation in the long run.
2) Promote ventilation and circulation in the bathroom when showering or using hot water. Turn on the exhaust fan, and make sure to leave it on for a few minutes after you’ve finished showering to get all the excess moisture out. Open windows and the door, too, if practical, to allow moisture a few more paths to escape.
3) Allow your shower curtain to fully dry between showers by stretching it taut right after you get out. Folds in the shower curtain retain pockets of moisture, and act as little hiding places for things you don’t want near you in the shower. Also, make sure there’s good airflow at the bottom and sides of the shower curtain, so that moisture can be wicked away, instead of pooling at the bottom of the shower or tub.
4) Maintain your drains. If your drain gets clogged, the standing water just incubates molds and mildew in your shower or sink. If you need some tips on unclogging your drain, check out our post on the subject: Unclogging a Slow Shower Drain.
5) Clean your bathroom with an antifungal cleaner. Make sure to get all your surfaces with a cleaner that prevents molds and mildews as a backup to drying everything out. You can never have too little mold in your bathroom.
All in all, preventing bathroom mold and mildew is very simple, and shouldn’t take too much effort outside of your typical routine. Just make sure that everything in the bathroom gets good and dry, and you shouldn’t ever have to worry. If you have any questions or a stubborn drain that you can’t unclog yourself, give Baker Brothers a call.