Your bathroom is one of the wettest rooms in your home, and therefore is one of the rooms where mold is most likely to grow. The fact that heat and moisture are frequently generated in your bathroom helps to stimulate mold growth as these factors provide great conditions for mold to grow and flourish. Preventing mold in your bathroom is vital in maintaining the health of you and your family. In addition, if neglected, bathroom mold is likely to spread internally through walls, ceilings, and floors, leading to an extremely expensive removal costs. One of the key factors for bathroom mold prevention is frequent inspections to prevent water damage that can lead to mold growth. The first step in mold prevention is keeping your bathroom dry and well ventilated. You can use a humidity meter to check humidity levels before and after showers. Make sure you keep humidity levels below forty to forty-five percent. If you allow adequate air circulation, your bathroom humidity levels should drop below 45 percent within 5-10 minutes from the minute you finish showering.
Shower and Bathtub Maintenance
Keep your bathtub, floors, walls, and ceilings, clean and dry at all times. To prevent mold, be sure to fully open the bathtub curtain after using the bathtub to allow equal and complete drying.
Allowing good air flow and air circulation are key steps in keeping low humidity levels in your bathroom. One of the most basic techniques to allow great airflow in your bathroom is to open the windows and doors right after taking a shower. This allows air to free flow and remove excess moisture from the room. If you don’t currently have an exhaust fan installed yet, do so right away. This is a great tool for bathroom ventilation. Turn on the exhaust fan while taking a bath or shower and leave it working for 5-10 more minutes after finishing using the bathroom to allow the bathroom to dry completely. Confirm that your fan exhausts outdoors directly.
Day to Day Maintenance
Day to day maintenance is important to prevent water damage and mold in your bathroom as well. It will also aid in detecting problems before they become large-scale disasters. Drains must be kept in good shape. Allow the bathtub to drain completely and by removing all debris and using drain openers from time to time. Create hard surfaces on your bathroom walls using semi-gloss paint. It is harder for mold to grow on these type of surfaces.
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