Let’s talk about the four-letter word of homeownership – MOLD. Mold is a menace when it comes to being a homeowner. This microscopic fungus wreaks havoc on building materials causing respiratory issues to the inhabitants of the home.
But what you didn’t know about mold is that it’s already in your home – right now. In fact, it was probably in your home before your home was even a home. Mold spores surround us every time we walk in from the outside, every time we let the dog out, and every time we open the windows. Mold spores swept into your home’s building materials while it was under construction, and mold spore will continue to be present in your home forever. But if we have mold in our homes already, why can’t we see it?
Mold is only visible when it has grown into a colony. To grow, mold spores require three ingredients – heat, moisture, and food – bonus points the mold has a dark area to grow which in most cases is the backside of your drywall.
The two biggest places to check for mold in your home is in the two rooms where moisture is most present – the kitchen and the bathroom.
Checking for Mold in the Bathroom
Those long, hot showers feel great and mold spores are inclined to agree. Prolonged heat coupled with the moisture readily available in a bathroom makes this place a hot spot for mold spores.
Mold ain’t a Fan of Fans
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” so stopping mold before it starts can go a long way. Mold Remediation Pros says check your bathroom’s ventilation system and make sure it’s working at peak performance to reduce the heat and moisture left on surfaces in the bathroom.
Curtain Closes on a Dirty Shower Curtain
Huffington Post recommends changing out your shower liner – a hot bed for holding onto mold spores – when cleaning it no longer removes stains. “Shower curtains need to be washed when they’ve developed scum, mold or mildew build-up, but the rate at which that happens depends on so many different factors that it’s impossible to say ‘Clean your shower curtain every [#] weeks.’ Factors that come into play in terms of how quickly they develop build-up are the relative humidity in your home, how well-ventilated your bathroom is and the use of certain products that cause more soap scum build-up than others, like a thicker shampoo, conditioner or body wash.”
Say it Ain’t Soap.
While you’re at it, check soap bottles, loofahs, and other condensation collectors for possible mold growth.
Don’t stop at the shower – the sink and the toilet is the next stop in our mold check. Any surface that has sitting water for a period of time (yeah – we’re talking about that space between the facet and the mirror) is a good starting point. Then get down and dirty – check toothpaste caddies, behind the toilet and the toilet’s tank, and finally, the pipes for both the sink and the toilet.
Keep your Bathroom Mold-Free Using These Tips:
- Keep the ventilation running for up to 30 minutes after a shower ensuring the moisture in the air has dissipated.
- The air conditioner will keep humidity in your home to a minimum!
- Keep it Clean! Attempt to keep surfaces clean and dry – removing mold spore and not giving any survivors the moisture necessary to procreate.
- Check for leaks! A leaky faucet or bathtub that allows moisture to creep through could spell disaster when it comes to mold.