As bathrooms often have wet surfaces, they are prime areas for mold growth and water damage. It is important to take care of these issues in a timely manner, particularly when there are infants, elderly individuals, and/or people suffering from allergies living in the home. Take the following six steps to check for mold and water damage in the bathroom.
- Check the common damp areas. These areas include in and under sinks, the corners of the tubs and showers, windowsills, caulking, and shower curtains. If you have recently experienced water damage in the bathroom, pay special attention to this area.
- Inspect the objects. Many bathroom objects are likely to get wet such as shampoo bottles in the shower and a lotion bottle on the counter. Whenever possible, store items up high or in cabinets or drawers where they can stay dry.
- Check the floor. Carpeted, tile, and wood bathroom floors are all susceptible to water damage. Signs of damage for these types of floors include a muddy appearance, spongy feel underfoot, cracks in the caulking and grout, and a sour or rotting smell.
- Check the walls and ceiling. Walls and ceilings as well as air vents are also prime spots for mold growth. Early detection is key for keeping the water from spreading to additional areas of the home.
- Pay attention to smells. Do not ignore rotting, musty, earthy, and sour smells in the bathroom. The sooner that you can take care of the issue, the better. Start with the most common areas for potential damage as well as any regions with reoccurring issues.
- Recheck problem areas on a regular basis. Once you have taken care of a mold or water issue, it is important to check the area several weeks later to make sure that the problem hasn’t reappeared.