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 eight steps to help prevent mold or water damage in your bathroom:
Examine 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 and try keeping the humidity in low level.
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 regularly for mold remediation
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.
Look at 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 damage from spreading to additional areas of the home.
Ants could be a sign of hidden mold
Moist environment not only supports mold but other lifelike ants too. Ants usually make their nests in moist wood, so if you notice any in your bathroom, it could be a sign that hidden mold is decomposing your bathroom’s floorboard or is rapidly growing beneath the tiles.
Regularly inspect your plumbing system
As known, leaks cause the majority of water damage; so, fix them immediately. Make sure none of the pipes and valves in your bathroom are broken or rusty. Even if there are no leaks in your bathroom, dripping faucets may provide sufficient moisture for mold or water damage. Take measures to prevent it.
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 of mold growth.
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. If it has, it is better for you to call professional inspectors to remove the mold and help you with an efficient mold remediation process.
Robert Matheka is the Owner of Kala Construction Inc.., a leading water damage and water damage restoration services. provider in Ontario, CA. Our services include extraction of water and drying out the structure by using special extraction equipment, air movers, and dehumidification equipment to restore your property back to normal after a disaster.