Do you smell that sour odor when you step into your bathroom? The reason might be just above you, and so might the solution. Bathroom ceilings are likely the first place mold will develop in your home. Only a few people act on the mold immediately, giving it the opportunity to spread to the bathroom tiles and grout. At this point, it looks awful and poses health risks.
Causes of Mold
Bathrooms have all the risk factors for mold growth, which includes: Water, High humidity, Warmth, Low air circulation, Low lighting, Oils, etc. Mold spores are always around, in homes, on surfaces and in the air. These spores take advantage of any opportunity they find to grow.
Dangers of Black Mold
There are green and white molds – and these ones usually will cause coughs, wheezing, exasperating asthma, allergies, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. In fact, there is a study that showed that young children who are exposed to mold are more likely to develop asthma.
Black mold, however, carry a more significant risk, especially if it is a species of stachyobotrys, a toxigenic mold. According to a report by CDC, toxigenic molds produce toxins that may cause serious negative health effects. It is rare, but possible – that the toxins that stachyobotrys produces, may cause serious health conditions, like bleeding in your lungs or memory loss.
To avoid mold problems, disinfect your bathroom surfaces regularly, reducing humidity and reducing heat will also help. Here are some ways to accomplish that:
- Open the bathroom window after hot showers
- Bathroom door should be left open to avoid humidity and heat build-up
- Clean bathroom with bleach solutions or ammonia-based cleaners. Don’t use both together as they are toxic when combined.
- Keep the light bulb on for a few hours a day
- Install a dedicated bathroom dehumidifier
- Install a dedicated bathroom fan
- Have leaking faucets fixed immediately
If you already have existing or recurring mold issues, be sure to call a mold specialist to take care of the issue once and for all.