You have probably come across some nasty looking and smelling patches on your bathroom floors, drywalls, ceilings, drains, grouts and other areas, and wonder how they got there or how you can get them off. These patches are not just dirt; they are a type of fungus called mold. Bathroom molds settle and grow on these parts of your bathroom because they are damp and moist as the bathroom is poorly ventilated.
Bathroom molds grow on virtually everything including tissue paper, towels, wood products, ceiling tiles, showerheads, curtain fabrics and almost every part of the bathroom. With our top-notch bathroom mold remediation services, we completely eliminate these molds off your bathroom, leaving it fresh and squeaky clean.
Since the bathroom is an essential part of your house that you visit daily, it must be mold-free and in good condition so that it does not pose any health issues to you. If you find any signs of mold in your bathroom, you must treat this with urgency because, as harmless as they seem, they are extremely dangerous.
According to the CDC, some of the dangers caused by bathroom molds include skin and eye irritations, allergies, redness of the eyes, skin rashes, coughing, and breathing problems, especially if you have asthma. In more severe cases, molds in the bathrooms can cause complications in the kidney and lungs, especially if you already have a medical condition or a weak immune system.
Having molds in your bathroom can also be responsible for structural damages to your drains, showerheads, curtains, ceilings, tiles, pipes, and other areas of your bathroom. Once settled on a particular place, the fungi begin to eat into the surface and soon leaves a nasty blackish or greenish look on the object or area, and it may need complete remediation or changing the entire sanitary system.
You can get rid of the mold in your bathroom using vinegar, baking soda, lime, tea tree oil and hydrogen peroxide if the area of contamination is less than 10 square feet. However, if the affected area is more than 10 square feet, it is recommended by CDC and NIEHS that you consult professional mold remediation contractors. This is because the contamination size in your bathroom may be too much for you to handle on your own effectively. Also, some molds can be located within bathroom walls, on ceilings, shower grouts, under bathroom sink, on shower fabric, panels and other places where you may be unable to reach.
Even when trying to clean the mold in your bathroom using one of the natural ways, ensure you wear protective gears like overalls and face masks to prevent the spores from coming in contact with your skin or respiratory organs. Make sure you seal off the bathroom while you work, not allowing the harmful air to leak outside. This is to prevent cross-contamination to other parts of your house.
EcoFMR.com is a locally owned, family run mold remediation and restoration company that provides you with systematic and holistic bathroom mold mitigation services to eliminate the cross-contamination and spread of these molds to other parts of the house. We are duly certified by three high-level industry certifications, including the IICRC. We boast of the most innovative strategies, optimum standard procedures, and equipment to enhance our services and provide better results always.
The CDC advises that you manually take off the molds in your bathroom through some practical DIY methods. However, they warn that when the contaminated area is above 10 square feet, you should contact a mold remediation company like us to help you deal with it.
We follow CDC recommended protocols to effectively remove even the slightest presence of mold in your bathroom. We inspect the entire bathroom using thermal imaging technologies such as the moisture meter to detect all the infected areas, contain the area, remove molds, and provide you with recommendations to prevent molds' reappearance in your bathroom.
We follow a simple 3-step process to mitigate mold from your bathroom:
After inspection and finding out the type of mold we are dealing with, your bathroom will be contained and sealed off to prevent spores contaminating other parts of the house. This is done using 6ml plastic and tapes to seal every possible escape area for spores. A negative air machine is used to clean the air and provide negative air pressure to prevent spores from affecting other parts of the house.
This step involves identifying the source, fixing it, and then remediating the mold from your bathroom. We use techniques such as HEPA vacuuming to eliminate mold from the entire bathroom, including the walls, ceilings, tiles, curtains, and every other part where the fungi could be resting. We then wipe the entire bathroom with anti-microbial. Finally we finish with a ULV fog, and use a humidifier to dry out all the excess moisture.
We conduct a test with an independent hygienist to give you a report on our job in your bathroom. When they are satisfied that we did a good job, they provide you with a clearance document stating that your bathroom is mold-free.
The cost to remove mold from your bathroom will range between $500 and $4000 depending on factors like the size and volume of the infected areas, the location, and the type of remediation processes we will need to remove the mold. We start with a free inspection followed by estimates for the complete remediation.
Rest assured, we will completely rid your bathroom of molds no matter the type, size, or how long they have been there. To find our more, call (619) 222-3056.
Keep reading to find more information about bathroom molds, including causes, signs of bathroom molds, the areas usually affected, and how you can prevent molds from growing in your bathroom.
It is almost impossible to find a house without molds in the bathroom. This is because houses these days are built to be more airtight and energy-efficient, and as a result, bathrooms are mostly poorly ventilated and damp. This is the right condition for molds to start growing.
Mold spores are tiny and microscopic. They penetrate the bathroom and cling on the slightest moisture or dampness it touches; toilet seats and sinks, shower grouts, in between the tiles, the ceilings, drains, and just about every part of the bathroom that holds any moisture or dampness. Dust and other organic matter are also breeding sites for bathroom molds.
Other causes of molds in the bathroom are damp cellulose materials like tissue paper, foot rugs, wallpapers, and so on. Molds rest on these materials and spread to other ones when they are left moist and damp.
The humidity, poor light, and little ventilation in the bathroom allow this infestation to occur faster. So long as you take a shower or even wash your hands in the bathroom, molds are bound to thrive, unless you take necessary actions at regular intervals to keep the bathroom dry and clean.
There are a few signs that indicate the presence of molds in your bathroom. If you have ever stepped into your bathroom and a weird smell hit you, it is most probably mold. Though your bathroom looks clean and dry, it does not eradicate the possibility of the presence of molds. When they settle on materials, mold spores decompose them, and they give off an earthy and damp smell. Walls, wood, curtain fabrics, panels and the bathroom ceiling are examples.
Another sign that there could be mold in your bathroom is the discoloration of the ceiling, walls, and tiles. The mold spores are responsible for eating into their host and leaving it discolored, cracked, or peeling off.
The presence of ants is another sign to look out for. Ants usually fester on mold-infested areas in the bathroom, especially under tiles, in-between grouts, and within walls. When you notice any of these signs, it is an indication that molds are present in your bathroom, and you should take the necessary steps to remove these molds as soon as possible.
Bathroom molds can be visible on your curtains, tile grouts, sinks, bathtub, ceiling, and many other parts in your bathroom. However, in most cases, these molds can hide in places beyond your view. Molds can be lurking inside pipes, walls, drainages, and so on. Knowing what to look out for to be sure if there is a presence of mold in your bathroom will go a long way in the early detection and removal of molds before they become evident and harder to control. Some of the areas in the bathroom where the mold growth is common are:
Molds can develop on the bathroom ceiling due to condensation. Steam from hot showers rises to the ceiling causing moisture and become damp due to poor ventilation. Sometimes a leaky roof that allows water to settle on the ceilings can also cause mold growth.
Getting rid of molds on your bathroom ceiling will require washing and scrubbing the area with clean water and applying a non-bleach spray on it. After some time, thoroughly wipe down the affected area if it is not more than 10 square feet. If the affected area is big, you may have to rely on experts to handle the situation.
Cleaning molds in and around your bathroom sinks do not have to be as problematic as finding the molds there in the first place. To get rid of these molds, spray some cleaning solution on the affected parts of the sink, allow it to settle for some time, then wipe with a sponge and rinse with warm water. To access the mold inside the sinkhole, you can take off the strainer, the long pipe that collects water, and scrub it with a brush. You can also take off the P-trap to reach the tailpiece. Scrub thoroughly with cleaning solution and replace.This should do the job and keep your sink mold-free.
It is quite possible and normal for showers to grow molds. This is because the presence of water in the shower grout, walls, fabrics, or drains could get in contact with dust or organic matter, presenting the perfect conditions for molds to settle and spread. To avoid this, you should always make sure the shower is dry at all times and the entire bathroom is ventilated.
Having molds on your shower curtain can be an unpleasant sight. Molds settle on this fabric because it harbors water after you shower and does not dry out quickly, causing dampness and moisture. When you notice these molds on your shower curtains, you need to wash them. You can do this by applying hydrogen peroxide to the affected parts, leaving them to soak for some time, then washing them off and allowing them to dry properly before hanging.
Molds can also be spotted on your shower caulks or panels. It is not always advisable to replace the caulks; the molds have to be removed. Caulking involves sealing the holes in between the tiles to prevent the reappearance of molds after treatment with a cleaning solution like hydrogen peroxide.
You can get rid of these nasty molds under the bathroom tiles and in grouts by pouring anti-fungal or anti-microbial cleaning agents on the affected area and using a brush with stiff bristles to scrub off the surface. Caulking of the area again afterward may be required in some cases.
Molds thrive in dark, humid, and moist surfaces and objects in the bathroom, and so to prevent molds, you need to make sure your bathroom is not in this condition. You can achieve this by:
Always clean the bathroom and all the surfaces with vinegar and some water. Make sure to wipe all surfaces dry after using the bathroom.
Your bathroom should have an exhaust fan to regulate and ensure airflow in and out of the bathroom. When you are taking a bath or washing, keep the exhaust fan on until about 10 to 20 minutes after you are done. This prevents the bathroom from being stuffy and humid and, in turn, making it uncomfortable for molds to settle. Also, leave the bathroom door open for sometime after a bath to allow natural air passage and increase ventilation.
Get a plumber to fix all the pipes and drainages that may be leaky. These leakages breed dampness and water particles in the sinks, drainages, shower grout, and so on. Effectively fixing them and drying them out will keep molds away from your bathroom.
Always make sure your towels are dry, as the dampness can attract molds. Take all towels and fabrics to a dry place or out in the sun whenever you do not need to use them immediately. Also, always stretch out the shower curtain to allow it to dry faster after you bath.
Another way to prevent bathroom molds is to sanitize the entire bathroom at least once a month. Regular clean up with vinegar, baking soda and other cleaning agents can go a long way in inhibiting the chances of molds growing in your bathroom.
Note that the CDC and other health agencies warn that it is not advisable to use ammonia, bleach, and other disinfectants to wash off molds. Not only are ammonia and bleach very effective against molds, but they can also cause severe allergies, health complications, and skin reactions when they come in contact with your skin, especially in an enclosed area like the bathroom. They can also ruin your walls, ceilings, and other parts of your bathroom because they are harsh and can take away the paints or discolor these parts of your bathroom. Using non-toxic solutions like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and tea tree oil will do the job without posing any harm to you or the affected area.
Painting over your bathroom ceiling to conceal molds does not solve the problem. On the contrary, it damages the ceilings even further, and the molds continue spreading as long as the conditions are right for them and the mold source is not eliminated. It would help if you only painted the ceiling after having effectively killed and scraped the molds off it.
You can use vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil, baking soda, and other non-toxic solutions to clean your bathroom ceiling. Spray any of these solutions on the affected area and allow it to settle for at least 30 minutes before you scrub to remove the molds. Again, note that DIY methods are advisable only if the affected area is smaller in size.
Having molds on your shower curtain can cause health hazards and allergies and are generally not a good sight. You can prevent molds by cutting your curtain to make it spread out better and dry faster so that it does not stay damp. You can also spray distilled vinegar on the curtain to clean mold out.
Yes, it can. This happens when the steam cools, and the bathroom is not adequately dried up. The steam rests on walls and ceilings, and when it condenses, it makes the area damp, hence causing the possibility for molds to settle and grow on these surfaces.
There is no evidence that molds can cause cancer. Still, they pose other health risks like respiratory issues, breathing difficulties in people with asthma, allergies, and kidney lung issues for people who suffer chronic illness.
Bathroom molds can prove to be a nightmare and an appalling sight for you. It poses health and structural threats and should never be in your bathroom. You may have washed it out thoroughly several times, only to find that it reappears magically. It is high time you hire an expert who can completely remediate mold from your bathroom.
EcoFMR is a certified and licensed mold remediation company. We have been in operation for over two decades, providing top quality services to our esteemed customers. We are sure to provide you with top services that guarantees results, to keep your bathroom mold-free. Our services are professional and affordable.
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