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 most bathrooms are 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 eliminate these molds off your bathroom, leaving it fresh and clean.
Since the bathroom is an essential part of your house that you visit daily, it must be mold-free and in good condition to not pose any health issues to you. If you find any signs of mold in your bathroom, you must remediate it because, as harmless as they seem, they can pose health issues.
According to the CDC, mold in your bathroom can cause allergies and respiratory problems. These health issues can worsen if you have asthma or a weak immune system.
Having molds in your bathroom can also pose a threat to the sanitary fittings in your bathroom. These include damage caused to the drains, showerheads, curtains, ceilings, tiles, pipes, drywall, and other areas of your bathroom.
Once settled on a particular place in your bathroom, these mold spores begin to eat into the surface and soon leaves a nasty blackish or greenish patch on the object or area. This situation may require complete remediation or changing the entire sanitary system.
You can get rid of the mold in your bathroom using one of the natural DIY ways, which involves using one or more of these items: vinegar, baking soda, lime, tea tree oil, and hydrogen peroxide. CDC and NIEHS recommend that you consult a professional mold remediation expert if the affected area in your bathroom is more than 10 square feet.
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 the bathroom sink, shower fabric, panels, and other places where you may be unable to reach them, and requires special methods to eliminate mold.
If you are handling the remediation yourself, ensure you wear protective gears like overalls and face masks to prevent the spores from coming in contact with your skin or respiratory organs. Ensure 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. Our experts are certified by high-level industry certifications, including the IICRC. We boast the most innovative strategies, optimum standard procedures, and equipments to enhance our services and consistently provide better results.
We follow CDC-recommended protocols, and use thermal imaging technologies such as the moisture meter to effectively inspect and remove even the slightest presence of mold in your bathroom.
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 in your bathroom, and the remediation techniques needed to remove the mold.
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Most houses these days are built to be more airtight and energy-efficient. As a result, bathrooms are mostly poorly ventilated and damp, making it suitable for molds to grow.
Since mold spores are tiny and microscopic, they easily penetrate your bathroom and cling to the slightest moisture or dampness present. Places like toilet seats, sinks, shower grouts, in between the tiles, the ceilings, drains, curtains, and just about every part of the bathroom are vulnerable to mold attack. Dust and other organic matter further help these molds to thrive.
The humidity, poor light, and little ventilation in the bathroom allow this infestation to occur and multiply faster. So long as you take a shower or even wash your hands in the bathroom, molds are bound to grow unless you take necessary actions at regular intervals to keep the bathroom dry and clean.
If you have ever stepped into your bathroom and experienced a weird, musty, and earthy smell, it is probably mold. Though your bathroom looks clean and dry, it does not eliminate the possibility of the presence of mold.
Usually, when mold settles on the materials found in the bathroom, mold spores decompose them and give off an earthy damp smell. Walls, wood, curtain fabrics, panels, and the bathroom ceiling are the most prone areas for mold growth.
Another sign to identify mold in your bathroom is to notice the discoloration of the ceiling, walls, and tiles. The mold spores are responsible for eating into their host and leaving it discolored, cracked, or peeled.
The presence of ants is another sign to look out for. Ants usually feed on mold-infested areas in the bathroom, especially under tiles, in-between grouts, and within walls. When you notice any of these signs, it indicates the presence of mold in your bathroom.
Bathroom molds can be visible on your curtains, tile grouts, sinks, bathtub, ceiling, and many other areas 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 most common areas in the bathroom where the mold growth is seen 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:
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 ineffective 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.
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 eliminated 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. After long hot showers, keep the exhaust fan on for more than 10-15 minutes, and if you have a window, keep it open as well.
There is no evidence that mold 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. While it may not cause cancer, it is better to remediate these ugly mold patches from your bathroom.
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.
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