Tackle Bathroom Mold and Mildew Before Starting a Remodel

By administrator On March 2nd, 2009

Mold and mildew is a common problem with bathrooms because bathrooms provide just the right conditions for such growth. Mold and mildew is instantly identifiable because of its colors such as pink, brown, and black. It has a typical musty smell that is mainly because of their excrement and is also noxious. Inhaling too much of it can be harmful. Mold and mildew represent a resilient threat to the structure of your bathroom. It can easily spread from fabric to wood onto sheetrock, paper, in fact on any surface.

Conditions that encourage the growth of mold and mildew include poor circulation of air, low lighting, warm bathrooms, high humidity, and dampness. As you can read, these conditions are related to one another and one gives rise to the other.

To tackle mold and mildew it is important to first contain the humidity. Mold thrives in humid conditions. So check if you can reduce the use of hot water geysers that generate steam and increase humidity. Ensure good air circulation. Install an exhaust fan to drive out stale and humid air. Keep windows open when the bathroom is not in use. You could also consider installing a dehumidifier.

Ensure that the bathroom is well-lit. Mold and mildew find dark corners to get a foothold. Keep the shower and bathtub clean. Body grime and washed soap feed mildew. If you notice mildew use chlorine bleach solution to wash and wipe the area. This should remove the mildew immediately.
Vinegar is a good home remedy as it not only kills mold but also deodorizes the place.

If mold persists then you have a source of moisture that needs to be found. Could it be that you are living in a wet climate and the moisture is oozing in through the walls. In this case, the building construction is the problem. Check if the moisture barriers were properly installed in the walls and the slabs. If the moisture barriers have not been installed then you should remove the siding and install a moisture barrier such as aluminum foil, sheet vinyl or even felt paper.

If the spread of mold is limited to a certain area then you have a leak of some kind, like maybe a water tank on the other side of the wall, a cracked pipe, or cracks in that portion of the wall. You should look for plumbing leaks or if there is a leak that can be traced to your attic.

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