Mold in your home is one of your biggest enemies, and it’s especially common in places like your bathroom. Mold can easily creep into your home at any time, and although it’s important to get rid of it as soon as you can, it’s more important to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Here’s an overview of what causes mold, along with prevention tips and how you can treat it if it does occur.
What causes mold in your home?
Mold can grow in any environment that’s relatively warm and moist. The bathroom, in particular, is the perfect condition for mold in your home to thrive as it can easily stay humid and warm from showers and baths. If your bathroom is poorly ventilated, this can also cause mold as the bathroom will stay moist for prolonged periods of time.
However, the bathroom isn’t the only source of mold – if you live in a humid environment or near to the coast, the level of humidity in the air will likely be higher and mold in your home will be more common. Poor ventilation in the home, as well as things like regularly drying clothes indoors on a clothes rack or a leaky pipe in your home, can also cause mold. If you’ve ever had a flood there could be moisture in the structure of your home that’s causing the mold problem, and basements are also the perfect environment as it’s often the least-ventilated area of the home due to lack of windows.
Signs of mold
If you’re noticing cracked, peeling, or bubbling paint, large pockets of air under wallpaper, or strong musky smells in your home, this is an indicator that you may have a mold problem. Look out for prolonged symptoms such as sore eyes, asthma, coughing, and a sore throat, as this is a common effect of mold in the home. You may also have visible mold in your home, which occurs quite frequently in the bathroom. It often begins in the grout between the tiles and is a black / dark green colour and can easily spread to other areas of the home.
How can you prevent it?
Prevent mold from setting in by being proactive and keeping your home well ventilated. Make sure to open your bathroom window or turn the fan on after taking a shower, remember to dry wet areas as soon as possible, and actively check your home and areas that are prone to mold. If you’re noticing excess moisture or bad smells in your bathroom, this could be a sign of a sink or toilet leak or a leak elsewhere in the home. Mold in your home is often linked to problems with your plumbing system so if you ever suspect something may be amiss, give Mr. Plumber Vancouver a call immediately to identify any issues.
Don’t let mold take over your home – be proactive, regularly get your plumbing system checked out, and keep your home as dry and ventilated as possible. If you’re looking for a plumber in Vancouver, give us a call today!