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Modern homes have so many plumbing upgrades to save money. A low-flow shower head uses about 20 gallons for a 10-minute shower (two gallons per minute.) A standard or older fixture could use 2 or three times as much. According to industry estimates, a standard bathtub holds 42 gallons when filled to the brim, so you usually use about 30 gallons each time.
Either way, a bath or a shower brings tons of moisture and heat into a tiny, closed room. Every time you clean up, the ideal habitat for mold is created everyday (or multiple times a day in a big household.)
Look out for orange or reddish slime, green or black blobs, and speckles of mildew. These are visible indications of active mold. More concerning is the mold you can’t see. Sometimes, hidden pipes under the sink or in the walls also have slow leaks that make perfect hiding places for mold colonies.
There are many types but all molds reproduce by releasing tiny, microscopic spores into the air. The particles are smaller than dust and float onto all the surfaces in your home. When a little moisture is added, they begin to grow (and reproduce.) Warmth also speeds up the growth process. With favorable conditions, mold can begin to spread within 48 hours.
Mold also needs a food source to continue to grow. Any organic matter will support rapid mold growth. Dust, dead skin cells and hair are food sources for mold in the bathroom. Molds that commonly grow in homes include:
A plus B equals C. And germs grow in warm wet places. Moisture and heat in your bathroom creates a humid environment ideal for mold spores to begin to grow. Every time you take a bath or shower, you are creating the perfect place for mold to flourish. Then microscopic organisms and dust feed the mold, encouraging imore spores to fill the air and continue the cycle.
Prevent mold growth in the warm and wet conditions of your bathroom during your cleaning routine:
It is very difficult to get rid of mold once it has started to spread. When you scrub, scrape or wash it, even more spores are released into the damp environment. Small patches can be removed with bleach, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia or a mold cleaning agent to kill the mold. Then you need to safely remove the debris and spores from all surfaces. You will need to discard all fabrics, towels, bathroom mats or shower curtains that have been in a mold-rich environment.
Stay safe- this isn’t a DIY project. For example, mixing ammonia and bleach will create dangerous and poisonous gases. When the mold removal team at Daystar in West Bay uses any type of chemical, they will ensure proper ventilation and wear respirators to protect themselves.
Keeping a hygienic environment and controlling moisture is the most effective way to prevent mold from accumulating in your bathroom. If you find mold, call the team with the most advanced, specialized equipment for cleanup and removal. They can also perform repairs or water damaged materials.
Daystar Cleaning, Inc. is a certified firm of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and Florida State Certified Mold Mitigator. For 24/7 emergency service in West Bay, please contact our mold removal experts.