The bathroom is a relatively easy place for mold growth. Owing to its constant moisture content, it seems to be the perfect breeding place. However, mold is not just unappealing in presence but also invites an unhygienic environment. Here are few tips to help reduce moisture levels in the bathroom aiding in preventing mold growth.

  1. Install a Good Fan

One of the essential components of a mold-free bathroom is a useful and efficient fan. So, the fan acts as a vent and sucks the excessive moisture from the room, sending it outside. It serves as the first line of defense against moisture. To ensure that the fan is appropriate for your bathroom, calculate the ideal strength of the fan. If the ceiling is 8 feet, multiply the square footage of the room by 1.1 or if it is 9 feet multiply it by 1.5. If the cubic feet per minute seems to be small, it is an indication of poor ventilation.

  1. Keep a check on the running time of the fan

Though fan helps in ventilating excessive moisture, it is really essential to ensure that the fan is kept on even after the usage of running water is completed. This helps in preventing leftover humidity, which may damage the walls and ceiling from mold growth. One tip is to put the fan on a timer of half an hour for complete ventilation.

  1. Properly Use Your Squeegee

The bathroom squeegee is an essential tool for removing moisture. All you need to do is to properly use it after showers or when the washing work is over. Research shows that squeegee helps in reducing moisture by about 75%, which keeps the dampness level in check.

  1. Fix All the Leaks

In addition to water from the bath or shower, leaks can also be a potential source of moisture. Leaks can cause more damage than we can think of. Once mold starts growing it is a challenge to control it. The best way is prevention and keeping an eye on all the leaks and getting them fixed right away is the best solution.

  1. Frequently Wash Rugs and Towels

The bathmat, bathroom rug, and towels are ideal mold growth spots, especially if you leave them unwashed for long periods. An easy way to prevent mold growth in your bathroom is to wash towels and bathroom rugs regularly—at least once a week. Clean towels and rugs means a healthier environment.

  1. Pat Dry Your Shower Items

Prevent mold by keeping all the shower items completely dry. Removing loofahs, sponges, and product bottles from the shower when not in use is a great tip. As they dry, water can accumulate under them, and they become the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew.

Prevention is the best way to reduce mold growth. However, in case mold occurs, it requires immediate attention as it can cause massive damage.  If the growth is due to condensation, that can be addressed without having to make a repair. If it turns out to in fact be a leak, the sooner you repair it, the better. The experts at TDT Plumbing are forensic pipe specialists. We’ve been pioneering pipe leak repair for over 25 years. Give us a call if you need to find the origin to a mold problem that you can’t readily see. (713) 697-2088

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