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How to Prevent Bathroom Mold

Mold thrives in warm, damp environments, so don’t be surprised if you find it growing in your bathroom! However, several types of mold may present a health hazard, and mold can cause significant damage to your home. Because there is so much moisture released in a bathroom that can encourage mold growth, it’s important to take steps to prevent it from taking hold. Thankfully, there are a handful of things you can do to protect yourself and your home from runaway mold!

Here are a few things you can try to prevent mold growth in your bathroom:

1. Ventilate
One of the best and easiest things you can do is make sure your bathroom has good ventilation. Check your exhaust fan to ensure it’s clean and working well. Crack a window if you have one. Leave the shower door or curtain open for a while after using the shower. Keep the bathroom door open whenever possible.

2. Waterproof and seal
Around showers and tubs is a common area for mold growth. Take a preventative step by waterproofing and sealing your grout and along the sides of your tub or shower surround.

3. Wash towels and rugs often
Mold spores can easily take hold in soft, porous surfaces like those found on your bathroom towels, rugs, and fabric shower curtains. Set a reminder to wash these in hot water with quality detergent at least twice per month.

4. Clean regularly
Don’t let your bathroom go too long between thorough cleanings. At least once per week, scrub down your shower, tiles, tub, etc. Get in the habit of using a squeegee in your shower after use. You can use a white vinegar solution to help prevent mold growth.

5. Repair plumbing leaks
Leaking pipes can easily create a situation ripe for mold and structural damage. Contact your local plumber to have your bathroom inspected and make sure you don’t have a slow leak that is saturating your floors or walls.

Want to learn more about how to prevent bathroom mold growth or need plumbing services in Winchester? Get in touch with us today at Powell’s Plumbing to schedule your service call!

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