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How To Prevent Mold in Bathrooms

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

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How To Prevent Mold From Forming

If not addressed promptly, water damage can lead to a variety of long term issues. The most important thing you can do after experiencing unwanted moisture is to thoroughly clean and dry the area. When water is left to sit, mold can take hold of porous surfaces and begin to form in as little as twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Luckily, there are several actions you can take to help prevent mold from forming in the first place.

1. Provide Adequate Ventilation
A bath fan, usually installed in the ceiling, will suck moisture out of the room. To ensure the air is dry enough that mold growth should not occur, run the fan while you are in the shower and for half an hour afterward. If the air in your bathroom still feels moist after half an hour, you may need to install a stronger fan that is more appropriate for your bathroom's square footage.

2. Squeegee the Shower Walls
Water can remain on shower walls for hours after the shower is over. Mold can easily begin growing on grout and in cracks and crevices. By squeegeeing the shower walls after your shower, you can remove around three-fourths of the moisture that would cause water damage.

3. Seal the Grout
Over time, grout can begin to wear down. Protect your shower by fixing damaged grout and then applying a waterproof grout sealer once a year.

4. Remove Mold
These mold prevention techniques should keep mold out of your bathroom. However, you could still find some mold growth despite your best efforts. If you discover mold, remove it as soon as you find it by mixing one part bleach with nine parts water.
If you have areas that have sustained water damage in Hyde Park, TX, you may need the help of an expert. Luckily, there are professional mold remediation companies that will have your home looking "Like it never even happened."

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