how to prevent mold in your bathroom

Mold is a fungus that can easily grow in your home, especially in a damp or humid area. One of the most common places it can grow is in your bathroom because of how much moisture collects there. Once mold anchors down, it can cause significant damage and will require professional remediation and removal. However, there are several ways you can prevent it from growing and spreading in the first place. If you want to learn how you can prevent mold in your bathroom, here is quick and helpful guide by the pros at MA Williams.

1. Use Your Exhaust Fan

Exhaust fans are meant to ventilate your home, especially areas where there is moisture buildup. Whenever you’re done using your bathroom, make sure you turn on the exhaust fan for a few minutes to remove any humidity in there. This will ensure the air in the bathroom is clear and as moisture-free as possible!

2. Use a Squeegee

A squeegee is essentially a tool with a rubber-ended blade that is used to efficiently wipe away moisture on smooth surfaces like walls and mirrors. Once you’re done showering, take a minute to wipe down the shower walls with a squeegee. It doesn’t take long and can prevent moisture from collecting in the grout between the tiles, which in turn prevents mold growth. Do the same to prevent moisture buildup around your sink and on your mirror.

3. Check Your Bathroom for Leaks

Leaks can cause mold build up as well. Be sure to inspect your toilet, faucet and showerhead for any leaks because these are the most common culprits for bathroom leaks. Toilet leaks are generally caused by a worn-out seal or flapper inside the tank. You can easily replace it by following this guide and by getting a new flapper from your nearest home improvement store. If you are dealing with a leaky showerhead, tighten the showerhead to the stem and use Teflon tape for extra security. Lastly, if you have a leaky faucet, replace the gaskets, as worn out gaskets are usually responsible for faucet leaks.

4. Wash Rugs Regularly

Be sure to wash your rugs regularly—preferably once a week. Mold and mildew can find its way onto your bath rugs and towels if they are left damp often.

5. Keep Shower Items Away from The Shower

When your loofahs, brushes, and sponges are not being used in the shower, keep them in a separate container. If they are left in the shower area, moisture and mold can easily build up on them. Keep them clean and dry to prevent mold!

Want more tips on how you can keep your bathroom functioning properly and in good condition? The pros at MA Williams are here to help! With a variety of high-quality plumbing services, our team of experts will be more than happy to assist you. Call us today at 804-376-5680 or schedule a service online!