About 70% of American homes have mold growing in them. Despite routine cleaning, your home probably harbors mold. The bathroom is one of the most common places for mold to lurk.
Bathroom ceiling mold is the most readily seen. However, mold can be lurking in several places throughout your bathroom. This guide will help you know what to look for when checking for mold in your bathroom.
How to Spot Bathroom Mold
Because there are many bathroom mold types, there are many ways of identifying mold in the bathroom. The most obvious is by seeing the mold. However, if you see mold, you have a much deeper problem underneath the surface.
Another common sign of mold is a musty smell. In extreme cases of mold, it will feel soft when you touch the floor, walls, or ceiling.
Bathroom Ceiling Mold
Warm air rises, so the bathroom ceiling is especially vulnerable to mold. Cold climates and those with high humidity are perfect environments for ceiling mold to grow. The hot and moist shower air rises and creates condensation on the ceiling.
Over time, mold begins to grow. If ignored, you will eventually see the paint bubble and peel.
If you see dark mold spots on the ceiling, then the problem is already deep behind it. Calling a mold damage service is essential for fixing the issue.
Typically, there are three causes for mold growing in the shower. The least common is the supply line.
If the supply or drain line leaks, it could eventually cause mold growth. However, you would notice water damage from leakage long before the mold issue becomes a problem.
The second cause could be a poorly designed vapor drive. This allows too much moisture to collect in and on the walls.
The final culprit could be a failure of the shower surround. The area around the shower is supposed to funnel the water and excess moisture down to the drain.
Under Sink Mold
Mold under your sink is a sign of excess moisture in a place where there shouldn’t be. There could be trapped moisture from an active or recently repaired leak.
There could be condensation gathering under the counter. Finally, the seal around the sink could be bad. The water seeps through the compromised seam between the sink and countertop.
There are three places around your toilet where mold can grow. Look at the seal connecting the toilet to the floor. If you see stains on the floor around the toilet, this is a sign of a water leak.
You also need to look at the underside of the tank and the wall behind it. Toilets are made of porcelain, which tends to have a cooler temperature. The high moisture and temperature difference create condensation.
Hire Mold Removal Services
Mold can be difficult to remove because it penetrates the bathroom surfaces. This makes it challenging for homeowners to remove with consumer-grade cleaners.
Hiring a professional water restoration company can help you remove bathroom ceiling mold. ServiceMaster Restore is more than just a bathroom mold cleaner. We offer full mold remediation and restoration services.
Contact one of our locations and let our experienced team remove your bathroom mold.