What Causes Black Mold In Showers?

Mold in bathroom

Taking a shower is all part of good hygiene. There is nothing much worse than taking a nice, hot shower, reaching for your loofah and seeing mold.

Showers should be sanitary, right? Water, suds and cleansers constantly surround them. You’re a clean person. You scrub your shower. So how did you get mold?

How Does It Get There?

Black mold in showers is actually quite common. Bathrooms are the perfect host for black mold. Mold likes to grow in damp, dark and warm places like bathrooms and basements. Mold spores in the air come in from outdoors and find a place to land. If that place is moist, a spore can quickly grow, and voila – you have mold. Mold prefers to grow in cracks in grout, spaces in between tile and shower pans, and of course, around leaky pipes. It thrives in porous surfaces like drywall, wood and carpeting. If these issues are not corrected, the problem will become more severe. The spores can be everywhere without you even noticing. Just because you don’t see black mold in your shower doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

How Do I Prevent It?

Keep your shower products to a minimum. Having numerous bottles, razors, loofahs, etc. is giving the mold more places to develop. Constant steam provides humidity that helps the mold spores multiply. When the steam is in a closed off area, the condensation has nowhere to go – forcing it to attach itself to the bathroom surfaces.

Lack of ventilation within the shower can contribute to black mold in showers. If there is a window available, open it. If there is not, use a fan or simply turn on your AC. Since mold loves dark places, open up that window again or leave a light on. After your shower, don’t allow excess moisture to hang around. Wipe down your surfaces and get rid of as much excess moisture as possible.

How do I get rid of it?

The CDC says that, in most cases, any type of mold can be cleaned with a mixture of one cup of bleach to a gallon of water, using gloves and eye protection. If the mold has entered a material, like drywall, it should be removed and replaced. If you spot black mold in your shower, it is best to remove it as fast as possible. You can use products to stop the growth, replace or reseal tiles and wash shower curtains.

If mold continues to be a problem, or you think you may have a leak in your plumbing, ask a professional for help. Don’t wait, because black mold left over time can cause a lot of damage and be a health hazard to you and your family. Ask On Time Elmer for our professional advice.

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