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Common Mold Problems: Shower Mold

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| 2011 Jan 28 |
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Common Mold Problems: Shower Mold

Many people think that mold growth occurs only after a major catastrophe, such as a flood. This, however, is not true. All mold really requires is humidity, a food source and some form of moisture. And unfortunately, bathrooms fit this description perfectly, thereby providing the ideal environment for mold growth.

Just take a look at your shower. Chances are that, at one point or another, you’ve seen black spots on the grout between the tiles or in the corners, where the walls meet the tub.

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Shower mold can grow underneath tiles, hidden from plain view.

As small as this mold growth may seem, it can turn into a major threat if ignored and allowed to spread. More importantly, however, shower mold is a sign of a more serious problem, often hinting at inadequate moisture control or ventilation.

How does shower mold form?

In the shower, things like soap, oil, and debris can get trapped in the grout, on the tiles, or around the faucets. These provide nutrition for the mold while the shower itself provides the moisture required for all mold growth. Together, these conditions create the ideal breeding grounds for mold.

That’s why it’s important that bathrooms be equipped with powerful ventilation systems and exhaust fans that will promote air circulation and remove excess moisture from the air.

Otherwise, even small patches of mold growth, such as mold in the shower, could eventually turn into bigger headaches, contaminating surrounding walls, floors and even making their way down to sub-floors.

Fortunately, with the help of a professional, you can prevent mold from spreading by identifying the underlying moisture issue and addressing it directly. Only afterwards, once this issue has been fixed, will the actual mold clean-up work begin.

If you need help with this, or any steps in the mold removal process, contact the pros at Mold Busters!