Warm and damp conditions are mould’s best friend! Your bathroom is the perfect place for mould to grow, which can be really tough to remove once its there. Here are 6 tips to help you prevent bathroom mould growth.
Proper ventilation is key to help prevent bathroom mould growth. Keep your windows open as often as you can. Turn on your ventilation fan during, and for 30 minutes after, your bath or shower. If your ventilation fan doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, check the CFM number under the grill. The CFM number will tell you if the fan is too small for the room. Use this bathroom vent fan CFM calculator to work out what size vent your home needs.
Keep your home cool
In Australia, most of our homes are set up with household air con. Keeping your home’s humidity levels below 50 percent will help prevent mould growth. You can also use a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers work by sucking in the warm air and passing it through cooling coils, which pulls moisture from the air cooling it.
Fix leaking taps, sinks or toilets
A common cause of mould growth is water from leaking taps, sinks or toilets that dampen an area. Make sure you regularly check your plumbing for leaks. READ: Common Causes for Plumbing Leaks.
If you suspect a leak in your home contact Modern Era Plumbing and Gas Solutions. We’ll come take a look for you!
Stay away from fabrics in the bathroom
Avoid using fabrics or materials that breed mould. This includes; wall paper, certain bathroom curtains and rugs.
Use storage boxes and keep them dry
Mould loves bath/shower toys, sponges and loofahs. Make sure you take all these items out of the bath or shower after use. Place them in an airy room or outside to dry and pack them away in an airy, dry storage box.
Use a squeegee
Make a habit of using a squeegee after a shower or bath to remove any excess water from the bathroom. You can use a squeegee on your shower doors, tiles, around the bath and on the floors. It should remove at least 3/4 of the moisture from your bathroom.