Do you ever wonder why there is always mould growing in your bathroom, regardless of constant cleaning and sanitising. This is because the growth of mould and mildew has nothing to do with cleanliness and is actually caused by increased moisture and humidity.
During the Winter season, the rainy climate often increases the ideal setting for mould growth. If you’re looking at preventative plumbing to stop the growth of mould and mildew, follow these steps, before it’s too late!
Be sure your exhaust fan is working properly
An exhaust fan is often overlooked or not used, however, it is extremely important when providing proper ventilation to any bathroom or indoor setting.
To put it simply, whenever you shower, it is important to switch on your exhaust fan and be sure that it is working properly. When you shower, there is increased moisture in the air and the heat from the hot water creates condensation. This condensation will turn into mould and damages the fixtures and surfaces in the bathroom over time.
Exhaust fans will properly circulate and ventilate the bathroom to stop condensation as well as expel any unpleasant odours from the room, so it is always important to turn it on before each shower, and leave the fan running for 30 minutes after your shower.
Ventilate your bathroom
If you don’t have an exhaust fan, you can also ventilate your bathroom by opening any windows to allow proper airflow into the room. Any moisture will be expelled outside, reducing condensation and preventing the buildup of mould and mildew.
Using your window will provide adequate ventilation in most cases, but if you’re still seeing moisture on the walls or any mould buildup, you may want to consider installing an exhaust fan.
Fix leaky taps and showerheads
Not only are leaky taps wasteful and can cause serious plumbing problems but any leaking will also increase humidity, which is the ideal environment for mould to grow. Be sure you are always looking for any leaking taps, shower heads or hidden pipes, and make sure these surfaces are staying cold and dry.
Keep towels and mats dry
Given your bathroom environment, it is often difficult for your bathroom mat or towels to dry sufficiently between showers (especially if you have a big family). They are the perfect place for mould and mildew to grow, given that they are moist more often than not.
It is important that you are switching up your mats and towels often, after several washes to maintain freshness. Not only for general cleanliness but also to avoid any mould growth. If you find that these materials are not drying between uses consider storing your towel or mat elsewhere to give them the chance to air dry sufficiently.
Monitor the products inside your shower
Have you ever noticed that your shampoo and conditioner bottles are discoloured, this is mould beginning to form. Be sure you are drying everything inside your shower after every wash to avoid any buildup.
Mould on your bottles will also make it easier for mould to grow onto your shower tiles. The easiest way to prevent any mould inside your shower is to remove everything and store your shampoo and conditioner in your bathroom cabinets instead, where they will remain cool and dry, and you can just take them out for every use.
No Probs Plumbing says prevention is key to stop mould and mildew growing!
No Probs Plumbing and Gas have seen it all, and can tell you that mould and mildew growth can be easily avoided by following these simple steps. What many experts don’t tell you, is that although these issues may seem small, if you continue to let mould grow, it will cause you larger problems in the long run.
The team of experts and No Probs are here to help you all Winter long! Whether it be a helping hand, preparing your home for those colder months, or providing useful tips and tricks.