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Bathroom Mold

Bathrooms in a home are one of the few rooms that are constantly bombarded by water.  Whether it is from the toilets, sinks, showers, or baths, there is a constant threat to the structures surrounding these fixtures.  This threat is bathroom mold and it can be seen in nearly every bathroom that is used.  It is a fungus that is responsible for the unsightly black spots on walls or fixtures.  However, it is more than just an eyesore. 

This threat of bathroom mold can actually destroy bathrooms, and even framing if it is left untreated.  Also, this Bathroom mold can be a health concern.   As it grows, mold produces volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause health problems such as upper respiratory distress, chronic headaches, skin rashes, flu like symptoms, sinus congestion, and nausea. Excessive exposure to VOCs can damage the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system.  For all these reasons, cosmetic, structural, and health related; it is important to keep the level of bathroom mold to a minimum.  

The number one cause of bathroom mold is faulty or mislaid sealing and caulk jobs.  Tile is laid in bathrooms in order to keep the water away from and out of the walls.  If the tiles leaks, water droplets will seep through the tile and or grout and into the Sheetrock and framing of the house.  This is a situation that will undoubtedly turn into bathroom mold, and so as a preventative measure it is a good idea to re-grout bathroom tiles n floors.  Also, when installing the drywall for these bathrooms it is a good idea to coat them with a plastic barrier to prevent water from reaching t hem and creating bathroom mold.  Although the problem can be corrected with construction, it is a better idea to stop it at the start, and make sure that all bathrooms are properly treated for this problem.