Mould in your home can pose a health risk to you and your family. Since these minute fungi thrive in moist, dark places, they often accumulate in the bathroom.
So how do you prevent mould from growing? Here are some simple tips to help eliminate moisture and humidity from your bathroom. 1. Open windows and doors
Letting light and air into your bathroom will help keep it dry and well-lit. Leave the door open as much as possible and open window blinds if you have them. You can also open the windows themselves if the weather permits. 2. Improve ventilation If you don’t have a ventilation fan in your bathroom, install one. It should be turned whenever someone in your home has a shower or bath. After the person has bathed, the fan should be left to run for about 30 minutes. Some fans have a timer that can be set so that the appliance will turn off automatically. Clean your fan regularly to keep it running efficiently. 3. Reduce humidity levels in the air To prevent mould from growing, bring down the humidity level in your home to below 60%. Most modern air conditioning units have a setting that allows you to change the humidity levels without changing the temperature. 4. Relocate plants If you keep plants in your bathroom, remove them. Water in the pots can increase moisture levels in the air. 5. Wash towels regularly Mould can grow on damp baths, hand and foot towels, so make sure you wash them frequently. Hang used towels on racks that allow them to dry quickly. 6. Wipe up condensation After a bath or shower, make sure you mop up standing water on the floor. Use a squeegee to remove condensation from shower walls and mirrors. 7. Clean your bathroom regularly Pay special attention to keeping your bathroom clean. Make sure to wash tile grout and other places mould can thrive. 8. Fix plumbing leaks A leaky faucet or toilet can help create an ideal environment for mould to propagate. For this reason, you should have leaks repaired by a plumber as soon as possible. In addition to reducing moisture levels in your bathroom, doing so can help you save you money on your utility bills. Professional plumbing services in the GTA If you have a drip or other plumbing issue in your bathroom, the plumbers at Black Forest Plumbing can help. To fix a leaky pipe, or for any other plumbing repair, replacement or installation, contact us today to schedule a service call.