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Black Mold in the Shower

By The Air Purifier

For many homeowners, black mold never makes an appearance. However, for landlords and owners who see black mold once, they are more than likely going to see it again. Mold thrives on moisture and oxygen, particularly when organic materials are also present. Getting rid of it is often a tedious task; but if you do see black mold in your shower, you should take steps to get rid of it as quickly as possible.

Why Do You Need to Get Rid of Black Mold Immediately?

Although some types of black mold are not toxic enough to cause serious medical issues, most of them can lead to mild or moderate problems. The health issues that might develop include allergic reactions, rashes, coughing, headaches, and breathing difficulties.

Should You Remove Mold on Your Own?

Most professional mold removal companies recommend that you bring in an experienced technician who can handle mold removal properly and safely. If the type of mold that you have is toxic, it needs to be handled in a certain way to prevent further contamination or medical issues. If you are noticing only a small area of mold, such as in the shower's grout, you should be able to remove it safely as long as you follow certain precautions.

How Should You Eliminate Mold Buildup?

It's important to wear a face mask to avoid breathing in any spores that become airborne during the cleanup. Apply soap and hot water, scrub the mold away, and rinse the area with cold water. Repeat this action if necessary. If you cannot remove the mold using this method, use a cleaning product designed to eliminate mold.

Will Mold Growth Return?

If you notice discoloration in the grout or other contaminated surface, you should expect to see a recurrence of the problem. Ideally, you'll want to replace the contaminated grout in order to prevent fresh mold growth.

How Can You Keep Mold from Reappearing?

Since black mold needs moisture to grow, it's important to keep humidity levels low. One option you have is to install a dehumidifier. Alternatively, you can have an exhaust vent installed in the bathroom to remove excess steam from showers. Make sure that you repair leaky pipes and faucets as soon as they occur to avoid creating the kind of conditions that mold needs to thrive. Cleaning the shower weekly also helps to minimize the risk of mold recurrence.

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