Mold is a common problem in many household bathrooms. This fungus is often black or dark green in colour and tends to spread if left untreated. Not only is mold an ugly sight — but it can also be hazardous to you and your family’s health.
Common symptoms of mold exposure include:
- Nasal and sinus congestion
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Throat irritation
- Dry coughing
Mold occurs in areas where there is intense moisture. That’s why shower ceilings are often a breeding ground for this type of fungus. If you happen to notice mold on your ceilings, be sure to act quickly to minimize its spread.
Use a fungus-killing spray
There are many products that effectively kill mold on contact. Use a spray-on chemical like ‘Mold Control’, which can be purchased at your local home hardware or renovation store. Never use bleach to kill mold as this is a very toxic substance and can be dangerous to your health. Nor will bleach prevent the mold from growing back in the future.
Wipe down damp areas frequently
Mold tends to thrive in damp areas, so wipe these areas dry before the mold has a chance to latch on. Keep a bathroom squeegee handy at all times. Use it to quickly wipe away excess water from tiles and glass enclosures after you shower.
Check your ventilation system
If there is mold accumulating in your bathroom, it is a very good sign that the space is a victim of poor ventilation. Check the strength of your bathroom fan and upgrade to a stronger one if necessary. If your bathroom has a window, consider opening it a crack to keep the air circulating freely.
Paint your ceiling
Although matte paint finishes look nice, this type of paint is not appropriate for bathroom settings. Mold has a tendency to stick to matte surfaces. Paint your ceiling with a mold-resistant semi-gloss finish. The slippery surface will allow fungus to “slide off” or “drip away” from the ceiling, preventing mass accumulation.
Check for deeper plumbing issues
If the mold persists even after following the above advice, there may be more serious plumbing issues lurking above the ceiling and behind the walls. Hidden leaks and burst pipes can trigger mold growth. And often times, the only way to detect this problem is by calling on a professional plumber to assess your bathroom’s overall condition.