How to Prevent Bathroom Mold

by Tim Gorman

Posted on March 17, 2017 at 3:30 PM

A picture of bathroom mold in a home.

It doesn't matter if it's the middle of winter or the dog days of summer; you always make sure the bath water or shower temperature is just right before you get in. That being said, it’s common for bathroom windows and mirrors to fog up; this is the perfect indicator that it may be time to step in and address a potentially bad situation. Excessive moisture that does not leave the room may be caused by poor ventilation. Poor ventilation can create mold and rot, and that is not only harmful to your home, but to you and your family's health as well.

Some warning signs of poor ventilation may be stains on the wall or ceiling, peeling paint, frosty windows, and of course - mold, so keep an eye out next time you take a shower. Poor termination of the ventilation duct or buildup of debris may be the cause of the excess moisture that seems to linger around in your bathroom.

How do you prevent the mold from building up? Well, first start by checking the ventilation system to make sure there is no buildup and all ducts are tight and lead to the exterior of the home. If you unsure how, you should call a HVAC contractor to come inspect your home. If your bathroom does not have one, it may be smart to get one installed as this is key to preventing mold.

Now don’t let this stop you from indulging yourself in a steamy shower after a long day of work, but just be aware that harmless moisture that fogs up your mirror may have some underlying unwanted effects.