Bathroom Mold Removal and Remediation

Bathroom Mold Removal and Remediation

By David Libowitz

Mold can be found in almost any room in the house. However, it is most commonly found in places where moisture gathers, such as in the bathroom. Mold is a fungus that has the potential to be toxic. For this reason, homeowners should act quickly when they see any signs of mold damage in their bathroom.

Mold can be found inside the home and outside of the home. However, it is more dangerous indoors since confined spaces increase the toxic spore levels as opposed to outdoors. When mold is present in bathrooms, the result can be sickness and allergic reaction. Steps can be taken in order to minimize indoor mold spore count and as a result improve the quality of the air in the home.

The Importance of Providing Proper Bathroom Ventilation
Mold grows in bathrooms because of the constant presence of moisture in the bathroom. If there is not sufficient ventilation either from fans or open windows, moisture has nowhere to evaporate, and it will eventually create the conditions that are perfect for toxic mold spores growth and mold damage.

Mold spores in the bathroom can live and thrive with even the smallest amount of constant moisture. One of the things that make a bathroom the perfect spawning ground for mold spores is that most bathrooms do not have windows. So they are not exposed to light. Dark conditions are perfect for mold growth.

Mold spores in the bathroom can live and thrive with even the smallest amount of constant moisture.

Mold spores in the bathroom can live and thrive with even the smallest amount of constant moisture.

Flood Damage Can Lead to Mold Growth in Bathrooms
Out of all the rooms in the home, the bathroom is a room that is most likely to flood. In the case of a flood, homeowners or property owners want to take immediate steps to make sure that all of the water is cleaned and that the cleanup job is done immediately. Mold spores can colonize and grow in as little as two days after being in contact with moisture. In these conditions mold damage is a real threat. However, the greatest danger comes not from potential property damage but instead from the health concerns mold creates.

Bathroom flooding problems that are not quickly addressed in commercial buildings will be very expensive. Business owners will not only need to pay for the repair of the building itself, but they will also miss out on days or weeks of business while the remediation work is being done.

Products Used To Remove Mold
There are many products that are effective at removing mold growth in bathrooms. However, the Environmental Protection Agency along with other HealthWatch groups recommends that the cleanup work be done by licensed professionals. This is especially the case if the area affected by mold is larger than 3 feet squared. Mold remediation done by professionals will follow the S-520 guidelines for mold remediation. These guidelines have been put in place not only to protect homeowners and those who use commercial buildings from potentially toxic mold, but these guidelines also serve as a way to protect the technicians who are doing the mold remediation.

Bathrooms are the perfect breeding ground for mold. Homeowners and commercial building owners should be diligent about searching for accumulations of moisture and addressing the issues before mold grows. If the issues are not addressed, it is likely that a mold remediation professional will need to be contacted.

About author

David Libowitz

David is the Owner of SERVPRO of West Palm Beach, and was recently appointed the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative. David graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics and The Wharton School with an MBA in Finance. David has an extensive career investing in and working with companies to facilitate their growth, both organically and through acquisitions. David spent 11 years at Warburg Pincus (one of the largest private equity firms in the world), and worked his way up from Associate to Partner. Over the course of his career, David has served on the Board of Directors of 15 private and public companies and was also the CEO of a start-up software company. David has IICRC Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying Certifications and also holds a Lead Based Paint Certification.

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