Ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but still within the realm of possibility. Mold can and does creep into the subfloor and framework of your bathroom. If you don’t take the necessary precautions you might end up having to call a professional to remodel your bathroom while you are stuck holding your bladder. (No, we’re not there yet… and I know it’s an emergency)
You’ve probably seen mold start to grow in the corner of your shower or around the tile or vinyl in your bathroom at some point or another. This is a natural occurrence due to the humidity and lots of water exposure your bathroom may get. Wiping the mold away with a cloth or using bleach to clean moldy grout is an effective way to clean up your unwanted guest.
There are many possible culprits that enable mold to steadily creep into the subfloor of your bathroom. Clogged or leaky drains and pipes in your shower, bathtub or sink create a moisture problem. Water may become stagnant in the pipeline and stand still for a period of time, which may lead to evaporation of the idle water into your subfloor or framework.
Humidity is also a major factor in how mold may spread in unseen places. Keeping your bathroom humidity at 50% or lower will significantly reduce mold growth. There are a few different ways that you can reduce your humidity. Obviously you could reduce the time you spend in the shower or reduce the water temperature… but fortunately there are other methods of reducing humidity that will allow you to keep your long, hot showers. Create a good airflow or circulation in your bathroom while taking a shower. This can be done by simply opening a window or turning on a fan.
Make sure to dry wet surfaces in the bathroom and reduce the amount of water that gets onto the floor. One way to achieve this is to dry off before stepping out of the shower. But if you are the kind that likes to step out of the shower before drying off, a bathroom rug can be very helpful because of how absorbent they are. There are also sprays available at your local home improvement retailers that can help prevent mold from growing.
If you are reading this blog and it is too late to prevent the mold, Freeman Construction can help. Whether you want to simply replace your subfloor or framework, or use this as an excuse to undergo a complete bathroom remodeling, we have the necessary tools and expertise to get the job done.