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Preventing Mold Growth in Your Bucktown Bathroom

2/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Growth is Facilitated with Excess Moisture in Your Bucktown bathroom

SERVPRO Tips for Bucktown Residents to Thwart Mold Infestations

The growth of mold can ruin the safety and comfort of your home. Out of all the rooms in your house, your bathroom can be the primary area where you find this dangerous fungus growing. Instead of letting mold take root in your home, you could think about remodeling this room to make it a place that is less inviting for fungus. The tips below are essential for maintaining a clean, safe, and mold-free bathroom.
 
If your home does suffer from mold damage, you need to get it checked out right away by a professional remediation company. Mold can spread quickly throughout your Bucktown home, and SERVPRO can be there fast to assess the damage and repair them for you. Our specially trained technicians have the industry leading equipment, including scoping devices to find any hidden mold.
 
Increasing Air Flow
If your bathroom has poor air flow, you are inviting mold to take root in the walls, plumbing, and flooring. If there is no ventilation system in your bathroom currently, you need to install one right away to increase circulation and keep the area dry. After you or a family member takes a shower, this is of particular importance. You can also circulate the air and assist your bathroom in keeping dry by adding screens to the window or putting in a ceiling fan.
 
Upgrading the Plumbing
Many homeowners use plastic or vinyl plumbing fixtures since they are inexpensive. Plastic and vinyl pipes and plumbing parts, however, many times break, crack, warp, and leak very easily, which causes water to pool along floorboards and under cabinets. Water damage like this could easily create mold growth in your bathroom. Instead of dealing with leaking drains, pipes, and such, you can stop the growth of mold in the first place by investing in fixtures which are constructed of polished brass or metal.
 
Carpeting can conceal mold growth. As you get out of the shower and step onto a carpeted floor, the water drips off you and the shower curtain or door, soaking through the carpeting and matting, and into the sub-flooring. Mold can start growing over time, which makes your bathroom dangerous and toxic. You can stop water from soaking through your flooring by taking the carpet out and laying ceramic or tile down instead. These materials resist the absorption of water and mold growth. If you find mold when you remove the carpeting, call SERVPRO right away so we can look at the damage for you and correct the problem.
 
Paint, not Wallpaper
Wallpaper, like carpeting, can hide mold. Wallpaper is porous, letting humidity and water soak through the paper onto the wall under it. Instead of letting mold take root behind your wallpaper, you can stop this threat by painting your walls. Painted walls do not absorb water and humidity like wallpaper, lowering the chance that mold forms behind the surface of your wall.
 
Keeping mold out of your bathroom is essential for the health of you and your family. If you still wind up with a mold problem, talk with us at SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown. We are always available to take your call at (773) 434-9100.

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