Don't Be Surprised By Mold Growing In Your Durham Bathroom
Finding Hidden Mold Damage In Your Durham Area Home's Bathroom
Bathrooms see a lot of activity first thing in the morning as people in Durham get ready for work and school. Once gone for the day, many bathrooms sit empty until someone returns home hours later. During this time, any steam from earlier showers cools and condenses on surfaces.
While using the fan in your home's bathroom during the morning shower can remove the majority of the steam, mold damage in Durham can still happen in hidden areas. Because the bathroom typically contains materials that contain more than reasonable amounts of moisture because of their location, our infrared imaging cameras often do not give us new information.
To find hidden mold damage, we instead look for traces of discoloration on walls, including tiled areas or tub surrounds. While these materials often come clean with little elbow grease, mold can hide in cracks and along grout lines where most cleaning supplies fail to remove all traces of microbial activity.
When grout separates from walls, it can leave gaps that permit water and microbes to enter into the space behind the tile or surround's wall. As the mold's hyphae sink deeper and deeper into any materials, disintegration worsens. Deterioration happens to harder materials, too, including grout, not just to softer things like drywall. The process might take longer to see severe damage, but preventing it helps to protect your property immensely.
After we remove the mold growing in these locations, we can treat the area with an antimicrobial spray. Other areas, including along the corners where floors meet the tub or shower stall also succumb to mold regularly. We can clean this area up and treat it, also.
Carpets and rugs often become inundated with mold and show such signs as dry rotting and the loss of fibers, which can harm your vacuum. Replacing these with tile flooring often prevents this and can make your bathroom a cleaner, more sanitary environment. Laundering small rugs regularly can still give you that warm cozy feel when stepping out of the tub without the need for carpeting.
SERVPRO of North Durham can give you pointers on how to prevent mold damage from affecting your bathroom and make it easier for you to keep clean. Contact our 24-hour service line, (919) 467-0880, any day of the year, to talk to us about how we can help you remediate and prevent mold anywhere in your Weaver, Rougemont, or Chester home.
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