A woman scratches her head while looking at mold growing on a wall and ceiling.

What Are Those Black Spots In My Bathroom?

Mold is gross.

On that, we can agree. But where does this mysterious organism come from? Yes, mold is alive, and if untreated, it will grow and spread. You may see black spots of mold in your bathroom. Not only does it look bad, but it can potentially be a health hazard. Here’s what you need to know about mold in the bathroom.

Where does mold come from?

Mold is a fungus that lives in our natural environment, mostly undetectable as we move about our day. Where it gets out of control is when you add moisture and poor ventilation to the mix. A bathroom is a perfect place for mold to reproduce.

The bathroom is often wet from water or steam, and if poorly ventilated, the moisture lingers longer than it should. This is an ideal breeding ground for mold, and you’ll surely see black spots develop over time.

How can I prevent mold?

The best way to prevent mold is to reduce the moisture and humidity in your bathroom. Most home bathrooms are equipped with a switchable fan that helps dry out the room when in use. If you’re taking a shower or doing some cleaning, make sure the fan is on to reduce the potential for mold growth. If you don’t have a fan built-in, hopefully, you have a window, which accomplishes this just as well.

If you have a glass-door shower, get yourself a good squeegee to wipe down the glass afterward. This sends the water away faster than it would if it just lingered behind.

Catching leaks is also crucial for keeping mold at bay. Even slow drips can create an environment where mold can thrive.

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If you suspect a leak in your bathroom or elsewhere in your home, you may be vulnerable to mold. Call in the experts at Brownie's Septic and Plumbing, LLC, where we’re setting the new standard for plumbing service.