Structural Issues in Your Home
Dangers of bathroom mold and mildew inside our homes can be downright damaging and harmful. If you think your newly built home is exempt from mold problems, think again. The consequence of building airtight, energy-efficient homes is that they don’t “breathe” as well as older homes, thereby promoting mold growth.
Regardless of whether you live in an old or new home, you might be surprised to learn that water particles and mold spores can travel from other areas of your home through your vents and latch onto bathroom walls. Mold spores naturally exist in the air, but only grow when enough moisture is available. If you have a tightly sealed bathroom or you rarely use the ventilation system, these spores will grow.
Mold can take hold anywhere in a bathroom and can be visible and/or secretly running rampant behind the walls until a foul odor becomes noticeable. Removing water damaged and mold-encrusted walls and flooring can be time consuming and costly, so it is critical to immediately resolve leaks before they turn into major issues.
Health Issues in Your Home
American families spend more time indoors today than ever before. Exposure to mold and mildew – two allergen-causing agents that often lead to hay-fever type symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose and red eyes – undoubtedly plays a part in the fact that, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, one in four homeowners are affected by asthma and allergies. Prolonged exposure can also lead to fever-like aches and pains, and in extreme instances where Black Mold is present, dizziness and reduced mental capacities. The potential risks of mold should not be ignored; visit http://www.poison.org/current/indoor%20mold.htm for a more complete assessment of its associated health-related issues.
What Can You Do?
Although complete removal of moisture from a bathroom is impossible, air can be circulated and leaks prevented. To keep the air moving, always use your bathroom vent fan when showering and whenever possible, open the bathroom window. One of the best and most cost-effective solutions to prevent leaks in the shower/tub area is to have a Schluter System installed. This trusted waterproofing solution creates a watertight layer beneath both the shower floor (preventing drain leaks that cause water to pool below the surface) and behind the shower/tub surround (preventing water from getting into the walls).
These precautions, as well as immediately fixing any plumbing leaks that occur, will provide peace of mind regarding your family’s health and help avoid costly repairs.