Fighting Mold and Mildew

Plumbing Solutions of Idaho expert tips

When looking at a home, whether as a potential buyer, a visitor, or a new owner, what is it that you notice first? Do you admire the staircase? Do you measure the depth of the closets? Do you race straight to the backyard to see if there’s room for that in-ground pool you’ve always wanted? Whatever you notice first, it’s probably true that the bathrooms don’t make it very high on your list of highlights. Once you’ve lived in a home for a while, though, you start to focus more on the bathrooms.

When you’re the one using them, you want them to be clean and presentable–and two big enemies to this goal are mold and mildew.

​Mold and Mildew

​Mold and mildew are infamous for being opponents to bathroom cleanliness. They can appear as black specks or lines, crowding in the corners of your shower, clinging to the drain of your sink, and posing an insidious threat to your health. These two villains are created by dampness that lingers for extended periods of time anywhere in your bathroom–for example, a plumbing leak or a faulty drain–and they’ll only get worse if left unchecked. For this reason, it’s crucial to arm yourself against mold and mildew and to know how to stop these two uninvited guests before they even arise.

​Winning the Fight

Wondering how to win the fight against mold and mildew? Here’s a quick look at some every day tips!

  • Scrubbing. Preexisting mold and mildew can be easily defeated by a scrub-brush, detergent, and a little bit of old-fashioned elbow grease. While scrubbing is a crucial aspect of this approach, you can substitute detergent with bleach or household cleaning spray.
  • Proactive measures. In order to stop mold and mildew from occurring in the first place, you’ll need to establish a clean, dry environment in your bathroom. Start by identifying areas where mold seems to be gathering and work from there. Track down any areas where moisture lingers after hand-washing or a shower, eliminate objects that stay wet for too long, and keep an eye out for leaks.
  • Leaks. If you do notice a leak, it will probably be in one of the three main problem areas–faucet, handle, or shower-head. Issues like these can cause more than just mold and mildew. In such situations, it’s best to call a plumber–just to be safe!

Are you fighting mold and mildew? Looking for reliable Boise Plumbers? Contact us today!

By Tim Smith

Published: November 10, 2015

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