Portland Bathroom Mold
Mold in the bathroom is a real problem here in the Pacific Northwest. Cool, damp weather in conjunction with the warm environment of a bathroom is the perfect conditions for growing mold.
Why and How Mold Grows in the Bathroom
Frequently running water in the bathroom basin, the bathtub and the shower creates wet surfaces and puddles of water. If you don’t dry this moisture out quickly it can easily lead to mold growth.
On top of this, when the water in the bathroom does dry out it evaporates into the air and increases the humidity. Steam from the shower or a hot bath also makes the bathroom more humid. Since bathrooms are often not well ventilated the humidity tends to hang around and wet surfaces take a long time to dry out.
What Mold Needs to Grow
Mold needs these conditions before it can begin to grow in a home:
- Mold spores
- A food source ( drywall, shower walls, soap scum )
- Darkness (mold can’t grow under ultraviolet light)
- Warmth (mold can’t grow in freezing temperatures)
- Moisture ( humidity, water drops, pools of water)
- Enough time (most molds can begin to grow in 24-48 hours if the conditions are right)
Moisture is really the key cause of mold growth since the other conditions on the list are always going to be present in all bathrooms.
So, essentially, the difference between whether mold grows in your bathroom or not comes down to whether you have a moisture problem.