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They’re probably not that bad.
You see, showering causes humidity vapor that clings onto nearby surfaces. Bathroom ceilings, for example, become an easy, defenseless target — like a foul ball to the baseball fan staring at his phone.
Ambient, normal mold spores in the air can easily stick to the already humid surface. Sustained and repeating pattern of this humidity feed the landed spores, and it’s pretty easy for mold in the bathroom to grow, forming colonies that eventually become large enough to see. The caulk and grout in the shower have a job to keep water from reaching potential food source materials, such as drywall, framing and insulation. But because of constant water and movement of the tub/shower from standing and moving while someone is showering, these seals eventually give out or break down. But back to the real question: Are those black spots hazardous?
Most important, it’s not wise for us to assume how your particular bathroom situation impacts your health. Research, numerous scientific publications and a simple Google search have shown that showering with molds inches from your body can be a gross and possibly hazardous idea. But if someone gets sick, we believe it’s likely because of the person’s existing health condition and not necessarily because bathroom mold means trouble. Based on our experience on this subject, a few black spots of mold in the shower or some failed caulk or grout is usually not enough. At the same time, we’re not doctors. Therefore, we can’t claim to know about your health. You’ll have to check with a licensed healthcare professional for that information.
Another question: What can you do if you find molding near your shower?
The first thing is to mitigate the moisture to the area. That means switch the exhaust fan on. Open the bathroom window or door before showering and leave it open afterward, allowing moisture on surfaces to evaporate. This kills any chance of bacteria to form. And it doesn’t hurt to regularly check, then repair, any issues with the caulk and grout. Even the smallest of cracks can be enough for water to slip behind walls and assist in mold growth.
But if you have a home in Denver, Colorado Springs and Monument and you’re still worried about your bathroom situation, contact us. We’ll give you a free telephone consultation and bond over those black spots. We can also talk about an inspection and mold testing. But most bathroom issues are related to maintenance, so we want to avoid having us go to your home.
Nonetheless, give us a call at 844-360-6653.
Let us help.
Assuming you have identified and completely resolved all moisture intrusion issues and the resultant mold growth was PROPERLY removed then there is no reason for mold to return and you can consider it permanently resolved.
While there are still some sources that advocate using bleach for mold clean-up, we do not recommend it in most situations and for several reasons.
In published resources chlorine bleach does NOT effectively kill mold, especially on porous surfaces (drywall, wood, etc.) and actually promotes regrowth by adding water to the material and changing surface texture. Bleach can be an effective sanitizer and stain remover from non-porous surfaces but not so great at killing/removing mold. Popular stain sealer paints like KILZ, etc are also not effective if you have not first removed the moisture source and PROPERLY removed the mold. If the offending components have not been resolved it will likely come right through the sealer paint.
It’s true. There may be mold inside your walls. From a professional, mold expert’s point of view, even if there is mold, you may be justified in leaving it right where it is.
According to an article written by a leading indoor air quality expert, there are certainly situations that justify letting mold sit in places that it is unwanted.
There are a few specific situations that must be in place to follow this course of action, however. First, the source of moisture that caused the mold to grow must be identified. This is extremely important and not always easy. The source of water and moisture must be identified and permanently resolved. In addition, the area must be completely dry and be validated with air samples in the living space area that there is NOT an abnormal mold condition detected.
Once the source of moisture has been identified and completely treated, then it may be prudent to NOT tear into walls, ceilings, floors, etc. to find potential mold even if you have strong suspicion or knowledge that it is there as it may make things worse and cause a lot of unnecessary expense for a relatively inert issue.6
360MOLD proudly serves Denver and Colorado Springs with mold inspections to give your families, or employees assurance that they are living and working in a safe environment. Mold in Colorado can cause just as much damage to property and health as mold in more humid climates and a property inspection is always advised when moving to a new location. We have the proper certifications and technology to locate, identify and remediate mold in your Colorado home or office.
As mentioned, you DO have mold in your house but if you keep living conditions in check it cannot generally complete the growth recipe and become productive.
If you have a mold growth issue in your home then you also have (or have had) a moisture intrusion issue in your indoor environment. There are many potential sources for high moisture indoors. Some of them are leaky plumbing, caulk & grout failure, plumbing overflows, sewer backups, leaking roofs, building siding, windows, foundations, damp crawl spaces, inadequate ventilation, improper insulation, sources of humidity from cooking, laundry, aquariums and humidifiers and other sources. Home building occupants experience some sort of moisture intrusion as a result of one or more of the foregoing conditions, but the key is monitoring, being diligent in prevention and quick, thorough response when something happens. These simple and generally inexpensive upkeep and maintenance will keep expensive repairs and remediation efforts from being necessary.
The answer is ‘yes’, ‘no’ and ‘maybe’. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s website (CDC) nobody knows for sure how many species of mold exist but estimates range from the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands.
Other sources cite millions of mold spore species may exist. Whether all or any of these mold species negatively impacts human (or animal) health is a varied topic of conversation and ongoing research, but according to a large and growing list of articles, documents and publications from numerous scientific, medical, industrial and government organizations there appear to be strong correlation between exposure to indoor mold and health responses. A few of the numerous sources are CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).
The information found across many resources is somewhat varied in research and opinion but in a broad-brush answer there is strong evidence for the idea that molds and their adverse impact on health falls into three broad categories:
While the ‘jury’ is still out on ALL the health related data for negative health impact from moisture & mold exposure there is enough credible information (4,000+ years of it) to make the case that indoor mold growth is NOT a good thing and should be resolved at the earliest possible time by qualified individuals. That qualified individual might be you and it might be a properly certified professional mold remediation consultant and contractor. Don’t take chances on finding out the hard way or dealing with it properly. Let a certified mold professional walk you through the process to determine if you should handle this or have us deal with it. Call now to discuss – 844-360-6653.
Yes, you do! But that is the wrong question. Mold is found in virtually ALL indoor environments, because as already mentioned it is a normal and necessary organism.
There are some specialized, high-tech environments that need to be absolutely mold-free but normal, healthy homes and businesses will always have some levels of certain molds found indoors. We just do NOT want most mold growing or producing indoors, which is often an indicator of moisture intrusion indoors, and at this point IS a problem that needs to be investigated and resolved.
Mold is an integral part of our normal environment and is a member of the fungal kingdom. We can’t get rid of it, and in fact we don’t want to.
It actually plays a vital role in our world and keeps the build-up of biological matter in check. It’s job is to break down dead waste (plants, trees, animals, other food sources). It has also been recognized for at least 4,000 years as something we don’t want growing inside our homes. In the Jewish/Christian Old Testament Bible, you can find mold inspection and remediation protocols for mold growth in our homes1. So, while it is an age-old organism that we need in our world, we’ve always known mold growth in any home or business isn’t good.
If you want to discover the chances of abnormal mold conditions and/or mold growth in your home or workplace a moisture & mold inspection by a properly certified mold inspector is likely in order
Call 844-360MOLD (6653) to speak to a certified professional today.
Maybe, Maybe not! Contrary to the method and claim of most other remediation companies that use toxic, chemical killer products our product and process is often able to recover building materials such as drywall and carpet from having to be demolished and replace & refinished.
Of course if there is structural damage to the material then it should be replaced as part of the overall mold remediation process, HOWEVER, with our product/process we can often clean mold from surfaces and treat in place hidden voids (under certain circumstances) saving you hundreds or even thousands on restoration cost. Of course we utilize accepted protocols including HEPA air-scrubbers and negative containment as appropriate but do NOT add harsh toxic chemicals to the living space of your home or office.