Water leaks, a past history of flooding, cracks and poor cleaning habits are all precursors to mold growth in Nashville-area showers – but the good news is that most mold growth is entirely preventable.
How Bad is Mold?
Mold can cause all kinds of allergic reactions, including runny noses and coughs, especially in people who are in close proximity to it. That means mold in your shower could sicken everyone in your home. If you are living with anyone who has a compromised immune system, including infants, the elderly, and people with autoimmune disorders, they are at an even greater risk of adverse health effects from mold exposure. Additionally, research has shown that mold can cause neurological symptoms, such as headaches, memory loss and confusion.
Black mold, one of the more dangerous types, can cause chronic fatigue, persistent headaches, and irritation to the eyes, nose and throat. It can also cause rashes and a whole host of other health problems, and people who have been exposed to black mold need to be treated by a medical professional.
Mold: It Sneaks Up on You
Mold thrives in damp, humid environments. The fastest way to start a mold problem is to leave your bathroom wet – mold can start a thriving overgrowth in as little as two days.
Flooding, condensation from pipes and steam are the worst offenders. Mold can grow on your shower, work its way behind the tile or beneath the floor, and even make its way into your ceiling. Once that happens, you’re facing serious damage.
That’s why, at The Shower Pros, we encourage you to do your best to prevent mold from growing in the first place.
How to Prevent Shower and Bathroom Mold in Nashville’s Climate
It’s easy to dehumidify the air in and around Nashville. Middle Tennessee has a fantastic climate; it’s not too damp and it’s not too dry.
Before you take a shower, flip the switch on your exhaust fan. It won’t whisk away all of the steam, but it will pull some of the moisture out of the air.
After you shower, wipe the remaining water droplets from the walls and floor of your tub. Make sure you’re getting excess water out of the corners and joints, too, as well as any area that has grout on it.
Thoroughly clean your shower at least once per week. By catching mold spores before they develop into an overgrowth (mold can take hold of an entire corner of your shower in as little as two days), you can prevent future issues. Cleaning has another purpose, as well: mold feeds on dust, dirt and grime, so cleaning is a great way to starve out mold spores so they can’t set up shop in your shower.
Sometimes mold damage is so severe that you need to replace your shower. If that’s the case, call The Shower Pros. We have an extensive selection of spectacular new showers, as well as a simple, straightforward shower pricing model, and we’ll be happy to remodel your Nashville bathroom at a price you can afford.
Once you’ve explored your options, call us at 615-925-3365 or contact us online. We’ll set an appointment with one of our expert technicians who will come evaluate your bathroom at your convenience.