Your bathroom is an important part of your home. It is a part of your daily routine. It's where you come to relax and unwind after a long day with a soothing bubble bath. But when you begin to notice mold growing, your bathroom is no longer a safe space. Especially if that mold turns out to be black mold.
Stachybotrys chartarum is mostly known as black mold and many people fear it popping up in their homes. You can try to identify it by assessing its color and texture. It will have a dark grey to dark green shade and will be slimy.
Black mold loves to grow in dark, often hidden places. That is why it can be a particular problem in the bathroom. If you have damaged or missing grout and it is not noticed for quite some time, water can find its way behind your shower walls. This is the perfect place for black mold to take off. And because bathrooms get daily use, they tend to stay humid and damp, which only makes the bathroom a more hospitable environment for this type of mold.
Black mold is especially dangerous because it releases neurotoxins called trichothecene mycotoxins. When you are exposed and breathe in these toxic spores, they can cause you to experience dizziness, confusion, numbness, hallucinations, respiratory bleeding, and/or respiratory swelling. The effects of prolonged exposure to black mold can be lengthy and scary indeed.
If you do find black mold growing in your bathroom, no need to panic. Addressing it swiftly is important though. You can try to mitigate the mold growth on your own, but because black mold can be so harmful to your health and because mold can be prolific once established, it may be best to hire a professional to remove it safely. Some steps that you can take in addition to hiring a professional are improving ventilation and perhaps placing a dehumidifier in the room.
Another thing that can go a long way in preventing any molds from developing in unseen areas is to make sure your shower grout is properly installed and sealed. That is where The Grout Medic can help. Not only can we effectively neutralize and sanitize your tiled surfaces, but we can also repair and replace crumbling and missing grout. We can help give you peace of mind with our services.