Is Bathroom Mould Dangerous

Is bathroom mould dangerous?

Is bathroom mould dangerous? It is unsightly and a general annoyance if you are generally on top of cleaning and making sure your home is spick and spanMould growth only develops where there is homeostatic imbalance, so for instance if there is too much humidity or too much damp, if there is not enough air flow or if there isn’t enough light.  

Unfortunately, all moulds can be hazardous to general health and it is a problem which should not be left untreated. Mycotoxin producing moulds (these are classified as naturally occurring toxins produced by certain types of mould such as (fungi)) simply add extra risk factors. All mould spores that are airborne in the right amount have the capacity to cause illness, even in people who are otherwise well or have no long-term health issues.  

Even if mould can be cleaned away easily it doesn’t mean there is no risk to health. Factors such as the type of material the mould has been found on, and how quickly it has colonised all add to the potential to cause illness.  

How dangerous is the mould that grows in your bathroom and do you know the signs to look out for, and how to treat it when it arises?  

Are There Types of Mould That Aren’t Hazardous to Health?  

No. All mould has the potential to be hazardous to health, in varying degrees and the fact that it is present in your home, whether it is in the bathroom or anywhere else could be a sign of a more serious issue, such as burst pipes, leaking water, other water damage repair, or severe damp. The safest course of action is to have a professional to check it out, or even have a mould survey if you’re at all unsure.  

All mould has the potential to cause an allergic reaction or illness, but particularly in people who have other health concerns, such as asthma, eczema or other skin and lung conditions. Exposure to mould can cause headaches, rashes, nausea and dizzy spells in otherwise healthy individuals.  

In people who have chronic lung issues or breathing difficulties, lung infections can occur, but this is rare and so long as medical treatment is sought very quickly, they can be successfully treated.  

How to Recognise Mould 

A typical area for mould to grow in, is in the bathroom or shower room. These are areas that tend to be poorly ventilated and often filled with moisture.  

This can create a health hazard and needs to be treated by professionals. They will undertake surface swabs and air quality checks to assess the spore count before completing any anti-microbial work, which will ensure the surfaces are clean and free from mould.  

There are many reasons for mould to form in bathrooms. It needn’t just arise from the actual bath or shower itself. These include: 

  1. Taps that drip constantly 

Mould develops where water is, and where water can get in. If there is a sink, bath tub or anything else with a tap that leaks, get this fixed as this can be a troublesome issue.  

  1. Inadequate ventilation 

Most modern bathrooms should by law, be fitted with an extractor fan or at least a window which can be opened so that moisture can be adequately vented away. Some older homes will have neither of these and so mould can develop because of poor ventilation.  

In some cases, there is ventilation in a bathroom, but it isn’t enough. All the above can lead to the formation of mould.  

  1. Poorly cleaned shower surfaces 

The inside of a shower will not only have to cope with the regular use of water but will also have to deal with the residues from soaps, shower gels and natural oils from the skin, that are washed off when we cleanse. The combination of this with humidity is a fast track to finding mould on the grouting and tiles.  

  1. Clogged up drains 

Dirt, grease, hair, soap scum are all things that can block up sink, bath and shower drains. This blockage can’t dry out as water won’t flow as freely and the resulting composition will create an environment in which mould can grow.  

  1. Penetrative Damp 

Moisture can sometimes come from a source you can’t see. This can be something like a pipe in a wall or a crack in the grouting, or sealant. Water can creep in behind tiles and as the dampness increases, so can mould. This is something that isn’t always obvious until it is too late. In these cases, you’ll need a professional water damage restoration company to help you fix the issue.  

Therefore, if you have any mould at all, it needs to be taken care of by a professional property damage business as soon as possible. They will be able to identify the type of mould present and how to effectively and safely treat it with the minimum of fuss.  

Recognising When it is Time to Call a Professional 

It is best practice to engage the services of a professional property damage company to assess the situation and find out exactly how dangerous the mould in your bathroom is.  

At any time after discovering mould, contact a professional to ensure your bathroom is safe. Mould can develop and grow very quickly and although in some cases it can go away on its own it is better to be safe than sorry.   

Moulds should be dealt with right away to protect the health of you and your family. Only professionals can do this.  

If mould is not removed properly it can stain walls permanently and produce an unpleasant smell which lingers, even with cleaning and proper ventilation of the room in the aftermath. That is why it is always best to engage the services of a professional company who can undertake surveys to assess the risk profile of the mould growth.  

Property Damage UK will put together a complete set of recommendations to ensure a full removal of the mould and a plan to prevent it returning. Contact us today to see how we can help you and for a professional Mould Survey:  

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