Black Mold in Your Shower? Here's What to Know
During a nice, relaxing shower after a long day, mold growth is certainly not something that you ever want to discover staring back at you. Unfortunately, showers and other areas of bathrooms are prime locations for mold growth, as mold thrives in environments that are damp or humid. Perhaps you’ve heard of the ominous black mold, rumored to be toxic and a major threat to the health of anyone who crosses its path. Two questions may come to mind: Is black mold as dangerous as it’s rumored to be? What should I do if I find black mold growing in my shower?
What is Black Mold?
Our page “Black Mold, What is It?” describes black mold in detail, but the following paragraph will give you a brief overview:
“Stachybotrys chartarum”, better known as black mold, is a type of mold with a black or dark green hue. It has been found that black mold dispenses toxic substances called mycotoxins that can lead to health effects. According to Medical News Today, there has not yet been evidence to prove that these symptoms are the direct result of mold spore inhalation. It is widely understood, however, that numerous types of mold bring about irritations and aggravate allergies. In order to best keep everyone in your home safe, it is important that you decrease exposure to mold growth of any kind and get help immediately. It may seem more effective to attempt to clean or get rid of mold yourself, but this can actually be counterproductive since coming into contact with mold of any kind can make the situation more dangerous. SERVPRO of Harrisburg West possesses the specialized equipment and training needed for the treatment of black mold and combatting a mold infestation of any size or variety. Immediately after discovering mold growth in your shower, pick up the phone and call us at (717) 510-6779.
Black Mold Infestation in Your Shower
So what if the mold that you’ve discovered in your shower is, in fact, black mold? You can often deduce that it’s black mold based on its color and texture. Black mold is typically black or dark green in color and appears slimy. Where does black mold grow? Does it make sense that it could be in your shower? The answer is yes. Because black mold requires the same conditions as other types of mold to grow and thrive, your moist and humid shower is susceptible to the growth of black mold. If you believe that the mold in your shower is black mold, or any other variety of mold, don’t hesitate. Call us immediately.
Preventing Black Mold Growth
To avoid the growth of black mold in your shower, you can take the following steps: First, increase ventilation and keep air moving in your bathroom by opening a window if one is available or turning on a fan while showering. Both of these actions are beneficial in decreasing moisture and humidity levels in your bathroom, making it more difficult for mold to grow. After a shower, you can utilize a squeegee or simply dry the walls of your shower in order to reduce the amount of lingering moisture. Another catalyst of mold growth of any kind in showers is leaking pipes. Therefore, keep a lookout for leaks in your bathroom and quickly dry any that you find. In order to prevent black mold growth, broken bathroom pipes must be repaired as soon as possible.
Don’t Waste Time: Call SERVPRO Immediately
Through the years, we’ve seen many different kinds of mold infestations and understand how pertinent it is that any kind of mold issue is remediated immediately. We’re committed to getting to you quickly and beginning our mold remediation process without delay. Here at SERVPRO of Harrisburg West, we have the tools and resources necessary for the level of mold and water remediation services that your home needs. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call us at (717) 510-6779 for professional black mold removal and mold remediation services that will make your mold infestation “Like it never even happened.” For more of our mold resources, be sure to take a look at our Mold Remediation Process and Overview of Mold Services.