It might be your worst nightmare: you settle into your shower or bathtub to rinse off the stress and grime from the day only to find yourself surrounded by mould! It looks black and slimy to the touch, and you fear the worst. You think it may be toxic black mould. Unfortunately, you could be right. Even though toxic black mould isn't one of the four most common moulds found indoors (Caldosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus and Alternaria), it isn't that rare for black mould to grow inside.
All moulds are potentially hazardous to your health and may put the structural integrity of your home at risk if left unchecked. If you can see mould in your shower and bathtub, you should seek help to diagnose and eradicate it immediately.
Prevent the growth of mould in your bathtub or shower in the first place by following these simple steps:
- Keep your bathroom well ventilated.
- Any time you run the bath or shower, turn on the ventilation fan or open a window. Keep the air circulating for at least 30 minutes after a shower or bath to ensure the area dries completely.
- Use mildew-resistant shower and window curtains.
- Wash your shower curtain frequently.
- Wash area rugs frequently and make sure they are completely dry before returning them to the bathroom.
- Don't leave damp towels or clothes lying in a heap on the floor.
- Wipe down the shower tiles and grout after use to remove any lingering moisture.
- Repair leaking pipes, faucets or showerheads as soon as you find them.
If you find black mould in your shower or bathtub, call the professionals at ServiceMaster Restore. We're here to help resolve the problem completely and prevent long-term damage to your home and your health. Our experts receive intensive mould remediation training and come equipped with proven techniques and professional tools to stop mould outbreaks, so you can wake up from your biggest nightmare and get back to normal.