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Mould can be a serious issue if you do not take the time to ensure it does not grow in your bathroom. It can pose serious health risks in addition to damaging your ceilings, walls, and floors. The main cause of mould in the bathroom is moisture, which is impossible to avoid, and dealing with moisture is the best way to prevent mould growth. Follow these easy tips to keep your bathroom mould-free.
Get a Good Fan and Know When to Run It
One of the best ways to remove moisture from the bathroom is by using a van. A van sucks the air that is full of moisture outside, creating negative pressure that pulls fresh, drier air inside. Check the fan specifications to ensure it is large enough for your bathroom. Most people think they only need to run the fan while they are in the shower. While this will help, it is also important to run it for another 30 minutes after you are done. By putting the fan on a timer, you can ensure any leftover moisture is dealt with and you do not have to go back to turn it off.
Use Backer Boards
Backer boards are installed in the substrate of your bathroom to resist moisture, because of this property, they ensure water does not penetrate thus helping prevent the growth of not only mould but also mildew. These backer boards are nailed or screwed into the substrate before the installation of your tiles. Depending on the type and the product, you might also have the option of using an adhesive which helps fill the gaps before the grout is applied.
There are different types of backer boards, but what you need specifically to prevent mildew is a waterproof backer board. These boards do not allow water to go through them although they allow grout and adhesive to seal very well around them. If you are looking for a great waterproof backer board brand, you cannot go wrong with Wedi. It is sold in the UK by Just Wedi which has been in the business for more than 20 years. It is the go-to retailer for all wet room products and accessories. Because their products are easy to install, they will save you a lot of time and money, especially if you are handling a sizable project.
Deal with Leaks and Drips
Leaks and drips cause moisture to accumulate thus providing the perfect conditions for mould. Fixing any leaks in your bathroom is therefore essential for keeping mould away. Remember to not wait too long after noticing the leak because waiting will only make things worse. Most of us do not think about things that drip water in the bathroom. These can include bath sponges, washcloths and even loofahs that many of us hang and leave to dry in the bathroom. These drip water onto the floor, leading to water accumulation on floors and surfaces.
The definitive way to prevent the growth of mould and keep you bathroom mould-free is to ensure the condition is not conducive to their growth. This means you have to find ways to deal with water and keep your bathroom as dry as possible.