Remodeling a Bathroom to Prevent Mold and Mildew

Preventing Mold and mildew, or lack thereof, is a common health hazard in bathrooms. However, there are steps you can take while remodeling to reduce or eliminate these and other microbes.

Preventing Mold and Mildew

The bathroom is the dampest room in the house, with water mist and steam filling the air throughout the day. This can encourage the growth of mildew, mold, and other microorganisms. These have the potential to harm your bathroom’s structure and even to cause illness among your loved ones.

Mold and mildew can be destructive to grout, wood, and a variety of materials. This damage often occurs before the problem is even visible. In addition, they are public health hazards. Mold and mildew can cause allergies, respiratory illness, and are even suspected to contribute to more serious health issues. Mold and mildew are also an inconvenience. Many people spend way too much of their lives scrubbing grout with a variety of harsh chemicals to keep their bathroom clean.

While even the best designed bathroom will still need occasionally disinfecting, there are things you can do in the remodeling process to cut way back on the growth of dangerous and destructive microbes. Here are a few tips to preventing mold and mildew in your bathroom.

1. Plan for Good Ventilation

Removing moisture from the air is the most effective way to prevent mold. Make sure your bathroom has an effective ventilation system that removes steam and mist quickly while keeping good air flow.

2. Avoid Textiles

Carpet and other textiles are like a petri dish for microbes. Even worse, you won’t see or smell the problem until it is too late. Most people don’t keep carpeting in their bathroom for this reason, but they do often have shower curtains, wallpaper, and other materials that allow mold and mildew to grow undetected.

3. Upgrade Plumbing

Remodeling is expensive, so many homeowners are tempted to use the cheapest plumbing fixtures possible. While this will save money right now, it may cost more in the long run. Cheap pipes are more likely to crack or leak, creating a mildew problem and even damage to your home.

4. Pre-treat Hidden Areas

If mold and mildew are a real problem in your home, consider investing in prevention. There are many mold and mildew resistant materials, or treatments for existing materials. Mold resistant subflooring or treatments for existing subfloor will protect the base of your home, while mold resistant paints will keep your walls safe. These measures can prevent extremely expensive structural repairs later.

5. Choose Smooth Surfaces

Mold and mildew hide in nooks and crannies. If you suspect these are or could be a problem in your home, select flooring, vanities, and other fixtures that are made of smooth, nonporous materials that can be easily disinfected.

Are you concerned about mold in your bathroom? Talk to a bathroom remodeling contractor today about how you can design a safer home.

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