Symptoms, Warning Signs, and Taking Action

A musty or sour smell in your bathroom could be a sign of mold.

Molds are various types of fungi that grow in filaments and reproduce by forming spores. There are thousands of known species of molds, some of which can be found on decaying foods and in moisturous places. Because mold requires moisture for growth, bathrooms are one of the most common places where mold can reside; black mold being the most common and most dangerous.

Black mold resides and grows in small, dark rooms that are warm and humid. Mold spores, known as the seed of mold, can often fill the air giving off an unpleasant smell of staleness. But not all mold will be detectable through your sense of smell, and for this reason, mold can be present but undetectable.

Warning Signs
If your bathroom has an earthy smell, it is most likely coming from rotting wood and there is likely to be mold present.
Small ants and/or carpenter ants in your bathroom or tub could also be a sign that there is hidden mold beneath your tiles or floorboards. Moist environments support mold and other life like ants.

Tiles which have a muddy appearance can also be a sign of mold. Muddy looking tiles may in fact be black mold and can be on the walls or in the shower or bathroom floor.
Spongy floor boards and loose tiles are extremely vulnerable to leaks, causing rotting beneath the surface which can create areas for mold growth.

Caulking that is moldy or cracked is also vulnerable to mold. Moisture after a shower often clings to bathtub caulking causing the substrate to expand and create openings in the grout lines. A cracking, separated appearance in your caulking is probably a good indication that water has been making its way behind the shower walls and mold is most likely growing behind the tiles. Many people believe that tile and grout joints are sealed and waterproof, but this is often not the case.

What to do if you suspect or detect mold in your home?

If you detect mold in your home, do not attempt to clean the mold yourself. Some mold can be very harmful and life-threatening when disturbed and if the spores are breathed in directly. It is wise to contact your insurance company immediately. They will most likely have your home tested by a professionally trained mold tester who can test for mold and take the proper measures to rid your home of mold.

– Gabriel / GMT Dream Builders

How to identify bathroom mold in the bathtub and what it looks like
Spotting mold on your bathtub caulking, shower wall tiles or sink is easy to recognize because it’s ugly and stands out like a sore thumb. However there are many types of mold that can grow in bathrooms and unfortunately, not all mold can be seen. Often times, when people are remodeling their bathrooms, they are shocked to discover bathroom mold growing beneath their wallpaper and underneath their bathroom carpet.

Is bathroom mold dangerous and can it make you sick?
While most types of mold are not life threatening for healthy people, it can cause health problems for those with weakened immune systems, people with asthma, babies and the elderly. Exposure to black mold especially can lead to immediate or delayed reactions. Some symptoms and reactions may include dizziness, respiratory issues, flu-like symptoms, body aches, skin rashes, seizure, sinusitis, fungal infections of the lungs, depression, irritability, coughing and more.

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