Bathrooms are naturally warm and humid, making them ideal for mildew and mold growth. If your nose tells you it’s more than a normal day in the average bathroom, then it could be more than just shower steam.

My bathroom is so smelly!

Bathrooms that use a lot of water, particularly hot water, can create a humid environment. Clearing the air and keeping things dry can be difficult. If you do smell something musty it is most likely caused by the fungus responsible for mold.

What is the deal with mold?

Mold can be very sneaky. Mold can hide behind walls and in cabinets. It can get into your shower curtains, behind towels, picture frames, and mirrors. It can get on your grout, your paint, your fan, your light fixtures, your bathtub, your toilets, and faucets.

It can make you and your family sick. Mold can lead to headaches, runny noses, aching sinuses and fatigue as well as nosebleeds, nasal problems, respiratory issues, nausea, headaches, and other symptoms such as nausea, headaches, runny noses, dry noses, nasal congestion, and headaches.

It’s not only visible mold that is the problem. Mold spores can become airborne if they are disturbed. Mold-related health problems can worsen if it is not addressed. It may also spread to other parts of your home.

What should I do if my bathroom is stale?

If your bathroom is stale, take action. It will not get better by itself. The problem will only get worse. What can you do to help? Here are some tips from our Long Beach Plumbers:

  • Increase ventilation – Better ventilation can dry out bathrooms after baths or showers. This will reduce humidity and prevent mold growth.
  • Maintain cleanliness – Regular bathroom cleaning can help keep your bathroom clean and remove the fungus which creates mold.
  • Make sure you use the right products. Just like it is important to properly wash your hands after using the restroom, it is important to make sure that your bathroom is clean.
  • Shower walls to dry – After you have finished showering, dry the shower walls with a towel. This will remove any excess water and humidity.
  • Turn on the fan when you bathe or shower. It’s tempting for the bathroom to get steamy and warm. The fan should be run immediately after and during a shower or bath to reduce mold growth.