The mention of the word “mould” can make some people cringe, feel ill. While it has its uses, for the most part, it is one of the things you do not want to see anywhere near your bathroom or balcony. Though one must wonder just how many people really know how to prevent mould.
Mouldy silicone can be a huge problem in a bathroom. Aesthetically, it’s ugly. It might be a sign of structural damage. Depending on the type, it’s also a potential health hazard.
The first step to preventing mouldy silicone and a future need for repair silicone because of it is to identify what areas are at risk.
Areas to check include basements, areas with old leaks, or anywhere with water stains. If these areas are already wet, you’re not too late. You can dry them. If the moisture is recent, drying within 24 to 48 hours is a good way to minimize growth.
Another way to prevent mouldy silicone in any room is proper ventilation.
Exhaust fans in bathrooms are an excellent way to avoid the problem, as well. If they’re not affordable, you probably have some sort of window in the bathroom, right?
If you can’t get proper ventilation or if it isn’t enough, a more time-consuming preventative measure is to dry out the bathroom after use. This can take time and effort, but it will prevent mouldy silicone. It also has the added benefit of making sure that other water-based problems are prevented.
Use mould-resistant products. For example, mould-resistant drywall in areas like bathrooms and basements is essential. You can also use gypsum board to protect the core of ordinary drywall.
There are also various ways to treat tiles and other bathroom surfaces to resist mould. Consulting with AllSealedWA can get you advice on which would work best for you.
Keep an eye on the humidity of your indoor areas. A simple moisture meter should work. By keeping risky areas at low humidity, you can reduce the odds of mould growth.
Any gutters near your bathroom should be kept clean and clog-free. This means regular maintenance.
Water tends to travel. If there is a clog or blockage in a gutter, it will find its way into the home. Most of the time, the damage is limited to the wall. Other times, it could seep into the nearest bathroom. You’ll need to repair silicone if that happens, as the mould isn’t too far away.