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How to Prevent and Remove Bathroom Mold


 

Bathrooms are the most common places for mold to build up. If you have noticed mold on the bathroom ceiling, along the edges of the tub or anywhere else in your bathroom, it’s time to take action. Mold generally grows in isolated dark and damp areas and the bathroom is the perfect place for it to grow quickly. The following tips will help you remove and prevent mold from forming in your bathroom.

Removing Mold from the Bathroom

  • Use hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar or bleach to remove mold from your bathroom
  • If cleaning the mold with the above-mentioned products don’t remove it you will need to strip and replace the sealant or caulking that has mold growth.
  • If mold has reached into the insulation or walls a professional is needed for removal.

Preventing Mold from Growing in the Bathroom

  • Ventilate your bathroom with an exhaust fan. If you don’t have one you should get one installed. In the meantime, you can leave your bathroom door open after showers to allow the steam to escape the bathroom.
  • Wash bathroom rugs on a regular basis
  • Install a shower curtain that is mildew-resistant
  • Avoid keeping loofahs and shower sponges in the shower.

Common Causes of Mold in Bathrooms

If you have reoccurring mold in your bathroom you need to consider the following.

  • Leaky pipes
  • Leaky sinks
  • Leaky toilets
  • Leaky showerheads
  • Lack of ventilation
  • Wet or damp wood, grout, rugs, paper products, fabric, or drywall

Some homeowners don’t realize that mold can be dangerous to your health. Mold is bacteria that grows rapidly and spreads throughout surfaces and the air. This means that not only does your skin come into contact with the mold, but you also breathe in tiny particles. This can lead to skin infections and respiratory issues as well as allergic reactions.

In addition to putting your family’s health at risk, you are also in danger of causing damage to your home. If mold grows behind the wall or any place that you can’t see, it can spread and cause serious damage to insulation, walls, floors and more. If you sense that your home has hidden mold it is best to have an expert investigate further.

A common way to prevent mold in the bathroom and throughout your home is to check for leaks on a regular basis. At the first sign of mold, you need to remove it immediately. Generally, mold can build up due to leaky faucets or toilets. If a leak is the cause you need to contact a professional plumber immediately! Don’t let mold take over your bathroom. Call us today for further assistance!

How to Save Money on Your Water Bill this Summer


Surprise! Your water bill increased and you have to pay for it by the due date. Homeowners are often surprised with the spike in their water bill, especially during the summer months. For some reason, the summer is one time of the year in South Florida that water gets used the most. Usually, this is due to frequent use of lawn sprinklers and the installation of above ground pools. If you want to save money on your water bill this summer, consider the tips listed below.

  • Fix Leaks – Inspect the drains, showerheads, toilets, and sprinklers in and around your home. If your sinks are dripping water or leaking water from the pipes underneath the sink, you need to get it fixed quickly. Other signs of leaks include rust spots, small puddles around outdoor sprinklers and toilets that run constantly.
  • Inspect the Water Heater – If your water heater is over 10 years old, you should consider replacing it. Carefully check the exterior of the water heater for rust, cracks or water. A leak in a water heater can quickly get larger and sometimes flood the entire first floor of your home. Replacing a water heater requires professional installation so plan ahead so you don’t go without hot water in the shower.
  • Take Shorter Showers – It feels great to take a steaming hot shower after a long day at work. It sure helps the stress melt away, right? You can still de-stress with a hot shower, but you need to limit it to a specific time frame. An easy way to limit your showers is to play music while you are in the shower and make sure you complete your shower by the end of the second song. Usually, two songs are equivalent to a 10-minute shower.
  • Use the Dishwasher – If you have been afraid to use your dishwasher because you think it uses too much water compared to hand washing dishes, you will be surprised to learn it’s actually vice versa. Hand washing dishes uses more water than a dishwasher set on light or gentle cycle. Some dishwashers even have a water saver and power saver option that could help you save on your water bill as well as your electric bill. Save your hands from washing dishes and let your dishwasher do all the work.

Do you need help identifying ways to save money on your water bill this summer? Contact us today for further assistance. Our friendly professional staff is ready to help you today!


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Disposable Wipes Cause Plumbing Damage


Disposable wipes for babies have been around for generations. These helpful wipes are convenient and help make changing diapers easy and quick. Usually, these wipes are thrown into a trash can along with the dirty diaper. In recent years, the toilet paper industry has created wipes for adults that seem to be an added benefit in the bathroom. These adult wipes are also used to keep a person clean. However, most of these wipes get flushed down the toilet instead of disposed of in a trash can.

Flushing disposable adult wipes down the toilet began when labels on some of the packages said it was ok to do so. Unfortunately, not all wipes are made equally and people started flushing all exposable wipes down the toilet, including the ones for babies too. These wipes are often made of a specific material that absorbs and holds a cleaning liquid that helps make the wipes more powerful and useful.

However, these wipes are also responsible for clogging many pipes in homes throughout the United States. Homeowners are often surprised to learn the wipes were the cause since it was labeled “suitable to flush.” Unfortunately, these “flushable” wipes aren’t “one size fits all” when it comes to pipes and plumbing.

If you have already flushed disposable wipes down the toilet you need to stop immediately. It’s best to set up a small trash can with a top that is meant purposely for disposing of these wipes only instead. You can place the small trash can next to the toilet where it’s convenient and easy to reach from a sitting position on the toilet. Discourage everyone in your household and visitors from flushing disposable wipes down the toilet.

Have you noticed plumbing issues since you started flushing the wipes down the toilet? Have you observed any of the following?

  • Tiny bubbles forming immediately after flushing
  • The toilet bowl not filling up properly
  • The toilet bowl not flushing properly
  • Tiny pieces of toilet paper floating in the toilet after flushing

These are all signs of a clog in the pipes. Sometimes clogs can reach deep into the pipes and requires a plumber to use a specific tool to remove the wipes.

If you have experienced plumbing issues with your toilet due to wipes, contact us today for further assistance. Our friendly and professional staff are ready to help you today!


Mokher Profile PicSince 1968, Chip Mokher & his team has provided South Florida with quality service with a commitment to our customers’ satisfaction. Our many years of experience has allowed us to serve thousands of homes and businesses in Miami-Dade County. We welcome the opportunity to serve you, please call us at 305-446-8266 or email us at chip@mokherplumbing.com