You may notice this squishy feeling you get when you step out of your bath but think it’s probably nothing. However, it is a very regular occurrence, and many people can’t stop wondering what’s behind their bath fitters. Also, because surfaces holding stagnant water for long grow molds and mildew, you’re curious to understand how it happens. So when people feel some discomfort in baths, questions are asked on whether mold grows under a bath fitter or not.
Mold grows under bath fitters when they aren’t correctly fitted, allowing water leakage through it during usage. Most of the time, you’re given assurances on the impossibility of this occurrence by the handymen who fix them. Nevertheless, this issue is expected as a lot of people don’t realize it from the start.
Mold spores, being virtually present everywhere, are always on the move, going around while scouring for suitable surfaces to grow on. However, because leaky baths collect stagnant water and deposit it within the system, mold finds this situation ideal for growth. Therefore, mold quickly grows and reproduces in this kind of circumstance, thriving as the water is replenished day by day.
In most events, this set-up is not noticed in time to prevent the further growth of the mold. Thus, as the mold grows, covering more areas, subtle signs may come up, which often go by unread. I will expound on the ways to prevent and handle the growth of mold in your bath setup. Let’s go forward!
Can Mold Grow Under a Bath Fitter?
Mold grows in environments that appeal to it, supporting its growth and development (wet and soggy environments). Nevertheless, mold grows under a bath fitter when a leakage goes on for a long time. This perpetually wet environment supports mold growth, as stagnant water is regularly replenished when you use these baths.
Therefore, a leaky bath fitter remains a friendly zone to mold, which goes about looking for places to regenerate. Because bath fitters are wetted most of the time, they possess the capacity to breed mold. Also, the leaking water collected under the bath fitter creates an ideal environment for mold to remain comfortable.
So, of course, mold grows under a bath fitter, and it grows in comfort and spreads as the days fly by. Therefore, you should check your bath fitter regularly because you cannot just tell if it is leaky by looking. This activity would aid you in arresting the situation as soon as it kicks off to prevent further spread and damage.
However, mold may be absent in bath fitters that are tightly fixed and where there is no water leakage. Thus, the presence of mold entirely depends on the state of the bath fitters.
How Can I Prevent Mold from Growing Under Your Bath Fitter?
This situation whereby mold grows under a bath fitter is wholly avoidable, and you can prevent them from the start. You can avoid this phenomenon by ensuring that the bath fitters are tightly fixed so that no water leaks into the inner compartment. Therefore, when you ensure this, the whole event of the growth of mold is prevented right from its inception.
In another vein, checking your bath fitters regularly helps diagnose faults in the bath system. This process is helpful because it gives you time to arrest the situation and thus prevents the growth of molds.
Conclusively, it is clear that the best way to prevent mold growth in bath fitters is to prevent the seepage of water into them. The reason being that bathwater is a suitable growth medium for mold, and without it, mold won’t be able to grow.
How to Remove Mold From Your Bath Fitter?
In removing mold from your bath fitters, you may require the services of a handyman, or you may choose to do the job. At first, removing molds from the bath fitter can be a tricky exercise because these molds prove immune to regular scrubbing. However, with suitable solvents and methods, these molds come off quickly.
In order to clear your bath fitters of molds, you’d require some bleach, a bowl, a few paper towels, and a Q-Tip. Note that any effective bleach would do the job well.
There are a few simple steps which if followed, aid in removing mold from bath fitters. We would discuss these steps shortly.
- The first thing to do is to put a generous amount of bleach into a bowl. Make sure the bleach is undiluted so that the concentration would be enough to dissolve the already established mold.
- Completely immerse the paper towel in the bleach so that the bleach entirely saturates the towel. Here, the towel should be allowed to sit in the bleach for a minimum time of 2 hours. Thus, this activity ensures that bleach fills the towel.
- Twist the towel into a rope and place it into the spots in the bath fitter where the mold growth has occurred. You should repeat this process until all the mold growth is covered with wet paper towels.
- At this point, you should use the Q-Tip to push the wet towels into the caulk of the bath fitters. Also, the towels should be allowed to rest there overnight. This action allows the bleach to soak the growing mold, thus making it easier to clean.
- After the mold has gotten soaked with bleach, you can remove the towel from the caulking of the Bath fitters. At this point, the mold is then cleaned off the bath fitters.
In addition, if not controlled at an early stage, mold grows to a point where you have to replace the bath fitters. Therefore, it would be best to replace it when cleaning does not work on the bath fitters.