Musty smells in the bathroom, laundry room and basements are extremely common, and may impact one in three homeowners in Victoria, Cowichan, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum, Courtenay, Comox, Campbell River, and Port Alberni.

The musty smell in your bathroom is caused by mold or mildew.

These fungal growths cause the same musty odor in damp basements, crawl spaces and attics.

Common locations for mold and mildew in the bathroom include inside the shower, on walls behind towels or picture frames, or on the ceiling.

Mold and Mildew Explained

Mold and mildew are both a type of fungus that grow in damp areas. If a room is moist, not very well ventilated, and lacking in natural sunlight, there is a good chance it can develop mold or mildew.

Mold and mildew have a unique musty scent that is easy to identify.  You cannot always see mold and mildew. Both are dark-colored stains when you can see them. It is important to not that mold and mildew can start to smell before they become visible, and they can also grow inside drawers and closets. Other areas include behind picture frames, on the ceiling, inside the shower, behind decorative hanging towels, and under the sink or behind the toilet.

The Musty Smell of Mold and Mildew is a Warning

The musty odor of mold and mildew is a warning. Both these fungal growths are bad for your health if you breathe in the airborne spores. They can cause reactions like headaches, trouble breathing, nosebleeds, and nausea. Young children are particularly prone to breathing problems in homes where there is a lot of mold, and people with asthma can have severe reactions to mold and mildew.

Mold and Mildew Can Damage Your House

Mold and mildew can damage your house. Mildew stains grout, paint, and other surfaces.  Mold can eat into drywall and even damage the structural stability of the house frame if left alone long enough. Taking no action against your serious mold infestation could have consequences.  There are examples where some homes, when left with mold for years, had to be condemned due to the overwhelming growth.

How to Prevent Mold or Mildew

Airflow and moisture reduction are critical to prevent mold and mildew. If your bathroom does not have a window or fan, then consider putting a small fan or dehumidifier in the room to reduce some of the moisture. Always wipe down the walls and shower curtain after a shower to prevent mold from growing inside this damp area. Hang wet towels, rather than putting them in a hamper, and routinely move anything that hangs permanently to wipe the wall behind.

Other Causes of Musty Smells

Other causes of must smells could include your toilet tank. There can be mildew inside the tank, or it could be that lime deposits have left the inside of the tank less than pristine. Check for other areas like this around your bathroom, such as the under-sink plumbing fixtures, or behind a decorative covering on your tub.

How to Get Rid of Mold or Mildew

Pacific Decontamination Services can neutralize mildew and mold up to 99.99999% by applying our eco-friendly, safe chemical into your home, air conditioner, shower, faucets, hot tub, spa, or any other item or location. Depending on the job, we apply our formula by spray, mist, foam, or fog.

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Pacific Decontamination Services uses the world’s strongest, most effective and safe antimicrobial disinfectant, deodorization and chemical decontaminate. Our professional application will eliminate up to 99.99999% of any allergen, germ, bacteria or fungus that it touches. AND as powerful as it is, it is also completely safe.

What do you do next? How do you solve the challenge of mold, mildew and associated health hazards?

Call Pacific Decontamination Services at 778-269-0208 or email us!

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