Fungus grows in damp and wet places. Being the wettest part of any home, bathrooms can have maximum fungus deposits if they are not well maintained. All the dampness caused by the water in basins, showers, bathtubs, and toilets is enough for the fungus to grow. The moisture can be absorbed by the walls of the bathroom. These moisture-laden walls provide suitable conditions for the fungus to grow. The fungus can also grow on other surfaces that have water left on it for a long time.
Fungus require a favorable amount of oxygen and water to grow. High humidity levels in the bathroom provide enough oxygen and water vapor. Water vapor is trapped in the bathroom because people generally close all the ventilation while taking shower. Closed doors and windows of the bathroom restrict the humidity to escape and prevent fresh air from entering.
Poor grout and caulking between the tiles and fixtures like showers, bathtubs, etc. are highly prone to fungal growth. The moisture in the bathroom clings to the uneven surface of cracks and deteriorating grout. This moisture is absorbed by the grout material and is difficult to dry. This absorbed moisture then finds its way to the other parts of the tiles and allows fungus to grow everywhere.Plumbing Leaks
Often, leaking pipes go unnoticed because they are located inside the walls. The leakage from these pipes is absorbed and transported to the entire wall. As we already know, damp walls are the best place where fungus generally thrives. By the time you discover the leakage, the fungus has already grown and spread everywhere.
Dark and Stinky Bathroom
Fungus and molds cannot grow under ultraviolet light. Nobody keeps the lights on in their bathrooms. This darkness, along with the above-mentioned factors attract fungus. Also, a foul smelling, stinky bathroom attracts fungus and molds.
Along with ruining the appearance of the bathroom, this fungus can spread through walls, floors, and ceilings and result in major home repairs. Some fungus in the bathroom can also be harmful to our health if ignored. It can lead to allergic reactions, fungal infections, and result in mycotoxins in air (poisonous toxin created by fungus and mold). Hence, avoid scraping or removing these layers on your own and call a professional bathroom maintenance person.
Now we know, even a hint of moisture or humidity can trigger fungal growth. Hence, it is better to keep your bathroom dry, ventilated, and clean. Our professional plumbers in Edmonton are experts in the overall plumbing maintenance.