Mold is a fungus that reproduces by forming spores, which multiply in households after been transported by indoor and outdoor air. Mold in itself grows in damp environments such as shower stalls and is at home in moistened areas of bathtub caulking. Mold also grows outside in damp and humid surroundings. Mold becomes dangerous when it consumes the entire air conditioning system of a home or business. Occupants of such compromised mold areas become extremely ill and can die if the mold situation is not identified, inspected and neutralized without delay.
At the first sign of mold, or if you suddenly begin to show signs or symptoms of being exposed to mold in your home, consult with your primary care physician for care. Contact a certified residential mold inspector and make arrangements to have the requisite areas in your home examined. If the mold condition is in the air conditioning system, arrange to have the mold removed by a certified mold technician. If you live in rental property, immediately report the presence of mold in your apartment and request a mold inspection of your apartment. Mold inspectors examine drywall, ductwork, roofing, plumbing pipes and other host areas that mold attaches itself to.
Note that mold from the outside is easily transported to the inside of your home by attaching itself to clothing and particularly shoes. Ask visitors or service individuals to leave their shoes on the mat outside your door before entering your house or apartment. In extreme cases, a mold inspector may have to lift carpeting from your floors to search for mold that may be growing underneath the carpeting. At that point, the carpet will be of no further use to you and will be discarded if mold is being hosted underneath the carpeting.
Incredibly, the Environmental Protection Agency has no government regulation or mandate whatsoever for mold or mold spore levels. Thus in a court of law, should you decide to sue your landlord for mold in your location, the landlord walks free from any responsibility. Very simply, it is not possible to prove that a building in which you reside is not complying with any mold exposure regulations when there are no governing rules in effect in the first place.
A simple case of mold growth in the bathtub caulking area may not require you to have a mold inspector conduct an examination. Mold tends to penetrate the caulking area because moisture is likely to be in that location following showers. Clean the area and clear the mold by using a bleach solution. Add one cup of bleach to one gallon of water. Use the solution to clean and clear away the mold. You can also use a commercial bathroom chlorine bleach spray to blanket the areas of mold.
Avoid chlorine bleach fumes, however, by wearing a mask when you are using chlorine bleach products. Never leave dampness or settled water spots in and around the bathtub. Following showers, mop up any moisture remaining on the shower walls, shower curtain and bathtub. Remember that mold flourishes in damp and hidden spaces. The bathtub is an ideal host for mild mold exposure. Left on its own, the mold condition will worsen.