Most people are familiar with the standard morning routine of being in a rush to get out of the shower and head to work. However, heavy and fast foot traffic on the tiles outside a shower stall can become loose and the adhesive connecting the edge of the tiles to the side of the shower's base may detach. The problem might not seem like a serious one, but it really is. The perforation present on the floor opens the door to a mold infestation.
A Little Water Turns in a Huge Problem
Even a tiny bit of water dripping under the tile floor is enough to eventually create a disaster. The wooden floor underneath the tile ends up soaking up the water. Not drying oneself off in the shower and then stepping onto the floor means dripping water ends up going through the newly created openings. Leaving the shower door open also allows water to drip. Again, all that water hits the wood flooring and sets the stage for mold growth. Do not think for one second that mold growth takes a long time to develop. All it takes is 24 hours for mold to grow after wood and other materials have been exposed to water.
Unseen Mold Spores
Leaving a window open to get steam out of the bathroom means mold spores may "fly" into the bathroom. Actually, trace amounts of mold spores may enter a home or apartment every time the front door is opened. If only a few spores end up in those gaps in the floor and are fed water, they are going to grow. How do they grow? The grow by feeding on the wood. In time, the wood may become brittle, dangerous, and need of replacing.
Factors Contributing to Growth
A few things can expand mold growth and do so significantly. Wood's ability to absorb water should not be overlooked. Wooden floor panels connect to wooden wall frames. As dampness spreads to the connecting wood, so will the mold. Other elements may assist the growth of mold. Keeping the temperature up too high during the winter, for example, could assist mold growth. Gas heaters, in particular, are known to create "mold-friendly" condensation on walls. The condensation could spread to separations on the floor tiles.
Call Mold Remediation Pros
Fixing up the damaged tile floor won't be enough. If mold splotches are showing up in the bathroom, the problem is likely serious. Only a mold remediation service can eliminate the growing mold presence.