Why is mold growing under the rim of my toilet?

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Why is mold growing under the rim of my toilet?

Unknowingly, you find a black moldy ring under the lid of your bathroom bowl. Then you wonder why there is so much mold under my toilet’s rim. What is the source of this mold and how safe can you use it? Mold can cause health problems and is not only an eyesore.

Mold loves dark spaces, water, and organic materials. If you are familiar with what we mean, your family provides the organic material. This is an interesting side note: Do you have diabetes?

The body of diabetics has trouble processing glucose. Their urine will contain more sugar than normal, even if they have diabetes under control. Glucose-enriched fluid is a good food for mold within a toilet.

Additionally, toilets that aren’t flushed as frequently as the rest of your home or toilets that aren’t used often are more likely be affected by mold. Even if they aren’t used often, you should still flush them at least once a day.

What makes mold so dangerous?

There are many types, with more than 100,000 being found in the United States alone. As they grow, molds release spores that can cause health complications.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Mold can impact people’s health in several ways.

  • Stuffy nose
  • Itchy, red eyes
  • Skin rashes
  • Asthma
  • Breathing problems
  • Headaches

No blood tests are currently available to determine whether someone has been affected from mold exposure. While allergy testing can sometimes be done, no test will reveal the location or time of exposure. Some individuals are more affected by mold sensitivities that others. Individuals with weaker immune systems, young children, or the elderly, are more susceptible to mold exposure.

Removal of Toilet Mold

The good news is that mold can be found under the rims of toilets. This is due to the fact that toilets are made of porcelain. Because it’s non-porous, mold can only be found on the toilet’s surface and cannot grow into the bowl. Safety precautions should be taken before you start any mold removal. Wear rubber gloves with a N-95 facemask.

You should flush the toilet before you can start cleaning. To get rid of the mold underneath the rim, use mild toilet cleaner and a toothbrush and/or rag. Always scrub your toilet with something soft. Abrasive chemicals can scratch porcelain finishes. This would include the product that you use to clean it. No scouring powder!) After flushing the toilet, continue the scrub until you find no mold. One cup of chlorine bleach should be added to the bowl. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes. You can scrub the toilet one more time and then flush it once again.

Be careful not to pour chlorine bleach into your toilet tank if you want to clean it. Bleach is corrosive. It can damage the plumbing parts inside the tank. Use white vinegar rather than bleach to treat your toilet tank.

Steam is another way to get rid mold from underneath your toilet bowl. You can use a handheld steamer to remove mold. First, shut off the water supply. To get as much water out as possible, flush the toilet. You can steam the bowl and the area under the rim using your steamer. Use as much pressure as you have the steam cleaner allow. Once you are done steaming the toilet, flush it and repeat the process if needed. Once you’re done, dry the toilet surfaces with a soft towel.

You can prevent mold from growing around your toilet rim

Regular toilet cleaning is the best preventative method. You can greatly reduce the risk of mold developing in your bathrooms if you do it every 7-10 business days. Your bathrooms should also be kept at a lower humidity level. This is done by making sure that there are no leaks and opening a window when it is not in use.

Another thing you could do is leave your bathroom’s light on for a few hours and close the lid. Mold does not like sunlight or bright light. Never try to “save” water by not flushing toilets after use. You don’t want mold to take over your home.

The possibility of mold resurfacing in your toilet after cleaning your bathroom could indicate that you have a larger problem. If this is the situation, it’s a sign that professional help is needed.

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