“I love my house,” Katherine said. “I really, really do. But one more day of dealing with mold and mildew in the bathroom is going to send me right over the edge.” Katherine’s home is in Scituate, and had been declared mold-free when she purchased it. However, after only a few months, the first signs of mold and mildew appeared in her bathroom.
Mold and mildew need three elements to grow. One is a growing medium, such as wallboard. The second is warm temperatures. The third is moisture. All there of these elements are common in most bathrooms, but as long as adequate ventilation systems are in place, mildew and mold shouldn’t be able to take root.
“We have the fans in place and even wipe down the walls after every shower,” Katherine explained. “But we just weren’t able to keep the room dry enough.” After an expensive foray into dehumidifiers, Katherine’s father identified the problem. “Our window wasn’t shutting properly,” she said. “It was old, the glass was really loose, and moisture was running in under the sill and really saturating our wall. No wonder we couldn’t stop the mold.”
A call to the Scituate window replacement pros soon got the situation under control. “A lot of people think you can’t get replacement windows unless you’re doing over the whole house, but no – you can have them just replace the windows in a single room. In our case, we needed some repair work done to the water damaged sill, but they took care of the whole thing for us.” Now the bathroom is both drier and warmer. “You don’t realize how much heat is escaping through a leaky window,” Katherine said. “But I’ll tell you one thing – I definitely don’t miss the cold drafts and I really really don’t miss the mold!”