Updated: Dec 21, 2022
Has this ever happened to you? You’ve gotten all suds up with your favorite body soap only to notice something lurking in the corner of your tub; something pink. After you towel off, you reach for the nearest cleaner to nip the problem in the bud. And for a while, it works. But just a few weeks later, it’s back. What is this pink stuff? Is it pink mold? What should you do to get rid of it?
What is “Pink Mold?”
Many people may have heard of "pink mold" in their homes, but what they don't know is that it's not actually a type of mold. It goes by the scientific name "Serratia Marcescen," and this bacteria loves to feed off moist areas with mineral-rich or fatty substances such as bathroom surfaces. Left unchecked, this can be an issue that could cause significant damage - so make sure you take care when dealing with any accumulation!
This distinctive pinkish-hued mold can be found in far more places than just showers. From baby bottles to contact lens cases, it is important to recognize this bacteria since its presence could result in various infections if left untreated, such as urinary and respiratory tract problems or ocular issues associated with contact lenses. Regular cleaning of dishes and other objects susceptible to mold growth should help minimize potential health risks!
Why Does Pink Mold Grow in My Shower or Bath?
Pink mold loves a good soak - it's usually found in shower and bathtub corners, where prolonged moisture creates the perfect environment for its growth. But that doesn't mean you have to deny your bathroom the spa feel! With some extra attention to ventilation systems along with regular cleaning, this pesky bacteria known as Serratia marcescen can be kept at bay.
Pink mold is attracted to showers, as it feeds off the mineral-rich and fatty substances like soap scum. While this unsightly film that builds up in your shower may look like plain soapsuds, it's actually a combination of minerals and dead skin cells – creating an ideal habitat for pink mold to grow.
What Should I Do If I Find Pink Mold?
Unlike true mold, the first thing you should do if you find pink mold in the shower, or even if you don’t find pink mold, is to clean regularly with bleach or a disinfectant. By regularly cleaning the areas pink mold can typically appear, you remove its food source and help prevent it from growing further or even growing in the first place!
In addition to a regular cleaning routine, you should have your home inspected for ongoing water and humidity issues. If your bathroom has poor ventilation, then it may be more susceptible to pink mold or other types of mold and bacteria. And if you have any moisture or water issues in your basement or crawlspace, that could be affecting the environment in your bathroom as well!
Here at Healthy Homes, we say when you stop the water, you are able to stop mold and bacteria, which is an important step to create a healthy environment. If you have a recurring mold or pink mold issue that just won’t go away, it may be time to let Healthy Homes inspect your home to find the root of your problem. Give us a call at 309.418.9511 so both you, and your home, can stay healthy!