The growth of mold and mildew, which flourishes in areas that are wet, humid and damp, is something that many homeowners here in the Lowcountry face on a daily basis.

Perhaps nowhere is mold and mildew more likely to grow than in the small spaces of our bathrooms, where the combination of high humidity, and often leaky plumbing, can lead to excess moisture.  Unfortunately, one of the most common places where mold and mildew may be growing in your bathroom is the very place where you step into to get clean: your shower. 

Many people think of leaky showers as just a small nuisance, and many others might not even realize they have a small leak or minor plumbing issue that could be contributing to the accumulation of excess moisture. Mold, in particular, has been shown to contribute to numerous health problems, especially for those with allergies, an existing respiratory problem, or a weakened immune system. 

With people spending more time in their homes these days, it’s more important than ever for homeowners to ensure that they take steps to ensure that their bathrooms remain free of mold and mildew. 

There are a number of things you can do to try to remove excess moisture in your bathroom to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. One easy step is to make sure to use a bathroom exhaust fan when showering (leaving it on for about 30 minutes after you leave the bathroom.) 

In addition, since one of the biggest culprits of the growth of bathroom mold and mildew comes from a leaky shower, a new advance in custom waterproof shower systems can eliminate the potential for the dangerous growth of mold and mildew. This design, proven to be 100% waterproof and leak-free, is an important advance over traditional mud bed shower systems that many people have had in their homes. It is a proven way to help reduce the growth of mold and mildew and resulting health problems.

According to the EPA, the best way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture, with the EPA further advising to fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.

A leak-free shower system not only effectively stops leaks from happening, but ensures the best moisture protection possible – protecting your home from the growth of mold and mildew and, most importantly, helping everyone in the household live as healthy a lifestyle as possible.

Craig Carlson is the director of technical services at KBRS, a Hardeeville-based company that manufactures custom shower systems. www.kbrs.com.