With over 100,000 species of mold, it can come in a variety of shapes, textures, and colors. Knowing how to properly remediate mold, regardless of color, will help ensure your indoor environment and air remain safe.
If you’re like us, you’ve been scrubbing your bathroom clean for years and you’ve seen it all: soap scum, black mold, yellow stains. But lately, a pink grime has been showing up in your shower’s grout and drain and it has you stumped. You’ve heard about pink mold, but you’re not quite sure if it’s something you should be concerned about. You know that certain molds can be a health problem, but is pink mold in the shower dangerous? Read on to find out.
What is pink mold and what causes pink mold in shower?
“Most people refer to this as ‘pink mold,’ but that’s not entirely accurate,” says Milan Antonic, mold remediator and air quality expert for Air Purifier First. “Pink ‘mold’ is actually a bacterium, technically known as Serratia marcescens,” he explains. “The pink or sometimes orange-red color you see is from a pigment called prodigiosin that the bacterium produces, and it’s particularly fond of gathering in grout and shower corners.” The reason pink mold forms in the showers is because it loves damp environments and likes to eat fatty substances and phosphorus — two materials commonly found in soap residue and body oils, Antonic adds.
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