I just found mold & mushrooms growing behind my toilet!!!?

I am OCD about cleaning, but we went on vacation and I just found thick MOLD AND MUSHROOMS growing behind the toilet in our guest bathroom! I am both disgusted and baffled about how this happened. What causes this? How can I prevent it? What do I clean it up with (bleach?)?

Umm…. I am the owner of the place!

It is all around the pipe that goes from the toilet into the ground.

And it is black!

The mushrooms are dark colored when a thin stalk.

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  • I rented a house and went throught this issue.

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    don’t use humidifiers, unless humidity levels are below 30 percent relative humidity; avoid drying firewood indoors; operate bathroom exhaust fans during a bath or shower; use your range hood exhaust when cooking; avoid steam-cleaning carpets in winter; clean mold from wood and gyproc with a 10 percent to 30 percent solution of hydrogen peroxide applied with a spray bottle. This is more effective than bleach and water.

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    Water, and mushroom spores. You may have an old tank that is not lined. This could cause condensation from the tank to drip onto the floor or soak into the wall. A new styrofoam lined tank installed by someone who knows what they are doing will eliminate or greatly reduce condensation troubles. It could also be a leaky toilet line or toilet line connection. In this case tighten the flange on the part of the line that goes into the bottom of the toilet tank.If it still is drippy or leaking then get a new toilet water supply line put in. It could also be a leaky tank mount bolt hole. If that is the case then someone who knows what they are doing needs to remove the old tank bolts and seals and replace them with new ones. Another cause could be a bad toilet seal that is allowing water to seep from the toilet to the floor and wall. In this case the toilet would need to be lifted and a new wax or rubber seal installed. You could also have a dripping/faulty shut off valve which would need to be changed. I would get a plumber to check it out. None of these fixes are that expensive. Especially compared to fixing water damage which will only get worse the longer you wait. One other thing make sure you guys aim well so as not to feed the mushrooms;)

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    I just found mold & mushrooms growing behind my toilet!!!?

    I am OCD about cleaning, but we went on vacation and I just found thick MOLD AND MUSHROOMS growing behind the toilet in our guest bathroom! I am both disgusted and baffled about how this happened. What causes this? How can I prevent it? What do I clean it up with (bleach?)?

  • Can you elaborate on what the mushrooms look like? Color and size?

    I would freak if I found them growing in my house too.

    I left a rental place that had huge black mold in the walls. They found it after I left. Professionals cleaned it out. My neighbor said it smelled like a septic system. The pipes were leaking in my 100 year old apt. that I rented. I reported the walls were bulging but landlord was not interested. He sold it and the new one had a large expense in repairs.

    Good luck! I starred this to see the best answer.

  • Clean it with bleach and figure out where the moisture is coming from – Both mold & mushrooms need lots of moisture to grow.

    Just FYI – Just because the mold is black, does not mean it is the dreaded “black mold” – True black mold is a specific strain of mold, but several others are black in color as well.

  • Get rid of it any way you can!

    That’s extremely unhealthy, especially with a baby in the house!

    Is it coming from the bottom? Maybe it’s molding underneath the tiles? In that case you might have to rip out the toilet can replace where the damage is.

    I would use bleach! Bleach the **** out of it.

  • There is a lot of rotted wood behind the wall there. It is being supplied with water that is escaping the plumbing probably. The wall needs to be opened up and the wood replaced and the leak fixed.

  • Pour salt directly on mushroom. It should kill it and then clean with bleach. Hope this was helpful.

  • EW! i think i would never go to the bathroom there again. Use bleach and get a mold removal spray protections products at the local store! (help local stores stay in business!)

    STILL GROSS!

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