The Problems of Common Showers
Biohazardous agents are biological in nature, capable of self-replication, and have the capacity to produce deleterious effects upon biological organisms. Biohazardous agents include, but are not limited to; bacteria, fungi, viruses, rickettsiae, chlamydia, prion, parasites, recombinant products, allergens, cultured human and animal cells, infected clinical specimens, tissue from experimental animals, plant viruses, bacteria and fungi, toxins, and other biohazardous agents as defined by State and Federal regulations.
Custodians feel the benefit of an easy to clean shower and have more time and energy to clean other items in these critical public bathrooms. Remodeling showers is going to happen as the life expectancy of shower enclosures is short compared to the buildings that house them.
Showers are plagued with premature failure of paint, sealants, and grout. Waterproofing behind tile can depreciate with age or easily under perform from the beginning without a leak. We have experienced tile floors that wept moisture during our diamond grinding preparation process though it was weeks since they were last used.
Symptoms of mold allergy may include sneezing runny nose, coughing, wheezing , tearing and redness of the eyes, and skin irritation or rash. Asthma attacks may be caused by mold or mold spores in people who have asthma and are allergic to mold. Even in some nonallergic individuals, mold can irritate the eyes, skin, and airways. At the very least mold can trigger a sneeze into this warm, moist, susceptible environment making it easier for germs to travel from host to host.
How does a person clean mold? Cleaning is not only an operation where humans interface with chemicals for chronic health effects but also can have some negative environmental costs when waste streams are not treatable and discharged.
Shower shoes are a feeble attempt for personal defense against a misunderstood not well measured problem. Research has found that bacteria can survive for long periods of time and be tracked for quite some distance. In the open air, viruses that cause diarrhea can survive several days to weeks. Bacteria can survive one to three days, but they do better with food around.
As the crud builds up on our shoes, food and other debris are added that bacteria can feed on and the shoes become a cafeteria.While adults may have immunity to some of the pathogens, others will be new, especially to young children who are intimate with playing on the floor.