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Mikroorganismer bakom keramiskaplattor i badrum
RISE, SP – Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut, SP Hållbar Samhällsbyggnad.
RISE, SP – Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut, SP Hållbar Samhällsbyggnad.
2015 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Microorganisms behind ceramic tiles in bathrooms

In this study the interface between the backside of ceramic tiles and the waterproof membrane was investigated for microbial growth in 13 bathrooms. This interface is made up of the backside of the ceramic tile, tile adhesive and the waterproof membrane. In every day used bathrooms water will accumulate in this particular environment. It is calculated that a tiled wall exposed to water in 15 minutes needs approximately six months to dry out since water is sucked, by capillary actions, through the grout joints between the ceramic tiles. The wall dries through diffusion forces and diffusion force is a weaker than capillary force and therefore the drying need longer time than the wetting of the wall with a water accumulation in the interface as a result.

Samples were taken from areas where the wall and floor had been exposed to free water regularly, due to showering.

Mould and/or bacterial growth was found on 69 % of the analysed specimens from the most water exposed places in the bathrooms. No such growth was found on the samples from the dryer areas. The results shows that although the environment behind the tiles may seem to disadvantaged for microbial growth, due to a limited amount of organic substances and due to pH values not favourable for microbial growth, such growth is possible when the moisture conditions are high.

To our knowledge the microbial occurrence in this particular environment has not been investigated before.

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2015.
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SP Arbetsrapport, 2015:90
Keyword [en]
mould, bacteria, bathroom, tiles
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Natural Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-28184ISBN: 978-91-88349-08-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-28184DiVA: diva2:1074768
Available from: 2017-02-16 Created: 2017-02-16 Last updated: 2017-02-16Bibliographically approved

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