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How to Avoid Condensation in Your Bathroom

Oct 6th 2015 at 3:48 AM

Condensation in bathrooms is a common problem that can be remedied by improving ventilation, adjusting temperatures, using a dehumidifier, applying appropriate paint and adding additional insulation.


Bathroom condensation is another bump in the road of home ownership. No one in the family likes to see droplets clinging like insects to interior glass surfaces, walls and furniture. Less pleasant are the white strings of mold erupting from the dampest corners. Why this happens has to do with physics. Air holds more moisture when warm—a normal condition for bathroom atmosphere. When this moisture-laden air touches cool surfaces, water leaves it to remain behind as condensate. Luckily, there are solutions available to most homeowners.


Improving ventilation can do wonders. Something as simple as opening a window while showering can cut down condensation. Make sure your ceiling fan is operating and check for dust or other debris in the mechanism. Those living in semi-topical climates would do well to install a dehumidifier. These devices strip moisture from the air.


Heat control is another useful strategy for combating condensation. Turn up the bathroom thermostat before bathing or showering. That allows time for all the room’s surfaces to warm and so stay dry. Try plugging in a towel warmer that not only achieves some of the ambiance of an English hotel room and makes for a warmer rubdown, but also greatly reduces condensation. These devices can operate 24-7, as they are easy on the power.


Take every opportunity to better window insulation, by dumping that old single-pane relic in favor of double and triple pane installations. If walls feel cold to the touch, they need more insulation. Injecting pulverized insulation matter behind drywall is within the capability of most homeowners.


Current paint technology makes available many anti-condensation products that help insulate wall and ceiling surfaces, making them warmer, so less likely to attract droplets. Many include fungicides that inhibit mold growth. Because humidity has held the upper hand for so long, paint preparation must be thorough. Use a fungus-removing solution first and put on two coats of paint.


Do not think you have exhausted your options. A few small changes in bathroom maintenance can make all the difference. Patrol for little leaks you may not have noticed. Maybe a faucet needs a new washer or there is an ooze-out from the shower stall. Do not let water lie on the floor and bring in fresh bathmats and towels to replace the damp ones. Be something of a Spartan and lower the temperature of your bath or shower a little.


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About the Author:

Bob puts his many years of plumbing experience to good use by writing on various plumbing topics on his blog at quick plumbing tips blog on Blogspot.


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