Tuesday 12 November 2019

How to solve condensation in your bathroom

I have an issue with condensation in my bathroom, would you have any tips?

Almost all bathrooms/ ablutions create a high level of water vapour problems. Leaving such problems to continue can produce serious issues in the future, problems that could have easily been rectified from when it was first identified.

High levels of moisture left behind in a poorly ventilated area can grow rapidly throughout the property/dwelling and spread elsewhere to other external rooms, walls, flooring and ceilings within the property if untreated.

A simple solution for condensation is to use a humidity controlled extractor fan.

The humidity controlled extractor fan will operate when the humidity within the room rises; this is determined by a built-in sensor. An extractor fan that simply operates when the light in the room is switched on is also an acceptable alternative.

If the property already has this technology, an internal inspection would be recommended to see if there are any blockages or dirt build up. This is to assess if the fan is operating correctly and at 100pc capacity or is faulty.

If the associated bathroom does not have any sort of extractor fan or ventilation, there is a high risk that moisture build up will occur and will in time produce high levels of mould, potentially leading to rot and even more potential health risks if the problem is not identified and is ignored over an extended period of time.

How do I prevent condensation returning after treating?

Now that the problem has been resolved, and an appropriate future proof prevention measure has been put in place, there are a few simple rules to follow to maintain condensation build up prevention.

Always close the bathroom door while bathing/showering, and keep closed after. Open a window after bathing to immediately disperse lingering moisture in the air.

Ventilate all rooms by opening windows slightly and keeping doors shut for a short period of time, 1-2 hours. This would enable the room to breathe, which is primarily important to the room currently in use.

Under no circumstances is any form of ventilation to be blocked. This will increase the risk of condensation build up.

Avoid using wallpaper in likely areas that condensation will develop. Using a fungicidal paint is ideal for quick condensation removal as it can simply be wiped away with a dry cloth.

Wipe away any visible signs of condensation on walls, ceilings, windows sills or other surfaces immediately with a dry cloth. Rinse the cloth after use; do not allow it to dry of its own accord.

Implementing these small measures is paramount in maintaining a well-ventilated, condensation free, living area.

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