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Bathroom Humidity

Tips to Prevent Wall Damage Due to Humidity in Your Bathroom

by Elias Deukmajian | Bathrooms

Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home. It is a place that you can unwind and relax. However, if the walls are damaged from humidity, your room can be harmful to your health. To keep your bathroom a room you can enjoy it is crucial that you prevent soaked walls.

Why is humidity bad in a bathroom?

Condensation is a common problem in bathrooms. Water droplets form on surfaces and need to be removed. Humidity that is left in your bathroom allows mold and mildew to grow. It is unsightly as well as toxic. It can form very quickly and can be hard to remove. The environment is often warm and moist in a bathroom following a shower. This allows mold and mildew to thrive.

For those who have a sensitivity to mold, the spores can produce allergic reactions. These reactions can include rashes, sneezing, red eyes, and a runny nose among others. They may also experience more severe reactions such as asthma and shortness of breath. These reactions can be serious and lead to a hospital visit.

How to Prevent Soaked Walls in Your Bathroom

It is impossible to prevent humidity in the bathroom. However, it is not impossible to reduce the amount of moisture on your walls. Use these tips to prevent moisture buildup:
  • Open the Window: Ventilation is the most important way to prevent moisture buildup. If you have a window in your bathroom, open it. This will give the humidity a place to escape. It is important that you only open your window if it is safe for your privacy. It also allows in pests and animals if you do not have a screen.
  • Install a Ventilation Fan: Using a ventilation fan will pull the moisture and odors out of the bathroom. Choose a fan that is Energy Star compliant to save energy and money.
  • Leave the Door Open: If appropriate, leave the bathroom door open when bathing. This will allow the moisture to dissipate through your home. This will help prevent the walls from becoming soaked. When you are done in the bathroom, do not close the door. Closing the door will trap the moisture in the bathroom.
  • Use a Dehumidifier: A dehumidifier can remove the moisture from the air and turn it back into water. It is not the most economical solution, but it can make a dramatic difference.
  • Wipe off Surfaces and Mirrors: Use an absorbent towel to wipe down all the surfaces in the bathroom. This will help get rid of excessive moisture. It may seem a little extreme, but this will help to prevent mold and mildew growth.
  • Mop the Floor: Clean up any water that may have puddled up on the floor.
  • Take Shorter Showers: The longer you shower, the more moisture will build up. Taking shorter showers with cooler water will reduce the humidity in your bathroom.
  • Use Anti-Condensation Paint: Anti-condensation paint was designed to help protect your walls and ceiling from moisture damage.
  • Remove Wet Towels and Clothes: Let your towels dry outside or place them in the washer. Leaving your wet towel in the bathroom can increase the humidity in the room.
  • Keep the Bathroom Warm: Condensation happens when warm air hits a cold surface. So, if you keep the bathroom warm, less condensation will build up on the walls.
  • Insulate the Walls: Insulating the bathroom walls will help keep them warm and reduce condensation buildup.
  • Install Demistable Mirrors: Demistable mirrors use heating pads to keep the mirror warm. If the mirror is warm, condensation will not form.
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For over 20 years, we have helped homeowners renovate their home’s kitchens and bathrooms. Remodeling can be stressful and time-consuming but will make it as stress-free as possible. We understand that your budget may not allow you to perform a full bathroom remodel, so we will work with you to find the best solutions to protect your bathroom and remove unwanted condensation.

If your bathroom is being damaged by excess moisture, give us a call today. Kitchen Emporium has three convenient locations across Southern California areas, including the San Fernando Valley, San Diego, and San Marcos. Call us today to speak to an expert.