Written by Becca Green

How to deal with damp in your bathroom

Damp can be issue for your entire home, but your bathroom can be one of the biggest problem areas. Follow these top tips to help prevent it from occuring.

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The bathroom is one of the more common areas in the home to suffer from damp, particularly if the room is not properly ventilated.

The experts at Boiler Plan have shared their expert tips with us for helping to minimise the risk of damp occuring in these spaces.

Easy ventilation

A straight forward way of ensuring their is sufficient ventilation is to open your bathroom window before you turn on the hot water either for the shower or bath. Do not open the bathroom door as that allows the heat to escape throughout the house.

Extractor fan

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An extractor fan is a vital component of any bathroom, especially if your bathroom does not have a window. Turn on your extractor fan before you get in the shower and leave it on for 20 minutes after your shower.

Dry surfaces

Stop any possible mould of damp from building up by making sure you dry your bathroom surfaces with a towel or cloth after a bath or shower. For a poorly ventilated room it’s quite common to see drip marks on your walls, therefore it makes sense to quickly dry them before the problem escalates.

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Redecorate

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If you’re in the process of planning a bathroom renovation or simply want to redecorate your bathroom to give it a fresh new look. Consider painting your bathroom with anti-mould paint to prevent condensation and absorb moisture. This will eliminate the need of having to wipe down surfaces constantly.

Read more: 5 bathroom paint ideas for a fun and fresh space

Tougher measures

If condensation is becoming increasingly bad in your bathroom and fitting an air vent and using anti-mould paint hasn’t solved the problem, then fitting air bricks is another solution. However, this is more expensive solution that can cause disruption, but it is sure to decrease mould production.

Invest in a dehumidifer

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A dehumidifier is an electronic appliance that maintains the level of humidity in the air. Use a dehumidifier in your bathroom to take the excess moisture from the air. This would probably be a better solution for those who have extra space in their bathrooms as a decent dehumidifer can be quite large.

 

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