Bathrooms are usually a common spot for condensation to easily form and cause water damage. This is because bathrooms contain a lot of moisture as they are frequently used for showering. Having a moist environment in your bathroom that creates condensation can become an issue as it leaves mist on your windows and mirrors, but it can also cause mold which can be harmful for your health. We will explore more about condensation and go through the tips on how to prevent it in your home.
What is condensation?
Condensation is created when water vapor turns to liquid. In the example of a bathroom, it occurs when humid air encounters a cold surface and creates small droplets of water on that surface. Bathrooms are used for showering so there is a lot of moisture in the air, and it also has lots of cold surfaces such as tiles and mirrors. Therefore, condensation is always an issue in bathrooms.
Stopping Condensation from Forming in your Bathroom
It is difficult to completely get rid of condensation in your bathroom. This is because bathrooms are used constantly for showering, so there is plenty of moisture and it has cold surfaces such as tiles and mirrors to land on. However, you can reduce the amount of moisture in your bathroom which will prevent damage and lower the risk of mold.
There are two ways that condensation can be reduced in your bathroom, which will help you avoid any water damage in the future. Here are the two ways:
Increasing air flow:
You can increase air flow in your bathroom by opening a window, which will allow for the moist air to release outside.
By increasing heat in your bathroom, you will decrease condensation from forming because the previously cold surfaces will warm up and vapors will not be attracted to them. Two ways you can easily warm up the bathroom are underfloor heating and installing heated towel rails.
There are other various ways you can reduce condensation in your bathroom to ensure you do not end up with water damage or black mold. Here are a few:
- Installing an extractor fan is a great way to get rid of moisture from the air if you do not have a window in your bathroom. Make sure that it is used for at least 15 minutes after taking a shower.
- Install heated towel rails to keep the bathroom walls warm, therefore keeping the walls and windows condensation free.
- Always make sure to wipe down all surfaces in your bathroom after a shower to reduce the chance of bacteria forming.
- Use a dehumidifier if you have a big issue with condensation in your bathroom as it will get rid of moisture in the air.
- Reduce the temperature of water when showering to help decrease the moisture in the air that usually forms due to very hot showers, and you will reduce condensation from forming.
- Increase the temperature in the bathroom to warm the air. The warm air will warm up any cold surfaces reducing the chances of condensation.
- Promptly fix any leaks in your bathroom as this will allow for constant moisture to form and therefore increase the possibility of mold growth.
- Always make sure to air out wet bathmats and towels.
- When painting your bathroom, use an anti-condensation paint for walls and the ceiling. It will prevent condensation and mold from forming.
Sometimes, even if you take all the measures mentioned above at your home, you may still experience water damage and mold growth. If you do experience water damage at your property, do not try to clean it yourself, but instead call the professionals. ServiceMaster of Lancaster County to help. We offer professional water damage restorations services for homes and business in Lincoln, NE. We are highly trained and have the proper equipment to remove extra water from your property, dry it, and restore any damage to the structure, furnishings, and your personal belongings.
You can also rest assured that we will work quickly and efficiently to make sure that the water damage does not spread further and cause additional damage. Do not wait to call us if you experience water damage at your property. If you wait too long, the damage may get worse. Therefore, it is important to call right away to avoid water being absorbed into porous surfaces. If water does get absorbed into these surfaces, it can cause additional damage to wood and drywall and increase the risk of developing mold growth which can be dangerous for your health.
Have you experienced water damage at your property? Call ServiceMaster of Lancaster County today at (402) 293-1625 to inquire about our water restoration services.