Damp in bathrooms. It’s the most common issue for a bathroom, obviously, and yet very few people know how best to deal with it. Due to the natural problems caused by humidity in any room which generates a lot of heat – such as the one in which you and your family take hot showers – damp is basically unavoidable in a bathroom.
Now, that shouldn’t be a massive deal, but the problem is what happens when damp settles on walls and tiles. If you have a carpeted floor in your bathroom – which, in this day and age you really shouldn’t – that’s an even bigger risk factor. For what you ask? Mould. It can spread so easily, it grows so easily in damp conditions, and it’s difficult to remove once it settles in. Even with mould killer used repeatedly, there’s no guarantee that once it’s there it’ll ever be easily removed. If it gets behind the walls or under the tiles you may even need to strip the walls or tiles and renovate the entire room.
How can you prevent this happening in the first place? Here are some tips:
1. Leaking pipes
Have a good look at the pipes in your bathroom. Check if damp keeps appearing near the area around the pipes. If it does then it’s almost definitely due to a leak. Even worse is if this originates in your bathtub, as the damp may then appear on the ceiling of whichever room is below your bathroom.
Get a plumber in to check everything for leaks, poor or loose connections between pipes or anything similar, and make sure they are fixed. While this may not solve damp problems entirely, it will certainly eliminate one of the leading causes.
2. Not enough ventilation
Another extremely common cause of mould or other damp related problems in any room – but especially a bathroom – is the lack of moving air, and more specifically good ventilation. Proper ventilation will ensure that humidity is not too pervasive. On the other hand, a lack of ventilation will increase the likelihood of extremely humid conditions to an even higher degree and this cannot fail to lead to the growth of mould.
Most bathrooms are required by law to have an extractor fan in place. It’s something that you really should get installed if it’s not already present. Check your current one thoroughly if you already have it and make sure it is properly cleaned regularly.
And in terms of more practical solutions that really are simple? Literally, if your bathroom has windows then use them. Even just keeping one window slightly open all the time whilst in there can by itself prevent the arising of mould.
3. If you have mould, get rid of it
Don’t ever let mould fester in your bathroom. The worst thing is to just leave it.
As soon as you are aware of mould, take as many steps as possible to remove it. It goes without saying that chlorine based products will kill moulds. But you need to examine the location where the mould grew and discover the reason behind its growth. It will undoubtedly be related to damp.
The solution, thus, is simple. Kill the mould. Deal with whatever is making the room so humid that the mould would otherwise keep returning. If you deal with the root cause of too much humidity early on, you may never have to strip the walls or tiles in order to solve the problem. Without a lack of ventilation and with all the pipes working properly in your bathroom, your mould problems should disappear by themselves.