As our bathrooms are very much water based, it means they can fall victim to water damage. This is often caused by the amount of water we use and how parts of our bathroom such as the walls and flooring, can become damp and affected by this. However, there are things we can do to reduce the amount of water we use on a day-to-day basis in order to reduce the risk of damage or unsightly things such as mould and flaking or peeling wallpaper and paint.
Humidity is a big problem in bathrooms, and it is impossible to prevent completely. It generally happens when you have a shower or a bath, as the hot air and condensation makes the room very humid. The best way to reduce this is by cutting down the amount of time you spend in the bath or shower, as well as opening a window while you’re in there to let the humidity escape, as well as let some cold air in. This helps to control the temperature and get rid of some of the excess moisture in the room.
Taking shorter showers, or alternatively having a bath instead, has multiple benefits. Not only does it reduce humidity and dampness in your bathroom, but it also reduces the amount of water that is actually being used, which as a result can make your bills less. It is a much more efficient precaution to take and really benefits your home.
Dampness is quite common in bathrooms, and a good way to stop this, or at least reduce it, is to have heating in your bathroom. Keeping the room warm will carry the moisture through the air as opposed to letting it gather on cold surfaces. Having the radiator on is a good way to keep the bathroom warm, however, another good way to retain heat is with good quality windows, for example, double glazed. Furthermore, if you have double glazed windows but they are old and don’t do the job of keeping our the cold as well as they used to, it may be worth getting these replaced or re-sealed. Retaining heat and keeping out the cold is a great way to reduce dampness and excess moisture in the room.
Although it is unavoidable to prevent condensation and dampness, you can massively reduce the impact and effect this has by keeping the room dry. For example, if you have just had a shower and the bathroom has gotten very humid and there is lots of condensation and excess water gathered on the surfaces of the room, dry it. Wipe down the walls and tiles, as well as the floor. Leaving water to sit in these places can lead to damage, such as flaking wallpaper, and damp flooring. Too much water left on your bathroom floor can eventually lead to leaks too, which can be very dangerous as well as costly to get fixed.
For more information on how to reduce water damage in your bathroom or if you would like to speak to us about any enquiries, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help!