Condensation is the scourge of every home. Not only does uncontrolled condensation leave everything wet through it can eventually cause the dreaded black mould which can be difficult to fully eradicate.
Condensation is a common problem in many homes in the UK and is probably not helped by our varied climate which means it can be hard to maintain an ambient temperature all year round. Our bathrooms are generally cooler in the summer months but once the heating goes on in cooler months then water droplets can form on every surface because warm air produces more moisture. The ideal situation for any householder is to try and prevent condensation becoming a problem in the first place so here are a few handy tips on how to do this.
Regulate the Heating
As outside temperatures start falling this is the time to ensure the thermostat is regulated at a constant temperature to keep the warmth in your bathroom constant. If you aren’t able to use a standard radiator to do this you could install a heated towel rail or a (non-electric) convector heater. Keep the room warm but not hot. If possible, leave the heat on for 24 hours a day to ensure condensation doesn’t form on the windows and walls.
Insulate the Bathroom
Replacing a single pane window with double or triple glazing will help stop warmth escaping from the room. If you can’t do this then simply opening a window will allow condensation to escape. Consider replacing or installing insulation panels particularly in any exterior walls and in the ceiling. Underfloor heating will also help to keep the room evenly warm.
Use Anti-condensation paint
If your walls are painted and not tiled, applying a couple of coats of anti-condensation paint to walls and ceiling can help. Remember to remove any black mould or water stains first and only apply to dry surfaces. These paints usually contain a fungicide which helps to prevent mould forming.
Check for Leaks
A dripping water pipe is easy to overlook but over time can cause an awful lot of damage when left unchecked. Make sure you fix leaks as soon as they are found and thoroughly mop up as much moisture from the floor underneath as you can.
Other things you can do include always drying out and airing towels and bath mats after use. Wipe down shower curtains, screens and window blinds regularly. Place moisture traps filled with crystals around the room to capture moisture from the air and replace these when the crystals become hardened.