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Common Reasons For Condensation Problems In The Bathroom

Bathrooms are, unsurprisingly, particularly damp areas of the house, but some homeowners’ washrooms remain wet long after the shower has been turned off, which could mean they have a condensation problem that needs to be resolved.

Although there will be a certain amount of waterproofing with tiled or vinyl floors and splashbacks against the shower and sink areas, it is important to get on top of the humidity to avoid more complicated issues. 

Problems caused by condensation include deterioration to surface areas, such as plasterboard, black mould, and water damage. 

One of the main factors that could be causing your condensation problem in your bathroom is lack of an adequate extractor fan. This should remove the humid air out of the room, enabling it to escape to the outside even if the window is not open. 

An old or outdated fan could mean not enough moisture is being extracted from the bathroom, causing water to settle on surfaces like the wall, appliances and floor. 

You might also be making your bathroom damper than it needs to be by having extremely hot showers or baths. If the temperature of the water is high, the hotter the room will get, which means the air will hold on to more moisture. 

By reducing the temperature slightly or making your showers shorter, you could limit the amount of humidity in the washroom. 

Another reason for condensation is poor insulation of the room. This is particularly relevant in older properties, where the walls, roofs and floors may not be properly insulated. Therefore, it is more difficult to maintain a consistent temperature in the room, even when the shower or bath is not in use. 

Homeowners suffering with these problems should control their condensation as soon as they can, otherwise they risk their bathroom getting mouldy or deteriorating more rapidly.