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So you’re done taking a shower — and suddenly it feels like you’re in part two of your shower. But it’s a cold, sad drip of a shower. You look up and there’s condensation dripping off the ceiling, possibly even from the fan itself. Condensation isn’t just irritating, it’s also potentially damaging to drywall, wood and paint. So if you have moisture in the bathroom, below are several ways to make sure your bathroom is staying as dry as possible. And even if you don’t have current visible moisture issues, you can still prevent future problems and keep your bathroom feeling less humid with these tips.
The tips range from being simple fixes like just opening the heating vent in the bathroom to purchasing a dehumidifier or new bathroom fan. Fixing the moisture in the bathroom problem usually runs from free to around $200 at the higher end for large bathroom fans. The most expensive option, getting heated flooring, can run in the mid-hundreds of dollars. These tips can also take a few minutes or require a couple of hours or so to complete. In an afternoon and with a few hundred bucks max, you can minimize moisture in the bathroom.
To start, what is condensation? Most of us know that it’s simply water that accumulates in humid air. More specifically, it’s when humid air hits a cold surface, forming the water droplets we know as condensation. The warmer humid air gets, the more it can deposit as condensation, which is why we notice so much of it after hot showers.Too much condensation can mean dripping water along your bathrooms surfaces. Paint finishes can chip and wallpaper can be ruined as water collects. And, worse yet, mold can start to form if there is too much unresolved moisture in the bathroom.So read on to learn how to avoid these problems. And don’t forget to check for and remove mold if you’ve had condensation problems for a while.
Luckily, keeping your bathroom free of mold and excess condensation isn’t as hard as it may seem. By trying the following tips, you may even find that reducing moisture in the bathroom was easier than you thought:
Another easy way to reduce moisture is to adjust your shower routine. These tend to be some of the cheapest and easiest tips, too.
And remember, start with the easiest solutions first and work your way up to the more involved, expensive ones. You don’t want to try replacing a bathroom fan when it turns out all you had to do was open a heating vent.