5 Ways to Manage Bathroom Condensation

When warm, humid air makes contact with a cold surface, condensation occurs. That’s what causes your mirror to steam up whenever you take a hot shower — a seemingly minor annoyance. But left unchecked, this excess moisture can create a breeding ground for mold.

So what can you do to prevent condensation from happening?

1. Adjust the temperature.

Before taking a shower, turn the thermostat up a few degrees. This will help to warm colder surfaces (e.g., toilets, sinks and mirrors) and decrease the likelihood of condensation. Reducing the water temperature when you shower can also help keep humidity levels low.

2. Provide proper ventilation.

Use exhaust fans (vented outdoors) to expel humid air before condensation has a chance to occur. Even opening a window, weather permitting, can help alleviate the problem since fresh, circulating air helps promote evaporation.

3. Use a dehumidifier.

This solution proactively removes excess moisture from the air, converts it to water and collects it within a self-contained reservoir. All you have to do is set your desired humidity level and empty the tank as necessary. Some models hook directly to existing plumbing for continuous drainage.

4. Manually remove excess moisture.

Use a soft, dry towel to wipe down damp surfaces after showering. Pay special attention to trouble areas, such as toilets, sinks and mirrors. If possible, take wet floor mats and towels outdoors to dry. And if you notice a leaky pipe or faucet, have it repaired ASAP.

5. Add a fresh coat of paint.

Anti-condensation paint could help insulate bathroom walls and ceilings to improve surface temperature and reduce condensation. For added protection, use a product that contains a fungicide formulated to prevent mold germination.

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