9 Bathroom Decorating Ideas On A Budget To Drive Out Damp
Your bathroom is the one place in your home that can be subject to high levels of condensation and therefore a good chance of mould and other damp related issues. There’s nothing worse than the weekly wiping down of walls, window seals and bathroom tiles to get rid of mould caused by damp.
If you are decorating the space once again, it makes sense to try and ensure that the damp issue doesn’t rear its head once again. What you need are decorating ideas that will eliminate damp once and for all.
The following 9 bathroom decorating ideas aim to transform your bathroom for the better-whilst simultaneously enhancing your health…
What Causes Damp?
Damp in any room can come from a number of sources. In a bathroom it is most likely to be a combination of a lack of airflow and moist, humid conditions. This is the holy grail of combinations when it comes to damp and mould forming.
The condensation that results, sits on surfaces and never dries. This leads to the formation of black mould that can be both harmful and unsightly.
You could also find that the damp issue is an exterior one. This means that the outside walls of the bathroom are not correctly insulated or they have been exposed to excessive wetness, rain or water ingress.
This may not be an actual problem with the bathroom, but could cause mould on these outer walls.
Managing Moisture: A Crucial Consideration
It isn’t exactly the damp that is the problem, it is the resultant mould that really is the issue. Mould contains tiny spores that are released into the atmosphere when the mould is disturbed.
If this is breathed in it can cause lung problems, and can be extremely harmful to anyone who has a breathing condition, such as asthma.
Exposure to mould should always be limited due to the potential for harm, which is why it should be wiped away as soon as it appears. Clearly preventing it is an even better idea.
You can get waterproof paints in many colours and it works just like any other paint. It can be trickier to apply, so you might want to have a professional come and do it for you
Beat Damp And Decorate: 9 Savvy Suggestions
Savvy Suggestion No.1: Invest In Waterproof Paints:
there are a number of paints available that claim to beat damp and improve mould. While they do a good job of hiding the mould that is already there, you need to ensure that the source of the mould has been dealt with.
A good waterproof paint will probably be good at keeping damp within the walls and preventing the mould from coming back so it is a good place to start.
Savvy Suggestion No.2: Install Extractor Fans:
the simple installation of a fan can be an excellent way of ensuring air extraction and dealing with damp. While this might seem like a job for an expert, it is possible to install this yourself as part of a decorating job in your bathroom.
The extractor needs to be inserted into an exterior wall and this may require the use of a core drill.
It is worth noting that extractor fans require electricity to run and this comes under special electrical areas for building regulations. This means you will need an electrician to come and hook it up to the power supply.
Tiles are especially useful around the shower or bath area and behind the sink. This will prevent water from sitting on the walls and possibly penetrating into the plasterboard – leading to mould and damp. Eventually you would need to replace the plasterboard which is a big job and will require professional help.
Savvy Suggestion No.3: Apply New Tiles To The Walls:
New tiles are an excellent way of improving the look of your walls in a bathroom and can cover up damp issues effectively. Once the underlying problem has been dealt with you can further protect your walls with your choice of tiles.
These are especially useful around the shower or bath area and behind the sink. This will prevent water from sitting on the walls and possibly penetrating into the plasterboard – leading to mould and damp. Eventually you would need to replace the plasterboard which is a big job and will require professional help.
Savvy Suggestion No.4: Investigate Wet Room Systems
if you are considering a full bathroom replacement, you can decide to use a wet room system. This uses a waterproof wall covering that extends across the floor too. The use of tiles on the floor and walls can add to the protection of the walls.
The layers of material prevent any water from your shower from getting into the plasterboard and causing damp or mould.
Wet rooms are highly desirable and while they may be outside your budget right now, they are worth considering at a later date as they will improve the value of your home.
Savvy Suggestion No.5: Repair Outer Walls
If you have found that it is the outer walls of your home that are causing the damp issue inside your bathroom, it is a must that you repair these.
This may involve simply replacing or repairing a gutter and downpipe or inspecting the brickwork to ensure water is not making its way in via cracked mortar. You should repoint if this is the case.
Painting the outer walls with a waterproof coating may also be worth considering as it will protect and not detract from the look of your home.
Spray foam insulation is a great option for your attic or bathroom ceiling as the open cell options will allow the area to breathe, and will help to prevent damp, while still keeping the heat inside
Savvy Suggestion No.6: Insulate Priority Areas
Insulation can both cause and improve damp issues. If you have wall cavity insulation, it is worth checking that this has been installed correctly as it can sometimes lead to issues with damp and mould.
But insulation that is in your ceiling and roof can give you a dry home that is free from condensation as long as it is breathable.
Spray foam insulation is a great option for your attic or bathroom ceiling as the open cell options will allow the area to breathe, and will help to prevent damp, while still keeping the heat inside.
Savvy Suggestion No.7: Experiment With Simple Blinds:
you may choose to keep your bathroom window closed while in the bathroom due to privacy issues. However the installation of a suitable blind can allow you to open the window and have your privacy too.
You can buy blinds that fix top and bottom, so they do not move around when you open a window. Plus you can choose a variety of colours and designs to complement the design of the room. Obviously, opening a window will help to prevent damp.
Savvy Suggestion No.8: Install Heated Towel Rails
If you currently do not have suitable heating in your bathroom, the addition of a heated towel rail will both warm the room and prevent your towels from causing condensation. These rails heat the room and often offer a low residual heat that is kept on year round.
This is to help dry the air and to keep towels warm and dry. Plus they come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be an attractive addition to any bathroom.
Savvy Suggestion No.9: Invest In A Mould Eradication Kit:
If all else fails and you want to be sure of getting rid of the damp and mould completely, one of these kits can be perfect.
They contain fungicide, sterilisation solutions, and a barrier paint that you use before decorating.
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