Bathroom Mould and Mildew – How to stop it

The bathroom is a damp place in anyone’s home. Each day we rise from sleep to head for the bathroom. Shaving, showering and taking a bath introduces a considerable amount of moisture into the room.

In winter the overnight temperature of the bathroom has dropped in conjunction with the outside temperature and the warm moist air condenses on the windows and walls of the bathroom. This in turn introduces moisture into the walls providing the perfect environment for mould to grow.

The steel radiator in the corner of the room which has warmed up when the central heating switched on, is giving off a lot of heat and warmed the air in the room. This has not heated the walls and so any introduction of moisture from shaving, taking a shower or bath, will introduce moisture into the warm air and in turn condense on the walls.

What is currently recommended

The recommended way to heat your home is by setting the timer to switch the heating on 30 minutes before you get up in the morning and to switch it off before you leave for work. The same is recommended for the evening when you return from home with the heating coming on 30 minutes before you get in.
Following these recommendations, you get up to a warm house in the morning and you get in to a warm house in the evening. During the time you are not there the house temperature drops to the same as outside.

This is flawed, as whilst you perceive the house to be warm only the air in the house is warm. The fabric of the house is still cold and does not heat up in the short bursts of heating you put into the walls and fabric of the house. As we said earlier the moisture in the air condenses on the cold walls and is absorbed by the fabric of the room providing the perfect conditions for mould to grow.

How can you stop the condensation building up?

By heating the walls, the chances of the moisture in the air condensing on them reduces dramatically. This is only achieved by continuously introducing heat into the room.

We all know that running the heating all day, even when you are not at home, is wasteful and expensive. So, what is the answer?

SuperStone radiant heaters are low wattage heating panels that can be run 24 hours a day. Keeping the background heat in the room thus avoiding the walls getting cold. When the central heating system kicks in it only has to raise the temperature by a few degrees to reach the comfort range and any moisture in the air will not condensate on the walls as they are not cold.

The cost of running a 180 watt SuperStone radiant heater nonstop for 6 months (October to March has been calculated at £132). This will be sufficient to reduce the possibility of damp and mould build up from condensation in your home.

The small radiant heater panel is ideal for bathrooms and kitchens where there is a higher possibility of condensation due to showers, baths, cooking and washing machines.

Reduce the build up of damp resulting in mould and mildew in your home with a low wattage SuperStone radiant heater.