Bathrooms are one of the most humid rooms in a home, primarily because of the large amount of hot water people use in their bathrooms on a daily basis. The humidity from hot water can end up destroying the drywall in bathrooms, and fixing this problem will require ripping out all the affected drywall. After ripping it out, there are several things you can do to prevent this from happening again in the future.
Use mildew-resistant drywall
There are several types of drywall, but mildew-resistant drywall is the type that should always be used in areas that contain a lot of moisture and humidity. Bathrooms should contain this type of drywall, because it will not get soggy or grow mold and mildew on it if it gets wet.
Mildew-resistant drywall is more expensive than regular drywall, but it is installed the same way, and it is often referred to as green board. This type of drywall is not designed to be used inside a shower stall, but it is ideal for use around a shower stall. The green backing on it resists water and stops mold from developing.
Put tile on the walls
After the old drywall is ripped out and new drywall is installed, you could do one of two things. You could simply finish the green board and paint it, or you could install tile over it. Tile comes in many types, but some common types include ceramic, porcelain, and stone. Ceramic and porcelain tile are water-resistant, which means you can have another layer of protection on your bathroom walls if you put either of these types on your walls.
Stone tile is common in bathrooms too; however, some stone tile is porous. This means water can seep into it. If you are planning on using a stone tile that is porous, you will need to seal the stone tiles after they are installed. By sealing them, you will stop the water from entering through, which will protect the walls in your bathroom.
Install a good exhaust fan
In addition to these steps, you can also reduce the possibility of mold growing in your bathroom by installing a good exhaust fan. The purpose of an exhaust fan is to remove humidity and heat from a bathroom. If you can eliminate the heat and humidity, you will have a lower chance of having problems with moisture in your bathroom.
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