Do’s and Don’ts of Using a Wall Common with the Bathroom

In our home, the walls of a bathroom are many a times shared by bedrooms, kitchen, living room or storeroom. If the wall happens to be damp, we face a lot of problems. Painting the wall becomes an ordeal; even if multiple coats are applied, the outcome still looks disappointing. There are possibilities of short circuits in the electric switchboard mounted on the wall. Even fitting an LCD TV becomes risky. But how do you know there is a problem with the wall? If there are watery/ damp patches on it you know yes, the wall is damp. But what if there is no visible sign of seepage? It’s better, you follow a few do’s and don’ts to avoid any big problem from a wall that is shared with a bathroom.

Don’ts

1. Paint the wall right away

There is no point attempting to do Plaster of Paris and the first coat of paint and then finding out that the result is not coming out well because there is seepage inside your wall. If you still go ahead and do it, the outcome is invariably depressing. The wall looks uneven with waves created by multiple layers of paint. After a few days, bubbling happens and the paint starts to come off. Sometimes, the watery patches also tend to resurface turning all your efforts into waste.

Here is what you should do before painting your walls.

2. Mount wallpaper

These days, a good quality wallpaper measuring 8X10 ft comes at around 15,000 rupees. What is the use of mounting such an expensive product on a wall if it cannot hold it for long? Hidden damp issues in walls that are common with the bathroom often cause wallpaper to fall off. Even your repeated effort to fix it on the wall may not bear any fruit.

3. Install a TV without checking if the wall is damp

The most important thing to consider while mounting a television set is whether there is dampness in the wall. If there are damp problems, short circuits may happen damaging your television set beyond repair. If you see some visual signs of dampness, then call professionals who are expert in damp inspection. Equipped with the latest thermal technology devices, home inspectors are capable of detecting any kind of damp problems and their sources. Upon getting repaired the source of dampness as suggested by them, you go ahead and fix the TV on the wall.

4. Set furniture attached to the wall

You attach a large piece of furniture such as floor-to-ceiling wooden wardrobe or cabinet to the wall that is shared with the bathroom and you never bother to check what is happening at its backside. It is one of the most common things we all do. After a few years, due to a small leakage in the bathroom, which almost goes unnoticed, seepage happens in the wall. Result? – Dampness. Slowly, the wooden furniture starts to rot or termite lines appear on the wall. To avoid such disasters, you must either leave some space between the wall and the furniture or keep a close watch on your bathroom fittings so that the moment you see any leakage there you can repair it fast and your wall is saved.

Do’s

1. Inspect before you use

Before using a wall that is common with a bathroom look closely for any seepage/ leakage and damp signs. If you see even a single watery spot or popping paint, hold your plan. Consult a professional home inspection service first and try to know if the problem is a temporary one and what is the cause behind it. The home inspectors will also check the concealed electrical wiring and plumbing lines in the wall and suggest solutions for any issues found.

2. Check your bathroom fittings

If the common wall is found to be damp, 100 percent chances are that the seepage took place from one of the bathroom fittings. You must check each and every fitting in the bathroom for any loose joint or leakage and get it repaired immediately. Once the source is detected, preventing the spreading of damp is not a problem. If your DIY efforts fail, call for professionals for having a damp inspection. Equipped with advanced technology devices like thermal imaging scanner, home inspectors are the right people to track down the actual source of damp in your wall.

3. Keep the wall for small mounts and installations

It is advisable not to mount heavy furniture pieces and appliances on the wall that is adjacent to a bathroom. The reason is simple. If ever a plumbing failure happens in your bathroom and there is seepage in the wall, you can easily remove the installations, fix the problem, repair the wall and mount them back. No big hassles and lesser possibilities of damage.

4. Let your wall breathe

Not all the walls in your home have to be ‘utility walls.’ Leave some for simple decorations with only a dash of unique paint on it instead of using wallpaper. The minimalistic wall décor will give your home a spacious feel.

And also, if dampness affects it at any point in time, lack of natural ventilation(in case of wallpaper, a non-breathable material) will aggravate the problem. It will take longer for the wall to dry up thereby increasing the risk of rot, algal growth, and diminished efficiency.

You must also be careful about choosing your wall paint. Paints containing vinyl, acrylic, oil, and plastic often clog the micro-pores in the walls making them impermeable. Do not make futile efforts of preventing moisture from intruding your home this way because water eventually seeps through them, maybe at a slower rate. In the process, your walls lose their breathability. So, explore the breathable paint1 varieties. These will make your walls more sustainable and your home a healthier place to live.

As we always say, a damp-free home is the perfect setting for interior designing. So, do a home inspection and use any part of your beloved nest without having to worry about damages. For more useful wall maintenance tips for your home, click here.

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