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Q: The paint in our hall bath always peels. Was the ceiling not properly primed? Now we are getting mildew in the bathroom on the ceiling and walls. What should we do?
A: This is a pet home repair project of mine. Paint peels for only a couple of reasons.The primary reason is moisture. The steam from the shower rises and stays on the ceiling. It is critical that the exhaust fan be in use with every shower.
I recommend connecting the fan to the light.That way the fan goes on every time the light goes on. Also check the fan that it is clean and effective in removing the steam.The mildew is created by moisture in a dark environment. Use bleach to remove the mildew from tile. You may have to replace the sheet rock in the ceiling and walls.
More info.... http://greathomepainting.com/Home-Improvement-Blog/bid/254645/How-Can-You-Prevent-Mold
Difficulty: Medium

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  • Suz
    Suz Harpswell, ME
    on Oct 19, 2014

    We used to have mold and mildew in our baths. When we renovated them, we installed two exhaust fans in each bath. The first one was put on the ceiling over the showers. There are specific fans that can go inside showers. We then tiled around them. Another fan was then added to the middle of the ceiling in each bathroom. It may sound like overkill but there hasn't been a problem since.

  • Vicki
    Vicki Smyrna, GA
    on Nov 2, 2014

    I saw lowe's or home depot that they had moisture sensor exhaust fans last year or so. I thought cool. do not know if they really work. I am thinking to replace exhaust fans with lights to moisture sensor instead to turn exhaust fan with timer for one hour before to shower. anyone have experiences with moisture sensor exhaust fans?

    • Vicki
      Vicki Smyrna, GA
      on Nov 3, 2014

      @Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com tyvm.

  • Here is a link to Panasonic vent system with the sensor. But to me its way over kill as the sensor when it goes bad will be expensive to fix. http://www.panasonic.com/business/building-products/ventilation-systems/index.asp

  • Kala Professional Restoration services
    Kala Professional Restoration services Ontario, CA
    on Oct 29, 2015

    Having mildew in the bathroom or in places where there is water is quite common but is very difficult to get rid off. There are some natural solutions as well that can help you get a mold and mildew free home. Here is the link to the blog, http://bit.ly/1VYSvmY Hope you like it.

  • Sandy
    Sandy Scottdale, PA
    on Jun 24, 2016

    Great article with a simple fix. Thanks for the education.

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