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.
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The number one defense against mold is good ventilation. Opened windows and a good flow of fresh air are great, but not always practical--for instance, in cold winter temperatures or very hot humid summer weather.
On porous surfaces such as sheetrock, if the mold is imbedded in the substrate, the material will have to be removed and replaced in order to eliminate the source of the mold.

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  • 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, Hope you like it.

  • Sandy
    on Jun 24, 2016

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

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