The bathroom is one of the busiest places in the house, as every member of the family uses this place to shower or do other business. Its floor remains wet, and it is challenging to dry it.
Why is My Bathroom Floor Always Wet? The bathroom floor can remain always wet because of poor ventilation, cracks in the bathtub or sink, damaged toilet seal or wax, loss of plumbing connections, cracked toilet bowl or tank clogged drains, poor cleaning habits, damaged or leaked shower panels and valves, and non-porous flooring material.
The floor remains wet, which can cause mold, bacteria, and germs to grow in this place, and the chances of diseases increase if you do not dry the floor.
|Poor ventilation||Open the windows and turn on the exhaust fan|
|Cracks in the bathtub or sink||Apply silicone caulk to fill the cracks|
|Damaged toilet seal or wax||Replace the worn-out wax ring|
|Faulty plumbing connections||Fix these components and secure the connections|
|Cracked toilet bowl or tank||Fill the cracks or replace the plumbing fixture|
|Clogged drains||Use toilet snake, vinegar, baking soda, CLR, and hydrogen peroxide to remove the clogs|
|Poor cleaning habits||Clean the floor after taking a shower to dry the water splashes|
|Damaged shower panels||Replace the cracked shower panels|
|Leaking shower valves||Seal the leaking valves or change the damaged valves|
|Non-porous flooring material||Use granite, marble, and ceramic tiles that resist water|
Ventilation is essential to remove excess moisture, humidity, and smell for this place, and building regulations require proper ventilation systems in bathrooms.
Water splashes and moisture on the floor can stand for a long time if you do not have an exhaust fan or windows in this place. However, the steam and condensation can penetrate the floor and remains damp after a hot shower.
I have two small windows in my bathroom and prefer to open them all the time when no one is in the shower or toilet area. It allows the humidity to move out from this place and reduces the moisture from the surface.
It is better to turn the exhaust fan on an after every shower for 5-8 minutes to allow the damp air to move out and fresh air to enter. In addition, the powerful fan can keep it dry and reduce mold and mildew development on the subfloor.
Cracks in the bathtub or sink
The bathtub or sink are frequently used plumbing fixtures in this place, and they can get cracks or holes because of the excessive use of harsh cleaners.
You can drop any heavy item on their surface, which causes the water to drip down the fixture when you turn the faucets on to bathe or wash your face.
I have dropped a jar accidentally once on the sink surface, and it gets damaged from the center, which causes the water to leak and makes the floor wet all the time.
You can fill the cracks or holes using silicone caulk to prevent water on the floor. However, selecting a new plumbing fixture is better if the damage is severe and using silicone does not help stop the water.
Damaged toilet seal or wax
The toilets are attached to the bathroom floor using wax or other sealants, which can get damaged or wear out over time.
The damaged wax ring can cause a water leak when you press the handle or button for flushing. The flushing water from the damaged seal makes it wet and causes bacteria to grow there.
You can remove the worn-out wax ring and replace it with a new one to allow the floor dry and prevent further damage to the plumbing fixture. I have installed a new toilet seal because the water stayed there.
Faulty Plumbing connections
The water supply in the bathroom needs a proper plumbing system because the water can stop or leak if the connections are lost or broken at some point.
Water supply connections are underground and are linked to the sinks, toilet, shower, and bathtub.
It is better to check all the plumbing connections if you hear the water dripping sound from the bathroom.
You can call a plumber to check the problem if you do not find the reason for the moisture on the floor in this place.
Cracked toilet bowl and tank
The toilet bowl made using porcelain and ceramic gets cracks when you drop something heavy on the bowl. Abrasive cleaning products, such as toxic chemicals, are another reason for the cracks in the toilet bowl.
The cracks in the bowl cause the water and urine to leak from the bowl on the floor, which shows that the plumbing fixture needs replacement.
The toilet tank stores water for flushing and the tight nuts or bolts can cause cracks inside the tank, which causes leakage in the fixture.
You can hire a professional to check the problem if you do not find the spot in the tank which causes the water to drip, and do not let the floor under the tank dry.
The bathroom drains, such as the sink, shower, toilet, and bathtub, can get clogged because of the mineral deposits, rust, and dust accumulation in the drain pipes.
The non-flushable toilet paper in the toilet bowl can clog the waste products, and the skin or body oils can cause blockage in the skin or bathtub drains.
You can use a toilet snake or auger to unclog the drain pipes or consult a professional if you face this issue often during the day.
People also use vinegar, baking soda, CLR, hydrogen peroxide, and many household remedies to unclog the bathroom drains and keep the floor dry without worrying about the flood in drains.
Poor cleaning habits
Poor cleaning habit is one of the main reasons for the wet floor. It can have water splashes all over the floor around the shower or bathtub area after the shower, and it can stay there if you do not wipe the surface after the bath.
When you flush the waste, the urine splashes also cause a wet and smelly floor if you leave it without cleaning.
In addition, the water drops on the floor when you wash your hands or face in the sink, making your bathroom look wet.
I clean the floor after shower or bath to keep it dry and reduce the chances of slipping and constant moisture. It is better to wipe it after using the toilet if you observe some splashes on the floor.
Damaged shower panels
The shower area is surrounded by shower panels or screens for better privacy while having a long and relaxing hot shower.
The shower panels can get cracked or damaged over time if you frequently use abrasive cleaning tools to remove the water stains.
The moisture and water can get on the floor outside the shower area if the panels or screens are cracked, making the floor wet for a long time until you clean the water.
It is better to replace the damaged shower panel to prevent such issues. I have placed mats and rags around this area to avoid the water on the floor.
Leaking Shower valve
The shower valves in the shower area can cause the floor to stay wet all the time if the rubber washer or the faucet has a leakage problem.
The seal or the gasket may worn-out over time, and it starts leaking. It causes the water dripping sound in the bathroom, and there is always water standing in this area.
Seal the valve from where water is leaking or change the fixture because it can increase the water bills and the chances of slipping.
Non-porous flooring material
People install different floors in the bathroom, such as granite tile flooring, marble, or ceramics, which do not resist water or moisture and have a non-porous surface because of the finishers.
The water splashes keep standing on the floor until you wipe them, which can be the reason for the moisture on the floor.
You can keep the surface dry by cleaning it with a dry cloth or towel and vacuuming it once daily to avoid moisture.