Home Inspector Huntley IL Explains Bathroom Ventilation Importance

Posted on: February 3, 2010 by in Blog, Home Improvement
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I guess it is time to come out of the attic! I could probably write a few more posts up there, but I will save them for a later day. Right now we should discuss another place in your home that is affected by moisture – your bathroom.

Moisture in the bathroom is an open invitation to mold, mildew, bacteria of all kinds and insects. It can be the cause of significant allergy and health problems, and can also cause structural damage to the home.

To combat the moisture in your bathroom it is essential to have adequate ventilation. Ventilation comes primarily in two forms; windows and exhaust fans. Windows are an excellent source of light, but they are not the preferred method of moisture removal. If there is no exhaust fan, by all means take advantage of opening the window.

A properly sized exhaust fan that is installed properly and in the suitable location is your best defense against harmful moisture in your bathroom. The unit should be placed over or adjacent to a shower or tub and within an enclosed toilet stall. Bathroom doors should be undercut to allow air to enter and exit the room.

It is recommended to allow the fan to run for at least 20 minutes after bathroom use. This is where a switch with a timer would be a wise choice. There are also fans that come equipped with humidity sensors that turn on when they detect a rise in humidity.

If your bathroom is equipped with an exhaust fan you should use it. It is great for taking care of those unwanted aromas and, more importantly, is ideal for removing moisture and deterring mold & mildew.


Proper Bathroom Ventilation

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