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Is Your Bathroom Under Attack From Moisture

Mar 1, 2008
It might not always be necessary for a pipe to drip or burst in your bathroom for you to discover water damage in there. It is a fact that when you do not have proper ventilation in a bathroom, water issues inevitably occur. There is an easy resolution to this problem, they are called exhaust vents.

In just about any of the dwellings that have been constructed in recent years, exhaust vents in the bathrooms are pretty standard equipment. If you lease or have acquired an older house or apartment, they very well may not have them. If you do not already know why exhaust vents are necessary in eliminating some water problems, here are several reasons why.

The bathroom is usually the dampest room in your house. There is so much showering and bathing, most likely with the door closed, that will cause too much moisture in the room even if things do not get entirely wet.

Over time, all this wetness can induce a few problems. To begin with, it will probably make mold begin grow on the walls and the ceiling. It could make the paint and wallpaper bubble or peel.

There is also another side effect and that is the damage it can do to sheet rock and woodwork in the bathroom. If your house has older sheet rock in it that will not resist dampness, the mold will likely grow into it and absolutely must be taken down and replaced because it can make you sick.

The woodwork in a bathroom will often swell from the continuous moisture. The wood will buckle or come away from the wall, and many times a bathroom window can swell so much it will not open.

These problems are all caused by dampness. Steam that occurs from hot showers or baths are just seen for a little bit while the bathroom is in use and then it disappears.

Even when it does not appear to stick around long enough to create any bad damage, it definitely will sooner or later. The best way to remedy these headaches before they come up is to purchase exhaust fans for all the bathrooms in your residence and the kitchen too.

They can be purchased at almost all home improvement stores and for the money they may save in the long run, they are well worth it. They are not that costly, but woodwork and sheet rock repairs will be. They can be installed fairly easy by individuals who are good at minor home improvement projects.
About the Author
Jim Corkern is a writer and promoter of
Charlotte Water Damage Restoration and
Denver Water Damage Restoration Which are Certified IICRC Water damage and mold remediation contractors.
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