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Poor Ventilation Can Cause Water Damage

Jul 16, 2008
Have you recently noticed that you have mold growing on the ceiling and walls of a bathroom or maybe in your kitchen? This might be a recurring problem that you have cleaned up numerous times only to have it show up again weeks later. More than likely this problem is being caused because you do not have adequate ventilation in these areas. In the basement can also be another trouble spot.

Older homes were often built without the added feature of exhaust fans in the areas where they were needed the most. These are the rooms where steamy water, cooking moisture, or warm moisture from a dryer can be a problem. These places have to have proper ventilation or the water accumulates on places like ceilings and walls and this is what causes the mold to start growing.

It does not matter how many times you clean it off and kill it, it will continue to come back as long as ventilation is an issue. The easiest way to stop the mold and moisture is to install exhaust fans wherever they are needed. This can be a job you might be able to do yourself, but it will require some electrical skill. If you are not too handy with home repairs, you will probably need to get an electrician to install it for you.

Good exhaust fans can be purchased at almost any home improvement store and even some department stores might have them in stock. These fans can be purchased with or without lighting included. The prices usually range from about one hundred dollars and up. You will need to know the square footage of the room that needs the fan to ensure you get one large enough to pull out all the moisture it can accumulate.

If your home does not have proper ventilation it can cause more damage than just mold growth. Over time it can cause woodwork to stay damp and eventually swell. It can cause problems with doors and windows opening and closing properly. It can cause your paint and wallpaper to peel. It is easy to avoid all of these issues by installing a simple exhaust fan.

If you ever intend to sell your home, you will not want to show any evidence of mold growth or water damage. It is better to make a small investment in exhaust fans now than run the risk of having water and mold damage that can lower the value of your home.
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