If you’re not using your exhaust fan every time you shower, you should, or if it’s broken you need to get it fixed ASAP.
The exhaust fan in your bathroom is responsible for removing excess moisture, odors, and stale air. Without it, bacteria and mold will thrive.
When you flip the switch on your bathroom's exhaust fan, air is exhausted out of the room through a vent duct that empties through the roof or through an exit vent on the side of your home's exterior.
There are a variety of bathroom vent fans available that incorporate different features and styles to suit not only the aesthetic of your bathroom but also enhance the fan's function. Some fans have a timer that sets the ventilation system to run for a designated period of time. Other fans include humidity sensors that automatically kick on when your bathroom's moisture levels cross a certain threshold.
Without proper ventilation, your steamy shower can wreak havoc to your bathroom's walls and plumbing. Paint and wallpaper will peel when the air is too damp, and excessive moisture can lead to wood rot and structural damage as it softens drywall.
Bathrooms with too much moisture are at a higher risk of developing mold and mildew. This can happen within your walls or start to grow in your tub and shower. Mold spores are also airborne, meaning they can be carried out of the bathroom and reach other parts of the home, triggering illness respiratory problems.
Even if you keep your bathroom clean, excess moisture will give microorganisms a place to grow. Your family will be more susceptible to contracting illnesses through germs that grow on plumbing fixtures.
For any of your plumbing and HVAC needs, contact the experts at Hero Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today at (612) 324-1004. Whether you want to install a bathroom exhaust fan or take care of a leaky pipe, we're ready to help whenever you need us.