If you're not using an exhaust fan every time you shower, you should, or if it's broken, you need to get it fixed as soon as possible.
The exhaust fan in your bathroom is responsible for removing excess moisture, odors and stale air. Without it, bacteria and fungi will thrive.
How does a bathroom fan work?
When you flip the switch on your bathroom exhaust fan, air is released from the room through a vent that exits through the roof or an outlet on the exterior side of your home.
There are a variety of bathroom fans available that include different functions and styles to not only suit the aesthetics of your bathroom, but also enhance the function of the fan. Some fans have a timer that sets the ventilation system to run for a set amount of time. Other fans include humidity sensors that automatically turn on when the humidity level in your bathroom exceeds a certain threshold.
Why you need to use your bathroom exhaust fan every time you shower.
Without proper ventilation, your steamy shower can wreak havoc on your bathroom walls and plumbing. Paint and wallpaper peel when the air is too humid, and excess moisture can lead to wood rot and structural damage as it softens drywall.
In bathrooms with too much humidity, there is a higher risk of mold and mildew. This can happen in your walls or start growing in your bathtub and shower. Mold spores are also airborne, meaning they can be carried out of the bathroom and into other parts of the home, causing respiratory illnesses.
Even if you keep your bathroom clean, excess moisture will give microorganisms a place to grow. Your family will be more susceptible to contracting diseases through bacteria that grow on water faucets.
The inspectors at LiteHouse Inspect check for proper ventilation in all bathrooms we inspect.