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Why Hot Showers Are Bad For Your Bathroom

There are few things more relaxing than taking a soothing, hot shower at the end of a long day. If you’re like most people, you love feeling the steam warm the air and open your pores. However, before you turn the knob in your shower up to scorching, you should consider the negative consequences too hot of showers can have on your bathroom.

Steam Creates a Lot of Moisture

The hotter your shower water is, the more steam gets produced in your bathroom and the more moisture gets added to the air. All that moisture has a few physical effects on your bathroom — bad ones.

Peeling Wallpaper

If your bathroom walls are covered in wallpaper or paint rather than tile, the extra humidity created by hot showers can cause those materials to peel. Not only is this unsightly but without wallpaper to protect it, your drywall can also absorb extra moisture — not good.

Mold

Any time excess moisture exists in your home, it allows mold to grow. If you find that your bathroom is typically more humid than not, keep an eye out for mold. (Common places for it to grow include the edges of your tubs and toilets and corners of your floor and ceiling.

How to Prevent Humid Bathrooms

Use Your Vent Fan

If your bathroom has a fan (it should) make sure you turn it on every time you take a shower. The fan helps pulls steam and excess moisture out of your bathroom.

Use a Dehumidifier

If your bathroom doesn’t have a fan, use a small dehumidifier to help remove steam and moisture.

Crack a Window

If your bathroom has a small window, crack it an inch or two while you shower to allow some humidity to escape your bathroom.

For more help controlling the humidity and moisture levels in your home, give Wahl a call!