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Why Hot Showers Are Bad for Your Bathroom

After a long day at work, watching over the kids, and exercising, nothing
feels better than taking a hot shower (or bath). While the hot water will
feel great on your skin, it can actually hurt your bathroom. Why? One
word – steam.

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How Steam Can Affect Your Bathroom

Hot showers and baths will produce a TON of steam that can fill up any
bathroom. This steam will cling to the walls, ceiling, and floors – resulting in
moisture damage and eventual
mold growth (Yuck!). Not only will this make your bathroom unsightly, it can be expensive
to fix and remove. Before drawing a hot bath or taking a shower, make
sure you practice the prevention methods listed below.

How to Remove Steam From Your Bathroom

  • Bathroom Fan – Every full bathroom in your home should have a ventilation fan installed
    in the ceiling or wall. This fan should be turned on before any hot water
    is dispensed and should remain on at least 10 minutes after you exit the bathroom.
  • Open Up – Before you head into the shower, crack the door or open up the window
    to allow some steam to escape. For those who wouldn't dare to shower
    with either of these opened (thanks a lot scary movies), open them up
    as soon as you exit the shower.
  • Dehumidifier – Place a small dehumidifier in the bathroom and switch it on whenever the
    shower is turned on. It will do a great job of removing moisture from
    the air as the steam tries to pile up. Remember to empty the tray filled
    with water after you turn the dehumidifier off.

While a hot shower might seem like it can cure all, it can actually cause
very BIG problems! When you need ventilation fans installed in your bathrooms,
contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn
more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-9952.

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