Bathroom fans help to keep your bathroom fresh. More importantly, a bathroom fan removes moisture vapors generated from showers, bathing, and other activities. This prevents condensation on walls and fixtures. Without proper exhaust, moisture condensation can do severe damage to drywall, wallpaper, window coverings, and cabinetry in your bathroom. It may also lead to serious mold issues.
A FREQUENT PROBLEM
Most homeowners believe their bath fans and dryer exhaust vents are routed to the outside. Far too often, this is not the case. We regularly find bath fans exhausting into the attic, releasing moisture from bathing that regularly collects on attic surfaces leading to mold issues and over time, structural damage.
Similarly, a clothing dryer removes moisture from your laundry. That moisture should also exhaust outside through ductwork to prevent moisture problems in your laundry room. Much like bathroom exhaust fans, we find many dryer vents exhausting into open attic spaces rather than through ductwork to the outdoors.
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE IN THE ATTIC
Attic moisture left unaddressed can lead to the deterioration of wood structures that support your roof and the frame of your home. In addition, the moisture weakens the wood by slowly destroying individual wood fibers, layer by layer.
Attic moisture can also destroy or retard the performance of your attic insulation. Insulation loses its insulating capacity when wet. When your insulation is not doing its job, you pay for utility costs all year round. Learn more about attic insulation here>
MOLD LOVES MOISTURE
Mold thrives in moist environments and can expand rapidly. Once mold colonies expand in your attic, spores quickly pass down to living spaces. Mold can lead to serious health problems for occupants suffering from allergies, asthma, or other breathing disorders. There are dozens of mold species, some more dangerous than others. It is near impossible to determine a mold species by the naked eye. If you have mold in your attic, remove it professionally to ensure thorough eradication.
SIGNS OF TROUBLE
You likely have mold growth if you see dark stains on wood surfaces. If the wood is soft and flaking, it is deteriorating from moisture. Correcting problems at this stage could be very expensive.
We recommend having your bath fans, and dryer exhaust vents inspected. Both should connect to a sealed, insulated duct routing moisture outdoors.
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We also offer attic insulation, ventilation, proper ducting of bathroom fans, and dryer ductwork.
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