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Why Hot Showers Are Bad For Your Bathroom

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Most of us enjoy indulging in a long hot shower, especially in the colder months. While hot showers may feel nice, it's important for us to remember that they can cause a lot of harm to our bathrooms from all of the humidity caused by excess steam which can lead to mold and mildew.

The more we let mildew build up in our bathrooms through excessively long hot showers, the more difficult and strenuous maintaining its cleanliness will be. Below are some tips we recommend to help prevent the harmful effects of hot showers.

Cut Down Shower Time

  • Shortening shower time has many benefits to the planet and our bodies, while also cutting down on the mildew buildup.

  • While it may be tempting to stay in the hot shower longer, try setting a timer for 10 minutes and aiming to turn off the shower by then.

Use an Exhaust Fan

  • Exhaust fans exist in bathrooms for a reason! Remember to turn it on before taking a hot shower, and leave it on for about 15 minutes after.

  • Using an exhaust fan will help prevent too much steam and mildew, so that means less cleaning later!

Open a Window

  • This is a classic technique for preventing steam buildup that many of us forget.

  • We'd especially recommend cracking open a window if the bathroom doesn't have a good (or any) exhaust fan.

  • Cracking a window in combination with turning on the exhaust fan is a great way to prevent steam, too!

Remember, if you encounter any issues with plumbing, don't hesitate to give Tri-City Heating and Cooling a call!