There are many telltale signs that you need to think about bathroom ventilation. Some can affect your health, some can affect your wallet and some can affect the general condition of your home interior.
- Mould growth
Mould can increase your chances of respiratory problems, respiratory infections, allergies and asthma. Some people are more sensitive to this than others.
Damp and mould can develop as a result of excess moisture in the bathroom. Moulds produce allergens (substances that can cause an allergic reaction), irritants and sometimes toxic substances.
- Damp areas on walls
Pressing spots on the wall to feel for cold or wet patches is an easy way to identify damp. Damp walls often need to be dried out using a de-humidifier. Treating the surface with a mould removing treatment, then painting with a damp seal or stain blocker paint, before finishing with matching paint to existing walls is the solution, but can be time consuming and more money out of your pocket.
- Peeling wallpaper, deteriorating plaster or paint
Visual clues for damp can be found by looking at the wallpaper, plaster or paint on the bathroom walls. Re-doing any of these 3 can be costly and you might not be able to find wallpaper or paint matches for your bathroom.
Mildew is the name given to the most common type of black mould you see on walls. It can be identified by black spots and can spread if untreated.
- Condensation on windows, wall tiles and mirrors
A sure sign that you have condensation in the bathroom is water droplets visibly collecting on cold surfaces like windows and mirrors. This is one of the first cues that you may have ventilation problems and provides an environment mould and mildew growth.