High Humidity In Bathrooms

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Significance Of Bathroom Ventilation

Bathroom fans are essential in today’s designs of air tight and energy-efficient homes and assist in the prevention of humidity issues.   Proper ventilation is important  when it comes to the  overall health of the homeowner and assist in the structural integrity if the home.

Presence of health hazards

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The biggest problem with bathrooms is the high humidity level. Humidity is simply the amount of water vapor in the air. Warm air holds more humidity than cold air. These may be adversely affected in the bathroom by the presence of microbial hazards that grow in damp and dark areas, such as poorly designed bathrooms.

Bathroom Exhaust Fans

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For bigger bathrooms it is recommended to have a bathroom fan, which is an exhaust fan that pulls excess moisture away from the  interior to be vented outside the building. In this way, the humidity and moisture inside the bathroom reduce the risk of growth of mold. However, be sure to check that the bathroom fan is strong enough to pull moisture outside the bathroom, and a simple way to test this is by holding up a tissue to the fan. If the tissue falls down, the fan is not strong enough.

Structural Damage

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Moisture vapor can peel wallpaper or paint off the surfaces and encourage the growth of mildew and mold. Moist air can condense inside the wall cavity, where it can cause rot, mold and serious structural damage to wall studs, sheathing, and ceiling and floor joists above and around the bathroom.

 Timer Switches

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Ventilate and control all fans with timer switches.  In my professional opinion,  the best  and most cost-effective way to remove humid air from showering is to replace your light / fan switch with an automatic timer switch.  It’s designed so that the fan goes on when you set the timer, then shuts off when the time runs out.

Using a timer switch allows you to remove humidity for up to 30  minutes  or more depending on the model after you leave the room, without the worry of forgetting to turn the fan off.

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Senior Home Safety Check List

Home accidents are a major source of injuries and can even cause death. The elderly are especially vulnerable to serious injuries from home accidents. Older bones are often less dense, more brittle and break more easily. A simple fall can become a serious, disabling injury that limits independence.

The following Senior Home Safety Check List  will help you evaluate the safety of your home and habits. Go through your home and check off those items or behaviors that apply to you. If there are some items that you do not check, then your home is not as safe as it could be. By improving those items, you can make your home a safer and more comfortable place to live.

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Useful Senior Home Safety Check List  

 

Outdoors

  • Is there adequate lighting  at the entrances to your home?
  • Check to the conditions of  your outdoor stairs, pathways or decks having railings.
  • Are your front steps and walkways  in good repair and free of clutter, snow or leaves?
  • Do the doors ways of your balcony or  deck have a low sill or threshold?
  • Can you reach the mailbox easily and safely?
  • Is the number of your home clearly visible from the street and well-lit at night?

Tip:  If you live in a rural area where you do not have a visible house number, consider putting your name on your mailbox and keep at clear description of directions to your home next to each phone in your home.

 

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Indoors

  • Are all the rooms and hallways in your home well-lit?
  • Are all throw rugs and scatter mats secured in place to keep them from slipping?
  • Are your high traffic areas clear of clutter and obstacles (tops of stairs)?
  • If you use floor wax, do you use the non-skid kind?
  • Do you have a first aid kit and know where it is located in your home?
  • Do you have a list of emergency numbers next to all telephones in your home?

Tip: Have a seating structure installed at the entrance of your home in order to assist with the removal or putting on your shoes or boots.

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Stairways & Hallways

  • Are your stairs well-lit and do they have light switches at the top and bottom of the stairs?
  • Are your stairs in  free from clutter and in good repair?
  • Do the steps have a non-skid surface?
  • Are there solid handrails installed to provide added support on both sides of the stairway?

Tip: Always remember to take your time going up and down the stairs. Never Rush. To assist in the prevention of a misstep, a strip of contrast colour can be added on the edge of each step.

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Fire &  Hazardous Materials

  • Are there  smoke alarms on every floor of the home?
  • Do you test your smoke alarms every six months?
  • Have you developed an escape route and safety  plan in case of a fire?
  • Is there a carbon monoxide detector in your home?
  • Are all  flammable and hazardous materials properly stored and clearly labelled?
  • Are there safety certified power bars being to prevent overloading electrical outlets?
  • If you live in an older home, have you or an electrician inspected your wiring, fuse box, electrical cords and appliances for safety?

Tip: Remember to check your smoke detectors twice a year.

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Bathrooms

  • Do you test the water temperature before you get into the bathtub or shower?
  • Is your hot water temperature set to recommended temperature?
  • Do you have non-slip surface products in the tub or shower?
  • Do bath mats next to the tub or shower have rubberized backing or are they secured in place to keep them from slipping?
  • Do you have a night-light set up in the bathroom?
  • Does your bathroom door lock equip with an emergency release?
  • Do you have grab bars that have been properly placed and well anchored to the wall in the bath tub or shower installed?
  • If  you any trouble getting on and off the toilet, do you have a raised toilet seat and a grab bar that is well anchored installed?
  •  If it is difficult for you to take a shower standing up, have you considered a bath seat?

TipSome tile and bathroom  cleaning products actually increase the slipperiness of a  surfaces. Always keep  this in mind when using such products.   

 

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Kitchen

  • Are your pots and pans, canned goods and staple foods stored in an easy to reach location-between knee and shoulder heights?
  • Are heavy items stored properly in the lower cupboards and light items in the higher cupboards?
  • Do you have s stable step stool (with a safety rail) for reaching high places?
  • Are the “off” and “on” positions on the  stove clearly marked?
  • Do you have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, mounted on the wall away from the stove that is available to use in case of an emergency?
  • Do you do regular checks to make sure your fire extinguisher is in good working order?

Tips: Use heat-resistant oven mitts as they provide a better grip on hot containers and give better protection against splatter and spills.

 

 

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Bedrooms

  • Is there a light switch installed  near the entrance to your bedroom?
  • Do you keep night lights or other sources of light on in case you get up in the middle of the night?
  • Do you have a lamp or a light switch installed near your bed?
  • Is there a clear path from your bed to the bathroom?
  • Do you have a phone and a list of emergency phone numbers located next to  your bed?

Tip: Install short bed rails to assist yourself when getting in and out of bed.

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Garages, Basements & Workrooms

  • Is your workroom and laundry room equipped with enough lighting?
  • Do you have a telephone in the basement and a list of emergency numbers?
  • Do you keep floors and benches clean to reduce fire and tripping hazards?
  • Are all your tools and services equipment in good condition including the safety locks in the “on” position?
  • Is your work area well ventilated, summer and winter?
  • Are heavy items on lower shelves or in bottom cupboards?
  • Do you use a ladder or a stable stool (with a safety rail) for reaching high places?
  • Are all chemicals, such as bleach, cleaners and paint thinners, clearly identified?
  • Are flammable materials stored as indicated by the directions on the label away from sources of heat and flame?
  • If you have a gas barbecue, is your propane tank stored outside of the house?

 

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Tips on Bathroom Remodeling

 

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Like so many  home owners out there, there comes point in  when you may be considering ways to add spark  and life back in your home. Remodeling can help bring out the much-needed changes to your current living conditions. Putting your home on the market, selling and moving somewhere new may be one solution but why bother with all of the hassle? Adding just a few things to your home can help give it life  and make it feel new again. Keep in mind something very important  before you start your home remodel –Have Every Thing On Hand First.  

 

Large  items such as the vanity tops  and special order tiles can take several weeks to arrive, so be patient. Before you take a sledge-hammer to your bathroom, make sure everything you’re going to need — including the vanity, plumbing fixtures, any new lighting, the tub and the tile is on hand. You might get frustrated waiting around for products, but it’s better than tearing up your fixtures and having an unusable bathroom until they arrive. Plus, when your new products are on hand, you’ll know if you need to do extra work, such as moving the plumbing lines for the sink location or running new cable for your lights, before you rip up and then patch the walls.

 

Below is an example on one of Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recent corner shower tiling upgrades and a description of the work that was done. Enjoy!

 

So here’s what we did:

 

– Installation of ceramic tile.

– Partial installation of Backer Board.

– Dry Pack for the floor which consisted of a  mixture of sand and Portland cement.

–  Configuring sloping of the shower floor to ensure proper drainage.

– Installed 8×10 ceramic tile on all walls.

– Glass inlay installation.

– 12×12 sheet of 1 inch tile for the shower floor.

– Grouted tiles with sanded grout with polymer to give it strength and prevention of mold & mildew.

– Vinyl tile edging installed to the shower opening to it a clean and finished look.

Tips:

If your thinking about building a  shower, consider the design. Odd shaped designs take longer to tile due to the fact there are more measurements involved in order to get the tile to fit correctly. Plan accordingly in order to fit this into your project time line  completion.

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Don D’Orazio President/CEO Of Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

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