Post # 1
We have a bathroom that tends to gather moisture if the fan is not running while taking a shower.
We are going to be leasing the place to 4 college age men and cannot trust them to turn on the fan every time.
Ideas to avoid mold?
Dehumidifier would be good but it would probably have to be dumped out often, and we can’t rely on them doing this.
Post # 2
- Wedding: March 2018 - The Venue, Barkisland, UK
Could you have it rewired so that when the light is on, the fan comes on too? I know hotels sometimes do this.
Post # 3
BeeDD : theres a big window so there is no need to always turn on the lights. That might help though.
Post # 4
I would hesitate to rent to four people who can’t remember basic tasks to turn on the fan or empty the dehumidifier. How long will they be renting? A certain amount of work and risk goes with the territory of having tenants. I do like PP’s idea of wiring the light and fan together. I would also put a note somewhere conspicuous.
Post # 5
therefore : a year, the last people who lived there didn’t tell us the fan was broken and so it got really bad
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
Put a sensor on the fan so when someone goes in there the fan switches on automatically?
Post # 7
I would definitely see how easy it is to wire it to turn on automatically. Our fan broke a few months ago and mold developed quickly on the ceiling, so I get it. If it’s easy enough to hook up, you can always undo it when you move back.
Post # 8
Hi, you can put the fan on a timer and program the hours that it runs. You may need an electrician to assist. My last home had this feature and I set the fan to run 8am-4pm while I was at work. It helped a lot with the moisture and overall air quality in the home and was inexpensive. You can also still use the fan manually when needed.
Post # 9
The house I’m moving into has a motion detector so the light and the fan turn on at the same time when walking into the bathroom. I’d recommend looking into doing something like that.
My SO does rent out 3 units currently, and he doesn’t have anything like that in the bathrooms. He basically just trusts them to remember to turn the fans on. However, if mold DID develop, he’d take that out of their security deposit. Not sure how much money it takes to fix mold, though.
I think it may also help to remind them to turn the fan on whenever they are taking a shower, and to point out that if mold develops you’d have to take it out of their security deposit. College aged guys may not think of turning on the fan themselves, but to have you point it out to them may make them make an effort to do it.
Post # 10
Definitely get a PIR sensor fitted to the fan. That way whenever anyone goes in there, regardless of whether the light is on, it will activate. No easy way to override it either. You can get almost silent fans too!
Post # 11
Yep get a timer and make sure they don’t mess with it. Your local hardware store should have them. I would recommend setting the timer to run from 7 am – 1 pm and then again from around 5 pm – 11 pm. The nice thing about the timer is you can’t turn it off if it’s during that time, but you can turn it on if it’s not.