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Can you help me with a soft spot that I have?
Can you help me with a soft spot that I have?
I got a call from an apartment manager; one of the units had a soft wet spot in the bathroom ceiling near the exhaust fan. I verified that there was moisture in the drywall and that it was discolored. Since it was an upstairs unit I was able to get into the attic crawl space. I knew from experience that there was no plumbing or drain lines in that area.
I assumed that since it was near the exhaust fan in the bathroom ceiling, there must have been a leak in the roof boot. After crawling up and looking at the discoloration under the insulation, there was no evidence of a leak at the roof.
So where was the water coming from? It wasn’t a stream of water but the area was moist. After climbing down and talking to the tenant about the use of the fan, I learned some important information.
The tenant was in the habit of shower with hot water for up to 2 hours a day, every day.  They ran the fan to get rid of the steam. The warm moist air traveled up ... more

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