Chase running up to the attic

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  1. I think the main thing from all the tips I see, is that I have to attend to the insulation in my attic. Also, the venting system. I wish I had known some of the things I now know. When my bathroom was being redone, I could look up into the hole in the ceiling, there I noted that even though I had recently replaced my shingle roof, there seemed to be holes in some of the plywood. So I could see the felt..the dark stuff instead of the plywood. The guy who had done the bathroom, was *&*&*& horrible, he had totalled it, instead of doing what we had asked. The roofers…well it has been 17 years and no leaks, no ripples in any of the shingles, and the roofer still lives close to us still.

    The kids were tiny then, and the little one, with the smallest hands had to pass him some water to him because he had jammed himself in! We fired him, were without a working washroom for 2 months , other contractors didn’t want to jump in, unless we signed of on making them responsible. The mold I mention is not gruesome, just enough to make me concerned. The other company put in the electric vent, new windows, new tile floor, new insulation and that drywall which is iike concrete. I will follow up on what you suggest.

    The other thing about well ventilated…I seem to have grown young princesses who like it hot and muggy instead of fresh and cool. The fights continue about turning on the vent and even leaving the door open.

    THANK YOU for all the tips I will continue to work on “this old old house”.

    • I feel your pain. I’ve personally had some similar experiences and have heard many similar stories. It’s a shame that these people can continue to abuse people’s homes like this.

      Yep – insulation and proper venting. And air sealing. Those are the critical things. It sounds like your mold problem is the natural response to inadequate bath venting. Here’s a secret – install a dehumidistat. That’s a humidity activated switch that automatically turns on the bath fan when the humidity rises above a preset level. It removes the human element (unless someone turns that off too!) I’ve got them in my bathrooms and they’re great! No more worrying about how long to run the fans. They just turn on when the humidity hits a certain level and off when it’s back down again. Search on Google or Amazon and you’ll find a variety of units for under $30. Have your electrician wire it “in parallel” with your existing fan switch, that way you can turn the fan on manually as well as automatically. If the lights are built into the fan, it’s a little trickier because you want to separate them out to their own switch so that the lights don’t turn on and off with the dehumidistat.

  2. Many moons ago, my bathroom was renovated. My contractor did run the ventilation fan through the attic covered vermiculite floor. It also leads to the shingle roof. In recent time, I have noticed mould growing right above the shower area. When he had renovated, he had also closed that funnel shaped hole in the ceiling, which sat above the toilet. Now what do I do? Help, please.

    • Hi Tracy,

      You’ve got lots of good questions.
      The question I have is what change between the time you didn’t have mold and now. Something has led to its growth.
      Remember, mold is almost always the result of lingering high humidity. Since showers are are really big source of humidity, they have to be well ventilated.
      Here’s a few things I would try/check:
      – check the flow of the fan. It should be strong enough to firmly hold a piece of paper on the grill on the ceiling.
      – Sometimes birds or other animals build nests in the ventilation ducts. If the air flow seems low, you might have someone check the ducts for obstructions.
      – Make sure you run the fan while you’re bathing as well as for about 1/2 hour afterwards. Most people just turn the fan off immediately, but the moisture is so high that you need to keep running the fan until the moisture is removed.
      – Did anybody work in the attic recently? If the insulation was moved away from that moldy spot on the ceiling, then the ceiling will be colder (in the winter) leading to more condensation. It’s important that the bath ceiling is well insulated so that it stays warm which will help to reduce condensation.

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