||03-02-2009 10:40 AM
wet attic insulation and ceiling drywall
hi. i bought a new condomium last year, april 2008. at that time the ac unit, which is installed in the attic and is also my heating unit, could not be inspected due to outside temperature. i didn't need to use the ac until july, which i ran for 4 days straight, and after which i noticed water dripping from the ceiling. the ceiling was water stained in the back bedroom, encompassing the fire alarm. i notified the contractor (building is warrantied for 1 year), who then realized that the condenser had not been set up properly because it was too cold to run when they installed it. as a result, it made water. he waited for drying to occur, adjusted the condenser, and then painted the ceiling.
this incident came up in conversation recently and i was told that the drywall and insulation should have been replaced. this advice did NOT come from an expert. but, it did leave me a little concerned. i see no signs of mold at the ceiling. i haven't been up in the attic to look since this conversation. i read something somewhere stating that attics are so warm that dampness doesn't stay and therefore water damage here isn't an issue. what do you think?