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Old 01-20-2011, 12:31 PM   #16
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I would inspect the soffitt for air leaks, and seal those, then try to get into that part of the attic to make sure the area over the shower is insulated properly, as I have stated over and over.

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I would inspect the soffitt for air leaks, and seal those, then try to get into that part of the attic to make sure the area over the shower is insulated properly, as I have stated over and over.
Being a rank amateur, I don't understand some things that are obvious to experts. That's why I'm here looking for advice.

In this case, I have no conception of how a shower stall is framed, or whether the sheet rock of the bathroom ceiling also extends into the space over the shower stall.
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That is why you will have to cut a hole in the side above the door for the shower to look.
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Hello, i have just bought a home in central wisconsin and i am having the same problem. I have a 2 peice shower/tub (tub and shower walls one piece and has a top cap as a second piece. This are is lower than the rest of the bath ceiling so i guess you could say i have that soffit thing on top. I have been messing around in the attic and have added a buch of insulation but still keep on getting a melted spot on roof above the shower. When in the attick i noticed that there is some blue foam board over the area where the shower is and i have been putting the insualtion over this. Do you think the heat is comeing from around the foam board? There are 2 larger holes cut in the floor under the tub due to leaky tub jets in the past for them to fix and these holes are in the area of the furnace. Do you think the heat generated by the furnace is going through these holes up the walls of the shower and out from the foam board around the shower? I was going to seal the holes in the floor with some foam board from the basement to keep the heat out from the furnace. Im just stumped i cant seem to get the spot from melting on my roof. And i dont want to cause a problem in the future.
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That looks like a very localized bare spot on the roof. It's either caused by conduction or convection, but I'd find a simple way to get a look at the area directly above the shower and below the roof in that spot. Could you rent one of those cameras that you could snake in there?
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That looks like a very localized bare spot on the roof. It's either caused by conduction or convection, but I'd find a simple way to get a look at the area directly above the shower and below the roof in that spot. Could you rent one of those cameras that you could snake in there?
Well, it's been a while since my last post on that warm spot.

We have had extensive repair done since then: to the wood siding, new roof and - most pertinently, added some soffit vents.

The hole for one of the new vents gave me access to the attic directly above the shower. I stuck my camera up through that hole and got some snaps. The insulation looks the same depth and color there as it does everywhere else.

I checked every soffit vent the same way, just to make sure there were no blockages. Two were partially blocked by insulation which I corrected with a leaf blower.

The heat is still rising up from the shower area, whether or not we have recently used it. I have not cut into the wall above the shower to see what is going on there.

Since the insulation in the attic looked okay above the shower, and since the house has been untouched in that area for 32 years, I'm not very concerned about whatever is going on.

Maybe I should be but life is too short.


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