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Old 01-09-2017, 10:48 AM   #16
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What I will say is that I did shovel the roof last week after repairing the exhaust roof vent connection. I cleared off about 12" of snow around the stack.
How much snow overall?
One small observation is that a heavy blanket of snow that covers exhaust vents essentially negates those vents till heat from the attic can melt some breathing room. How long that takes depends in part on how much snow and how much heat escapes to the attic. Since my roof is a very walk-able 4/12 I go up and shovel off my vents if we get enough snow to cover them.

I am not suggesting that is your problem but it could contribute if those vents were snow covered for a few days.

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Well... I thank all of you for your insight and help and I know 100% now where the leak is coming from (the bedroom tiles). However my wife is 100% sure it is coming from the bathroom fan even though she went up there and found no leaks. She managed to defrost any ice build up in the vent so the bathroom fan is working again (I now know it is not the problem).

The solution she has from google is to leave the bathroom fan on 24/7 during the winter. Unfortunately this is not my house, it is my mother in laws house and she has sided with her daughter and so it is out my hands.

After doing some research and visiting links that were posted by Gary I now understand how frost works. It is unfortunate because I know the ultimate outcome will be a totally destroyed roof which will come back on me for my bathroom fan installation.

I have advised to taper off bathroom vent to show the frost is still present after shoveling the roof (thanks again Gary for link on frost and dew points). But she has decided to seal the attic until mid february and leave the bathroom fan running 24/7. She is under the impression that the bathroom fan was blocked / semi blocked with ice and that is what was causing the problem. I explained it was fully venting through the roof prior to shovelling. I am posting a picture of ceiling tile in the bedroom which is in obvious distress.

Sorry for wasting your time for a problem I can't fix. All responses were greatly appreciated. Any last words of advice to convince otherwise? If not, this thread can be closed.
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Here is a pic from a tiled bedroom. in the house. Directly above that is like frozen snowballs of insullation.
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Thanks for the feedback! A rare thing indeed... we don't close threads so they stay open for you to give us later feedback on your solution and how it worked out; for others to use... glad we could help, send check or money ord.....lol. Hope I speak for all of us.

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Thanks Gary. I will update if something new pops up. Hopefully it isn't regarding a collapsed roof
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Not wasting our time, just moving the issue into a more difficult zone, how to convince the opposing side this needs to be done and that is a challenge. As you have found, the direct approach of telling them what is needed just causes them to dig in their heels. Years ago I was introduced to a book "how to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie" and some of what that book offers is pure gold. Understanding people, even the ones close to us, can be a very positive step. Remember, it isn't manipulating it is understanding.

Keep your eyes on that attic and if it gets worse perhaps you can approach the subject again before any major damage.

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You could suggest trying the fan for a week . Though you may be dead in the water :


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