Can someone please tell me what the purpose of the drop ceiling (soffit) over my bathtub is? Does it help to reduce the escape of the steam from showering??
When I renovated my bathroom, I had the soffit removed to gain more vertical space. But shortly after that, I noticed that the tiled walls outside the tub/shower area get pretty wet from the steam of showering, which did not happen before. This happens even with the exhaust fan running for half an hour.
Does the soffit help keep moisture in the tub area by the steam beading on the drop ceiling tiles, then the water droplets drop back into the tub, thus making less steam in the room? Does the soffit also limited the amount of steam out of the tub area because the space for the steam to escape is smaller?
I want to have the soffit built back in over the tub but of course, I don't want to do it if it will not help the moisture problem. I just find it puzzling that I did not have a moisture problem before the soffit was removed.