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Ceilings

Brown Ceiling Spots After First Night Freeze

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I have what appear to be moist brown spots on the ceilings of the two occupied bedrooms in my house near the exterior walls, mostly in the exterior corners of the rooms. They have appeared within the last couple of days, when the temperatures have cooled to close to freezing at night for the 1`st time. We have not had any recent rain (in the past 4-5 days), but we did have very heavy, sustained rain last week. One bedroom has a bathroom attached, but there are no spots on the bathroom ceiling. Could this be inadequate insulation in the attic? Or a roof problem? Could a bathroom fan not vented to the outside cause this (I haven`t investigated this yet)? And are the spots likely to be mold or paint surfactant seepage? They are largish light brown rings with a couple darker brown droplets on the edges of the rings. We just purchased the house, and I am worried we may need to re-roof!
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Answer:
The spots sound like moisture of some kind getting into your ceiling. I can not genuinely tell what the cause may be, but your idea of an unvented fan is worth checking. If the fan duct is just vented into the attic the cold may have frozen the moist air in the attic during the night, then when the temperature warmed up, the moisture could work it`s way into your ceiling.

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