Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

2 posts

Wannabe Geek

#272019 5-Jun-2020 15:27
Send private message quote this post

I have an existing extractor fan fitted directly above the shower in the bathroom. 


It's an older house (1970s) and the fan appears to extract air directly into the roof cavity.


At first I thought this must be bad practice, but further research suggested this is common in houses with titled roofs as they are considered ventilated spaces.


My problem is that the ceiling around the fan is damp and damaged. I'm unsure if the damage to the ceiling is because of the damp air in the bathroom, damp air from venting into the roof cavity or a possible leak or bad seal on the fan itself.


The fan is currently working and appears to be doing its job. We don't have any damp or mould issues in the bathroom apart from the damp area directly around the vent itself. 


I'm not a DIYer and am happy to pay a tradesperson, but I don't know who to call.


An electrician because the fan is electrical? A builder or gibstopper to check/repair the damaged ceiling? ...or some other option.


Any advice or insights are appreciated.

Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer Create new topic
275 posts

Ultimate Geek

Technical Solutions Aust

  #2499154 5-Jun-2020 15:30
Send private message quote this post

Without photos or anything I can't be sure but:




1) Fans are generally replaced by electricians


2) If the gib ceiling around the fan is wet (and failing) it is most likely a roof leak that has followed the fan down to the ceiling..... steam from bathrooms doesn't seem to easily destroy gib - it generates mould however....

2 posts

Wannabe Geek

  #2499159 5-Jun-2020 15:34
Send private message quote this post

Hmm, I hadn't thought of it being roof leak.


Perhaps I should get that checked out first.


3453 posts

Uber Geek


  #2500155 7-Jun-2020 18:46
Send private message quote this post

Get the ceiling looked at by a builder/handyman 


A new ducted extraction fan can then be installed by an electrician. 

Ray Taylor
Taylor Broadband (rural hawkes bay)

There is no place like localhost
For my general guide to extending your wireless network Click Here

Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer Create new topic

Twitter and LinkedIn »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Chorus completes the build and commissioning of two new core Ethernet switches
Posted 8-Jul-2020 09:48

National Institute for Health Innovation develops treatment app for gambling
Posted 6-Jul-2020 16:25

Nokia 2.3 to be available in New Zealand
Posted 6-Jul-2020 12:30

Menulog change colours as parent company merges with Dutch food delivery service
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:53

Techweek2020 goes digital to make it easier for Kiwis to connect and learn
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:48

Catalyst Cloud launches new Solutions Hub to support their kiwi Partners and Customers
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:44

Microsoft to help New Zealand job seekers acquire new digital skills needed for the COVID-19 economy
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:41

Hewlett Packard Enterprise introduces new HPE GreenLake cloud services
Posted 24-Jun-2020 08:07

New cloud data protection services from Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Posted 24-Jun-2020 07:58

Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveils HPE Ezmeral, new software portfolio and brand
Posted 24-Jun-2020 07:10

Apple reveals new developer technologies to foster the next generation of apps
Posted 23-Jun-2020 15:30

Poly introduces solutions for Microsoft Teams Rooms
Posted 23-Jun-2020 15:14

Lenovo launches new ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations
Posted 23-Jun-2020 09:17

Lenovo brings Linux certification to ThinkPad and ThinkStation Workstation portfolio
Posted 23-Jun-2020 08:56

Apple introduces new features for iPhone iOS14 and iPadOS 14
Posted 23-Jun-2020 08:28

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.