An Interesting Moisture Problem in a Trendy Restaurant

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Observations by astute diners give clues as to the source

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I’ve got the curse, you know. I can’t walk into a building and not check out what’s going on with ductwork, windows, and anything else that lets me apply what I know about building science.

Recently, I went to lunch at a trendy restaurant near Emory University and of course looked up at the ceiling. You can see what caught my attention in photo at right. The restaurant is only three or four years old, so I’ve been watching this problem get worse for a while now.

I have a few ideas about what’s happening here. Do you?

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An Interesting Moisture Problem in a Trendy Restaurant

Prime: 
prime

Subtitle: 
Observations by astute diners give clues as to the source

Images: 

I’ve got the curse, you know. I can’t walk into a building and not check out what’s going on with ductwork, windows, and anything else that lets me apply what I know about building science.

Recently, I went to lunch at a trendy restaurant near Emory University and of course looked up at the ceiling. You can see what caught my attention in photo at right. The restaurant is only three or four years old, so I’ve been watching this problem get worse for a while now.

I have a few ideas about what’s happening here. Do you?

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Pete’s Puzzle: Mold on Painted Clapboards is Food for Thought

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There is mold on the factory-primed, latex top-coated wood clapboards on the south but not the north side of our house

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Whenever my wife starts a conversation with, “OK, Mr. Building Scientist,” I know I am in some kind of trouble. That proved to be the case one day when we were out hanging laundry on the south side of our house.

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Pete’s Puzzle: Mold on Painted Clapboards is Food for Thought

Subtitle: 
There is mold on the factory-primed, latex top-coated wood clapboards on the south but not the north side of our house

Images: 

Whenever my wife starts a conversation with, “OK, Mr. Building Scientist,” I know I am in some kind of trouble. That proved to be the case one day when we were out hanging laundry on the south side of our house.

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Pete’s Puzzle: Mold in Certain Closets

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After putting up with mold for a long time, a homeowner finally bites the bullet and hires a moisture management expert

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Author’s Note: I am setting up a series of building investigations that I have done over the years as puzzles, presenting successive pieces as an interesting way to tell the story. As with any story, you can read the end first if you want, but that approach cuts down on the drama (admittedly not a bad thing for some folks…)

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