Blackened Insulation

(Joshua LeBeau) #1

Walk-In closet had a noticeable black stain on the ceiling away from attic opening. When I popped the attic access I found the insulation around the opening was blackened.

Does this look like mold or smoke damage?

(Roy D. Cooke, Sr) #2

Poor gasket is allowing house air leak into the attic .
Stains are a combination of a smoker , cooking fumes and possible no stove ,bath room & dryer ,Vent to the outside .

(Roy Lewis, CMI - North Florida Inspector) #3


(Joshua LeBeau) #4

Thanks Roy,
Attic access is on second floor.
The kitchen is on first floor and other side of house, 1st & 2nd floor bathrooms vent outside, same for dryer.
Maybe current owner is a closet smoker? :slight_smile:

(Chuck Evans, CMI TREC 7657) #5

It acts just like a return filter that never gets changed. Dust alone will do it.

(Joshua LeBeau) #6

Thanks Chuck,
That seems about right.

(Russell G. Cloyd, KY LIC #166164) #7

Perhaps it is a sign of a closet meth smoker.