Steam possibly causing problems?
I have leased out a building that is used as a micro brewery. They use what was the restaurants kitchen for the brew area. The building was built in 2014. It is a steel building with the kitchen being framed inside, metal studs but the ceiling in the kitchen has wood ceiling joists with an area above for the heat/ac duct work,,,,. There are six t8 fluorescent light fixtures with six, 4′ bulbs in each. There are 4 vents for the duct work also coming through the ceiling, all of this is directly above the brew tanks. Ceilings are 10′, just a guess I didn’t measure this.
I recieved a call yesterday from the fellow who’s brews the beer and he said one of the light fixtures would not work with any new bulbs, so we’re thinking the ballast is bad. When I arrive the front doors which are not in the same room are covered in moisture. There’s some moisture on another door and windows 30′ away from the front, all the doors are full glass. We go into the brew area and the lid is open on one of the large tanks and steam is boiling out but not visually getting things wet above it. The light that is out is directly above the other tank that was the first to be installed.
I don’t know if the Sheetrock on the ceiling is the moisture proof kind or regular, I’m not sure what code would call for in a commercial kitchen? There is the commercial exhaust system but it sucks all the heat out of the room in winter.
I think it’s possible the moisture may be the problem with the light and it may be causing other problems that haven’t shown up yet. Should there be something like a bathroom exhaust fan above these tanks to take care of the moisture?
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