Smoke Det. Sounds When Showering


Old 05-31-02, 02:17 PM
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Question Shower alarm

I have a monitored home security system and my fire detector and attic siren goes off when the shower runs.

The detector is in the hallway outside the bathroom, the door is open 6-8 inches, and the exhaust fan is on. I figure that a 5 to 10 minute shower shouldn't trigger my fire detector. The door is normally closed, but on the occasion that it is open, our neighbourhood is alerted to my shower usage.

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Old 05-31-02, 06:37 PM
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a stronger exhaust fan. The $%^##s that built my condo decided that it was a great idea to install a smoke detector in front of the bathroom door. Shower with the door open = alarm.

It's a small bathroom (5x11) and I installed a 100cfm nutone exhaust fan when I had the bathroom renovated. Now I can shower for an hour with the door wide open and the smoke detector stays quiet. The bonus is that there is no condensation in the bathroom afterwards.
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Poor location for an alarm

You should definitely have a more powerful bathroom vent. And, have the service relocate the detector.

I once lived in an apartment that had the smoke detector on the wall by the kitchen stove. Every time I opened the oven door, the alarm went off. I always had to fan the alarm with the kitchen towel. To say the least, I didn't use the oven very often. But, your showers are a more serious problem.
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This has more to do with the exhaust fan than the alarm, but I was wondering if a bathroom exhaust fan is vented to the ceiling, not outdoors, if the moisture from shower condensation going into the ceiling can promote mold growth up there?
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Installing bathroom vent

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