Monday, November 27th, 2017 by Gwen Hurd
Ghosting is a millennial term for ignoring someone until they “get the hint.” Ghosting most frequently occurs in romantic relationships, but it can also occur in friendships and professional relationships. Have you ever applied to a job, interviewed, and never heard from the employer again? They were ghosting you.
In the home and building world, ghosting is not ignoring someone. Nor is it ghost hunting. When I first heard the term, I thought ghosting might be when your house is so drafty it feels like ghosts are haunting you… But no, it doesn’t mean that either.
So what is ghosting?
Ghosting, in a home, is when ceilings, walls, or carpets develop dark shadowy areas. These areas are typically uniform lines, but can also be patchier. Ghosting occurs when moisture adheres to surfaces and attracts dust and debris over time. Ghosting is caused by condensation. And that condensation is caused by poor insulation, which creates cold areas, and attracts moisture.
Ghosting can not be cured by a fresh coat of ceiling paint, it can only be helped by fixing the root problem, the improper insulation.