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Angling Is For Fishing, Not Kitchen Vents

When a house has work done and it looks good first glance, have a look around.  See if things look right everywhere.  And remember, angling is for fishing, not kitchen vents.

Around the back of this house, which added a garage and new James Hardie siding, I noticed the odd kitchen vent.

It had to be shifted somewhat to accommodate that new garage.

Kitchen vent openings are large, necessarily, because they need to move a lot of air.

That is especially important when cooking is done with gas.

Any build up inside of the wrong gases can be a bad thing!

Also, the flaps on those vents work with a spring and gravity.  The force of the air opens the flap, and when the fan is turned off the flap is closed by the spring so animalia do not get inside.

And it's not a great idea to blow the exhausted air directly at a window, which might be open as the cooking is done.  But that is just me...

From the ground I could see the vent wasn't looking right.

So I tested it, on high!

I noticed that air seemed to be drawn in on the one side, but was blowing out on the other.

That can indicate a clog, or that the flap is not opening properly.

Going back outside, this is what the flap looked like with the fan on high.

It isn't working.  That's why the air is returning to blow down back onto the burners.

Either there is a clog, or the flap is stuck in some fashion and cannot open.

No matter what, angling the vent, and its flap, is not the best way to vent air, but this is what they were left with when the new garage roof abutted the house!

The vent itself has come somewhat askew from the framing they installed to accommodate it.

My recommendation:  remodeling is good!  But always have a look around.  Look at everything too, because what you see is what you get!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 22 commentsJay Markanich • August 14 2011 05:47AM

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This seems to happen too often...home improvement work is done, but then something else is made worse.  Not good.  but, definitely a good catch by Detective Markanich.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 9 years ago

Thanks Debbie, but it wasn't hard to see!  From the vantage point in the first photo I am standing beside the wonderful dryer vent of a few posts ago!  Seven ways to kill your dryer...

And this shows a couple of ways to kill your vent!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

This is good information for home owners considering remodeling their homes.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 9 years ago

Gita - when remodeling, you must plan ahead!  And all aspects of what is to be done must be considered.  That's just good sense, to me anyway.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay - thanks for this great information!  I continue to learn so much from you and other inspectors here in ActiveRain.  THANKS!!! 

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) about 9 years ago

Good morning, Jay. It is amazing what folks will do to desecrate their properties...

Posted by Michael Thornton, Nashville Area - Photography & Videography (RadnorLake Video) about 9 years ago

Good morning, Jay.....what the heck happened there!!!  must be a special design!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) about 9 years ago

This would seem to be a real "uh  oh" for the homeowner before you discovered it....maybe they only cook outside...

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 9 years ago

I love angling, but prefer to call it fishin'. Looks like some should have been fishin' for a better way to reinstall that vent.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay, I have never seen vent placement like this. It just looks wrong, even without your helpful explanation

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Jay,

I think thats an engineered vent to help melt the ice in that area ; )

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay,

You're right about that vent and the open window.

It may have been more than food they were cooking.

Are there many vent styles and shapes that this one may be replaces with ?

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) about 9 years ago

Barbara - this obviously incorrect vent is something I thought would be instructive.

Michael - this was interesting, huh?  But no blow!

Barbara T. - very special!  So special it doesn't blow air.  Well, it kind of blows the air indoors!

S&D - if they do cook outdoors, they don't need a vent! 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jim - this does look like an after thought.  Uh oh, what do we do about the vent?

Chris - I see them from time to time.  This one was particularly fun and bloggable!

It does Don.  All the way down the wall.  What could be more convenient?

Don M. - this vent passes through the space between the ceiling and floor above.  It might be that they had room to move it up 6" to situate it properly, but who knows.  I looks like an after thought to me - see the special cut in the siding underneath it?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

It never ceases to amaze me the weird stuff that you find Jay. And I've never seen a vent flap cover like that. Don't they usually have a grill or something over that?

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) about 9 years ago

John - they could, but since that flap doesn't open, hey, that's better than a grill!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay -- Thanks for another instructive article.  If the vent had been placed correctly in the origianl build, why would they be changing it during the remodel -- doesn't even make sense.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) about 9 years ago

I think it was level and pointing down in the original build Steven.  They had to change it because of the garage roof.  I think...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Now that's one goofy looking vent.  How 'bout that James Hardie siding too? Way too close to the shingles, and the gutter is too close to the siding.  Oh, and what about kickout flashing?  Warranty voided!

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) about 9 years ago

All that too Reubs.  This was about the vent though!  Or non vent as the case may be...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Sorry, sorry... I couldn't help myself.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) about 9 years ago

My kids hate driving through neighborhoods with me.  I critique houses as we drive by - this problem, that problem...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

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