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Bird Guard

One thing I often see are vents that birds have moved into.  It doesn't take much to prevent them!

Vent covers now come with a bird guard.

Most vent covers are flaps, either single or multiple.  Birds are adept at getting into either one.

In a recent neighborhood of condos, only 8 years old, just from the parking lot it looked to me like birds were occupying nearly every vent!

You can see when they are present.

Sometimes bits of grass and debris will be sticking out.

Usually there are bird droppings on the siding or underneath.  If you watch long enough, especially in the morning, you will probably see birds flying in and out.

Their presence is obvious.

And it can be dangerous!  They move in and do not create cutsie little nests.

Their nest completely block the tubing so nothing can escape from inside.

The bath vent will draw air out one side and blow it back in the other.  This can be demonstrated with toilet paper.

If it is a dryer vent that is clogged, well, the dryer can overheat and start a fire.  Blocked dryer vents cause tens of thousands of fires every year.

BIRDS ARE OFTEN THE CULPRITS!

In trying to demonstrate to my client what she needed to so, I finally found a vent that has a bird guard.  It was way up high, and glued over the old vent and flap with caulking.

But the problem is solved!

Such covers are NOT a good idea over dryer vents!  And especially up high!  They will attract and accumulate lint, effectively clogging the vent, causing a dangerous circumstance.

Don't mess with the dryer vent's ability to blow out air!

My recommendation:  as a bird guard, those covers work great!  I highly recommend them.  They are made now as a complete unit, so your old vent cover can be replaced with the newer, guarded cover.

 

 

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 18 commentsJay Markanich • April 23 2012 03:03AM

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I have never thought of this. Guess I better check our's out. Thanks Jay!

Posted by Leslie Godbold, Motivation Speaker, Radio host "Positively Living" (WZGM AM1350 Independent Asheville Radio) about 6 years ago

Builder-installed plastic ones "evaporate" in 3 to 5 years with sun damage - I like the guard idea...

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 6 years ago

Clogs happen Leslie.  I have seen the bumper stickers!

They do!  And why Wallace?  Because they are the cheapest money can buy, made of poor-quality or recycled plastic and die quickly.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Good morning Jay,

There you go, ruining the chance of a nice warm nest...poor little birds (yikes).

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 6 years ago

If I was a bird, Lisa, this is where I would want to live - it's not vulnerable to predators, warm, and protected from the elements.  What could be better?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Jay, I guess we're lucky our dryer vent is right by the back door so the birdies haven't been lured into thinking it's a good home.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) about 6 years ago

Bliz - when there is activity nearby the birds won't consider it a safe place.  If it was a bit higher, maybe!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Jay people ought to let the birds alone.  Let them build their nest and when they have it occupied I hear they are mighty fine eating with a little bacon wrap around them to keep the moisture in and a little bit of flavoring.  YUM!!  :~)

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) about 6 years ago

Buffalo wings James?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

You're are right about the birds, especially at this time of year. They are very busy building. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 6 years ago

Very good piece of advice and a good solution to an age old problem.

Thank you for sharing the post with all of us.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 6 years ago

"Tis the season, Jim.  And the covers in this development were not very anti-bird!

Joe - these covered vents have been out for years.  But builders might avoid them because of the cost.  They are only smart.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Birds can be a nuisance sometimes.... but all they really want is a safe secure spot where they can raise their family.  Sort of like people.

Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) about 6 years ago

Very much so J&R!  And they are very inventive and thinking little animals.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Jay -- maybe if the condominium complex put up some bird houses, the birds would use them instead.  Then again, maybe not.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) about 6 years ago

Who knows Steven.  Those protected tubes sure make great houses!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago
 

Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego

Posted by Paul Gapski, 619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo (Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty) almost 6 years ago

Thanks Paul.  I'm glad you found this oldie but goodie!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

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