When it comes to bathroom vents, not venting is, well, not venting.
This is after the "repair." There were a number of things on a house that needed doing.
The selling agent, and my client, received notification from the other party that "everything on the addendum list was done."
One thing to be done was to exhaust the bathroom vents outdoors. On our original inspection, I noticed that they both vented into the attic. Easy enough.
During my reinspection, I checked. Neither was drawing air. So I looked in the attic!
Both looked like this, serpentine, up and down and connected to that cone on the lower left side. Any vent going up and down like this is compromised and won't work.
Looking closely on the upper left you might notice that despite being there less than a week, one tube is already torn.
Then there's the problem of them both venting out the same hole.
They should each vent separately. That way exhaust from one bathroom does not go into the other!
No matter though. Lookie here!
That single cone has already come loose from the roof anyway!
Notice how well it was "taped" into place!
That 6" of tape just wasn't enough it seems.
The rest of the "repairs" were similar. My follow-up report was almost as long as the original one!
How fun is that!
My recommendation: I don't do it very often, but sometimes a follow-up inspection of promised repairs is necessary. It really depends on the other side. Did they really use professionals in each trade? Do they provide receipts? The tip off in this deal was that there were no receipts for the many plumbing or electrical items, which "repairs" were a joke. It turned out that a local handyman did the "repairs." For sure that is true.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560