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So, Why Was No Air Blowing From The Kitchen HVAC Register?

We noticed the kitchen was noticeably cooler when I went in to drop off my tools and start the dishwasher.  So I felt the floor register.  No air was blowing.  So, why was no air blowing from the kitchen HVAC register?

I LOVE STARTING OUT A HOME INSPECTION WITH A QUESTION!

Trying to get the lay out of the geography of the land upstairs, and comparing it to what I found downstairs ...

And making my way around and through furniture and stuff ...

And opening a door to an unfinished area, looking up, and seeing a gap over the ceiling ...

And getting a ladder and trying to fit it into position to have a look ...

And climbing up, reaching over, and, proudly demonstrating my best ballerina pose ...

(which was a sight)

And reaching around a floor joist ...

And adjusting the telephoto lens a bit here and a bit there ...

And guessing what direction to point the camera ...

And using the camera to see what I could not ...

Sight unseen I snapped a bunch of photos with the camera pointed different ways and the telephoto lens adjusted to different positions ...

And, with the luck o' the Hungarian/Scotch (we are a small minority, worthy of many benefits and affirmative action rules) ...

I checked my photo gallery register and found one that confirmed what I thought!

Yep, ducto disconnectedo (that's perfect Spanish)!

Problem solved.  Then I could get on with the rest of the inspection!

It went well.

My recommendation:  your home inspector LOVES a few mysteries during the inspection.  A boring home inspection without mysteries is like a day without sunshine.  Well, not for the buyers, but surely for the inspector!

 

 

 

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 49 commentsJay Markanich • January 26 2013 03:30AM

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Of course, the next question is why, when, by whom was the duct disconnected or was it ever connected????

Next question, can it be fixed???

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

It can be fixed, but it will require cutting into the drywall at a particular point Lenn.  Not hard, but this is something the people have lived with, perhaps for some time, and I bet didn't realize it!  This house is 14 years old!  How long has this been disconnected?  Construction?

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

What a picture can say sometimes is priceless.  By the way congrats on the feature. 

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

Thanks James.  I didn't know it was featured until your comment!  The photo says it all...

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

Funny, I tried to find ducto-disconnecto in my Google translate and it came up as a language that's new to me: Markanichish?

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 6 years ago

correcto Mundo senior Jayo. Excellente as usual.

Posted by Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart! (SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno) almost 6 years ago

It's a Hungarian/Scotch dialect Gabe.  Spanish fits perfectly into it...

Scott - thanks!  Hope you are not jealous about my pretty ballerina pose.

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

Yes it pays to have a home Inspection,  keep up the good work and good luck with your business in 2013,  E

Posted by Ed & Tracy Oliva, The Oliva Team Arizona Agents (West USA Realty - Arizona) almost 6 years ago

I always recommend a home inspection and cross my fingers that you DON'T see any "sunshine"! Great post and would have loved to have seen your ballerina stance!

Posted by Janice MacMillan, Associate Broker (ERA Joyner Realty) almost 6 years ago

at least it kept the attic cool and dry!  nice catch to help buyer and seller!

Posted by Mark Loewenberg, KW 561-214-0370 (KW of the Palm Beaches) almost 6 years ago

Thanks E&T.  We try, we really try!

I have to say, Janice, it was classic and cute.

This was under the floor Mark, but same difference!  Blowing where it should not have!

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

Jay, Fortunately in my house all the ducts are clearly visible in the unfinished basement and are all connected :) 

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

Jay, I'll bet this family always wondered why their kitchen was always cold. Why is what looks like a trash bag wrapped around the duct?

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 6 years ago

The didgital camera is one of the best tools I have in the pouch. Without you would have no seeo the problemo, that's perfect Spanish too ;)

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

So many points worthy of comment here...but I can't decide. Guess I am sitto on fence-o!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 6 years ago
Reblogged with this caption ...There's lots to learn on a Home Inspection. The point is to learn and make decisions and choices. I like to have the Inspection Report done up front on my listings by the Seller. This avoids any last minute surprises, delays or cancellations.
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) almost 6 years ago

There you go with that foreign language stuff again! How do you expect us to understand your blogs if you keep writing in a foreign language? By the way... The visual of you in a ballerina costume thankfully did nothing for me.

The camera is indeed another set of eyes, it can help to see things that it would take a contortionist to get to!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 6 years ago

Jay an home inspection is worth its weight if you get a person that is positive in thier thoughts as to what is going on. Sounds like you are a great inspector and we are happy to learn new things every time we read your posts. Have a blessed day

Posted by Laura Filip, What can we do for you today? (Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life ) almost 6 years ago

Jay, so true----every answer has a question as they say

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 6 years ago

Jay, it continues to amaze me that superintendents on building jobs miss items like this! Inspections are essential! I am still fixated on the mental image of your best ballerina pose!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) almost 6 years ago

Great picture taking tactics and a very successful pic showing the indisputable un-connection.  Mystery solved!  With the amount of time spent in our kitchens it seems strange the owners didn't notice or didn't care about the lack of heating/cooling.  I'm sure the buyers are happy with your detective work.  Have a great weekend.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) almost 6 years ago

 

When you call Jay...repairs surrender, questionable work gives itself up, problems run but they cannot hide and inspections stand all at attention...JAY is on board....Get right or get lost........... is at work

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 6 years ago

Perfecto! Love reading about your adventures Jay.  I wonder what the seller's reason was for this weekend warrior project?

Posted by Tamara Inzunza, Close-In Alexandria and Arlington Living (RE/MAX Executives) almost 6 years ago

Jay, I am still thinking about your as Tinkerbell ; ) Great shot though tells the whole story.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Good shot. A find worth your fee. Those dovetail connections are often a problem and even when installed properly they leak with out mastic.

Posted by Rob Ernst, Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor (Certified Structure Inspector) almost 6 years ago

Love those reports Jay Keeep them coming

Posted by Chuck Mixon, Cutler Bay Specialist, GRI, CDPE, BPOR (The Keyes Company) almost 6 years ago

Jay -- though the kitchen may have been cooler than other areas, wasn't this helping keep the kitchen floor warmer?

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

As others have already said "LOVE MY DIGITAL CAMERA" I put my phone into places all the time I would have had to stick my head or some sort of mirror setup.  Saves me all those lumps/bumps and cobwebs on my head. :)

Posted by David Niles (Niles Real Estate Investments www.NilesREI.com) almost 6 years ago

Bliz - and the rest of duct-dom is jealous!  But good that you know you have great air flow!

Mike - they may have thought it just normal.  That is the insulation around the duct, which has slipped off a bit, exposing the end.

Jim - righto.  It can become our eyes when our eyes can't see.  Your Hungo/Scotch is excellent, by the way.

About what Gary?  The disconnected duct is there!  My fun reporting about it all can be taken with a grain of salt though...

Cheryl - it does avoid a bunch of potential problems.  And thanks for the reblog!

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

Fred - the cameras are great, even if you don't need the photo for the report.  And we minorities have our own languages - that's common.  You're jealous of my Redskin tutu, arent' you!

Thanks Laura.  The inspection is to investigate, and that's what we do.

Charlie - we pose questions all the time!  But does getting to the answer sometimes require a tutu?

Sharon - who knows when this happened.  But you are right, maybe the day it was installed.

Thanks Sue.  Actually the buyer thought it pretty funny!  Of course, she saw me posing in ways most people don't think I could shape myself into.

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

Thanks Richie.  When you decide to start a publicist business let me know!

Tamara - if the seller even knew before the inspection!

Don - as Tinkerbell (on whom I had a crush as a small boy) I could have gotten to take this photo much more easily!

And fourteen years ago mastic was not used Rob.  Or aluminum tape for that matter.

Thank you Chuck.  They likely will.

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

Steven - the disconnection was 20' from the kitchen!

David - one of my clients today used his phone a lot during the inspection!

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

Like a day without sunshine, I enjoy your perspective, you have to bring an open mind to every situation that you will see something you've never encountered before.

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

That's right Morgan - my story and I'm sticking with it.  I like sunshine!

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

Jay, some of my best answers to the biggest questions occur to me when I am wearing a tutu---you taught me that :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 6 years ago

And you taught me that mine can come when I am naked with only a tool belt Charlie.  Wasn't it Nutsy who had the front-row view of that?

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

Life is alot easier without the mysteries but as you said, it's also boring.  We need mysteries in life.

Posted by Steve Warrene, Pittsburgh Real Estate Investment Specialists (Your Town Realty) almost 6 years ago

They do make things more fun Steve.  I agree.

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

This very issue came up in a home inspection I attended this week. We all suspected what the problem was and sure enough the inspector confirmed it. Fortunately, this is an easy fix. That is, if you can get to the bugger.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 6 years ago

Mastic wasn't but silicone was in use by some of the better contractors. I see it on older installs all the time.

Posted by Rob Ernst, Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor (Certified Structure Inspector) almost 6 years ago

This can be gotten to here Tammie, but drywall will have to be removed.

Rob - that would represent a lot of time and money.  No wonder they don't do it anymore!  I have never seen silicone used.

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

Hi Jay,

And what's wrong with the duct work? HMMM. Even the floor or ceilings need to be heated. If not it can cost a lot more to heat the home. And what about the little furry friends in the crawl spaces? Boy, the list is a long one. LOL

Good lokk into the ducting and what is not right. If it is "not right" then call it. Simple huh?

Have a good day in Bristow my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) almost 6 years ago

Took some effort to get that view Clint.  But it is obvious now!

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

Hardy Boy or Nancy Drew mystery solved. This was an easy one.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) almost 6 years ago

Book #73, The Mystery of The Ventless Vent.  Frank and Joe would have that one solved first chapter Andrew.

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

No doubt about that diagnosis, Jay.  I've seen some pretty sad HVAC work in the past couple years.  In cases like that one, it looks like somebody was in a hurry.  I do appreciate the companies we work with that do top quality work every time. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) almost 6 years ago

It was probably loose to begin with Mike, and over time popped loose with pressure.  But I don't know.

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

No wonder my feet are cold...no warm air in the kitchen may not be noticed; however, my COLD FEET would have asked the question long ago!

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

And the people who lived here all lived with that Wallace!  For many years!  Problem solved now.

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

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