I remember when Jiffy Pop first came out, and so when I saw this in an attic recently I thought, is that a scoop vent in your attic, or Jiffy Pop?
Growing up, at 7pm on Friday nights, my friends and I would get together to watch the Flintstones cartoon on TV. Yes, in black and white. We always made something to eat - pizza, hot dogs, or Jiffy Pop.
That was when Jiffy Pop first came out. The TV commercial was all you needed to get you to buy it, if, for no other reason, just to watch it work its magic.
It was brilliant. A thin aluminum plate, used like a frying pan, with a handle, and a folded up aluminum foil cover, was filled with oil and unpopped popcorn. You merely heated it over the stove, shaking all the while, and the popcorn would begin to pop. As it did the foil would expand with steam and popcorn and soon you had a very fun meal to eat with the cartoon! Life was simple and good.
So, when I looked up and saw this scoop vent in the roof of a house recently, I was reminded!
Childhood memories are very strong!
If that doesn't look like Jiffy Pop to you, I have to say, it sure does to me!
There is so much bird nesting material in that vent that the protective screen is literally bulging into the attic!
Yes sir, that is one happy bird family!
And now the attic is suffering because of it.
Make no mistake, the scoop vent is no longer a vent - it is only a scoop!
In fact, as the only vent in this roof (yes, insufficient venting) this is now a problem! And, judging from the amount of material collected there, this has been a problem for a while!
Couple that lack of roof ventilation with the small amount of mineral wool insulation, and you got a problem! This is one hot attic!
Remember, heat seeks cold, so where does all that attic heat want to come during the summer?
That's right - into the two bedrooms on the upper level of this house. Nite, nite, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite. I bet that's been some good sleeping up there the past couple of years!
My recommendation: attic venting is essential. It needs to be provided for. It should be looked for and evaluated during a home inspection. If there is not enough venting provided, there is only one thing to do.
Turn on the Flintstones, pop up some Jiffy Pop, and have a great Friday night!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560