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Is That A Scoop Vent In Your Attic, Or Jiffy Pop?

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 36 commentsJay Markanich • February 17 2013 02:56AM

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I remember Jiffy Pop too (and loved watching it - very cool).  But, I don't remember Flntstones in B/W, so I'm guessing you're a tad older.  Looks comfortable for the birds, but not comfortable for the humans.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 6 years ago

Good morning, Jay. I too remember Jiffy Pop. Scoop vents are not common here in our area. Come to think of it, I do not recall ever seeing one...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 6 years ago

The fact that that attic vent is actually bulging back into the attic is truly amazing. 

Of course, not as amazing as Jiffy-Pop or TV (even black and white), but amazing indeed.

That said, it appears to be a rather simple cure.  Remove the bulging vent and pop a few holes under the eves. 

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

I remember the TV commercials for the Flintstones when they first came out Debbie.

Michael - They are common here, used more and more for bathroom vent discharge locations.  But one by itself, without the bird nest, is not enough venting.

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

Isn't that fun Lenn?  I thought I would share it.  Getting rid of the nest would be good too.  And the birds probably taste a lot like chicken...

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

I like warmth and warm weather.  No ventilation is not a good thing as almost everything and or course everyone needs to breath as do attics.  :~)

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

I bet those bedrooms were hot last summer James!  And maybe the summer before that!

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

Jay a few weeks back, I discovered that they still sell Jiffy Pop.  And you are exactly right, the bulging vent looks just like Jiffy Pop, but I'm sure the real Jiffy Pop's contents still taste better.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) over 6 years ago

I don't know Charita.  You sure that nesting material does not taste like chicken.

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

Wiiilllmaaa! Good old Fred Flintstone. Who could forget him or the awesome Jiffy Pop. 

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

It's amazing how childhood can creep into the most mundane of activities Jim.  This was an immediate memory!

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

Jay, it was a real treat to have Jiffy Pop popcorn back then. Better than the microwave popcorn they have today. Saw some birds nesting in my BBQ the other day. They will go anywhere.

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

Mike - anywhere that is not used or safe!  And you're right - I don't eat microwave popcorn.  Not even close to good.

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

Hi Jay,

I'm with Michael on this one. A scoop vent? Please explain in case I ever see one of these vents in the future.

I bet I don't see any ever. The builders here don't even like venting with the more popular vents like cans, soffit and power venting.

Have a great day and say hi to Fred for me. LOL

Best, Clint McKie

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

Scoop vents are popular here in many contexts Clint, but mostly for bathrooms.  It's passive venting, but only when combined with soffit vents.

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

Jiffy Pos are tops,... and apparently make great vent covers...and you know where to get more.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) over 6 years ago

Jiffy pop? Who says America is not the land of opportunity? The name, what it does and the product itself is sheer genius. Good post here

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

Maybe that popping happens in the summer heat Robert!

Richie - I remember it as a fun food and great stuff to eat!

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

Hello Jay,

Fun post - Jiffy Pop is still available in grocery stores here...darn it, now I am going to have to buy some just to try it again!

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

If it's hot enough to pop popcorn, could we say it's a self-popping attic?

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) over 6 years ago

Always a good read. Do they still make Jiffy Pop?

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 6 years ago

Thanks, Jay... I'm always learning something new from all of you great inspectors that share your information on Active Rain... I, too, remember Jiffy Pop, watching the Flintstones & black & white TV... Those were the good ole days of TV!!!

Thanks for sharing,

Karen Foster ~ Associate Broker, Klamath Falls, OR

Posted by Karen Foster, Specializing in Residential Real Estate (Rookstool-Moden Realty) over 6 years ago

Attics are mysterious places. I'm sure the homeowners had no clue there was jiffy pop growing in the vent. This might be a good time to point out folks should look in their attics every so often.

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 6 years ago

Salted straw feathers---yum---of course now it could also be worn as a hat to keep away aliens

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

You are certainly correct when it comes to that. Great to see that you are still on top of everything.

Posted by Paul Francis, Las Vegas Real Estate Agent - Summerlin Homes (Francis Group Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Jay~ funny what's up in the attic, sometimes exploring your homes attic makes perfect sense, you just proved that, just like you proved your blog is worth being on the home page. Keep it up, you are a gold star magnet :) 

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) over 6 years ago

 

   You certainly bring back some memories - Jiffy Pop and The Flintstones in B&W (NOT attic vents!).

WARNING - DO NOT MICROWAVE JIFFY POP POPCORN

 

Posted by John J. Woods (Aardvark Appraisals) over 6 years ago

Lisa - it's still out there!  And still a lot of fun.  Now if only I could find the Flintstones in black and white!

Robert - I bet this attic does get hot enough to be self popping!

Greg - don't you see it when you buy popcorn?  Reading this post, I bet you do now!

Thanks Karen.  We watched it on WTTG Channel 5 in Washington DC.  Good times!

Pamela - who knows when they were up there last!  Personally I kind of like it!  It's the biggest room in the house!

 

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

Charlie - as can the Jiffy Pop pan with you are done with it!  I think it catches alien radio signals as well.

Paul - in that attic I was under everything!  Well, except the house...    ;>)

Thanks Jon.  Home inspections reveal lots of fun stuff!

John - now THAT warning is funny!  Those childhood memories can come back in a snap.

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

It does amaze me how we find pictures like this in homes being neglected until a home inspection.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) over 6 years ago

Well, there's a good reason to do an inspection Harry!  And maybe every so often, not just when we sell the house!

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

Jay, nope the Jiffy Pop pan didn't work for me :)

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

Well, at least you have contact Charlie!

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

Good luck on the black and white - I checked Amazon and it looks like everything they have is in color.

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

Jiffy Pop didn't ever turn out like the commercials for me but good to know it had another purpose. Looks like it didn't turn out so well on the roof either.  Lack of venting in the attic speeds the failure of the shingles too. Oh but these shingles were supposed to last 25 years.

Posted by Kathy Fuhriman (Bear River Valley Realty) over 6 years ago

Can you believe the nerve Lisa!?  This is monstrous.  No black and white?  Then how can I reminisce?

Kathy - actually the shingles are slate!  And not in terrific condition!

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

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