Finally getting into the attic space I could almost hear the heat whoosh from the house!
Let me back up. This older home featured a remodeled master suite and two remodeled upstairs bathrooms.
Each was new and had skylights. Each looked great.
Going into the attic space and looking at the first skylight, I was disappointed.
It was not insulated. At all.
And when they constructed it they removed the insulation from all around, but never replaced it!
Beyond that, the bath vent was blowing its air directly into the attic space.
Who doesn't know that is not acceptable?
But there are two other skylights!
Let's see. More of the same?
Consistent with the first, it is also missing insulation. That was expected.
Erratic insulation is not effective insulation. It should have a consistent depth and be smooth.
The third is the same. Not insulated, with insulation missing from the ceiling all around.
An additional surprise is that the tubing from the previous bath vents is left in the attic!
So, the contractors removed the previous vents, and tubing, left it all in the attic, and then installed the new vents WITHOUT venting it outside with new tubing!
REMEMBER, HEAT SEEKS COLD, SO DURING THE WINTER IT IS GETTING OUT (MY WORD "WHOOSHING" OUT) THROUGH EACH OF THESE UNINSULATED CONDUITS!
AND IN THE SUMMER HEAT IS TRYING TO GET IN. AND IT WILL!
And this could have been done with a permit! Do you think the county is going into the attic to check this work out? I don't either...
My recommendation: when remodeling is done, even with a permit, have a home inspector check it out! Home inspectors are thorough, and will go where others might not in order to gather information. Information is crucial! Get all you can!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560