What do you say when you see a bathroom vent hanging by a thread ... um, I mean glue and tape?
As I am doing a pre-drywall inspection I am walking around talking. It is virtually a running commentary, and I love to point out the good things I am seeing.
In this house there were two upstairs bathrooms and one of my comments regarded how well the bath vent housing was installed.
Coming around to the other bathroom the vent housing was hanging at a severe angle.
The bottom was sticking way out.
It was one of two vents servicing this bathroom, and located inside the toilet "closet."
Taking a closer look we were not impressed.
What can you say?
Can you see what they did?
This is some special carpentry here!
They had apparently forgotten the vent fan.
But they saw it had to be done.
Not knowing how, or not having the right tool, how could they get the vent tubing through the wood framing above?
Cut a slice out of the framing!
Oh, wait! How do we get it to stay in there?
Got it! Let's glue it!
But they knew enough to know that not just any glue would do! It wouldn't PASS THE COUNTY INSPECTION!
They had to use fire block caulking! And they put a strap to "protect" the tubing from drywall nails!
Yep! That'll PASS THE COUNTY INSPECTION NOW! And it did. I'm pretty certain the county didn't see it.
And, further, that fan is literally taped to the tubing, INSIDE the caulking! And INSIDE the fan housing!
I'll bet that tape isn't coming loose now! But as the caulking dried it pulled the tubing at an angle, so the vent fan housing is stuck at that severe angle.
NO BIG DEAL! IT WILL BE HELD TIGHT INSIDE DRYWALL AND NOBODY WILL EVER SEE THE GLUE AND TAPE!
My recommendation: some things can only be seen pre-drywall. Like this. Once the drywall goes up a multitude of different sins are covered forever. Well, at least until there's a problem. Can you imagine trying to do a repair on this should the need ever come up? Good luck.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560