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A Tale Of Two Bathroom Vents - One Draws Air, And One Does Not

This is a tale of two bathroom vents - one draws air, and one does not.

I know, it was the best of vents, it was the worst of vents.

Yadda, yadda.

Seeing this from the outside I knew I would be able to demonstrate to my clients (with the old, and very high-tech, toilet paper test) that a bathroom vent was not drawing out air.

Looks like there are illegal aliens squatting in this house.

I bet they don't pay rent.

Look carefully at the two vent openings.

One has a problem.  Gee oh gee - which could it be?

Hint:  it's the one that's centered in the photo.

Hint:  the problem is not lions, or tigers, or bears.

Hint:  it looks like things have been dropping by for some time.

My recommendation:  sometimes I am surprised to just walk around the house and see what I see.  It's as if the homeowners never see the outside of their houses!  Sometimes things look to have been a problem for a while.  Just because a bathroom vent sounds like it is drawing out air, it might not be.  The old, and very high-tech, toilet paper test once in a while is not a bad idea!

 

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 37 commentsJay Markanich • January 04 2014 04:59AM

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The owners must have thought that was where the house took a ...uh, you know. Sometimes this isn't rocket science!

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) over 6 years ago

Who knows, Tom, maybe one day this will BE rocket fuel!

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

Jay, ah!  The old toilet paper test!  I've seen that one before.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 6 years ago

I use it all the time Pat.  Even at my house!

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

Jay, that vent is for the birds--literally.  Nothing quite like obviousness when it comes to home maintenance.

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

I have to dig a nest out of our dryer vent every spring. It's pretty obvious when drying times increase.

Posted by Gary DeWitt over 6 years ago

Oh, so that's the reason for the metal screens on the vents.... Thanks Jay!

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 6 years ago

And they took advantage Charlie, they always do.

That can be a situation if you don't do it Gary!

Tom - how mean of you to deny the birds a place to live.

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

You were certainly "on a roll" with this one hmmmm ?

 

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 6 years ago

A little butter and jam and we'd have something nice here S&D?

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

It does look familiar Jay .  Otherwise I make no comment cause this cold go downhill quick.  Have a great day.

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

Jay, you would think the Sellers would see the dripping all over the window and check out the outside of their home.  AMAZING.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 6 years ago

I've heard all that stuff flows downhill James.  And as a citizen I understand that completely.

Joan - one has to walk around one's house to notice one's house condition!  ;>)

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

Jay, Just a critter who needed to get out of the cold. Funny how long some will allow this to go on.

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

This family (including many extended family members from out of state) have been living in that vent for a long time Don!

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

I'm laughing out loud.  Are home owners really that oblivious??  Apparently so.

I would bet a dollar to a donut that many readers of this post will make a point of walking around their home (weather permitting which isn't today) and look at the vents. 

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

You and Clint must be on the same page today, both hitting on poor bathroom vents. Maybe I should pile on with a blog of my own. Stay warm. 

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

Well you can say that the plumbing is good there it looks like the droppings are flowing downhill well.

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

Hey Jay,

Excellent post. Thanks for sharing.

Have a Big day,

Randy

Posted by Randy Shamburger, FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert (Movement Mortgage) over 6 years ago

Jay - It is pretty surprising what homeowners are oblivious to in their house... I would think that the constant "drippings" down the window would have been a very clear give away about the free riders.

Posted by AJ Heidmann ~ CRS, YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert (McEnearney Associates, Inc.) over 6 years ago

What is that gross stuff dripping dow the walls, onto the windows and below? Do people not look out their windows???? Gross!

Posted by Eileen Thomas, Keeping the economy going, one property at a time! over 6 years ago

My vents are clear, since they are drawing air. Yes, I check.

Of course, most people never turn their vents on anyway, so what does it matter if they have a tenant in the pipes?  

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) over 6 years ago

RE:  Tom's comment about a screen on a vent.

Hopefully, not on a dryer vent. 

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

Yes, that one photo shows it all.  Amazing that the homeowners never ventured outside to investigate!

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 6 years ago

A small gutter above the window would fix 'er right up.  Save the nest (PETA friendly) and keep the window clean (save $ on Windex).

Like killing 2 birds with one...oooops perhaps not an ideal idiom to use here ...and definitely not PETA friendly ;)

Posted by Joshua Frederick, Home Inspector in Defiance & all of Northwest Ohio (Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC) over 6 years ago

Must be so Lenn!  Well, have a walk around!

St-st-st-st-ayyy w-w-w-arm-m-m, Sc-sc-sc-ottt?  Th-th-th-anks.

For sure, the plumbing works Chuck!

Glad you liked it Randy.  Stay tuned.

I bet they don't pay rent AJ.

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

If I had to tell you Eileen, the post loses its savor!

It doesn't matter Than, if you enjoy blocked pipes and poop droppings!

Not there Lenn.  Never.  I know you know that.

Margaret - frankly, I can't remember the last time I walked around my house!

Maybe a little birdie pooper scooper to the side, Joshua, or a squeegee for the windows?

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

I had a battle with birds this past spring trying to make a home in my kitchen vent. and I cant find a screen big enough to fit it!

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) over 6 years ago

Lol - very cute post. Doing a walk around the house prior to listing is always a great idea, I usually take my clients with me, that way we're all seeing the same thing! Great post!! :)

Posted by Jill Saddler, Draper Utah Real Estate Professional - 25 years+! over 6 years ago

HI Jay,

I would invoice the little buggers for late payment of rent, clean up fees etc. but then again, what good would it do..

Fun post, great reminder.

Have a Great Week and a Pfanntastic 2014

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 6 years ago

Robert - what if you draw an owl face on it?!

Jill - have a nice stroll!

Peter - that's right!  You know the old saying, "Where does an 800 pound bird poop?"  Well, now you know!

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

That's gross

You'd think they'd think something would be amiss with all the droppings on the window. Guess they always just looked out of the other window.

Posted by Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs) over 6 years ago

That's got to be it Suzanne!  And pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

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

It always amazes me at how "clueless" some people can truly be! Thanks for a FUN Blog Post ... VERY FUN & ENJOYABLE!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Posted by The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman/Charlotte/Charleston (THE TEMPLE TEAM) over 6 years ago

Thanks Kent, and same to you.  Clueless to be sure!

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

I could draw an owl.. but I think I just need to take the time to fabricate a custom cover for this coming spring, up and down the ladder a few times a day got old fast!

I dont know how the owner of the house in the picture didnt know... Birds are loud! you can hear them in a vent, you dont have to see them!

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) over 6 years ago

There may have been a whole community in that vent Robert!  Maybe a rubber snake with its head coming out of the vent would keep the birds away?

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

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