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Nothing From These Vents Will Be Blowin' In The Breeze

It's important to blow air from certain rooms or appliances, like bathrooms or dryers, and nothing from the vents shown here will be blowin' in the breeze.

Let's have a contest!  We'll introduce four contestants for "Most Creative Vent Blockage" and you, the voting public, will decide which is the most creative.

Our first contestant to look at is a DRYER VENT!

This dryer vent blows, well it used to blow, its air really close to the ground, about 2" or so.

That made it really difficult to clean, but at least you could get to it.

Since this homeowner built a deck right next to the house, and virtually on the ground, there is no access to the dryer vent at all!

And it's pretty crushed.  The flap probably doesn't open very far now.

The tube from this outdoor point to the laundry room inside the house is a good 20' long!  Good luck cleaning it from inside the house!

When the dryer is operating and you open the dryer door there is a huge puff of air into your face.  That's a sure sign there is a huge clog in the system. 

What would you bet that teensy clog is near the deck?  I'd bet bunches it is!  What do you think about Contestant One?

Contestants abound!  They're lining up!

Our next contestant is a KITCHEN VENT.

You might say, "Hey, that looks a bit small to be a kitchen vent."  Well, you would be right!

But it's there nonetheless!

However, this homeowner wanted another wall receptacle on a different spot on the house.

And from one receptacle he, correctly, ran a conduit to protect the cable on its way from the old receptacle to the new receptacle.

It is plumb, level, attached well, looks pretty good, and, is right against the wall.

And right against the vent flaps of the yes-it's-too-small kitchen vent too!  The kitchen vent was effectively blocked.  We submit Contestant Two.

And finally, let me introduce Contestant Three.

This is a BATHROOM VENT.

Contestant Three has help.

The help is the very creative use of a clothes hanger.

I can tell you that hanger is pretty strong. 

And that vent flap isn't going anywhere!

To install this, of course, the homeowner took off the original grill that was there to prevent birds from getting inside. 

The clothes hanger effectively does NOW what the grill use to do!  And it's doing a great job!

So there you have it!  Three smiling, shining Contestants, all vying for the "Most Creative Vent Blockage" title!

HOW DO YOU VOTE?

My recommendation:  sometimes what is obvious needs no comment.  And sometimes laughter is the best medicine.  And voting is a privilege, not a right.  Or it's the right privilege, or something like that.  Whatever.  And you can't go wrong voting here.   Voting is always a Best Practice.

 

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 23 commentsJay Markanich • February 15 2014 03:44AM

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As a volunteer firefighter the one that scares me the most and therefore gets my vote is contestant # 1. Very dangerous situation there!

Posted by Jim Palmer, Washington County, Florida (Chipola Realty - Chipley Office (850) 638-2777) over 4 years ago

About 50,000 fires annually Jim, that require the fire department, come from dryer fires!  I put a link to my blog about that on every inspection report when the house has a dryer!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

You have to wonder how many homeowners look at  vents and have no clue that they do...or what is their function.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) over 4 years ago

Some homeowners don't even notice when the fan isn't working right S&D!  Such is likely the case in each of these instances.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

That's a hard one to determine Jay.  Personally I put a ladies stocking over our vent.  When the house was built the vent was just about 3 feet from the air conditioner unit.  We had to clean the coils about every two years.  To fix the problem we placed the stocking over the vent and no more problems.  Doesn't look pretty but it works

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 4 years ago

That's a pretty good idea James!  I see bearded AC units all the time!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

 Good morning, Jay. You venting again? Just when one thinks that they have seen it all, someone comes up with a new wrinkle.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 4 years ago

Jay, I really enjoyed your post this morning which had a great message. Looking forward to others from you. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.) over 4 years ago

Hi Jay,

I think stupidity wins out here. So I think it's a three way tie.

Have a good day in Bristow.

Best, Clint mcKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 4 years ago

Oh gosh Jay...it's so hard to choose. But I'm going to say number 3!

Posted by Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs) over 4 years ago

Once in a while it's good to get my yayas out Michael.  I'm getting wrinkles seeing these new wrinkles.

Thanks Winston.  I'm here nearly every day!

These are fun Clint.  And I saw them all in just two days!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Your vote counts Suzanne!  Actually it doesn't matter really - they are all pretty fun!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Jay, all three are looking pretty poor. For absolute sheer stupidity, number 2 is tops. I mean it's right there and surely shortening up the conduit a few inches was possible. Don't you think??

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) over 4 years ago

I guess the installer didn't want to create a curve in the line Tom!  Maybe he is a linear fellow!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Watch out when the inspector starts to vent about the vents not venting

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 4 years ago

On the report I am pretty nondescript Charlie.  The fun happens when the blog happens!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Number two is hilarious. Hard to fathom what some people were thinking or not.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 4 years ago

It's important to make your work look good Jim.  Nevermind the other stuff...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Jay, I like number three, A new mechanical spring loaded damper, I am sure this has been through vigorous testing.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Of course...you said there would be 4 contestants!! You just checking to see if we were paying attention???

Posted by Jim Palmer, Washington County, Florida (Chipola Realty - Chipley Office (850) 638-2777) over 4 years ago

Don - coat hangers, the other white vent blocker.

Jim - I had not noticed that!  Correction made!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Dear Jay -
I think that it is a full out tie. Why? well, like a mixed metaphor, the first two are the result of "professionals" - putting in the support members without paying attention to the vent and running the poer cable over the vent. Well, they may have siad they were professionals ...

The third looks like a creative Homeowner solution to me - keep those mice out of the vent opening at all costs!

Three way tie ...
Hope you did well in the snow -
Lynn

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) over 4 years ago

I like your thinking Lynn!  And your analysis is probably correct.  We got 13" here, but just to the west they got almost 30"!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

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