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