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A Plumbing Penetration Should NOT Be Used For Calling The Mother Ship

A Plumbing Penetration Should NOT Be Used For Calling The Mother Ship.

Plumbing penetrations are an integral part of the plumbing system.

They are to release pressure from a plumbing drain system.  When solids and liquids enter the drainage system of your house they have volume.  The space required for that volume needs to be accommodated for.  It is handled by the release of air from the plumbing vent.  The same volume that goes in, comes out, in a different way.  That makes things pass through the drain system smoothly, and without a glub glub (technical term).

Oh, the "air" that comes out contains sewer gas, which is why the plumbing penetration is ON TOP OF THE ROOF!  You don't want that gas inside the house!  It, um, smells bad.  It is harmful.

Look at your roof.  You will see one, or two or maybe three plumbing vents.  If you go up there and, well, and experience up close what the vent discharges (especially while someone is taking a shower) you will understand that you want that "air" discharging high up and far away.

What plumbing vents are not used for:

1.  A telescope - really, it won't work

2.  A gun - you will not build up enough pressure

3.  An ashtray while you are taking in a romantic rooftop view of the sunrise or sunset

4.  A holder for a 15' tall radio antenna so you can call the Mother Ship

We all know how important it is to call the Mother Ship.

I would recommend an aluminum hat, using the special implant they gave you when you visited the Mother Ship, or, in a pinch, piecing together something from materials at hand.  That's how ET did it.  I saw him do it!

But a plumbing penetration is plastic.  It can break and let sewer gases into the attic.  It can move and cause a roof leak.  It is not intended as a base ... for anything.

The key word in the term 'plumbing penetration' is the word "plumbing."  An antenna is not plumbing.

A Plumbing Penetration Should NOT Be Used For Calling The Mother Ship.

My recommendation:  just sayin'.  See the photo above?  Don't do that.  Don't do that.  Don't do that.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Comment balloon 38 commentsJay Markanich • June 11 2014 02:50AM

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Yes, I guess this is the opposite of a "best practice."

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 5 years ago

Good morning, Jay..... funny post.... but not so funny if that vent breaks or cracks under that roofline....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 5 years ago

It might be in the Mother Ship Best Practice manual Debbie.

Barbara - I had to post it even though I do like those sunrise and sunset views.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

I suggested this post.  I bet you see everything! lol  I especially liked the "don't do that" chant at the end.

You have to wonder who thought that was a good idea to bolt something to it.  Like the vent was put there for future underterminded use or something?

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) about 5 years ago

Thanks Chris.  I laughed when I saw it, thinking it would make for a fun post one day.

What do you mean, undetermined?  What a perfect base!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

They live among us Jay.  Can't stop them and it is what it is. 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 5 years ago

I think you're right, James.  And there wouldn't be so many movies about "them" if they weren't here.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

I have no words..I just....

What goes on in these people's heads? Anything?

Posted by Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs) about 5 years ago

I'm sorry Suzanne, but communication is just too important to leave it to those who don't understand.

You don't understand.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

How about the chimney? I have seen that done, but not in a long time. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 5 years ago

They shouldn't?  Is that why I have gotten no message back?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 5 years ago

I texted the mother ship, they are in agreement 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) about 5 years ago

Oh gee....looks like multi tasking ...

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 5 years ago

Maybe the chimney didn't point the antenna at the right star, Jim.

Charlie - as I recall one of the things in ET's message machine was the garage door remote.  And an umbrella.  That may be your problem.

Good to hear Tom.  They do smile down at me sometimes.

To be sure S&D!  This guy was good!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Hi Jay: LOL.. This is a serious matter but I could not help chuckle. ET phone home!!!

Too funny but educational.

Posted by Maria Gilda Racelis, Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen! (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington) about 5 years ago

This one is all to common, another case of Home Depot weekend warrior project.

Posted by tray raymond (Scottsdale Desert Inspections Inc) about 5 years ago

Sometimes people do things out of ignorance; sometimes laziness. Here it is a toss up!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) about 5 years ago

Enjoyed your way of making a very valid point. Used to see this often but since internet and cable we don't see that in our area much anymore.

Posted by Keith Whited (RE/MAX Gateway) about 5 years ago

Well, they probably got the mounts from the Internet entrepreneur, Billy Bob

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 5 years ago

But, but, but... that thing was sticking up there. It looked like a good place to anchor something else.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 5 years ago

Maria - I see this from time to time and thought I'd teach something and have some fun with it!

Tray - the ham radio company may have even suggested that to him!

Gary - no matter.  It's coming down now!

Keith - I happen to know two ham radio guys in my neighborhood!  It's a different thing altogether.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Ed - that could be.  Or that shack with the electonic and radio equipment...

It does look that way Marte!  But alas, no fly-o.  That's perfect Spanish.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Great lesson about plumbing penetration, so thanks for enlightening me.

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) about 5 years ago

Another great post, Jay. At least the plastic will keep it from grounding into the rest of the plumbing. Nice lightening rod!
Thanks for sharing,
Bruce

 

Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) about 5 years ago

And this was a sarcastic and funny one Kimo!

Thanks Bruce.  That antenna could in fact become a lightning rod.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

I'm guessing that they moved it over there after the brick chimney that it was attached to crumbled for some "unknown" reason.

Yea, it is truly said that you can fix ignorance but stupid is here to stay, amen.

Posted by Marshall Brown, BSEE, CHI (Mid America Inspection Services, LLC) about 5 years ago

Just the thought of Sewer Gases in the house should get us all to be careful about how we treat it.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) about 5 years ago

That crumbled when the Mother Ship zapped it with a laser Marshall.  Actually this is the same house as my flashing post a couple of days ago!

Gene - what's a little sewer gas among friends?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Jay,  I have to admit that I have never seen a waste vent used as a base for an antenna mast.

Learn something new every day...

Posted by John Dotson, The experience to get you to the other side! (Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC) about 5 years ago

Well John, hopefully this makes your bucket list.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Jay:  And here all this time I thought them thar things were retrojets to keep the Earth spinnin' particularly with this wierd weather we've been havin'!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) about 5 years ago

Norman - shhhh.

The weather is just a cover.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Wow - I'd hate to see the "reaction" of using that plumbing vent as an antenna!  Interesting and informative for every buyer!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) about 5 years ago

The antenna there now is 15' high, Jan!  How fun!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Jay, as usual you've got a very entertaining way of getting your point across. Hope you don't mind me reposting it on my Manufactured Home Group. This is very relative info. BTW, I would love you to join and contribute to my group anytime: 

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) about 5 years ago

Thanks John.  We try to inform!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

My how creative the owner was, "a real space shot" as they say!  good one!

Posted by MaryBeth Mills Muldowney, Massachusetts Broker Owner (TradeWinds Realty Group LLC) about 5 years ago

Thanks MaryBeth.  Up periscope!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

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