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They Asked For A Bathroom Vent ... And ... This Is What They Got.

As a part of the list of repairs on an addendum they asked for a bathroom vent ... and ...

This is what they got.  

Back up the bus.

This is the "I'm Beautiful Inside!" remodel of an older house.

And it was beautiful!

The remodeling company actually did a good job.

On holder houses, if a bathroom had a window they did not put in an exhaust fan.

Fans are used now no matter the bathroom, sometimes more than one fan.

But obviously people were tougher in the olden days, and if you needed to vent that bathroom in January or February, well, you just opened the window!

However, today's practice is to include a fan no matter what, and in this remodeled bathroom my clients wanted a new fan.

And the remodeler installed one!

But it didn't sound right.  My clients called me to come back to the house and look at it. 

The old toilet paper test proved it drew out air.  But it didn't sound right.  There was a vibration that isn't typically associated with bathroom vents.  Also, I could see no new exhaust fan discharge location on the outside of the house or through the roof.

So, up into the attic I went.  And, moving a large pile of insulation and a strategically-placed moving box (gee, were we hiding something?) I found the new vent fan connection.

With tape, it was hooked right angle into an older exhaust vent tube - the one used by the kitchen!

Aw, we're sharing now!  Just like we all learned in kindergarten.  Well, that was one of the behaviors we were SUPPOSED  to learn in kindergarten anyway.  And this remodeler certainly did!

BUT IT'S INCORRECT ANYWAY, EVEN THOUGH SHARING IS GOOD.

This bathroom fan should have vented directly outdoors, and by itself.  No sharing!

My recommendation:  sometimes you just might find the need to call your home inspector back for a quickie.  They don't mind quickies!  They like to help and will do what it takes to calm your nerves or investigate something a little further.  So give one a call and watch him work.  Those home inspectors can be exhausting.

 

 

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 16 commentsJay Markanich • September 12 2014 02:30AM

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I truly am at a loss for words.  Doesn't happen often but it does happen.

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

That's just crazy. You must seel all sort of "engineering marvels" in your line of work.

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) about 4 years ago

It's quick and easy James, quick and easy.

Chris - and they probably got called quickly that the repairs were "all done!"

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

Jay, when you don't know, call a pro! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 4 years ago

Good morning Jay Markanich when you think you've seen it all, you keep on seeing new things....and you are the prime example of that....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 4 years ago

Thanks Wayne.  I knew I'd find it.

Barbara - when something is newly done and working right, like this fan, but not visible, I know what I'm dealing with.  Following the sound I just dug under stuff!  Before I found it I pretty much knew what was up.

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

Well I'm glad they called Jay to the rescue.  Yes, sharing vents is not the best thing.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 4 years ago

Debbie - yesterday I had an inspection in an apartment building where the resident complained about dryer lint throughout her unit.  It turned out all the dryers for all the units stacked over and under hers used the save vertical tube venting out through the roof (12 floors).  Everyone must have been clogged and their lint was getting into her unit!

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

I'll be the blonde of the comments, but why shouldn't you share? I'm sure there's a good reason, I just don't know it. 

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

Jay: You deserve extra pay for being a detective on this one. Unbelieveable what some people try to 'pull-over' on homeowners and buyers.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) about 4 years ago

Jeesh, the crazy things you see could fill a book or a TV script. How about "Ask This Old Home Inspector"? Sorry, about the old part, Jay!

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

Sharing is good Suzanne!  But if one bath vent can blow it's, um, contents into another bathroom that might not be good...

S&N - there was an additional fee, but it worked out for them!

I'd be too jocular and sarcastic Tom.  Maybe for guest appearances?

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

Jay, I'm glad I read to the end. At first glance, I thought he hooked it a HVAC line. Oy!

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) about 4 years ago

Always read to the end Mike.  And never read the ending before you read the book.  One of my pet peeves...

 

; >)

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

Does the sharing of vents also share the odors JayMan?

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 4 years ago

I have demonstrated that on a home inspection Tom.  Well, not the way you just imagined, but with a spray smell from the kitchen...

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

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