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