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Passive Kitchen Vent

In some homes anomalies are obvious, like with this passive kitchen vent.

You can see that something use to be here - some sort of vent mechanism, or microwave.

But it's been removed, to leave this attractive spot on the wall!

Holding my hand up there cold air could be felt coming through the hole.

Something is going on, or used to!

Yep, for sure something is going on!

But it isn't mechanical venting!

Outdoors is a mere hole in the siding and air is just coming in.

But it is a vent!

It's a passive vent.

Technically that's a kitchen exhaust vent, right?

My recommendation:  when things are labeled "technically" this or that, they probably aren't what they are touted to be.  To call this a kitchen vent is odd at best.  And it is ugly to be sure!  The gas range is right underneath.  For sure, when someone is cooking, the fumes are just whooshing right outdoors!  But technically, it is a passive kitchen vent!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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Comment balloon 24 commentsJay Markanich • March 02 2015 04:01AM

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Hmmm seems like something needs to be fixed here, Jay.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Jay, LOL, it is ugly, and it sure would make things messy. Passive vent, LOL. It also looks like an aggressive way for cold air to get into the house to me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 6 years ago

Another microwave would work Ginny!

Well, at least the house isn't so tight it can't breath, right Andrea?

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Good morning Jay,

As long as the wind was not blowing it could work as a vent.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 6 years ago

It does Raymond!  Heat seeks cold, so the heat in the house is whooshing out the vent in winter, and into the house in summer!  It is a passive dollar waster!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Jay, thanks again for the post. Just a question... is the flex vent that appears to be affixed to the custom fitted jiffy-pop popcorn pan a proper application for that material? I know it is not for a dryer vent flue... it seems like it would grab grease droplets like a magnet. But maybe it is ok if you use it on a passive vent-hood ;)?

Posted by Bill Saunders, Realtor®, www.BillSellsHotSprings.com (Meyers Realty) almost 6 years ago

Jay, that is one ugly looking mess right there. In this case "passive" means a hole!

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) almost 6 years ago

Looks like passive workmanship. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Bill - that is a Mylar product and you are right, not best for a greasy application.  A metal vent is always superior and preferred.

Tom - in this case, if you look up "polite alternative words" in the dictionary, passive is the polite substitute for hole.

Jim - that made me laugh!   The rest of the house was just as interesting (two-level Cape Cod).  The people discontinued the inspection after the first floor and I wouldn't let them!  I wanted to see the upstairs too!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Jay, what was the seller thinking? Then again did he think at all? Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 6 years ago

The key word is NOT Wayne!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Jay, Now ain't that one special Energy saver +.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Speyshal fer sher Donboah.

(Southern Virginian dialect...)

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Jay Markanich That seller should be embarrassed by this mess. Hope a proper fix became part of the contract terms. Good call.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) almost 6 years ago

Is that a flexible foil dryer vent in there? I have never seen that...lol, passive indeed!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 6 years ago

S&N - I assure you the seller could not care less.  This house is a disaster.  This was on the more humorous side of the circumstances presented to my client!

Fred - it's a slinky with Mylar!  That's good, right?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

I would bet you got a ton of blogging material out of that baby!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 6 years ago

I get a ton of blogging material out of all the houses "remodeled" by the local rabble, Fred.

We are overrun.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Fred should have his own DIY (do it yourself) TV show.  The title would be "How not to do repairs"  or something like that.....

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 6 years ago

That is whay my blogs are all about James!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Tell me there was a flap on the exterior to keep critters from coming in for dinner.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) almost 6 years ago

It was a small hood with a missing flap Stephen!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

That is a bit wierd Jay but I guess it does vent to the outside.  :)

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) almost 6 years ago

This was one of 100 "a bit weird" things in this house Tom!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 6 years ago

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