Yes, new stuff hits the market all the time and this must be the new multiple vent cap.
How do I know that?
From inside the attic!
There were multiple vent tubes all terminating inside this housing!
So, what's wrong with that, aside from the fact that you can buy the cap you see here for $8? (my Scottish background disapproves of buying cheap crap...)
First, it is loosely connected and very wind vulnerable.
It is probably water vulnerable during blowing rains.
Hard to tell from the attic space, but one of the tubes terminating here appears to be the dryer vent. If it does terminate there then venting codes are violated. Did or will the local jurisdiction catch that?
I say it is hard to tell, because this is a flip and the attic was converted into a fourth level in this townhouse. While I like that fourth level in homes, the new attic configuration makes it difficult to get around up there. County inspectors typically don't look up there. And I did not enter the attic to contest the new trusses and insulation.
But if the dryer vents here it is totally inappropriate. I have a big beef when the dryer vents through the roof anyway. It's hard to see when it clogs, harder still to clean it, and the dryer vents caps are so close to the shingles they will clog with snow.
This vent housing makes it impossible to see or clean the vent. If it terminates dryer exhaust it will clog quick quick. It is a totally inappropriate dryver vent termination.
It is a danger.
My recommendation: this flip had a permit pulled, but it is not yet closed. Closed means the local jurisdiction has come by to evaluate it and do a final inspection. At that point, typically, a sticker is put on the electric panel box approving the various things inspected. If there is no sticker, ask to see it. That the permit is closed is exceptionally important, especially to future insurance coverages. But ALWAYS get a home inspection!
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