What I'm Seeing Now


The New Multiple Vent Cap

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!



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

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Comment balloon 11 commentsJay Markanich • September 25 2015 03:22AM


Gee whiz Jay Markanich...I expected better from you...this of course a sunshine vent that also has magical solar heeting powers and channels energey to the  furnace...a new "green" accessory....all the rage in homes everywhere !

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

Finding that out I think Billy Jays  should get right on it!

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

Good morning Jay,

I have to start looking for the sticker here; do not remember seeing one on the last couple of homes.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

This is a new vent cap for bathrooms, Raymond, but not to be shared with a dryer.

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

Jay, is that vent even nailed down?  From what I can see, that will be in the neighbors yard after the first hard wind!

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) almost 5 years ago

I see them quite often here, I don't know how new they are, but not for a dryer vent! LOL, you said fourth level, how long is that pipe?

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 5 years ago

I'm not a home inspector but it doesn't seem like the best idea to have multiple tubes venting out of the same vent cap. I'll be interested to see if this ever comes up in my market. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) almost 5 years ago

Hi Jay - I hadn't heard of those, but the outside view sure doesn't look like a great installation job either.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 5 years ago

I don't know Stephen!  That photo is taken from about 150 feet away - no access nearby.

Fred - it's cheapo.  It works for bathrooms, but not the dryer, for sure.  Hard to tell how long it is.  I could only see it from across the attic.  I'd guess 20'.

Nicole - they didn't used to but do allow two or even three bathroom vents to terminate into one opening housing.  But never this way for a dryer.

It is lousy Dick.  Some stuff in the house was impressive, and some not.

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

Jay Markanich And the new height requirements for piping extending above the roof to prevent them from being covered with snow like you mentioned....This one looks pretty stubby. Thought dryer vents were supposed to be horizontal for the reasons you mentioned. Safety, cleanability, and of course Fire Prevention!

Posted by Donald A. Masters (Master Home & Building Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

And when on the roof hard to get to Donald.  This particular house, because of a small back yard and sloping front yard, makes it very hard to access the roof.  This is a single, older lady buying the house.  Good luck seeing any dryer vent!

These new vent caps are cheap crap, seems to me.

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

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