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Whaddat? When I Think I Know What It Is, But Still Not Sure.

Whaddat?

When I think I know what it is, but still not sure.

Seeing this from the ground I thought it must be some sort of vent opening.

But what was it?  What kind of vent?

For all I knew, it may have been some a new form of air intake!  I freely admit to not seeing everything.

Inside the attic space I could see the underside of it.

Apparently it was the second location selected.  Why they disregarded the first is unknown.

But still, nothing is attached.  So what was it for?

Looking on the other side of the attic space I think I had the answer.

There it is!  The answer lies on the attic floor over the bathroom.

That was supposed to be a bathroom vent. 

It's been venting instead into the attic space likely for the 10 year life span of the house!

It's not uncommon to see a bath vent discharging into the attic space. 

But this one was obviously intended to vent outdoors, as it's supposed to, and the professional installer really, really wanted to get to it later (after lunch?) but, well, didn't.

Oversight?  Under sight?  Insight?  Out sight?  Out of sight, out of mind?

My recommendation:  when unusual things are seen from the outside, they should be filed away for later indoor follow up.  Sometimes we inspectors never really get to what something was intended to be as the creativity of some installations boggles the mind, but very often we can figure it out.  So it's best, it is ALWAYS best, to hire a home inspector!

 

 

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 18 commentsJay Markanich • December 01 2015 02:03AM

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Maybe it was attached and came loose? I think there's lot of stuff left undone in new builds

Posted by Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management) about 5 years ago

It wasn't long enough Dennis.  I think the guy saw the tubing was insufficient and was going to get back to it later.

Must have forgotten his Round Tuit.

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

Good morning Jay. An attic inspection can turn up a lot of unfinished projects and surprises. Enjoy your day! 

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 5 years ago

Wayne - is an attic, by definition, an unfinished project?

Baddaboom!

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

Jay Markanich Not only that, but where is the attic insulation? Lots of issues with this house. The roof cap looks as though it provides easy access for rodents, as well.

 

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) about 5 years ago

Good morning Jay,

Just like the basement; so many things out of whack!

Make yourself a great day.

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

That's the same house from the post the other day S&N.  The insulation, if present, is at best crushed to 2x4 height, virtually nothing.

Raymond - high and low, in and out, a house can be very out of whack!

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

Jay, it looks like the vent opening is centered directly over the truss and he/she decided it was better not to connect it than cut the truss to hook it up.   Another great catch!  I bet you grew up reading the Hardy Boys !

Posted by Bruce Walter (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana) about 5 years ago

Thanks Bruce.  Yes, I did, all of them up until I got to about 8th grade.  Once as a married adult I was sick for almost a week.  My wife went to the library and got out all the Hardy Boy books I had not previously read, and I read them!

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

These things come apart way too easy, Mr. Homeowner doesn't even know it because he has no reason to go into the attic.  I see them all the time, that flimsy foil coil is a poor way to duct anything!

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

We don't have much attic space in the homes here in Arizona so there's little reason for a homeowner to get up there and poke around. That's why getting your home inspected is an absolute must!

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

Looks like a hood scoop to me.  When that house gets up to speed it helps increase attic airflow!

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

Fred - Mylar, Myplastic, Mymetal - well not all duct tubing is created the same!

Nicole - that's pretty much the same here, but there is always access.  Sometimes the opening is so small all I can get up there is my head!

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

Keeps it grounded during the tight curves Stephen.

Say, isn't that like what happens to electricity?

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

Well, he knew that once the lights were off and he was away from the house it would not be seen

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 5 years ago

That's as good a theory as any Ed!

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

And I thought it was an intelligent new invention.   It could be a "bat cave"; no joke Jay Markanich  .   What if it was installed so the bats would build in there instead of entering the attic vents ?

I know, about as ingenious as its actual mounting and its intended use but I'm trying to think outside the box, . . . or vent, . . . or bat cave, as it may be.     

Posted by DEANNA C. SMITH CERTIFIED MOBILE NOTARY, Highest Ranked Certified Mobile Notary in Virginia (Certified Mobile Notary Signing Agent) about 5 years ago

Deanna - I understand a bat needs only 1/4" to get in.  And that opening might be just the ticket!  I have never before seen a vent opening like that, so I am not sure what it was intended for by the manufacturer.   And keep thinking outside the box!

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

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