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