Really! You really didn’t do that… Did you?

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Really!  You really didn’t do that… Did you? Cle Elum Home Inspection Service

Sometimes as a home inspector I just have to shake my head. Or should I say bang my head against a wall.

I often think why someone does something and then think, if you are going to do that why do it at all.

Case in point... I did a home inspection several months back for a client preparing the home for sale. This in my opinion is always a very prudent move.

One of the findings was a very common one. The bathroom exhaust fan was venting into the attic. Not a huge deal in this case and should be easily corrected.

                                Bathroom exhaust venting into the attic

So they hire a contractor to come in and do some repairs and clean up. Then I get the infamous call to re-inspect what has been done.

So upon going into the attic I find this.


                                               Improper repair of bathroom exhaust duct

Not only is this repair not proper it is failing within a month or so of the installation.  Notice the ducting is unraveling.

Please someone remove this gentleman’s hammer.

The venting should look like this.

                                                Proper installation of exhaust ducting

Now here is the real kicker… I discounted the re-inspection fee because it was close to me, and my client was very nice (I thought). Then my client (or should I say was) got very upset at me because the contractor claimed it was installed correctly. His word against mine now!

Then she went on to say this is an older home and does not have to be up to modern standards (hmm where did that come from?).  Really!  If you correct something then you should bring up to current standards or get a variance from the local authority having jurisdiction.

Oh well, let it go and when the next home inspector crawls up there let them be the judge.

“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind. “

Johannes Brahms

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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

They have actually never been allowed to vent into the attic space.  For a period of time some people considered the attic "outdoors" so it happened---but the attic should never be considered outdoors---because it isn't:)  I see this "repair" too---repair people just don't know what they don't know me thinks.

May 22, 2012 08:39 AM #1
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Charlie, The funny thing if they had read the report better I gave them a illustration very similar to the one in the blog. Kinda takes the doubt out don't ya think ; )

May 22, 2012 08:43 AM #2
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Donald, it is funny how many inspections reveal venting into the attic!     Many times it would have just required another foot or more to vent to the exterior!

May 22, 2012 04:13 PM #3
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Joan, I have seen it where they had everything in place, duct vent hood and never hook them up. I find the duct just lying in the insulation.

May 22, 2012 04:18 PM #4
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

This is such a common issue, that when I find it right I almost want to celebrate...almost ;)

May 22, 2012 04:29 PM #5
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Jim, I agree, this goes with decks. Why it is so tough I do not know.

May 22, 2012 04:55 PM #6
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