Bird Guard

By
Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

One thing I often see are vents that birds have moved into.  It doesn't take much to prevent them!

Vent covers now come with a bird guard.

Most vent covers are flaps, either single or multiple.  Birds are adept at getting into either one.

In a recent neighborhood of condos, only 8 years old, just from the parking lot it looked to me like birds were occupying nearly every vent!

You can see when they are present.

Sometimes bits of grass and debris will be sticking out.

Usually there are bird droppings on the siding or underneath.  If you watch long enough, especially in the morning, you will probably see birds flying in and out.

Their presence is obvious.

And it can be dangerous!  They move in and do not create cutsie little nests.

Their nest completely block the tubing so nothing can escape from inside.

The bath vent will draw air out one side and blow it back in the other.  This can be demonstrated with toilet paper.

If it is a dryer vent that is clogged, well, the dryer can overheat and start a fire.  Blocked dryer vents cause tens of thousands of fires every year.

BIRDS ARE OFTEN THE CULPRITS!

In trying to demonstrate to my client what she needed to so, I finally found a vent that has a bird guard.  It was way up high, and glued over the old vent and flap with caulking.

But the problem is solved!

Such covers are NOT a good idea over dryer vents!  And especially up high!  They will attract and accumulate lint, effectively clogging the vent, causing a dangerous circumstance.

Don't mess with the dryer vent's ability to blow out air!

My recommendation:  as a bird guard, those covers work great!  I highly recommend them.  They are made now as a complete unit, so your old vent cover can be replaced with the newer, guarded cover.

 

 

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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


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Leslie Godbold
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I have never thought of this. Guess I better check our's out. Thanks Jay!

Apr 22, 2012 08:07 PM #1
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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Builder-installed plastic ones "evaporate" in 3 to 5 years with sun damage - I like the guard idea...

Apr 22, 2012 08:09 PM #2
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Clogs happen Leslie.  I have seen the bumper stickers!

They do!  And why Wallace?  Because they are the cheapest money can buy, made of poor-quality or recycled plastic and die quickly.

Apr 22, 2012 08:12 PM #3
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Lisa Von Domek
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Good morning Jay,

There you go, ruining the chance of a nice warm nest...poor little birds (yikes).

Apr 22, 2012 08:12 PM #4
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

If I was a bird, Lisa, this is where I would want to live - it's not vulnerable to predators, warm, and protected from the elements.  What could be better?

Apr 22, 2012 08:18 PM #5
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Jay, I guess we're lucky our dryer vent is right by the back door so the birdies haven't been lured into thinking it's a good home.

Apr 22, 2012 08:30 PM #6
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Bliz - when there is activity nearby the birds won't consider it a safe place.  If it was a bit higher, maybe!

Apr 22, 2012 08:37 PM #7
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James Dray
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Jay people ought to let the birds alone.  Let them build their nest and when they have it occupied I hear they are mighty fine eating with a little bacon wrap around them to keep the moisture in and a little bit of flavoring.  YUM!!  :~)

Apr 22, 2012 08:40 PM #8
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Buffalo wings James?

Apr 22, 2012 08:43 PM #9
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

You're are right about the birds, especially at this time of year. They are very busy building. 

Apr 22, 2012 09:38 PM #10
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Joe Petrowsky
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Very good piece of advice and a good solution to an age old problem.

Thank you for sharing the post with all of us.

Apr 22, 2012 09:56 PM #11
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

"Tis the season, Jim.  And the covers in this development were not very anti-bird!

Joe - these covered vents have been out for years.  But builders might avoid them because of the cost.  They are only smart.

Apr 22, 2012 10:12 PM #12
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Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
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Birds can be a nuisance sometimes.... but all they really want is a safe secure spot where they can raise their family.  Sort of like people.

Apr 22, 2012 11:22 PM #13
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Very much so J&R!  And they are very inventive and thinking little animals.

Apr 23, 2012 01:49 AM #14
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Steven Cook
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Jay -- maybe if the condominium complex put up some bird houses, the birds would use them instead.  Then again, maybe not.

Apr 23, 2012 04:17 AM #15
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Who knows Steven.  Those protected tubes sure make great houses!

Apr 23, 2012 06:40 AM #16
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Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego

Sep 07, 2012 12:00 AM #17
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Jay Markanich
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Thanks Paul.  I'm glad you found this oldie but goodie!

Sep 07, 2012 10:20 AM #18
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