When is a vent a vent but not a vent? Not trivia, just the facts.
When inspecting homes for Desert Sun Home inspections in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
There seems to be one re occurring theme with builders and home owners that want to do the "Do it yourself jobs". More commonly known in the Real Estate world as the "DIY".
Any builder building a home today must know the codes. They should know how to build a home the right way.
So many times I find very little venting for the attic spaces. Next time you are talking with a builder ask them this.
"What is the free air space in square inches for that can vent you use"? This could be used for any vent they install in the home for venting.
I will guarantee that 99 out of 100 builders will say "I have no idea what the square inches of free air space is". Maybe they should visit this website that spells it out for them.
http://www.airvent.com This is just one site of many available for contractors and home owners.
When vents are covered or obstructed.
This means the vent will not be as effective as a open un obstructed vent. As seen in this photo here.
On this home every single one of the can vents were obstructed in one way or another.
The hole for the vent was too small and the vents were obstructed by a truss right through the center of the vent.
So the next time you have a home inspected. Mention to the inspector on how the condition of the attic venting is.
There are a large number of inspectors in my opinion that do not inspect for un obstructed clear air space.
I have asked a bunch of local bilding inspectors that tell me the same thing every time. They cite the codes. They know the codes. But when it comes to calling the codes out. They don't.
But isn't that their job?
This is why you always get a "Full Home Inspection" by a certified inspector. For the peace of mind.
Call Clint at 1-575-706-5586
Have a great day every one.