All That Glitters Will One Day be Tarnished

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Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

NewNothing lasts forever. New things however look like they will stand up to time. In our minds we know this is not true, yet suspending reality for a moment to admire newness, to relish in the glitter, can not be avoided. It's just too much fun.

Another belief with something new is that it is well made and will function as expected. Experience has taught that is not in all instances necessarily true. Caveat emptor, is a phrase that has been around for millennia with good reason.

New vent termination with new shingles aroundA home buyer employing a home inspector is participating in an age old practice of careful purchasing. No doubt when the buyers cruised through the house they were blinded by the glitter. Their minds imagining a plethora of wonderful homeowner scenarios. Any imperfections were blocked from their consciousness like a blinders on a trotter.

The day of reckoning, the big reveal if you will, is the day of the home inspection. Not only is the home put under scrutiny by the home inspector, but the buyers now have the opportunity to spend time wandering about the house. As the home inspection progresses, the tarnish begins to creep.

Take for example a brand new bathroom vent termination through the roof. The new vent and new shingles just bring out the agedness of the remainder of the roof. The buyers hadn't noticed that on their first visit. They are also surprised to find out the entire roof, not just the a few shingles, needs replacing.

Cellophane tape used to attach vent hose to terminationThis new vent, besides accentuating the fact that the roof is old, demonstrates another lesson. As with buying a product, one should be careful who they hire to make improvements or repairs on their home.

When examining the rest of this new vent from the attic, I noticed the shiny new hose had a funny looking shiny end where it attaches to the roof vent. No it wasn't gold, it was cellophane tape. The tape was already loose and the hose falling off the vent in spite of being not more than a few weeks old.

Tarnished.

 

James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
Former SNEC-ASHI President
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James Quarello
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Jay, I forgot about the tape.

Lyn, It had to be said :)

Ruthmarie, So true. I have has first time buyers near tears after I have found out the pretty little house has serious and costly problems. 

August 06, 2012 05:05 AM
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Rafi Footerman
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Too true.  At least the contractor made an attempt to vent the fan outside.  That's better than most.  They're often pointing near a gable or staitic roof vent, close but no cigar.

August 06, 2012 06:29 AM
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Rafi, This was a repair because the vent was expelling into the attic. 

Anonymous, That is a 4 inch hose. Rigid metal is only required on dryer vents. An insulated pipe is now required for bath vents through unconditioned spaces. This fan has a back draft damper, but do agree a flapper needs to present some where in the line. 

August 07, 2012 05:21 AM
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Reuben Saltzman
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As Lyn said, duct tape would have been a heck of a lot better.

August 13, 2012 02:10 PM
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Reuben, What can't be fixed with duct tape? 

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