Grateful for the wind in my face!

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Home Inspector with Charles Buell Inspections Inc.
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My last post was about excessive moisture in an attic due to breaches in the air barrier between the indoors and the attic space.

As that post discussed, these by-passes can be obvious or hidden.  There are often multiple breaches in the same home and some may be easy to find and other may be very difficult to fine.  When I find these breaches I point them out and recommend that proper repairs be made.  These breaches, if not a problem now, may become a problem in the future.

The picture below is an example of an obvious breach in the connection of the ceiling heat register to the insulated duct in the attic.  The picture is looking down at the insulation and the pink insulation is part of the wrap that goes around the heat duct that runs to the ceiling register.

It was pretty easy to find because the heating system was running and this little hole in the insulation was blowing air in my face as I climbed through the access hatch into the attic.

 air leakage

If the heating system had not been running, I like to think I would not have just thought it was a mouse hole.

The truth is though---it does not look at all like a mouse hole because there is no trail.

I’m just grateful for the wind in my face.

 

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Robert Butler
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Sure...That's a mole hole, for you know, Moley. Surely you've read "The Wind In The Willows"....:)

January 17, 2013 09:11 AM
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Anna Banana Kruchten
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Charles we just had our HVAC expert over and he found a few places just like this....and I'm grateful he did. All that nice warm air going up and out.

January 17, 2013 10:46 AM
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Cute title!  Good that you discovered this for the clients!  Good eye!

January 17, 2013 10:47 AM
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Charles, when I first saw the picture I thought it was a mouse hole.  But not being too familiar with mice, I wasn't aware to look for a trail, but now will be.

Glad you were able to spot the ol' geyser!

January 17, 2013 11:49 AM
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Charles, you are a virtual machine when it comes to writing quality content and getting featured. If I didn't know better I would never guess you're a successful home inspector also... 

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