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I am so busy these days I am feeling a little “disconnected!”

     While perhaps not "technically" new construction, this 5 year old Condo had an issue with one of the plumbing vents that has been wrong for 5 years.  On the outside----other than being a little crooked----the vent looks relatively normal.

vent pipe 

     On the inside we can see why it is a "little" crooked.  The pipes are not connected together.  I was surprised to see that this small opening actually collects quite a bit of water over 5 years----as was evidenced by the compaction of the insulation below it. 

disconnected vent 

     An easy fix----but evidence again of why new construction needs to be inspected.  The sad thing is----this one was.  Some inspectors don't go in attics.  As you can see by the pitch of the roof, this was a pretty easy attic to traverse.

Charles Buell 

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Comment balloon 17 commentsCharles Buell • June 29 2008 08:33PM
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