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It is better to look good than vent good!

     To see if the bathroom fan is pulling air, it is customary for me to place a piece of tissue paper over the fan when it is running.  If it holds the paper in place, it is a pretty good indication that the fan is pulling air----at least to some degree. 

     On a recent inspection I was unable to get three different exhaust fans to hold tissue paper.  This happens sometimes---but not usually to all of the vents in the same house.  When I inspected the attic I found out why.  None of them had pipes connected to them and they were all buried in insulation.

Bathroom exhaust fan buried in insulation

     I guess they haven’t been "useful" for quite a while.

 

 

 

Charles Buell

 

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Comment balloon 18 commentsCharles Buell • May 30 2009 09:33AM
It is better to look good than vent good!
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