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Dang roofers anyway!

The roof was replaced 15 years ago.

The roof surface was in very good condition, with not much to write home about.

In the course of the inspection I like to verify that all exhaust equipment terminates where it is supposed to terminate—as in outdoors.

The Inspection of the kitchen was pretty casual, given plans to remodel the kitchen prior to occupancy.  Because of this I did not even test the kitchen range hood to see if it turned on to pull air from the room.  I merely excluded it.

All the same, my report template has a place for me to fill in as to where the fan vents to at the exterior.  When I was in the attic, I could see where the duct for the hood runs right up to the underside of the roof. (For now I won’t discuss all the other issues in the picture including how ugly and “less-than-professional” the duct is.)

Kitchen range hood duct
This is where I scratch my head and ask myself:  “Hey knucklehead, did you see an exhaust cap when you were on the roof?”  Not remembering such a cap, I went back to look at my roof pictures only to find—nothing.  No vent cap.

Missing vent cap at the exterior
So for 15 years this fan has done nothing except make noise and collect grease.

Whenever you have a roof replaced or other significant changes made to your house—even having the house painted—I consider it prudent to have the home inspected by a licensed and qualified home inspector to catch these sorts of faux-pas.

Hopefully the kitchen remodel will take care of this issue.

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Comment balloon 10 commentsCharles Buell • March 28 2015 01:46PM


Charles- seriously?!?  Why can't/won't people just take pride in what they do and do the right thing. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 4 years ago

I have seen this a few times.  I also saw where the roofer knocked over the outgoing pipe and did nothing to try and fix it just kept on going.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 4 years ago

That roof looks a mish mash too.  But the sleeve is pretty around the kitchen vent thing.  (not sure to call it tubing)

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

My goodness!  First thing in the morning, I'm going to check my roof for an exit to the range hood vent.  I don't recall seeing one, now that I think of it!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 4 years ago

That's to melt the snow :)

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 4 years ago

Kathy, I am with you on that---aarrgghh

William, there are so many instances of this with many of the trades

Jay, just a little moss here and there---and the Torchdown is done :)

Myrl, report back to us :)

Jim, ahh yes---should have thought of that.  I hear they have them all over Connecticut after this year.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 4 years ago

I bet the inside of that square looking duct is a pretty sight!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 4 years ago

Charles - You bring up and interesting point. Any time there is a remodel, or replacement of something within a home, the home owner should make sure that everything was done on the up and up. One way to check on this is with a home inspection.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate about 4 years ago

You bring up a good point Charles. In addition to having the proper opening in the new roof, the correct connection is also important. We often see dangling vents that exhaust into the attic space.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 4 years ago

Fred, I didn't even go there :)

Troy, absolutely---you can't know what you don't know

Tom, over and over---there was even a point in time when builders thought it was the correct way to do it.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 4 years ago