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    Default " . . . exhausted directly to the outdoors?'

    When the code says "exhaust air from bathrooms . . . must be exhausted directly to the outdoors" I am assuming this isn't quite directly enough. You guys agree?

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    Default Re: " . . . exhausted directly to the outdoors?'

    You are correct, must vent to outside,
    That is not outside.
    Can cause damage, mold, rot, smells.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Cantrell View Post
    You are correct, must vent to outside,
    That is not outside.
    Can cause damage, mold, rot, smells.

    Thanks Rick.


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    I see this alot where I am even in brand new homes. Since I am in a desert climate with very mild winters, I will very seldom call it out and I have yet to see a problem with moisture in attics here (from venting). If I was a "code inspector", I would be calling it out however, our code inspectors around here are allowing it so calling this out on 90% of the homes is not the hill I want to die on...or build a reputation of being a pain in the rear.

    In a colder or more humid climate...I'd be all over this! because the exhaust vents shown are terminating at probably the coldest (and most prone to condensation) than any place else in the attic (cold metal roof vent next to wood). That termination point is by far, worse than a vent terminating away from the roof deck in the middle of an open attic.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Morrison View Post
    I see this alot where I am even in brand new homes. Since I am in a desert climate with very mild winters, I will very seldom call it out and I have yet to see a problem with moisture in attics here (from venting). If I was a "code inspector", I would be calling it out however, our code inspectors around here are allowing it so calling this out on 90% of the homes is not the hill I want to die on...or build a reputation of being a pain in the rear.

    In a colder or more humid climate...I'd be all over this! because the exhaust vents shown are terminating at probably the coldest (and most prone to condensation) than any place else in the attic (cold metal roof vent next to wood). That termination point is by far, worse than a vent terminating away from the roof deck in the middle of an open attic.
    You have stated that it is wrong ... yet then stated that you do not call it out ... I am stumped - if you know it is wrong then you decide for yourself as to 'how wrong it is' before you call it out?

    ESPECIALLY with new homes where you said you see it "alot" - if you started calling it out on those homes you would eventually lead to the practice being discontinued and the bathroom exhausts being properly vented. Sure, it takes time, but it is worth it and it is about the only way you will make a difference to the practice has a reason to be abandoned by contractors.

    (If I haven't shamed you enough into start calling it out ... let me know ... I tried. )

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    Default Re: " . . . exhausted directly to the outdoors?'

    I live in the Chicago area and if we are talking strictly bathroom exhaust termination, I have to say I have never seen a termination like this causing interior attic moisture problems. Unless there is something I don't see in this pic, I would never consider mentioning it.

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    Default Re: " . . . exhausted directly to the outdoors?'

    I too, frequently see this done. Code inspectors around here rarely consider it worthy of correction. But, I write it up.

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    I see it frequently here down in Georgia. Yes I call it out. Yes I have seen moisture staining and mold as a result of it. As my mother would always tell me. Just because everyone else is jumping off the bridge doesn't make it right and doesn't mean you have to do it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Wilson View Post
    Yes I have seen moisture staining and mold as a result of it.
    Do you have any pictures?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Wilson View Post
    As my mother would always tell me. Just because everyone else is jumping off the bridge doesn't make it right and doesn't mean you have to do it.
    No, it doesn't, but I'd advise you to find out why everyone is jumping off that bridge.

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    In the first photo Mike you can directly see the vent and the effect it is having. The second photo shows the exhaust line coming up and photo three shows the effect it is having. The first picture home was 12 years old. The home in the second set of pictures in less than 10 years old and the bathroom that vent was servicing was not the primary bathroom. Or so I was told.

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    Thanks, Charles. My comments were concerning the OP which looks like a roof louver vent job. Your pics look like somebody's real bad attempt at soffit venting which is a different animal and certainly worth writing up.

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    Here's some, how many do you need?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kogel View Post
    Here's some, how many do you need?
    Hmm. 3 and 4 would seem to refute my experience; insulated ducts very close to or in a roof louver yet there is still mold/moisture problems. I want to say there is something more here than meets the eye. Those are not or were not blocked vents?

    In your experience, you don't find this strange?

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    Default Re: " . . . exhausted directly to the outdoors?'

    My unproven thesis is that we rarely see problems with this vent configuration in the Denver area, because of our very low average humidity. The only times that I've seen mold issues that might be ascribed to bath vents were in situations where the vents terminated far from any roof vents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Wilson View Post
    In the first photo Mike you can directly see the vent and the effect it is having. The second photo shows the exhaust line coming up and photo three shows the effect it is having. The first picture home was 12 years old. The home in the second set of pictures in less than 10 years old and the bathroom that vent was servicing was not the primary bathroom. Or so I was told.
    Hate to contradict and you are more then likely right as you were there, but the first picture looks, to me, like a problem from above, not the bath vent blowing in to the soffit area.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lamb View Post
    Hmm. 3 and 4 would seem to refute my experience; insulated ducts very close to or in a roof louver yet there is still mold/moisture problems. I want to say there is something more here than meets the eye. Those are not or were not blocked vents?

    In your experience, you don't find this strange?
    No, not so strange. It is never a surprise to see OSB go black in this climate. OSB absorbs moisture from the air and refuses to dry out. In pics 3 and 4, the roof vents were open, but the prevailing wind off the Juan de Fuca Strait may have been preventing the exhaust from getting out.

    I see this same configuration in other houses with no sign of blowback, so results will vary, for sure. Roofers should put the roof vents on the lee side of the roof, but they tend to chose the side opposite the street for looks. I like the look of a row of vents myself.

    Here's an example of cheap plastic duct tape letting loose. This attic had black streaks at the soffit baffles, but the big black smear with white spots were in this bay with the vent. I remember this place because the owner was meticulous and the house was near perfect from the ceiling down.

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    Default Re: " . . . exhausted directly to the outdoors?'

    The exact wording:

    "M1507.2 Recirculation of air. Exhaust air from bathrooms
    and toilet rooms shall not be recirculated within a residence
    or to another dwelling unit and shall be exhausted directly to
    the outdoors. Exhaust air from bathrooms and toilet rooms
    shall not discharge into an attic, crawl space or other areas
    inside the building
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    Default Re: " . . . exhausted directly to the outdoors?'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Cissell View Post
    When the code says "exhaust air from bathrooms . . . must be exhausted directly to the outdoors" I am assuming this isn't quite directly enough. You guys agree?
    When was the house built? Did the home meet the code at the time the home was built? If this is recent construction then it doesn't meet code. However based on the sheathing I suspect that this house is thirty years or more old. Most likely this venting was acceptable at that point in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Bunzel View Post
    When was the house built? Did the home meet the code at the time the home was built? If this is recent construction then it doesn't meet code. However based on the sheathing I suspect that this house is thirty years or more old. Most likely this venting was acceptable at that point in time.//Rick
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Bunzel View Post
    When was the house built? Did the home meet the code at the time the home was built? If this is recent construction then it doesn't meet code. However based on the sheathing I suspect that this house is thirty years or more old. Most likely this venting was acceptable at that point in time.

    //Rick

    It is a condo built in 1968 but gutted in 2008. The exhaust vents were installed at that time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Bunzel View Post
    When was the house built? Did the home meet the code at the time the home was built? If this is recent construction then it doesn't meet code. However based on the sheathing I suspect that this house is thirty years or more old. Most likely this venting was acceptable at that point in time.
    I am not aware of any time in which the code allowed venting to anyplace other than the 'outdoors'.

    The reason the wording is now ... so clearly stated ... is that AHJ could not wrap their head around the common sense wording of shall be 'vented to the outdoors' and said to the effect of 'well, the attic air *is* outdoor air, so, sure, vent to the attic' ... and because the intent of the code was *not* to allow that, the failure to get the various AHJ to understand 'vent to the outdoors', the code had to *specifically* state "shall not discharge into an attic, crawl space or other areas inside the building.", and even now some still say/ask 'does that mean it needs to be sealed to the discharge so it does not go into the attic?' ... Duh! Yeah, that is what it means. ... I guess the code may eventually need to state 'shall not discharge into an attic, crawl space or other areas inside the building AND SHALL BE SEALED TO THE DISCHARGE TO ENSURE that the air does not discharge into an attic, crawlspace or other areas inside the building.'

    One would think that common sense would lead one to realize that is the intent, but some AHJ seem to be lacking that common sense.

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    Default Re: " . . . exhausted directly to the outdoors?'

    People are endlessly creative...from this afternoon's report... total 12 bath vents into one attic:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Thomas View Post
    People are endlessly creative...from this afternoon's report... total 12 bath vents into one attic:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Thomas View Post
    People are endlessly creative...from this afternoon's report... total 12 bath vents into one attic:
    I doubt that white vinyl slinky tubing is an approved "air duct" anyway. There there is the supporting and securing part that they did not consider either.

    The key part of the requirements is where the exhaust is not allowed to be recirculated and, as shown, there is nothing there which would prevent "recirculation" of the toilet room exhaust.

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    Default Re: " . . . exhausted directly to the outdoors?'

    I find that quite often, some times routed near gable vents as well. I call it out every time, they should be connected proper vent caps so that all moisture is vented to exterior.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Stephens View Post
    Possible Drug Activity.
    Naw... just multiple condos below that attic.

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