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Old 11-17-2011, 01:29 PM   #1
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Leaking Gable Vent


I have a Gable vent that gets some rainwater when there are heavy, wind driven rains. Someone came and sealed up the inside of it with a sheet of copper. My concern is that now it looks as if it will not ventilate, thus leading to future problems. Is this a common practice? (My house is about 400 feet from the ocean, if that matters.)



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Old 11-17-2011, 10:01 PM   #2
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Does your gable vent have louvers that open and close?.,I have seen the louvers flipped vertical allowing water to come in.,

If that is the case turn your louvers down.I have also seen vents that were not sealed around the vent itself.So rain blows behind the frame.

And no I don't think it should be closed off.


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I agree with RM, if the vent was just installed for aesthetics, which they often are, than it would have been installed with the back already closed off.

So I have to assume it was installed for a mechanical purpose and closing it off would be bad unless you add additional vents in the roof or eave to compensate for the lost of that vent.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:29 PM   #4
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1.When was it sealed-up?

2. Have you noticed excessive moisture in the attic on the insulation or framing?

3. Do you have a ridge vent or static (turtle-back) vents for exhaust?

4. Are there any soffit (intake) vents?

That close to water is a concern: http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/pdf1999/tenwo99a.pdf

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