Air vent under stair - help!!

Joined
20 Jul 2015
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
Country
United Kingdom
Ok, it's a typical 1920s mid terrace 2 bedroom house, under the stairs is an air vent, but where the hell would it go?

Had a problem with flies recently and wondering if something is in there from wherever the other end is..

Anyone know?

Attached image shows what I mean.
 

Attachments

  • image.jpg
    image.jpg
    110.7 KB · Views: 510
Sponsored Links

JBR

Joined
9 Jan 2007
Messages
9,059
Reaction score
1,728
Location
Cheshire
Country
United Kingdom
I assume that there is no sign of this on the outside wall, then.
 
Joined
11 Jan 2004
Messages
38,404
Reaction score
1,793
Country
United Kingdom
Is there a "half-landing" at the bottom of the staircase?

The grille could just be covering a hole that vents into the under-floor space?
 
Joined
20 Jul 2015
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
Country
United Kingdom
No to both - it's literally behind the bottom of the stairs. Previous owners had a drier in there I think but still makes no sense to me.

In that photo, behind the left wall is our neighbours house, right is our dining room and behind is just a standard staircase.

In a straight line to outside you just get the front door, path then pavement.
 
Joined
20 Jul 2015
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
Country
United Kingdom
Could it, like you said just lead to under the floors then?

Living room/dining room is knocked through with half quarry tiles, half original wood floor. Vent cover looks fairly new (no older than 5-10) years and I know the floors were fixed up in that time. I guess they would need some sort of ventilation.

Bet that's a nightmare for rats/mice dying down there.
 
Joined
11 Jan 2004
Messages
38,404
Reaction score
1,793
Country
United Kingdom
It may not "go" anywhere.

But from the position of the grille, I would say the other side of it is somewhere under the staircase.
 
Joined
20 Jul 2015
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
Country
United Kingdom
Possibly, though it looks/seems pointless.

From the age of the house I assume that sort of space was normally used as a pantry.

Google doesn't seem to have any decent answers!
 
Joined
11 Jan 2004
Messages
38,404
Reaction score
1,793
Country
United Kingdom
If it is your house, why not investigate yourself?

Start by removing the grille and go from there.
 
Sponsored Links
L

longdogs

Perhaps someone has fitted it because they had damp/condensation in the cupboard, rising from under the floor and it's just an attempt to let the house breath more.
 
Joined
14 Jan 2008
Messages
9,912
Reaction score
1,150
Location
Staffordshire
Country
United Kingdom
Might have been the "tidy up" any hole made by the previous, through which they ran the tumble drier vent pipe?

I know any right-minded person on here would know the folly of venting tumble drier exhaust anywhere other than outside, but the previous occupants might not have been so right-minded.

Certainly, the previous occupants of my current house merely vented the shower extract straight into the loft. Much damp and growth enjoyed the conditions, until I found it, and rectified the bodge........
 
Joined
28 Jun 2005
Messages
21,549
Reaction score
1,965
Country
United Kingdom
Possibly, though it looks/seems pointless.

From the age of the house I assume that sort of space was normally used as a pantry.
!
Won't be a pantry - they are on an outside wall with solid floor and even a concrete shelf
,even up to 1960's:notworthy:
 
Joined
20 Jul 2015
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
Country
United Kingdom
Thanks everyone. Bodge job by previous owners seems very realistic- there was a lot of that to fix!
 
Sponsored Links
Top