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Neighbor's new ventilation blowing large amount of fume/steam to my private driveway

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Neighbor's new ventilation blowing large amount of fume/steam to my private driveway

According to attached picture, when I was backing up my car into driveway tonight the windshield is suddenly covered by large amount of white steam. I got out of the car and found my neighbor installed a new ventilation today and its blowing across my private driveway right into the wall of my house.

I'm going to talk to my neighbor tomorrow but before I speak to him, I hope someone can share some tips if this is valid and if there is any bylaw or building code I can use to protect myself in case he refuses to act.

Thank you

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Mar 18, 2012
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If it's got more than 5ft of clearance to your wall it should be fine. Don't part your car in front of it.
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but the steam is actually hitting my wall. Is this rule from bylaw ?
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Youre screwed and have no recourse so long as it has 7 ft clearance and it’s not a shared driveway

Now, you may have some recourse being that it looks like it blows directly at your window, but that still doesn’t technically violate any codes


7' above the paved driveway (code: 8.14.8 (b): A Vent shall not terminate less than 7 ft (2.1 m) above a paved sidewalk or a paved driveway that is located on public property). the code in your post is 8.14.8
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Is there any rules for the diameter of the pipe tho ? It very obvious that the steam has high velocity to blow further away.
I've been living in house for many years but this is my first time ever seeing someone would install their ventilation to blow right across neighbor's driveway at 6 ft tall.
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try to work with him on having it pointed higher maybe or routed to the front and pointed at the road
In the end, it is steam, is the concern it will condense on the house and cause a freeze/thaw on the bricks?
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Red_Army wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 10:20 pm
7' above the paved driveway (code: 8.14.8 (b): A Vent shall not terminate less than 7 ft (2.1 m) above a paved sidewalk or a paved driveway that is located on public property). the code in your post is 8.14.8
But it's not a public driveway. So as stated, screwed. It adhears to the law. The 7 ft rule allows for the furnace gasses to dissipate before hitting the building, most likely it's 90% moisture that's coming out of that pipe anyways.
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RHarrison wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 10:28 pm
But it's not a public driveway. So as stated, screwed. It adhears to the law. The 7 ft rule allows for the furnace gasses to dissipate before hitting the building, most likely it's 90% moisture that's coming out of that pipe anyways.
Did you not read my first sentence?
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veryboredguy wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 10:27 pm
try to work with him on having it pointed higher maybe or routed to the front and pointed at the road
In the end, it is steam, is the concern it will condense on the house and cause a freeze/thaw on the bricks?
Freeze wall is one concern, in fact they never fix their rain gutter so i've been having problem with potential icicle hazard for years.
There would be so many other concerns but at the end of day who wants their driveway covered with steam for the whole winter ?
tell me if im just being a jerk
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Ask if you can put an elbow on it to aim up, down, or sideways whichever route is best.

It does seem a wee nitpicky.
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Every pipe I've seen installed points up, not sure why it's not the case of OP's neighbour, or is it just my neighbourhood that's like that?

Definitely talk to them, but I bet if OP added an elbow himself the neighbour would never notice it.
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Jon Lai wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 11:06 pm
Every pipe I've seen installed points up, not sure why it's not the case of OP's neighbour, or is it just my neighbourhood that's like that?

Definitely talk to them, but I bet if OP added an elbow himself the neighbour would never notice it.
This is done to prevent things from dropping into the lines, rain, snow, icicles debris etc. and so that it’s not blowing directly into your attic soffit
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Does anyone know if property line has anything to do ? Refer to the picture, the whole driveway is within my property lines.
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Should it be pointing down? To avoid rain, snow, critters, etc.
Jon Lai wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 11:06 pm
Every pipe I've seen installed points up, not sure why it's not the case of OP's neighbour, or is it just my neighbourhood that's like that?
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On second thought, I think the ones I've seen pointed up does elbow back sideways, but I haven't seen anyone's steam travel as far as 7ft like the OP claims.

OP, are you required to give any access to the driveway to your neighbour or is it completely private? If it's completely private, wouldn't you be able to do anything you want on your driveway to prevent the steam from hitting your house?
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