Got lint?

Reblogger Dan Benefield
Real Estate Agent with Benefield Realty

 

Excellent post here from Charles Buell regarding the importance of keeping a clean dryer vent...

Original content by Charles Buell

     I have blogged in the past about the fire hazards associated with dryer lint, and it is a very real hazard. 

Clogged dryer vent cap

     Today’s post is about another problem with dryer lint.

     WATER

     If you clog up the dryer vent cap with lint so that the air cannot escape, all that warm moist air will condense on the inside of the metal pipe all along its run to the clogged cap. 

Metal dryer vent pipe

     Not only will it take WAY more time to dry your clothes, all that moisture has to go somewhere and will eventually leak out of the pipe and into the crawl space or some other place you don’t want it.  Over time this can amount to many gallons of water ponding on the crawl space plastic ground-cover as can be seen in the following picture.  It will also pick your pocket and cost you a lot more money to operate the dryer.

Dryer water in crawl space

     Large amounts of water in the crawl space is conducive to decay/rot, mold, and wood destroying insects not only in the crawl space but elsewhere in the home as well.  This will result in picking your pocket and costing you even more money in repairs----all for the want of 60 seconds of maintenance.

     How clean and functional is your dryer vent cap?

 

Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector

 

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Very good post, thanks for reblogging it, very good information.

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Barbara Heil-Sonneck
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Hi Dan, great advice for any homeowner, and something I would guess often overlooked. Thanks for sharing.

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Hi Dan----thanks for the reblog

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Thanks for stopping by guys. I appreciate the comments.

Charles - you're welcome, good post.

July 04, 2010 04:04 PM
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Very good post -- my neighbor's house burned a few years ago due to dryer lint -- it was truly sad standing in the street in the middle of the night watching it burn.

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