Utility Room Appliances

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Home Inspector with National Property Inspections

How do you check if your utility room appliances are working properly and are safe? While the washing machine and clothes dryer often leave the house with the seller, certain safety checks in the utility room can still be made regardless. 

A qualified home inspector will first check if the clothes dryer's appliance hose connection is secure. The inspector will then check if the vent piping, from the dryer to the vent exit, is in good condition. The vent exit is where the dryer vent ends, and it must vent outside. The inspector will verify that the vent terminates outside and that the outside exhaust port is functional and in good condition, to avoid lint buildup and reduced airflow, which could be a fire hazard.

On the washing machine, the inspector will check to make sure the outlet is grounded in order to operate the washer safely. The inspector will then check to make sure the water hose is approved for use as a water line, and that the washer drain standpipe is the correct size.

For more information on home inspections, commercial property inspections or to find an inspector in you area, go to www.npiweb.com.

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