Lint Wash

Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

The laundry is one home feature that has moved up the importance of location ladder over the years. I make this observation by what I have seen through my years of inspecting Connecticut homes. With older homes, the laundry is almost always in the basement, as homes get newer the laundry is often on the one of the living levels. The kitchen seemed popular for a time, now near the bedrooms appears to be preferred.

Lint, lint every where.If the home is older or the laundry happens to be in the traditional location of the basement, people will often have it moved on up. So it would appear was the case in a home I inspected not long ago.

As I was inspecting the exterior the lint wash on the siding first caught my attention. The dryer duct I saw was vented through the soffit. It was also a little worse for wear missing most of the louvers. Which begs the first question, how are the louvers supposed to close when they point down towards the ground? Secondly nothing should be vented through the soffit, especially when there are attic vents installed. The soffit vents around the dryer duct are filled with lint.

Can you see two chimney's?The other problem is the duct has been run through a wall into the attic. This breaches the fire protection of the wall and creates a chimney directly to the attic. Speaking of fire hazards, what about cleaning the duct? The vent was on the back of a two story home on a hill. It's a long way up to get at the duct.

What was really mind boggling about this whole set up was the duct could have been run directly out the laundry room wall. A straight shot just and just a few feet away. All the effort spent to put in the dryer duct wrong and create a potential hazard could have been so very easily avoided.

That is the most perplexing thing of all, the great effort spent to do it all wrong.



James Quarello
Connecticut Licensed Home Inspector
2010 - 2011 SNEC-ASHI President
NRSB #8SS0022
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Former SNEC-ASHI President
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Jim, that reminds me of the Windows pipe screensavers, LOL. Hey, it's art....

Jan 24, 2011 11:36 PM #1
Keith Gilkey
Re/Max Chesapeake - Elkton, MD
410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake

Good information! This will give us another item we should pay attention to at the time of listing a home. Thanks for the blog.

Jan 24, 2011 11:39 PM #2
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Good Morning James, excellent information for the home owner to review.  Do it right or contract it out.

Jan 24, 2011 11:44 PM #3
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Jim, in a few months, the birds would have built a nest in that hole...

Jan 25, 2011 12:01 AM #4
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Jim, makes one wonder if that installer was getting paid by the hour. They probably didn't know how to cut a hole through the siding and make the vent fit flush

Jan 25, 2011 12:12 AM #5
Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
C.O.O., Winslow Homes

Makes me wonder who the heck was installing that?  Did it look like the homeowner had done it perhaps?  I would think most professionals would have the tools and knowledge for making a nice cut in the wall, and wouldn't want to work so hard as to run it up, through a fire wall, and out the soffit.

What a nightmare!

Jan 25, 2011 03:01 AM #6
Dale Ganfield
Leland, NC

Hi James, like in one of your previous posts, the installer had to work really hard to put it in that way. 

Jan 25, 2011 04:46 AM #7
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Jim perhaps they were trying to heat the attic :)

Jan 25, 2011 05:35 AM #8
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

The American way - take something easy to do and make it complicated and difficult to maintain.


Jan 25, 2011 09:47 AM #9
Dawn Crawley
Dawn Crawley Realty - Pinehurst, NC
Find Pinehurst Homes

Lint is such and exciting subject:) But it is important to remember these things as you can create fire hazards and problems when it is time for the home inspection!

Jan 25, 2011 09:52 AM #10
Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
Delivering the Unbiased Truth.

Yeah, what the heck is that vent doing below the soffit vents?  Soffit vents bring air IN!  Also, where is the insulation? Don't tell me that's another house with no insulation in the attic.

Jan 25, 2011 01:40 PM #11
Joe Kenny
Realty Executive Midwest - Darien, IL
Better Than Your Average Joe

Jim, you ever wonder why people don't call you first before they do things to their homes?

Jan 25, 2011 03:51 PM #12
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Andrea, Funny, I can see that.

Advanced, Glad this was helpful.

Dan, In this case doing sensibly would be the theme.

Michael, For sure! Or one of Nutsy's cousins would have found his way in.

Ed, They sure did a nice job fitting the vent into the soffit :)

Jeremy, It appeared to have been done well. I wonder if the owners insisted it be run as I found it. Even then where was the permits and associated inspections? Begs many questions.

Dale, Am I theme writing :)

Charlie, which may explain the absence of insulation.

Jay, Sounds just about right to me. It is very modern though.

Dawn, LOL, yes I guess lints not very sexy.

Reuben, Yep, sucks all that lint right into the attic. The insulation a was missing just from the few bays you see in the picture.

Joe, All the time :)

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