Dryer vents and why they don't work.

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Dryer vents and why they don't work.

There has been a rash of bad dryer vents lately. These dryer vents need to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. There are big issues that can come from a bad dryer vent being left in operation

( or in many cases not in proper operation)

Follow this link for more information. Dryer vents cause fires. 

These vents can cause a house fire when your not home. How many of you had started the dryer just to run to town or leave the home to run an errand. Mean while the dryer is on and heating up.

This is why the dryer vents need to operate properly.

Here is a dryer vent that has been stuffed full of insulation. And the reason being? This vent is no longer in use. So why did'nt the sellers remove the vent? Could it be there was a gas line right in front of the vent?

 Dryer vent hood stuffed full.

In this picture the dryer vent is so badly caked with with lint. The back flow preventer will not operate as it should.

Bad flapper valve. Lint build up bad.

Broken back flow flapper.

You can see the feces of the insects that have been in and around the vent.

Keep your dryer vents in good working order. If not there may be a few unwanted guests in your home.

At Desert Sun Home Inspections, we strive to bring the best home inspection and home safety to the client.

Have a great day everyone.

Posted by


Clint  McKie

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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Clint, I installed a new one a couple of years ago. Time to check it again. Thanks for the reminder.

Oct 04, 2012 02:55 AM #34
Ashley Connolly
Northeast Water Wells Inc - Jaffrey, NH

Clint, great post , I am going to go outside and check my vent right now!!!

Oct 04, 2012 03:17 AM #35
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Hi Clint-really looks like maintenance and repairs could have fixed these issues. Thanks for the photos.


Have a great rest of the week-Adrian

Oct 04, 2012 04:57 AM #36
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good afternoon Clint.

I would recommend cleaning the vent once a year.

A great post indeed.

Oct 04, 2012 05:24 AM #37
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Clint -- that is a great assemblage of pictures showing various ways these vents can be messed up.  It is a shame that people don't think to take care of them, though since most are out of sight, they are probably forgotten - until too late.

Oct 04, 2012 06:53 AM #38
Bryan Robertson
Intero Real Estate - Los Altos, CA
Broker, Author, Speaker

Those pictures tell a compelling story.  Another is that dryers won't work right or overwork to dry when vents aren't clear.  I did a detailed cleaning of my vent but it was well worth the hour long project.

Oct 04, 2012 08:56 AM #39
Jean Hanley
Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters - Hemet, CA
Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes
Clint, good advice. About two months ago, a house on my street caught fire because the dryer vent had been re-routed thru the garage, and destroyed the house.
Oct 04, 2012 09:19 AM #40
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

Wow that is quite the collection of lint.  That stuff accumulates fast it looks.

Oct 04, 2012 09:45 AM #41
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

The potential for fire is so obvious. I am not sure why anyone would neglect this.

Oct 04, 2012 10:49 AM #42
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Never underestimate the need for a properly functioning dryer vent cover Clint! Great illustrative photos.

Oct 04, 2012 01:15 PM #43
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Clint, these photos are perfectly disgusting and motivaters to check our dryer vents! Yuck! :)


Oct 04, 2012 01:31 PM #44
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Congratulation on being featured Clint.  Another excellent post

Oct 04, 2012 03:17 PM #45
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Clint, I never leave anything running when I am not at home … ever.  If I run to the store, I turn off anything that may be running.  I know that most people don’t think about what’s running … they just go about doing what they need to do.  Dryer vents are one of the many ignored items that need routine maintenance.

Oct 04, 2012 05:22 PM #46
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Heat loss and cold air intrusion through dryer vents when not used causes draft, waste of energy for sure.

Oct 04, 2012 08:07 PM #47
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Clint.  Wow!  Check out the fire insurance policy.

Oct 04, 2012 08:52 PM #48
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Everyone.

This was a really good response to the post.

Dryer vents are the leading cause for home fires in the U.S.A.

Follow this post to find out more about how to check and make your home safer from a dryer vent fire.

I want to thank each and every one of you the comments. There has been way too many homes lost to dryer vent fires. All of these losses could have been prevented.

Have a great day everyone.

All my Best, Clint McKie


Oct 04, 2012 09:19 PM #49
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Yeah, so you say, but at least they used good drywall screws to install that last vent! 

I had one the other day, unused for some time, but it was a hole completely open to the outdoors!

Good post Clint.

Oct 04, 2012 09:38 PM #50
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Jay,

And when they remove the vent they can reuse the screws as well.

How ingenuous, multiple use screws.

Have a great day in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Oct 04, 2012 09:50 PM #51
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thanks for the post and the reminder to check the dryer vent.

Oct 04, 2012 10:42 PM #52
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Gita,

Always here to help the Readers.

Thanks for the comment.

Best, Clint McKie

Oct 04, 2012 10:50 PM #53
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