Sing the Song Now - Seven Ways To Kill Your Dryer!

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

Sing the Song Now - Seven Ways To Kill Your Dryer!

One of the most dangerous appliances in the house is the dryer.  Not maintained, or incorrectly vented, it can burn the house down!  And they do, tens of thousands of times a year in this country.

Can I introduce you to seven ways to kill your dryer?

In home inspector classes, we learn a lot of mumbo jumbo (sometimes it's jumbo mumbo).  Actually it is usually pretty good information!

As regards dryers we learn things like:  a dryer vent should extend no more than 25' vertically or horizontally from a dryer.  And for every 90 degree turn, 5' should be reduced from that 25'.  And 3' should be reduced for each 45 degree turn.  So, if a dryer vent has two 90 degree turns, its vent should not extend more than 15'.

AND THE MORE TURNS THERE ARE INCREASES THE CHANCE FOR CLOGGING.

To properly understand today's post, you have to be familiar with Paul Simon's song, "Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover."  It's best to sing along as you read this post.  And I paraphrase:

I said it's really not my habit to intrude
Furthermore I hope my meaning won't be lost or misconstrued
So I repeat myself, at the risk of being crude
There are at least seven ways to kill your dryer, seven ways to kill your dryer...

 

Just slip out the back, Jack

 

 

 

 

And make a new plan, Stan

 

 

 

 

No need to be coy, Roy

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                Just get yourself free!

 

 

 

Hop on the bus, Gus,
don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the grill, to me, and get yourself free

Just drop off the grill, to me, and get yourself free...

YOU SANG THE SONG, DIDN'T YOU!

Yes, these photos are all from the same dryer at one house!  Including the photo on the left!!  I told my client the dryer would only be tested for one minute, because I wanted to obey the first two rules of home inspections:

Rule #1 - Don't burn the house down, and
Rule #2 - Pay real close attention to Rule #1.

She agreed!  Thank goodness...

Now, if we employ vent footage less turns rule of thumb on this dryer, let's see.  The vent tubing is 26 or 27' or so.  There are six 90s and one 45 turn, plus the mess behind the dryer, um, calculating -- this dryer vent should terminate 6 feet INSIDE the dryer!  Yep, that's it!

Give or take...

My recommendation:  the dryer vent is crucially important to the safe functioning of the dryer.  It really is true.  Look around, especially at the exterior opening, and make sure things look safe.  If they do not, maybe the seller has some 'splainin' to do...

Oh, and don't put a grill over the dryer vent!

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Jay Markanich
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Hey Mr. A!  Yes!  I see them often and they are an exceptionally bad idea.  As the post says, they were the new plan.  Not!

Nov 26, 2018 05:20 AM #52
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Gordon Crawford
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Jay, I sang the song and now I can't get it out of my head!  Wonderful post.

Nov 26, 2018 06:51 AM #53
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Joe Pryor
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Yesw I did sing along with everyone and for the 7 ways I will sleep on it tonight.

Nov 26, 2018 01:02 PM #54
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Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
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Hi Jay, I love this song, and you have a really informative post, thanks for sharing this!

Nov 26, 2018 01:39 PM #55
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Jay Markanich
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I'd say I'm sorry, Gordon, but obviously that was my evil intent.

Joe - rest well!

Thanks Elisa.  Stop by again!

Nov 26, 2018 02:41 PM #56
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John Henry, Florida Architect
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Obviously the architect put the dryer in a bad location or the installation could have been better worked out.  Is there a way to get a fan at the exterior to suck the stuff out??

Nov 28, 2018 04:52 AM #57
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Jay Markanich
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John - this is the classic case of a homeowner wanting the dryer in a different location and trying to make it happen.  So necessarily the dryer vent is the long and winding road!  As to the fan to draw out lint, as you say, I have never seen one and expect it would goop up with lint pretty fast.

Nov 28, 2018 04:59 AM #58
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Ron Aguilar
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excellent post, I normally clean the lint filter after each use.

Nov 28, 2018 09:37 AM #59
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Jay Markanich
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Thanks Ron!  That filter is inside the dryer, and only captures about 80% of the lint.  The build up happens elsewhere, like at the outside opening as is shown in the post.

Nov 28, 2018 09:50 AM #60
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Theresa Akin
CORPUS CHRISTI REALTY GROUP - Corpus Christi, TX

I sang it too, to the dogs disdain. May have hurt his ears a bit. Just because the dryer is a heavy duty doesn't mean one should put 40 lbs. load of towels in and on high heat for an hour or longer. Neighbor laughed one day when i was using the dry vac to clean the vent hose. just too easy to clean and only takes couple minutes. Regular vacuum with hose attachment works great on inside lint trap area also. 

Nov 28, 2018 11:07 AM #61
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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Catchy headline!  And good reminder.  Doing this tonight!

Nov 28, 2018 12:25 PM #62
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Kevin Mackessy
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These are items that only need yearly attention, and yet they are put off for much longer.  

Nov 28, 2018 01:22 PM #63
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Theresa - common sense should rule with dryers!  Your points are good.

Be sure to sing, Mary.  It makes it go quickly!

Kevin - with many in the family it may be more than once a year!

Nov 28, 2018 02:14 PM #64
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Yes, I did sing the song and I have that song stuck in my head now, thank you. LOL

Great information Jay!

Nov 29, 2018 06:22 AM #65
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Jay Markanich
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That was my evil goal all along, Sharon.  Sing it all day!

And thanks, glad you liked the information!

Nov 29, 2018 06:24 AM #66
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Great advice and great song!

Dec 04, 2018 12:51 PM #67
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Jay Markanich
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Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I'm glad you liked the blog, Anthony, and you can thank Paul Simon for the song!

Dec 04, 2018 02:41 PM #68
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Donald A. Masters
Master Home & Building Inspections, LLC - Rockville, MD

Fabulous post Jay! I like rule number 2.

What's your thinking about the new homes that are constructed with the vent pipe run vertically venting on the roof? We ran into one recently where the vent door was clogged where the moisture could no longer exit and was backing up into the attic space and had totally rotted out the plywood surrounding it. With support just being held in place with the shingles, I would hate to be the one who happened to step on the roof in that area. 

Jan 23, 2019 10:27 AM #69
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Jay Markanich
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Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thanks Donald.  The venting through the roof phenomenon has been going on for over 20 years in this area.  I was an immediate opponent.  And vertical used to be considered bad practice and now it's normal!

And I have many thermal images of dryer vents clogged and bleeding heat, and lint, into the attic space.  It's very dangerous.

And I've had many blogs on this, not surprisingly.

Here are a couple of them:

https://activerain.com/blogsview/4874522/who-is-responsible-to-clean-the-dryer-vent-in-a-condo-

https://activerain.com/blogsview/3529492/a-dryer-vent-through-the-roof-is-a-very-dangerous-thing

 

Jan 23, 2019 12:32 PM #70
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Dryer lint screens are not something some people consider a regular part of cleaning...but should.

Feb 03, 2019 03:59 AM #71
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