Dryer Vent Safety- Again

Home Inspector with SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno 450.004175

How many times do people need to be reminded about dryer vents? Never too many is the answer. There are even clever commercials now from Farmer's Insurance Group showing a 17 foot tall ball of lint and the teacher torches the ball with a flame thrower to remind viewers how flammable the dryer lint can be.

One reason there are so many of these accordion type dryer vents still being used today is that the major appliance installation companies insist on showing up to install your new dryer with a new package of flexible dryer vent. It's so much easier to just hook up a dryer 4 feet away from the wall, connect all the vents, then shove the whole mess right up against the wall. This crimps the vent, slows air flow, eventually clogging up and creating the perfect fire starting situation.

If I was buying a dryer that to be installed, I would insist on the installer using an aluminum dryer duct.

This is what a "normal installation" looks like several months later after normal use. 

Check out this video I made several years ago about the aftermath of a dryer vent fire in my own neighborhood. This family ended living in a hotel from March to December waiting for their home to be repaired. They finally got back into their home just before Christmas. The video I admit is terrible, but I hope you get the picture.


Dryer vent fire video on youtube



For your family's safety, call Scott at SLS Home Inspections at 815-644-6271 to schedule your inspection. 


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Scott Seaton-The Home Inspector With A Heart 

SLS Home Inspections @815-644-6271

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Comments (5)

Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Don't laugh at the video I made. It was my first one and it was pretty bad.

Sep 19, 2019 07:19 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector I have the aluminum dryer duct.... they should stop selling the old type...good post...

Sep 19, 2019 07:19 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

The thought of having a dryer vent fires is scary! A great example of what happens when you push the dryer back. Most people don't know there should also be as few bends and it is as short as possible for efficient dryer operation. 

Sep 19, 2019 07:21 AM
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Broker / Real Estate Advocate

Very good information that ALL property inspectors better look at...  !  At least have a comment or two in the inpection report, like CLEAN IT OUT.

Sep 19, 2019 08:26 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Scott - How many times does this information need to be provided?  It remains an issue so it's seems you are correct - it needs to be said many times and reinforced often.

Nov 29, 2019 04:47 AM