Archive for the ‘Dryer vent cleaning’ Category

I just finished an inspection that the client didn’t want, at first. Her lending institution told her she needed one to get a loan. (That’s another story) During the course of the inspection things went very well. The house was 30 plus years old and had recently been rehabbed by someone local.

When I got to the heating and cooling I found an item which costs only a few dollars and it was incorrectly installed which could cost someone their life. I found that someone used a clothes dryer vent pipe for a gas flu vent type “b” vent. Needless to say, this won’t work, the back side of the vent was cooked with a large hole in it. Carbon monoxide had been pouring into the house while doing this home inspection until I found this safety issue.

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I immediately turned the heater off and asked the clients and their young kids to go outside and get some fresh air. Fortunately they had not been there but a very short time and fresh air is all they needed and they refused medical treatment. I do carry a small medical bag with me and checked my SPO2 levels which were fine.

Lots of lessons to be learned here. Above all else, GET A HOME INSPECTION!

Some clothes dryer vents need to be cleaned out. When the vent line gets clogged up with lint it takes a lot longer for your clothes to get dry. As a matter of fact, if the dryer vent line is clogged up you could actually have a fire. The Consumer Products Safety Commission states “The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 1998, clothes dryers were associated with 15,600 fires, which resulted in 20 deaths and 370 injuries” and estimates that there are approximately 15,000 clothes dryer fires each year with $97 million worth of damage caused by these fires.

Please, clean out your clothes dryer vent line at least Annually! More if you are a larger family and do more laundry than I do.

I saw what looks like a good product on the internet the other day for cleaning your clothes dryer vent line. It’s called the “Lint Eater” and their web site is www.linteater.com. The unit was priced under $55.00.