Home inspection in Carlsbad New Mexico. Is the dryer drying anything?

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Home inspection in Carlsbad New Mexico. Is the dryer drying anything?

This issue is almost becoming the norm for home inspections in Carlsbad New Mexico.

Not that the dryer is not drying the clothes the owners wants to get dried, but the way the venting has been ran into the attic. This dryer vent has been this way since day one.

Home built in 1980. 1,700 SQFT. Dryer is located in the garage.

Many home owners don't have a clue as to where their dryer vent goes to unless it is the simplest install with the vent going out the exterior wall to a proper dryer vent hood.

When ever the vent is ran into the attic, this is a recipe for a potentially disastrous situation. One small sparks and the entire attic would have been engulfed in fire. Here is what I found when inspecting this home.

Dryer vented to attic.

This is actually the vent coming out of the blown in cellulose. There is about Two inches of lint and pet hair in the attic areas around the vent.

Lint covered access panel.

This access door or panel to the attic is covered with lint.

This makes for a really messy inspection of the attic areas when inspecting the home for the buyers.

Not to mention all the moisture being thrown into the attic warping the rafters and decking.

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Clint  McKie

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Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hello Debbie,

That was a smart move on their part. Never want any lint build up any where.

Have a nice weekend in Clarksville.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 18, 2014 09:00 PM #35
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Bill,

Good for you on cleaning your dryer venting system.

Never know when you might have an issue. Always use a certified inspector when getting a home inspection.

Have a nice day in Destin Florida.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 18, 2014 09:02 PM #36
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Michael,

And this is not the worst I have ever found when inspecting a home. Yes there are worse ones out there. Always do a Complete home inspection.

Have a good day in Brentwood.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 18, 2014 09:04 PM #37
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Roy,

Yes it is. Always get a full home inspection. Never cut corners to save money.

Have a great day in Gaithersburg.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 18, 2014 09:05 PM #38
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Adrian,

Way too much. People don't think of the consequences of what they do.

Have a good day in the Seattle Area my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 18, 2014 09:07 PM #39
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Pamela,

There is a number of issues that could cause a dryer to stop drying. A plugged vent is a big one that could end up causing a fire.

Have a good day at Menifee lakes.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 18, 2014 09:13 PM #40
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Barbara,

This should never be an issue at all. These vents need to be correct, but many installers never pay attention to what they are doing.

Have a nice weekend in Connecticut.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 18, 2014 09:16 PM #41
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Jack,

You hit the nail on the head with this comment. Always want a certified inspector that will find the issues if any. One find could save the lives of the owners or the buyers down the road.

Have a nice Sunday and thanks for the comment.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 18, 2014 09:18 PM #42
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Joan,

Vents can and do run everywhere. The best is to run them out the outside wall right behind the dryer. But when the dryer is on the inside walls of a home. The vent needs to go up buy still needs to go out of the home.

Have a great day and thanks for the comment.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 18, 2014 09:20 PM #43
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi James,

Yep, not right at all. Dumps the lint into the attic.

Have a nice Sunday in Rogers.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 18, 2014 09:22 PM #44
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Jay,

I had mentioned to the buyer before I even opened the attic area that the vent goes into the attic. Then I showed them the access door with all the lint on it. They shook their heads and said "Now there is a major issue". Yep.

Have a nice Sunday in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 18, 2014 09:24 PM #45
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi James,

Actually no smell at all up there. I don't think they used many dryer sheets.

Have a nice day in Connecticut.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 18, 2014 09:26 PM #46
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Hearing inspection stories like this makes me wonder why it is so difficult to get it right? 

Jan 18, 2014 10:05 PM #47
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Great post Clint and Vegas Bob can relate but in a different case ... I live with a large Burmese family and coming from another country when they first arrive in America they don't know how to use washers, dryers, etc. In fact when we first moved into a new home we had a gas dryer and it was 3-4 days before the gas was turned on in the home. The Burmese kept asking Vegas Bob why their clothes weren't drying ... "Go Figure"

Your post has been featured at the group: CUSTOMER SERVICE

And yes ventilation with dryers is very important!

VB ;o)

Jan 19, 2014 12:16 AM #48
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Rob Ernst
Certified Structure Inspector - Reno, NV
Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor

Clint, I think the question here might be- What is the R-Value of dryer lint?

 

Jan 19, 2014 12:42 AM #49
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Susan,

Me too. How hard is it to do things right the first time?

Thanks for the comment.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 19, 2014 09:51 PM #50
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Bob,

Too funny. I guess education is key to the use of dryers and other appliances within the home for your family.

Have a great day and week in Vegas my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 19, 2014 09:52 PM #51
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Rob,

About a .5 that's it. LOL

Have a great day in the Reno area my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 19, 2014 09:53 PM #52
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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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It does pay for the home buyer to have an inspection completed you never know what an inspector will find. Have a great day.

Jan 20, 2014 01:17 AM #53
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Pat,

These situations should have not been in the home in the first place.

You are right. Never know what we might find when inspecting a home.

Have a great week and thanks for the comment.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 20, 2014 06:46 PM #54
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