What is with the dryer vent? Home inspections in Hobbs New Mexico

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What is with the dryer vent? Home inspections in Hobbs New Mexico

What is with all the dryer vents that are in disrepair?

The vital importance of these vents and or hoods and the ducting to the hoods is taken way too lightly when home owners are in their homes.

I think that most of the issues is an out of site out of mind kinda thing.

This is why getting a "Home Maintenance inspection" for your home. Even if you are not planning on selling your home, this needs to be done. 

Did you know that dryer vents and the ducting is a cause for home fires? And a lot of them happen each and every year.

Here is what I find when inspecting homes. All of these could have been the cause for a fire in that home.

Mis alighned vent hood. Lint filled.This hood ha the entire hood missing. Plus the interior of the ducting was packed with lint.

This could have been a fire.

 

 

Crooked vent hood and a lot of lint.You can clearly see this vent has issues. The hood is not even attached to the home. The flapper will not operate properly. This will allow rodents and insects to enter the home through the open vent.

Rat's nest in vent hood. Here we have a rats nest inside the vent hood. They want to stay warm too. But let's not give them the chance to enter the home to stay warm.

 

 

In Many cases these are an easy fix. But the home owners need to know the issue exists in the first place.  "Home maintenance inspection" would do just that.

 

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Clint  McKie

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Rainmaker
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Adrian Willanger
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Clint-thanks for the photos and explanations.

 

Best-Adrian

Feb 01, 2014 01:46 AM #6
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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These caps or the lack thereof seem to be one of the most negleted serious safety issue we find.  My people seem oblivious.

Feb 01, 2014 05:32 AM #7
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Rob Thomas
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Seems like such an easy thing that is probably neglected more than we think!

Thanks for the post Clint

Rob

Feb 01, 2014 07:25 AM #8
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James Dray
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I'm going to call someone (will let you know when I figure out who).  You are trying to evict a poor helpless family out of their home without proper notification and due course of law.  The rats are as you said just trying to stay warm.  I would find them another place to stay before I moved them out

Feb 01, 2014 07:06 PM #9
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
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Hi Clint.  Such a small repair that good cause big problems.

Feb 01, 2014 07:52 PM #10
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Clint, great reminder to check things we just take for granted! Enjoy the game!

Feb 01, 2014 08:53 PM #11
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Anita,

This is true but often overlooked by the owners and the renters. Who is going to find the issues if any? The inspectors.

Have a nice Sunday in Warner Robins.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 01, 2014 08:57 PM #12
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Clint Mckie
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Hi Lenn,

True, But do this without raising the proverbial "RED FLAG" that buyers sellers and Realtors dislike.

Have a great Super Bowl Sunday in Loudoun County.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 01, 2014 08:59 PM #13
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Clint Mckie
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Hi Winston,

Welcome back. How did you know it was Folgers in my cup? Man you are really good.

Have a nice Sunday watching the game.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 01, 2014 09:03 PM #14
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Michael,

For some reason the "Venting" in the part of the counrty is never correct. From dryer vents to the proper amount of venting for the attic and crawl spaces.

Have a good day in Brentwood.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 01, 2014 09:05 PM #15
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Tom,

I'm sure you know the importance of proper venting on any vent in the home. No one wants a fire.

Have a nice day watching the game in Placerville.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 01, 2014 09:07 PM #16
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hello Adrian,

Just passing on what I have found way too many times on homes.

Thans for the comment and have a very good day in Seattle. Go Seahawks.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 01, 2014 09:08 PM #17
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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I so often find dryer vents in the same condition. Like you say, out of sight, out of mind.  

Feb 01, 2014 09:09 PM #18
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Charles,

There is just way too many of these issues out there that never get the attention till us inspectors list them in the report.

Have a great day in Seattle my friend, go Seahawks.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 01, 2014 09:10 PM #19
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hello Rob,

Very true, often overlooked even by a so called good inspector.

Have a great day in Bristol watching the Game.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 01, 2014 09:12 PM #20
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi James,

I have it! You could do this. Call it James' rodent retreat. This way you could start up a whole new business. Too funny.

Have a nice Super Bowl Sunday in Rogers my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 01, 2014 09:14 PM #21
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Conrad,

Just like the double taps on breakers. Small repair but the issues are huge.

Have a good day watching the game in Webster my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 01, 2014 09:15 PM #22
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Wayne,

They are very big issues. But too often they go un noticed by many inspectors and home owners.

Have a great Super Bowl Sunday in Fort Myers.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 01, 2014 09:17 PM #23
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hello James,

There is a ton of these out there. But try ans sell a "home maintenance inspection". No one wants to pay for one of those. Go figure.

Have a good Super Bowl Sunday in Connecticut.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 01, 2014 09:19 PM #24
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Another day, another dryer vent clog!  I understand there are 50,000 fires per year caused by dryers, that require the fire department.  How many happen where the fire department is not called?

Feb 02, 2014 07:03 AM #25
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