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As Soon As I Saw The Dryer Vent Hood I Thought It Was Clogged

As soon as I saw the dryer vent hood I thought it was clogged.


It isn't the proper exhaust hood for a dryer vent that discharges through the roof.

That vent is made for a bathroom or kitchen.

Aside from being the wrong kind of dryer vent hood, it is perched way up on the roof (that picture is taken with a long photo lens), hard to see and get to, and hard to keep clean.

And I could see a little lint popping out here and there.

When I showed it to my older, widowed client, she caught on immediately.  "How am I going to clean that?"

I said, "You aren't.  You will have to hire somebody.  But we will look inside to see how clogged it is now."

And we weren't disappointed.

I was very clogged.  The lint is being blown toward the right side onto the roof sheathing and rafter.  And there is moisture staining elsewhere.

How else can you tell there was a clog?

Mighty Mo!

During the dryer operation the heat can clearly be seen passing from the right side of the cover, right where the lint is in the photo above.

The dryer had only been on about 5 minutes, and yet the heat generated a long way from it was already at 100F.  As that clog becomes more pronounced, and I expect it was very clogged at this point, the dryer can overheat, and literally burn.  Yep, a very high percentage cause of house fires is from dryers overheating.

I have this kind of post often because it is crucially important to keep that location clean!

My recommendation:  sometimes you don't have to see something to believe it.  But a thermal camera can demonstrate some things in ways that photos cannot.  While it was apparent  from the photograph that the dryer vent was clogged, the thermal image demonstrates  it!  I asked my client to send me a video of her climbing up there to pop off that cover and clean that baby out!  She said she would.



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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


Comment balloon 8 commentsJay Markanich • May 05 2017 08:39AM


Excellent Jay! Isn't that also a fire concern?

Posted by Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management) over 3 years ago

If any were no believers before, they are now that they have seen the test results from your Mighty Mo.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. Way to go "Mighty Mo"! No surprise here! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. Oh wow, this is really scary. Do you think she will ask the seller to relocate the vent or opt out? I would.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

I had a seller tell me the other day they had to run their dryer through two full drying cycles to get their clothes dry.... hmmmmm

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

Dennis - yes, tens of thousands every year.  It says in the blog a "high percentage," though I'm not sure what that percentage is.

S&N - sometimes Mighty Mo can make the obvious visually clear.

Wayne - sometimes he calls me from his case, so anxious to get out!

Sheila - I don't know about relocation, but the cover needs to be changed.  Getting to the cover will need a ladder, though.

You'd think they would understand that is not right, Fred.  Couple long runs with clogging, and, well...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

We'll be looking for that video Jay...amazing that there has not been a fire !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 3 years ago

When I get it, you'll see it, S&D!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

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