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Plastic dryer hose must be replaced to avoid a lint fire

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plastic dryer hose

Do you have this white plastic hose from the back of your dryer? Does it pass through a wall or floor (see picture)?

Often do I see the flexible, cheap plastic hose snaked through ceilings, above boilers, through garages, and depositing into gable vents. All of which are typically not allowed for fire safety reasons.

You can no longer purchase this type of hose in New York state for dryer venting, and for good reason. Laziness.

Most people do not keep the stuff free of lint 'cause they never clean it, Well, some people do, but from what I see it is few and far between.

A good appliance contractor will be able to update this hose with metal exhaust piping which is now required any place this piping must penetrate a wall or floor.

If your do a lot of laundry, this piping will need to be cleaned at least a couple of times per year, If you don't want to pay for it do it yourself. If you are not the type, you will need to pay for this! And you SHOULD to protect you, your family, and your home.

Ray Wilson is a Home Inspector, covering all of Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk), the 5 boroughs of NYC and now upstate NY. For any home inspection related questions he can be reached at Meticulous Home Inspection Corporation. He can be reached at 631-902-6761.


Important to know - one of the more significant causes of house fires is the clothes dryer. Never leave it running while you're out of the home!

Submitted by Ray Wilson on
Hello and thanks for commenting! PVC pipe is typically not allowed for dryer exhausts, and must be metal pipe like 4 inch smoke pipe that is on your gas water heater exhaust. No plastics can be installed for dryer venting within walls/floors in new construction.

Like Debbie, we ran a straight hard line through to the outside and have never had an issue. Good tips Ray.

Submitted by Ray Wilson on
Hi Anita and thank you for commenting! I hope it is not pvc? Metal pipe is what must be used here in NY for dryer venting, and no exterior vent with a plastic cage to trap lint.

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