Recently I added a room to my house requiring that the gas dryer vent be
rerouted. The contractor routed it up into the attic. He was going to run
it through the attic then outside the house but never finished it. He said
it would be fine just up into the attic without being vented outside.
Are there any problems just leaving it venting inside the attic?
Yea, it will be just fine and he will be back and be glad to have you
pay him to replace all the damage it does. All those vents in your roof are
there to remove warm moist air, and now you are pumping warm moist air into
the attic every time you run the dryer.
He is either a liar or totally incompetent.
If you find the right neighborhood and ask around, you will be able to find
someone who will break the contractor's legs and fingers for a very
reasonable fee. Do it before he continues on his path of destruction.
The dryer needs to be vented outside. Period. End of story. And, cutting a
hole in the roof for such a thing is absolutely ridiculous. Do not let him
cut the roof. Where is this dryer? Basement? First floor? On an outside wall
or close to one?
Check the gas regulations. A vent for a gas dryer not only takes the
moisture from the clothes but is also the vent (read chimney) for the gas
heaters -- this is the same as venting a heater into the attic. Regulations
require it to be vented OUTSIDE.
Absolutely! You do NOT want that moist air pumping into your attic,
unless you enjoy things like mold, rot and peeling paint. If you live
in a cold climate, you can add ice dams to the list of fun
consequences. You should call your contractor back and make him
install a soffit vent. That was inexcusable.
Any gas appliance needs to be vented outside.
The shorter the distance to the outside, either wall or roof, the
better it will be since the vent pipe will have to be cleaned from
time to time. (When we install new jacks on a roofing job I sometimes
see dryer pipes that are completely clogged with lint).
A straight, non-flexible, vent pipe will be more efficient and easier
to clean. Also, don't use screws to attach sections of pipe since
they will catch the lint and tend to clog up the pipe--better to tape
the sections together, if necessary.
Of course not, if you don't use the dryer, or don't mind major
moisture-induced damage. Or combustion by-products inside the
For one, it's probably a code-violation, and should be remedied ASAP.
For another, if you paid for it to be vented outside, that should be
That contractor cut big corners, and lied. Don't trust him, if you
one other thing nobody has mentioned... a big part of the reason for
venting isnt in the summer, but in the winter. you want the air space in
the attic to be about the same temp as the outside air to keep the snow from
melting too quickly and re freezing as it hits the edge where the roof
overhangs the house. this is known as an ice dam. pumping heat into the
attic will cause them.
....and boy oh boy are ice dams fun. My ex wife had a 6 foot section of
plaster wall pretty much turn to mud this past winter, all because of an ice
dam just a foot wide. The details are too horrible to discuss further.
Considering the frequency with which we see questions in this NG about attic
fans, it's astounding that anyone would even entertain the idea of pumping
hot, moist air into an attic, regardless of the safety consequences.
The room is an interior room. Sounds like I have to fire this guy. He
hasn't called me back in a week anyway. Can anyone recommend a competent
contractor in the Houston area to clean up this guy's work?
In CA contractors are required to have a license for doing any work over
$500.00. This assures you that they are bonded and insured and it gives you
some recourse, but you still need to check them out carefully because a
license isn't an absolute guarantee that they are responsible. I don't know
if TX has a similar requirement.
Get references before you hire. Don't hire anyone who only gives you a PO
Box for an address. Don't pay more than 1/3 down.
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