Take the 2-minute tour ×
Home Improvement Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for contractors and serious DIYers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

The house I bought has dryer vent that runs from the dryer into the ceiling. Besides being an eyesore it is also loose/flimsy.

enter image description here

I'm redoing the laundry room and would like to make this more attractive. So far I've thought about enclosing vent in drywall. I'd appreciate any ideas. As a side note, I think it must vent through the roof because I can't find any air movement around the house while the dryer is running.

share|improve this question
1  
Do NOT enclose it. you want access to it for cleaning/replacing as needed. If anything, maybe enclose it in a cupboard so you can still easily get to it. –  DA01 Feb 14 '12 at 5:41
    
@DA01 is spot on. When we moved in to our house, the dryer vent went down through a crawlspace with no access panel. I had to cut through the floor to clean it and eventually replace it. You definitely want it to remain accessible. –  Steve Fallows Feb 15 '12 at 3:26
    
Update: while demoing the bathroom (next room over) I learned the walls are 2x6 so I was able to run a new dryer vent withing the wall (in far left corner of photo) and vent outside for a much better solution. Also, got a dryer vent cleaner (basically a brush with long tube that attaches to a power drill. Worked great on old vent -- never put the drill in reverse!!! –  Andrew Dec 10 '12 at 3:37
    
Here's the finished result newyuma.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-laundry-room-makeover.html I did enclose the vent in the wall. This is perfectly sound. Most all new construction runs the vent between walls or floor joists. I bought a duct cleaning brush, which hooks up to a power drill. –  Andrew Dec 30 '12 at 18:12

1 Answer 1

up vote 10 down vote accepted

Before you do anything, you must figure out where it goes. It really has to vent outside. If it vents into the attic, you are going to have serious issues, including the potential of mold and rot as the hot, moist air is vented into an unconditioned space. It is (usually) against building codes to vent into the attic for this reason.

If it is venting through a roof or soffit vent, or out a wall, you're probably okay. It's best to keep runs as short as possible and with as few bends as possible. Dryer lint building up in the pipe can pose a fire hazard, so the shorter and straighter it is, the less chance there is to have anything build up, and the easier it is to clean out if needed.

Assuming it's vented properly, then I think boxing it in with drywall is a great way to go, and in fact is exactly what I did (in the corner):

enter image description here

You should also consider an in-line lint trap (I probably would have put one in if I knew about them):

enter image description here

I'd also recommend using straight vent pipe where possible, as it is smooth inside which reduces the opportunity for lint to attach and block the pipe. The rigid stuff you have is alright (way better than the white plastic crap) but it is still ridged inside.

enter image description here

share|improve this answer
    
how do you clean it when it's boxed in drywall? –  DA01 Feb 14 '12 at 5:42
2  
@DA01 good point. I used straight (smooth) vent pipe, so I don't expect I'll have much issue except for the elbow at the top. However, I would probably use a dryer vent cleaning brush (which is basically a 4" wire brush on the end of a 10' or so fish line). –  gregmac Feb 14 '12 at 6:38
    
good call on using the rigid smooth pipe. I guess I'd agree that that would be OK. As long as you could access the input to inser the brush, that should be acceptable. –  DA01 Feb 14 '12 at 6:41
3  
Inline lint traps are only recommended when using booster fans, and can only be used without a booster on very short runs (less than about 6-8'). –  Tester101 Feb 14 '12 at 11:46
1  
@DA01, rigid/smooth vent pipes are enclosed all the time in construction. I should probably do a blog review of this cleaning brush kit: amazon.com/Gardus-RLE202-LintEater-10-Piece-Cleaning/dp/… –  BMitch Feb 14 '12 at 12:52

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.