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I live in an older duplex. I just recently attempted to clean out the dryer vent/duct for the downstairs unit and failed because I could not find where my dryer vent is outside. Is it possible that my dryer vent and the upstairs dryer vents are connected to the same outdoor vent?

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It's possible an earlier repair/renovation blocked the dryer vent. See if you can trace the duct from the basement to see where it used to go.

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Place a wet towel in your dryer, turn it on, and in 5 minutes look for the steam somewhere around your house.

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I have done that. I can't find it anywhere. I can see the upstairs unit vent & the steam when they have their dryer running. I bought a lint cleaner device & I could not get it to go all the way through the duct, I got quit a bit of lint out though. But was starting to think that maybe because I could not get the lint snake to go all the way through to the outdoor hole that, it may be clogged now?? –  Kelsey F Mar 29 '13 at 23:22
    
BMitch do you have any other suggestions? Do you think that it is possible that both upstairs & downstairs share the same outdoor dryer exhaust?? –  Kelsey F Mar 29 '13 at 23:34
    
Does vent go into the floor or through a wall? –  mikes Mar 29 '13 at 23:36
    
Through the wall –  Kelsey F Mar 29 '13 at 23:45
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You're not supposed to connect the vents together since one dryer could then exhaust out the other dryer, so you should have another exhaust somewhere. –  BMitch Mar 30 '13 at 13:30
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