i have installed my electric dryer in the basement about 2 feet from cinderblock wall. It is on tile and nothing else is close by except the washer a foot away and sewer pipe about 8 inches behind. If there was a lint fire could it spread anywhere?

I guess what I am asking is what happens after lint and clothes inside burn. Will other things burn?

  • Does it use a NEMA 10 (3-prong) or NEMA 14 (4-prong) receptacle? – Harper - Reinstate Monica Mar 15 '17 at 2:54
  • Where is the vent running, and how long is it? A short, direct, NO FLEX HOSE ANYWHERE easy to clean vent is the best way to never have to find out what happens when it catches on fire, because it's easy to keep clean so it doesn't. I've never had a dryer fire, my general understanding is that the vent full of lint which has air being blown through it turns into a bit of torch for a while; but I lack personal experience. I do have personal experience cleaning out flex hose, and I will never use it again - smooth rigid duct all the way. – Ecnerwal Mar 15 '17 at 3:34
  • 4 prong. Why do you ask? – Anncy Mar 15 '17 at 3:34
  • Solid metal vent pipe about 8 feet up from basement floor to out the wall i did have a fire in old dryer before this one, which is why i am asking – Anncy Mar 15 '17 at 3:35
  • @anncy Priorities. Given that you take safety seriously, a 3-prong NEMA 10 should not be overlooked, especially since retrofitting ground is now easy. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Mar 15 '17 at 19:12

Can the fire spread? Yes I have seen dust, lint and cobwebs catch fire and quickly run up a concrete / cinder block wall to areas that could support combustion. keeping the pipe cleaned out and the area free of combustibles (dust, lint and others) will increase your safety.

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  • I will make sure to eliminate all dust etc there. I was also wondering about the pvc pipe behind it and whether i should spray it and the floor joists above with some sort of flame retardant – Anncy Mar 15 '17 at 14:45
  • Cover the floor joists above with Type X drywall if you want to protect them. Perhaps even two layers of it. – Ecnerwal Mar 15 '17 at 17:04
  • I would love to but I cannot do that myself and anyone who can would have to move pipes and elec wires – Anncy Mar 15 '17 at 21:31

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