We are in the process of buying a circa 1984 condo. The dryer is not presently vented to the outside, and I do not know if it ever was. It currently vents inside to a water-filled lint catch basin.
I know this is not compliant with current building codes, except for some special dryer types (condensing?).
Question: I am wondering when the requirement to vent to the outside came into existence.
(A previous house I owned was built in 1989, and it was vented to the outside. Whether this was required or the builder just did it as good practice I do not know.)
Note: This is an electric dryer, not gas, so CO is not an issue.
Added aerial picture
This is an aerial view of the roof of some of the units (not ours, but all of them are built similarly). Looks like there's a cluster of 3 metal vents above every 3 unit stack (this is a 3 story condo complex), along with a PVC pipe that's probably the vent stack for the plumbing. Guess that would make sense, one vent for each condo in the unit? The kitchen does not have a vent to the outside. It just uses an over-the-range microwave.
As far as I remember, there are no vents coming out the side/front/back of the condo units.
This is a 2 bathroom unit. The kitchen is next to one bathroom, and across the hall from the second one and the laundry.
EDIT 2 - Added picture of dryer & vent
Here is a picture of the dryer & its vent from the inspector's report. I have also reached out to the sellers and the condo association to try to get more information. I have asked specifically about the "condensing dryer".
Edit 3 - Added response from the condo association manager
Dryer Venting–Please understand that the [Name of Condos] units are ‘stacked’ manufactured Pods from the 80’s. On original construction, the 2nd and 3rd floor units had the dryers venting into ‘wet-bucket’ venting systems – some of the 3rd floor units were actually vented into the crawlspace area above ... but not through the roofs. The 1st floor unit were vented into the crawlspaces below. The ‘wet-bucket’ systems for venting the dryers are to code for these units.
I'm not sure what to make of the last sentence.