I’m looking for an authoritative source that would detail where a 4" dryer vent duct can and cannot pass, and what it can or cannot touch. Is there such a "code" for (residential) dryer vents where all the prescriptions are laid out?
I’m trying to relocate my dryer vent, and would like guidelines to follow to ensure everything is "up to spec". Things I worry about are: burning things, melting things, and adding condensation/corrosion.
The knowledge seems to be spread out on this forum, i.e. one question for each specific situation and material. I've listed partial answers I've found in References, but I wish there was a comprehensive guide.
To be specific, I'm hesitating between
passing the duct over the 2x4 and left of the drain ptrap (which appears to be cast iron, supported by steel strapping and with rubber hose-clamped gaskets). There is no clearance there, the pipe has to be slid over the 2x4, squeezed oval a bit to clear the drain (but not to the point of kinking), and has to remain perfectly horizontal. I could maybe make a 1/2" notch in that stud if I needed to add insulation (it's not load-bearing, it's just framing for the bulkhead that hides all this mess).
passing the duct on the right side of the drain's ptrap, and left of the pipe. Barely any clearance there, but it feels odd to pass a hot pipe right next to cold water. I'm (perhaps overly) concerned about condensation.
- I'm in Vancouver BC,
- The existing vent goes straight out the building side wall (4-5 feet away). I'm re-routing the parts of the vent that are indoors.
- It's in a ceiling / bulkhead.
Tidbits of knowledge I've pieced together.
- Touching fiberglass is okay: Is insulation around a dryer vent hose safe?
- Behind drywall is okay (I imagine touching drywall is okay): Is It Okay to Put Dryer Vent Behind Drywall When Finishing Basement
- A possible code to adhere to: International Residential Code (IRC) SECTION M1502 appears to be cited a lot: This one
- Touching ABS pipe is okay (in fact apparently under-the-floor dryer vents can be made of ABS): Can dryer vent touch ABS pipe?
- Confusion about Dryer Vent temperatures. They are cited to be around 130°-165°F (54°-74°C), yet they still seem to cause fires and melt plastic dryer exhaust hoses.
- Vent passing near/through wooden beams is okay: Dryer vent passing through two wooden beams. Is it safe?
- Vent touching hot water pipe is okay, but might need foam around duct to prevent galvanic corrosion and or noise: Dryer vent pipes touching copper hot water pipe
- The vent can be strapped to joists, so presumably it can touch joists: How to hang a dryer vent in a basement ceiling?
- Condensation is something to be concerned about: Can I clean my under-the-floor dryer vent?
- Dryer vent slope is a concern. Goal is to have gentle slope towards dryer, but that's apparently not in code (citing IRC 2009): Is it a problem if my dryer vent slopes uphill through a crawl space?