Dangerous Dryer Hoods

Inoperable dampers or clogged weather hoods on clothes dryer exhaust ducts are items that I repeatedly discover during my home inspections. A dirty duct and/or clogged weather hood┬ácauses┬áthe dryer to operate very inefficiently and run much longer than needed. If the air can’t leave the dryer exhaust duct the moisture can’t leave the clothes-this is both costly to operate and greatly increases the chance of a house fire starting in the dryer duct. The weather hood pictured below is a perfect example of why any type of screen on a weather hood serving a dryer is prohibited by Virginia Building Code.
dryer hood inspection