My Home Inspector Blog: Dealing With Dirty Laundry At A Home Inspection

Dealing With Dirty Laundry At A Home Inspection

Dealing With Dirty Laundry At A Home Inspection


Laundry areas can present more problems than just smelly socks! Numerous defects are often found in the laundry area at a home inspection. In today's blog, we'll take a look at some of this "dirty laundry"...

 

Washer hose bib: If rubber washer hoses are installed, they should be replaced with braided stainless steel hoses. Rubber hoses are prone to bursting and may result in catastrophic water damage. The stainless steel hoses have been proven to be more dependable than the rubber hoses.

 

 

 

Concrete laundry sinks: These older sinks tend to hold bacteria and are a safety hazard if not adequately secured to the wall or floor. Replacement is always suggested.

 

 

 

 

Washer drain: If a washer drain hose extends into a laundry sink instead of a standpipe, and the sink drain backs up, there is the potential for backflow of contaminated water into the washing machine. A standpipe is easy to install.

 

 

Dryer vents: This one can be a fire hazard. Only metallic ducts with a smooth interior should be used as a dryer vent. The maximum length allowable is 25 feet. Many dryer vents I see at home inspections are clogged with lint. Duct cleaning specialists can clean the vent so it is safe to use. A dryer vent penetrating a garage firewall must be at least 26-gauge steel. Dryer vent connectors should be metallic (not the plastic flex!) and be no longer than eight feet.

 

 

Gas connectors: A flexible gas connector cannot pass through a wall or partition. Only one gas connector should be used per appliance. A gas connector should never be reused. The maximum length allowed for a gas connector at a dryer is six feet.


 

Make-up air:  When a laundry area is in a closed room, there must be a way to replace the air that the dryer exhausts. A makeup air vent or undercut or louvered door is necessary. If a gas dryer cannot obtain adequate makeup air, a carbon monoxide hazard may occur.

 

 

These are just a few issues when dealing with dirty laundry at a home inspection. Steve Stenros is the owner of First Choice Inspections and is a CREIA MCI inspector. Clients receive a FREE lifetime appliance RecallChek with every standard home inspection. Appointments can be obtained by calling 888-335-3040.


 


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Comment balloon 10 commentsSteve Stenros • May 31 2011 12:56AM

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Steve, very informative post!  I'll bookmark this to show my husband.  Actually I'm subscribing to your blog so that I can access home maintenance/ repair items in case we need them.

Posted by Trang Beuschlein, Campbell CA Real Estate - Campbell CA Homes for Sa (Homes for Sale in Campbell CA- Broker-BKR Realty) over 7 years ago

Thanks, Trang!  More on the way!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) over 7 years ago

Steve- who knew so much was involved in the laundry area... and don't think I've ever seen the old concrete laundry sink!! Very interesting post.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 7 years ago

Kathy: Many of the older homes here in CA had a concrete sink at one time. You definitely wouldn't want one of them to tip over and fall on your foot!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) over 7 years ago

Hi Steve, excellent input for home owners on laundry room safety and maintenance.  The laundy room is the source of many water damage claims!

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips) over 7 years ago

Dan: That's right. When a washer hose bursts, the water is free-flowing!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) over 7 years ago

Steve:  Dirty dryer vents are a big problem, and can even cause fires if they are not kept clean...Great title for your "dirty Laundry", post!

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) over 7 years ago

Jane: It's also a good idea to remove the lint screen from your dryer and vacuum the area behind or under it. Lint build-up can ignite and start a house fire. I usually check our dryer about twice a year.

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) over 7 years ago

Great appliance maintenance information. Small steps to take for big results.

Posted by Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections, Experience the IHI Difference (IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581) over 7 years ago

David & Bonnie: Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) over 7 years ago

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