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Ben Jones, Home Buyer in 20815

We just discovered that the dryer in our new home just vents straight into the wall. Since we didn't

Asked by Ben Jones, 20815 Sun Aug 23, 2009

catch this on the inspection or walk through are we just stuck dealing with re-venting? Shouldn't the sellers have let us know that this system was not in true working order?

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I can’t give you legal advice nor should any of my comments be construed as legal or financial council.

Laws between states can be quite different but in general it is always best to disclose, disclose, disclose and then disclose again.

Chances are about 100% that the seller should have disclosed that the vent just goes into the wall and the fact that it does may be construed as a fire hazard an addition to just being deceptive.

Also, you may want to take this up with the home inspector as that should have probably should have been discovered.

Last, how much would it cost to rectify the issue? If the cost is not much just keep it in perspective and do not let one problem blow your buyers remorse out of proportion.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 23, 2009
After cutting hole in drywall and using mirrors and flashlights to poke around we discovered the vent had come disconnected at an elbow. Problem fixed! And yes, the seller was using the drier but we're discovering they didn't really pay much attention to details like that ... we're learning some lessons the hard way!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 18, 2009
WOW how was the seller using the dryer? Contact inspector, your buyers agent determine all the facts. Good luck Keep us posted here on Trulia of updates

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 26, 2009
John wrote:

"Also, you may want to take this up with the home inspector as that should have probably should have been discovered. "

ABSOLUTELY! If the Inspector could not determine the termination point of the dryer then the Inspector should have advised you of that and to speak with the owner to determine where it terminates.

Bill wrote:

"Do not overlook the fact that you have been pumping moisture into the walls for a period of time that could contribute to additional problems such as mold, mildew, odor etc. Our recommendation is to do a complete evaluation of the scope of the problem before consulting an attorney. "

Good advice just don't use the same Inspector!!

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 25, 2009
Did you purchase the home directly from the builder? One would certainly assume that a dryer would be vented appropriately when purchasing a home.

It is one thing not to have a vent it's another to be deceptive and intentionally mislead people by venting the dryer into the wall space.

Do not overlook the fact that you have been pumping moisture into the walls for a period of time that could contribute to additional problems such as mold, mildew, odor etc. Our recommendation is to do a complete evaluation of the scope of the problem before consulting an attorney.

Good luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 25, 2009
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