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MaxThree

02:14PM | 08/21/05
Member Since: 08/20/05
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I have an unusual problem. I have a dryer in an interior room in my house and it is vented to the outside thru the foundation. When I dry clothes, the vent pipe fills up with water (about 3-4 gallons). I first thought this was a leak around the fittings and reset the fittings tightly, but noticed that the water was perfectly clean, no mud or any dirt. This caused me to believe that it is the condensation from the clothes in the dryer. I now have to vacuum out the dryer vent (sometimes weekly) to remove the condensation as enough of it forms that it blocks the dryer from venting from the amount of water in the pipe. I think that the pipe is angled downward from the room where the dryer it since it is about 8" below the surface with 90 degree elbows being used to raise it up and turn the pipe back horizontal. I have a louvered vent cover to prevent water/animals from entering the dryer vent. I was considering constructing a "french drain" as that is the only thing that I can think of to distribute the condensation. Any other ideas? Also, should a dryer be doing this? I do live in Florida in the panhandle where it is quite humid, but none of my neighbors seem to have this problem. Thanks for you time - Max.

Outlaw

03:11PM | 08/21/05
Member Since: 02/11/04
27 lifetime posts
An obstruction in the vent hose/pipe/hood is preventing the moist air from exiting, this causes it to stay on the hose and puddle. You have a blockage somewhere.

I am actually surprised your clothes are drying.

DanO

06:19PM | 08/21/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** When I dry clothes, the vent pipe fills up with water (about 3-4 gallons). **

Sure, whatever water was in the wet clothing. As Outlaw said, you have a problem with the dryer's venting (see the following link).

- How long can my dryer vent be?

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=778

The only other possibilities are the warm vent pipe surrounding by really cold air causing the moisture in the exhaust condensing on the inside of the pipe (unlikely in the summer) or rain or other moisture entering from the outside.

** I have an unusual problem. **

Not it isn't, it occurs all the time... unfortunately. Clean and correct your vent installation. It may also create a fire hazard in the dryer.

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Clothes+Dryer

The Appliance Information Site

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BV002973

07:02AM | 01/08/14
IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THAT THOSES 90DEGREE ANGLES
HAVE FORMED SOME SORT OF WATER TRAP (LIKE WHAT IS USED FOR DRAIN LINE UNDER SINKS...ECT) A VENT PIPE SHOULD NEVER GO DOWN A THEN
BACKUP. THE ONLY COURSE OF ACTION WOULD BE TO 1. REDO VENT LINE
IN A L SHAPED STYLE OR DRILL A 1/4 INCH HOLE AT LOWEST POINT
OR MAYBE 3/4. THIS SHOULD GIVE EXTRA AIR FLOW THOUGH THE VENT PIPE, AND HOPEFULLY WHEN YOU USE THE DRYER IT WILL ACT SORT OF LIKE A VACUME PULLING AIR INTO THE DRILLIED HOLE AND ON OUT TO THE OUTSIDE. ONE THING IS THE OUTSIDE VENT FLAP TO TIGHT? I WOULD CHECK THAT FIRST...........DAVE

Duane, Moderator

10:40PM | 01/09/14
Member Since: 11/14/13
87 lifetime posts
How old/new is your dryer? can you tell me how long the dryer duct is?
Thanks,
Duane
bobvila.com/expert moderator
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