||01-30-2012 02:00 AM
Problem with in wall dryer duct.
Our condo has a washer and dryer closet in the kitchen. The exit duct for the dryer enters back wall of the closet at a level of 2 feet above the floor, and inside the wall runs straight up to the ceiling, where it makes a 90 degree turn and then runs horizontally about 6-8 feet inside the ceiling (above a downstairs shower stall) to the outside wall.
With a moisture detector I found there is a lot of moisture in the wall along the vertical section of the duct. Since the previous owner did not hook up his dryer to this duct, I was worried the pipe had somehow ruptured inside the wall and spewed moist air in the wall space for years, forcing the former owner to abandon this duct.
A neighbor told me that this was a common problem, because of poor design moisture settles downward in the pipe and in the walls. He suggests the duct isn't broken inside the wall at all.
What do you guys think? We are planning to install a new washer and dryer, betting the pipe is intact, do you guys think this is a good idea?