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Old 04-16-2014, 05:44 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I'm a first time home buyer and I just want to make sure I make the right decision..

When it comes to dryers..
I know a dryer being sent exhaust to an attic isn't ideal.. I understand that.

The place I'm looking at is a 2nd floor condo (top floor in duplex) that was built in the early 1970s.

It seems that the exhaust to the drier is going to the attic (and probably has been for the entirety of the property's existence.) The association did say they are slowly replacing the roof of the homes and at that time, will be extending the exhaust to the outside of the property - no set date though.

They haven't gotten back to me on any such news related to prior inspections to the attic or reports generated on the topic.

For seasoned individuals, would this be an automatic "No" for you to walk away from the place? Please share your thoughts, as they are always appreciated. I might be over thinking this but I'm somewhat of a perfectionist so this type of design and overall lackadaisical approach irks me.


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Illegal, against building and safety code, unhealthy, a fire hazard, causes the conditions needed to grow fungus and mold ECT.
An average of 2900 fires are caused by dryers every year in the US.

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Thanks Joe.

I'm in Pennsylvania, is it illegal here?

Considering it's a condo and I don't own the attic.. if it is illegal, perhaps I can force them to fix this.
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The condo association knows it's not to code. The fact that they are replacing the roofs now verifies what can happen when vented into the actic. I'm sure they will be getting around to yours soon.

Back in the 70's, code enforcement was lacking if done at all. Contractors basically did what they wanted; Took short cuts to save time and money. Now time has caught up with the short cuts they took. Just my opinion.

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I think I'd try to pin them down on a deadline for the roof replacement before buying. They could drag that out for years otherwise.
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I think I'd try to pin them down on a deadline for the roof replacement before buying. They could drag that out for years otherwise.
That would be the smart thing to do. Once they have your money, deal done.
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Hello everyone,

I'm a first time home buyer and I just want to make sure I make the right decision..

When it comes to dryers..
I know a dryer being sent exhaust to an attic isn't ideal.. I understand that.

The place I'm looking at is a 2nd floor condo (top floor in duplex) that was built in the early 1970s.

It seems that the exhaust to the drier is going to the attic (and probably has been for the entirety of the property's existence.) The association did say they are slowly replacing the roof of the homes and at that time, will be extending the exhaust to the outside of the property - no set date though.

They haven't gotten back to me on any such news related to prior inspections to the attic or reports generated on the topic.

For seasoned individuals, would this be an automatic "No" for you to walk away from the place? Please share your thoughts, as they are always appreciated. I might be over thinking this but I'm somewhat of a perfectionist so this type of design and overall lackadaisical approach irks me.


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how about insurance ?? if it is illigal than if any clam's were to be made , they may reject the clame illigal ???
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I wouldn't live in a building with such a setup, condo or not. Either they would fix it immediately or I would leave.

Just way too unsafe on so many levels and for absolutely no reason.
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Think of the bigger picture too... If the condo assoc. has dragged their feet for this long on this rather serious issue, then what does that say about their overall competency & willingness to address any other issues (big or small)?

From that perspective, this would be a big red flag for me...

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It's a fire hazard first and moisture issue in close second. Lint is so highly flammable, it wouldn't take much for it to ignite. The moisture issue might not be as big a concern if the roof is vented....BOTTOM LINE, it's illegal and anyone who knows anything would know this. If they won't do it the right way, it's not worth the liability.

Someone else can speak to this, but I'm not sure a dryer vent should even be exited through the roof. I've only seen them run through a wall. Maybe it's just preference.

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