Do home inspectors check the clothes dryer exhaust vent system?

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Home inspectors are required to inspect the clothes dryer exhaust system, according to the Standards of Practice of both national home inspector associations, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), along with the State of Florida and some other states. It is a visual inspection and the inspector is not required to disassemble anything or access any area that is not readily accessible.

    Here’s how it is stated in the ASHI standards: “The inspector shall inspect clothes dryer exhaust systems.”  The InterNACHI standard does not mention the clothes dryer exhaust, but states that the inspector should examine the mechanical exhaust system in the “laundry area."

    Even if the requirements and exlusions are not stated directly in the home inspector’s contract agreement, one of the Standards of Practice mentioned above will be referenced as part of the contract agreement.

    Also, see our blog posts What is code for dryer vents? and Why does venting a clothes dryer into a garage, attic, or crawl space cause problems? and Why is it bad to have a clothes dryer vent near an air conditioning condenser (outdoor unit)? and What is the maximum length for a clothes dryer vent? and What are the code requirements for an outdoor dryer vent cover? and What is code for dryer vent termination clearance?  

    Click on any of the links below to read other articles about what is required to be included, or not, in a home inspection:

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