Water In Dryer Vent?

The other day we got a great question from a customer online asking us why when they pulled the venting off the back of the dryer they had a fair bit of water come out. They went on to say that some of the water was actually in the back of the dryer. 

Water in Dryer Vent means you have something wrong and your dryer needs attention right away.

To answer this question first you have to understand that the main function of your dryer is to remove hot humid air away from your clothes, out of the venting, and out of your house, now a couple of things can happen the prevent this from occurring. 

  1. You want to make sure that your venting is clean and free of any obstructions, when the dryer does not have enough airflow to push hot humid air all the way to the termination point the humidity will build up and simply leave you with puddling water inside your dryer vent system. 
  2. The termination point cover is damaged and not blocking cold air from blowing into the dryer vent system. In really cold climates when the hot damp air from the dryer meets with this extremely dry cold air it condenses into water very quickly. If your dryer cannot overpower the cold air coming in, lint and water are going to build up in the dryer vent system. 
  3. If you live in a hot humid climate you might actually be experiencing water inside your dryer oh, and the reason for this is that the hot air flows in through your dryer vent system from the outside of your house into the dryer. the drum of the dryer might be cool to the touch as it’s made from steel and it could be sitting in an air-conditioned climate, when the hot air touches the cold steel it condenses and will form puddles in the drum of your dryer. 

What Can I Do To Prevent Water From building Up In My Dryer Venting?

The first thing that you’re going to want to do is call in a professional to check the airflow levels of your dryer vent system, and most likely clean the dryer venting. A lint-clogged, dirty dryer vent system is the number one cause of water building up in the venting. 

The second most common reason is that birds have decided to nest in the dryer venting and are preventing airflow from escaping. 

Having your dryer vent system cleaned on a regular basis is the best way to prevent water from building up in your system and increase the performance of your dryer. If you are having this problem you are likely spending hundreds of extra dollars per year drying your clothes more than one cycle needlessly. 

A dryer vent cleaning professional is also going to check the termination point to make sure that is not plugged due to a bird screen having been installed on it at the time of installation. Bird screens are great at doing what they’re designed to do, but they tend to trap lint on the screen and plug off the dryer vent system as you can see in the photo below. 

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Commercial Dryer Vent Plugged because of bird screen

If you live in a hot, humid climate and you’re seeing water cooling up on the drum of the dryer a good way to drive to so quickly and keep it dry is use a moisture absorbing pack on the drum of the dryer.  when the moisture absorber is full you simply have to pop it into the microwave for about ninety seconds to recharge it and throw it back in between dryer loads.

Get A Warning If Your Dryer Is Not Exhausting Enough Air

How can you tell if your dryer is not exhausting enough air as it should be? the answer to this is really simple there are a few products on the market today such as dry safer, or the lint alert system that can be installed on your dryer venting. Both these systems use an air switch that senses the amount of airflow going through your dryer venting, if there is not adequate airflow the sensor will go off alerting you cut your dryer vent system needs attention immediately. 

Call us to have a Lint Alert Installed after a professional dryer vent cleaning

Lint Alert

If you require dryer vent repair or dryer vent cleaning services in Edmonton give us a call at 780-995-8987.

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