We're moving our laundry to the main floor, and I'm wondering what trade to hire to vent the dryer outside? It will have to either go up through the attic or down through the crawlspace.
Ofter a dryer vent goes through a wall adjacent to the dryer. (assuming the dryer is next to an outside wall). The venting is done for a reason, being to take out the hot wet air. You don't want that stuff blowing into a confined area (crawl space or attic) but through something to the outside. Again, you could go through a wall ... even a wall in the crawl space, ... or the roof. The distance between the vebt and the dryer should be kept relatively short.
As to who to call, a handyman, a carpenter, or ask the supplier who they recommend.
I did intend to vent outside, unfortunately the room is not on an exterior wall. I thought it would run through the crawlspace or attic than out the side of the house. The shortest distance would likely be straight up through the roof, I didn't realize this would be an option.
Sure just about any handyman/carpenter should be able to do the venting (which it sounds like you have a good idea what needs to happen). If you have any doubts on a good (handyman/carpenter), call a mechanical company they should know the best path to take and location to terminate the vent might be a little more expensive though.
If you vent up through to your roof make sure that you use solid metal venting that can be clean regularly, like the heating ducts that you use in your home from the furnace. Dryer vents that run like this should be clean/inspected regularly for lint build up.
Thanks Tara. That's good to know, it would never have occurred to me!
Please don't go trough the roof, it will jam for sure, always well if you have the choice always put your vent on Horizontal dry's faster because less left over in the pipes (Dryer mousse) the way you are talking you have to long to go all the way up will really have problems, My opinion as a Certified Contractor and Certified Inspector DON'T DO THAT, take this advice believe me and good luck if its not done already. do what you want but don't listen to everybody what they say you are the one living with this 100% problem guaranty.
Thank you all for the advice. We eventually decided to relocate the laundry room to an exterior wall, just to save any potential problems.
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