Is having clothes Dryer vent inside the house hazard to health?

I bought this town house a year ago. Last week my washer broke down. To fix this i had to move the laundry center. While moving it I just noticed that the dryer's vent is inside the house. Is this normal? No wonder while i did my laundry my house was all humid and hot. Is this a health risk. Also I have one year old too. How can i minimize the humidity and lint from flying all over? How much would it cost to take the vent outside of the house?

Update:

Outside wall is nowhere close

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It is a FIRE hazard, which is even more serious. Don't know about costs, but it needs to be done soon. The hot, humid air will also allow mold and mildew to develop and mold IS a health hazard. Sorry you had to discover this, but better this way than having a fire break out.

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  • arrott
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    3 years ago

    Venting Dryer Inside

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  • 1 decade ago

    I have never seen a dryer vent inside the house. Other than making your house totally uncomfortable I would say the danger would be dependent upon where the vent was blowing. From your description above it sounds like it is located behind your machines which could pose a fire hazard or possibly damage your washer and dryer (because of the combination of heat and lint) blowing into the coils on the back of your machine. The humidity could also cause rusting in your machines and could help mold growth.

    As far as minimizing the lint blowing around your house, be sure to not filter or cover the end of the vent b/c that is definitely a fire hazard. The only solution to me seems to be to have it re-routed outside. I'm unsure of what the cost would be. If your dryer is near an exterior wall I would say that it couldn't possibly be more than $500-1000 if you have someone else do it.

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  • gilb
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    3 years ago

    Inside Dryer Vent

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's not normal to vent the dryer inside. You need to remove the moisture and lint. Is there an outside wall close-by? You might have to go through the roof. If the house was purchased a little less than a year ago, I would contact the realtor or the insurance agent who insured the purchase. The safety issue could be that breathing all that lint/dust could cause respiratory problems in a child. The humidity might also contribute to lung problems. I don't know how much venting the dryer would cost, but it should be done--either by the seller or by you.

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  • Lucy
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    4 years ago

    I just bought a house a few months ago, and the dryer vent leads through the attic to the roof. We have found that the vent may get clogged with lint, causing that hot, moist air to stay in the vent pipe long enough for the water to condense on the sides of the vents, which led to water leaking out into the attic. The previous owners did not care for it, and there was mold starting to grow as a result, but we cleaned it up without issue. If you are aware of the problem, keep the lint exaust on the roof cleaned (check it every few months), and check in the attic twice a year for any problems, then it should not be a serious issue.

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  • 1 decade ago

    hi, the humidity from your dyer is not harmful to health , but may be a problem to your house. If you have ceiling fans turn them on to move the air around. if not you should get a small occilating fan to turn on when you use the dryer. As for the lint , just tape on an old mismatched tube sock, but take it off and throw it away about every 6 to 8 months, so it doesznt get to full. If the wall your dryer is on is an external wall, a vent for the dryer would only cost $12.00 plus a friend cutting the hole out. to hire a handyman would be about 65.00 to 80 dollars everything included...

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  • 1 decade ago

    Not too much of a health hazard. BUT IT IS A FIRE HAZARD. It is also A CARBON MONOXIDE HAZARD IF IT IS A GAS MODEL. You should not run it when you are not home, and if it is gas, open a nearby window whenever it is on, or buy a carbon monoxide alarm (they are around $20-30 for a basic one, and they are required in many areas in new homes, because this colourless, odourless gas can creep out of anything that runs on fuel, even a fireplace or furnace). Eventually you should get a pipe and vent run outside, preferrably metal rather thatn plastic. It is recommended to CLEAN THE VENT AND PIPE ONCE A YEAR.

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  • 1 decade ago

    venting dryer air into the house is as you said very humid.soon your windows and walls will start to get damp and weep. your dryer vent inside the house is proper and in all likeleyhood it is vented to the outside probably by a ducting system of some sort. simply go to a hardware store and buy some dryer exhaust

    hose made of either vinyl or aluminum. it is usually about 4 inches

    in diameter. connect one end to your round dryer duct outlet in the rear and the house venting duct that you discovered when you moved the dryer. the ducting kit comes with two round hose clamps that you put on each end like a hose clamp and tighten at both ends of the exhaust duct.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You can buy an attachment for your dryer exhaust to specifically vent it into your home. Won't cause any problems. In the winter it adds humidity and heat to a dry house. I use mine for this purpose.

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