Why Home Inspectors Need To Check Air Ducts and Dryer Vents

Brandon Kirk from planet duct in Colorado Springs
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At Planet Duct, we believe in thorough inspections and there’s nothing more important than ensuring that every aspect of a home is checked. It is important for home inspectors to pay close attention to the state of air ducts as well as dryer vents for the safety of those having the home inspected.

Educational Video Transcription

Hey everybody, it’s Brandon over at Planet Duct air duct cleaning here in Colorado Springs, and I really want to address something for people who are buying houses or for people who are property inspectors. If you’re a property inspector or home inspector, there’s something I would really really like you to do when you’re doing going through the property: inspect the air ducts and dryer vents.

How To Inspect Air Ducts

When inspecting a home, you know you’re going to be there for an hour or two hours, so when you’re there I would recommend to go ahead and remove a couple of the grates for the returns on the ventilation system, pull up the grates in the floor for your supply vents, pull those registers off, take a look down in there and shoot some pictures to see how much debris, dust crumbs, pet hair, whatever is down in those systems. If they’re really dirty, then that’s something you should be adding to your inspection report. If possible, put a recommendation on your report that the air ducts need to be cleaned.

How to Inspect Dryer Vents

The other thing is, inspect the dryer vent if you’re going to go up on the roof. Many of the vents are terminating at the top of the roof, so you can take a quick look inside that vent underneath the flapper and see if it’s clogged up with lint. I find this all the time on houses that people have bought and even though it was inspected, the dryer vents are clogged. If possible, I recommend even getting behind the dryer, disconnect it and take a look see how clogged it is back there. Clogged clothes dryers are a major safety issue; fortunately, you can prevent a dryer fire by noting that on your report if it needs to be cleaned. The other ones that terminate on the side of the house are even easier to access. In order to take a look at that vent, look under the flapper. Just make sure you’re not confusing it with one of the vents that goes to a bathroom fan, because they look very similar. You want to make sure that you’re looking at the one that where the dryer actually exits. If you’re a home inspector, please start looking at looking in the registers and and seeing if they’re dirty.

Home Buyer HVAC Concessions

If either the dryer or air ducts are dirty, then cleaning those important items should definitely be something the buyers should ask for as a concession. If home buyers are asking for a furnace inspection, then check the ducts at the same time and make sure that the system is clean. New home buyers are not going to be moving into a house with dirty air, especially if they have asthma, allergies, COPD, or any type of compromised immune system where they got all they don’t want all that to be breathing all that junk. Inspecting the air ducts and dryer vents and adding results to your home inspection report gives your buyer some leverage to get some of those services taken care of before closing.

Planet Duct Can Help

I’m Brandon with Planet Duct air duct cleaning, and our team of experienced professionals will be happy to serve you. You can call us at 719-728-8511, check out our nerdy website filled with additional air duct education. Contact our team to learn more about the importance of dryer vent safety and air duct cleaning.