Rooms and Interior

Laundry and Utility Rooms

Laundry Room: Watch for leaks and kinks developing at plumbing connections to the washing machine. Water can overflow from the top or bottom if the machine is overloaded with a load that’s too big, or if it is resting on an uneven surface. If the washer is above another living space, consider installing a drain or washer pan for any accidental leaks.

Protect the electrical or natural gas connections to the dryer and ensure that they are not disturbed or accidentally dislodged from their connections.

A gas dryer vent that passes through walls or combustible materials must be made of metal. The length of a dryer exhaust ensures that its blower will be able to push sufficient air volume to take away the laundry’s damp air and lint. The maximum length of the exhaust hose should not be greater than 25 feet from the dryer to the termination at the wall or roof. The length can be increased only when the make and model of the dryer are known.

Inspect the dryer venting to make sure it is not clogged or restricted, which will help the unit operate efficiently and normally, as well as prevent the unit’s motor from overheating and failing. A clogged or restricted vent hose may also lead to an accidental fire caused by the ignition of built-up debris.

The clothes dryer exhaust poses a different problem than other exhaust systems because the air is damp and carries lint. Ensure that the vent exhausts to the outside and not to the attic, crawlspace, or attached garage because the wooden structural members of the house could be affected over time. The exhaust vent’s termination should have a back-draft damper installed to prevent cold air, rain, snow, rodents, and birds from entering the vent. As part of every home inspection in Halifax, we always advise that the vent termination should not have a screen on it, as this can trap lint and other debris and pose a fire hazard. Routine monitor for clogging and clean as needed.

Furnace Room: Rooms or closets containing combustion or fuel-burning equipment or appliances should not be located off a bedroom in a single-family residence (and must be in a publicly accessible area in a multi-family building). Serviceable or replaceable components should always be accessible. Avoid blocking the path or access with storage items. Flammable items or items denatured by heat should not be in close proximity with furnaces or boilers as these equipment emit significant heat during operation.

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