Flexible Duct Inside the Wall



In our earlier discussion, we covered tips for maintaining your dryer vent between professional services, the recommended frequency for professional cleanings, the fire hazards posed by dirty dryer vents, and the potential impact of a neglected dryer vent on your insurance costs.

Now we’ll move on to the interesting dryer vent cleaning cases MainDuct technicians have encountered.

During a routine dryer vent cleaning service, MainDuct technicians discovered a hidden issue that could pose a serious fire risk. The flexible duct was found inside the wall, according to New York codes ducts in the walls should be made of rigid steel material to ensure safety.

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To address this problem, we presented two options:

Option 1: Wall Cut and Replacement

This method involves cutting out the wall to access the vent line, completing the replacement, and then restoring the wall to its original state. 

Option 2: Door Installation for Piece-by-Piece Assembly

This method involves cutting a door in the wall to facilitate the assembly of the duct in segments from within.

The door installation option offers several advantages:

  • Minimally invasive compared to full wall removal, leading to a quicker project completion.
  • The price of this service is lower. 
  • Easier future access for maintenance due to the installed door.
  • Less debris and disruption during the process.

In addition to the vent line replacement, in this case MainDuct also recommended a thorough cleaning of the dryer machine itself to remove accumulated debris that could pose a fire hazard.

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By pointing out these hidden issues, we provide the homeowner with all the information regarding the state of their systems giving them the options so that they can choose a suitable solution to mitigate the risks.

Stay tuned for our next post, where we’ll dive deeper into the solutions MainDuct provides for complex dryer vent challenges.

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