As part of the home buying process here in Murphy, NC, we highly recommend having a home inspection completed on your new home. You want to ensure what you’re buying is what you expect it to be and make you aware of any repairs needing to be completed right away.
We just had a home inspection completed and it came back very good. However, the home inspector found the plastic grate that covers the exterior vent was completely clogged! You can see the picture, it’s kind of gross, but more importantly, hugely dangerous! Not only does this cause the dryer to take longer and use more energy to be able to dry your clothes, it’s a big fire hazard. The heat from the dryer can literally set your house on fire.
That being said, the home inspector highly recommends these plastic grates be completely taken off of your exterior dryer vent. He said it offers little to no protection from rodents or bugs. The flap that covers the hole when the dryer is off is much better and safer to use alone.
So BE SAFE, take it off, and most importantly, get a home inspection when you buy your new home! Don’t know a good inspector, fear not! We have several we recommend who are wonderful at their job and help ensure your safety.