Installing a Semi-Rigid Dryer Hose to Prevent Fires

September 26, 2015 26 By EngineerMommy

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When we first moved into this house (a few months ago), I didn’t know much about dryer hoses: the different types, the fire hazards, etc. I do remember that our home inspector told us that we needed to replace the dryer hose in this house due to potential fire hazard, although I didn’t exactly understand why. We originally had one of those shiny “foil-like” dryer hoses and I thought those were the most common and those were supposed to be safe and so on. So I did what I always do when I don’t fully understand something: I studied! I researched the issue online and was surprised to learn that those ubiquitous foil-like dryer hoses are totally flammable and are not recommended to be used as dryer hoses. Here is a YouTube video that explains more:

The right kind of dryer hose is the semi-rigid dryer duct, which can be picked up online or from any home improvement store!

Installing a Semi-Rigid Dryer Hose to Prevent Fires

Installing a Semi-Rigid Dryer Hose to Prevent Fires

Installing a Semi-Rigid Dryer Hose to Prevent Fires

The dryer hose in the video that caught fire? Yep, that’s the one I had in this house originally! Scary! Go and check your dryer hoses and see what kind you have on there! Is it a shiny, soft hose or is it a semi-rigid metallic one?!

If you have the bad kind, it’s an easy fix to replace it! You can replace it with a semi-rigid dryer hose with very little effort required. Here is my dryer with the old hose attached to the dryer, and the new semi-rigid dryer duct resting on the dryer. You can see how the foil-like hose is shiny and soft-looking, while the semi-rigid one is firmer and less shiny!

Installing a Semi-Rigid Dryer Hose to Prevent Fires

Installing a Semi-Rigid Dryer Hose to Prevent Fires

Semi-rigid Dryer Hose

1. Pull the dryer away from the wall. Clean up behind the dryer. (Look at how much dust and dirt accumulated behind my dryer!)

Installing a Semi-Rigid Dryer Hose to Prevent Fires

Installing a Semi-Rigid Dryer Hose to Prevent Fires


2. Remove the old hose by unscrewing the hose clamp on both the dryer side and the vent side (the part where the hose exits the house). Look at how dirty my old hose was!! Gross! More importantly, all that lint build-up can potentially cause a fire!
Installing a Semi-Rigid Dryer Hose to Prevent Fires

Installing a Semi-Rigid Dryer Hose to Prevent Fires


3. Attach the new semi-rigid dryer duct to the dryer using the hose clamps and a screwdriver. Make sure it is secure by gently wiggling it – it should not budge!

4. Make sure the vent in the wall is clean. Here is what my vent looked like after removing the old dryer hose. See how full of lint the vent is?
Installing a Semi-Rigid Dryer Hose to Prevent Fires

Installing a Semi-Rigid Dryer Hose to Prevent Fires


Here is how I took care of that! This little gadget gets right in there and removed all the lint that built up over time!
Installing a Semi-Rigid Dryer Hose to Prevent Fires

Installing a Semi-Rigid Dryer Hose to Prevent Fires


Once the vent is all clean, attach the semi-rigid dryer duct to the vent (that leads outside) using the hose clamps and a screwdriver. Again, make sure it doesn’t budge when you wiggle it!
5. Ta-da! All done! Push your dryer back in and that’s it!

This wasn’t hard at all, right?! Sometimes home improvement projects like this can seem intimidating at first! Trust me, I can relate- sometimes, I think “Why don’t I just call in a pro to handle this?” And then, I realize that this is a super simple task that anyone can handle easily! (And by the way, I’m totally all for calling in a pro when necessary, like when we installed a fence or when we had plumbing “issues” in the master bath. I just personally feel like this is totally a DIY job!)

So if you have the old dryer hose that is shiny and foil-like, be sure to replace it with a semi-rigid dryer duct. It’s an easy afternoon project and you will be happy to know that your family and your house will be safer from fires as a result!

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