dryer without a place to vent

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    i would like to place a washer/dryer in my basement but there isnt a dryer vent or window near accesible to the dryer. does anyone have a solution to this problem (besides using a clothesline). I’ve heard there are contraptions that you can connect to a dryer which take out the moisture. thanks.

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    1. I have an electric dryer in an interior utility room in my co-op. I vent it into the lint boxes (filled with about an inch of water), open the door to the utility room when the dryer is running and it works fine. You can’t do this with a gas dryer, only electric.

    2. We are also in the process of adding a dryer to our basement.
      We currently have a vent that goes into the space below the trap door at the front of our house. If we buy an electric dryer, does it still need to vent outside? It’s just hot air right? In which case I am thinking that venting to the space below the trap door, where there is outside ventilation, will be OK. I’d love advice on this.

    3. What about a ventless dryer? We had this same issue — noplace to vent and we were too lazy to install a vent — so we got the LG all-in-one washer-dryer with a condensation dryer — it condenses the steam and sends it down the drainpipe as water rather than vapor. It takes longer to dry your clothes and you have to pull them out soon after they’re done or they get kinda wrinkly, but otherwise works great.

    4. wait you have a window in your basement? why not just spring for a real vent? i do believe the venting issues of gas dryers may be overestimated, but still, if i had a window in my basement …

    5. I have vented to one of those little lint boxes filled with water for my gas dryer for the 20 years I have lived in my brownstone. I crack a window to let the area be vented and it is fine.

    6. I have vented to one of those little lint boxes filled with water for my gas dryer for the 20 years I have lived in my brownstone. I crack a window to let the area be vented and it is fine.

    7. Check the archives. We’ve covered this a couple of times.

      In short– if its a gas dryer, you are risking your life if you vent into one of those little lint boxes (usually filled with water). Also there is dob limit to how long your vent duct work can be.

    8. a plumber should be able to run vent duct to one of your exterior walls. if it’s done right, the ducting can be relatively unobtrusive. it can vent through the wall via a small opening in the masonry with a pest flap or a gooseneck through a steel plate in the ground outside.

    9. It’s best to vent outside, Most old houses have a trap door in the front of the house, this was for coal delivery. You can make a vent exit there. Look at the back of your house too, often there was a small window. It’s best to think about moving your whole set up, the washer & dryer to a location for the outside vent and plumbing. You want to have your vent set up as close as you can to the outside exit. Be sure to keep the vent as direct as possible with few bends so it works well and reduces the chance for lint build up & fire. If you would lke me to take care of this for you, I can be reached at 718-506-7621.