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sempergoofy
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Smyrna, GA
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Re: Mystery Leak

Condensation collection in the elbow is a probable culprit for the water drips given the bad design. Assuming that pipe goes straight up and ultimately leads up and out through your roof, do not discount the possibility that rain water has found a way to penetrate into the pipe and is making its way down the pipe. Been there, done that.

Edit: For example, it could be a bad rubber boot around the pipe at the roof penetration. That's what happened to me. Water was coming down the outside of the last segment of pipe from outside and was funneled into the interior pipe which was female to the last segment which was male that penetrated the roof. So water was funneled into the interior pipe until it hit the lowest point and leaked out.
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MIA_LEAK

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The pipe does not go out through the roof. It exhausts into the attic.

AC guy went up there and found no evidence of a roof leak.


dcurrey
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reply to sempergoofy
Good point about going up and checking pipe on roof. May be able to see it from inside attic. Had plumbing vent stack boot had dry rotted out and cracked around pipe. Could see sky looking up at the boot from inside the attic.. Water just flowed down outside of pipe until it hit first elbow. Dripped into insulation from that point.


Jtmo
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Novato, CA
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Great builder, exhaust into the attic space (Lint and moisture). I wonder what "other" short cuts you will find over the years.


Corehhi

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said by MIA_LEAK :

The pipe does not go out through the roof. It exhausts into the attic.

AC guy went up there and found no evidence of a roof leak.

Bad don't vent into the attic. Moist hot air coming from the dryer will cause a problem. I don't see the problem venting towards a neighbors house unless there a HOA rule against it. Your houses aren't connected??? Right??? There should be plaenty of room for a vent. It's not like it vents a crazy amount of lint or heat.

My house is 12 years and I had to replace all my vent pipe boots, they were shot and water had been leaking down one of them. I wasn't clear if you have checked out the boots.


MIA_LEAK

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Our homes are semi-detached.

The fact that the builders went out of their way to route the exhaust into the attic makes me paranoid about rerouting to the neighbors yard.

I need to research carefully the HOA and code implications in my area before I start drilling holes in the side of my garage.


ropeguru
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Mechanicsville, VA
Being that you are in Miami, I would certainly call the building inspector's office and ask what the code is for down there. Being that you are in hurricane territory and down there they are a PITA about it, you will want to do it right and get the proper permits if needed.

We sold a home in Miramar and they went so far as to make us get a permit and inspection for a window that was installed BEFORE we even bought the house.


norbert26
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Warwick, RI
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said by MIA_LEAK :

Our homes are semi-detached.

The fact that the builders went out of their way to route the exhaust into the attic makes me paranoid about rerouting to the neighbors yard.

I need to research carefully the HOA and code implications in my area before I start drilling holes in the side of my garage.

The other homes must be set up the same way and have the venting in the attic. How are those homeowners handling this problem ? If other homeowners are experiencing this issue this should be able to be brought to the HOAs attention in a meeting.

Mr Matt

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reply to MIA_LEAK
You might want to go to the Fantech website, where the manufacture describes the booster fans they make:

»residential.fantech.net/resident···er-fans/

You can install one of these booster fans and use a soffit or fascia vent. You might want to call customer service at Fantech and determine if the pressure from one of the bathroom fans will activate the pressure switch and turn the booster fan on. With a booster fan you will not have to worry about back pressure affecting the performance of your dryer.

MaynardKrebs
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said by MIA_LEAK :

I need to research carefully the HOA and code implications in my area before I start drilling holes in the side of my garage.

You need to do more than that.
The existing exhaust pipe routed up through the house also does not meet code.
Why?
Because it links the garage space with with interior of the home (even though where the vent pipe is run is behind drywall).
Now imagine a garage with a car idling and the dryer on - where do you think the carbon monoxide is going to go? It's going to get drawn into the dryer and then leak into the house through the unsealed ducting.

Without seeing an elevation drawing for the front/side of the house, can you run some approved-for-chimney-use B-vent vertically from the current - or a slightly different dryer location in the garage - to a point on the garage roof that's hidden from street view (ie. wouldn't run afoul of the HOA rules). Sorry I'm not looking at your floor plan drawing at the moment, so forgive me it it's evident that what I'm suggesting isn't possible.

What about coring the house wall 12" above the pavement beside the garage door frame and installing the dryer vent facing the street? Can you hide a vent behind a bush in that area?

Or if the house has a soffit at more or less the garage ceiling level, run the exhaust pipe up the inside garage wall, then over to the soffit, and then vent downwards through the soffit using a 'boot' and install a grill over the boot. All the while making sure that there is NO way for CO gas to leak into the house via your piping.