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  • Terry Gibson

    December 20, 2023 at 3:13 pm

    Thank you for posting this most important question!

    Unfortunately, the first answer is, “It depends!”

    The first place to look is the corporate bylaws. They may be silent on something that appears to be relatively minor.

    The second place to look is if your condo has an established policy or rule.

    If your condo does not have one, we recommend that you develop one.

    For apartment condominiums, maintenance and routine cleaning of dryer ducts are critical issues, as a lack of cleaning would probably increase the risk of a fire. We cannot depend on owners to clean their own ducts. The Board’s responsibility is to reduce risks to the condo. Don’t wait for an incident that could be costly and potentially endanger residents. Remember that a professional company will probably be more effective than owners as it is their business and ensure all ducts are addressed.

    I suggest that dryer cleaning be placed on a maintenance schedule with a frequency based on feedback from professionals, maybe every 3-5 years?

    In my experience, living in an apartment or condo, my condo corporation routinely cleans the ducts every few years. It can be easily delayed or forgotten if the corporation is not routinely referring to an established maintenance schedule. We can’t rely on board memories. Board members change. People forget. We are all human!

    Your question brings forth another critical question. The plumbing stacks in an apartment can become plugged for various reasons. The most common is that garburators lead to a build-up on the walls of the stacks over time. The stacks can become plugged. It is not uncommon to have a significant issue in a building if a stack becomes clogged and wastewater backs up into suites in the structure. That, too, can lead to substantial costs for the condo or even insurance claims if the expense is excessive.

    Routine auguring of stacks would be a wise approach.

    Thank you very much for asking this question, as it has risen in my condo in the last two days.

    Please spread the word!
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