This is what we found waiting for us when we pulled the dryer away from the wall. 15 years of dirt! Other people's dirt, ewwww. The main purpose to get behind the dryer was to change out a plastic dryer tube for a metal one. We were concerned the plastic one could over heat and cause a fire. However, the job ended up being a big cleaning project and only a small amount of time was spent changing the tube. But in the long run it's great to get it all cleaned out and fresh.
Changing a Dryer Ventilation Tube
1. First pull out the old one, and clean behind there because you know you will have to. Hopefully it won't be as gross as this!
2. Buy metal tubing and stretch them out to the length you need. Jeff and I had a tug of war game pulling these guys out to their full length.
3. Using metal tape, tape tubes together if you need extra length, like we did. The tubes should fit into one another, one end being a bigger opening than the other end.
4. Attach the two ends of your tube to each the dryer and the outside venting hole. Use the metal tape again to attach the tube to the dryer and outside vent, and also attach dryer tube clamps on either end to keep them together (shown below).
So far this is our laundry room, still stuck beside the furnace. Not sure how to change that other then creating some kind of partition. However, for now it is a lot cleaner and tidier. We bought some hooks to hang up our mops so they aren't all just sitting in a pile.
Sometime I'd like to try and make our laundry area look something like this photo below. It would be great to add some cabinets to keep all our cleaning and laundry stuff in. Then I'd like to enclose the sink and add a backsplash. Another project! I'll add it to the list, we are probably up to 600 items so far!