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We have a gas dryer that vents outside via a window well at

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We have a gas dryer that vents outside via a window well at ground level.
The problem is, with heavy rains, the wells have been flooding and water is coming into the basement via the dryer duct.
How can we vent the dryer above ground level to prevent this in the future?
Can we use a PVC pipe and elbow to raise it higher, like the type used for funace vents? Thanks!
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Tyler Z. replied 6 years ago.
Hello, and thank you for using this service. I'll be helping you with your problem today.

You would either need to add and extension such as a PVC pipe or sheet metal vent pipe and elbow that your discribing (diameter of pipe would need to be 4 inches), or you can get an indoor vent and vent the dryer inside your house (indoor vent kits are sold at Home Depot and Lowes). The downside of venting indoors is that all the humidity and heat stays in your house when you turn the dryer on to run.

The last option would be to ven through the side of your house, which is how most houses are designed. You'd need to cut a hole in the side of your house and just re-run the vent through your basement up to the new vent hole.