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A friend of ours has an electric clothes dryer and is finding that a lot of condensation comes into the Laundry and adjoining room, especially if more than one load is done on a cold or humid day. It has left “water marks” down one wall.
When it isn’t raining the outside door can be left open. Once when I was visiting and 4 loads had been done and there was also condensation on the floor and the tiles were slippery. Any suggestions please? We dry small clothes outdoors undercover when we can but things such as unifoms (because they are always needed) and large items have to go in the dryer at the moment.


Posted by Blossom, 20th May 2014


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  • We don’t have a dryer and have our wash hanging on racks on the stair rails above the stairs (good place as the heat present in the house rises up).
    I can recommend to place containers with DampRid crystals in damp area’s in the house. It certainly will help taking moisture out of the air and reduce the marks on the wall. You can buy DampRid at Dollar Stores, Coles, Woollies, Bunnings, etc.
    As for the wall it might be good to paint them with water resistant paint, to prevent mold going into the walls. Ventilating is very important as well indeed.


  • We have a clothes dryer too and it is situated in a very small laundry with minor ventilation and walls and floors do get moist if you use it on large amounts of clothing . Due to our window being keylocked , a lot of times I couldn’t be bothered opening it so I guess may have to do that more often . Probably the best thing to do is open more windows around you and only use it on very wet weather .


  • We keep ours in the garage for exactly that reason. I also open the garage door an inch or two, to stop the damp issue


  • I have the same prob but it doesn’t happen all the time. Seems to be when I run the drier for a long time or when it is really cold outside. These times it looks like someone has ran a hose around the laundry. I put a clothes rack in from of the reverse cycle air conditioning which helps


  • You need ventilation, this will resolve the issue in the short term but it is worth considering the new condenser driers when it comes time to replace the appliance, more expensive but no condensation and they dry quicker, I always try and hang things on racks for a few hours and then finish in the drier so that I am not doing the whole dry in the drier, thankfully I can avoid using my drier a lot but it takes a lot of juggling and I have a lot of racks, a lovely big sunroom but hate the house looking like a chinese laundry, LOL


  • wow i don’t know. i want a dryer for those rainy days and i never woud’ve thought about this issue


  • We “killed” it with on the paintwork at the rental with White King / water mixture.


  • I hope your fix your problems as mould will grow too


  • Thank you everybody. I have just been up there for a few days. At the previous house (a rental -we are owndering why the laundry and toilet walls were painted a very dark grey when they moved in ) it was up on the wall upside down otherwise you couldn’t reach the controls at all.
    I discovered this time that I may have had the filter upside down (it clips on the outside). I also discovered that the washing machine may not have spun the towels enough if I accidentally put too many in it. Hopefully I have learnt by my mistakes. No problems with condensation at all this time.


  • I have put my dryer in the garage and leave the garage door open slightly was sick of the condensation and the fluff everywhere. You can also get a vent for the dryer and vent it straight out a window.


  • Ventilation or lack of is the problem.


  • Without ventilation this problem will continue to occur. You need to keep the laundry door open (both internal and external where possible) or as others have said install an extraction fan.


  • You need the ventilation. Most dryers come with a kit that goes into your sealing. I put mine on the veranda at the laundry door (was protected from the elements and my brother the electrician put a point out there for me). It not only got rid of the steam but was quieter in the house. I now just use a clothes rack and stand it over the ducts for the heating after they have been outside or in front of the fire and don’t use my dryer anymore. Saves lots of power!


  • There has to be ventilation so even if the door is open a little will help if you have an exhaust fan also use that.


  • I need to keep the laundry windows open. But maybe an exhaust fan could be installed.


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