As a homeowner, you’re constantly working to keep your home safe and properly maintained. You clean the gutters, change air filters, install security systems and doorbells, but what are you doing about your dryer vents?
Did you know nearly 15,000 structural fires occur each year as a result of an issue with a clothes dryer, and clogged, dirty dryer vents cause 80% of the fires – according to the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Data Center. There’s more to dryer vents than cleaning the lint trap inside the dryer.
Here are a few warning signs that it’s time to clean your vent.
- Clothes are taking much longer than normal to dry. It will often take two or three cycles to dry them.
- Clothes have a strange, burning smell to them. This could be a sign that your dryer vent isn’t properly able to ventilate the warm air out of the appliance.
- The laundry room feels excessively hot when the dryer is running. Again, this could be a result of a clogged vent that isn’t letting hot air escape.
If lint from drying your clothes continues to build up in your dryer vent, it could become dangerous by decreasing airflow and increasing energy consumption. The potential for mold can occur due to the moist lint lining the vent, and that begins to spread through the air in your home. Carbon monoxide can more easily seep back into your home as it has a difficult time exiting through the clogged vent.
Having an experienced, qualified and reliable professional clean your system gives you the assuredness that the vent and hosing have been thoroughly cleaned. A professional has more than likely seen just about every make and model dryer and will likely be able to clean the interior components more efficiently, correctly and safely. And having a professional clean your vent once or twice a year is highly recommended. After all, you want to do all that you can to protect your home and those who live in it.