Dryer Vent Cleaning & Services
It’s hugely important to maintain and inspect your chimney, since it’s protecting your home and family from the harmful byproducts of combustion in your fireplace or stove. But there’s another appliance that’s routinely putting out lots of heat: your dryer. It’s just as important to maintain your dryer vent, because a clogged dryer vent can lead to fires and a host of other problems.
The National Fire Protection Agency notes that in 2005 alone, nearly 14,000 house fires were caused by dryers, resulting in 418 injuries, 15 deaths, and $196 million in property damage. The culprit in most of those cases: improper lint cleanup and maintenance.
We don’t mean the lint trap inside your dryer (though it is advisable to clean that out each and every time you run a load of laundry through it). The dryer vent leads from your dryer to the outside of your home, venting heat, gases and moisture away. Lint can build up in your dryer vent, leading to problems that can cost you extra money and endanger your home and family.
Clogged Dryer Vents can Cost Energy, Money — Even Lives
- Partially or fully clogged dryer vents don’t let air flow properly to let dryer exhaust escape. Heat can build up in the vent, and the lint can then ignite, causing a fire in your home.
- If you have a gas clothes dryer that isn’t properly venting due to lint buildup in your dryer vent, carbon monoxide could be coming into your home.
- Your dryer simply won’t work right or efficiently if lint builds up in your dryer vent. If you’ve noticed that your dryer isn’t drying your clothes, or is taking far longer than it used to, it may not be your dryer’s problem — it could be that lint buildup is restricting air flow, and not allowing your dryer to perform. That means you’re wasting energy, and money (or you may end up replacing an appliance that truly doesn’t need replacing).
Get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your dryer vent is functioning as it should, and that lint buildup isn’t putting your home and family in danger.