With fall just around the corner, you’re probably starting to think about your annual chimney cleaning and inspection. But did you know there’s one more annual cleaning and inspection you should be thinking about? That’s your annual dryer vent cleaning. At Fluesbrothers Chimney Service, we recommend that you have your clothing dryer vents cleaned and inspected at least once per year. Here’s why:
Your Dryer Vents Collect Lint
Lint collects in your clothing dryer vents every time you dry a load of laundry. Most homeowners think that cleaning the lint trap is enough to keep dryer vents cleaned, but it isn’t. Damp lint bypasses the lint screen and gets into the dryer vents. There, it clings to the walls of the vents. Over time, lint accumulates in your dryer vents. Eventually, your dryer vents will become completely clogged, and clogs in your dryer vents can lead to some serious issues.
Clogged Dryer Vents are Dangerous
One of the primary concerns with clogged dryer vent is the increased risk of a dryer fire. Clothing dryer fires cause an estimated $35 million of property damage in the United States each year, and the U.S. Fire Administration projects that a third of clothing dryer fires are caused by clogged dryer vents. When your clothing dryer vents are clogged, hot air can’t exhaust from the fire. That causes the dryer to overheat, and it can eventually burst into flames.
In addition, fires aren’t the only danger that can come from clogged dryer vents. If you have a gas-powered clothing dryer, clogged dryer vents prevent the byproducts created by your dryer’s combustion — namely, carbon monoxide — from exiting your home. Carbon monoxide can build up to dangerous levels in your home, threatening the health and lives of you and your family.
Clogged Dryer Vents Are Bad for Your Dryer
The danger of a house fire and carbon monoxide poisoning aren’t the only problems that come from clogged dryer vents. When your dryer can’t exhaust properly, it won’t work efficiently. When dryer vents are clogged, it might take you multiple cycles to get your clothes to fully dry, which can cost you time and money wasted on utilities. The extra burden placed on your clothing dryer can cause the dryer’s mechanics to break down prematurely, shortening the life of your dryer.
We Can Keep Your Clothing Dryer Vents Safe and Clean!
You keep your home safe by making sure you have your chimney swept and inspected each year, but you can’t stop there. Having your clothing dryer vents swept and inspected at least once per year can save you from a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. Dryer vent cleaning also can save you from running your clothing dryer longer than needed, and it can help to extend the life of your dryer. Call Fluesbrothers Chimney Service to schedule this vital service today!