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Dryer Vent Cleaning and Fire Prevention

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Many homeowners install their own clothes dryer and then forget about it. When it stops drying the clothes properly they think nothing of restarting the cycle and letting it go again. The symptoms that are often overlooked are also signs that your clothes dryer vent needs attention:

  • Your dryer takes more than one cycle to dry a load of laundry.
  • The dryer is hot to the touch and warms the room it’s in.
  • Your dryer’s lint trap is excessively full.

A clothes dryer that is less than three years old should only use one cycle to dry a moderately-sized load of laundry. In addition, a clothes dryer should never warm the room in which it’s installed. The clothes dryer is a closed unit. This means both the heat and the byproducts from the dryer are vented through the hose and released outside. None of this heat should linger.

The Dangers of a Neglected Dryer Vent

A dryer vent is the sole ventilation for the heat elements in your dryer. The dryer produces heat, releasing carbon monoxide and other vapors, and the dryer vent is how these harmful gases escape. The dryer also releases lint, very flammable fibers that can coat and clog the inside of the ventilation hose. Lint is highly combustible and can ignite easily if not cleaned regularly.

Another reason dryer vents can be a dangerous hazard? They can tear easily, especially if navigated through a long distance. If the vent hose is torn, not only can it release the harmful carbon monoxide out into the home, but a tear can also affect the draft that pulls the exhaust out the ventilation hose. This can slow the hot air flowing through, and help it to ignite the lint.

What You Can Do

Hire a professional for installation and inspections. Yes, you can install your own clothes dryer. However, most homeowners don’t know that there are local codes that dictate how long your vent hose can be, what material it should be made of, and how large it should be. These things are dictated by municipal codes for safety and insurance purposes.

When you hire a professional, you don’t have to guess whether or not your clothes dryer is safe for use while you’re sleeping or when you leave the house. When the dyer is properly vented you don’t have to worry about warming up your house during the summer and raising your cooling bill.

Don’t let your clothes dryer put your family at risk. Hire a professional today. Bulldog Chimney Sweeps don’t just take chimney safety seriously. Our Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians take dryer vent safety seriously too. Our goal is to bring down the number of house fires caused by clothes dryers each year. Make sure your home’s not one of them. Call Bulldog Chimney Sweeps today or request an appointment online.