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Why You Need Your Dryer Vent Cleaned

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As a homeowner, taking care of your dryer venting system is critical to the safety of your home. According to the US Fire Administration, about 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Additionally, a clogged dryer vent does not perform efficiently and can cause dangerous gases to build up in your home.

Dangers of Blocked Dryer Vents

Why You Need Your Dryer Vent Cleaned - Carbondale CO - Bulldog ChimneyIf your dryer vent is clogged, you are putting your home at risk. If you are using a gas dryer, carbon monoxide has the ability to be pushed back into your home if a dryer can not vent properly. This can cause serious health problems and even death. Dryers vent gases and other fumes, so when they are blocked those gases build up and cause moisture. This moisture can leak and create mold and mildew in areas throughout your home. This introduces allergens and other health problems such as sneezing, runny nose, and upper respiratory infections. Fires are also a huge risk associated with a blocked venting system. The inability to properly release gases from the system cause the dryer to overheat. If the heating circuit shorts out it could spark a fire and damage your home.

Signs of a Clogged Dryer Vent

It is recommended that you have your dryer vent inspected and cleaned at least once a year, but if you use your dryer a lot or put it under stress you may need to have it cleaned more often. Some common signs of a blocked dryer vent include:

  • Clothing does not dry completely after a normal drying cycle
  • A musty odor is noticed in the clothing following the drying cycle
  • Clothing seems unusually hot to the touch after a complete drying cycle
  • The dryer vent hood flap does not properly open as it is designed to do during the operation of the dryer
  • Debris is noticed within the outside dryer vent opening
  • Drying time for clothing takes longer than 35 to 40 minutes in duration
  • Excessive heat is noticed within the room in which the dryer is being operated
  • Large amounts of lint accumulate in the lint trap of the dryer during operation
  • A visible sign of lint and debris is noticed around the lint filter of the dryer
  • Excessive odor is noticed from dryer sheets that are used during the drying cycle
  • While lint is the main culprit of a blocked dryer vent, animals and debris can also accumulate inside of the dryer vent and prevent it from properly venting.

Cleaning and Inspections

Having your dryer vent cleaned and inspected by a CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician is critical to maintaining your safety and also the life of your dryer. Although you may see some resources on how to clean your own dryer vent, it is best to have the professionals handle it because they have passed an extensive exam on the proper inspection and maintenance of dryer vents, including applicable codes and standards relating to these systems [http://www.csia.org/homeowner-resources/clothes_dryer_vent_safety_tips.aspx]. They also have special tools that clean the entire vent and machine that aren’t available to the average homeowner. If you haven’t had your dryer vent cleaned and inspected or you think you may need additional servicing, give us a call today!