Risks of clogged dryer vents — and how to prevent it

Posted on Nov 14, 2017

Cleaning your dryer vents may not be one of the chores you think about often, but it should be at the top of your to-do list at least once a year. There are many reasons to keep dryer vents clean.

What are the risks of not cleaning dryer vents?
Each year, nearly 16,000 home fires are caused by clothing drying or washing machines, according to the National Fire Protection Association. In past years, this has resulted in more than $238 million in property damage. The number one cause of these fires? A failure to clean clothing dryers. Dried byproducts, such as lint, can become built up in the system and catch fire.

In addition to preventing fire hazards, cleaning your dryer annually can help maintain the machinery and prolong the life of your dryer. It can also help save money and energy, as a clean dryer is always more efficient.

How often should you clean your dryer vents?
It is best to have your dryer and vents professionally cleaned at least once per year. However, if you have a dryer that operated high-volumes, such as at a laundromat, more frequent cleanings are best.

How do you know if your dryer needs to be cleaned?
There are some ways to tell if a dryer needs to be cleaned. Dryers that take longer to complete the job are usually clogged and not getting proper circulation; this is also the case if clothes are come out extremely hot. A burning odor can also be a sign that a dryer is in dire need of a cleaning.

When was the last time your dryer vents were cleaned? If it’s time for your annual cleaning, give us a call today to set up your appointment.