How important is dryer vent cleaning
Just like your air ducts, your dryer exhaust vent could be lined with particulates that are harmful to your family. Debris and lint often get missed by your lint catcher and end up stuck inside your dryer line, when your dryer vent is clogged with lint and debris it restricts the air flow making the drying time increase and the energy efficiency and safety of your home decrease. Lint is one of the most flammable items within your home, and you have no idea how much of it is just sitting inside your dryer exhaust vent.
With an estimated 15,500 US home fires contributed to dryer vent fires* it is more important than ever to get your dryer vent serviced and inspected.
Dryer Vent Cleaning Facts
- A study performed by the U.S. Fire Administration in 2012 showed, “Failure to Clean” was the leading factor contributing to the ignition of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
- 84% of clothes dryer fires occurred in residential buildings- source NFIRS, National Fire Incident Reporting System
Signs your dryer vent may be clogged
- Takes anywhere from 2-4 cycles to dry 1 load of laundry
- The outside of your dryer is hot to touch and your clothes are damp and hot at the end of the cycle
- Notice a burning smell
- The vent hood flap outside doesn’t open properly when dryer is running
- Your home is older than 4 years old or hasn’t been inspected regularly.