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The Dangers of a Dirty Dryer Vent




Your dryer is an essential part of your life. It helps to keep your clothes clean and fresh. But what happens when your dryer vent becomes clogged with lint? Not only will your clothes take longer to dry, but you could also be putting your home at risk of fire.


A clogged dryer vent traps heat, which can cause the dryer to overheat and potentially catch fire. Dryer vent fires are one of the leading causes of house fires, so it’s important to make sure your dryer vents are consistently maintained. This is why it's important to have it professionally cleaned on a regular basis.


Additionally, birds and rodents love to make their nests in dryer vents because of the shelter and heat they provide. They usually use lint, dried grass, twigs, and feathers to make their nest, all of which are highly flammable. If you suspect that there may be a nest in your dryer vent, it’s important to have a professional remove it. They will have the proper tools and equipment to safely remove the nest and clean the vent system.


When to Call a Professional Cleaning Company?

Some indicators that there may be an issue with your dryer vent include the following:

  • Your clothes are taking longer than usual to dry.

  • An increase in energy usage

  • Warm humid air in the dryer when in use

  • There is lint or other debris build-up around the outside of the dryer vent.

  • There is a burning smell when drying

If you are experiencing any of these issues, it is important to have your dryer vent checked as soon as possible.


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