It may come as a surprise that chimneys sweeps can help you take care of your dryer system, but this system is actually very similar to your chimney. Chimneys are basically venting systems for your fireplace or the appliance they are connected to. Like a fireplace, your dyer has a vent that takes the exhaust from your appliance out of your home, and it needs to be cleaned regularly to work well and keep your home safe.
Where chimneys get clogged up with creosote and soot, dryers can become clogged with lint. No matter how much you clean the lint traps of your dryer some will inevitably get into the vent and settle into its corners and crevices. As the lint builds up over time, it can cause a variety of problems for your home and dryer system.
A Clogged Vent Slows Down Your Dryer
Have you ever noticed your dryer taking extra long to dry your clothes? When you check on your laundry, by the time the dryer cycle is done your clothes should be dry and warm, not still so damp you need start it all over again. Not only does this waste time, but it costs you more money. A dryer is one of your home’s most expensive appliances to operate and having to continuously extend the time it’s in use adds more and more money to your energy bill. Unfortunately, this is an inevitable result if you never have your dryer vent cleaned.
This happens because a buildup of lint in a dryer vent restricts its airflow. A dryer vent is meant to push the moist, warm air from drying your clothes out of the dryer. With the moist air gone your dyer can pull in more hot air and dry your clothes efficiently. When there is a lot of lint buildup in your dryer vent, it blocks the path of the moist air and so it stays in your dryer. As you can imagine, with moist air struggling to leave through the vent, your dryer has a much harder time drying your clothes and will take a longer to do so.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
If you have a gas dryer, not cleaning out the lint regularly can put your home in danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. A clogged dryer vent does not ventilate properly, so it isn’t able to take out all the dangerous gases produced from your appliance, including carbon monoxide. These gases can then leak into your home and put your family in danger. Carbon monoxide is is odorless and colorless, so it can be impossible to detect. The only way to keep your household safe from it is to take preventative measures against carbon monoxide poisoning, including having your dryer vent cleaned.
A Clogged Vent Can Cause House Fire
Dryer lint is very flammable and dangerous to have in your dryer vent. According to the U.S Fire Administration, about 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year, with failure to have the dryer vent cleaned as the leading cause. These fires can spread to your home and cost many homeowners every year millions of dollars in repairs. In order to keep your home safe, it is essential you clean out your lint trap in between each load, and have it professionally cleaned at least once a year.
We can Help Keep Your Home Safe
Our team of chimney and venting professionals are experienced at taking care of dryer systems. We want to help you keep your home safe, so we are thorough when we clean out your dryer vent. If you have any questions about how your dryer vent works and the proper way to take care of it, we can explain it all you.
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