The clothes dryer in a home is too often passed off as something that doesn’t really need maintenance. You may know that you are supposed to clean out the lint trap after every use. But even though most people do this, dryer vent fires are a common occurrence and can cause the outside of your home to catch fire as well. Here’s what you should know about dryer vents so that you can take the proper steps to prevent fires from occurring.
Cleaning the Lint Trap Alone Won’t Prevent a Fire
You do need to clean out the lint trap every day in order to prevent lint from moving into the dryer vent that leads out of the home. However, it doesn’t completely do the job and keep all debris from moving into the vent. This is only half of the work.
You also need to have the dryer vent that leads out of the home cleaned out every couple of years or so. And it’s so important that a professional technician with experience completes this task.
There Are Signs that Dryer Vent Cleaning Is Urgent
We recommend that you get on a schedule with your local technicians in order to ensure you have dryer vent cleaning as often as is necessary for your particular setup. But there are also some signs you should look out for just in case something goes seriously wrong.
- Longer dryer cycles.
- Hotter temperatures than usual.
- Incomplete dryer cycles.
- Moisture in the laundry room or a very hot laundry room.
Professional Maintenance Is More Important Than Ever Before
Now more than ever before, you need to ensure you have professional technicians who know what they are doing look into your ducts. That way, you get the service you need no matter what the state of your dryer ducts is.
In the past, dryers were built close to the edge of the house, with a straight vent that led right out of the home. But today, the laundry room may be located anymore, which means that the vent may have twists and turns. This makes it more likely for debris to get stuck in the pipes, which means you need the right tools for the job and the right people to get it done.
2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. offers chimney and dryer vent services in Minneapolis, MN. Call us today!