The vent that leads from your home’s clothes dryer to the outside of the home is rather unremarkable in its structure. But its sole purpose is to vent dangerous combustion byproducts like carbon monoxide out of the home. This is a vital part of a home that is often neglected. It can become clogged with debris over time, no matter how often you clean out the lint trap. And eventually, all of that debris can lead to one of the biggest dangers to your home: fire.
Prevent dryer vent fires from happening by scheduling dryer vent cleaning every couple of years, or when you notice that there is a problem with your dryer. Learn more in our brief guide to preventing dryer vent fires.
The Dangers of a Clogged Dryer Vent
As it turns out, the dryer vent is responsible for thousands of home fires each and every year. This is because as lint and other debris builds up in the vent, the dryer’s exhaust gases can start to back up. This creates conditions that could lead to a home fire that results in significant damage and potential injury. But these fires are preventable with just a routine cleaning every year or two.
There are a few ways to tell that your dryer vent may really need professional cleaning. If your clothes seem to take a really long time to dry, it’s a sign that something is amiss. You may also notice that lint builds up in the trap faster or that your clothes seem warmer to the touch after a cycle. But we recommend that you clean them out on a schedule of every couple of years.
Hiring a Professional for Dryer Vent Cleaning
When you decide you need dryer vent cleaning, you should make sure that you’ve chosen someone with experience to do the work. This is because it involves more than simply peering in the vent and pulling out lint. Your technician will use inspection materials and special industry quality equipment to ensure it is completely clear and that no fire hazard is remaining.
2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. cleans clogged dryer vents in Minneapolis, MN. Call Us Today! 612.922.9600 or 1-888-PIXLEYS.