A potential time bomb? My dryer vent system? You must be joking right? Not in the least! OK. I’m not talking about something that actually explodes but the reference to a time bomb is somewhat appropriate because it could potentially devastate your entire home without you even being aware that there is a problem, that is… until it’s too late! What exactly is this cause for so much alarm? CLOGGED DRYER VENTS! Something that most people never would suspect or even consider but in the worse case scenario can sometimes result in a house fire! The consumer product Safety Commission estimates that there are over 15,000 fires annually that occur in the U.S. alone as a result of dirty and clogged dryer vent systems!
Your dryer vent pipe plays a very important role in conducting the warm moist air from your dryer to the exiting point on the outside of your house, if this pipe becomes restricted then it can’t do its job which in turn will cause the heat and moisture to build up to a point where the lint could possibly ignite and start a fire. This is why it is imperative for every home owner to have their vent line and dryer cleaned by a professional at least once every 2 years as well as inspected. The majority of my own customers call me only after a problem develops, this is typically after a visit from an appliance repair man who in turn tells them that the vent is clogged. Just think how much money could have been saved! They will now have to pay both a repair man (unnecessarily) and a dryer vent cleaner dryer duct cleaning.
So how could a person determine whether there is truly a problem with their own vent system? Here are a few simple things to look for…
1. Does your laundry take an excessive amount of time to dry? Two or three dryer cycles each load? If your dryer is heating up but still not drying your clothes then this is a tell tale sign that your dryer isn’t venting properly. Also clothes that are still damp and come out abnormally hot to touch.
2. Is there lint build up around the outside vent cap? Does your outside vent flap open up when the dryer is running? Can you feel a good stream of air exiting? If not, this is another sign of a clogged or separated pipe.
Having your vent system cleaned will give you and your family peace of mind safety wise but it will also save you a substantial amount of money every month on your utility bills! So now you can see the overall importance of good dryer vent maintenance. I invite you to stop by my web site for more enlightening information. Be safe and God bless!
Francis Burger is the owner of “BOISE DRYER VENT CLEANING” in Boise, ID. He invites you to stop by his web site for further information and he will be happy to answer any questions you may have.