“Should I clean my dryer vent?”. A question many think about but don’t generally address. In this case, the answer is a resounding yes! It’s an area of your home and business you use regularly and without proper attention can be a risk. Per the National Fire Protection Association, thousands of homes are suffering from dryer vent fire issues and results in injuries and deaths.
The NFPA also states:
The leading factor contributing to the ignition of home fires involving clothes dryers was failure to clean, accounting for one-third (33 per cent) of dryer fires.
Can you imagine if the worst happened simply because of an oversight of preventative maintenance?
Signs Your Dryer Vent Needs Cleaning
- Burning Smell
Even Google results show there is never a good outcome from a burning smell. If you catch a whiff of something burning when your dryer is running, take a moment to investigate. Chances are your vent is blocked.
- Debris Outside Your Dryer Vent
When you take a wander outside and notice link or debris around your vent, it’s a clear sign that instead of expelling just air outside your dryer clogged to the point it’s pushing it outdoors.
- Dryer is Hot
Everyone loves to pull that fresh hot towel out of the dryer and cuddle up in the warmth. If you put your hand on the dryer and you feel a lot of warmth, don’t ignore it.
How to Prevent Dryer Fires
- Clean the Lint Trap Every Time
The lint trap serves an important service in the function of your dryer by preventing the majority of debris from moving into the exhaust tube. However, if you don’t regularly clean that trap, it can become too full and unable to do it’s primary function. It’s time to create a new habit of cleaning your trap either at the end of the load or before you put a new load in.
- Clean the Trip Once a Year
Going beyond the standard lint trap cleaning, schedule an annual dryer exhaust cleaning.
Pick up the phone and call us to have your dryer vent cleaned at your home and business. We have the equipment, people and experience you can trust every time. With so many benefits associated with a professional dryer vent cleaning, why wouldn’t you?