Do you know when you last cleaned your dryer vent? We are not talking about the lint trap that you most likely clean after every load of laundry. We are referring to the long hose that leads out of your home as well as the vent that is at the back of your home. It is very important to keep these items free from lint, so that they do not catch on fire.
Actually, did you know that according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, a clogged dryer vent causes more than fifteen thousand house fires every single year? That is a lot of house fires that could be prevented by simply cleaning out a dryer vent.
Here are the signs that your dryer vents need to be cleaned:
- It is taking more than one cycle for your clothes to thoroughly dry
- One normal load of clothes is taking longer than 45 minutes to dry
- Clothes are too hot to touch after opening the dryer
- Your laundry room is super hot after the dryer has been on
- Your clothes or the dryer has a damp and musty odor
Here are 3 benefits to cleaning your dryer vent this week:
Prevent a Dryer Fire
The lint that normally gets stuck in your lint trap will begin to accumulate inside your dryer vents and if you do not clean it out, it will eventually start on fire. By cleaning your dryer vents twice a year, you will be able to prevent a dryer fire from occurring in your home.
If there is a lot of lint stuck in your dryer vents, your dryer is not going to be very efficient. However, if you take the time to clean them out, you will improve the efficiency of your dryer and it will take a lot less time to dry a load of laundry.
Since your dryer will be more efficient when your dryer vents are cleaned out, you will find that you will be saving energy as well. This means that your energy bills will be a lot less and you will be saving money every month too.
We know that safety is your number one priority, which is why we are sharing the importance of cleaning out your dryer vents. It is not that difficult of a task, but if you are not too sure of what you need to do, please do not hesitate to call a professional. They can come and show you what needs to be done, so that you can use your dryer safely now and in the future.
Dryer Vent Cleaning along the Main Line
We have two CSIA Certified chimney sweeps standing by to assist you with your dryer vent cleaning needs. Give us a call at 610-626-2439 to schedule an appointment for dryer vent cleaning. We provide chimney services throughout the Main Line region.