Air ducts are not the only duct system in your home that accumulates debris. The dryer vent is another duct that needs to be periodically serviced, and in this case, it could be a matter of life or death. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, nearly 16,000 dryer fires are reported every year, and the most common cause is lint accumulation. Lint can build up in the dryer’s components and duct system for two reasons: improperly installed ducts or dirty dryer vents. The lint backs up and blocks the air flow, causing the system to overheat.
If you own a gas dryer, you have a double edged sword dangling on top of your head. A blocked dryer vents can cause the exhaust gases to leak back into the house. Carbon monoxide can be lethal, and exposure to lower levels of this colorless, odorless gas can cause flu-like symptoms.
But how do you know if you should have your dryer vent professionally cleaned?
• If you haven’t had it serviced it since it was installed
• If it takes more than one cycle for the load to dry completely
• If you notice the area the dryer where starts to get excessively warm
Call our The Colony Dryer vent cleaning experts. They can help you determine if your dryer vent needs servicing or even replaced.
Remember that a properly maintained dryer vent also helps you save money. A clogged vent will not let your clothes dry completely or at all. If you notice that it takes you more cycles than normal to dry your clothes, you should have your vents checked by an expert.