Most people do not consider their dryer as something that could potentially threaten their home. Despite these misconceptions, all dryers require regular maintenance to remain safe for use. Dryer vents are often unseen and are rarely given much thought by homeowners. Yet, they should be professionally cleaned on a routine basis to avoid many potential hazards.
Here are just some of the things caused by a dirty or clogged dryer vent.
- House Fires: Statistics show that dryers are responsible for a large number of fires in homes. If the vent is not cleaned regularly, then it cannot exhaust properly. This then causes the dryer to overheat, which could easily ignite a fire within your home. Many unnecessary deaths and injuries have been caused by fires that were started in a dryer vent, emphasizing how important it is to have it cleaned.
- Toxic Fumes: If a dryer vent is blocked up, the fumes associated with the appliance have nowhere to escape. Instead, they travel back the way they came and settle within your home. These fumes can be very hazardous to the health of the people living in the house and many need treatment due to exposure to these toxins. In the long run, it is much better to pay for a regular cleaning than pay medical bills for health problems that could have been easily avoided.
- Lower Efficiency: A clogged dryer vent will not allow your dryer to work as efficiently as it could. This leads to less productivity when it comes to drying your laundry and higher electric bills, as you are forced to run your dryer multiple times to get your clothes dry. You may think it is time for a new dryer when really all you need to do is get your dryer vent professionally cleaned.
There are some warning signs to look out for that might indicate you need your dryer vents inspected. If your clothes are not drying as quickly (or not drying at all) this is a good sign that you need a vent cleaning. Other signs are your dryer becoming excessively hot, your laundry room becoming more humid, or a burnt smell coming from the dryer.
What to Do
Many try to take on the task of cleaning their vents themselves, but it is best to hire a professional to do the job. With the many hazards that could arise from a dryer vent, the safest option is to get an expert to make sure that everything is done properly. They can also offer any advice or insight as far as what steps you can take to keep things in good shape and what warning signs to look out for.
SirVent Chimney and Venting Service have all of the tools you need to get your dryer vent in proper working condition. Our professionals can get your dryer working safely and efficiently. Give us a call today!