It’s midnight and the fire alarm begins to blare as a family awakes to billowing black smoke filling their home. Sadly, this scenario is all too common. House fires can often be avoided; in 2015 there were over 16,000 home fires with the same cause: clogged dryer vents. Learn how clogs form, and how to know if your vents might have a problem. Avoid the devastation of a house fire.
What causes clogged dryer vents?
Surprisingly, the cause behind clogged dryer vents is simply a lack of cleaning. Accumulation of lint in those vents is unavoidable, but can easily be removed by trained professionals. All clothes have fibers that break off in the drying process. The resulting “lint” is pushed through the machine and out the vents. Simply emptying the lint screen after every load may not be enough. Thoroughly cleaning dryer vents annually is the best way to prevent a house fire.
What are the symptoms of a clogged dryer vent?
People sometimes misinterpret the signs that a dryer vent is clogged, assuming the machine is simply showing its age. Here are some symptoms of a clogged vent:
Longer than normal drying times
The exterior of the dryer feels hot to the touch during the drying cycle or after it’s done.
Clothes feel hot to the touch, whether dried on a low or higher heat setting.
New, old, used, state-of-the-art, and “bottom-of-the-barrel” machines are all capable of causing fire if a clogged dryer vent is left unattended for too long. Many people also start a drying cycle in the evening to save on hydro bills. Unfortunately, this can be a recipe for disaster if a clogged vent catches fire.
Properly clean your vents annually. This is a difficult task for the average homeowner, because vents are often awkwardly positioned and vent outlets might be hard to reach. You can vacuum the tubing that you can get to, but a professional cleaning is your best investment for home safety.
If you suspect that your dryer vent is clogged, do not hesitate to look into professional, and efficient dryer vent cleaning services: Dial One Duct Cleaning is here to help. Call (416) 896-4799 for more information.