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5 Reasons to Get Your Dryer Vent Cleaned

When it comes to home maintenance, some of the most crucial tasks are the ones most commonly neglected. You might be replacing your home air filters regularly, or cleaning your gutters, but when was the last time you thought about your clothes dryer? Dryer maintenance requires more than simply cleaning the lint screen in between loads of laundry; the real concern is your dryer’s vents. A clogged dryer vent can cost you money—and possibly your home or your life. It is essential that these ventilation systems are cleaned properly at least ONCE A YEAR.

Warning signs that it’s time to clean your vent:

  • Clothes are taking much longer than normal to dry. It will often take two or three cycles to dry them.

  • Clothes have a strange, burning smell to them. This could be a sign that your dryer vent isn’t properly able to ventilate the warm air out of the appliance.

Accumulation of lint in exhaust vent

  • The laundry room feels excessively hot when the dryer is running. Again, this could be a result of a clogged vent that isn’t letting hot air escape.

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Problems caused by a clogged dryer vent: 

  • FIRES - The lint from your clothes can build up inside the dryer vent. This material is highly flammable and can cause a fire.

  • CO2 POISONING -  When the dryer vent is clogged, dangerous CO2 gases aren’t able to escape. Instead, they build up inside the vent and may seep out into the laundry room and into other areas of the home.

  • EXCESSIVE WEAR & TEAR -  When it takes two or three cycles to get your clothes dried, this puts a lot of strain on your dryer. It can lead to excessive wear and tear on the unit.

  • HIGH UTILITY BILLS -  A dryer that is running more often than it should to dry clothes will use a lot of energy. This will be reflected on your monthly utility bills.

If it has been more than a year you should consider looking inside your dryer vents. Check both sides if possible - both the dryer side and the exit hood flap outside. If they look a little dirty and full of lint, it could be time for a thorough dryer vent cleaning.



Give us a call and schedule a professional dryer vent cleaning & Inspection from the experts at

HOMEWORX Professional Services

Preventing Dryer Fires

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