The Importance of Dryer Vent Cleaning
Dryers work by injecting warm air into a spinning or tumbling drum and evaporating the moist air out of clothing. The moisture has to go somewhere, so it’s released through the dryer vent system. The vent system also collects dirt, debris and lint and over time, can become clogged.
Clogged dryer vents also cause part of the 15,970-washing machine and dryer fires per year. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 92% of those are caused by dryers. To an extreme, they can also cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
On the annoying side, a clogged dryer vent also means longer drying times and straining the system. It can also cause excessive wear on clothing and increase your energy bill.
Depending on how extensive your vent system is you may be able to do it yourself with these few steps:
- Find your vent and disconnect your dryer. It’s usually a 4-inch metal tube that runs from your dryer, through the wall and vents to the outside of your home. Remove any clamps and gently remove the vent pipe from the exhaust.
- Using a shop vac or vacuum with a hand-held option, vacuum out any dirt or debris. Vent cleaning kits are available but be careful to not damage the duct work and they may not reach to the exterior of the home.
- Finally, clean up any debris and reconnect your system. It’s also a great opportunity to check any clamps or components and make sure they aren’t worn out. Also, if you have a foil style vent, you may want to upgrade to aluminum.
By following these few steps, you can enjoy a more efficient dryer and keep your home safe.
Need your vents cleaned? Get your dryer vent cleaned by the professionals. Call SERVPRO® of Greater Waco 254-224-5999