When Did You Last Clean Your Dryer Vent?

When Did You Last Clean Your Dryer Vent?

Having a washer and dryer in your home can be very convenient. Being able to dry your clothes and freshen them up without leaving the house is a nice thing. As with all appliances, your dryer does need maintenance and upkeep to not only run effectively but keep you safe. Sometimes dryer owners and operators don’t know about their dryer vents which could cause a serious issue.

A clogged Dryer Vent can pose a serious threat for house fires.

A clogged Dryer Vent can pose a serious threat for house fires.

All too often do homeowners use their dryer day in and day out without ever stopping to think of cleaning the dryer vent. Most dryers have a removable lint screen that collect a lite of the fuzz and lint from your clothes or sheets. Sometimes you can remove a screen to find it completely coated in fabric collections and manually remove it to throw away. Running your dryer with a heavily collected screen is dangerous because it can lead to overheating of the dryer. But that screen isn’t the only danger posed to your home.

The exhaust vent and internal vents to your dryer are two very dangerous places for dirt and lint build up. Over 80% of the particles that release from the load being dried actually get caught in the dryer mechanics and near the exhaust vent, not in the removable screen. These builds ups allow less heat to escape from the dryer and create a very cramped and dry space that is a major risk for the start of a fire. It’s actually believed that with a professional cleaning you can reduce the risk your dryer has of catching on fire by up to 90%. Removing all the build up within the mechanics of the dryer is a great way to cool off the heat exerted by your dryer while making your house safer.

If you haven’t had a serious dryer cleaning in over two years, if ever, then it is recommended that you consider getting a professional out to your home to make sure there are no blockages or risk for fire. Here at Steamers Carpet Care our trained professionals know how to carefully remove a dryer from its position and thoroughly clean the dryer and dryer vent in order to prevent a hazardous situation for future dryer uses. Contact our staff today with your questions or to schedule an apartment.