Dryer Vents

DRYER VENTS

Hello homeowners and future homeowners. Aaah, Spring! It’s just around the corner. It’s time to finish up the inside-the-house chore list because it won’t be long before we’ll be focusing on the Springtime chore list. As I’ve mentioned in my previous blogs, my husband, Skip, is my incredible source/educator.

Today’s blog is about dryer vents. Yes, dryer vents. Cleaning your dryer vents may be one of the most over-looked jobs on your home maintenance to-do list. Why? Because people think that when they clean the lint trap/screen in their dryer, they don’t have to worry about cleaning their dryer vents. WRONG!!!! (Imagine a large buzzer sounding, if you will.)

When I was a new homeowner, I heard a story that scared me to death. A neighbor’s home caught fire because their dryer was left on. Luckily, one of the teenage children was at home and rescued the family dog. I can’t even think about what might have happened if…yeah well, you get the picture. That is why you should NEVER leave your dryer on when you aren’t at home.

A little education. This picture illustrates one example of how your dryer vent may be set-up. Here’s the thing. What your lint trap/screen doesn’t catch will collect in the dryer vent. Over time, the lint build-up in your dryer vent can become a serious fire hazard, as noted by the before and after picture shown below. Your dryer vent should be cleaned at least once a year, or 2-3 times a year, if your dryer is used more frequently. Another benefit of cleaning your dryer vent is your dryer will dry clothes more efficiently. Again, you should NEVER leave your dryer on when you aren’t at home.

Though the illustrated picture (above) has some cleaning guidelines, as I’ve told you before, I’m not going to tell you how to clean your dryer vent. What are my usual suggestions? Altogether now: Ask a handy friend to show you how to clean your dryer vent, Google it or hire a professional. Skip says there are companies that offer this service but you should get several estimates because, in his words, “you don’t want to get ripped off.”

SYNOPSIS

  • Build-up of lint in your dryer vent can become a fire hazard.
  • NEVER leave your dryer on when you aren’t at home.
  • Dryer vents should be cleaned at least once a year, or more often depending on the your dryer usage.
  • Cleaning your dryer vent will make your dryer more efficient.
  • Ask a handy friend to teach you how to clean your dryer vent.
  • Google how to clean your dryer vent.
  • Get several estimates from companies that clean dryer vents.