A clogged sewer pipe can be easy to notice when your toilet won’t flush, but other clogs can be difficult to detect. Some homeowners in Berryville, Virginia, discover a clog in their dryer vents when it’s too late. Lint that collects over time in the vent can cause a fire. A professional dryer vent cleaning will put your fears to rest.
Why Are Clogged Dryer Vents a Problem?
Lint and other debris in a dryer vent can cause your clothes to take longer to dry. Your utility costs will increase as a result. Clogs can also cause sensors in your dryer to malfunction.
These issues, however, are not nearly as dangerous as the possibility of a vent clog causing a fire. Lint is extremely flammable, and the hot airflow restricted by the lint clog creates the perfect recipe for disaster. According to the National Fire Protection Association, dryers cause 92 percent of the fires started by home laundry equipment. The leading reason for these fires was the failure to clean the appliances. With winter coming, the chance of dryer vent fires increases as we wear, wash, and dry bulkier clothing and bedding that produce more lint.
How Does Dryer Vent Cleaning Prevent Fires?
The key to preventing dryer vent fires is to clean your vents every year. It’s time to schedule a dryer vent cleaning if you notice:
- Your clothes need longer drying times
- You smell something burning
- Your clothing is too hot or dry
- The outside of your dryer is hot to the touch
You could damage the tubing if you take on the task of vent cleaning. Call on a professional instead. Our technicians have the tools and expertise necessary to clean the long vent tubes without damaging your dryer or the tubing.
Don’t wait to make changes after you have to deal with a fire. Prevent problems by making an appointment for dryer vent cleaning. Call Griffith Energy Services, Inc. at 888-474-3391 for service today.
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