The dryer duct is one of the major causes in house fires. Yet, the consumer largely overlooks it. The dryer duct catches the lint and debris from your clothes primarily. There are however other things is can catch such as birds nest, wasps like to nest there and the mate to you socks and grass debris. Of course this is provided the outside vent isn’t properly covered. All of this can lodge in your flexible vent, but through the outside to the inside as well.
A clogged dryer duct not only cuts the efficiency of your dryer but also is a source of fire. There are signs that can indicate to you that the dryer duct is clogged and needs attention. If any of these signs occurs make sure to call a Licensed,Certified and friendly Dryer Vent Cleaning Service to come help you.
- Drying time begins to take longer. When your clothes begin to take double the time to dry you have a clog. The dryer operates by pushing hot air moist air for drying to occur. If there is a clog the hot moist air remains in your dryer and your clothes do not dry completely.
- Both your clothing and the outside of your dry are too hot to touch. This is an indication that the vent is not exhausting properly. This creates wear and tear on your on your heating element and the blower causing your dryer to wear out much faster.
- There is a burning smell. Lint can build up in the lint trap. Remember to clean the trap after every load. This build up can heat up and create a fire. Lint is extremely flammable and can build up in the exhaust tube. If you smell something burning immediately turn off your dryer and waist no time having it inspected.
- The flap to your vent hood does not operate properly. Lint build up can cause restricted airflow. This can be indicated by debris around the dryer hose or the air flap.
- It has been longer than 1 year since your dryer duct has been inspection. The best way to keep track of the cleaning of the dryer vent would be through regular inspections. This will avoid both the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
In San Diego County there is a host of professional dryer duct cleaners. Dryer duct companies must be licensed by the state. Always Remember to ONLY Hire a Certified Duct Cleaner such as Quadca Certified or Nadca Certified
There are DIY cleaning kits available but they may not do the job properly as a professional cleaner would do. Professionals are also aware of what to look for and at while cleaning.
Employing the best safety measures for you home is always a great idea. Applying these measures to your dryer is just as important as applying them to your furnace. Awareness of the proper workings of your appliances can be one of the first steps in avoiding a disaster.
Following the guidelines as to how to recognize when you dryer duct needs inspection or cleaning is most important.
Dryer vent cleaning can be a major method to keeping your appliances, self and home safe. The next time you use your dryer focus on whether or not you see, smell or feel some of the warning signs.