How Clean is Your Vent?

Real Estate Agent with RE/Max Associates DE#RA-0003085 PA#RS347136

The fire department responded to a call in my neighborhood today. Grateful for our first responders, it also reminds me that I'm grateful I haven't had to experience that. 

The closest we ever came (and I ever want to be to that) was when my brother left a candle burning in the jack-o-lantern on the front porch one Halloween and the cornstalks fell over onto the pumpkin. Luckily, Mom spotted it just as it caught fire and the only damage was some soot on the front porch and my brother's dignity... not from having left the candle burning but from having run downstairs, naked, from the bathtub once Mom yelled, "FIRE!"

Though I do not know the cause of the fire in my neighborhood today, house fires are a somber reminder to clean your dryer vents regularly (I know I haven't cleaned mine in a bit), which you can do by means of detaching the vent from the back of the dryer and using a brush on it or your leaf blower. You can also replace the vent hose if you've got the relatively inexpensive types. New vent hoses are about $5.99, vent cleaning kits are about $15.

And that's a great thing to teach your kids to do, too. Build some awareness in them of how to maintain your home. 

Comments (2)

Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good morning Monica Hill 

It is very important information.  Vents should be cleaned at least once a year.

Dec 28, 2017 09:47 AM
Monica Hill

Once a year is best!

Dec 28, 2017 11:26 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Moncia- it's a good habit to get into!  Our friends had a house fire several years ago and it's such a scary thing. No one was hurt but lots of lost memories. 

Dec 28, 2017 05:53 PM
Monica Hill

It is a good habit. I showed my daughters how to change the vent years ago and they looked at me so funny when I told them what we were about to do. It's important to give kids good habits about home maintenance, too.

Dec 28, 2017 06:28 PM

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