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Eliminate a Fire Hazard by Cleaning a Dryer Vent

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Real Estate Agent with KW North Sound 103527

An often overlooked home maintenance item is the home's dryer vent. Why is cleaning a dryer vent important?

1. Eliminates (or greatly reduces) a Fire Hazard within the Home: Dryer lint has been known to catch fire when it builds up inside the vent.

2. Improves Dryer Efficiency: With a clean vent a dryer will be operate normally and improve drying times.

3. Reduces a Home's Interior Moisture Levels: Since the moist air can easily flow out the dryer vent, the interior of the home, and/or laundry area, will not experience increased moisture levels thus reduces the risk of mold and mildew.

As the video shows, the cleaning takes less than 5 minutes using the Linteater Dryer-Vent Cleaning Kit that I purchased from Lowes.

How To: Clean Dryer Vents in Less than 5 Minutes

Mickie Barnett
KW Northwest - Marysville, WA
Over 30 years of local expertise to share.

Another great video, Tob. These home maintenance videos are very helpful to many.

Dec 15, 2022 01:11 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Toby, great reminder the vents need to be cleaned so not to have a fire.

Dec 15, 2022 01:29 PM
Toby Barnett

Hey Joan, it was even a great reminder for myself to clean more often.

Dec 16, 2022 11:39 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I can't tell you how many people I've come across who've never cleaned their vents or filters... and have no clue about what a fire hazard that is.

Dec 16, 2022 05:26 AM
Toby Barnett

Totally true, Nina. YOu've probably seen/heard this. Buyer is conducting their home inspection and inspector mentions the filter and ducts are in serious need of cleaning. Buyer request seller to clean vent and filter. Seller agrees. Buyer purchased and then becomes a seller who never cleaned the filter and vents during their ownership. Cracks me up every time.

Dec 16, 2022 11:42 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

The guy that does my chimney cleaning also does the dryer vent. I think that's definitely a must!

Dec 16, 2022 05:34 AM
Toby Barnett

Chimney is definitely another home item that requires regular cleaning. Next time I list a home with a wood burning fireplace I must remember to make videos on it. Thanks for unintentional heads up, Kat.

Dec 16, 2022 11:43 AM
Kat Palmiotti

You're welcome! :-)

Dec 16, 2022 11:58 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Dec 19, 2022 03:53 AM
Toby Barnett

Thank you Richard and appreciate you watching. Have a great week.

Dec 19, 2022 10:20 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Toby Barnett - WOW! That was a lot of lint and dirt that came out with your illustration. The cost of buying the kit is a small price to pay to do it yourself than what it comes to pay a company to do the same thing. 

You did a great job! Hopefully many will be motivated to do the same. 

Jan 13, 2023 09:58 AM
Toby Barnett

Hey Patricia, I was really surprised and will definitely doing the cleaning regularly. The video is doing well online, the short form video has done even better, and looking forward to making more of these in the future.

Jan 13, 2023 11:22 AM