If you are good about making sure you remove the dryer lint before every load of laundry, you may be skeptical about the idea of having a professional cleaning of your dryer vents done every year.
It could be that when you pull the filter out there's not too much stuck to it. Besides, as long as you make sure it's clean all the time, the whole rest of the system must be clean too, right? Wrong!
The truth is there is a lot of lint that you don't see both in your dryer and in the line leading from the dryer out of your home. While you can't see it, that doesn't mean it's not a problem. Just like the lint you can see, this hidden lint can pile up and slow down the drying process, costing you more time and money per load, and even worse... be a fire threat.
Want a little more proof? Grab a flashlight and go outside where your dryer vent comes out of the house. If you haven't looked for this before it may take a little while to find it, but eventually you will see a small device coming out of the house that is blowing out hot air while your dryer is at work.
Take the top off the vent and look inside with a flashlight. Do you see a little lint and dust hanging out on the edges? Do you see a lot? Maybe you see some lint piling up on the outside of the vent. All these can be signs of bigger problems.
What you need to keep in mind is that the dryer vent is the end of the line for the hot air coming out of your dryer. By the time the air, and any lint it is carrying, has gotten here, it has been traveling all the way from your dryer to this point. The amount of lint and dust that hot air has dropped off along the way is likely more than you are seeing at the end of the road.
This means it's time for a professional cleaning. A professional they will use special tools, with a longer reach than the things you have in the house, to go through the entire line and pull out any dust, dirt or lint that is stuck in the line. The cleaner these areas are, the safer and more efficient your dryer will be.
This article was written by Janice Bittner, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard in Northern Virginia. Http://www.dryerventwizard.com Janice specializes in dryer vent cleaning, maintenance, repair and alterations to prevent clothes dryer fires. She is also committed to educating all of her customers, explaining to them how their dryer duct and vent system works and how to properly maintain it to reduce the risk of fire. Janice services Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington and Alexandria Counties.
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