The professionals at Tahoe Clean Air help protect your home from fire hazards with our dryer vent cleaning services.
U.S. homes see thousands of dryer fires per year, and failure to clean the dryer vent is the leading cause, according to the Federal Emergency Management Administration. FEMA estimates five people die and 100 more are injured each year in these easily preventable accidents.
And while many dryer users diligently clean the lint screen with every load, the truth is that the lint screen captures only 40% of the lint. The rest goes up into your dryer vent and settles into the grooves.
Because the lint is warm and moist, once it dries, it sticks to the inside the vent and becomes difficult to remove. Simply turning the clothes dryer on again does not help blow the lint out of the vent.
Unfortunately, many Tahoe homeowners often do not recognize the signs of a clogged dryer vent. These include:
- Longer drying times
- A burning smell
- A hot exterior
But these signs can be subtle. Your vent could be clogged, and you may not even realize it. Consumer Reports recommends having your dryer vent cleaned once per year, regardless of whether you see any signs.