December 27, 2018
If your chimney were clogged with dangerous soot and debris, you’d hire a professional to clean it, right? Why would you do any less for your clogged up dryer vent? A dryer vent that’s loaded with lint is just as hazardous as a dirty chimney and the results can be the same: a house fire.
If you don’t think that dryer lint is super flammable, read the Boy Scout Handbook. In it, the authors suggest that scouts bring along some lint when they go camping. Why? Because it’s great stuff with which to start a campfire. All it takes is a simple spark to ignite a wad of dryer lint. If the ventilation system of your dryer full of accumulated lint, you can imagine the consequences.
Of course you know about cleaning the lint trap of your clothes dryer after every use. Any homeowner can do that much, but the lint in that trap is only a small fraction of the lint that collects inside your dryer. It’s the stuff you can’t see that makes dryer vent cleaning a rather tricky task. That’s the stuff that should be cleared out by a professional.
A professional dryer vent cleaner has the skills, know how and the tools to measure the airflow at the external terminus and replace the transition duct when necessary. A pro can clean the interior components of your clothes dryer and clear the duct run of accumulated lint and debris. If it’s been a while since your last professional duct cleaning, you may be surprised at the amount of tightly packed (and highly flammable) lint that’s in there.
Dryer vent cleaning is not a DIY job. Stay on the safe side and call a pro to examine and clean your dryer venting system