A load of wet clothes contain about half a gallon of water. Lint is created from the water being removed from the clothes during the drying process. Lint is able to build up in crevices, inside the lint trap, and all along the dryer vent hose. Excessive lint build up occurs slowly and gradually. Without realizing it, your dryer vent could be filled of lint.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPC), in 1999, developed a report called the “Report on Electric and Gas Clothes Dryers.” In this report, it was determined that electric dryers were 2.5 times more likely to cause fires than gas dryers. In other words, your dryer could be the number 1 source of fire in your home. Thus, the importance of dryer vent cleaning.
(See a copy of the report here.)
Before requesting for dryer vent cleaning, look for the warning signs for excessive lint build up:
- Laundry room becomes more humid
- Clothes don’t fully dry
- The outside/exterior of the dryer gets extremely hot
- Clothes take longer to dry
- Burnt smell occurs while the dryer is being used
- Clothes are hotter than normal at the end of the drying cycle
Dryer vent cleaning improves the safety and efficiency of dryer installations. As dryer vents become filled with debris and lint, the dryer can overheat and cause fires. Consumers, like you and I, should have their dryer vents cleaned and inspected periodically.