A house fire has to be one of the most devastating losses. All of the memories and keepsakes that are ruined in a fire are irreplaceable. What would make matters even worse, would be the fact that the fire could have been avoided. A house fire caused by a clogged dryer vent is completely avoidable. You probably don’t give much thought to your dryer vent, but Sterling Environmental Air Duct Cleaning does! We are here to talk about signs that indicate you need to have your dryer vent cleaned so you can avoid the dangers of a house fire.
Dryer Takes Too Long to Dry Clothes
It is more than frustrating when your clothes seem to be taking forever to dry. If you find that you are putting your clothes in the dryer and running a full cycle to find you clothes still damp, you may have a problem with a clogged dryer vent. As lint and other dirt and debris build up inside your dryer vent, it makes the dryer work less efficiently. It costs you more money to run the dryer for an extended period of time, and you are also putting your home at risk of a house fire when the dryer vent is clogged.
Dryer Gets Really Hot to the Touch
When you pull your clothes out of the dryer, they shouldn’t be hot to the touch. The exterior of your dryer shouldn’t be hot to the touch after a drying cycle either. If there is evidence of either of these two things, your dryer vent is likely not exhausting like it should. The heating element in your dryer as well as the blower will wear out faster when left untreated.
Dryer Smells like Burning Plastic, Rubber or Hair
Whenever you smell something burning, you should discontinue use of the dryer right away until the problem is resolved. The lint found in the dryer vent is extremely flammable and should it start to catch fire, you will likely smell it.
Dryer Vent Flap Not Opening
As your dryer runs a cycle, you can see the vent flap flapping on the exterior of the house. If your dryer is running and you can’t see the flap doing this, it is a sure sign that the vent isn’t able to work like it should. It means that the vent is so clogged that air isn’t able to make its way out the way it should.
Dryer Vent Cleaning in Oak Park, Madison Heights, Warren, Sterling Heights, Detroit & Southeast Michigan
Your dryer vent should be cleaned every year to ensure it is able to vent properly. This should be done by a professional company like Sterling Environmental Air Duct Cleaning, who has the tools to get the job done right. Without the proper tools for the job, you may not be able to get the entire vent cleaned like it needs to be. Call us today to schedule your dryer vent cleaning.