Common Dryer Vent Problems
Why schedule regular dryer vent cleaning appointments? Regular dryer vent cleaning can help to prevent or resolve a wide range of common dryer vent risks, problems, and issues. By removing clogs and debris from your vents, Dryer Vent Wizard of the Valley can help you avoid or bring an end to many of these common dryer vent problems.
Clogged vents prevent lint from escaping and can create a lint backup into the dryer itself. Trapped lint is extremely flammable and is the most common source of dryer fire ignition. By having your dryer vents cleaned regularly, you can protect your dryers—and the rest of your establishment—from fire.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
When blocked, gas dryer vents can prevent carbon monoxide from being properly expelled from your building. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless gas that can build up in your home or business, causing illness and even death. Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by keeping your dryer vents clear and ensuring proper ventilation.
The buildup of lint can create the perfect environment for mold growth by preventing moisture from wet fabrics from being expelled, creating condensation. This water can either be soaked up by lint in the vent, creating a dark, humid area perfect for mold spores to grow, or it can leak from the vent onto walls and baseboards and cause major water damage. Once mold is in your vents, it can spread its spores through the air, aggravating breathing and exposing other parts of your home to mold.
Excess Wear on Clothing
To dry, the moisture from your clothes needs to be efficiently removed through your dryer vent. Clogged dryer vents prevent this moisture from being efficiently removed from your laundry and causes longer drying cycles. When clothing requires multiple cycles to dry, it causes excess wear and tear on clothing, causing pilling, fabric thinning, and tears.
Increased Drying Time & Utility Costs
Since clogged dryer vents often increase the time needed to effectively dry a load of laundry, your dryer must run longer and expend more energy to complete the job. This extra time and energy can cause a direct increase in your utility bills. Cleaning dryer vents regularly is a cost-effective way to get the most efficiency out of your clothes dryers.
Excess Wear & Tear on Dryer
Increased drying time doesn’t just cause wear and tear on your laundry; it can also decrease the life of your machine! Extending drying time and repeating dryer cycles can cause extra wear and tear on your machine, making it work harder as well as more often. Over time, these added cycles can lead to costly repairs and even premature replacement of your dryer.