Your laundry releases lint every time you dry it. While many dryer owners are diligent about cleaning the lint screen after each load, the truth is that this accessory traps only 40% of the lint your laundry releases. The rest floats up into the dryer vent, where a portion of it remains, stuck to the inside of the vent.
Because the lint is moist when expelled, when it dries, it tends to stick to the inside of the vent. Moreover, most dryer vents have grooves — the perfect nooks and crannies to trap lint in.
A dryer vent thickly coated in lint is not merely a housekeeping issue — it’s a fire hazard.
Thousands of dryers catch fire in U.S. homes every year, and failure to clean the dryer vent is the leading cause, according to the Federal Emergency Management Administration. At least five people die and 100 more are injured in these easily preventable accidental fires.
A clogged dryer vent cuts down on the flow of air through the appliance. Your dryer can then overheat and eventually catch fire. If you’re not home when this happens, the damage to your appliance and home can be extensive.
But how do you know if your vent is clogged?
If you notice any of these signs, call Red Rock Clean Air right away. We use special brushes to loosen the lint inside your dryer vent. Then we use a high-powered vacuum to suck out all the debris, leaving your vent clean and clear.
While this isn’t a dangerous job (unless you are dealing with a gas dryer), it’s hard to DIY because homeowners don’t usually have the tools necessary to do the job properly. You may be able to remove some of the lint, but much will undoubtedly remain behind, posing a danger to you and your family.
It’s better to have your dryer vent cleaned annually than to try to figure out if your dryer seems hotter than usual or if it’s taking longer for your clothes to dry. You want your St. George home to be clean, but in the case of dryer vents, you need it to be safe as well.
Call Red Rock Clean Air today to make an appointment to have your dryer vent cleaned. You’ll be glad you did.