Over time, lint will get sucked through filter barriers and gather within dryer vents. This can lead to unexpected fires that come with huge dangers and expenses.
This is a Safety Task!
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, over 2,900 house fires are the results of dirty dryers. If you see lint sticking to walls, floor, or dryer, this usually is a sign of a clogged or leaky vent. Lint is very volatile and can catch fire very quickly. Additionally, you also want to make sure no unwanted critters live in your dryer vents, which prevents the vent from performing correctly.
This is a Preventative Maintenance Task!
Dryer fires are usually always caught too late. Additionally, there will be more damage to things within your home than just your dryer in most instances.
Tasks can be done by: homeowner, cleaning company, handyman
How To Inspect Your Dryer Exhaust Duct | Task Steps
Step 1 – Inspect dryer exhaust duct
- Inspect the outside vent opening for lint build-up or other obstructions.
- Move your dryer out and remove the exhaust duct. Inspect inside to see how much lint has built up over time.
Step 2 – Clean the lint
- Clean outside dryer vent of lint or other obstructions. For instance, obstructions could include animal or rodent nests, so be careful doing this step. Call an exterminator if you encounter anything you don’t feel comfortable dealing with.)
- There are many different ways you can remove the lint from your dryer exhaust duct.
- Tool List: extendable brush, vacuum
- Supply List & Costs: trash bag – heavy duty
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