Is It Time For A Dryer Vent Cleaning?

Every year, thousands of devastating house fires across the country are caused by clogged clothes dryer vents. You may have seen the recent story about a man’s life being miraculously saved when his neighbors pulled him from his burning home in the nearby city of Gaffney, SC. According to WSPA News, fire investigators told Gaffney Fire Department Chief Jamie Caggiano that the evidence clearly points to the clothes dryer as what started the fire.

Chief Caggiano made sure to tell this to the reporter. “To keep your dryer from being a dangerous fire hazard, it is important it is to keep the dryer vent clean!” Many national fire safety organizations recommend that homeowners have their dryer vents professionally cleaned every year. Chim Cheree, The Chimney Specialists provides this professional maintenance service to the residents of Upstate South Carolina. In addition, you can trust our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified Dryer Vent Technicians to make sure your home is safe from an accidental fire. We would like to share with you the signs that can alert you when it’s time to schedule a professional dryer vent cleaning!

Your clothes are still damp after a complete drying cycle.

When the dryer vent is clogged with lint, your dryer takes longer to do its job. This is because air is unable to circulate properly. Running your dryer for an extra 30 to 45 minutes every time you dry a load of clothes can make your utility bills get expensive!

The exterior of your dryer gets very hot when in use.

A clogged dryer vent can make your dryer overheat very quickly. If your dryer is hot to the touch, you should contact Chim Cheree, The Chimney Specialists as soon as possible! Schedule an appointment for a dryer vent cleaning. An overheated dryer a dangerous fire hazard, but it also can wear out prematurely. Overheating is hard on your dryer’s components, especially the heating element, which is expensive to repair.

You notice lint accumulating in large amounts.

Your dryer produces a lot of lint with each load of clothes. You can see large accumulations of lint in places like the lint screen, the lint filter, and within the outside dryer vent opening. Can you see lint all around the outside of the dryer? If so, you can imagine how much could be hidden inside the vent!

When was the last time your dryer vent was professionally cleaned? Contact us today at Chim Cheree, The Chimney Specialists to schedule your annual appointment with our CSIA-certified dryer vent technicians. Prevent your dryer from becoming a fire hazard!