Clogged vents and duct cleaning
A dryer exhaust duct that is clogged with lint not only affects the performance of the dryer, it also creates the perfect environment for a dryer fire. Ducts that are bent, crimped, crushed or twisted in any fashion tend to collect more lint than straight ducts. The lint builds up over time and other factors, such as sticky residue from dryer sheets, condensation, critters living inside the ductwork, and how often the lint trap is cleaned, all contribute to restricting the airflow in the dryer exhaust duct.
Tips to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning from a gas dryer
Many homeowners perform the recommended annual check of their dryer exhaust system to ensure it is up to par and clog-free. Many homeowners are familiar with the threat of fires due to an improperly maintained dryer exhaust duct, but did you know about a secondary, and very deadly, threat from carbon monoxide? Gas dryers emit fumes that are extremely dangerous.
Eliminating mold issues
Mold isn’t just associated with the washer – it’s also a health hazard that affects the dryer. Clogged dryer exhaust ducts are a breeding ground for mold growth inside the duct as well as on walls and surfaces in your laundry space. Mold spores thrive in humid environments and quickly grow and spread when exposed to water.
Common dryer exhaust duct problems you should avoid
The dryer exhaust duct is not always top of mind; however, it does require a little bit of attention – once per year, at a minimum. Excessive lint and debris not only reduce the equipment’s efficiency and performance, but also create a fire hazard in your home.
Dryer ducts - Are yours up to code?
Many homeowners are unaware of the role a clothes dryer vent plays in home safety. Dryer exhaust systems transport moisture from a wet load of laundry to the exterior via the dryer exhaust duct. This exhaust system also transports lint, highly flammable fibers from clothing that make their way past the lint filter, to the outside.