How much time do you spend thinking about your dryer vent? Probably not a lot, and that’s OK… most of the time. However, if you’ve never given your dryer vent any thought at all, it may surprise you to learn that a dirty dryer vent is a safety hazard in your home.
One of your home’s most essential necessities may be more dangerous than you think. While your clothes dryer has a lint trap that collects most of the debris from clothes, some of that lint will still travel through the vent system to rest inside your dryer ducts. Being highly combustible, it’s when the lint accumulates that the potential for fire increases greatly. With over 17,000 house fires caused by clothes dryers each year, the lack of cleaning was responsible for 34% of those fires, making it the leading cause.