Dryer vent & lint cleaning

A commonly overlooked house maintenance is dryer vent & lint cleaning. Clothes dryers are responsible for nearly 15,000 house fires each year. And according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the leading cause of dryer fires is failure to clean lint from the system.

Since its Spring cleaning season, now is the perfect time to make sure you also clean out your dryer vent. We all know the importance of cleaning your dryer’s lint trap to present fires. But many homeowners neglect to look beyond the machine itself to inspect thier home’s vent.

Like most home maintenance, general upkeep is cheaper than paying for expensive repairs.

Dryer vent cleaning is a perfect example of one of those thankless jobs you just need to do to maintain a household.

The folloing chart, courtesy of Erie Insurance, breaks down the difference between cleaning your Dryer Vent and your Lint Trap and why each needs to be cared for differently.

If you are not up to the task yourself, call a local home services company and schedule a cleaning while its fresh on your memory.

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